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welcome new chamber members Joined in May 2018 AB Stone Innovation, Inc. AL Care First, Inc. Joined in June 2018 America’s Party Pros, LLC ACE Solar LLC Autism Society of Alabama Active8 Communications Bradford Health Services Advance America Butcher Drafting Service, LLC Baby Bite Bake Shop Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Best Vein Care of Huntsville Huntsville American Cabinets Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Kennametal, Inc. Elyon’s School of Dance & Performing Arts Leading Edge Real Estate Frontier Technology, Inc. Log Right LLC Fulfyld LLC Madison Alabama School of Real Estate GSE, Inc. - Great Southern Engineering Malibu at Martin Happy Tails Ranch Mod Pizza His Way Recovery Center Mspark Hornbuckle Auto Detailing Nekkid Products J.T. Couch Appraisals ProofNet Investigative Agency Jeff White Photography RiVidium, Inc. Keegan’s Irish Pub Rollin Lobstah Mazda North American Operations Simply Tam Foundation for Artful Living, LLC Mid-South Sign Association Singleton CPA LLC Morris Allen & Associates, Inc. Southeast Mortgage Mosquito Joe Staples #1280 - North Parkway North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence Tate Services, Inc. Nucor Steel - Decatur UNISHIPPERS (I-JIT Logistics) Panera Bread at Bridge Street Windmill Beverages - 3022 South Memorial Parkway PESG - Educational Staffing Solutions PhariCode Plastic Fusion Fabricators, Inc. PM Construction Services Prepare and Respond (PAR) Ready Mix USA Robin Rents Equipment Stovehouse Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Alabama Walmart Store #5703 Wilks and Associates, Inc. Willoughby Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

If you want to make a valuable investment in your business and the community, the Chamber is the place to start. Contact Donna McCrary, Membership Retention Manager: 256-535-2027 or dmccrary@hsvchamber.org.


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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BBVA Compass ■ Crestwood Medical Center ■ Dynetics, Inc. ■ General Atomics Electromagnetics Lockheed Martin Corporation ■ Northrop Grumman Corporation ■ PNC Bank ■ SAIC SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC ■ Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. ■ Yulista

CHAMBER TRUSTEES AEgis Technologies Group ■ Aerojet Rocketdyne ■ Akima, LLC ■ Bailey-Harris Construction ■ Bill Penney Toyota/Mitsubishi Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama ■ Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. ■ Five Stones Research Corporation ■ Intrepid ■ INTUITIVE Jerry Damson Honda Acura ■ KBRwyle ■ Landers McLarty Dodge Chrysler Jeep ■ Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. ■ PARSONS Raytheon Company ■ S3, Inc. ■ Sealy Management Company, Inc. ■ SportsMED Orthopaedic Surgery & Spine Center ■ Synovus ■ Torch Technologies

PROGRESS PARTNERS Ability Plus ■ ASRC Federal ■ Baron Services, Inc. ■ BASF Corporation ■ BB&T ■ Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP ■ Brown Precision, Inc. ■ Colliers International Connected Logistics (LogC2) ■ Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) ■ Davidson Technologies, Inc. ■ Google Fiber ■ Huntsville-Madison County Builders Association ■ IBERIABANK J Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh McLennan Agency LLC company ■ Keel Point, LLC ■ L3 Technologies ■ LMI ■ LogiCore ■ The Orthopaedic Center (TOC) ■ Progress Bank Radiance Technologies ■ RE/MAX Alliance ■ SCI Technology, Inc. ■ SELEX Galileo Inc. ■ ServisFirst Bank ■ Sirote & Permutt, PC ■ Spirit Coach, LLC Steak-Out (Rosie’s Restaurants, Inc., & Right Way Restaurants, Inc.) ■ Turner Construction Company ■ Wells Fargo Bank ■ Woody Anderson Ford PROGRESS INVESTORS 4SITE, Inc. ■ AECOM ■ Alpha Beta Technologies, Inc. ■ All Points Logistics, LLC ■ Amanda Howard | Sotheby’s International Realty ■ Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong, PC ■ Averbuch Realty / Enterprises BancorpSouth ■ BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc. ■ Bryant Bank ■ Canvas, Inc. ■ CB&S Bank ■ Century Automotive ■ CFD Research Corporation ■ CGI Federal ■ Coast Personnel Services ■ Croy Engineering, LLC DC Blox, Inc. ■ deciBel Research ■ Decisive Analytics Corporation ■ Deloitte LLP ■ DESE Research, Inc. ■ Digium, Inc. ■ Express Employment Professionals ■ Fernandez Financial Group ■ FITE Building Company FLS Translation & Interpreting ■ Fountain, Parker, Harbarger & Associates, LLC ■ Garver ■ HEMSI ■ Hiley Cars Huntsville ■ Huntsville Botanical Garden ■ Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau Huntsville Tractor & Equipment, Inc. ■ INTERFUZE Corporation ■ Investor’s Resource – Raymond James Financial Services ■ IronMountain Solutions ■ Legend Realty – Jim Hoekenschneider ■ LINE-X, LLC ■ The Lioce Group, Inc. LSINC Corporation ■ MAG Aerospace ■ MSB Analytics, Inc. ■ National Bank of Commerce ■ nLogic, LLC ■ North Alabama Multiple Listing Service ■ PALCO ■ PFM Financial Advisors LLC ■ PHOENIX ■ PROJECTXYZ, Inc. QTEC Aerospace ■ RE/MAX Distinctive – Sandra Lowrey ■ Ready Mix USA ■ Renasant Bank ■ RJ Young Company ■ S&ME, Inc. ■ Sigmatech, Inc. ■ Systems Products and Solutions, Inc. ■ Technicolor TriVector Services, Inc. ■ Troy 7, Inc. ■ U.S. Space & Rocket Center ■ Valor Communities ■ Venturi, Inc. ■ Warren Averett, LLC ■ West Huntsville Land Co., Inc. ■ Wilmer & Lee, P.A. ■ Worxtime, LLC


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Executive Committee and Board of Directors 2018 Executive Committee Gary Bolton, Chair, ADTRAN, Inc. Kim Lewis, Chair-Elect, PROJECTXYZ, Inc. Joe Newberry, Immediate Past Chair, Redstone Federal Credit Union

Ron Poteat, Chamber Foundation Chair, Regions Bank Greg Brown, Secretary/Treasurer, Brown Precision, Inc. Kevin Byrnes, Vice Chair, Economic Development & Industry Relations, Raytheon Company

Alicia Ryan, Vice Chair, Government & Public Affairs,

A Message from

Chip Cherry

Dear Chamber Investors, Community Leaders and Friends: What often gets lost in the noise surrounding economic development announcements is the foundation that is required for a community and an economy to be successful. Little attention is given to the elements of the foundation that include education, the arts, recreation, infrastructure, redevelopment, young professional programs, healthcare, support of those who are facing challenges, and many other things that make up the fabric of what we call home. The Chamber plays a role in recruiting companies to our community and providing information to those who are considering moving their families to the region. Interacting with these companies and individuals reminds us just how blessed we are. Blessed to have elected and private sector leaders who are focused on what is best for our community and who work diligently to make this a great place to live, work, and raise a family. When you see the community through the eyes of outsiders and newcomers, this allows us to regain appreciation for the special qualities of the places we call home. In this issue, we profile a firm who is having great success in recruiting talent from throughout the United States. To be successful, we need to excel in talent development and recruitment. You will see more articles on recruitment and talent development in future issues. Creating an environment that is welcoming to the many generations in the workspace today can be challenging. Developing this type of environment – one that welcomes, engages, and supports a multi-generational workforce – can often lead to a highperforming team. The article on page 22 profiles how genWHY Communications has helped several companies see what qualities different age groups bring to the table, incorporate them into a plan for success, and push forward to excel. In future issues, we will be providing some insights into those foundational elements that have positioned us for success. We’d love your thoughts on what these elements are. If you have an idea for an article or a feature, please send it to Claire Aiello – her email address is caiello@hsvchamber.org. I look forward to seeing you at a Chamber event soon.

