Movers & Shapers, August 2018

Spotlight on Chilton, Dallas & Wilcox Counties

Bill Albritton

Bill Albritton

Albritton is vice chairman of the Wilcox County Commission. He owns and operates Albritton’s Florist and Gifts in Camden, and Albritton’s Flowers in Selma. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with Dunklin-Daniels Funeral Home. He also served on the Camden City Council for 15 years. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in ornamental horticulture.

Suzannah​ Campbell

Campbell is the administrator of St. Vincent’s Chilton. She has been with St. Vincent’s Health System for 12 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles. Campbell holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a master’s from Auburn University at Montgomery and an undergraduate degree from Auburn University. She serves on the board for the Alabama Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its Light the Night Walk Executive Committee. Campbell also serves on the Samford University Healthcare Advisory Committee.

Floyd Harris

Harris is the Alabama Power Co. business office manager for Camden, Greenville, Fort Deposit and Georgiana. He is responsible for safety, customer satisfaction, reliability, billing, collections, marketing and appliance sales. He is a graduate of Auburn University. He is president of the Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority board, and is a former chairman of the board of Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce and secretary/treasurer of Junior Achievement.

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Hal Huggins

Hal Huggins

Huggins is a lifelong resident of Camden and has been the president and CEO of Town-Country National Bank since 2010. He has served as an executive loan officer from the time TCNB opened in 1978. An Auburn University graduate, he serves on the boards of J. Paul Jones Hospital, the Wilcox County Alabama Farmers Federation and the Wilcox Industrial Authority. He also has been active with the Camden Exchange Club for many years. He has been financial chairman of Camden United Methodist Church for 30 years.

Miah Jackson

A Selma native, Jackson serves on the City Council and is executive director of the Dallas County Court Services (DCCS) program. Under her leadership, the DCCS programs have earned a number of awards, including the 2016 National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ Cultural Leadership Award, the 2015 State of Alabama Administrative Office of Courts’ George Furgeron Award for Community Excellence and the 2018 State of Alabama Administrative Office of Courts Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb Appreciation Award. Jackson is a member of the Alabama Association of Drug Court Professionals and is a certified court referral officer. She established the annual Night of Hope event to address community relations. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Amridge University, and is a graduate of Leadership Selma-Dallas County.

Chad McEachern

McEachern is president and CEO of the Edmundite Missions, serving those in poverty in the Deep South. During his career, he has served the Catholic Church in several areas, as well as the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Foundation and the United Service Organization (USO). He serves on several local and national boards, including the Wallace Community College Foundation Board. Awards include a recent presentation from the National Council of Negro Women Inc. A graduate of St. Michael’s College, he studied theology at Saint Bonaventure University and Washington Theological Union, and recently earned a certificate in Catholic Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

Darrio Melton

Darrio Melton

Melton is mayor of historic Selma. He started his career as a staffer in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, assisting constituents with federal agencies and federal grants. Since that time, he has been elected to Alabama’s State House of Representatives where he received recognition as the 2011 Freshman Legislator of the Year; 2013 House Democratic Caucus Legislator of the Year; 2014 Alabama’s Top 20 Leaders Under 40, and Alabama House Democratic Caucus Chair (2014-2016). Melton is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a master’s in divinity from Emory University. In addition to his political and government work, he serves as a motivational and inspirational speaker and is an ordained pastor.

Johnny Moss

Moss is director of marketing and public relations for Wallace Community College Selma. He also serves as an adjunct professor of economics, finance, management science and marketing for the college. He has served as director of the school’s Advanced Visualization Center. Moss is a graduate of Tuskegee University with an MBA from Troy State University Montgomery. He is chairman of the Selma City School Board, chairman of the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board for the Selma Redevelopment Authority. He also serves on the SACS Leadership Team.

Joseph Parnell

Parnell is general manager of Parnell Inc. and a member of the Chilton County Commission. A lifelong resident of Chilton County, he grew up working for his family business. He manages eight logging crews, 32 log trucks and more than 80 employees. He also purchases and sells more than 600, 000 tons of timber each year, and handles the company’s safety and compliance programs. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he is a past chairman of the Wood Supply Research Institute, has served on John Deere’s Forestry Lead Use Group and is currently vice chairman of the National Forest Resource Association’s board of directors. He also served on the 2013 Chilton County Board of Education’s Capital Planning Committee. Parnell works as the Chilton County representative to the Industrial Development Board.

