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welcome new chamber members Joined in February 2018 Abacus Technology Corporation Paycor, Inc. Agile Decision Sciences Penske Logistics Amendment XXI Raptors’ Eyes Aero, LLC American Cancer Society Security Centres International American Heart Association Southern Elegance Dance Studio Anytime Fitness STAR - Systems Technology & Research Benchmark Electronics, Inc. Vision Excellence Company (VEC) Bullet & Barrel Walker’s Market BWX Technologies Weatherly Appraisal Services CAM Contracting Whitehead Realty Capstone Educational Consultants Wilder HR Management & EEO Consulting Check N Go - Memorial Pkwy Check N Go - Pratt Ave Joined in March 2018 Cottage Senior Living Cricket Wireless - North Huntsville Added Space Self Storage Cricket Wireless - South Huntsville Advanced Audio & Video Cricket Wireless - Westbury Square Aevum, Inc. CRM Solutions Inc Alabama Real Estate Solutions - Anton Etenko Courtyard Marriott Huntsville Alida Solutions, LLC Cyberforce Services ASBC - Alabama Small Business Capital DPSI - Digital Print Services, Inc Candy’s Corporate Cleaning Florida Institute of Technology Huntsville CKS Technologies Four Leaves Asian Restaurant Dove Family Health Infinity Orthotics & Prosthetics DreamMaker Bath Kitchen of Huntsville ITC Defense Corp. Genesis Company LLC Kumon Math & Reading Center genWHY Communication Strategies Launch Broadband Green Mountain Legal Services, LLC MaidPro Cleaning Services GSH of Alabama, LLC Marathon Electrical Contractors, Inc. Hawthorne at Lily Flagg Mello’s Home Care Historic Huntsville Foundation - Harrison Brothers Hardware Metro Diner Huntsville Keller Williams - Jayne Pittman Nobletech Solutions Inc. Limitless Marketing Group, Inc. North American Surveillance Systems (NASS) M3 Technology Group, Inc. On-Line Applications Research (OAR) Corporation Metropolitan Disc Jockey Mezza Luna Catering (CDHS Group LLC) The MITRE Corporation Rogers Group, Inc. Sustain, LLC Telah’s Cozy Cookies Valerie Worthy, Realtor - Dynasty Real Estate Services VCSI - Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation, 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




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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BBVA Compass • Crestwood Medical Center • Dynetics, Inc. • General Atomics • Lockheed Martin Corp. 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, Scion & Mitsubishi • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama • Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. • Five Stones Research Corp. Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. • Jerry Damson, Inc. • KBRwyle • Landers McLarty Corp. Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. • Northrop Grumman Corp. • PARSONS • Raytheon Company • S3, Inc. Sealy Management Company, Inc. • SportsMED Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Center • Synovus • Torch Technologies

PROGRESS PARTNERS Ability Plus • ASRC Federal Analytical Services • Baron Services, Inc. • BASF Corp. • BB&T • Bradley • Brown Precision, Inc. Coates Transportation Group • Colliers International • Connected Logistics • Corporate Office Properties Trust • Davidson Technologies, Inc. Google • 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 • Progress Bank • Radiance Technologies Re/Max Alliance • Rosie’s Restaurants, Inc., & Right Way Restaurants, Inc. (Steak Out) • SCI Technology, Inc. • SELEX Galileo Inc. ServisFirst Bank • Turner Construction Company • Wells Fargo Bank • Woody Anderson Ford

PROGRESS INVESTORS 4SITE, Inc. • AECOM • All Points Logistics, LLC • Alpha Beta Technologies, Inc. • Amanda Howard Real Estate • Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong, PC • Averbuch Realty Co., Inc. – Scott Averbuch • BancorpSouth • BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc. • Bryant Bank • CB&S Bank • Century Automotive • CFD Research Corp. • CGI Federal • Coast Personnel Services Croy Engineering, LLC • DC Blox, Inc. • deciBel Research • Decisive Analytics Corp. • Deloitte LLP • DESE Research, Inc. • Digium, Inc. • Express Employment Professionals Fernandez Financial Group • Fite Building Company, Inc. • FLS Translation & Interpreting • Fountain, Parker, Harbarger • Garver • HEMSI • Hiley Cars Huntsville • Huntsville Botanical Garden Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau • Huntsville Tractor & Equipment, Inc. • INTERFUZE Corp. • Investor’s Resource/Raymond James • IronMountain Solutions Legend Realty – Jim Hoekenschneider • LINE-X, LLC • The Lioce Group, Inc. • LSINC Corp. • MSB Analytics, Inc. • National Bank of Commerce • nLogic, LLC North Alabama Multiple Listing Service • North American Surveillance Systems (NASS) • PALCO • PFM Financial Advisors LLC • PHOENIX • PROJECTXYZ, Inc. • QTEC RE/MAX Distinctive – Sandra Lowrey • 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. • West Huntsville Land Co., Inc. • Wilmer & Lee, P.A. • Worxtime, LLC A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

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About IO


Executive Committee and Board of Directors 2018 Executive Committee

Welcome spring (and pollen)! It’s a busy time in Huntsville and Madison County. The school year is winding down, with summer break just around the corner.

Gary Bolton, Chair, ADTRAN, Inc. Kim Lewis, Chair-Elect, PROJECTXYZ, Inc. Joe Newberry, Immediate Past Chair,

We’ve had lots of activity in the business sector. The Chamber recently hosted its largest trip to Washington, D.C. in history, with nearly 200 people traveling to meet with Alabama’s Congressional delegation and other power players from April 15-17. We took our 2018 Federal Agenda to push for priority topics such as the budget, support for the FBI’s master plan, cyber strength, and infrastructure.

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

In early April, U.S. News & World Report put Huntsville at No. 7 on the new Best Places To Live Ranking. We are grateful to get these types of accolades, and this one carries a lot of weight. Not only is it a source of pride for our city, it helps tell our story to the world and is very helpful to our companies in recruiting.