Chip Cherry, CCE President & CEO Huntsville/Madison County Chamber


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LSINC Corporation

Rose Allen, Vice Chair, HREGI, INTERFUZE Corporation Jeff Gronberg, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications, deciBel Research, Inc.

Frank Williams, Vice Chair, Membership, Landers McLarty Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Hank Isenberg, Vice Chair, Small Business & Events, IronMountain Solutions

Joe Ritch, Vice Chair, Tennessee Valley BRAC, Sirote & Permut, PC

Penny Billings, Chair-Appointed, BancorpSouth - Huntsville Mark Curran, Chair-Appointed, L3 Technologies, Inc. David Fernandes, Chair-Appointed, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.

Mayor Tommy Battle, Ex-Officio Member, City of Huntsville Mayor Paul Finley, Ex-Officio Member, City of Madison Chairman Dale Strong, Ex-Officio Member, Madison County Commission

Tracy Marion, General Counsel, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C. Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Huntsville/Madison Co. Chamber

Elected Board Mike Alvarez, Venturi, Inc. Bill Bailey, Radiance Technologies, Inc. James Barclay Mark Becnel, RadioBro Corporation Blake Bentley, SportsMED Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Center David Bier, Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong, PC Lynn Collyar, Deloitte LLP Deke Damson, Jerry Damson Honda Acura Dr. Dorothy Davidson, Davidson Technologies, Inc. John Eagan, BB&T Joe Fehrenbach, Mynaric USA Trip Ferguson, LSINC Corporation Gene Goldman, BWX Technologies, Inc. Joni Green, Five Stones Research Corporation Mike Gullion, SCI Technology – a Sanmina company John Hall, All Points Logistics, LLC Steve Hill, AEgis Technologies Group Josh Herren, Yulista Lee Holland, Turner Construction Company Tharon Honeycutt, MSB Analytics, Inc. John Jordan, KBRwyle Sean Kelly, Regions Bank David King, Dynetics, Inc. Bob McCaleb, Northrop Grumman Corporation Janice Migliore, PALCO Craig Naudain, SAIC Chris Pape, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C. Alana Parker, Rocket City Drywall & Supply, Inc. Leigh Pegues, PNC Bank Jim Rogers, Lockheed Martin Corporation Jeff Samz, Huntsville Hospital Dr. Gurmej Sandhu, Sigmatech, Inc. Sameer Singhal, CFD Research Corporation Beth Sippel, First Commercial Bank Robert “Bob” Smith, Booz Allen Hamilton Cynthia Streams, Domino’s (Valley Pizza, Inc.) Tim Thornton, nLogic, Inc. Lynn Troy, Troy 7, Inc. Ken Tucker, The Boeing Company Dr. Karockas Watkins, Ability Plus, Inc. Mike Watkins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Dennis Weese, Line-X LLC Danny Windham, Digium, Inc. A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION



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Job-Ready Addressing Huntsville’s Workforce Needs orkforce is a hot topic in Huntsville due to recent economic development announcements in our region. Long before this wave of exciting projects and expansions, numerous community leaders and partners have been preparing the way and addressing the need for a skilled labor force. Our outstanding educational partners such as The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, Oakwood University, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, and Calhoun Community College have aggressively thought ahead and are striving to meet industry needs. With the growth of our local economy, our colleges and universities are staying ahead of the curve with new technology, practical strategies, and a passion to meet this challenge. This growth has spawned several new talent development initiatives. Nonprofits, local associations, and our educational institutions have created new opportunities that enhance the current efforts.

Calhoun Adds Classes Calhoun Community College’s new certification classes in manufacturing and construction are being taught for free for those who qualify through the Adult Education department. “We are excited to partner both internally and externally to develop programs to meet the growing demand for workers in north Alabama while also working to find opportunities to fund programs for those who need financial assistance,” said Courtney Taylor, Calhoun’s Director of Workforce Solutions. The Alabama Manufacturing Certification combines several nationally recognized certifications and is designed for those looking to develop a good foundation of manufacturing processes and production, safety, maintenance awareness, and lean manufacturing principles. Students have the opportunity to test for the nationally recognized Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician (CPT) and for the Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification (CSSYB). Students will also participate in Ready to Work and Work Keys, in the 10-week boot camp. For more information, call 256-306-2664 or email houston.blackwood@calhoun.edu. “We are excited that we can now  offer free  national certifications  to  those who would like to enter  the manufacturing and skilled trades,” said Dana Wolfe, A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION



Calhoun’s Director of Adult Education. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a nationally recognized standardized credentialing program for jobs within the construction industry. This core curriculum boot camp is a free, 4-week intensive program where trainees who qualify learn the basic skills needed to continue NCCER education in any craft area, studying modules such as Basic Safety, Communication Skills, and Introduction to Construction Drawings. For more information, email dana. wolfe@calhoun.edu or call 256-306-2831.

UAH Offerings The University of Alabama in Huntsville, a Tier 1 Research University, has a new interdisciplinary degree program within the College of Professional and Continuing Studies that is designed to meet the needs of working adults with prior college and/or military experience. Individuals can transfer up to 75 percent of their previously earned college credits, as well as credit acquired through military

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KTECH In 2016, KTECH, in partnership with Siemens, opened its own lab offering Siemens Level 1 Certification in Mechatronics and the selfpaced Solid Edge 3D CAD Modeling Certification. Since that time, KTECH has produced 32 graduates, with 71 percent of their students considered under-resourced and 29 percent being non-traditional students. Students can complete their Siemens Mechatronics Level 1 Certification in as little as 16 weeks or 6 months and receive college credit. “Helping KTECH is the right thing to do,” said Peter Llewellyn of Siemens. He shares that the Solid Edge software can be a tool that provides a method to create and invent which complements what KTECH is doing. “Ingenuity and innovation is not restricted to schooled engineers. Many inventions are quite logical and from people that just used their imagination,” Llewellyn added. Sanmina has also hired many KTECH students. Carl Duckett, Vice President and Plant Manager of Huntsville Operations, said the program produces quality employees. “Two needs are being met with one organization. There are people who need a career path through training and there are companies that need talented individuals to meet the demands of the growth the Huntsville area is experiencing,” said Duckett. “It truly is a win-win. The people who are graduating from KTECH are top 12

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notch employees. They have had to work hard to get into a competitive program, and then it is very hard work throughout the program. KTECH is a great asset to Huntsville, its people and its industry.” In June, KTECH unveiled its new robotics and soldering labs at a ribbon cutting (pictured) where one of their machines cut the ribbon. “These labs are a result of industry telling us the skills they need and our commitment to produce employees who can fill jobs,” said Dorothy Havens, KTECH Workforce Director. In a very short amount of time, they equip students with a valuable skill set and support industry with competent employees. “We share the passion of making a difference in the lives of people we serve, and we believe in helping to jumpstart our students’ careers and to give older students an opportunity for a second chance in the work world,” Havens added. For more information, email dorothy.kidstolove@yahoo.com. To apply for the KTECH program, visit www.kidstolove.org/application.