Lori Patterson

Lori Patterson

A Chilton County native, Patterson is CEO of the YMCA of Chilton County. She also serves on the Chilton County Board of Education. She received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her master’s degree from the University of Montevallo. She and her husband have 17-year-old twins and are Chilton County foster parents. She serves on the Chilton County Workforce Development Committee and the Chilton County Children’s Policy Council.

Allen Payton

Payton is president and owner of Chilton Contractors Inc. He is a native of Chilton County and started the company in 1987. He is a charter member of both the Chilton County Hospital Authority and the Chilton County Solid Waste Authority. He also serves on the Chilton County Industrial Board and is a board member for the Collins Chapel Fire Department.

Owen Peak

Peak is an insurance agent with Peak Insurance Inc. in Selma. After graduating form Auburn University, he worked for Auto Owners Insurance Co. and Cobbs Allen Inc. before returning to Selma to join his father’s agency. Peak has completed both the Dale Carnegie Leadership and the Leadership Selma-Dallas County programs. He is active in the Alabama Independent Insurance Agents Inc. Young Agents, has been on the boards of Main Street Selma and Arsenal Place, and is a current board member of the Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority. He has been voted Best Insurance Agent in Selma twice since returning to Selma in the Selma Times-Journal Readers’ Choice Awards and was named one of the 2017 Twenty under Forty in Selma the Magazine.

John Riggs

Riggs is executive director of the Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission (ATRC) in Camden. ATRC is a ten-county council of governments and is the point of contact for the Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority. Riggs has worked at the agency for 43 years, the last 20 as executive director. Riggs has twice been president of the Alabama Association of Regional Councils and was instrumental in the creation of Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center in Camden, which has attracted visitors from all 50 states and 30 other countries.

André Saulsberry

Saulsberry is superintendent of education for the Wilcox County Public School System after many years of teaching and administrative roles. As superintendent, he has strengthened honors and career readiness programs, reading programs and Head Start opportunities. He is a graduate of Langston University with advanced degrees from the University of Alabama. He is affiliated with the Black Belt Community Foundation, Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce, Wilcox Works, the Willie Frank Smiley Scholarship Fund, Langstonites and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Billy Singleton

Billy Singleton

Singleton has been involved in the aviation and aerospace industry for more than 40 years. A member of the Chilton County Airport Authority, he is responsible for coordinating federal and state airport improvement grants. In recent years, airport improvements have made it an economic engine for Chilton County. He graduated from Troy University and received a master’s from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the author of four books, has published hundreds of articles relating to aviation history and safety and is a regular contributor of local history articles for the Clanton Advertiser. He served as the representative of airport authorities on the Alabama Homeland Security Task Force, is a member of the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce board and co-chair of the Chilton County 150th Anniversary Celebration committee. He serves on the board of the Friends of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Sheryl Smedley

Smedley is the executive director of the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the chamber in 2009, she spent 20 years in the banking industry, earning honors as top sales associate in her bank’s retail west Alabama division. She attended Daytona Beach Community College, Wallace Community College Selma, the Alabama Banking School at the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama. She is a graduate of Leadership Selma-Dallas County and a recent graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Management Southeast.

Darrell Steward

Darrell Steward

Steward is an investor in Selma and Dallas County, purchasing and renovating properties in Selma’s Old Town Historic District and other parts of the city. His investments are helping meet the need for residential and commercial rental properties in Selma. Steward is president of Steward Construction Co. Inc., which he formed in 1985. He is also president of Steward Farms and Steward Properties and vice president of Steward/Pearce Development, all based in Selma. He served as president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association from 2014-2018 and is currently on the board of the Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority.

Wayne Vardaman

Vardaman is president of the Centre for Commerce and executive director of the Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree from Troy University. He has been with the Centre for Commerce for 16 years, after working 26 years at American Candy Co. Vardaman is a vice president of Region 5 Workforce Development Council, which covers 13 counties. He is also a member of the Coosa Alabama River Improvement Association and past board member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

Gay West

West is the coordinator of the Chilton County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. She has been with the extension office for 27 years. She has worked with the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce to co-sponsor Chilton Leadership classes and with the Chilton Food Innovation Center Board and the Chilton Research and Extension Center to develop a shared-use kitchen for food entrepreneurs. West is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama. She serves on the Chilton County Emergency Assistance Center Board, the Middle Alabama Agency on Aging Board and the Chilton Natural Resource Council.

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