Frank Williams, Vice Chair, Membership,

Congratulations to our good friend Tim Thornton and his team at nLogic for recently winning a prestigious Outstanding Supplier award from The Boeing Company. This speaks well about the great work our Huntsville companies are doing and receiving recognition for, too. Dynetics has stepped up to support U.S. Cyber Camp in a big way. We’re proud to profile this company’s major pledge of $100,000 in the coming pages. If your business has news to share, please send it to our Marketing & Communications team at the Chamber. The email is You’ll notice this edition of IO is packed with company news, and we’re excited to receive your contributions! See you at a Chamber event very soon! Sincerely,

Jeff Gronberg 2018 Vice Chair for Marketing & Communications Chamber Executive Board

IO Staff Chip Cherry, CCE publisher Jeff Gronberg 2018 vice chair, marketing & communications Claire Aiello editor Autumn Abron, Austin Bullock, Devon Elston, Erin Koshut, Lydia Pennington 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.




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Redstone Federal Credit Union

Relations, Raytheon Company

Alicia Ryan, Vice Chair, Government & Public Affairs, LSINC Corporation

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

Landers McLarty Dodge Chrysler Jeep

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

Joe Ritch, Vice Chair, TV-BRAC, Sirote & Permutt, PC Penny Billings, Chair-Appointed, BancorpSouth 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, Chamber

Elected Board Mike Alvarez, Venturi, Inc. Bill Bailey, Radiance Technologies, Inc. James Barclay, S3, Inc. Mark Becnel, RadioBro Corporation Blake Bentley, SportsMED Eric Blackwell, Polaris Industries, Inc. 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, U.S. Space & Rocket Center Gene Goldman, BWX Technologies, Inc. Joni Green, Five Stones Research Corporation Mike Gullion, SCI Technology – a Sanmina company John Hall, All Points Logistics, LLC Josh Herren, Yulista Steve Hill, AEgis Technologies Group 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, Synovus Robert “Bob” Smith, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. 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.


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Wyle Laboratories to share in $900 million contract for Joint Test and Evaluation Program

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi (W58RGZ18-D-0008); AAR Supply Chain Inc., Wood Dale, Illinois (W58RGZ-18-D-0030); DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas (W58RGZ-18-D-0031); Arma Aviation Corp., Tampa, Florida (W58RGZ-18-D-0032); North American Surveillance Systems Inc.,* Titusville, Florida (W58RGZ-18-D-0033); and Pinnacle Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama (W58RGZ-18-D-0034), will share in a $25,500,000,000 hybrid ( cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price) contract for aircraft and support equipment maintenance, minor modification, and supply chain management primarily for performance outside the continental U.S. to support equipment and personnel in known theaters of operations. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 10 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 3, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia (W91C9G-18-D-0001); Cubic Global Defense Inc., San Diego, California (W91C9G-18-D-0002); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (W91C9G-18-D-003); DCS Corp., Alexandria, Virginia (W91C9G18-D-004); Wyle Laboratories Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (W91C9G-18-D-0005); and Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia (W91C9G-18-D-0006), will share in a $900,000,000 cost-plusfixed-fee contract for the Joint Test and Evaluation Program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 12 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 27, 2028. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.

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Trident Technologies awarded $30 million contract modification Trident Technologies LLC Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification (P00011) under previously awarded contract HTC711-14-D-D003. This modification increased the contract ceiling value for services currently provided as enterprise architecture, data, and engineering support. Enterprise architecture data, and engineering support provides an integrated enterprise architecture from the enterprise level down through the solution level and across solution level architectures and supports analytical services required to support and implement U.S. Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command and Surface Deployment and Distribution Command operational and system requirements solutions.  The modification value of $30,000,000 increased the total cumulative value of the contract from $95,752,500 to $125,752,500.  Work will be performed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  Funding will be obligated on individual task orders.  The U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois,Point is the contracting activity.2018 issue of Initiatives magazine Keel ad for April

Northrop Grumman awarded up to $475 million for Ballistic Missile Defense Systems testing Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a noncompetitive, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (HQ0147-18-D-0005) with a maximum ceiling value of $475,000,000 under the statutory authority of 10 U.S.Code 2304 (c)(1), as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The majority of the work under this contract is specific to the development, integration, testing and fielding of complex advanced discrimination techniques, operation and sustainment of complex modeling and simulation techniques and tools used to model Ballistic Missile Defense Systems (BMDS) capabilities. The efforts associated with discrimination is a first-time development of advanced discrimination algorithms, and involves highly complex software development and test requirements. This contract will conduct specialized development, operations, maintenance, testing and integration for various systems and Missile Defense Agency directorates supporting the BMDS mission.  Task Order 1 in the amount of $9,861,853 for program management; and Task Order 2 for BMDS development in the amount of $143,001,630, will be issued at time of award.  The work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Boulder, Colorado; and Azusa, California.  The ordering period is from March 2, 2018, through March 2, 2023.  One offer was solicited and one offer was received.  Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $100,000 will be issued at time of award Task Order 1; and $3,337,000 for Task Order 2.  The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Strata-G Solutions, Inc. selected for Army reconnaissance and UAS contract Innovative Automation Technologies LLC,* Gainesville, Florida (W911QY-18-D-0191); Aerovironment Inc.,* Monrovia, California (W911QY-18-D-0192); Altavian Inc.,* Gainesville, Florida (W911QY-18-D-0193); GECO Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona (W911QY18-D-0194); Strata-G Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama (W911QY-18-D-0195); Blackbar Engineering LLC,* Tucson, Arizona (W911QY-18-D-0196); and EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas (W911QY-18-D-0197) will compete for each order of the $248,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract for long range reconnaissance surveillance and medium range mobile unmanned aircraft systems; a tactical open government-owned architecture controller; and spare and repair parts. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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Women Who Lead BY DEVON ELSTON Picture this: an auditorium filled to capacity with some of the most successful, hard-working women in the City of Huntsville. Sounds pretty cool, right? That’s exactly what took place at the Chamber on March 28 as we celebrated Women-Owned Business Day. Last year, Mayor Tommy Battle declared March 30th “Women-Owned Business Day” for the City of Huntsville. In honor of that historic event, we decided to take things up a notch and commemorate all the great work Women-Owned Businesses have done for this community. In partnership with the Women’s Business Council, our Women Who Lead event was born! The day started off with Mayor Battle presenting the Proclamation. This was followed by breakfast (catered by Narvell Patton of Catering By Narvell) and a panel discussion with five extremely accomplished female CEOs and business owners. The panel featured Kim Lewis, CEO of PROJECTXYZ, Inc.; Janice Migliore, CEO of PALCO; Emilie Dover, President of Rocket City Digital; Alana Parker, Owner of Rocket City Drywall & Supply, Inc.; and Danyell Miller, CEO of Nterspec Technologies, LLC. This event truly inspired a feeling of togetherness as new business relationships were formed, invaluable advice was given, and friendships were cultivated. The event concluded with a gathering of all these awesome ladies at Big Spring Park for a commemorative photo. Women Who Lead was certainly one for the books!

