Career Notes, November 2018

Who's moving up?

Morgan McDaniel


Morgan McDaniel and Brooklyn McNeese have joined Russell Thompson Butler & Houston as staff accountants.


Anne Toulouse has been named interim senior vice president of communications at Boeing Co., succeeding Phil Musser.


At Bryant Bank, Bland Morris has been promoted to vice president, commercial loan officer; Lisa Hastings to vice president, relationship manager, and Donna Finch to branch manager of the Foley office. The bank has hired Sandy Cazabat as assistant vice president; Laura Hastings as training and development director; David Kindred as vice president, commercial lender; Herman Stubbs as vice president, commercial loan officer, and Jerry Warren as vice president, treasury management.

Karen Grahn has been promoted to senior vice president, credit card division manager at ServisFirst Bank.

Chris Harrelson has joined SunSouth Bank as assistant vice president of commercial banking.

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Lucas Gambino was named general counsel and vice president of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United Inc.

Michael Schilleci, president of Supreme Beverage Co. in Tanner, has been elected as chairman of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.


The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama announced the Tuscaloosa County Civil Hall of Fame inductees for 2018, who are Bert Bank, Jordan Plaster, Gene “Poodgie” Poole, Malcolm Portera, Kenneth Ward Swindle, Harrison Taylor and Yvonne Wells.

Economic Development

Jeff Traywick, Birmingham Business Alliance vice president of economic development, has been named one of the top 50 economic developers in North America by Consultant Connect.


After 37 years as president, Gary Branch is retiring from Coastal Alabama Community College.

Chuck Ernst has been appointed to lead Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

Phillip Mann has been named the new Alabama Community College System director of promotion and economic development for the Alabama Center for the Arts, located in Decatur.


Children’s of Alabama has endowed chairs in the name of several long-time board members. They are: Ralph Frohsin Jr., Susan Nabers Haskell, Virginia Walker Jones, Phillippe Lathrop, L. Gwaltney McCollum Jr. and Benjamin Russell.

Michael Chang has been named chief medical officer for USA Health and associate vice president for medical affairs and professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine. In addition, Dan Howard has been named chief information officer for USA Health.


Melvin “Trey” Harris, Allison Kelman and Alex Espana have been hired by One Club Gulf Shores. Harris and Kelman will serve as food and beverage managers, while Espana will head up golf course and tournament programs.


L. Dickerson Fountain has been appointed Huntsville market executive of  S.S. Nesbitt.

Marie Lackey has been appointed senior regional sales director for the Southeastern region of Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co.


Christina May Bolin, Helen Alford and Gabrielle Reeves, of Alford Bolin LLC, have joined Christian & Small LLP.

Maynard Cooper & Gale hired Erica Williamson Barnes, Noah “Chip” Hicks and Robert Jones as shareholders.

Jonathan Skeeters has been named chairman and managing partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Dawn Helms Sharff, who has been serving as interim chair, was named office managing partner for the firm’s Birmingham office. Also, Edward Sledge IV, a partner in the Birmingham office, has been appointed to the board of directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel Foundation. In addition, E. Mabry Rogers, a partner in the Birmingham office, has been named president of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

Randall McClanahan, of Butler Snow, has been appointed to a three-year term to the National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants.


At UAB, Rett Grover has been named CEO of Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics. David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., has been chosen to lead the Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Real Estate

The Shopping Center Group has named Ray Jones operating partner, Gulf States region, Gary Shanks senior leasing advisor and Michelle Spora A/P accountant.

Josie Russell Young has been hired by New Waters Realty Co. for sales and marketing.


Donna Pardue-Griffith, a service manager at LongHorn Steakhouse in Hoover, has been presented the company’s Manager of the Year award.

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