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Birmingham Wholesale FurniTure inTerior Design Team

The Birmingham Wholesale Furniture Interior Design Team helps people create their own personal style in homes and vacation homes throughout Alabama and the Southeast. With decades of experience,the Design Team is comprised of professionals who are passionate about decor and who are dedicated to helping you execute your personal vision in traditional, transitional or contemporary styles.The complimentary design service, both in-store and in-home, can help you pick out a rug or artwork to freshen up an existing room or a whole house full of furniture, accessories and color schemes. → Birmingham Wholesale FurniTure | 2200 2nD

avenue souTh | Birmingham, al 35233 | (205) 322-1687 | birminghamwholesale.com


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Birmingham’s leaDing Fine FurniTure sTore

When the ajam and eid families bought Birmingham Wholesale Furniture in 2008, they renovated the largest high end furniture showroom in Birmingham and the southeast with 65,000 square feet on display. Their unparalleled collection includes leading names in the furniture industry: Theodore alexander, henredon, sherrill, and marge carson, as well as antiques and accessories from around the world. Birmingham Wholesale Furniture is housed in a historic downtown building, originally a Dusenberg dealership, which exudes character to match the quality products that are sold within. They carry rugs, lamps, accessories, upholstered sofas, leather sofas, recliners, bedroom suites, dining rooms, bedding--everything you need to make your house a home!→ roBerT ajam, oWner | Birmingham Wholesale FurniTure | 2200 2nD avenue

souTh | Birmingham, al 35233 | (205) 322-1687 | birminghamwholesale.com


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rocking SmileS. Dr. BranDon Boggan, DmD, mS → Putting the FUN in FUNK, Dr. Boggan and his staff at Orthodontics South have created a unique atmosphere that will make everyone scream and shout. This isn’t your ordinary orthodontist office. It’s filled with games, prizes and plenty of patient participation. You never know if you are going to walk into staff dress up day or a celebration for someone showcasing their brand new smile for the first time. Whether you’re a parent or a child, Dr. Boggan would love to jam with you. After all, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the visits as much as you enjoy your brand new smile. Life’s a stage. Get up there and Rock That Smile! → orThoDonTicS SouTh | 2705 Pelham Parkway SuiTe 200 | Pelham, al 35124 | 205.664.4140

www.werockyourSmile.com


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financial Planning and WealTh ManageMenT At fi-Plan Partners, we believe when you are given the ability to live with confidence about your financial future, it changes your life as well as the lives of the people around you. Our team of investment specialists will provide you with strategies designed to protect and grow your wealth. We partner with you and give you the exceptional attention you deserve by creating a custom financial plan and portfolio strategy based on your vision and goals for your life. At fi-Plan Partners, we guide you towards confidence. → fi-Plan ParTners | 5825 feldsPar Way

BirMinghaM, al 35244 | 205.989.3498

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Jon Roberts, Associate Vice President; Amy Marquis, Chief Operations Officer; Franklin Bradford, Senior Vice President; Quint Cook, Executive Vice President; Greg Powell, President/CEO; Renee Frank, Systems and Costs Manager; Keri Fish, Branch Operations Manager; Chris Davis, Director of Integrated Communications; Mac Frasier, Senior Vice President; Laura Baker, Vice President; Ashley Page, Senior Vice President

Securities Offered Through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC.


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DeSIGN/BUILD

Meet the APPLESEED Workshop team: Master Craftsman-Phillip Claude, Head of Interiors-Holly Burrow, Project Manager-Joshua Dean, Architect-Michael Gibson, Master Finisher-David Hayes, Designer-Stacy Haren, General Contractor-Ben Strout, Industrial DesignerJordan Waller. Appleseed seeks to relentlessly serve its client partners, first by listening to understand their desires and constraints. Then Appleseed’s knowledgeable team of individuals, each with a diverse skill set, collaborate to compose innovative ideas and methods that instill lasting value to the assets of their clients and the surrounding community with a focus on revitalization of Downtown Birmingham. Winner of 4 AIA awards, Appleseed’s specialty is renovation and the team has been put together to ensure that every detail is considered. So if you have renovation in mind go visit them at their office downtown in a renovated historic building at 409 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South, Birmingham, AL 35233 → aPPLeSeeD WorkShoP | 205.789 .1518 | aPPLeSeeDWorkshop.com


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ImmIgraTIon Law

Civil Rights together with the Justice System are essential ingredients for a democracy. For centuries immigrants have been coming to the United States for a better life. Let’s keep this system—fair and humane! Hello, I am Dagmar W. Rick and I am an Immigration Attorney, native of Germany and citizen of the United States. I help individuals to navigate our complicated immigration system as there are Applications for Legal Permanent Residency—“green-cards”; Immigration appeals in Federal Court; Fiancée Visas; Citizenship applications; Dual Citizenship applications. I advise as to criminal issues as they may impede on your immigration status and Immigration issues of our military families. I am available as a speaker on these topics. For more information and to reach me, please visit my website: www.vestavialaw.com. → Dagmar w. rIck.

