Movers & Shapers, October 2018

Spotlight on Lauderdale & Colbert Counties

Marty Abroms

Marty Abroms
Abroms, a CPA, is president and managing shareholder of Abroms & Associates PC, a CPA firm based in the Shoals area. The firm provides accounting, tax, and consulting services for clients, with operations throughout the United States and globally. Abroms also is a certified valuation analyst. During his career, he has taken an active advisory role in more than 200 acquisitions and divestitures. He began his career at KPMG in 1981. In 1985, he moved to private industry as a corporate officer for the Anderson Companies. He founded his own company in 1995. He is on the board of directors for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and holds ownership positions and serves on the boards for several privately held companies, leadership positions in several nonprofit and trade associations including the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Alabama (chair 2015) and the University of North Alabama Board of Trustees and is chair of CPA-PAC for the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama, receiving the Turis Fidelas, the top university service award, and the Keller Key, for the highest grade point average. Abroms also received the AICPA Elijah Watt Sells Award, presented to those candidates that take all sections of the CPA exam at one time and receive the highest grades.

Glenda Colagross
In April 2018, Colagross was named the president of Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC). She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Alabama and a doctorate of education from the University of Alabama. Long affiliated with NW-SCC as a teacher and administrator, she came to the presidency after a term as interim president at Southern Union State Community College. In 2013, she was elected to the board of trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She has served as president-elect of the Greater Shoals Rotary Club, president of the Alabama Community College System Instructional Officers Association and on the boards of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and Easter Seals in the Shoals Area. She has been recognized for outstanding leadership by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges; is a past Chancellor’s Award nominee, and is active in the Alabama Community College Association.   

Caitlin Holland
Holland has been president of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce since June 2017, after leading the group’s investor relations and public policy units. Prior to joining the Shoals Chamber, Holland served as the director of resource development for United Way of Northwest Alabama and as a corporate attorney. She is a member of the Business Council of Alabama board of directors and the regional advisory committee of ProgressPAC, and she was selected to Alabama Leadership Initiative’s inaugural, expanded class. She is a member of the Florence Rotary Club and the University of North Alabama Executive Business Council. She is a former president of the Colbert County Bar Association and also served on the Sheffield Housing Authority board. She is a 2008 graduate of Auburn University and a 2011 graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

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Steve Holt
Holt was elected mayor of Florence in 2016 after serving 22 years as president of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his position with the Shoals chamber, Holt was the CEO of chambers of commerce in North Carolina and Tennessee. He is past president and board member of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives and former board member of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is a past president of the East Tennessee Industrial Council and the Northeast Tennessee Industrial Development Association. He also is a past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. Holt is a native of Morristown and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He is a certified chamber executive and a certified economic developer.

Judy Hood

Judy Hood
Hood is a marketing and communications professional whose career spans four decades and includes leadership positions at the Florence TimesDaily newspaper, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Coffee Health Group and International Paper Co. Six years ago, she retired from her regional corporate communications position at IP to start Judy Hood Consulting LLC. For the past five years, she has been heavily involved in supporting the uptick of music tourism related to the critically acclaimed “Muscle Shoals” documentary that celebrates the history of the Muscle Shoals music industry, which became known as “the hit recording capital of the world.” She owns and operates Swampette Music Tours and has led thousands of national and international visitors on tours of Muscle Shoals recording studios and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Hood works closely with the Alabama Tourism Department, the Business Council of Alabama and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce to capitalize on economic growth opportunities associated with the film. She serves on the board of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Business Council of Alabama. She is chairman of the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation Board, the nonprofit organization that owns and manages 3614 Jackson Highway, which was the original Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. She also serves on the Student Media Board at the University of North Alabama.