Continuing the Celebration In this edition, we feature four winners from our 2017 Small Business Awards Celebration. We’ll continue these in our July edition of IO...

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy BY DEVON ELSTON Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater has been a staple within the Huntsville arts community since 1961. Initially created by local parents looking to provide a quality theater experience for their children, Fantasy has grown into a successful, half-million dollar organization that produces live children’s theater and provides year-round classes and camps for ages 3 to adult. According to Karen Mockensturm, Fantasy’s Executive Director, they also are heavily involved in community outreach, utilizing their growth and prosperity to pay it forward to other members of the community. “The greatest joy about watching all of this growth that we’ve had at Fantasy is to be able to maximize the outreach component,” said Mockensturm. “As we‘ve been blessed with more students and more ticket sales, we’ve been able to actually turn around and see how can we give these services to kids that can’t afford them. We were able to take some of the funding we were getting A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

and create absolute free programs for Title I schools. We focus a lot in west Huntsville, because that’s our home.” Fantasy’s heart and soul really lies in their mission to sustain live theater in Huntsville. “Fantasy is doing an incredible service for preserving live theater in Huntsville, period. We’re building audiences for BTL [Broadway Theatre League]. The biggest indication that someone is going to go pay for a ticket for live theater as an adult, is whether or not they attended as a kid,” said Mockensturm. Additionally, their other mission is to encourage arts education and engagement among children. “Kids having access to live theater increases their comprehension right away and engages them in a different way than when they’re just reading.” Mockensturm and her team are working hard to ensure the organization keeps moving forward as Huntsville continues to grow. “A large portion of what I’m doing right now is setting Fantasy up to grow with Huntsville/Madison County. The goal is to be a destination,” she said. “I’m so grateful to be in a county and a city where we have access to be able to talk to our representatives. To be supported that way is really cool.” As 2017’s Small Business Awards winner for Nonprofit of the Year, Mockensturm was thrilled to be recognized for all their efforts. “We were incredibly proud. For me, it was validation for the work we’re doing now. The coolest thing about it was that it was validation for the legacy, to be able to honor the folks who founded this place in ‘61 who had the vision back then. It’s definitely raised our profile.” Fantasy Playhouse continues to put on numerous family-friendly shows for the entire community, keeping the tradition of live theater alive and well for many generations to come. continued on page 17

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Dennis Weese, LINE-X LLC Q: Why did LINE-X select Huntsville for its corporate headquarters? A: We could have relocated the LINE-X corporate office just about anywhere in the U.S. but there was no need. Huntsville is perfect for us. Not only do we have an existing workforce here, we recognize the opportunity Huntsville holds for a company like ours. With an economy on the rise, a wealth of intellectual resources available, the growing number of other major corporate branches or HQs, and the national significance of Redstone Arsenal, we’re certainly proud to call Huntsville our home. Not to mention that Huntsville was recently named as the 7th Best Place To Live by U.S. News and World Report. I think we made the right decision. Q: Why does LINE-X support HREGI, the Huntsville Regional Economic Growth Initiative? A: We wholeheartedly support HREGI and its vision of establishing Huntsville/Madison County as a premier center of technology in the South and the nation. It’s exactly this sort of initiative that makes Huntsville an ideal place to do business, especially business that emphasizes innovative research and product development across a wide range of industries. As a chemical solutions company, the investment in R&D and a skilled workforce is a vital part of our success. We are lucky that our community partners share the same vision and values. Q: What would you like other Chamber members reading this to know about your company? A: LINE-X is the aftermarket leader in high performance polyurea protective coatings and truck accessories, most widely known for spray-on truck bedliners. In recent years, LINE-X has expanded its product and service offering to support original equipment manufacturers and industrial applications. LINE-X supports more than 660 customers and Franchisees in 75 countries, and manages eight warehouses across six continents. Here in Huntsville, LINE-X employs an award-winning chemistry team with a state-of-the-art product innovation lab, a hands-on training facility and a support staff of over 65.