ImmIgraTIon aTTorney | Phone 205-822-2290 | mobILe Phone: 205 516-9960 hoover PLaza, 500 SouThLanD DrIve, SuITe 240, bIrmIngham, aL 35226 www.vestavialaw.com

No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services provided by other lawyers.


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Neighborhood home buildiNg

The Preserve, Hoover’s premiere planned community, will launch a new phase in early 2013 with 61 home sites to meet growing demand for this USS Real Estate neighborhood. A true “hometown” front porch and sidewalk neighborhood, The Preserve is located across from the 350-acre Moss Rock Preserve and includes nature trails, green parks, beautiful ponds, a junior Olympic community pool and Town Hall. Classic southern homes are built to exacting architectural standards by select Birmingham builders. Pictured (left to right): Mike Wood (Wood & Hastings Construction), Merry Leach (RealtySouth), Bob Hastings (Wood & Hastings Construction), Rusty Fowler (Fowler Custom Homes), David Brady (Ridgecrest Properties), Marty Byrom (Byrom Building Corp.), Brooks Harris (Harris & Doyle Homes), Vickie Reid (RealtySouth), Teb Berryhill (Harris & Doyle Homes).

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J. Paul Koch, D.m.D. → As far back as he can remember, Dr. Koch (pronounced “Cook”) wanted to be a dentist, in fact, he never entertained a Plan “B”. His maternal grandfather was an artist, and his paternal grandfather was a dental lab technician. So, it is no surprise that the art and science of dentistry appeal to the sculptor and the biologist within him. The thought of helping people go through the journey to discover their own beauty, through dental procedures, has always had a very strong appeal. Since the development of dental implants, porcelain veneers, and sedation, the vehicles of that journey are better than ever! Dr. Koch’s practice is located in the Crescent Building on Highland Avenue. → Koch

aeSTheTic DenTiSTry | 2311 highlanD avenue SouTh, SuiTe 323 | Birmingham | (205) 933-0323 | www.Kochaesthetics.com


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eco-Friendly home Building

mike WedgWorTh→ Throughout his thirty year career, Mike Wedgworth has earned a reputation for building the finest quality custom homes and developing some of our area's most unique neighborhoods. Since 2007, Mike has taken a leadership role in bringing environmentally sustainable construction practices to Birmingham. "It's great to do this because it's the right thing to do for our environment," Mike says, "but it really pays off for our customers. They have a more comfortable and energy efficient home, and remarkably low utility bills." His current neighborhoods in Vestavia Hills, Viridian and Chateau Crest, offer the latest in Eco-friendly technology. For more information, visit www.wedgworth.net From left to right: Patrick Gilbert and Mike Wedgworth


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ARCHERY

Childhood friends Brion Bowman and Grady Phillips have turned their passion for bow hunting into a multicompany enterprise. Grabow’s and Arrows is a retail archery pro shop providing sales and service of all things archery, including an indoor practice shooting range. String Addictions is a national company that builds handcrafted bow strings. In 2012, they acquired New Breed Archery, a bow manufacturer whose lineup includes 5 men’s bows, a bow designed for youth, and most recently a bow specifically built and designed for women. They have recently broken ground on a new facility in Fultondale, Alabama that will bring all the companies together in one of the largest archery-focused operations in the state. → GRAbOw's And

ARROws | 3524 dECATuR HwY sTE 101 FulTOndAlE Al 35068 | 205.314.8997 www.It’sAPassionThing.com


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heaTing, cooling and Plumbing Since 1957

For over 50 years Stegall Mechanical, LLC has built their reputation by providing quality new construction, installation and design build services. Locally owned and operated, we specialize in commercial and residential plumbing and HVAC. Our commitment to the customer has enabled us to remain leaders in the industry. → STegall mechanical, llc, | 2800 5Th avenue

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| birmingham, al 35233 |251-0330 | www.callstegall.com

Vince Chiarella-President/Partner; Jimbo Rudloff-Vice President/ Partner; Jeremy Nichols Business Development/ Estimator


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heaTing, cooling and Plumbing Since 1957

Stegall’s residential and commercial heating, cooling and plumbing division offers fast, friendly service for the Metro Birmingham area. Your call will be answered by a live representative 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our fleet of 20+ vehicles supports our motto “One Call Does it All”. So the next time you need heating, cooling or plumbing services you “Better Call Stegall”.