Serving Hope Another nonprofit addressing talent development is Serving Hope, Inc., a 7-month employment and workplace skills curriculum that focuses on the hospitality industry. They teach relevant job skills through “hands-on” instruction and provide students with valuable and diverse “on-the-job” experience at Cyn Shea’s Café and Catering events. Graduates earn the nationally recognized ServSafe Certification and receive job placement assistance. This workforce development program provides opportunities to those in need of a “hand up”. They enroll community members over age 18, which include veterans, drug and/or A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION


training, to earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Professional Studies (BPS) from an accredited university. The BPS degree is available fully online, in the classroom, or a combination of both. The degree program offers three concentrations: Leadership Strategies and Dynamics, Organizational Studies, and Technology-Science. In addition to their concentration, students learn to think critically, analyze and synthesize new information, work collaboratively to build diverse teams, and provide well thought-out solutions to an array of problems and issues, all while honing both their oral and written communication skills. Dr. Karen Clanton, Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies adds, “Employers recognize capabilities that cut across majors as critical to a candidate’s potential for career success, and often view these skills as more important than a student’s choice of major.”    Graduates of this specialized degree program leave UAH prepared with the pertinent skills and attributes that will allow them to reach their career goals. For information on UAH’s new Adult Degree Completion Program, visit uahcomplete.uah.edu or contact kellee.crawford@uah.edu.  With our region’s unprecedented growth, there are new partners stepping up to help drive Huntsville’s talent forward. KTECH, Serving Hope, and the Home Builders Association are supporting this workforce initiative as well.

alcohol rehabilitation program graduates, low-income individuals, and victims of domestic abuse. All students are issued a stipend for work performed during instruction while enrolled. After graduation, Serving Hope works with graduates and local businesses within the hospitality industry for job placement. “Each day is a gift and an opportunity to make a difference,” said Cynthia Shea Hart, Executive Director. “Regardless of circumstances, we believe that if our student is willing to do what it takes to change their life, we will provide that opportunity and the loving support to help along the way.” For more information, email info@servinghopeinc.org.

Home Builders Involved, Too The Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association – comprised of more than 1,000 residential home building members – has made it a central initiative to focus on improving the construction workforce. “New home construction is critical to the growth of our community,” said Barry Oxley, Executive Officer. “We cannot continue to grow without attracting, educating, and placing technical skill tradespeople in careers to build our homes. This is our top priority as the Builders Association and the reason of our focus on the trades.” The Builders Association highlights the importance of trades and educates others on the varied career paths available within this industry. They have started their own plumbing and gas fitting class that is State Board-approved and expedites the length of time it takes to sit for a journeyman’s exam and prepares students for that test. The inaugural group of students completed the program in May, and the second group of students will begin class in August. The group meets once a week for 3.5 hours over the course of a year. Apprentices can apply by contacting john@hmcba.org or by calling 256-536-2602.

Host an Intern! School is officially back in session, and you know what that means – a new group of excited and engaged high school students are ready to help you achieve your business and community engagement goals! If you’ve ever considered taking on a high school intern, or growing the number of interns that you engage, now is a great time to start a conversation with one of our local Co-op teachers. Co-op teachers are the teachers who supervise and support high school students as they intern/work in local companies, and they are a great resource for companies. To get connected to the appropriate Co-op teachers, contact Jill Jensen at jjensen@hsvchamber.org

LEFT: The Huntsville Madison County Builders Association donated plumbing and gas fitting code books to Madison County Schools for students to use during their course. BELOW: Students celebrate the completion of the plumbing and gas fitters program at the Madison County Career Tech Center. They earned their apprentice card and NCCER credentials during their two years in the program, coming from different county schools to take the courses.

Many industries in our community are experiencing tremendous growth, and it is a team effort to educate, train, and propel talent forward. The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber is proud to collaborate with these workforce development initiatives, as well as the many others throughout our region. If the Chamber can support your workforce development initiatives, please contact Lydia Pennington at lpennington@hsvchamber.org or call 256535-2083.

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Bigger Footprint BAE Systems Announces $45.5M Expansion Project in CRP


n July 16, BAE Systems announced a $45.5 million project to expand its operations in Huntsville. The company’s multi-phase growth plan includes the immediate expansion of its offices on Discovery Drive and the development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing and office space facility in Cummings Research Park (CRP). The expansion will bring hundreds of jobs and the new building is expected to be complete in 2019. BAE Systems is the third-largest defense contractor in the world. The company announced the news during the 2018 Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom, and a local announcement was held at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. “There’s an extremely rich talent pool available here in the greater Huntsville area, especially in the area of engineering and higher tech manufacturing, and we’re going to tap into that. We’re going to start hiring this year,” said Bill Staib, Deputy Vice President and General Manager of Survivability, Targeting, and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems. BAE Systems’ new 83,000-square-foot facility will be built at the corner of Old Madison Pike and Jan Davis Drive. It will include engineering development space, manufacturing space, and Department of Defense lab space. A 20-acre site for the building will provide expansion room for phased growth in the future. “BAE Systems’ decision to carry out this significant expansion project in Huntsville is a powerful testament to the expertise that makes Alabama’s ‘Rocket City’ an aerospace hub,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “It’s great to see a world-class company like BAE Systems expand its presence – and create good jobs – in Alabama, where aerospace is continuing to take off.” “Huntsville has once again proven itself to be the location of choice for companies looking to do cutting edge R&D, engineering, and manufacturing all in one location,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “After our recent string of wins in advanced manufacturing, we


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At Farnborough announcement (L-R): U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, Paul Markwardt, VP & General Manager, Survivability, Targeting & Sensing Solutions, BAE Systems, and Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber aug 2018 initiatives


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made the strategic decision to renew our focus on Cummings Research Park and the knowledge-based jobs that have given Huntsville its positive reputation for innovation. BAE Systems is a company we have worked with for a number of years. They will develop new technologies to keep our soldiers and allies safe for decades to come. Huntsville is proud to play a key role in BAE Systems’ mission.” “Today’s announcement by BAE Systems reinforces the fact that Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama is the place to be when it comes to innovative engineering, cyber security and advanced manufacturing by providing the latest technology for today’s U.S. warfighter,” said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale W. Strong. “These are truly exciting times for our region, as we work together to recruit many of the most talented and brightest minds of a new generation.” BAE Systems says the Huntsville expansion will allow the company to establish a closer working relationship with its critical customers in the U.S. Army and the Redstone Arsenal community. Work will consist of new programs and existing business, including the design, development, and manufacturing of precision munitions and aircraft survivability technology. The increased capacity will enable the company to execute on its commitments to customers while positioning it to address surging demand for key products. “Announcements like this are years in the making,” said Chip Cherry, President and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. “We met with BAE Systems’ senior leadership at the Farnborough International Air Show  in 2016 to discuss the advantages of being in Huntsville/ Madison County. At this year’s Air Show, we met with more companies about establishing and expanding their presence in Huntsville.” “On behalf of our CRP Board of Directors, we are thrilled that BAE Systems chose to stay and significantly expand in Cummings Research Park,” said Erin Koshut, the Park’s Executive Director. “Their signature facility will be a great physical addition to the Park as well as the important work they do that adds to the Park’s thriving innovation economy. We look forward to supporting BAE Systems’ growth and talent recruitment to the second largest research park in the United States.” The company is actively seeking skilled local candidates to fill critical engineering, manufacturing, program management, and business development roles. Visit jobs.baesystems.com for more information. Claire Aiello 16

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This region remains the epicenter for defense, aerospace, and security, and I am proud that the third-largest defense contractor in the world is capitalizing on the potential opportunities that North Alabama has to offer. I look forward to the economic growth, development, and job creation that will stem from this significant investment. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby

Photos from the June 16 local press conference – LEFT: Bill Staib, Deputy VP & GM of Survivability, Targeting, and Sensing Solutions, BAE Systems. LOWER LEFT: Chairman Dale Strong, Madison County Commission LOWER RIGHT: Mayor Tommy Battle, City of Huntsville

I thank BAE Systems for choosing the Tennessee Valley during these booming times for space and national defense industries. I look forward to working with BAE Systems in the future as we work together to help ensure America’s national security and the Tennessee Valley’s economic prosperity. U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION


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What a Year! Young Professionals of the Year: 2017 Winners A continuation of our profiles of Small Business Award winners from last year ~ looking ahead to this year’s event on August 14. For a complete list of 2018 Contenders, please visit bit.ly/2018SBA-contenders.