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University Pickers BY DEVON ELSTON Cruising along University Drive, you may or may not have spotted University Pickers. Seemingly a tiny antique store on the surface, this establishment is anything but small. More than 100 local vendors are housed within the 12,000-square-foot space offering antique, vintage, repurposed, and handmade items for sale. Sisters Cindi Pope and Tricia Gleason co-own the hidden treasure, taking on the responsibility of continuing the legacy of the store’s previous owners. “The store was established in January 2013 by a couple, Paul and Kat, and we were vendors here,” said Gleason. “Within about six months or so they told us they were going to have to sell it because they were moving to Georgia, but they didn’t want it to be abandoned. So, my sister and I jumped in, took it over, and have expanded since then and kind of revamped it a little bit,” said Gleason. How does one get to display and sell their items in University Pickers? You might have to wait! There is an application process and potential waiting list for artisans interested in creating a booth within the store. They pride themselves on having steady, consistent business, focusing on building personal relationships with their vendors and their customers. Gleason attributes a lot of their growth and success to the massive revitalization efforts the city has perpetuated over the past few years. “It’s a small town, but with big city feel. Especially in the last two years,” said Gleason. “The artisans that have come in, the revitalization of downtown... that whole area has been so much fun to watch change -- it’s expanded. We’re growing up. We have to cater to engineers, because engineers shop differently than everybody else, so we have to make sure we offer those good deals and make sure everything is perfect.” As 2017’s Small Business Award winner for Retailer of the Year, the University Pickers team was shocked to hear they had won. “It was a huge confidence booster for us. We had kind of been in the background for four years at that point. We knew we were doing something different and making a difference, so we were excited to be acknowledged for that,” said Gleason. Her ultimate goal is to really put University Pickers on the map. “I really want to get our name out there. So many people have not heard of us or been to the store, so they don’t get it. They think we’re a tiny little shop because of the window space. We’ve been working hard on branding this year, just letting people know that the vendors are local. People pay $5, $10, $15 to go to these pop-up markets, but we’re here all the time.” Although University Pickers is a retailer, they do so much more than sell unique goods. They are very active within the community offering business coaching to those in similar industries in addition to organizing an annual industry-wide conference each year. They also are involved with several charitable organizations. Be sure to stop by their space to see what goodies you can find!

Catering by Narvell BY AUTUMN ABRON Narvell Patton has been filling local hearts and stomachs for several years. Those who know her often say her name with a smile. Catering by Narvell is a business that A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

started from a love of cooking and a love of God, and it has blossomed into a way of spreading that love. “My business isn’t perfect,” said Patton. “But I wanted the people that work with me to feel love and to have the same experiences I got in the kitchen growing up.” ‘Mrs. Narvell’, as she is often known as by her peers, developed a love of cooking at an early age. She credits her love and her skill to growing up in the kitchen with her mother. “It’s not always fun. We laugh a lot and we have our struggles. But, it’s a family.” Patton strives to make her business an extension of her own family, and she promotes the same values at work as she does at home. She wanted her business to be a place where everyone could talk to each other, share with each other and understand each other. When Patton won one of 2017’s Small Business Awards in the Culinary category, she said it filled her heart. “It gave people a chance to hear about my business, but it also gave people a chance to hear about the Chamber.” She has had businesses reach out and say how proud they are of her business. Patton has also seen an increase in sales since then. One of the best things about winning the Small Business Award was having her granddaughter there with her that night. “It’s had a great impact in her life. She saw the people that stood up to congratulate her Grammy. And she takes that very seriously,” Patton said. Her advice to anyone wanting to create or grow a small business is to know why you want to do it. She advises you not just to own a business so you can say you own one. “So many people are interested in money and prestige. You should do what you’re doing unselfishly, because you can’t do it by yourself,” Patton said. She advises taking small steps, having patience, and praying about your journey.

TriVector Services Inc. BY AUTUMN ABRON TriVector Services, Inc. has been serving the Huntsville area and helping to keep the country safe since 2008. President and Co-founder Dr. Joey Shelton prides himself in both the work the company does, and the team of individuals who work tirelessly to meet the needs of their customers. “We bring in high caliber people and I think that sets us apart,” said Shelton. “We really try to invest in people.” Shelton grew up in Alabama, working previously for Grumman (prior to it becoming Northop Grumman) before staring TriVector. Ten years and six children later, Shelton is thrilled with both his personal and professional life. “I’m enjoying life right now; the work is good and I feel blessed for a company that cares so much for us,” he said. TriVector started out working primarily with NASA and has since grown to work with the Army and with Missile Defense. “We’ve got five major areas of core capabilities within our company: Modeling and simulation, engineering analysis, test engineering, program continued on page 19 may 2018 initiatives




AAMU’s STEM Day 2018 Adds Green Twist Ever wanted to know what’s really going on in a young college student’s mind when he or she is in serious mode? An April trip to the annual STEM Day at Alabama A&M University could paint a clear picture of the questions, ideas and answers from some of the brightest future scientists, technologists, engineers, agriculturalists, mathematicians and entrepreneurs. Students proudly displayed their comprehensive research on plants, animals, biology and life sciences, social issues, community planning, engineering, and much more. Over 100 student scholars participated and shared details surrounding their existing research. The event held on April 13 was chaired by Dr. Padmaja Guggilla of the AAMU Physics program, who was recently selected nationally by DIVERSE magazine as an Emerging Scholar. She was ably assisted by Dr. Armitra Jackson-Davis (Food and Animal Sciences) and Terry Miller (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), who served as co-chairs. An added treat this year was the announcement of a collaborative effort between AAMU and Toyota called the Green Mobility Project. AAMU students will be the driving force behind this initiative. Experiential learning opportunities are essential components to every AAMU student’s education. The University is continually enlisting new employers and opportunities to offer programs such as co-ops and internships to all majors. If you would like more information, please contact Yvette Clayton at 256-372-8182 or




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management, and technical management,” said Shelton. “We view ourselves as problem solvers. Our primary mission is helping our government customers solve difficult management engineering integration problems.” TriVector strives to treat both their customers and their employees like family. Dr. Shelton believes that when you treat people well, good things will come back to you. “Every year I put together a set of strategic goals. One goal is that we keep 100% retention of our current employees,” he explained. As winners of one of 2017’s Small Business Awards for Government Contracting Technology Services Business of the Year, TriVector takes great pride in knowing their hard work as a small business is paying off. “The thing that surprises you when you win something like that, you feel great, but then so many people know it, notice it, comment on it -- customers, business partners, our prime contractors -- we’ve invested so much into it that we are happy and we feel like it’s a validation of our business approach,” Shelton said. Of course, TriVector has had its share of obstacles as well as successes, but Dr. Shelton’s advice to anyone wanting to start or grow a small business is to develop a marketable skill. “We knew that we had something that people would want to pay for -- you’ve got to have something the market wants,” he said. Shelton also mentions how important it is to know the actual business aspect of running a small business. “If you don’t understand the business side of things, it can really hurt a lot of small companies,” Shelton added. TriVector looks forward to achieving new goals this year, while continuing to offer premium services to their clients.

