Career Notes, February 2018

Who's moving up?

John Turner Jr.


Keith Bagley has been named president of Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC. He takes over from Mike Disbrow, who retired January 1.


John Turner Jr. has been named president of Regions Bank and Regions Financial Corp. He was previously senior executive vice president and a member of the Executive Council.

Doug Thomas will lead River Bank & Trust’s new Daphne loan production office. In addition, Tara Hickey has joined River Mortgage Services as vice president and the secondary mortgage manager for the Coastal Region.


Chris Curran, of DeAngelis Diamond, has been promoted to vice president of preconstruction and estimating.

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ThreatAdvice, located in Birmingham, has named Steve Hines president.


Jacksonville State University graduate Jeremy Straub has been recently awarded a patent for a technology that solves a key problem related to 3D printing.


Angelo Della Manna, of Hoover, has been appointed director of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. He had been deputy director.

Austin Monk

Higher Education

The University of Montevallo has promoted Scott Dillard to vice president of advancement and external affairs.

Matthew Fajack has joined the University of Alabama as vice president for financial affairs.

The Rheumatology Research Foundation has appointed S. Louis Bridges Jr. director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology as vice president. In addition, UAB alumnus John Strohm has been named president of Rounder Records in Nashville.

Austin Monk has joined Wallace State Community College as director of workforce development.


The Employee Benefits consulting practice of S.S. Nesbitt has added Mark Hamby and Brian Wagoner.

Investment Advisory

Barry Prim joined Warren Averett Asset Management as a senior client consultant.


Edward Meyerson, of Baker Donelson, has been honored with the Edward P. Meyerson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

James Blake Bailey, an attorney in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, will serve as chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Birmingham Bar Association. Also Partner Scott Ludwig has been elected chair of the Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Unincorporated Organization Acts. In addition, Partner Bruce Ely has received the 2017 State Tax Author of the Year Award from Bloomberg BNA.


Will Ferniany, CEO of the UAB Health System, has been named to the 2017 list of Becker’s Healthcare 183 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know.

Erin Eun-Young Ahn, an associate professor of oncologic sciences at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Mayer Mitchell Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.


Lee Smith, of BBVA Compass, has been elected as 2018 chairman of the board of the Birmingham Business Alliance. Other board members are Nancy Goedecke, Sanjay Singh, Greg Curran, Don Logan, Nelson Bean, Jim Gorrie, Brian Hilson and Bing Edwards.

The Alabama Farmers Federation honored U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt with the Service to Agriculture Award.

Stephanie Robinson

Real Estate

RealtySouth Agent Stephanie Robinson was ranked among the nation’s top 250 in sales volume in The Thousand, a listing in the Wall Street Journal of the nation’s top real estate agents.


Wayne Hutchens has been named president of AT&T Alabama, where he had been assistant vice president.


Horace Horn, PowerSouth’s vice president of external affairs, was presented the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Cultivator Award for fostering relationships that benefit rural families.

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