As one of last year’s Small Business Award winners for Young Professional of the Year, Lindsey Sisco Barron has been a supportive, active member of our community for quite some time. A Huntsville native, she has seen and experienced much of the city’s tremendous growth. Barron is currently the Program Manager for Yulista Aviation, a position in which she takes great pride. “I enjoy the team that I work with. We are able to have a good time and work hard at the same time,” Barron said. “We work with some amazingly smart people throughout the Redstone community, so being able to give back to the warfighter on a daily basis really impacts the L-R: Greg Brown, the 2017 Chamber Vice Chair of Small Business & Events, presented work that we do.” According to Barron, winning the awards to Lindsey and Michael at the 32nd annual awards event. came as a complete surprise. “I had been nominated for the award three times … it had been several Michael Bertoldi years since I had been nominated,” said Barron. “I didn’t expect Michael Bertoldi, PROJECTXYZ’s Director of Corporate Developthe nomination when it came, so when it did come, I definitely ment, has been an active member of the Huntsville community didn’t expect to win. It was one of those moments that was very for a number of years. He is a Huntsville native and has witnessed surreal to me because I was surrounded by a lot of people who our city’s growth first hand, too. “Huntsville is kind of a good mix were very qualified for that award.” Her hard work and dedication between being a small town, but yet, a growing city. We’ve taken to serving others in the community certainly paid off. a lot of flack for not having things to do, but we’re getting better I Barron currently volunteers with the American Red Cross and think about that. From an economic perspective … it’s pretty hard the Boys and Girls Club. She also enjoys turning other people’s to beat.” ‘trash’ into treasures. “I am an avid re-purposer. If I can find someBertoldi has been with PROJECTXYZ for about four years. His thing that is going to be destroyed and can repurpose it, I’m going primary focus is business development, marketing, proposal writto,” said Barron. “I love antiques, but I want them to have a new ing, website management, project management, and recruiting. life and not the same life they had before.” He wears many different hats but enjoys working in a unique enJarkerria Merritt vironment. “We’re kind of diversified. There are different ways to 18

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Lindsey Sisco Barron

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look at doing the business of government contracting … we do engineering, logistics, IT, and alternative energy,” said Bertoldi. “So, we do a range of things… when it comes to government contracting – in a sense we’re all doing the same thing, but then again, there are so many different ways to do it.” Bertoldi is involved with numerous organizations. He currently serves as the VP of Programs with the National Defense Industrial Association, the Director of YP Outreach with the North Alabama Chapter of Project Management Institute, and is on the Board of Directors for Safe Harbor Youth. And that’s just to name a few! How does he manage to do great work for PROJECTXYZ and serve the community? According to Bertoldi, he owes much of his flexibility to his company’s leadership team. “Kim Lewis, our CEO, is also from this area. I feel very grateful that we’re so involved in the community. Kim and Larry [Larry Lewis, President of PROJECTXYZ] not only support community involvement, but they walk that walk themselves,” Bertoldi said. It is due largely in part to his commitment to work and community that Bertoldi was one of last year’s Small Business Award winners for Young Professional of the Year. “It’s been pretty cool. I knew that I was very involved, and I didn’t really know about a lot of the other finalists. But I was pretty nervous. I thought it was very cool to be a finalist, I think it’s even more cool to have won given just how much I love Huntsville and how much I respect all the leaders in this town,” he said. As one of 2017’s Young Professionals of the Year, Bertoldi understands the importance of keeping younger individuals in the workforce engaged in order to keep retention rates high. “Some of the positions may be geared towards your more intermediate to experienced professional. I kind of think we might need to jazz things up a little bit to get young professionals excited where they want to stay somewhere.”


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e’re busy making plans for the 2018 College & Career Fair, a two-day event that serves more than 6,000 high school juniors and seniors from Huntsville City Schools, Madison City Schools and Madison County Schools. The event is Thursday and Friday, August 30-31 at the UAH Fitness Center. We host the event in partnership with The Schools Foundation to promote high-demand careers and the educational pathways that will help students get to them. One essential component of this event is participation from local companies who engage with these students, their future workforce, about what students should be considering as they begin to make career decisions. Companies share local career opportunities across 16 different Career Clusters, ranging from advanced manufacturing, biotech-

nology, government, nonprofit, gaming, finance – and everything in between. “The College and Career Fair provides an exciting opportunity for students to start planning their futures with information provided directly from colleges and local companies,” said Jill Jensen, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber’s Workforce Development Director. “If you wish more young people were preparing themselves with skills and competencies that you need at your company – this is the event for you!” Is your company interested in being an exhibitor? Please visit  hsvchamber.org  to sign up today or contact  Jill at 256-5352008 or email jjensen@hsvchamber.org. Claire Aiello

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There’s a conversation starting to take shape around Huntsville. You may have encountered it in your workplace, and, if not, it’s something you should talk about with your team. The topic can be scary at first – but if you embrace it, your company will be more prepared for the big generational change that’s coming in just over a decade.

So, what is happening, exactly? “2030 is the big number that all companies need to keep an eye on,” said Kristin Scroggin. “Every baby boomer in the United States is eligible for retirement in 2030. They will not all take it, but if even one-fourth of them take it, things are going to get crazy. And onefourth of them will take it.” Scroggin is the founder of genWHY Communications, which consults with companies about generational diversity and how different age groups interact in the workplace. Every generation brings


something different to the table, from baby boomers through Generation X, Generation Y, Millennials, and the younger employees now coming in, called iGens. continued on page 24 A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION

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Canvas team (L-R): Jay Langiewicz, Erin Bloxham Curtis, Larry Couvillon, Jami Peyton, and Andrew Melton with genWHY’s Kristin Scroggin

OMG, the Millennials It’s no secret that younger employees come in with a different way of thinking. They’ve grown up with social media, hashtags, cell phones, apps, and other technology many of us have had to learn on the fly. They have sparked new conversations in the workplace, and possibly a few eye rolls from older employees. However, millennials bring many strengths of their own. They are quick thinkers and adapt well to change, Scroggin says.

Grooming the Younger Workforce Canvas takes a different approach by welcoming millennials, and it is now working to groom their younger workforce into future leaders. Canvas is a government contractor headquartered in downtown Huntsville. The company has about 100 employees, 80 in Huntsville, and about 35 percent are millennials. Canvas CEO Jami Peyton founded the company in 2007 and said the movement to embrace younger team members started with internships. “That was our most effective form of recruitment for college kids, and we were able to be very selective about who we decided to retain for long-term efforts, so we made sure our younger workforce matched our company ethos,” said Peyton. “Then we established a mentorship program early on to help grow that younger workforce into becoming professionals at the early stage of their career.” “What we’re looking at now is how we groom our younger workforce into leaders,” Peyton added. “We figured the best way to work with them is to go ahead and put them into decision-making roles, and allow them the autonomy they need to grow in their permanent position.” Jay Langiewicz, 33, and Andrew Melton, 30, are two of Canvas’ younger employees. Langiewicz joined the company in 2011, and Melton joined Canvas in 2015. Langiewicz now has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Organizational Leadership & Behavior, and the company helped pay for both. Melton is now pursuing a Master’s paid for by Canvas. 24

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“It wasn’t just the financials, because that’s a scary thing to do as a young man or a young person, to jump into a Master’s program because they’re expensive,” said Langiewicz. “Canvas helped take that roadblock down and helped encourage me to go do that, making that life decision I needed to make.” “I’ll echo that,” added Melton. “There was one semester where I was going to take a break and Jami said ‘just take one class.’ As someone who has student loan debt from my bachelor’s ... signing up to do something like a MBA, having that burden lifted, and the motivation to do it was invaluable.” Scroggin said this kind of investment by a company pays off in several ways. “Not only are they going after more education, they are also getting skills that are fresh and new that they can bring to the organization right now,” said Scroggin. “So, every day they go to class, they come back with some new concept, new theory, new idea that they’re bringing to the forefront. You want to definitely keep people in school – people you trust and want to make the investment in – because they’re going to be bringing in the freshest research, the freshest concepts, the freshest ideas.” Langiewicz is now being mentored by the company’s president. “We see him moving into a larger capacity in his role,” Peyton said.

