Career Notes, February 2019

Who's moving up?

Alan Alexander


Anglin Reichmann Armstrong PC has promoted Luke Kinzer and Jason Miller to partner.

Jackson Thornton has hired Alan Alexander as its chief operating officer.


Carl Preston Jones has been appointed associate director, technical of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.


Phillip Johns has been promoted to chief financial officer of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Davis Dugger


Davis Dugger has joined River Bank & Trust as vice president and relationship manager for the Coastal Region.

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Dennis Lee Bragg, owner of Bragg Farms, has been added to ServisFirst Bank Huntsville board of directors.


Davidson Homes, of Huntsville, has hired Greg Duriez as regional president and Lindsey Tapscott as director of marketing.


Frank Abagnale has been named the new company spokesperson with ThreatAdvice.

Economic Development

Alan Spencer, vice president for economic development and public policy for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, has retired.

Ntam Baharanyi


Charles Edward Sanders Jr. has been elected chair of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Ntam Baharanyi, of Tuskegee University, has been named a fellow of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

Joseph Kloepper, a professor of plant pathology in Auburn University‘s College of Agriculture, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Arin Eddy has been named the women’s golf coach at Calhoun Community College.

Jasper attorney Ed Sanders was elected chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education‘s coordinating board. Stan Pylant, president and general manager of WHNT-TV in Huntsville, was elected vice chair.

Seven Faulkner University Thomas B. Goode Jones School of Law alumni were voted into public office in Alabama. They are: Christy Edwards, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; Tommy Bryan, Alabama Supreme Court; Tom Whatley, Will Barfoot and Greg Albritton, Alabama State Senate; Isaac Whorton, 5th Judicial Circuit; and Jim Zeigler, State Auditor.

Art historian Noa Turel, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named a 2019 member of the Institute for Advanced Study.


Steve Cope, of Avion Solutions Inc., has retired. He served Avion for 13 years and held the position of director of marketing and public relations.

Ben Pitts

Fire Suppression

Ben Pitts has joined Amerex Corp. as vice president, sales.


Tim Puthoff has been named chief executive officer of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and Tenet’s Alabama and Tennessee Group.

Girish Dhall, M.D., has been named division director for Hematology-Oncology and Blood Marrow Transplantation program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Pediatrics and Children’s of Alabama.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has named Russell Taichman, DMD, DMSc, dean of the UAB School of Dentistry. Also Cheri Canon, M.D., the Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of Radiology at UAB, has been named to the American Board of Radiology’s Board of Governors. Desiree Morgan, M.D., vice chair for Education in the Department of Radiology at UAB, has been appointed to the American Board of Radiology’s Board of Trustees.

Reese Dismukes


Palomar Insurance has added Reese Dismukes as an account executive.


Sara Turner, of Baker Donelson, has been appointed to a one-year term as chair of the DRI Retail and Hospitality Committee.

Judd Harwood has joined the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama board of directors and Jennifer Commander has joined PARCA’s Roundtable. Both are attorneys with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

Alex Parish has joined Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP as an associate attorney.

Reid Carpenter and Jeffrey Doss have been named partners at Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC.

Leland Murphree, of Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, has been selected for ABI’s 40 Under 40.

Kathleen Miller, managing partner of Armbrecht Jackson LLP, has received the Alabama State Bar’s 2018 Susan Bevill Livingston Leadership Award.


The Alabama State Port Authority has promoted Linda Paaymans to chief financial officer, Danny Barnett to vice president of human resources, Bill Inge to vice president, general cargo and central services, and Parrish Lawler to director of trade and development.

Christopher Austin has been named general manager, Port of Mobile Operations for MTC Logistics.

Caroline Chapman

Meeting Planners

Caroline Chapman has been promoted to senior meeting planner of Destinations, Alfa’s in-house travel and event management company.


Engineman 1st Class Carlo Flaccavento, of Pinson, has been selected as Navy Recruiting Command 2018 Sailor of the Year. In addition, Command Master Chief Eric Mays, of Birmingham, has retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service.


Phillip Johns has been promoted to chief financial officer of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, has retired after more than 30 years with the agency.

Linda Paaymans has been promoted to chief financial officer of the Alabama State Port Authority, and Danny Barnett to vice president of human resources; Bill Inge, vice president of general cargo and central services, and Parrish Lawler, director of trade and development.

Downtown Florence Alliance has hired Stephanie Vess as executive director.

The AlabamaGermany Partnership has named JamisonMoneyFarmer PC Shareholder Bobby Ingram as its new chairman.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has been named chairwoman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition.

Randall Breaux

Parts Distribution

Motion Industries Inc. has promoted Randall Breaux to president.

Real Estate

J.H. Berry & Gilbert Inc. President Philip Currie has been named to Real Estate Forum’s 2018 Top 50 Under 40 class.

The Birmingham Association of Realtors announced that two of its members, Linda Brooks of RealtySouth-I-459, and Ralph Parker, of Keller Williams Vestavia, have completed the final course of the Alabama Graduate Realtor Institute, earning the GRI designation.

Sam Winter & Co. has added Helen Bender as its newest agent.

Senior Living

Atlas Senior Living has promoted Greg Crutcher to chief marketing officer. Crutcher has been part of Atlas since its inception in 2013.


Adtran Inc. Vice President of Global Marketing Gary Bolton has been re-elected to the Fiber Broadband Association’s board for a three-year term.


The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association his hired Tina Lawler as membership recruitment and legislative liaison.

Wealth Management

Sidney Roebuck Jr. has joined Argent Trust Co. as senior vice president/trust officer in its Birmingham office.

John Blalock, Brad Lowe and Chad Mosely, of Nowlin & Associates, qualified for Summit of the Inner Circle recognition by Ameritas. In addition, Ameritas recognized five Nowlin associates with the Leader Award. They are: Charlie Nowlin, Justin Craft, Jordan Cole, John Pelham and Stuart Gaines.

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