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Bright Lights By the Numbers ChamberON The Classroom Giving Back Government & Space Movers & Shakers Small Biz Synapse A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION

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welcome new chamber members Joined in April 2019 5R Design Professional Corporation Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Anytime Fitness - Jones Valley Aquiller Cole Events Joined in May 2019 The Brass Tap Chanda Davis Real Estate AC Hotel by Marriott - Downtown Huntsville Clear Channel Airport Advertising Acacia Business Solutions THE COMPANY You Keep LLC Ais Portraits LLC Cracker Barrel Store #612 CTI LLC Alabama Digestive Disorders Center Divorce Without Lawyers Allstate Jason Wallace Agency Faces of Huntsville-Madison Magazine BBM Partners - Cotton Farm Felines & Canines Hunter Stephenson Rescue Center Belk Parkway Place Flexicrew Big City Supplies, Inc. The Flying Locksmith of North Alabama Cayuse Technologies LLC The Fret Shop, Inc. Comcast Business GE Aviation - Huntsville Operations Concepts & Associates, Inc. Holston Gases, Inc. Core Reaction Pilates Huntsville Hearing Aid Center, a division of North Alabama Audiology, Inc. HX5, LLC Dave and Busters IHS Construction Solutions Don Howard Studios IHS Human Resources, LLC Earth Fare Jay S Arnold Consulting Elite Technology Solutions, LLC Lakeshore Foundation FirstLight Home Care MSS Huntsville, LLC Goodall Homes Nature Bare LLC Goo-Goo Express Wash Memorial Pkwy S Neely Coble Company, Inc. Goo-Goo Express Wash - Sparkman Dr Olivia Reed Photography The Paige Brown Team - Keller Williams Goo-Goo Express Wash - Waddell Dr Poitevint Financial, Inc. - Raymond James Hughes Properties, Inc. The Poppy Hyde Homes, LLC R. Fathers M.A.D., Inc. Industrial Boiler & Mechanical Co. Inc. Rooter-Man The Institute for Exotic Science Superior School of Real Estate by Chanda JASINT Consulting & Technologies, LLC Team Worldwide Joseph Carter Realty-Madison Stephens The Tennessee Valley Press, Inc. LSI Research, Inc. UAB School of Medicine - Huntsville Campus Marketplace Leadership Luncheon The Westmoreland Company Inc. NASHRM - N. Ala. Society for Human Resource Mgmt. Promo Items LLC RCP Companies Redstone Rocket TH Food Services Featuring Tonya Jones SalonSpa

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AS OF JUNE 18, 2019







EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BBVA Compass ■ Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) ■ Crestwood Medical Center ■ Dynetics, Inc. General Atomics Electromagnetics ■ Lockheed Martin Corporation ■ Northrop Grumman Corporation ■ PNC Bank Raytheon Company ■ SAIC ■ SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC ■ Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. ■ Yulista

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

PROGRESS PARTNERS Ability Plus ■ Anglin Reichmann Armstrong ■ ASRC Federal ■ B. L. Harbert International, LLC ■ Baron Services, Inc. ■ BASF Corporation ■ BB&T ■ Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Brown Precision, Inc. ■ Colliers International ■ Connected Logistics (LogC2) ■ Davidson Technologies, Inc. ■ Huntsville-Madison County Builders Association ■ IBERIABANK J Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh McLennan Agency LLC company ■ Keel Point, LLC ■ L3 Technologies ■ LMI ■ LogiCore ■ LSINC Corporation ■ 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.) ■ Wells Fargo Bank ■ Woody Anderson Ford PROGRESS INVESTORS 4SITE, Inc. ■ Air Essentials, Inc. ■ Alpha Beta Technologies, Inc. ■ Amanda Howard | Sotheby’s International Realty ■ Armstrong Relocation Company Huntsville LLC ■ Averbuch Realty / Enterprises ■ Bailey-Harris Construction ■ BancorpSouth BID DESIGNS, LLC ■ 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 ■ Deloitte LLP ■ DESE Research, Inc. ■ Engineering Design Technologies/EDT-THA Architecture ■ 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 ■ IronMountain Solutions ■ The Karen Morris Team at Keller Williams Realty ■ Legend Realty – Jim Hoekenschneider ■ LINE-X, LLC ■ The Lioce Group, Inc. ■ MAG Aerospace MSB Analytics, Inc. ■ National Bank of Commerce ■ nLogic, LLC ■ PALCO ■ PFM Financial Advisors LLC ■ PHOENIX ■ PROJECTXYZ, Inc. ■ QTEC Aerospace ■ Quadrus Corporation ■ Ready Mix USA ■ Renasant Bank ■ RJ Young Company Rosenblum Realty ■ RUAG Space USA ■ S&ME, Inc. ■ Sigmatech, Inc. ■ Snelling ■ Systems Products and Solutions, Inc. ■ Technicolor ■ TriVector Services, Inc. ■ Troy 7, Inc. ■ U.S. Space & Rocket Center ■ Valor Communities ■ Venturi, Inc. ■ Volkert, Inc. ■ Warren Averett, LLC ■ West Huntsville Land Co., Inc. ■ Wilmer & Lee, P.A. ■ Wiregrass Construction Company