Intermingling to Solve Problems Part of genWHY’s work with various companies includes training designed to help employees of different ages solve problems together. Michele Armstrong of ERC recalled when Scroggin hosted A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION

one of these sessions with her company’s managers. “She had us do an interactive session about having difficult conversations and being the strong leader within. We had to practice speaking to each other without making any facial or hand gestures,” Armstrong said. “It was interactive – we really got to see why one person is one way, and why another acts differently. She’s got a whole workbook full of these – all kinds of ways to help people intermingle with generational thinking, and how to problem solve.” Team members of Moseley Technical Services prepare Thanksgiving food boxes for local families in 2017.

ERC managers of different generations participate in a problem-solving exercise.

“We knew we wanted to give back, because we’re a faith-based company. But we didn’t interpret it as a benefit,” said Munson. “After the training, we see that now. During hiring interviews, candidates will ask ‘what type of community service do you offer?’ So we understand now it’s not just us serving the community, it’s us serving the internal customer, too – the employee.” Munson said employees like to give differently – millennials are often interested in volunteering, while other generations just want to write a check. Some want to stay anonymous, and others want to see their names on a sponsorship. “It’s incredible how successful it was to the architects of Moseley Gives Back,” Munson said, describing how the company’s giving program took on new meaning. “We picked a few programs, did a survey of what employees wanted to work on, and then picked the top three.” In 2017, Moseley employees adopted six families who had been identified as at-risk. For Thanksgiving, they provided meals and gift cards, and for Christmas, they had an Angel Tree at work with the children’s wishes. “We took the gifts and wrapping paper to the parents so they could wrap them. On average, employees spent $150 per child,” Munson said. The company also purchased Galaxy Notebooks and Walmart gift cards for the families. “All of this was the generosity that bubbled up from the employees, because we offered them what they wanted,” she added.

ERC was founded in Huntsville, where it maintains its corporate headquarters. Armstrong said the company is working to implement generational diversity thinking into its six other locations, too. “We’ve learned this is not only valuable for ERC employees, but some of our government customers – people who are 60, 65 – the workforce that is aging out. They’ve attended the training and find it totally eye opening. They had not thought about some of these topics, like the sharing down of knowledge with the younger workforce.”

Culture of Giving Another benefit important to millennial employees is the ability to give and have a say in where the money is going. Moseley Technical Services went through genWHY’s training within the last year, and Recruiting Manager SeSee Munson said it shed new light on this topic. A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION

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Giving is a common theme in all three companies, as is having a say in where your dollars go. Canvas has donated to charity since it was founded, supporting such organizations as the Boys and Girls Club, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, and the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Employees also raise money every year for the Marines’ Toys for Tots “Bikes or Bust” drive and go as a team to purchase the bicycles. Next year, Canvas will establish an employee giving fund through the Community Foundation. “Employees will be able to vote where their money is contributed – giving employees the opportunity to be personally vested,” Peyton said. At ERC, Armstrong said the training helped her see she had to switch her messaging in how she asks employees to give – and then she reports back. “Bankers, lawyers, and others like to support the arts or do more broad-level giving. But engineers, highly technical people give to trades or give back to their schools, and I’ve learned I need to give them the stats, show them the impact we’ve had, and where their money is going,” Armstrong explained. ERC’s Helping Hands Fund has supported employees in Texas and Florida cope with hurricane and flood damage in recent years. ERC has also contributed to HudsonAlpha for work being done to stop Alzheimer’s disease. They do this in honor of their founder, Dr. Susan Wu, who is battling the disease.

ERC employees toured HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology after making a donation for Alzheimer’s research being conducted there.

“Seamless Transition” Erin Bloxham Curtis, Marketing Director at Canvas, said all of these efforts to keep happy employees fold in to a company’s mission to share knowledge and encourage leadership in the coming years. This way, the customer continues to be pleased and doesn’t notice a change in service when older employees retire. “Your ultimate goal – for government contractors – we want the customer to be happy. This seamless transition needs to happen without the customer realizing this has happened,” said Curtis. “That’s our ultimate goal, to make sure in the time between now and 2030, we have groomed that future leadership to take those roles that ultimately makes the customer the happiest.”

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Adam Marona, Bailey-Harris Construction Q: How has Bailey-Harris’ presence grown in the Huntsville area? A: Next year will mark the 40th Anniversary of Bailey-Harris Construction. Allen Harris, CEO, has successfully grown the company which he founded on integrity, wisdom, hard work, and the best customer satisfaction. Our Design/Build capabilities have allowed us to help clients maneuver complex projects, while creating relationships that most privately owned General Contractors our size aren’t able to sustain. Harris always says that this business is about people, not building – a lot of companies can build/construct but providing quality service to our clients along with creating the lasting relationship is what sets us apart from others. We have been fortunate enough to have two major projects here in Huntsville, Jemison High School and Charger Village at UAH, with another large project soon to be announced. Being awarded these projects has introduced us to many subcontractors and different committees in the area. It has also shown us that Huntsville is a place we want to continue to be part of and help grow. We are beyond excited about the new office here, and the growth we have experienced in just the short time of being a true local General Contractor with strong ties to the community.  

Q: What would you like other Chamber members reading this to know about your company? A: Bailey-Harris is very proud to be part of HREGI and to have a home in Huntsville. We are committed to this area and look forward to being part of the growth in what we consider one of the best places to live or work in the country. We stand behind our work and want to serve the community by providing a quality service, but at the same time, contributing to the growth of this area.

Q: Why does Bailey-Harris support HREGI, the Huntsville Regional Economic Growth Initiative? A: Supporting HREGI is an excellent way to build relationships because we know the commitment it takes to grow and improve an area such as Huntsville. HREGI has given us the opportunity to further those efforts by offering networking events and other economic development support to the companies coming in to the area. It is always exciting news to hear about businesses that are moving in and creating jobs. HREGI works hard for the betterment of the area, and we just simply want to be a part of those efforts.

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BWXT opens newest location in Cummings Research Park BWX Technologies cut the ribbon on its new Huntsville office June 21, located in Lakeside Office Center on Discovery Drive. The company looks forward to supporting current and future work for NASA. Gene Goldman is the company’s local site director, and is a former director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and acting center director at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. He is also a board member for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.

Dr. Mike Griffin was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in a special ceremony on June 23 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. More than 200 people attended the event in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Griffin lives in Madison and is a former NASA Administrator. In his new role, Griffin is the Department of Defense’s Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for the research, development, and prototyping activities across the DoD enterprise and ensuring technological superiority.