→ STegall mechanical, llc, | 2800 5Th avenue SouTh | birmingham, al 35233 |251-0330

| www.callstegall.com

Jeff Powell-Service Manager; Scott Freeman-Assistant Service Manager; Mike Lester-Sales; Greg Kennamore-HVAC Technician; Brad Vines-Plumbing Technician


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childcare

From left to right: Amanda Bentley, Director, Trace Crossings Campus Amy Dagnan, Assistant Director, Trace Crossings Campus Bob Mitchell, Owner, Odyssey Early Schools Jennifer Swatek, Assistant Director, Inverness Campus Annie Fine, Director, Inverness Campus

The faces greeting you each morning at Odyssey may belong to our administrative team, but it’s our teachers who make every day a rewarding experience for the children. Our leadership is committed to creating a professional and fun work culture for teachers who love what they do, a nurturing environment for children who want to come to school, and peace of mind for parents who know that their children are loved and taught every day. Since 1995, it has been our our personal goal to make a meaningful contribution to Birmingham childcare and to establish a legacy of dedicated teachers, happy children and satisfied customers. →

odyssey early schools inverness campus | 205.991.0039 Trace crossings campus | 205.988.8829 www.odysseyearlyschool.com


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aRchITecTURe

Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds continues in a sustainable path of renewing life to Birmingham’s City Center and the Southeast with innovative historic renovations, housing, offices, laboratories, restaurants, retailing, and recreational designs. Living and working within the urban core provides an enjoyable connection to our community and allows a direct communal participation in the exciting growth of our city. A new web site shares much of our unfolding story: www.CCRarchitects.net →

coheN caRNaGGIo ReYNoLDS aRchITecTURe INTeRIoRS PLaNNING 2920 FIRST aveNUe SoUTh | BIRmINGham, aLaBama 35233 | 205-324-8864 www.ccRarchitects.net


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UrgenT care

The Right Care. Right Now. It’s not just a slogan; it’s the mission of American Family Care to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient. Look to the leaders in urgent care since 1982. OVER 50 LOCATIONS IN ALABAMA, TENNESSEE, GEORGIA AND FLORIDA. FIND ONE NEAR YOU AT WWW. AMERICANFAMILYCARE.COM Randy Johansen, Dr. Bruce Irwin, Joe Hawley, Thomas Lazenby, and Dr. Glenn Harnett


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DiamonD SmileS Dr. eDgar luna →

Since 1996, Dr. Luna has practiced general and cosmetic dentistry to improve the smiles of people who live in Birmingham. From the very beginning, his goal has been to provide patients with the very best that dentistry has to offer, in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and natural colored restorations are just a few of Dr. Luna’s specialties that may give you the smile of your dreams. → DiamonD SmileS DenTiSTry

5336 STaDium Trace Parkway, SuiTe 102 | hoover, al 35244 | 205.988.9700 www.DiamondSmiles.com

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cookies

al and Bud cason → C is for Cookie. C is also for Cason, and this year the faces of cookies are Bud and Al Cason. This father and son team have worked together since Bud started the company in 1991. Bud always hoped that Al would get the fire in his belly for the cookie business and he has. Following in Bud’s footsteps, Al was chosen as President of the Cookie and Snack Bakers Association and then graduated from the Harvard Business School’s OPM Program. Upon graduation, Bud named Al President of Bud’s Best Cookies. Bud’s Best Cookies are now sold in all 50 States and exported to many countries.→ BUD'S BEST COOKIES

www.BudsBestcookies.com


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cusTom home building

Every homebuilding experience begins with trust. CEO Jeff Rusert creates a personal relationship with each client which helps him take their vision and dream of an exquisite custom home and turns it into reality. “We want to listen to make sure their home fits them uniquely, and expresses their personality.” Rusert Custom Homes commitment to excellence extends to every intricate, flawless detail. “If perfection is our goal, quality is our rock. Our Craftsmen are second to none and are an intricate part of creating homes that are unquestionably of enduring value. Working with us, our clients will see how passionate we are about what we do, and how excited we get to learn about their vision, taste and style. Those efforts make us one of the most trusted homebuilders in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Our goal is to exceed our client’s expectations with each and every build.”→

RuseRT cusTom homes | 400 VesTaVia PKWY., sTe 130 | VesTaVia hills, al 35216 | 205.822.8131 | www.ruserthomes.com


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Blade-Free laser caTaracT surgery

Dr. Mark Bearman and Dr. Mark McClintock, owners of VisionFirst Eye Center, could envision the future for cataract surgery. So, the two doctors brought the future to Alabama. VisionFirst is the first and only practice to offer blade-free laser cataract surgery in the state. “The LenSx femtosecond laser is the most precise way to perform refractive cataract surgery for patients wanting astigmatism correction and greater freedom from glasses,” Dr. Bearman explains. VisionFirst Eye Center is paving the road for this revolutionary technology – the future is here and now in Alabama. → VisionFirsT

eye cenTer | TrussVille, alaBasTer, homewood | 205.949.2020 | www.visionfirsteyecenter.com