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Extra ADTRAN recognized for Excellence in Marketing, Gigabit Service Delivery Innovation: 17

Et cetera New Members: 4 HREGI Investors: 5 About IO & Board Listing: 8 Staff Listing: 30

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About IO


Executive Committee and Board of Directors 2019 Executive Committee

Greetings fellow Chamber members! I hope you’re having a good summer – it’s great to get a breather from the hustle and bustle of the school year. I hope you find time to relax with your family and head somewhere fun for a break. It’s been a very busy few months at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, as our region continues to grow. What have you been up to at work? We hope your company is sharing news with the Chamber team, because that’s what we feature in Initiatives Online, as you’ll see in our July issue:

Brown Precision, Inc.

Small Business & Events, Transcend LLC

Joe Ritch, Vice Chair, TV-BRAC, Sirote & Permutt, PC Penny Billings, Chair-Appointed, BancorpSouth Craig Naudain, Chair-Appointed, SAIC Dr. Karockas Watkins, Chair-Appointed, Ability Plus, 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,

■ Turner Construction celebrates Founder’s Day with a Day of Service in the community

Madison County Commission

… and much more! Send your company news & photos here: We’re also looking ahead to the Small Business Awards Celebration on August 13 and another Second Chance Job Fair on August 14. Registration is open for both -- visit cm.hsvchamber. org/events to check the full calendar and sign up today. See you at a Chamber event soon.

Greg Brown 2019 Vice Chair for Marketing & Communications Chamber Executive Board

IO Staff Chip Cherry, CCE publisher Greg Brown 2019 vice chair, marketing & communications Claire Aiello editor Erin Braxton, Ravina Sujanani, Ellie Vaughn contributors

Kristi Sherrard editorial designer Hiroko Sedensky web designer

The mission of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber is to prepare, develop and promote our community for economic growth. Submissions for editorial content are accepted; however, placement is not guaranteed. Information in this and other Chamber publications is at the discretion of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. july 2019

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.

Greg Brown, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications, Landers McLarty Dodge Chrysler Jeep

■ The Chamber partners with local UAH students to encourage our federal lawmakers to continue to support human space exploration


LSINC Corporation

David Fernandes, Vice Chair, HREGI,

Laura Huckabee-Jennings, Vice Chair,

■ Woody Anderson Ford & Calhoun Community College team up to show middle and high school students opportunities in the automotive industry


Relations, deciBel Research, Inc.

Alicia Ryan, Vice Chair, Government & Public Affairs,

Frank Williams, Vice Chair, Membership,

■ Movers & Shakers – your new hires, and team members earning promotions


Kim Lewis, Chair, PROJECTXYZ, Inc. Kevin Byrnes, Chair-elect, Raytheon Company Gary Bolton, Immediate Past Chair, ADTRAN, Inc. Ron Poteat, Chamber Foundation Chair, Regions Bank Lynn Troy, Secretary/Treasurer, Troy 7, Inc. Jeff Gronberg, Vice Chair, Economic Development & Industry

Chris Pape, General Counsel, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C. Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Chamber

Elected Board Mike Alvarez, Venturi, Inc. Bill Bailey, Radiance Technologies, Inc. James Barclay, FLIR Blake Bentley, SportsMED David Bier, Rocket City Trash Pandas Lynn Collyar, Deloitte LLP John Dansby, Polaris Industries, Inc. Melissa Davis, MTA, Inc. John Eagan, BB&T Kevin Fernandez, Fernandez Financial Group, LLC Dr. Joe Green, Davidson Technologies, Inc. Joni Green, Five Stones Research Corporation Mike Gullion, Spur John Hall, All Points Logistics, LLC Ginger Harper, IBERIABANK Josh Herren, Yulista Lee Holland, Turner Construction Company Melody Holt, Holt & Holt Entrepreneurship, LLC Tharon Honeycutt, MSB Analytics, Inc. Amanda Howard, Amanda Howard | Sotheby’s International Realty Hank Isenberg, IronMountain Solutions Lauren Johannesmeyer, Google Fiber, Huntsville Sean Kelly, Regions Bank David King, Dynetics, Inc. Bob McCaleb, Northrop Grumman Corporation Kevin McCombs, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. Janice Migliore, PALCO Alana Parker, Rocket City Drywall & Supply, Inc. Jami Peyton, Canvas, Inc. Jim Rogers, Lockheed Martin Corporation Ashley Ryals, Homegrown, LLC Jeff Samz, Huntsville Hospital Sameer Singhal, CFD Research Corporation Beth Sippel, Synovus Robert “Bob” Smith, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. Sandra Stephens, Keel Point, LLC Cynthia Streams, Domino’s (Valley Pizza, Inc.) Ken Tucker, The Boeing Company Mike Watkins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama John Watson, Torch Technologies Dennis Weese, Line-X, LLC




