Career Notes, May 2018

Who's moving up?

Jeffrey Brewer


Jeffrey Brewer has been named CEO of Goodwyn Mills and Cawood Inc. Brewer had led the firm’s Birmingham office since its inception in 1998 and recently served as president of GMC’s north region.


Brandon Bruce has been named executive artistic director of the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. He replaces Scarlotte Deupree Kilgore, who is moving overseas.


Don Bigler, vice chairman of BBB Industries LLC in Daphne, has been presented the NAPA Partnership Award.


Bill Pitts has been named senior vice president-credit administration at NobleBank & Trust.

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ServisFirst Bank has promoted Blake Freeman to commercial banking officer, Emily Frazier to credit analyst, Kasey Golden to private banking officer and Stacey Marks to cash management sales officer.

ServisFirst Bank has promoted DeLynn Gower to vice president, and Will Heaps and Jim Holtkamp to senior vice president.


Neil Lamb, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology vice president for educational outreach, has received the Faraday Science Communicator Award from the National Science Teachers Association.


Nick Pair has been promoted to director of field operations at DeAngelis Diamond.

Doster Construction Co. has added Brandon Cummings as business development manager of the firm’s multifamily division.

Credit Unions

America’s First Federal Credit Union has promoted the following employees: Kevin Morris, Audra Weber, Mike Northrup, Robin Moore, Jennifer McNeil, Nicole Sutton, Johnathon Shatus, Antoinette Allen, Mary Laughery, Libby Moore, Kristie Helton, Erika Webb, Jennifer Dent, Bonnie Norred, Michelle Kinard, Jacoby Kindred, Jill Criswell, Terry Sanderson, Courtney Moten, Preston Holder, Allie Franks, Bob Jaffe, Stefan Barnette and Anita Lynn.


Mobile County Board of School Commissioners selected Chresal Threadgill as the next superintendent of Mobile County Public Schools.

Wallace State Community College math instructor Dana Adams has been named the recipient of the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award, presented by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Beth Garfrerick, assistant professor in the communications department at the University of North Alabama, has earned her Accreditation in Public Relations.

Craig Powell has been named chair of the Department of Neurobiology at the UAB School of Medicine, as well as director of the Civitan International Research Center. Yolanda Harris has been named UAB’s principal investigator of a study that looks at how MS impacts decision-making in children. Also, Pankaj Arora, assistant professor in the UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease, will serve as editor for Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine.

University of North Alabama Professor Melissa Driskell will give five Earthscope lectures nationally. She is one of only five speakers chosen from research institutions around the country to give the lectures.


Denise Brown has joined Stantec as an area manager in the Mobile office. Brown has 32 years of experience in environmental, civil and structural engineering.


Martin Adams, co-owner of Innovative Financial Solutions in Birmingham, is now a SmartVestor Pro. The SmartVestor program is designed to help educate people who have questions about investing and finances connect with a qualified local advisor.

Financial Advisors

Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management Managing Partner Michael Mullis has been named one of America’s Top 1, 200 Financial Advisors and ranked as a Top 10 Financial Advisor in Alabama for 2018 by Barron’s.

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has named Tyrone Noel market development manager for its Southern Gulf States market.

Funeral Homes

Glover Funeral Home, of Dothan, has added Christy Shelley to its staff. Shelley, a licensed funeral director, has been in the industry for more than 25 years.

Theresa McLaughlin

Health Care

Sight Savers America has presented the fifth annual Hall W. Thompson Hero for Sight Award to Edwina Taylor, founder and former executive director of Cahaba Valley Health Care.

USA Mitchell Cancer Institute has named Theresa McLaughlin its new administrator of clinical services.

Will Ferniany, CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, has joined the board of directors of Vizient.


Restaurant Operations Institute Inc., a restaurant consulting and safety training company in Birmingham, has hired Shaun Matthews as director of business development, Mona Moore as director of media relations, Carrie Porter as director of office administration, Kristi Perkins as administrative support and Mack Lacey as director of video production.


Jay Bender, a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Eddie Saunier will serve as chief security officer with Burr & Forman LLP.

Daniel Fortune, a former deputy chief assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division for the Northern District of Alabama, has joined Huie to lead the cybersecurity liability and white-collar defense practice groups.

Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC Partner Brandon Essig has been appointed to serve on the 2017-2018 Alabama State Bar Cybersecurity Task Force.

Baker Donelson has 10 Birmingham-based attorneys ranked in Chambers USA as leading practitioners in Alabama. They are: Timothy Lupinacci, Eric Pruitt, B.G. Minisman Jr., Joe Campbell, Kevin Garrison, Edward Meyerson, H. Chervis Isom, Denise Killebrew, Murphy McMillan and William Sylvester.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP had eight attorneys who have been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defence practitioners. They are: W. Wayne Drinkwater, James Gewin, William Goodman III, Tripp Haston, Lela Hollabaugh, Kimberly Martin, Charles Stewart and Lindsey Boney IV.

Oil & Gas

Pat Nichols has been named SPOC Automation’s operations and logistics manager.


The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship has appointed some VISTA volunteers to help with its new Regional Economic Activities for Communicating Hope program. They are: Carolyn Austin, Debbie Esslinger, Cathie Mayne, Renee Scruggs, Rae-Michele Springer, Kaelyn Wedgeworth and Melony Yearta.

Political Polling

Andrea Screws has joined Montgomery-based Anzalone Liszt Grove Research as director of operations.

Real Estate

Fletcher Majors, of Great Southern Land LLC in Wetumpka, has received the 2017 Excellence in Instruction Award from the Realtors Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Newcastle Homes has added Zach McFarland as sales agent/associate broker in its Pelham office.

Jean Wyatt has joined Sam Winter & Co. in Mobile.

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