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HATS to Host Professional of the Year Awards It was during the era of immense growth in Huntsville when HATS (The Huntsville Association of Technical Societies) was created in 1969. Over the decades, HATS has supported the Huntsville community by serving as a host for conferences, STEM program support, collaboration between societies, and the proud host of the Annual Professional of the Year Awards Dinner. This year the 13th Annual HATS Professional of the Year Awards Celebration will take place on June 21 at the new Grand Hall at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. The awards presented at the event will be the Joseph Moquin Professional of the Year Award, the Young Professional of the Year Award, and the Society of the Year Award. The nominees for the awards are provided by the HATS member societies such as IEEE, HASBAT, and Women in Defense to name a few. All nominees will be recognized for their contributions to their industry, their society, and to the Huntsville community. The doors open at 5:30, with cocktails available, and dinner starting at 6:30. The fun-filled evening will include Lee Marshall as the




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Dynetics Pledges $100,000 to United States Cyber Camp The U.S. Space & Rocket held its third U.S. Cyber Camp beta program in early April, with 32 students from Madison, Mobile and Morgan county schools participating. Students and staff got a special surprise. On April 2, the Rocket Center and Dynetics held a joint news conference to announce Dynetics’ support of U.S. Cyber Camp. As the first founding partner, Dynetics is pledging $100,000 to support and grow the program as well as provide curriculum support, cyber expertise and speakers. Dynetics has signed on to support the program, citing the importance of building a base of future cyber security experts.

“Dynetics is proud to be a founding partner of the new U.S. Cyber Camp,” said David King, Dynetics’ chief executive officer. “Cybersecurity is a profession that is growing and changing every day. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is making a pivotal move by educating our next generation in this field. We are looking forward to seeing this camp grow and thrive just like Space Camp.” “The support of an industry leader such as Dynetics is critical to the development of U.S. Cyber Camp,” Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Rocket Center. “We are proud to welcome Dynetics as our first industry partner in helping us stimulate young minds and inspire them to become a vital part of the cyber workforce.” Dynetics’ support will help to refine the program to meet the goals set with Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement of a $10 million economic development grant to the Rocket Center in August 2017. The state grant will enable the Rocket Center to expand its facilities for U.S. Cyber 22



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Camp as well as additional science exhibit space. The state support also allows the Rocket Center to seek matching funds and support to help with those efforts. From the initial efforts in July 2017, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center team has worked with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Cyber Huntsville to develop and define how this program will look, building on the successful Space Camp model of leadership, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Boeing recognizes nLogic as Outstanding Supplier of the Year nLogic has been recognized as Supplier of the Year in the Outstanding Performance category by The Boeing Company. nLogic was one of 13 companies honored on April 11 for distinguished performance in working with Boeing. In February, nLogic was notified that it was one of 85 companies to receive the Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award which rewards performance excellence. In fact, nLogic has received the Boeing Performance Excellence Award for an amazing 10 consecutive years. Achieving the Supplier of the Year designation further acknowledges superior performance and labels this class of winners as best of the best. This year’s recipients represent an elite group among more than 13,000 active Boeing suppliers in 48 countries around the world. This selection was based on stringent performance criteria for quality performance, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise. nLogic provides highly-skilled services to Boeing including systems engineering and integration, software life cycle, modeling and simulation, test and evaluation, logistics, information technologies, and cybersecurity. nLogic supports many critical programs including National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Launch System (SLS); Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD); MDA Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV); MDA Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV); U.S. Air Force Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD); and U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). “Boeing was our first customer,” said Tim Thornton, President and CEO of nLogic. “We are proud to partner with Boeing in solving some of the Nation’s most technologically-challenging problems in the aerospace and defense industry. Receiving this award fulfills a dream of nLogic since our company’s founding.”


Huntsville makes U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Places to Live Ranking Huntsville debuted in U.S. News & World Report’s coveted Best Places To Live ranking, coming in at No. 7 in the 2018 report. The rankings were issued April 10 and came in part from a public survey of thousands of people across the U.S. to find out what qualities they consider important in a hometown. The report says Huntsville offers residents employment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields, while also holding the highest value score of all places on this year’s list. The graphic shows the top 7 Best Places to Live. Huntsville was followed by Washington, DC; Minneapolis, MN; and Seattle, WA to complete the top 10.

Enlogica Solutions achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification Huntsville-based Enlogica Solutions, LLC, a provider of Information Technology Services to government and commercial customers has obtained certification in conformance with the ISO 9001:2015 standard for its Quality Management System. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and continual service improvement. By working in accordance with ISO guidance and principles, Enlogica customers continue to receive consistent, high quality services through strict enforcement and ongoing enhancement of internal quality control processes. “Enlogica is a growing small business maintaining a strong focus on quality and process improvement. This certification validates the commitment we have to our customers, employees, and business partners,” said Enlogica President Gabriel Mena. “We are looking forward to continuing to deliver consistent, efficient, and scalable solutions for years to come.” Enlogica Solutions is an SBA 8(a) Certified Small Disadvantaged Business that provides IT Services and Solutions to government and commercial customers. A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

Huntsville-based Microsoft Gold Partner to launch managed IT support service uniquely suited for federal contractors In the face of recent regulatory compliance pressures - namely the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) – and a major industry shift in cloud technologies, Summit 7 Systems is launching a new Managed Services Provider (MSP) offering on April 1, 2018. AnchorPoint is a MSP focused on managing an organization’s IT infrastructure while maintaining DFARS 252.2047012 and NIST SP 800-171 compliance. In addition to the traditional IT support services provided by MSPs, AnchorPoint’s services will address the increasing complexity of security and compliance requirements for the defense industrial base. Compliance with DFARS and NIST 800-171 is now essential for winning and sustaining contracts, which means MSP providers must also be compliant. In addition to the compliance burden facing contractors – organizations are confronting an increased complexity of security risks, growing cost to continuously research and improve security posture, and higher staffing costs due to the new cloud management skills required and staff turnover. Summit 7 is the first to offer a DFARS and NIST compliant MSP service, which provides assurance to clients that their data is secure and handled in an appropriate manner. This service will enable businesses to outsource their IT support without risk of compromising their DFARS compliance or their contracts. “The AnchorPoint service is not as much of an addition as it is a continuation of our offerings, as many of our clients have needed consistent support after their initial Office 365 or Azure deployment projects,” said Scott Edwards, Owner and President of Summit 7. “Management of these platforms and all of their configuration and security options can become unwieldly for many small businesses that must remain cost competitive; thus, we are charged with helping organizations get compliant and stay compliant within a defined cost model.”