E.R. In a medical emergency, every minute matters. So, at Crestwood Medical Center, you’ll find faster care in the emergency room. We work diligently to have you initially seen by a medical professional with the shortest wait time possible.* And, as a full service community hospital, we can provide a lot more care if you need it.

For less waiting and faster care, count on the E.R. at Crestwood Medical Center.

One Hospital Drive • Huntsville 256-429-4000 • *E.R. wait time, which is defined as the time it takes from check-in at the E.R. desk until a patient is initially seen by a provider, can change quickly. This time is dependent on the severity of the illness and other patients also in the E.R.


IronMountain Solutions awarded $22,705,832 contract

Raytheon Company awarded $383,973,802 modification contract

IronMountain Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $22,705,832 time-and-materials Foreign Military Sales (Afghanistan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Thailand, Taiwan, Sweden, Egypt, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Slovakia) contract for technical support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 8, 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test, and evaluation; operations and maintenance, Army; and other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $22,705,832 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-17- R-0001). ■

Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $383,973,802 modification (P00078) to Foreign Military Sales (Romania) contract W31P4Q-15-C-0022 for new production hardware, upgrade kits and spares. Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Massachusetts; Pelham, New Hampshire; Burlington, Massachusetts; Marlborough, Massachusetts; Lawton, Oklahoma; Andover, Massachusetts; El Paso, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; McKinney, Texas; Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Santa Fe Springs, California; and East Camden, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2019 other funds in the amount of $383,973,802 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. ■

Quantitech awarded $16,026,683 contract

Sentar awarded $10,426,896 hybrid contract

Quantitech Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $16,026,683 time-and-materials Foreign Military Sales (Afghanistan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Thailand, Taiwan, Sweden, Egypt, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, and Slovakia) contract for support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 8, 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test, and evaluation; operations and maintenance, Army; and other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $16,026,683 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-16-R-0010). ■

Sentar Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $10,426,896 hybrid (cost-no-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for cyber security and information management support services. Twenty five bids were solicited with six bids received. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army and Army working capital funds in the amount of $1,683,982 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-19-F-0323). ■

Modern Technology Solutions (MTSI) awarded $2,434,544 contract Modern Technology Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum amount of $13,826,273. Under this new contract, the contractor will develop and demonstrate a physics-based, cross-domain, closed-loop simulation and a collaborative model-based experimentation to test and evaluate integrated left- and right-of-launch (ILROL) concepts. A task order in the amount of $2,434,544 is being issued. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama. The ordering period and the period of performance is five years from the date of award. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website with 26 proposals received. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,434,544 for the first task order are being obligated on this award. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-19-D-0001). ■ 10



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Dynetics awarded $130M 100kW-class high energy laser contract for U.S. Army Dynetics, along with its partners, has been awarded a $130 million contract to build and test the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) program, a 100-kilowatt class laser weapon system. HELTVD laser shooting concept



“High energy laser weapons have been a system that the United States has wanted to add into their defense portfolio since the invention of the laser. We are glad to be selected to build this new and safe weapon system that will provide a simple, yet cost-effective approach in theater,” said Ronnie Chronister, Dynetics senior vice president of contracts. Team Dynetics is bringing together more than 70 years of directed energy experience from known defense companies – Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, and MZA Associates. As the prime contractor, Dynetics will be responsible for final assembly and integration and testing of the system. ■

MartinFederal awarded highly competitive Army National Guard contract MartinFederal Consulting, LLC has been awarded the Army National Guard Strength Maintenance Training Center (SMTC) Contract valued in excess of $20 million. “I am proud of the team’s hard work and accomplishments at SMTC over the past three years. Winning a highly competitive, five-year award is an indication of our team’s commitment to excellence and shows our willingness to bring real time and valuable solutions to the customer,” said Corey Martin, president & CEO of MartinFederal. MartinFederal has held the SMTC contract for the previous 3 years (2016–2019). The highly competitive recompete for the SMTC contract resulted in a prominent win for MartinFederal and was extended to a five-year contract. ■