Huntsville Data Center Facebook is moving ahead with plans to build a new data center on 340 acres in North Huntsville Industrial Park. The investment is worth $750 million and will bring about 100 jobs. Make sure you’ve ‘liked’ facebook.com/huntsvilledatacenter for updates on construction and job postings as things unfold. ∏

BWXT is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia and is a leading supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government, and also provides technical and management services. At the event, BWXT also presented a donation of $5,000 to the Alabama School of Cyber and Engineering, a new state magnet school that will be located in Huntsville. ∏

EOS selects Huntsville for flagship U.S. manufacturing facility Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd (EOS), a leading Australian technology company operating in the aerospace and defense markets, has selected Huntsville, Alabama for its flagship U.S. manufacturing facility. The company made the announcement on June 6 joined by state and city leaders at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. It is now in the process of outfitting a state-of-the-art production facility at 2865 Wall Triana Highway. “EOS is very happy to have the opportunity to formally join the Huntsville community,” said Phil Coker, the company’s U.S. President. “Northern Alabama is an area of incredible people, outstanding institutions and immense potential and we are thrilled to have the chance to establish a business in this area. We look forward to working with the Defense Department, Federal, State and Local government leaders and local businesses to improve the community and serve our country and its citizens.” EOS expects to hire up to 100 full-time employees within the first year of operation, then expand further in the future. ∏

LG Electronics expands in Huntsville with solar panel assembly project On June 27, LG Electronics announced a major expansion at its Huntsville location. The company will invest $28 million to open a world-class solar module assembly plant, creating 160 new jobs. LG is a leading provider of residential solar panels in the United States. The new factory will assemble “Neon 2” series 60-cell


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Frontier Airlines to offer new service out of HSV Great news – local travelers have new low-cost flight options! On July 10, Huntsville International Airport announced Frontier Airlines is bringing in direct flights to Orlando and Denver starting in October. Introductory $39 fares are being offered – check flyfrontier.com for more details. “We believe in bringing families together and helping the businessman do things he never thought possible,” said Stephen Shaw, a Frontier spokesperson. Frontier Airlines is headquartered in Denver and serves nearly 90 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. ∏


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75 Years Strong United Way Renews Call for Giving Due to Growing Needs


his year, United Way of Madison County marks 75 years since its founding. Its mission is to identify the health and human service needs in Madison County, Alabama, and work with donors, volunteers, and collaborative partners to develop and implement effective strategies and solutions. A group of community leaders founded the local organization in 1943 as a Community Chest. “They said, if we raise some money, we can help our nonprofits be able to work a little more and not have to spend so much time fundraising,” said Cathy Miller, Community Impact Director. “That’s the core. So, when United Way of America was formed, this group of local community advocates saw a natural match.”

to see and touch where their money goes, and hear stories about how their dollars are spent and how well each one is invested.” Locally, United Way has raised more than $200 million for our community in those 75 years.

32 Partner Agencies, 40 Programs To determine how dollars are spent, United Way’s partner agencies are chosen through an extensive application and review process. Major criteria for selection includes how closely their work is aligned with findings of a community-wide needs assessment conducted every three to five years by United Way, and whether the agencies show the capacity and capability to get results. “There is a rigorous process involved in identifying the needs in the community and then aligning the partners best equipped to respond to those needs,” said Miller. “I would say that is true for every single agency in our portfolio. We have 65 volunteers plus several additional ones from our board-level Community Impact Steering Committee who help us determine how best to spend every dollar, so the process is really community-driven and intentional. It’s not a popularity contest.” United Way strategically focuses on three areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Partners include CASA of Madison County, Manna House, Crisis Services of North Alabama, The Arc of Madison County, and Harris Home for Children, just to name a few. There are 32 agencies in all, with United Way dollars invested in 40 of their programs.

Need Grows Daily The need for help has grown, but unfortunately, donations have not caught up. United Way of Madison County’s annual giving campaign brought in $2.6 million this year, but has remained at that level for the past four years despite our community’s rapid growth. Claudia Bucher, Director of Resource Development, warns that perceptions about Huntsville’s recent success may give the impression the need has decreased. It’s actually the opposite, she says.

Huntsville Utilities employees and Arc of Madison County clients work to improve the community by sorting and sharing info on UWMC’s Familywize Drug Discount program.

The organization became a United Way affiliate in 1971. “That change didn’t make us less local, though. We will always be dedicated to our community,” Miller emphasized. “We are the United Way of Madison County, so that’s a great assurance for people that, for the last 75 years, people have been giving and been able 30

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“Huntsville is booming. We’re a best place to work and live, right? It’s the wealthiest, it’s the coolest, the hippest, and yet, our giving is not at that level. United Way offers a smart, customizable way for folks to give back,” said Bucher. “If everyone working in Madison County gave just one hour’s pay per month, United Way could raise $62 million per year.” “Those of us who are privileged to be comfortable are in a bubble. It’s easy for us not to see those who have needs,” Miller echoed. “Over 20 percent of our children in Madison County are Miller living in poverty.” Both say the people who give the most are hourly workers. “Blue collar people – they always have. That’s national, that’s not just local,” said Bucher. “Why? Because they’ve lived it. They’ve used our services or know someone who used our services and they want to give back.”

It’s Easy to Give Several companies do set an example for giving to United Way. A new e-pledge program makes it easier for businesses to establish a campaign, Bucher said. This method has cut down on costs, paperwork, and the amount of time needed to process information and donor wishes.

FAC TS 83,000 people in Madison County received service from a United Way funded program in 2017

70% of dollars helped someone who is financially unstable

30% of dollars helped someone experiencing an unexpected crisis (a sudden loss of income, health concern, a house fire, a child born with a disability, etc.)

Average nonprofit administrative cost is 37%. United Way of Madison County’s is 19%, meaning 81 cents of every dollar is invested back into the local community.

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75 Years Strong, from page 31 United Way employees and representatives of partner agencies thank Publix employees for their contributions. Publix is United Way of Madison County’s top giver – locally, employees donate more than $574,000 per year.

Through this e-pledge program, United Way can create a customized portal for a company or business, and employees can choose how to invest, either through the maximum impact fund to benefit the work of all 32 agencies or by selecting which United Way partner agencies they would like to support. It’s simple and customized for any employee with access to a computer. “Some employees were sensitive about the paper pledge forms we used to use because they had to turn it in to a person; the e-pledge form makes their gift confidential,” Bucher said. Several local companies make large annual contributions to United Way. Publix is the top giver in Madison County. Locally, employees donate more than $574,000 per year to the United Way of Madison County giving campaign. “It’s part of their culture. When Publix brings somebody in, it’s part of the onboarding process,” said Carmelita Palmer, 2018 Board Chair Bucher for United Way of Madison County. “They talk with the employee about giving back, the company’s dedication to United Way, and how their local gift can make a difference. They sign them up immediately.” Of Publix’s 1,100 employees in Madison County, more than 100 give more than $1,000 per year. Not all are managers. Some are checkout attendants and baggers. “When we’re shopping there, we’ll find a couple of associates and say ‘thank you so much for your support of United Way. Do you know what it’s doing in our community?,’” said Miller. The other top local corporations supporting United Way


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through employee giving are Redstone Federal Credit Union, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Huntsville Hospital, and PPG. “Redstone Federal increased its campaign by $36,000 because of the ease of e-pledge,” said Bucher. “The credit union sent it out to all the branches through email, and results were instant, because no one had to collect paperwork from employees and bring them to a coordinator at the main office.” If your company is interested in establishing a giving campaign, please call Claudia Bucher at 256-518-8210.

“Caring Cruises” United Way partners will host “Caring Cruises” between August 14 and 24. These tours are the best way to learn about the work United Way and its nonprofit partners are doing together. “A lot of people will choose a morning or an afternoon if they get time off from their employer or have a flexible schedule,” Miller explained. “Others might pick a few slots, saying ‘I know nothing about these agencies … I’m going to go learn something about them.’ Anyone who lives in Madison County can participate. Carpooling and bringing others along are welcome. Organizations like Huntsville Utilities or UAH get eight or ten people together and make it a teambuilding trip.” Last year, more than 330 tour slots were filled, and United Way would love to have even more folks from the community involved this year. Details are available here: uwmadisoncounty.org.