Mynaric USA establishes North American HQ in Huntsville Mynaric USA, a laser communications company, has established its North American headquarters in Huntsville. Providing secure, ultra-fast and ultra-long data rates, Mynaric builds a network in the skies that can allow information access and communication for businesses, governments, and to previously underserved areas. The company is glad to have chosen our area and looks forward to successful expansion into the U.S. and Canada with a strong foundation in Huntsville. “This area is innovative, proficient, and open to new and emerging technologies,” said Joe Fehrenbach, Mynaric USA chief executive officer. “Huntsville and Madison County has an incredible base of engineering and scientific talent, as well as a healthy ecosystem of organizations with deep capabilities and experience solving difficult problems. We’re excited to leverage what Huntsville has to offer both for our employees and our customers.” continued on page 24 may 2018 initiatives

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Silver Airways’ nonstop service from Huntsville to Orlando begins May 23 You can soon fly nonstop to Orlando from Huntsville International Airport. Have you booked a flight on Silver Airways yet? Flights to Orlando begin on May 23. You can connect from Orlando to destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Key West, and Freeport in the Bahamas. Bookings are going well, according to Huntsville International. Search for flights today at

Huntsville to host conference for SE Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives From May 6-8, our city will welcome the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives for the 2018 Annual Conference. The Southeast Chapter consists of more than 600 airport executives and unique vendors from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each year, cities from across these 12 states submit proposals in the hopes that their community will be chosen as

the conference host. Aviation professionals will discuss challenges facing airports today and in the coming years. More information is available at

Silver Linings Neurodevelopment adds more speech therapy options for local children Silver Linings Neurodevelopment is pleased to announce they will now be able to serve more members of the Huntsville community and surrounding areas. Speech Pathologist Brook Sorrells is now accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield as well as All Kids meaning she will now be able to provide life-changing services to more people in the area. Speech Pathologists work with children and adults facing challenges relating to speech. Speech therapy can benefit a variety of communicative skills, as well as helping in some respects with features related to auditory processing and dyslexia. “We are able to offer clinical evaluation of language fundamentals, and other testing, to best identify your child’s specific needs,” said clinic owner Dr. Megan Crisler. “We are truly excited to be able to offer these important communication therapies to more members of our community.” The team at SLN works with children and adults, placing extra emphasis on developmental and family perspectives.

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Alabama Update Includes Historic Moment On April 2, Governor Kay Ivey visited Huntsville to present the 2018 Alabama Update. In front of approximately 800 Chamber members, she signed SB212 into law. This officially creates the Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering, the state’s third magnet school that will be established in Huntsville. Gov. Ivey also signed the Education Trust Fund Budget.

The Governor’s keynote address focused on her vision for Alabama and outlined her top priorities, including her “Strong Start, Strong Finish” initiative and infrastructure improvements, including Interstate 565. Click HERE for all the event photos.

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Nearly 200 attend 2018 Washington DC Trip – our largest group ever BY AUSTIN BULLOCK Three days, nearly 200 people, and the United States Capitol – welcome to the 2018 Washington, DC Trip. Hosted annually, the DC Trip is a joint effort between the Huntsville/Madison County and Decatur-Morgan County Chambers to nurture relationships with legislators, policy makers, and our organizations right here at home. On April 15-17, 194 members of the two Chambers attended the DC Trip. We kicked off our time in the capitol with a reception in the downtown DC offices of Bradley Arant and ended the night with words from Mayor Tommy Battle, Congressman Mo Brooks, and Senator Doug Jones. Monday saw a flurry of activity from breakfast with former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency/National Security Agency Mike Hayden, to breakout sessions with Chief Financial Officer of the FBI, Rich Haley, Dave Berteau, President and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and more. The morning sessions wrapped up over lunch and conversation focused on national security with former Congressman and Chair of the Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers. Participants then had the afternoon to explore the FBI Experience tour, join Martha Brooks on her


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Movers & Shakers NEW HIRES, PROMOTIONS, AND RECOGNITION OF TALENT combines the best of engineering and mathematics capabilities with the latest in information technology and visualization to build innovative solutions.

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Moss Crosby and Wes Clayton – along with their growing team – were honored with two national awards this year. Crosby was recently named to the Forbes 2018 list of “America’s Best-In-State Wealth Advisors,” and Clayton has been recognized as a Barron’s “Top 1200 Advisors by State.” With humble gratitude to the clients they serve, Crosby and Clayton are relentlessly committed to the fiduciary standard – placing their clients’ best interests first.