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CFD Research celebrates opening of new location in Cummings Research Park CFD Research held a ribbon cutting on June 4 to officially open its new three-story, 45,000-square-foot office building in Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park. The company has grown significantly in recent years, and Sameer Singhal, President & CEO, discussed the company’s path since his parents founded it in 1987 in the basement of their family home. During the event, Singhal discussed a product the company has developed, SonoProtech. These noise-reduction ear plugs were designed for police and military use, and block harmful high-decibel noise while allowing conversation and ambient sounds. They can also be used for shooting and hunting, and are manufactured in Florence, Alabama. CFD Research’s Keith Sedberry led development of the product, and is the son of retired Huntsville Police Lieutenant David Sedberry. At the ceremony, the company donated 50 of the devices to the Huntsville Police Department. ■


Artist’s rendering of new Yulista HQ.

Miranda Bouldin launches talk show on WAFF 48 Miranda Bouldin, President and CEO of LogiCore, has launched The Miranda Show. It airs on Sunday nights at 10:35 p.m. on WAFF 48 and features conversations about leadership, entrepreneurship, and professional journeys. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming taping, click the image below. The show is recorded at LogiCore, located at 345 Voyager Way Northwest, Huntsville, AL 35806. Past guests have included Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Amanda Howard, and Lisa Williams. ■

L-R: Sameer Singhal, Captain Jeffrey B. Rice, Sr. and Keith Sedberry. CFD Research donated 50 SonoProtech noise reduction ear plug sets that the company developed to the Huntsville Police Department.

Yulista breaks ground on new HQ at Redstone Gateway Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) and Jim Wilson & Associates hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on May 29 for the construction of a new, multi-building campus at Redstone Gateway for aerospace defense contractor Yulista Holding LLC. Yulista was formed in Alaska and is now headquartered in Huntsville. The company plans to build a four-building campus within Redstone Gateway, the new development just outside Redstone Arsenal Gate 9. This will make Yulista one of the largest campuses on the site, with a multi-floor office building and three research development facilities totaling at least 300,000 square feet. ■ 12



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Partnering for a brighter future for our community



UAH hosts Grand Opening of I2C The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) announced the opening of the Invention to Innovation Center (I2C) building on June 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The I2C will serve as an incubator which will foster growth, innovation and creativity as it ties with technological companies, the UAH College of Business and brilliant entrepreneurs of the future. This addition to UAH brings opportunities to Huntsville which will expand existing relationships and cultivate new partnerships among businesses and companies within the Rocket City. “The Invention to Innovation Center creates the ideal environment to foster STEM-focused learning opportunities, collaboration and new business development,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said at the ceremony. “Success will be measured by, one, increased numbers of high tech start-ups, two, expansion opportunities for existing high-tech companies, and, three, diversification of the employment base to include more private sector jobs,” said UAH President Robert Altenkirch. He added that five business are already lined up. UAH student Jarrett Grubb said I2C will serve as the “link between education and getting into the real world” and that this building will benefit students in all fields. “I2C is a building full of opportunity,” Grubb added.

Entities represented at the I2C ribbon cutting included U.S. Senator Richard Shelby’s office, the State of Alabama, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the UAH Foundation, as well as Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong. ■ Ellie Vaughn, Marketing & Communications Intern

LearningQUEST celebrates 10th Anniversary, continues love of learning LearningQUEST, a lifelong learning organization that provides educational and enrichment opportunities for adults of all ages, celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful operations with a fun “day at the races”. On May 15, Tom Borcher orchestrated a very special “horse race”, and many of the ladies wore fancy hats and the guys... a little Kentucky styling. The event was fun and inspiring as the organization begins another decade of service to the community. LearningQUEST members may choose from programs in a variety of subject areas. There are no entrance requirements, no tests or grades. It’s your love of learning that counts. Programs of varying lengths and starting dates are offered in the spring (Jan–June) and fall (July–Dec) terms with a special Rally Day at the beginning of each term. The 2019 Fall Term of LearningQUEST programs will be kicked off at Rally Day on July 30 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church (entrance #7 on St. Clair Avenue, across the street from the Downtown Library). You can pick up a catalog, check out the program displays, meet the instructors, sign up for courses and trips, and enjoy the morning by greeting old friends and making new ones. The catalog and registration information will be online July 1 at For more information, call 256-529-8695. ■ Contributed by Ravina Sujanani 14



