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PLUS: MONTGOMERY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

MONTGOMERY BUSINESS JOURNAL MARCH/APRIL 2020

MBJ

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MAYOR STEVEN REED

AUTO DEALER INDUSTRY RETAIN & INCENTIVIZE GREAT EMPLOYEES

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CONTENTS MAR/APRIL 2020

THIS ISSUE: 10 32

Meet Mayor Steven Reed Driving Prosperity: Car Dealer Industry Overview

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Census 2020 Opening Doors, Building Bridges Soaring High, Hand in Hand

16 Powerhouse Q&A: David Reed and Cedric Campbell 20 Member Profiles: Nia Pagniacci, George Sanders, Hannah Hawk 26 Military Profile: Col. Brian Vaughn 28 GiveBack: A Partner for the Fight 30 #myMGM: A Family Legacy Lives 62 Small Business Briefcase: Retain & Incentivize

CHAMBER NEWS:

08 Events 64 Connect: Chamber FAQ 72 Connect: Chamber News 78 Connect: Past Events 80 Members on the Move 82 Members in the News 89 Business Buzz 90 Ribbon Cuttings 94 New Members 98 Intel


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MONTGOMERY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT Anna B. Buckalew CHIEF ENGAGEMENT OFFICER Jina Miniard

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DESIGN Heather Cooper, Shelby Berry Shubird

CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL Jennifer Stewart Kornegay, Sharleen Smith, Melissa Warnke, Anne Ferrell Dalton, Sonnie Ellis, Tia Levanda and Travis Nuckles PHOTOGRAPHERS Bryan Carter, Nick Drollette, Robert Fouts, Donna Wallace King, David Robertson Jr., Sydney Foster ON THE COVER Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed Photography by Sydney Foster ADVERTISING & COMMUNICATIONS Christina Bennett, Kristina Boddie, Wendy Daehn and Racheal Lunn exploreMedia / 334-578-7810 MONTGOMERY BUSINESS JOURNAL c/o Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Post Office Box 79, Montgomery, Alabama 36101 Telephone: 334-834-5200 • mbj@montgomerychamber.com © Copyright 2020 exploreMedia and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. MONTGOMERY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MISSION STATEMENT

Committed to exceptional service, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce works to improve the economic well-being of the business community and enhance the quality of life of the area through the creation and preservation of jobs. The Montgomery Business Journal (USPS NO. 025553) is published bi-monthly by exploreMedia for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, 41 Commerce Street, Montgomery AL 36104, (334) 834-5200, www.montgomerychamber.com. Periodicals Postage Paid at Montgomery, Alabama, 36119+9998, USPS NO. 025553. POSTMASTER send address changes to Montgomery Business Journal, c/o Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 79, 41 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36101, or email mbj@montgomerychamber.com. The Montgomery Business Journal welcomes story ideas from its readers. Email to: editor@montgomerychamber.com. Subscriptions are a part of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce dues structure. Subscriptions and bulk subscriptions can also be purchased per year at www.montgomerychamber.com/mbjsub.


CHAMBER NEWS

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MA RK YO UR CALENDAR S FOR THE SE UP COMING C HAMB E R E V E NTS

SEE YOU THERE.

Conversation on the Power of Leadership, 10-11:30 am, Work Together Studio The Chamber is excited to host Ms. Susan L. Taylor, Founder and CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emerita of Essence Magazine. She is also a best-selling author of four books and an editor of eight others and is a fourth-generation entrepreneur.

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Chamber Golf Classic, 7 am-7 pm, Wynlakes Golf & Country Club Come network on a beautiful golf course with Chamber members, elected officials, community leaders and potential clients. The flights usually sell out, so register now!

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Chamber Member Orientation 8 am-9 am, Work Together Business Studio This informal orientation allows members to connect and engage with the Chamber, and give a brief overview of their business or service. It’s the perfect opportunity to get plugged into the community and involved in some of the Chamber’s initiatives that impact the local business climate.

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60 Minute Coffees & Business After Hours These popular networking events are the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers.