Dr. Kenneth Smith has been appointed new CEO of Analytical Mechanics

Associates (AMA), Inc. effective April 2, 2018. Dr. Renjith Kumar, outgoing CEO, congratulated Smith on the appointment. “I have had the honor and privilege to serve as CEO for 21 years, seeing AMA grow from a five-person company located in a small trailer in Hampton, VA to an $80M company of 400 at eight locations across the US,” said Dr. Kumar. “Dr. Ken Smith will take AMA to bigger heights and an even brighter future.” Dr. Kumar will remain active at AMA in his role as CEO Emeritus. Smith joined AMA in 2009 as Senior Vice-President leading Huntsville operations and has served as Chairman of its Board Smith of Directors since 2015. After earning a doctorate in mechanical engineering, he has supported NASA and the nation’s aerospace programs for more than 40 years with many contributions in propulsion, test facility design and build and project management. Smith has been leading change at AMA for some time with successful pursuit of new business at NASA Centers across the US, acquisition of another small business and strategic alliances and increased emphasis on product development and process improvements. He is married, a father of two, grandfather of three and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a leader in non-profit activities and his local church. “As a high school student, I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon and was inspired to be a part of the American space program,” Smith said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead AMA and pledge my best efforts to build on a great reputation and strong corporate performance.” Since 1962, AMA has worked with government and commercial organizations solving tough engineering, math, and business problems. A small business, AMA A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

their new Managed Service Provider offering. She will work intimately with clients to on-board them into the service and oversee client success throughout their IT journey. “Given Amy’s proven experience in the Defense industry – along with previous military service – and our focus as a business in the Federal Contracting space, she will naturally complement our IT support services practice,” said Ben Curry, Managing Partner of Summit 7 Systems. “This is the perfect position for her combination of talent and skills and we’re very excited to have her join us.” Edwards graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Systems Engineering. She then attended The University of Alabama Edwards and graduated with her MBA. She was previously President of Mindsharp Education, where she was responsible for creating and managing IT Training solutions for dozens of organizations associated with Office 365, SharePoint, and other business applications. She also developed contractual relationships with government and commercial enterprises, which she will continue to foster in her new position.

ServisFirst Bank, a subsidiary of ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:

SFBS), has announced the promotion of seven employees within the Huntsville office. DeLynn Gower has been promoted to Vice President. With over 24 years of banking experience, Gower has worked in private banking with ServisFirst Bank since 2007. In her previous role as Assistant Vice President, Gower developed sincere relationships with her clients. Gower consistently demonstrates remarkable leadership and assists with the planning of company events. In her new role as Vice President in Private Banking, Gower will continue to cultivate banking relationships with existing and prospective professional, executive and personal clients for the bank. Will Heaps is promoted to Senior Vice President. Heaps joined ServisFirst Bank in 2012 and has 16 years of banking experience. Heaps has previous experience as an internal auditor and commercial credit analyst. He became the bank’s agriculture banker after he saw a need and the potential for the position and sought training in ServisFirst’s Dothan market. Under his leadership, ServisFirst Bank Huntsville now has the third-largest agricultural banking presence in North Alabama. In his new role as Senior Vice President, Heaps will oversee the operations of the ServisFirst Bank Huntsville branches and management of the Huntsville internship program. continued on page 28

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Jim Holtkamp is also promoted to Senior Vice President. Holtkamp joined ServisFirst Bank in 2011 and has over 16 years of banking experience. Leading the Commercial and Industrial Banking team for ServisFirst Bank Huntsville, Holtkamp’s primary focus is in government contract banking, in which he oversees a commercial banking team consisting of a commercial banker, credit analyst and loan administrator. Holtkamp also has professional experience as a commercial credit analyst. Emily Frazier is promoted to Credit Analyst. As one of the first four team members of ServisFirst Bank Huntsville, Emily Frazier started with the company in 2006 as an executive assistant, where she helped the bank organize its procedures and effectively communicate with new shareholders. In 2012, she transitioned into a Cash Management Officer and continued to display the exceptional service for which she is known. Now, as a Credit Analyst, Frazier will analyze the credit data and financial information of potential individuals or companies that are applying for credit at ServisFirst Bank to discern the risk to the bank. Blake Freeman became a full-time employee at ServisFirst Bank Huntsville in 2015, after interning with the bank during college. In his new role as a Commercial Banking Officer, he will develop and retain commercial relationships, while assisting in the growth and management of the bank’s commercial loan portfolio. Prior to his promotion, he served as a Credit Analyst in the Credit Department.

“Huntsville and Madison County have given the Bank a warm reception over the past few years,” says Bank Independent Madison Area President Tim Singleton. “When considering who to lead our effort at our new location at Nance Road and University Drive in Madison, Angelina Pettway was our first choice. She is experienced, skilled and has the respect of her customers and coworkers alike. We are all excited to be working with her.” Pettway comes to Bank Independent from Renasant Bank, where she served as Small Business Consumer Relationship Officer and Assistant Vice President. Her previous banking experience Pettway includes branch management, financial service representative and teller positions at Huntsville/Madison area financial institutions including RBC Bank, AmSouth Bank, Redstone Federal Credit Union and Huntsville Teachers Credit Union. A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Pettway is an alumnus of J.O. Johnson High School and Calhoun Community College and graduated from Alabama Banking School at the University of South Alabama in 2016. She lives in Madison with her husband Chris and daughter Camryn.

LSINC Corporation

promoted three leaders in the company to new executive positions in late March. “With the rapid growth of the company’s engineering and product development group, it is necessary to build strong infrastructure to stay on pace with current growth while preparing for further expansion,” said CEO Alicia Ryan.

Kasey Golden joined ServisFirst Bank in 2014 as a Lending Assistant. In her new role as a Private Banking Officer, she will be responsible for providing guidance to clients surrounding their current and future financial goals. While taking care of their banking needs, Golden intentionally embodies ServisFirst Bank’s priority to provide great customer service and build a relationship with each client.

Alisha Weldon has been named chief operations officer (COO). She had been the chief financial officer since 2016 after joining LSINC in 2012 as vice president of finance and operations. As COO, Weldon will continue to leverage her financial acumen and the strategies she helped put in place to maintain the company’s growth. In addition to providing focus on operational and financial excellence, she oversees human resources, information technology, contracts administration, and security.

Stacey Marks has been with ServisFirst Bank Huntsville for 10 years. Prior to her promotion, Marks served as an Executive Assistant, where she exuded the skills of a team player and accepted many responsibilities outside the scope of her role. In her new role as a Cash Management Sales Officer, Marks will be responsible for developing business relationships with clients, including positive pay services, merchant services, commercial and personal credit card services and business internet banking.

