Movers & Shapers, December 2018

Spotlight on Tallapoosa and Chambers Counties

Kelly Adams

Kelly Adams
Adams is the cofounder and CEO of Beyond Home Care, a service for elderly and disabled individuals seeking assistance with activities of daily living at home. Beyond Home Care competed in the Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition last fall and finished in the top six in the competition. Adams holds a degree in communications from the University of North Alabama and is a certified advisor working with seniors and caregivers. She is active in her community, including serving as an ambassador for Alexander City Chamber of Commerce and the board of Leadership Lake Martin.

Peggy Bullard
Bullard, a Dadeville native, is owner/operator of Little Lambs and Ivy, a state-licensed day care center and pre-kindergarten school since 1997. She also has owned LaKay’s Flowers and Gifts since 2009. She has been active in the Kiwanis Club for many years, having served as president of the Dadeville Kiwanis organization and Kiwanian of the Year in 2003. She is a member of the Kiwanis Leadership Society. Other awards include Business Person of the Year in 2018 and the Eddie Williams Award and the State of Alabama Governors Award sponsored by the Alabama Kiwanis organization. She also has been an avid fundraiser for local schools. 

Susan Burrow
Burrow is president of Central Alabama Community College. Burrow earned a Ph.D. from Ole Miss, a master’s in nursing and a post-master’s certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UAB. Under her leadership, CACC was selected as the first Alabama school to join the national Achieving the Dream College initiative in 2013, leading to a 13 percent increase in student completion rates. Burrow’s community service includes the SAFE Board of Directors in Sylacauga.

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Chris Busby
Busby oversees community development for the Chambers County Development Authority and also manages communications and public relations. He is a Chambers County native, receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 2004. He is a graduate of Class I of the Alabama Leadership Initiative, with additional economic development credentials from Auburn University and the University of Alabama. He serves on the Chambers County Board of Education and the boards of Valley Haven School and the Chambers County Museum. He is also active in the Economic Development Association of Alabama and on the Alabama Association of School Board’s Advocacy Committee.

Chad Calhoun

Chad Calhoun
Calhoun is president of Classic Homes, Russell Lands’ construction company. After graduating from Auburn University’s Building Science program in 1998, Calhoun worked for Brice Building Co. in Birmingham where he was awarded the state Project Manager of the Year by the Alabama Subcontractor’s Association in 2005. He joined Russell Lands in 2006. Calhoun is also chairman of the Russell Lands Architectural Review Committee. Calhoun is president elect for the Alexander City Rotary Club, chairman of Gateway to Education board, board member of Lake Martin Auburn Club, 2008 Leadership Lake Martin class member and Alabama Homebuilders Association member.

Michael Carter
Carter is owner/operator of Southside Collision Center in Dadeville. He serves on the Tallapoosa County Board of Education and is in his fourth year as president of the Lake Martin Area Chamber of Commerce. He attended Central Alabama Community College and graduated from Jacksonville State University. He has had a 25-year career in real estate.

Thomas Coley Jr.
Coley is a five-term Tallapoosa County commissioner, having served as chairman six times. He is a fifth-generation native of Alexander City.  A University of Alabama graduate, he is the UniServ director for the Alabama Education Association in Bullock, Mason, Russell and Tallapoosa counties. Past president of the National Association of Black County Officials, he has held leadership roles in the National Organization of Black Officials, the National Association of Counties, the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama, Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, the Committee of 100 for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries’ Center for Rural Alabama, Lake Martin Area Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, and is a Leadership Alabama alum. He now  serves on  the Alabama Historical Commission, the Alabama Black Heritage Council, the Alabama Heritage Foundation and the Alexander City Area Chamber of Commerce board.

Ed Collari

Ed Collari
Collari is president and CEO of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Ohio State University. Upon graduation, he spent five years as the play-by-play voice of the Winston-Salem Dash in the Chicago White Sox organization. Turning to advertising and returning to Birmingham, he was marketing director and assistant general manager of The Summit in Birmingham for Bayer Properties. He currently serves on several boards in the Alexander City and Lake Martin community.

Ashley Crane
Crane is the executive director for the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber staff, she worked at Southern Union State Community College. Crane is a graduate of Southern Union and Auburn University, with a master’s from Troy University.

Sandra Calloway Crim
Crim is a native of Chambers County, where she has established a career with the city of Valley Police Department. A graduate of Troy State University, she has been a patrol officer in Valley and a Chambers County School Resource Officer, secretary of the Alabama Association of School Resource Officers, a Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, and a member of the National Association of School Resource Officers and the Governors SAFE Council Regional Support Team. She also works with the City of Valley Junior Police Academy and Valley Housing Authority.

