Career Notes, January 2019

Who's moving up?


Northpointe Bank has added Darryl Richardson to its Alabama lending team.


Jeff Long has joined Royal Cup Coffee & Tea as senior vice president of sales, food service and hospitality.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United Inc. has named Pamela Cook director of multicultural marketing and community affairs for the Central Region.


Stacey Brewer, executive coordinator for Neil Lamb at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has been appointed board chair for the International Association of Administrative Professionals Foundation.

Clint Lovette


Clint Lovette, of Lovette Design + Build, was named the Home Builders Association of Alabama Remodeler of the Year for 2018.

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Hoar Construction Director of Business Development, Alabama Division Clayton McKinnon was recognized by the International Council of Shopping Centers CenterBuild conference as one of its Rising Retail Leaders Under 40 for 2018.

Economic development

Brian Jennings has joined the Birmingham Business Alliance as vice president of economic development.


Auburn University President Steven Leath has been appointed to a three-year term as secretary of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Shaik Jeelani, vice president for research and dean of Tuskegee University’s graduate school, has been inducted into North Carolina State University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame.

Wallace State Community College Director of Information Technology Kirk Nugent has earned the status of certified in Governance of Enterprise IT.

University of North Alabama Police Chief Kevin Gillilan was selected to attend a 10-week FBI National Academy. Joan Williams, director of the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity, has received the Louis Dale Diversity Leadership Award, presented by the Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers. In addition, Michael Pretes, professor of geography, has been elected vice president and president-elect of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.

The Newcomen Society of Alabama honored University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray Watts. Also, James Hill has been named chair of the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences and director of the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center. In addition, Jonathan Wiesen has been hired as UAB’s new chair of the Department of History.


Grandbridge Real Estate Capital has hired Richard Alexander Jr. in the company’s Mobile office as vice president. 


The Alabama Grocers Association honored Curtis Lyons as Vendor of the Year and Danny Babb as Wholesaler of the Year. Lyons has served on the AGA’s board of directors for five years and Babb has served for two years.

Marc Miller


Southeast Health has welcomed Devesh Dahale as director of health system engineering and Patti Taylor as director of graduate medical education administration. In addition, Amith Skandhan, an internal medicine hospitalist, has been named to the American College of Physician’s Top Hospitalist list for 2018.

Marc Miller, chief executive officer of Statera Health, is the recipient of Alabama Regent’s 2018 American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award.


Ward Muller is the new president and owner of Hydro Technologies of Mobile, which represents manufacturers of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection products. 


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has named Ted Hosp executive director of governmental affairs.


Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Assistant Attorney General Monet Gaines as Montgomery County District Court Judge.

Lauren Smith has been named president of Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne PC. She succeeds Ed Starnes, who was president for 11 years.

George Newton II, a partner with Starnes Davis Florie, has been inducted as an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Tommie Reese Sr., public safety director with the City of Demopolis, has been named the law enforcement coordinator for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. In addition, A. Clark Morris has been appointed to lead the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division.

Adams and Reese attorneys were recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers. Those recognized who serve in Alabama offices were Richard Carmody, Charles Pinckney, Stephen Rowe, Aaron McLeod, Russell Rutherford, Andrew Freeman and April Smith.

Balch & Bingham attorneys Chuck Burkhart and Conrad Anderson IV authored the Alabama Construction Law Manual, the state’s first treatise on legal issues affecting the construction industry to be published in more than a decade.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added seven attorneys in its Birmingham office, who are Kaylee Beauchamp, Rachel Conry, K. Laney Gifford, Claire Johnson, Riley McDaniel, Alexander Thrasher and Davis Vaughn. Also, Partner C. Meade Hartfield has been appointed the inaugural chair and founder of the Women in Law Committee of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. In addition, Partners Lela Hollabaugh, Lindsey Boney IV and Tripp Haston have been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading life sciences attorneys.

Maynard Cooper & Gale has added Mary Mangan and Claire Martin as associates in the firm’s Litigation and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice groups.

Brandon Clapp and Brian Richardson, of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLP, were named Rising Stars in the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers listing.

Patricia Ryan


Patricia Ryan, executive director of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative Inc., is retiring after 20 years. Replacing Ryan is Tobin Cataldo, a 13-year employee of Birmingham Public Library.


Carol Aiken, clinical operations administrator and privacy and compliance officer for the Smith Family Clinic of Genomic Medicine, was appointed to the Alabama chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Practice Management Association executive committee.


Don Comeaux has been named executive director of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.


Exchange 202, of Mobile, has added Jason McKenzie as director of community engagement.

Stephen McNair, of McNair Historic Preservation in Mobile, has been appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to serve on the Southern Rail Commission. His term will expire in July 2022.

Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, has been appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to the board of directors of the Alabama Partnership for Children.

Yolanda Sullivan

Yolanda Sullivan, CEO of YWCA Central Alabama, has retired. Sullivan served as interim CEO in 2014 before being named CEO in 2015. She was the fourth CEO in the organization’s history.

Jimmy Dobbs, executive director of Agape of Central Alabama, is retiring after 33 years of service.

Jimbo Meador, conservationist and owner of Jimbo’s Delta Excursions, has received the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Lifetime of Conservation Achievement Award.


Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch received the Buddy Shuman Award from the National Motorsports Press Association.

Real Estate

Newcastle Homes has welcomed Terri LoBretto as its sales agent for Camellia Ridge in Pelham.

Janice Harper, of Town Square Realty, has completed the final course of the Alabama Realtor Institute. 


Birmingham Children’s Theatre has added Jessie Kisor as the new director of education.

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