Andy Mann
A Florence native and a graduate of the University of North Alabama, Mann is president of Progress Bank in the Shoals area. In 2011, Mann led the de novo expansion for Progress Bank in the Shoals. He has been actively involved in the North Alabama community, serving on past boards for Shoals Chamber of Commerce (chairman, 2016), Shoals Economic Development Authority, Scottsboro Industrial Development Board, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (chairman), Scottsboro Rotary Club (president) and Downtown Florence Unlimited (past president). He is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County, Leadership Shoals and Leadership Alabama Class XXV. Mann is a member of the Florence Rotary Club, chairman of the University of North Alabama Business Advisory Council, a board member of the Tennessee Valley Art Association and an advisory board member for Helen Keller Hospital.

Giles McDaniel
McDaniel is executive director of the Shoals Business Incubator (SBI) based in Florence. Since 1992, the SBI has served businesses operating in technology/digital sectors, niche manufacturing, business-to-business services and the food production industry. Previously he served as executive director of business incubation networks in east Alabama and northeast Mississippi. McDaniel has been a featured presenter for the National Business Incubation Association, Appalachian Regional Commission and Tennessee Valley Authority conferences, as well as serving on the advisory council for the University of North Alabama School of Business. In recent years, McDaniel served as a member of the ARC Business Incubation Steering Committee and is a charter member of the core team for Shoals Shift, an effort to attract, nurture and promote the area’s creative and tech economy. A graduate of Leadership Alabama, McDaniel also is the general manager of the Mane Capital Fund, an angel capital fund for equity investing in local growth companies. He is a member and former president of Greater Shoals Rotary and has served on the board of the E. Stanley Robbins YMCA of the Shoals. 

Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson
A graduate of Central High School and the University of North Alabama, Patterson is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner of Patterson, Prince and Associates PC. In 1993, UNA Alumni Association named her Alumna of the Year. In 1998, Shoals Chamber of Commerce named her Small Business Person of the Year, and in 1999, the State of Alabama Small Business Administration named her Accountant Advocate of the Year. She is past chairman of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and past president of the UNA Alumni Association. In October 2014, she was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to represent North Alabama on the Alabama Small Business Committee. She currently serves on the boards of the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, Riverhill School Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Shoals Scholar Dollar Foundation Inc. She is a member of the Florence Rotary Club, UNA President’s Cabinet, UNA College of Business Advisory Council and North Alabama Chapter of CPAs. She is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Shoals and a 2008 graduate of Leadership Alabama. In 2017, she was named Shoals Citizen of the Year.

Russell Pigg
Pigg is market president and CEO of ECM Hospital. Pigg joined ECM in April 2012 and has been responsible for directing the facility’s growth and development into a regional provider of heart and stroke services. Under his guidance, ECM has received first silver then gold recognition for stroke services from The American Heart/Stroke organization, along with Stroke Center recognition by the Joint Commission. In addition, he led the drive for the hospital’s Chest Pain accreditation in 2014. Pigg is now overseeing construction of a new regional medical center for northwest Alabama, set to open in December. He oversaw a similar project while serving as the COO in Clarksville, Tennessee. Pigg received his MSHA and MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is active in the community, holding several board positions and working with the Shoals Chamber of Commerce.

Jimmy Shaw

Jimmy Shaw
Shaw is superintendent of Florence City Schools. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of North Alabama and his doctorate at Samford University and has 18 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator. He led the Florence district to start the first early college program in the region, and led the district to the highest recorded Index of Education Quality score, 360, on the district’s AdvancED accreditation visit in 2018. He is a member of the XXIX class of Leadership Alabama. He has earned numerous awards as an educator and has spearheaded many programs for the school system. He helped establish EdStock, an event that brings high quality national and international professional learning to the region, as well as establishing the Florence system as a leader for professional learning and instruction in the state.

Forrest Wright
Wright is president and secretary to the board of the Shoals Economic Development Authority (SEDA). He has accumulated more than 40 years of service in the economic development profession. Before coming to SEDA as president in 1991, Wright served as executive director of the 27-county Southern Kentucky Economic Development Corp. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University, and he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and is a certified economic developer. Wright is past president of the statewide Economic Development Associations in Alabama and Kentucky and now serves on numerous boards including the North Alabama International Trade Association and the Japan America Society of Alabama.

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