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Public and GovernmenTal relaTions “Typically, our clients are at Point A and want to go to Point B. We help them get there. Or, sometimes, they’re at Point A and will be taken to Point B, like it or not. Our job, then, is to make the journey less painful.” Stephen E. Bradley, Principal Stephen Bradley & Associates is not an advertising agency’s afterthought. Nor is it a “touchy feely” marketing firm. It is the place knowledgeable clients go for help with tough issues that require public relations or governmental affairs expertise. It is Alabama’s only firm that combines public and governmental relations under one roof.

sTePhen bradley & associaTes llc, birminGham • monTGomery 205.933.6676 | ebrad@bellsouth.net www.Pralabama.com

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educaTion holy Family crisTo rey high school

Located in Ensley, Holy Family Cristo Rey is a Catholic high school that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a unique work-study program, students intern 5 days per month in corporate offices throughout metropolitan Birmingham, earning the majority of their tuition. Holy Family Cristo Rey transforms lives of urban students with limited educational opportunities through a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community. Since joining the 25-school Cristo Rey Network in 2007, the school has boasted a 100% high school graduation & 100% college acceptance rate. Holy Family Cristo Rey prepares students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life. For more information on “The School That Works!” → holy Family crisTo rey

2001 19Th sTreeT, ensley | 205.787.9937 | www.hfcristorey.org (L to R) Ra’Chell Wilson, Father Alex Steinmiller (President), DeAndre’ King


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HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE

Alacare Home Health & Hospice, Alabama’s oldest and largest familyowned home health agency was founded in 1970 by Maj. Charles D. Beard, Jr. (USAF retired) and is now overseen by two of his children, Susan Brouillette acting as CEO and John Beard as president and chairman. Alacare Nurse Becky Williams of Muscle Shoals was named Nurse of the Year by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and is an excellent example of the compassionate and caring healthcare professionals who make up the “Alacare Family” of health care professionals.→ ALACARE HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE

CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS | 2400 JOHN HAWKINS PARKWAY | BIRMINGHAM AL 35244 | 1.888.ALACARE (1.888.252.2273) | www.Alacare.com

Becky Williams, RN/BSN, Susan B. Brouillette MPH/MBA, John G. Beard MBA/JD

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hoover ToyoTa

Being the nicest place to buy a car was the original goal. Becoming the top volume dealership in the State was the result. With his uniquely strong commitment to the science of human interaction, Gordon Stewart has made his dealership a virtual laboratory of myth de-bunking management theories. From his non-commissioned sales staff and salaried technicians to an ultra transparent sales process and free car washes, this place radiates comfort and trust. Stewart says he is "most proud of the atypically impressive caliber of high quality humans" he has been able to attract and retain thru unconventional mechanisms. Even though the enormous location entails twenty acres and has six hundred vehicles in stock, this Red Carpet dealership has a unique way of making you feel like you are their only customer whether you are on-line or visiting in person. → hoover ToyoTa | 2686 hwy 150

hoover, al 35244 | 205.978.2600 | www.hoovertoyota.com | www.facebook.com/hoovertoyota


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New home SaleS ProFeSSioNalS

New homes are a dime a dozen. Well, perhaps more than a dime. But the truth is undeniable. New homes can be found anywhere and everywhere. So what makes one community of new homes more alive than another? To take inspiration from John Donne: “No man is an island…..we are part of the main.” New homes that are truly alive are those that do not exist as islands in a sea of sameness, but instead live connected to an organic continent of a life-affirming diversity of people and architecture, activities and traditions. New homes that thrive have been planted in the fertile soil of authenticity, built in places where people can thrive. The communities we help create are always built around the idea that people thrive when they live in places where they can grow emotionally, physically,

DaNiel homeS, llc / iNgram & aSSociaTeS, llc www.ingramnewhomes.com

spiritually, intellectually and financially. →

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insightFul business leaders behind/supporting iberiabanK→

IBERIBANK’s Advisory Board is an insightful team of experts in their industries that works closely with the bank’s leadership in executing strategies that best serve our clients. Led by Board Chairman, Charles Mayer, they are familiar faces in Birmingham. They are local community and business leaders with unique business experiences in their varied industries. Each brings their insightful advice and guidance to IBERIABANK to help us best understand the specialized needs of our business clients and to translate our strategic initiatives into a vision to serve our growing Birmingham market.→ iberiabanK | 2340 Woodcrest place | birmingham, al

205.803-5865 | iberiabanK.com

Ricky Brooks CEO, Express Oil Change LLC

Carey Gilbert Chairman of the Board, J H Berry & Gilbert , Inc;

Randy Averett Partner, Warren Averett, CPA Greg King Market President Iberiabank Birmingham

Sandy Killion Marjority Partner, Vulcan Industrial Contractors LLC

Chip Welch COO, Industrial Chemicals


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Ed Robinson President, HRH Metals Steve Mote President, American Osment