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The final day included a field trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the new INTUITIVE ® Planetarium. This event is sponsored by Ford, Woody Anderson Ford, and Calhoun Community College. There is already a waiting list for the next Academy, even though the dates haven’t been scheduled. If you are interested in learning about upcoming sessions, please email Trina Hunter. ■ Claire Aiello Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Local students get hands-on summer training in automotive industry

Pro-Air, Pro-Earth Scholarship Winner Named

In early June, Woody Anderson Ford and Calhoun Community College partnered on a new Advanced Technology Academy for local students. About 22 students in 7th, 8th and 9th grades participated in the week-long program, which is designed to make them aware of the opportunities in the automotive industry at an earlier age. They got hands-on experience with combustion engines, diagnostics, electric and hybrid vehicles, and autonomous vehicles.

For the past 11 years, Pro-Air Services, Inc. has awarded a scholarship to an area high school student who demonstrates awareness about the environment. This year’s winner is Kimberly Diane Griffin, who is the first winner from Priceville High School. She wins a $2,000 scholarship. To be considered, students write essays about what being Pro-Earth means to them, and the company determined Griffin’s comments stood out among the other entries. Congratulations Ms. Griffin! ■


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Campaign in Full Swing You have until July 31 to participate in our 2019 ChamberON Campaign -- with the opportunity to buy reserved tables and sponsorships for upcoming events at discounted pricing. These include events happening soon and well into the next year, and this campaign helps us gauge your interest in what we offer you. Sponsorships are getting picked up quickly, so please act now if you want to secure one that might be a good opportunity for your business. Available items include discounted pricing for sponsorships to luncheons and VIP meetings with our elected leaders, small business & networking events, membership and community information packets and workforce events to attract new talent. Other events include our Chamber Golf Classic and our brand new Clay Shooting Tournament this fall! There are other new events in 2020, including Show Me The Money and State of Healthcare. Why should you purchase through ChamberON? It’s simple -- you can save money! The prices listed in the ChamberON catalog are discounted from what you’ll find if you purchase online through our website. Also, we offer two payment options – you may pay during the campaign and receive an additional 2 percent discount OR we are happy to invoice you prior to each event. Please contact Kristy Drake for more information: or 256-535-2036. ■

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ADTRAN recognized for Excellence in Marketing, Gigabit Service Delivery Innovation ADTRAN, the leading provider of next-generation open networking and subscriber experience solutions, recently announced it has been recognized for a number of achievements. In May, the Muse Creative Awards and American Advertising Federation (AAF) honored ADTRAN’s creative team with an impressive 15 awards for marketing excellence. “The competition for these awards is against the creative teams from the top consumer and commercial brands in the world and earning this recognition is a testament of the drive, professionalism and tremendous talent on our team,” said Gary Bolton, ADTRAN Vice President of Global Marketing. “Year after year, our forward-thinking creative team continues to hone their craft, combining modern, complicated technical ideas with classical art concepts to capture and communicate how ADTRAN is bringing the world together.”

The Muse Creative and Muse Design Awards are international competitions for creative and design professionals from all disciplines, who help push the evolution of their industry in a positive direction. “We recognize the breakthrough achievements of these true innovators, who live by the words, ‘make the world a better place for all’,” said Kenjo Ong, CEO, Muse Awards. “They have earned this recognition.” ADTRAN announced in June that its second generation portfolio of Gfast fiber extension products has been recognized for excellence in the market with six leading industry awards. The most recent include the Global Telecoms Award, the 2019 Lightwave Innovation Reviews, and the 2019 Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award. “We are thrilled that our gigabit-capable fiber extension portfolio is being recognized for its industry leadership and innovation,” ADTRAN Head of Solutions Management EMEA & APAC Dr. Werner Heinrich said. “Gfast fiber extension has become the ‘go to’ gigabit technology due to the minimal tenant disruption and low deployment costs, which is perfect for addressing the lucrative and underserved Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) market. Our comprehensive Gfast fiber extension portfolio helps service providers simplify multi-faceted MDU deployments – creating new gigabit communities by choosing from a broad toolkit of powering, port and placement options.” Deployments of the ADTRAN Gfast fiber extension solutions are currently underway in Tier 1 carrier networks in Australia, North America and Europe as network operators globally seek out methods to accelerate the delivery of symmetrical gigabit service capabilities, maximizing the revenue potential of their fiber investments and ensuring all premises passed can economically and efficiently transition to becoming connected premises. Thanks to the benefits of ADTRAN’s Gfast fiber extension portfolio, more consumers each day are partaking in the Gigabit Society, more operators are securing expedited revenues, and more investors are benefiting from the reduction in the risk profile of their fiber network investments. ■ A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION