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Thank You, AMC Band! Community Expresses Big Show of Support During Final Curtain Call


uring the week of June 25, Huntsville once again paid homage to the local military community with the annual Armed Forces Celebration Week. This week serves as a chance to show support for our active duty and retired service members. Amid the threat of rain, Monday’s Proclamation Signing was moved into the auditorium of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong and Madison Mayor Paul Finley jointly signed a proclamation of appreciation for Redstone Arsenal and the local military community. The proclamation was presented to LTG James Dickinson, Commanding General of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. With the continuing threat of weather, the Concert in the Park scheduled on Monday evening was moved inside to the Von Braun Center South Hall. Armed with their armchairs and food truck purchases, hundreds of community members flooded the hall and packed every inch of the room. The Chamber presented the AMC Band a plaque as a token of thanks. This year’s celebration held additional significance: the final curtain call of the AMC Band. The band is one of several to be deactivated because of military restructuring efforts. Their final performance on Tuesday evening at Bob Jones High School was met with an overwhelming show of love and support from the community. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house, quite a feat for a venue that seats 1,300 people. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the performance, and the band will forever hold a place in the historical tapestry of Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville/Madison County. Wednesday ushered in the Armed Forces Celebration Luncheon hosted by the Chamber and attended by a melting pot of elected officials, Armed Forces members, and community leaders. Adjutant General of Alabama MG Sheryl Gordon (pictured left) spoke with pride about the work of Alabama’s National Guard and the experiences that shaped her leadership today to an audience of 650. MG Gordon is the first woman to serve in the role of Adjutant General in the State of Alabama. The remainder of the week was filled with discounts and events provided by businesses and organizations. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center dedicated Thursday’s Biergarten to Still Serving Veterans. Armed Forces Celebration Week is more than concerts, food trucks, and events. It’s the embodiment of gratitude and respect for those who risk their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms of our own. Austin Bullock


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Booming Business Ryan Continues to Lead LSINC Upward and Onward front of success, offering strategic business solutions for both federal and commercial clients since April 2008. Spearheading their mission to fill a niche market of services for Huntsville’s business community is Alicia Ryan, Founder and CEO of LSINC. Ryan spent a number of years working for Booz Allen Hamilton, creating and serving on their strategic business intelligence team. Ryan was essential in generating and targeting opportunities for the company to grow and succeed alongside senior leadership. From this experience came an early iteration of LSINC known as Leadership Strategies, Inc. Ryan knew early on that she was on a path that could potentially lead to something great, and Huntsville was the perfect place to start. According to Marianne Higgins, Director of Corporate Communications at LSINC, Ryan understood that Huntsville contained a vast pool of opportunity that was just wait- L-R: Greg Brown, the 2017 Chamber Vice Chair of Small Business & Events, ing to be tapped into. “She realized there were presenting one of the awards to Alicia Ryan at the 32nd annual awards event. not a lot of people that were helping leaders develop those long-term strategies and figure out how to commulaborative, stable environment it is today. “Not everybody is fit for nicate it internally to the company,” said Higgins. “So, she really an entrepreneurial environment, and we have that. It can be very tapped into a need, and the work was just there –and lots of it!” fast and furious … somebody can grab you and say, ‘I need you to When Ryan and her family initially moved to Huntsville, she help with this!’ and it could be outside of your normal scope of took a brief time off to care for her children, but got right back work and outside your comfort zone,” Higgins said. LSINC worked into the game. For a while, she and a few independent contractirelessly to fine-tune their hiring process to attract people who tors worked out of her dining room, sharing ideas and creating are willing to explore beyond their typical tasks to work as a team. business solutions. As this venture continued to grow, it was time “Now we have people that love their job – they don’t ever want to to take things to the next level. Ryan got her own office space, offileave. They want to be here forever!” Higgins added. cially formed her own company, and LSINC was born. Besides having a dedicated, hardworking team of individuals, Many of the experiences Ryan had early on in her career helped much of what makes LSINC the powerhouse it is today is due to her to develop the company the community knows today. Currentstrong leadership. Ryan strives each day to work harder and lead ly, LSINC’s primary services are in the realm of security and straby example for her employees. “She’s such a passionate person … tegic communications, security and intelligence, and engineering she makes all her decisions based on her faith. She’ll be the first and product development. Most of what they do is interconnectto tell you, ‘I get up every morning and pray for all the mistakes ed, and there are many moving parts that make the company I made yesterday … because I know I hurt somebody’s feelings, I successful. Higgins says that is a testament to how the company know I messed something up, but whatever it is, it can be fixed.’ atmosphere has grown and changed over the years into the colFor her, every day is a clean slate to do something better, do 36

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LSINC Corporation has been at the fore-

something more, help somebody,” said Higgins. In addition to leading the LSINC team, Ryan currently serves on the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber’s Executive Committee as the Vice Chair for Government & Public Affairs. She also actively advocates for the growth and development of the Cyber Huntsville initiative and has played a large role in creating the Alabama School of Cyber and Engineering, a magnet school to be established in Huntsville. It is because of Ryan’s heavy community involvement and positive, yet realistic, perspective in both her personal and professional life that aided in her receiving the Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award for 2017. LSINC as a company also received last year’s Small Business Award for Government Contracting: Business/Professional Services Business of the Year. According to Higgins, their win served as a catalyst for even more growth within the company. “I think it was very unexpected, and a game changer. From a public relations standpoint, being the winner of that award causes the phone to ring. I mean, we knew it was big, but I don’t think we really knew how big,” she said. Business is absolutely booming as LSINC has contracts with both NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and The Boeing Company, taking on some fairly large-scale projects. As they have expanded, they have outgrown their building within Cummings Research Park in the span of about a year. LSINC has since purchased a larger facility within the Park with plans to move this month.

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Impressions Workers Excited about City Momentum, Share Ideas to Improve


arren Averett, a CPA firm in downtown Huntsville, recently added a group of younger employees to its team. Five are auditors – some are from the local area while others are brand new to the South. All are between 25 and 35. We sat down with them recently to get their take on what’s happening here as well as how they’d like to see our city evolve. Oh, and we discussed our favorite Avengers, too.

Ford Burke At 26, Ford Burke has seen a good bit of the world already. He is from Athens, Alabama but attended Randolph School in Huntsville, then went to the University of Alabama. His Master’s is in Accounting but he also had the opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo, focusing on international business and Japanese. Burke liked the big city feel and moved to Washington, D.C. He later moved to Columbus, Ohio to work for a large accounting firm in their Japanese practice, and his primary clients were subsidiaries of Japanese auto manufacturers and companies who supplied parts to Honda. “I enjoyed it a lot, but I wanted to get back to my Southern roots. It’s much warmer down here,” said Burke. “The entire time I was gone from the area - like, 5 or 6 years total, I’d come back to visit family once or twice a year, learning about all these new opportunities and developments. At first, BRAC was the first big expansion for the city, then I started hearing about the Polaris plant, then the Remington plant, and Alabama in general… the Boeing plant in Mobile. It sounded like the state was booming, in terms of new manufacturing capability.” When we asked his thoughts on Mazda-Toyota selecting Huntsville, considering his background working in the Japanese automotive industry, he chuckled and said “it keeps following me.” He added he looks forward to auditing some of the suppliers expected to locate here in the coming years. Burke said he would like to see more condominium-type living units built downtown for individuals who are single and just starting out. He currently lives about 20 minutes from work, but would love to move closer. “I’m interested in moving back downtown if it became more affordable,” Burke said. He added he’d like to see restaurants serve food a little later in the evening. “I went somewhere the other night and the last pizza order was at 10. I don’t stay out too late, but being able to order food up until 11:30 would be great.” 38

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Jordan Beckstead Born in Fresno, California, Jordan Beckstead, 29, said he recently moved from Salt Lake City, Utah because of the job opportunity, the cost of living, and the fact that his wife’s family lives here. “Growing up in the northwest, I never heard of Huntsville. Alabama never even crossed my mind until I met my wife,” said Beckstead. “On one hand, I think Huntsville should be known a lot better than it actually is, and I don’t know quite how that gets resolved, especially outside of the southeast, but especially if you’re an engineer, you should know about this city.” Beckstead graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho and suggests more recruiting at colleges could help. “It just takes an introduction of something new. Here are the companies, meet the firms. I think I had 15 of my classmates move to Missouri because a large accounting firm came and did some recruiting there.” In his spare time, Beckstead likes to do road biking. He said he’d like to see more shoulders added to roads to increase safety for riders, or longer greenways. “[Greenways] really need to be 30, 40 miles to make it worth it,” he said. Beckstead said he loves the food, loves how green it is and the fact that we’re centrally located. “We’re an hour and a half away from Nashville, four hours from Atlanta, five hours from the beach, six hours from New Orleans. Here, that may seem like a long drive, but if you go out west, four hours is not a long drive,” he added.