Carl Hess Chief Investment Officer, Southwood Partners LLC

Charles Mayer Birmingham Market Chairman Iberiabank Margaret Ann Pyburn Exec. V.P., Cobbs, Allen and Hall


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NaTure aNd arT

Aldridge Gardens is an oasis in Hoover, offering peace and serenity amidst the area’s busy retail district. While it has just celebrated its tenth anniversary, the best is yet to come for Aldridge Gardens with additional places for both gathering and contemplation. The future vision of Aldridge Gardens is the brainchild of Executive Director, Rip Weaver. His goal is to create a place where the community can gather together to find rest and tranquility. Additionally, students, artists and nature lovers will find peace and solitude in a matchless accessible setting. The team members behind this ambitions effort to create Hoover's backyard are: [from left to right] Jack Williams, Director of Development, Rip Weaver, Executive Director, Pat Sholund, Director of Operations and Debbie Bartoletti, Director of Marketing. Wardrobe provided by Gus Mayer. aLdrIdGe GardeNS

3530 LorNa rd

| hooVer, aL 35216 | 205.682.8019 | www.aldridgegardens.com


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Insurance

At J.R. Prewitt & Associates outstanding service has always been the benchmark for success. With 4,000 clients served and more than two dozen insurance carriers represented, J.R. Prewitt has the breadth of business experience that returns tremendous value to customers seeking to maximize their insurance dollars. Since 1974, this family-owned agency has steadily grown its insurance offerings from life and health, homeowners and automotive to professional liability, worker’s compensation and bond insurance. Clients range from individuals to professionals such as lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers to large multi-state business operations.→

J. r. PrewITT & assocIaTes www.jrprewitt.com

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One of John Robbins’ clients said it best: “It’s like bringing a machine gun to a knife fight.” 25 years of courtroom experience and an exceptional knowledge of the law have resulted in hundreds of acquittals. John Robbins has successfully defended clients across Alabama and Georgia. A past president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, he has handled numerous high profile cases and is a trusted, recognized name in criminal defense. →

Robbins laW FiRm | 1901 6Th avenue noRTh, suiTe 3120 biRmingham, al 35203 | 205.320.5270 | jcrlaw@bellsouth.net No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services provided by other lawyers.


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Using Media To sell yoUr ProdUcT or service

Monty Ballard knows the power of the media. He has been buying it successfully for his clients for 30 years. Developing creative ads and media solutions for local clients is what he does. “You can’t buy a product or service if you’re not aware of it and what it can do for you,” says Ballard. But what is the best, affordable way to reach customers? Television, radio, internet, internet radio, print, billboards, mail, facebook, etc? Without good creative and a media plan, advertising is like skydiving out of an airplane at night. You know you did it, but did anyone see it? Ballard Advertising makes sure your prospects not only see it, but remember it. We help you and your budget hit the target.→ Ballard adverTising | creaTive & Media solUTions

205.836.7770

| cell 205.223.6900 | montyadv1@aol.com


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WEALTH MANAGEMENT

MICHAEL MULLIS → As an independent investment firm, Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management focuses on producing an investment strategy as unique as the individuals with whom they work. Michael and his team know trust is the most important part of any financial relationship. As the “Financial Gatekeeper” for each client, Michael will guide you through all aspects of your financial life while specializing in an in depth strategy for retirement.→

KELLEy & MULLIS WEALTH MANAGEMENT 2008 STONEGATE TRAIL, SUITE 112 | VESTAVIA HILLS, AL 205.733.8006 | www.KMWealthManagement.com


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FighTing For You

Lloyd Gathings founded Gathings Law more than 20 years ago on the basic concept that every person, regardless of social or economic status, is entitled to receive the best representation in court and a level playing field when they enter the litigation arena. This remains their guiding principle today, and they believe this principle, together with the outstanding results they have achieved for their clients, is the foundation for their continued growth and success over the years.

→ gaThings Law | 2204 Lakeshore Drive, suiTe 406 | Birmingham, aL 35209

| 205-322-1201 | www.gathingsLaw.com

From left to right: Will Lattimore, Vincent Saylor, Honora Gathings, Charles Lorant, Lloyd Gathigns

No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services provided by other lawyers.


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Global business

Julie clark, clienT services ManaGer, Global MarkeTs; Mark Jackson, chieF execuTive oFFicer and chairMan; byron c. Jackson, chieF Financial oFFicer; Joy nelson, clienT services represenTaTive, Global MarkeTs → In today’s complex world of business, Moreson Conferencing leads the way by providing global teleconference services and business consultation. With operations in 65 countries, Moreson’s position and experience work together to enable clients to compete in global markets.