James Bullington, Professional Engineer, is the chief technology officer (CTO). He joined LSINC in 2012 as director of engineering and was then promoted to vice president of engineering, prototyping and manufacturing. As CTO, Bullington will continue developing key relationships to advance growth in niche markets and focus on innovation in technology areas. He also is responsible for ensuring protection of the company’s intellectual property as it pertains to engineering and product development. Bullington holds more than 11 patents.

Angelina Pettway

joins Bank Independent’s Madison County team as Vice President – Sales Officer. Currently working from the Bank’s downtown Huntsville sales office, Pettway will relocate in late 2018 to the new Madison location, which is currently under construction. With 25 years of personal and business banking experience, Pettway will serve the financial needs of the Huntsville and Madison area, providing personalized loan solutions and supporting the Bank’s mission to enhance the economic development of the community. 28



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Shea Curry has been promoted to vice president of engineering and manufacturing. He joined LSINC in 2012 as senior mechanical engineer and director of manufacturing. As vice president, he is responsible for the design, development, prototyping, test, and manufacture of all client projects, overseeing the engineering team, machine shop, and production team. His quality and safety initiatives and best practices processes have enabled LSINC to increase operational efficiencies and enable growth.


Meghan Chambliss joined the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber staff in March as the Economic Development Coordinator. She was born and raised in Tuscaloosa where she worked for her father at his BBQ restaurant. Upon graduating from the University of Alabama, in the summer of 2016, she received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and then moved to Huntsville. Meghan will be assisting the Economic Development team in Chambliss their efforts to grow Huntsville and Madison County to make it a smart place to live, work and play.

Gina Gonzalez, the Resource Desk Assistant here at the Huntsville/Madison

County Chamber, came on board in January of this year. She came to us from the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau where she worked for one and a half years as a Visitor Information Assistant helping tourists and locals negotiate all the fun and interesting things to do here in the Huntsville-North Alabama area. Prior to that Gina was a stay-at-home mother, raising three daughters. She has a professional background in apartment property Gonzalez management and leasing. She is an avid animal lover and tree hugger and enjoys the outdoors. Here at the Chamber, Gina works at the front desk greeting and assisting visitors, directing phone calls, and offering general support to the Chamber Team.

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Senators Inhofe, McCaskill, Reed, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. After a morning of good food and great conversation, it was time to get our cardio in and head to the Capitol for sessions with Congressman Brooks and other representatives. Following a record–breaking dash to the café in the Capitol Visitors Center and back, we crossed the finish line of the trip with Congressman Robert Aderholt and Bill Northey, Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service. We’ve heard some great feedback from our members who attended the trip, and have already begun the process of planning for 2019. Kevin Fernandez, president of Fernandez Financial Group, says it’s one he’ll be attending for years to come. “I truly believe that it’s the best networking opportunity the Chamber has all year long. To have the opportunity to have that much time with individuals who you might be lucky to get 2 minutes with any other time was truly remarkable. The agenda was great also! All the speakers were top notch and had very timely and crucial information that I believe everyone benefited from. This will be an annual tradition for me moving forward!” The annual Washington, D.C. Trip is a tradition in Huntsville/Madison County that has not only lasted 40-plus years; it’s a tradition that’s thriving. At 194 attendees this year’s trip was the largest delegation yet! This growth couldn’t happen without the dedication and drive of the Chamber’s members. So if you’re looking for an opportunity to meet with movers and shakers, network with your fellow business leaders, and take a tour of the Capitol, all in a few days’ time – we’ve got you covered. Click HERE for more Washington DC Trip photos.



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Summer Fun in CRP is Just Getting Started! Warm weather means one thing in CRP ... it’s time to get outside! In addition to the sidewalks and green spaces in the Park, we’ve got several activities and resources to get your summer office gatherings going in the great outdoors. Have you checked out our new Amenities Map? Located online and on our social media pages, this is great resource to find coffee and café spots throughout the Park, running loops, shopping options, electric car charging stations and oh yes, those scenic selfie spots to create that perfect backdrop next time you wanna take that perfect #selfie. We can all agree we’re excited to see the return of our CRP Food Truck Fests, right? Starting in May and running through November, you’ll find food and fun the second Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at 990 Explorer Boulevard, the same location as last year. You won’t be able to miss our signs, bright tents, and the five to six trucks we’ll have lined up each month at the corner of Explorer Boulevard and Discovery Drive. This year, we are once again partnering with a nonprofit for each fest to generate donated items of need. And new in 2018, we’ll have some fun cornhole games to pass the time and music to make your lunch even more enjoyable – whether you graband-go or sit-eat-and-stay a bit! So join us starting May 8 as we feature five trucks and support Manna House to stock their pantry. Then you can find us June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 2, and Nov. 13 from 11–1. You can always get more info on the selected trucks and nonprofits each month on our CRP Facebook page: @CRPHuntsville. Summer also means heat ... and what’s better when it’s hot outside than a nice cool Popsicle? This summer, we’ll be shilling out free local pops during our Ain’t No Party Like a Popsicle Party every two weeks. In June, you’ll find us on the Lake 4 point at Explorer Boulevard. We’ll have our CRP tents and our Adirondack chairs – so you can grab a quick pop on your walk back to the office, or hey, sit awhile and enjoy your popsicle along the lakefront. More info on these pop parties will be out soon on our CRP Facebook page. If these items don’t get your summer party started, you can geek it out with us at Geek2Geek June 12 and August 16 from 5–7p.m. at Jackson Center’s Pub. We’ll be talking weather and climate (June) and internal R&D programs and their successful start-ups (August). You won’t want to miss these geek-fests with local beer, wine and tasty food. And where can you find info on all these great events in the Park plus others? In addition to our CRP Facebook page, you can also visit to see what the Park and its tenants are planning for you and your colleagues this summer. Sign up for our e-newsletter, too!

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