Career Notes, April 2018

Who's moving up?

W. Allen Carroll Jr.


W. Allen Carroll Jr., a partner with Wilkins Miller LLC, has been selected as a Mitchell College of Business IMPACT member. In addition, the firm has added Arica Holloway and Leslie Phillips.


Megan Lynch, with Barge Design Solutions Inc. of Birmingham, has passed the exam and is now a licensed architect.


First US Bank has promoted David McCullum to executive vice president, commercial real estate.

Mike Coggin has been named senior vice president commercial banking at NobleBank & Trust. He is based out of the Birmingham branch.

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Kyle Conrad has joined Progress Bank as an AVP, business banker within the Birmingham market.

David Cooper Sr., vice chairman of Cooper/T. Smith Corp., is retiring in late April from the board of directors of Regions Financial Corp.


HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Co-founder Lonnie McMillian has been named Entrepreneur Champion of the Year by the Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship.

Business Organizations

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has named Carolyn Tubbs the director of education programs. In addition,  Katherine Waldon has joined the chamber staff as a workforce development project manager.

Allan Dedman


Eddie Stewart, president and CEO of Caddell Construction Co., has been named the 2018 president of Associated General Contractors of America. Stewart was featured in June 2017 Business Alabama.

Allan Dedman has been promoted to chief operating officer at Doster Construction Co. Dedman has nearly 30 years of industry experience.

Brian Saunders has been promoted to executive project manager for DeAngelis Diamond.

Convenience Stores

MAPCO has appointed Charles (Hal) Adams as CEO. MAPCO has 350 convenience stories located throughout the Southeast.

Economic Development

Neill Wright has been named the executive director of the new Birmingham-based Bronze Valley Corp., an initiative to create a pipeline from education to employment for underrepresented technology careers in the South.


Keith Herron has been re-elected as chairman of Samford University’s Board of Overseers. Peter Clemens IV is vice chair. Newly elected board members are Brent Fielder, Corey Green, Brian Kelly, Daniel Samford and Mechelle Wilder. Re-elected to the board are Bill Cleveland, Carolyn Featheringill, Ann Thornton Field, Drew Langloh, Vince Noblitt and Anna Williams.

The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Studies has presented Trudier Harris with the 2018 Clarence E. Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing.

Marina Gorbatyuk, an associate professor of vision science in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry has been awarded a $1.25 million R01 grant from the National Eye Institute to study the regulation of protein synthesis in photoreceptors of mice with inherited retinal degeneration. In addition, Ricardo Tapilatu, a graduate of UAB College of Arts and Sciences, was one of eight marine conservationists chosen worldwide to receive a 2018 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The University of Montevallo College of Education honored four alumni recently. Alissa Helfinstine was presented the Outstanding Alumna Award for Deaf and Heard of Hearing Education. Erica Tsivourakis was recognized as the Outstanding Alunmna in Nutrition and Wellness. The Outstanding Alumnus Award for Teacher Leadership was presented to Grayson Lawrence and Amanda Hood was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award in Instructional Leadership.

Kelly McCarron


Kelly McCarron has been promoted to associate vice president for medical affairs, health development for USA Health.

Industrial Parts

Genuine Parts Co. has named Motion Industries Inc. President and CEO Tim Breen its 2017 GPC Manager of the Year.

Information Technology

SSI, of Mobile, has promoted Jeff Miller as chief product officer.


Alfa Insurance has promoted Beth Chancey to senior vice president of property & casualty operations. She replaces Tommy Coshatt, who was promoted to executive vice president of operations on the retirement of Steve Rutledge.


Brittney Claud has joined Starnes Davis Florie as an attorney.

Linda Landis has joined the environmental & natural resources practice at Balch & Bingham LLP’s Birmingham office.

Diane Babb Maughan has been elected  to the management committee at Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal LLP.

Cason Kirby and Yawanna McDonald have been named partners in the Birmingham office of Campbell Guin.

Paige Boshell, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has earned four certifications in information privacy through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Also, the firm has added William “Buddy” Cox III as partner and Seth Muse as an associate in its Birmingham office. In addition, the firm has added Tiffany Graves as pro bono counsel in its Jackson, Mississippi office.

Keith Lichtman, an University of Alabama alumnus, and George Reid have launched Bridgewater Resolution Group to address dispute resolution needs of high-net-worth families and closely held businesses.

Elizabeth Huntley, of counsel for Lightfoot, Franklin &White LLC, has been named a fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Also, partner Brooke Garner Malcom has been named to the 2018 Board of Directors for the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Michael Rich has joined Maynard Cooper & Gale‘s Government Solutions Practice as an associate in the firm’s Huntsville office.

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt LLC attorney Roderick Evans has been presented the Audrey Gaston Howard Award from Samford University.


David Thompson has been named director of recreation and sports tourism and Don Dukemineer has been named deputy director of sports tourism with Foley Sports Tourism. On the event operations side, Angie Johnston will resume her role as event operations manager and Luke Persall has been hired as event operations coordinator. In addition, Angela Foley has been hired to assist at the Foley Event Center and will be working with Jeff Ryan, who has been maintaining the center. Christy Raley will move into the role of sports and sponsorship sales manager and Rhett Brown has been promoted to field superintendent.


The Business Council of Alabama has commended U.S. Senator Richard Shelby for his public service, which has spanned more than 40 years. In addition, the BCA has presented the Still Ambassadorial Award to Torch Technologies Inc. President John Watson.

Thomas Radcliffe

Real Estate

Thomas Radcliffe has joined NAI Chase Commercial, in Huntsville, as an associate sales person.

Newcastle Homes has added sales agent Courtney Tollison as an agent on site for Griffin Park.

The Sanders Trust, a Birmingham-based healthcare real estate firm, has added Hurston Raley as vice president of asset management.


Donnie and Steve Saucier were recognized for being Franchisees of the Year by Signal 88 Security. The brothers own four locations throughout Alabama.


Swift Industrial Power has added Scott Troutman as a customer service representative in the Mobile office.

ThreatAdvice, of Birmingham, has hired former FBI Agent Rob Haley as director of intelligence. In addition, the company has added Jennifer Skjellum as director of blockchain and crypto innovation in its Chattanooga, Tennessee office.

Wealth Management

J. Aaron Jack has been named chief development officer of Argent Financial Group Inc. Jack will be responsible for marketing, sales and business development for the company, which has a footprint across the Southeast, including Alabama.

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