Bruce Emfinger
Emfinger is vice president, commercial and consumer loans, at AuburnBank’s Valley branch. He also is president and chairman of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Public Education Foundation. He is chairman of the Valley Housing Authority, an advisory board member of the Chambers County Career Technical Center and a graduate of Auburn University.

Jonathan Herston
Herston is executive director of the Circle of Care Center for Families, which offers family life services for some 2,000 families a year. He is also the pastor of Hopewell United Methodist Church, which recently celebrated its 175th anniversary. A graduate of Valley High School and a Southern Union alum, he has an undergraduate degree from LaGrange College and master’s degrees from Emory and Troy universities. He has been instrumental in bringing sliding scale mental health services to the greater Valley area.

Don McClellan
McClellan has served as executive director for the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance since 2004. He is a former mayor of Alexander City and a former small business owner. He has been involved in the recruitment of 20 new companies and bringing more than $825 million of investment into Tallapoosa County. McClellan also has served as chairman of the board for the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority and is a member of the State of Alabama’s Regional Workforce Council, Central Alabama Works (Region 5).

Lindsay Meacham

Lindsay Meacham
Meacham is an Alexander City native, graduating from Benjamin Russell High School and the University of Alabama. She works for Lee Marketing Group as president and managing partner of LMG Advertising Agency. She is a member of the Lake Martin Young Professionals, a board member of the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation and member of the Benjamin Russell High School Career Technical Advisory Board.

James D. Nabors
Nabors was elected mayor of Alexander City in 2016. Nabors previously served as the superintendent of the Alexander City Board of Education from 1999 until 2003. Prior to that he was the chief financial officer for Russell Corp., retiring in 1998. He is currently the chairman of the board of Russell Medical Center. Nabors is a 1963 graduate of the University of Alabama and is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Carrie Royster
Royster is a lifelong resident of Chambers County and a 2003 graduate of Chambers Academy. She is the marketing and events manager at the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, which grew by 69 members in 2017-2018.

Kirby Scales
Scales is general manager of Russell Do it Center and Russell Building Supply stores. After attending the University of Alabama and working at King Building Materials in Selma, he joined Russell in 2000. In 2012, Scales was named general manager of all nine Russell Do it Center and Building Supply stores. During his tenure, the company has experienced impressive growth, doubling sales and the size of the employee workforce. He is the recipient of the Golden Hammer award presented by Do it Best Corp.  He is involved in coaching youth sports and Outdoor Friends Forever. He is a graduate of Leadership Lake Martin and a member of the Alexander City Lions Club.

Todd Shackett
Shackett was named president of Southern Union State Community College in July.  Shackett comes to Southern Union from Baxter International, where he most recently served as the director of operational excellence. Shackett is a graduate of Kettering University with master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Shackett also has a certificate in executive management from Stanford University.

Kevin Speaks

Kevin Speaks
Speaks is a 2001 Benjamin Russell High School graduate and an Alexander City native. After attending Central Alabama Community College and graduating from Jacksonville State University, where he was a member of both schools’ championship baseball teams, he returned to his hometown to join the financial services industry, and now works in commercial lending in Valley. He is employed at Valley Bank. He is an executive board member of the Lake Martin Young Professionals, Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Wildcat Entrepreneur Academy mentor and investor panel member.     

John E. Thompson
Thompson is a 12-year member of Lake Martin Resource Association, where he is serving as president. He is a member of the board of directors of Cherokee Ridge Trail Association, an advisory group for the Tallapoosa County Extension Service. His passions include battling litter, and he has organized several cleanup drives. He also organized “light up Lake Martin” to place 200 lighted “hazardous area” buoys by 2020. He enjoys tennis, hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, and has been awarded for his community service.

Anthony Wilkinson
Wilkinson is the principal of Benjamin Russell High School. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a master’s from the University of Montevallo and a doctorate from Samford University. Under his leadership, BRHS has earned nationwide honors, established eight career academies and set records with 90 percent graduation rates two years in a row. Wilkinson serves on the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce board.

Joe Windle
Windle is superintendent of Tallapoosa County Schools. A Tallapoosa County native, he is a graduate of Auburn University and holds a master’s degree from Kansas University, with additional credentials from Columbia University, the Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Air Force War College. Windle served 18 years as commandant at Lyman Ward Military Academy. He also worked for the State Department of Education coaching elementary school principals on implementing the Alabama Reading Initiative. A retired Army colonel, he earned The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He is a member of the Dadeville Kiwanis Club.

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