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Citizens for Space Exploration hosts annual visit to Washington, D.C. In May, a delegation from Huntsville visited Washington, D.C. as part of the annual Citizens for Space Exploration fly-in. The purpose of the trip is to press for continued support for NASA and its human space exploration program. “The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber has been a member of a national coalition of communities that supports space exploration known as the Citizens for Space Exploration,” said Mike Ward, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. “For more than 16 years, The National Space Club and the Chamber of Commerce Foundation have jointly sponsored NASA interns and/or UAH graduate students to attend the Citizens for Space Exploration DC fly-in.” Mike Ward and Saroj Kumar, Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Propulsion Research Center at UAH, had the pleasure of attending this year’s trip, which included visits with members of Congress and their staffs. There is also a Congressional reception. Kumar has been on the trip before, and said he was excited to have this chance again. “I think it is a wonderful organization which works towards promoting the benefits of space exploration programs, particularly the Human Space Program,” he said. “Being passionate about space exploration from my childhood, I admire the support of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber towards this organization.” Kumar added that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and he was excited to meet several members of the U.S. House, Senate, and their staffs. “I had the opportunity to update them on my

L-R: Saroj Kumar, Joe Buckley, U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt, Amit Patel, and Mike Ward. 18



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L-R: Mike Ward, Saroj Kumar, U.S. Senator Doug Jones, Amit Patel, and Joe Buckley.

L-R: Mike Ward, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, Joe Buckley, Soraj Kumar, and Amit Patel. A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION

AMA announces Apollo 50th Anniversary Small Business Partners Campaign

current PhD research which I am currently doing at UAH and how their support towards the space program would not only benefit me but also help the U.S. keep the leadership role in the space program as it always has. During all of my meetings I was very happy that every member has the support for our space programs and has the similar vision like I do,” Kumar said. Kumar encourages more young people to participate and learn about CSE. Please contact the Chamber’s Mike Ward for more information: ■

L-R: Saroj Kumar, Amit Patel, Congressman Mike Rogers, Joe Buckley, and Mike Ward.


In honor of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc. (AMA) is rolling out a nationwide campaign celebrating the role of small businesses that support NASA and the nation’s space and aviation goals. The milestone anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the extensive contributions that were necessary to achieve past mission success as well as the need for small business partners to enable the success of current and future missions. From now until August 1, 2019, AMA will share personal videos, Gilman images, and stories of AMA employees and industry experts who worked to make Apollo-era missions, including Apollo 11, a success. These stories and other unique “behind-the-scenes” recollections from the Apollo era will be shared through AMA’s social media platforms. Recent videos on AMA’s Facebook page feature Dr. David Gilman and Al Ragsdale, who talk about their work. AMA invites all of NASA’s small business partners to participate in this celebratory campaign. To officially join in the effort, small Ragsdale businesses are encouraged to share their own Apollo-era stories on social media using the hashtag #NextGiantLeapPartners. “As a supporter of NASA for more than 50 years, we recognize the legacy of Apollo continued on page 20

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Mazda Toyota Manufacturing’s Nod to Huntsville’s Space Heritage As a tribute to Huntsville’s leadership role with the U.S. space program, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (MTMUS) will name its two assembly lines Apollo and Discovery, respectively. “Thanks to our team members’ creativity and innovative thinking, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing is proud to name our two future assembly lines Apollo and Discovery in a nod to our city’s heritage as the birthplace of our nation’s space program,” said Mark Brazeal, vice president for administration at MTM. “The scores of brilliant men and women who worked tirelessly to further mankind’s progress and exploration into the unknown gives our team motivation to add to the Rocket City’s history as a producer of world-class vehicles.” Apollo was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) program that resulted in 12 American astronauts walking on the moon. The Space Shuttle Discovery completed 39 successful missions, surpassing the number of flights made by any other orbiters in NASA’s fleet. Discovery also launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit and was the first American spacecraft piloted by a woman, Eileen Collins.