Vaughan Holland Vaughan Holland is 35 and was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She and her family have lived in several cities due to her husband’s role as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. “We go wherever the bishop sends us,” she said. Recent stops include Birmingham and Lexington, Kentucky. The Hollands have two children, ages 2 and 5 and live in Blossomwood. They enjoy hiking – they can walk to nature trails within minutes. Holland adds that she likes the small town feel of Huntsville with the conveniences of a big city. continued on page 41 A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION

EXPANDING OUR TEAM IN HUNTSVILLE IBERIABANK is pleased to introduce several key additions to our local team as well as several promotions. Nancy Dollar, SVP, Commercial Relationship Manager. Nancy has 23 years of banking experience with expertise in complex credit, underwriting and managing large C&I relationships. She most recently joined us from Synovus in Huntsville.

Alison Cannon – SVP, Commercial Relationship Manager. Alison has 16 years of banking experience with expertise in underwriting, Commercial Real Estate and managing C&I relationships. She most recently joined us from FirstBank in Huntsville.

Chris Jackson, AVP, Commercial Portfolio Manager. Chris has 10 years of banking experience. He will focus on managing credit and building new C&I and small business client relationships. Chris most recently joined us from ServisFirst Bank in Huntsville. Stephanie Hendon, VP, Private Banking Relationship Manager. Stephanie has 14 years of banking experience and expertise in working with high net worth clients. Stephanie has been with IBERIABANK for 4 years managing our Mayfair office.

Tara Thome, Bank Officer, Loan Portfolio Manager. Tara has 18 years of banking experience. She has been with IBERIABANK since February of 2011 serving as a Client Relationship Assistant. We are pleased to have Tara expand her role and client relationship management responsibilities. Melissa Lang, Client Relationship Assistant. Melissa has 15 years of retail and management experience. She has been with IBERIABANK since 2016. We are pleased to have Melissa transition to our Private Banking Team as Client Relationship Assistant.

We welcome our newest associates to our Huntsville team. Each associate has a wealth of banking knowledge, solid client relationship management experience and a deep understanding of the market which will help us continue to deliver superior financial solutions and unrivaled client service to our local clients.


communityprofile Madison City of County Huntsville


City of Huntsville Madison Metro Area

Top Ten Employers: Huntsville & Madison County Redstone Arsenal* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35,866* Huntsville Hospital System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,730

2010 Census





NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,000

2017 Census est.





Huntsville City Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,079





The Boeing Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,600

% Growth

Madison County Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,389

Households & Income # of Households




Avg. Household Income $81,399

$74,749 $111,800


Per Capita Income






Sources: U.S. Census Bureau (www.census.gov), 2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

SAIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,229 City of Huntsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,206 The University of Alabama in Huntsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,675 ADTRAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,549 Source: Huntsville/Madison County Chamber *includes on-site contractors

Aerospace & Defense Huntsville/Madison County is home to the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center which combine to drive a thriving aerospace and defense technology industry. More than 41,000 people work at Redstone Arsenal and NASA, managing some of the country’s most important and sophisticated technology programs including missiles, aviation, and space exploration.

Research & Technology Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park has earned a reputation as a global leader in technology development. The second-largest science and

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technology research park in the U.S., Cummings Research Park is home


and development.

to nearly 300 companies and 26,500 people involved in technology research

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Impressions, from page 38

Favorite Marvel Characters Brady White: Ironman Ford Burke: Ironman, Dr. Strange Beau Eiland: Dr. Strange Vaughan Holland: She’s been watching more Thomas the Tank Engine recently (her kids are a bit younger) Jordan Beckstead: Drax

“There’s a lot of cultural events happening here, and that not only will keep growing, the more industry that comes, the more money that comes into the community,” said Holland. “You don’t have to go to Nashville to hear the symphony, or go to a theatre show. You can stay right here.” Holland said she is also impressed by the community’s support of the school system. She added she would like to see more restaurants in the downtown area.

Beau Eiland A few in the group chimed in about the restaurant comment, including Beau Eiland, 26, a graduate of Mississippi State University and a native of Starkville. “I like Humphrey’s a lot. Downtown, specifically around Big Spring Park - there’s a few places, but nowhere near what Birmingham and somewhere larger has. But I think that will come with time,” Eiland said. He said he selected Huntsville because it offered good opportunity and a lot of his college classmates moved here, too. He said a similar job paid less in his hometown, and he found a better cost of living here. Eiland added that the best job offer came from Warren Averett. He now does auditing work for defense contractors. “There is a lot of young success in Huntsville. I have met great friends here, and the local brewery scene is great as well.”


Brady White Brady White, 25, is homegrown. He graduated from Madison County High School in 2011 and earned his undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Alabama. “I was in Tuscaloosa for almost six years. I loved every minute, I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but after it was over, I felt like there wasn’t a better place for me than to come home,” said White. “And not only was it home, but the rapid expansion from the time I left to the time I decided to come back was unbelievable. I just felt like this was the best opportunity for me and the beginning of my career.” White now lives in Maysville. He enjoys the outdoors, including walking trails and golfing. White said he was disappointed Huntsville didn’t push harder for a minor league baseball team. “Downtown Huntsville would have been the absolute perfect spot for a minor league team… I know there’s a lot of factors that we probably don’t know about, but it would have been nice to see,” he said. White says Huntsville must build on recent accolades and rankings to keep the momentum going. “When people talk about the top places to live, Huntsville is popping up on those lists. Every single time. It’s awesome to see, especially being from here,” he said. “We are a place that engineers come, we are a place that accountants come, we are a place that doctors come,” he added. Claire Aiello aug 2018 initiatives


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Chip Cherry, CCE, president & CEO Amy Locke, executive assistant Annette Atchley, resource desk coordinator Gina Gonzalez, resource desk assistant

Economic Development, Industry Relations & Workforce Lucia Cape, CCE, senior vice president Erin Koshut, executive director, Cummings Research Park Jill Jensen, workforce development director Lydia Pennington, industry relations director Ken Smith, research & information services director Will West, economic development project director Meghan Chambliss, coordinator

Government & Public Affairs Mike Ward, CCE, senior vice president Austin Bullock, program manager

Marketing & Communications Claire Aiello, vice president Kristi Sherrard, graphic designer Hiroko Sedensky, web designer


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Kristy Drake, director, investor relations & ChamberON Donna McCrary, retention manager Richard Bigoney, account executive Tina Blankenship, account executive Keith Johnson, account executive

Small Business & Events Pammie Jimmar, IOM, vice president Devon Elston, coordinator

Finance & Administration Mary McNairy, vice president Kim Weeks, accounting specialist – receivables Lori Warner, accounting specialist – payables Joe Watson, facilities supervisor

FEDERAL CONTRACT MANAGEMENT Learn the basics of the Federal Government’s life cycle process in acquiring goods and services. Understand the roles and responsibilities of both the buyer and seller and study key elements such as “Contract Types”, which can then be readily applied to work place contracting situations.

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