3/26 Business After Hours Sponsor: Providence Partners, LLC Location: 7131 Fain Park Drive

4/8 60 Minute Coffee Sponsor & Location: Wynlakes Golf & Country Club

4/23 Business After Hours Sponsor & Location: Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium

5/6 Business After Hours Sponsor & Location: Jason’s Deli

Conversations & Connections: Empowering Women 11:30 am-12:45 pm ,

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club This engaging and impactful speaker series specifically targets women in business who wish to build a strong network of women. The April speaker will be the first female Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Bernadette M. Hollinger, Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Alabama. Presenting Sponsor: Jim Massey's

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Military Salute at Riverwalk Stadium Chamber and business leaders join the city’s elected officials to host military leaders at Riverwalk Stadium.

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Presenting Sponsor: HCS Group

Save the Date: Join us as we celebrate Small Business Week, May 3-9 Monday, May 4 Small Business Week Block Party Tuesday, May 5 - Workshops Wednesday, May 6 – “Top 5” for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs Thursday, May 7 Small Business Success Summit Friday, May 8 – “Top 5” for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

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PROGRAMMING & EVENTS Small Business Briefcase – March 31; May 12, 12 pm-1 pm Enjoy a live business tactics event centered on the Montgomery Business Journal’s content and featuring a panel of local business experts who dive deeper into the many tips and tools small businesses and entrepreneurs need to be more efficient, and ultimately, more successful. March’s topic will be How to Retain, Recruit and Incentivize Great Employees and will feature: • Sharleen Smith, Director, Troy University Continuing Education and Outreach • Michael Modozie, Hampton Inn EastChase and Homewood Suites, EastChase • Victoria Belton, STAMP • Margaret Nekic, Inspirien Small Business First Friday & Culture Builder – ­ April 3; May 1 from 3:30 pm-5 pm Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners will have the opportunity to hear from makers, store owners and creators of regional and national brands who all have a story that’s uniquely their own and who have helped shaped the community in which we live. Empowering testimonials will be followed by a social that will feature wine tastings and tap takeovers. April sponsor: Stratice, LLC Small Business Boot Camp – April 21, 9 am-12 pm Each Boot Camp will feature a panel of small business experts, entrepreneurs and local place makers who will discuss real-life experiences, tools and tips and provide business and development education on a number of topics.


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MAYOR STEVEN REED Last October, Steven Reed rose from a crowded field to become Montgomery’s mayor, and his election made history, giving the city its first black mayor. Sixty days after his inauguration, MBJ asked him to share who and what in his past have most influenced and shaped him, and in what direction he plans to drive Montgomery’s future.

MONTGOMERY’S NEW MAYOR – THE FIRST IN 10 YEARS – HAS BIG PLANS AND AN EXCITING VISION AS HE LEADS HIS HOMETOWN INTO THE NEXT DECADE.

BY JENNIFER STEWART KORNEGAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY SYDNEY FOSTER

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I WANT TO BE A THERMOSTAT, NOT A THERMOMETER. I WANT TO SET THE TEMP, NOT TAKE IT. I FELT THAT I WAS THE PERSON BEST POSITIONED TO LEAD THE CITY.” - MAYOR STEVEN REED, on his decision to pursue the position of MGM mayor

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Image courtesy of Montgomery Advertiser/JakeCrandall.

What motivated you to get into public service and to run for mayor? Growing up around it had an impact; my mother and father were both involved in public service. Being exposed to history makers and trail blazers through my parents’ service and seeing their leadership also played a role; however the dominant factor was this: I thought I was the best person for the job of leading the city where I think we need to go. I wanted to make a more impactful change. I decided to run for mayor because I saw the mayor’s office as the position in which I could most effectively impact the community, especially at this time. I was frustrated too. There were things I thought could be done that were not being done. I felt a more open mindset, one ready to examine new ideas, was needed.

Who are some of your most influential mentors? My parents Joe and Mollie Reed, the late Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson, President Obama, Andrew Young, Attorney Fred Gray, Dr. John Maupin, Lamar Higgins, William Blount, Judge Alan King, Attorney Milton Davis and Dr. Walter Massey. They all have been instrumental at various stages in helping with major decisions that have positively impacted my career goals, personal development and political perspective.