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Trideum Foundation to host “Grounds for Hope” The Trideum Foundation is proud to announce a new faith-based recognition event called Grounds for Hope. It will be held in the Von Braun Center North Hall on September 17, 2019 and will begin at 6 p.m. Grounds for Hope will feature Pam Tebow (shown left), renowned speaker, author, and mother of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. She will be addressing the importance of faith in outreach. Grounds for Hope is a new concept event in Huntsville and will recognize and honor individuals, organizations and corporations that are living out their faith and making a real difference in our community. In addition to honoring a large number of individuals and organizations, a few specific awards will be given to selected honorees in multiple categories. These include Volunteer of the Year, Outreach Program of the Year, Corporate Partner of the Year, Nonprofit Organization of the Year, and Lifetime Service Award. Proceeds from the event will be split among the finalists for the Nonprofit Organization of the Year. To nominate an individual, organization or corporation please visit and fill out a nomination form. Nominees that are selected to be honored will be invited to attend Grounds for Hope and recognized for their contributions to our community. You can also find information on purchasing individual tickets, table reservations and event sponsorship on the website. When asked about the importance of creating a faith-based recognition event like Grounds for Hope; Lewis Hundley, President of the Trideum Foundation said, “We want to inspire people to stay true to their faith and to live out their faith in service and love. Community service alone provides temporary help, but when we live out our faith, in that help, we provide a hope rooted in the Gospel that helps build an eternal foundation.” ■




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Turner Construction Celebrates Founder’s Day by Giving Back Turner Construction Company celebrated its 117th anniversary in May with Founder’s Day, a nationwide day of service. The Huntsville office sent volunteers to several locations, including Manna House in Huntsville, the Care Center in New Hope, and Kids to Love in Madison. ■

L-R: Melissa Brown, Lindsey Davenport, Abbigail Morgan, and Madison Duran shopping for diapers and other supplies for Kids to Love.

L-R: Cathy Elliott, Erich Baker, Diane Welch, Lindsey Davenport, Victor Lamb, Madison Duran, Abbigail Morgan, and Melissa Brown shopping for donations to give to Kids to Love. The group also cleared brush and cleaned up the grounds at the organization.


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Innova Primary Care wins First Place in Circle of Care Innovation Awards Innova Primary Care of Huntsville recently won first place in the 2019 Circle of Care Innovation Awards. The annual Circle of Care Innovation Award was introduced to inspire and reward pioneering primary care practices that are positively impacting patient health. This award recognizes physician practices that have demonstrated exceptional innovation in their efforts to achieve mutual goals for healthcare in Alabama: improved quality and efficiency, expanded access and reduced costs. “Being recognized with the Innovative Award is truly an honor,” said Dr. Brooke Uptagrafft. “Thank you to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama for supporting primary care and supporting us to be innovative so we can continue to move healthcare forward.” ■ Ellie Vaughn, Marketing & Communications Intern


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Have you ever encountered a real estate boutique? Located on the strip of Providence you will find an innovative, upbeat agency that strives to help you find the right path. Chanda Davis’ Superior School of Real Estate takes pride in teamwork, innovation, and collaboration. Davis is a broker and owner/instructor of the school, and said she could not run the business without Dena Schrimsher, realtor and manager of Valley Metro Property Management, and her team of agents. “I never thought I would be a business owner,” said Davis. “You can’t be afraid to learn or ask for help.” Davis began her journey at 25 years old. She began practicing real estate shortly after she met Keith Hall, a realtor who sold Davis her first home. Davis mentioned to him that she enjoyed real estate, and he helped pay for her schooling to obtain her pre-license. “He took me under his wing and I never really had in-classroom training after my pre-license,” Davis said. “I learned the ropes on the street and I think that is what equipped me to be in real estate as a broker on my own.” Chamari Abernathy, executive director and realtor, works for Davis and said she admires her. Abernathy said she has learned things she would not have learned from another company. “She does real estate with her eyes closed,” said Abernathy. After Davis’ initial career in real estate, she taught for 17 years in Huntsville City Schools. She later went into the trucking business, but lost everything. “I drove light freight on a 40-foot bed and dolly where anything that could go wrong went wrong and I lost every single thing that I ever worked for: my retirement, my savings, and everything,” Davis said. “I was dead broke and almost homeless about three years ago.” Davis said she dated a man who helped her track her purpose. He suggested she pick one of her four degrees and give it a chance for a year, and if Davis was not 24