Whether the need is facilitating meetings with foreign dignitaries, local officials, consulting on international business transactions or providing award winning global audio and web conferencing services, organizations worldwide rely on Moreson every day. → Moreson conFerencinG, moreson.com | 800.368.1977

|+205.981.1700 | info@moreson.com


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Birmingham's 3rd generaTion Jewelers

When Joe Denaburg returned World War I, he made a decision that would affect his family and Birmingham for 90 years. With money from his mother in law Esther Levy, Joe opened a jewelry, watch and luggage shop in downtown Birmingham. 90 years later, Todd Denaburg and Jared Nadler, Joe's grandchildren, have brought Levy's into the 21st century following their grandfather’s principles: treat every customer as if they were your most important, treat everyone as you would want to be treated, and make sure that your customers are getting the best deal possible. Over the last 25 years, the cousins have expanded Levy's to be the predominant source for diamonds and antique and estate jewelry in Birmingham and one of the largest in the country. Every customer is treated as an extension of their family and every piece of jewelry is meticulously inspected before it is sold to ensure the utmost quality. Three generations later, shopping at Levy's is still like having a relative in the jewelry business..→ levy's Fine

Jewelry | 2116 2nd ave. n | Birmingham, al 205-251-3381 | levysfinejewlelry.com


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MOVING YOU FORWARD

KC Projects is a modern public relations & branding group, consistently evolving with our audiences. Our expert team handles everything backstage to ensure that the client's story is presented to the right people through the best medium. Specializing in building awareness and creating a positive image for our clients achieved through unique and individualized campaign creation, lead positioning of entrepreneurs, and targeted pitching. We are fashion forward publicists with a passion for what we do. Proven track record, relationship management, a knack for timing - this is why we run the show. → KC PROJECTS | 500 OFFICE PARK DRIVE, SUITE 420,

BIRMINGHAM, AL | 205.937.3777 Alicia Rohan, Maree Jones, Krista Conlin

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PowerFul ad Messages

The last few years have left hardly anything unchanged in the world of advertising. But change is nothing new to Don Levy, of Levy Advertising. For three decades, he’s been helping clients raise their profile with powerful messages using carefully targeted media. The media and audiences have evolved, but the principles have not. That’s why countless clients have trusted him with their advertising. He knows how to navigate the future, because he knows where we’ve been, and that’s why he consistently finds the media and messages that sell! → don levy, levy adverTising

600 lorna square suiTe 610 BirMinghaM, al. 35216 | 205-823-8811 levyadvertisingagency.com dnlsure@levyagency.net


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VersaTile Work spaces

ai Corporate Interiors provides creative furniture solutions for office environments. Led by Cathy Waters, President and CEO, ai work space implements creative and functional designs for today’s collaborative work styles. The result is a comfortable and easily adaptable place to work, compatible with technology. Cathy is supported by a qualified team of professionals who are dedicated to going above and beyond your expectations in order to provide you with functional spaces that will maximize the value of your investment and help your business to excel.→ ai corporaTe inTeriors | 3017 second aVenue souTh | Birmingham, al 35233

205-871-4599

| www.aibirm.com


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Family law

STephen R. aRnold → Steve Arnold, a founding partner with White Arnold & Dowd, is recognized as one of the state’s top matrimonial lawyers. Steve’s practice focuses on legally complex matrimonial matters, as well as disputed child custody matters. Steve has negotiated, mediated and battled in the courtroom for his clients over the nearly forty years of his career. Steve practices regularly in state courts across Alabama, and he has earned a reputation for his masterful courtroom skills and his ability to achieve settlements in extremely complex matters. His friends and partners describe him as “the epitome of discretion,” something families and individuals in crisis appreciate. A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Steve has also served on the Academy’s National Board of Governors. He co-founded the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar Association and the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Steve regularly receives accolades as one of Birmingham’s top divorce attorneys, and he attributes that to his being attuned to how painful the divorce process can be for all involved.→ whiTe aRnold and dowd p.c. | 2025

3Rd ave. noRTh STe. 500 | BiRmingham, al 35203 205.323.1888 www.whitearnolddowd.com

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Women's healTh & FiTness

Dr. Tamilane Blaudeau has spent her professional career promoting exercise and fitness for Women. Dr. Blaudeau has a Ph.D. In Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama and is a nationally recognized expert in exercise in pregnancy. She has served as a consultant for NASA, the United States Navy, the Girl Scouts of America, the New Orleans Saints, and multiple large corporations. As an Assistant Research Professor at UAB in the department of Human Studies, Dr. Blaudeau teaches the fitness and exercise leaders of tomorrow and helped develop the Human Studies Exercise Science/Fitness Leadership Honors Program. She has been committed to community service and has developed and implemented programs with senior citizens and inner city youth focused on exercise through dance. For her many contributions to our community she was awarded the prestigious Odessa Woolfolk Community Service award. A national champion amateur Ballroom Dancer, Tamilane teaches the components of fitness as they relate to Ballroom and Latin Dance at UAB and serves as the Faculty Advisor for the UAB Competitive Ballroom Dance Club.


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Xenia

(Greek For hospiTaliTy)

George Sarris’ Fish Market Restaurant on Southside is the perfect place to experience that special, Old World feeling of classic Greek hospitality. Since he came to this country more than 40 years ago, Sarris has focused on bringing the heritage, flavors, and sensibilities of his birthplace and family to the people of Birmingham. Olives and olive oil from the groves that surround his home village of Tsitalia. Fish,unbelievably fresh, is served at a price that is easy on a family’s pocketbook. Locally grown vegetables with homemade sauces, imported Greek foods, and wines that pair perfectly with seafood. Tanks with live lobster and rainbow trout, Gulf shrimp, live crawfish in season, the best raw oysters in town and a bounty of fish from the Gulf and as close to home as possible. And always the customers: parents, grandparents, children, whole generations of the people who matter the most. And who make The Fish Market what it is: a place where George Sarris can say, “kali orexi.” (Welcome. Bring your healthy appetite.) → The Fish MarkeT resTauranT | 612 22nd sTreeT souTh | BirMinGhaM | 205-322-3330


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MoRTGaGe BaNKING

With a shared entrepreneurial spirit, this dynamic trio at FirstBank Mortgage Partners has achieved success during a volatile time in the mortgage industry. The mortgage division of FirstBank, with an executive team and operation center in Birmingham, has driven a 102% increase in annual volume and doubled the size of the mortgage operation in the past 18 months. Gravlee, Townsend and Henger attribute their success to an active leadership group, talented professional team members focused on building long-term relationships, and honoring commitments to borrowers and referral partners. Teamwork, commitment to excellence, and a reputation of integrity are first and foremost. FirstBank Mortgage Partners differentiate themselves from competitors through over-the-top customer service, their unique business platform and family oriented culture.→ FIRSTBaNK MoRTGaGe PaRTNeRS

3500 BLUe LaKe DRIVe, SUITe 325 www.firstbankmortgageloans.com

| BIRMINGhaM, aL

35243 | 205.271.1210

Tammie Gravlee, Lee Townsend, and Rob Henger


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Iron TrIbe

What started with 12 friends in a garage back in 2009 has exploded into a national franchise. Iron Tribe Fitness is the group training and healthy lifestyle brand that’s setting records in both the fitness and business worlds. The company will open its fifth and sixth corporate-owned gyms in early 2013 and has sold 30 franchise territories to date. Their secret? The passionate commitment of hundreds of lives that have been transformed by their program of high intensity exercise, supportive nutrition and accountability. Their promise? Life. Changed. →

Iron TrIbe FITneSS / Iron TrIbe FranchISe |205.226.8669 | irontribefitness.com FORREST WALDEN & JIM CAVALE – CEO & COO, Iron Tribe Fitness


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DESIGN

[ArCHITECTurE, FurNITurE, FOrm] bDot Architecture → Founded in 2006 and directed by Brian Roberson AIA, bDot Architecture is a design-conscience studio that is focused on the creative process, pressing towards project solutions that are meaningful and encompass both a modern relevance and a timeless nature. Having received several design awards and gaining national attention for both their architectural and furniture designs, their work is continually inspired by the cultural influences, textures, and materials of our city and region’s past. “Walking with clients through the creative process and having opportunities to discover new possibilities for materials, form and construction, makes our job incredibly rewarding.”→ 212 29TH STrEET SOuTH

BIrmINGHAm, AL 35233 (PEPPEr PLACE) 205.458.8055 | www.bdota.com


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jusTice

Established in 1996 as a trial litigation firm, the attorneys and staff of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP maintain their dedication to serving each client they represent in various personal injury matters. The members of our firm share a common belief that the law is designed to serve and protect the rights of everyon→ Farris, riley & PiTT, llP at The hisToric Massey Building

2025 Third avenue norTh, suiTe 400 www.deliveringjustice.com

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BirMinghaM, al 35203

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From left to right: Kenneth Riley, Redding Pitt, Kirby Farris No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services provided by other lawyers.