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successful in that time period, she would go back to teaching. From there, Davis began to make a plan on paper. “That week I put on Facebook, ‘Hey I am going back into real estate, support me,’ that day I had five offers and it went from there,” said Davis. Davis returned to teaching, but also sold real estate part-time. After a year, she decided it was time to be a realtor full-time. This led to the start of her real estate school and agency in Providence. Davis said she believes things have a funny way of working themselves out. Her second business, Superior School of Real Estate, gave her the opportunity to keep her passion for teaching. The real estate school offers live instruction, project-based learning, scenario-based facilitation, and 101 tutorings for pre- or post-license brokerage. Davis said the school works to change lives one student at a time. Ashley Gray is the administrator for the school, and a realtor, and aspires to expand the school nationally. The Chanda Davis Real Estate Agency started with two agents and now they have 40. She said her formula for growth includes an understanding that everyone is made one-of-a-kind. “Real estate is not tailor-made,” Davis said. “I think that is why 25 percent of people trying to work in real estate aren’t in real estate the first year. They see this game plan that is identical for everyone, like a recipe, and it won’t work for everyone. I don’t use recipes, I taste until I’m like booyah, it’s perfect!” ■ Erin Braxton, Small Business & Events Intern A HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER PUBLICATION


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Jeanie Inman Satterfield was recently promoted by Leonardo DRS to the position of Vice President of Engineering for DLE. Satterfield has been with Leonardo DRS since 1991, bringing over 30 years of experience in executive leadership and engineering. She most recently served as Senior Director of Engineering for DRS Land Electronics for the Huntsville site, and was instrumental in that role because she was a key contributor to creating a culture of collaboration across the two site locations (MLB and HSV). Satterfield worked to develop relationships across geographic boundaries and cultures, identifying and sharing competencies within Engineering that will help DLE make the most of its engineering Satterfield workforce to support innovation and customers. In her new role, Satterfield will be leading a unified Land Electronics Engineering organization of the combined Melbourne and Huntsville engineering teams. She will be responsible to spearhead this newly combined organization to harness synergies, promote collaboration, improve resource sharing, and provide improved opportunities for engineering staff at both sites. Prior to her role as Senior Director of Engineering for DRS Land Electronics – Huntsville, she held a number of titles including Hardware Engineering Manager, Functional Manager of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering and Configuration Management Group, Project Engineering Manager, Engineering IMPACT Lead, and Electrical Design Engineer. Prior to DRS, Satterfield’s career began with General Electric where she cycled through a variety of development assignments in the GE Edison Engineering Program, ultimately settling in Huntsville where she supported the initial development of the Navy’s CASS program. Satterfield graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. ■

Taron Thorpe has been named the new Madison County Regional President by the Board of Directors of CB&S Bank. In his new role, Thorpe will be responsible for providing sales leadership to CB&S Bank offices located in Madison County. Thorpe is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Agricultural Business and Economics and a Masters of Business Administration. He graduated in May 2019 from the LSU School of Banking. Thorpe has been with CB&S Bank since 2016 and has over 25 years of business experience specializing in assisting small to medium size businesses in financial goal achievement. He also currently serves as the Chair Thorpe of the Madison Industrial Development Board, Chair of Leadership Greater Huntsville’s Class 32 and is President of the Riley Behavioral and Educational Center. Mr. Thorpe has recently been named to the Leadership Council of the Alabama Center for Real Estate at Culverhouse College of Business, University of Alabama. He also works closely with and serves on several non-profit boards including Madison Hospital and First Community Health Plan, Inc. Mr. Thorpe is active with Madison City Schools, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Rotary Club of Madison. ■

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Sherry Urban has accepted a position as a Leasing Specialist at NAI Chase Commercial. In this role, she will be responsible for Landlord Representation for several of the company’s office parks including Meadow Green Center, Corporate Office Park, and Executive Park South, as well as several of the firm’s existing retail portfolio in Huntsville and surrounding markets. Prior to accepting the position as Leasing Specialist, Sherry joined NAI Chase Commercial in September of 2018, as Retail Leasing Specialist. Sherry’s extensive experience and knowledge will continue to be demonstrated while working with property owners/landlords, prospects and investors to Urban navigate the complex nature of the property market in accomplishing positive results. Randy Thomas, Sr. Vice President of the Brokerage Team is excited to promote Sherry into her new role as Leasing Specialist. Her drive, ambitions, and continued on page 31




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Jeff Jones, a financial planner in Longview Financial Advisors’ Huntsville office, has been named to the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)’s National Board. NAPFA is the country’s leading professional organization of Fee-Only financial advisors – highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interest of those they serve in a fiduciary manner. NAPFA has developed high standards in the field and each advisor signs and renews a Fiduciary Oath every year. The association provides support and education to practitioners all over the country and is governed by the NAPFA Board of Directors and four Region Boards. Longview congratulates Jeff for his leadership in the Fee-Only industry. Jeff is the Director of Financial Planning, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL Jones PLANNER™ Professional, IRS Enrolled Agent, and NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor. He is a member of the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville’s Philanthropic Advisor Network and Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Connect Class 19. He earned his Masters of Science in Financial Planning from the University of Alabama and his Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. ■

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