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mulTiFamily housing

The Dobbins group → Less than three years since inception, The Dobbins Group is an established leader in the investment and development of multifamily communities. By providing exceptionally designed, conveniently located and professionally managed apartment homes, the firm seeks to create value for investment partners while enhancing the communities and towns in which they invest. Currently, The Dobbins Group has over $50 million of properties in various stages of development, including the $17 million Moretti at Vulcan Park in Homewood. → The Dobbins group | 500 oFFice park Drive, suiTe 420

birmingham, al | 205.503.4000 | www.Dobbinsgroup.net

Steve Chester, Bill Dobbins, Bruce Gleissner


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branding JaMie Warren - What is your brand? It is your promise to the marketplace, the sum total that everyone can expect when interacting with you. Everything that is seen, heard, said, read and felt about your company either reinforces or undercuts that promise. So, is your brand promise amazingly clear? Does it captivate? Is it truly your promise or someone else’s? Do you keep your promise even when it hurts? Clients rely on Forté to shape and inspire their brands. To add strength to their strategy, message and design. Forté’s brand promise? Increase Your Volume. → The ForTe´ MarKeTing groUP | 205.408.6043 | fortemg.com


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The LiberaL arTs swaroop ViTTa – cLass oF 2012, birmingham-souThern coLLege

Where else can you start college thinking about being an economist, fall in love with serving others, and end up on the road to a medical degree? For Hoover native Swaroop Vitta, it only could have happened at Birmingham-Southern College. An internship serving the homeless in Washington, D.C. taught him that even the biggest problems can be solved by creative thinking. A biology professor arranged for him to shadow a local doctor, convincing him that medicine was where he wanted to be. And he still graduated with that economics degree—and a spot at medical school. Next up? Finding an Alabama community where he can apply his holistic approach to medicine. With the finest faculty, a close-knit community, and the best ranking of any school in Alabama by Forbes magazine, Birmingham-Southern is not just a place to pursue your dreams. It's a place to figure out what they are. → birmingham-souThern coLLege

900 arkadeLphia road | birmingham, aL 35254 | (205) 226-4696 | www.bsc.edu.

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SeRVIce

SeRVISFIRST Bank → Faces you will recognize, service you will appreciate. At ServisFirst Bank, our team of experienced bankers go to great lengths to provide you with customized service for every step of your banking journey. Understanding your specific banking needs allows us to provide you with the best strategic solutions and memorable customer experiences. Our name is our mission and at ServisFirst Bank, our number one priority is YOU.→ SeRVISFIRST Bank | 850 ShadeS

cReek PaRkway, SuITe 200 | BIRmIngham, aL 205.949.0302 | www.ServisFirstBank.com

Back row: Gary Turner, Ron Morrison, Nic Balanis Middle row: Chris Robbins, Greer Singley, Bart McBride Front row: Renee Green, Laura Weathersby, Meredith McLaughlin


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craFT Brewing

The combination of a historic, reborn city neighborhood, the passion of good friends, and a love and respect for the art of the brewmaster make Avondale Brewery one of the most distinctive businesses in Birmingham. This extraordinary company, founded by Coby and Hunter Lake and Craig Shaw, has not only created popular hand-crafted beers here in the Deep South, it has also been instrumental in the rebirth of the Avondale neighborhood. The brewery has become the scene of great events from corporate parties to weddings, as well as concerts and live music outside on the patio. The birth of the brewery has led to the location of a host of new businesses in the neighborhood from a local-food grocery to restaurants, bars and galleries.→ avondale Brewery | 201 41sT sTreeT souTh

Birmingham, al 35222 | 205-777-5456 | www.avondalebrewing.com

Top: Burr Weatherly, brewer; Craig Shaw, Brewmaster; Ben Solfronk, brewer; Eric Baumann, brewer Bottom: Taylor Lander, Events Coordinator; Alan Alford, the Godfather; Coby Lake, Brother of Hunter; Hunter Lake, Brother of Coby


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PHILANTHROPY

The Jimmie Hale Mission has been helping Birmingham’s homeless and hurting since 1944. Tony Cooper is passionate about the work of the Mission and has served as its executive director since 1990. Under his leadership the Jimmie Hale Mission has become one of the most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations in Central Alabama. What started as a storefront chapel has grown to include a shelter for men, a shelter for women and children (Jessie’s Place), recovery programs, Bible clubs for public school children, fundraising thrift stores, and learning centers for education remediation and career readiness. In the last six years, the Mission has helped more than 800 men and women secure employment. “At the Jimmie Hale Mission,” Cooper says, “our product is changed lives.” → JIMMIE HALE MISSION | P.O. BOx 10472 | BIRMINgHAM, AL 35202 | 205.323.5878

jimmiehalemission.com

| facebook.com/thejimmiehalemission | twitter @jimmiehale


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WINE

THE WINE LOFT → Fun and sophisticated, The Wine Loft in downtown Birmingham is one of the city's most exciting nightspots. Featuring a selection of more than 70 wines by the glass and more than 200 by the bottle and a menu of more than a dozen wine friendly dishes, The Wine Loft is the most distinctive night out you can have in the city. A popular event venue, the tall windows and ceiling and modern, comfortable ambiance make parties and special occasions particularly memorable.→ 2200 1sT AvENuE NOrTH | BIrMINGHAM, AL 35203 | 205.323.8228

www.wineloftbham.com


B-Metro Magazine: FACES of Birmingham 2013