VITAL STATS HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Jefferson Davis High School, 1992

COLLEGE: Graduate of Morehouse College, BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management

What are your main goals as mayor?

with a Master’s in Business Administration

These are not in order of importance, but I want to see how we can support public education in a much more effective way. That is critical. It is critical that we work with our school board to build trust and have all understand that accountability comes with being a part of this system. It is critical that we seek partners for our schools, partners like think tanks or organizations or companies that are interested in investing in young people. It is also important to form strong ties with our higher education institutions. I want to also evaluate how we can improve our outlook in terms of safety and crime. What things can we implement in the short term that will have more impact on crime? Do we invest more in the STAR Watch program? Do we add additional shot spotters? I want to work on changing the outside perception of the city. It is rooted more in our past than in our future. I want people to see the MGM of today and tomorrow too, and that will take intentional and deliberate action on our part. It affects and is affected by how we position ourselves economically and culturally to our residents and others. How do we tell our story to the rest of the world? We need to raise the bar and measure ourselves against the communities that have transformed themselves into cities of tomorrow. And that is not just branding. That requires substantial things that draw talent and keep talent. One is to ensure we are providing great opportunities for all people regardless of community and ZIP code. If we can do that, we can change the narrative.

FAMILY: Wife: Tamika Children: Kyla, Joe Klein and Karsten

I want to strengthen our vital partnership with the military. I and my team will do everything we can to ensure the armed forces see us as a great partner and that they see us as an asset location. The economic future of this city and this region is a major priority for me. Becoming a more diversified economy is something we need to do to compete with other communities. In terms of economic development, I want to build on the momentum in the service and manufacturing sectors. I want to focus on healthcare and access too. I want this city to be known for innovation, for entrepreneurs and ground-breaking ideas from small businesses. I want to highlight and build our own ecosystem here that is invested in a more knowledge-based economy, one driven by collaboration with higher ed, military and state government. That is how we attract young talent and experienced talent: economic opportunities awaiting them here and our quality of place. And we are going to have to do a better job of empowering minority businesses, making them full-fledged partners in the community in very transformational ways.

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How do you think your age (being younger than previous mayors) will affect your position? Younger leaders aren’t wedded to broken traditions, anchored to ideas that may no longer be relevant. Younger leaders may be able to innovate in ways that get objectives met in a faster manner. In our society, you have to move, operate faster than before, so in my position, I think I can be more adaptable and see new ideas in terms of how government can better serve its citizens and the new roles we can play in our community. My administration is very ambitious. People should expect a different pace in terms of what we want to get done. The mindset is not fear of failure but fear only of not trying hard enough.

What have your first 60 days in office been like? Fast and frenetic, but this pace has allowed us to get a sense of all the various moving parts within city government and begin assessing what we need to do to improve the city’s services and its outlook for the future. For much of these first 60 days, I’ve been actively listening and learning. We’ve worked with our transition team, cabinet officials and city employees to identify the challenges and opportunities for Montgomery and this administration. It’s been a comprehensive process of seeing things from the inside that provided newfound clarity on how the City operates and what we can do to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of those internal operations and services.   We garnered a lot of interest from external organizations and potential partners who share our vision and want to be a part of the New Montgomery. I have been humbled by all the support and the amount of resources offered. We are already starting to tap into some of these assets, which will help bring to fruition our vision for a Montgomery that works for everyone. Specifically, three graduate students from the Harvard Kennedy School for Government joined us for several weeks as part of a program to immerse future leaders in transition periods within local and state government. Montgomery is one of the first cities to take part in this program. Each student examined our community and city processes from an outsider’s point-of-view. Along with offering a fresh perspective on Montgomery, they met with our transition team, city staff and community leaders to assist in drafting recommendations for our community moving forward. As for another great opportunity, I was fortunate to be selected to participate in a Harvard seminar on transitions and best practices for newly elected mayors. Not only did I find it to be very rewarding and impactful from the information shared, but the relationships established with leaders across the country should prove to be invaluable.

What progress on your goals and priorities do you think you’ve made thus far? We made progress in grasping a better understanding and greater scope of some of our original goals. We are still in the process of prioritizing those that are essential to achieving our vision for Montgomery’s future. In the first 60 days, both in working with existing cabinet officials and staff as well as our transition team, we’ve been able

Mayor Steven Reed shares the stage with fellow Morehouse College fraternity members at his and the city council’s inauguration in November. Image courtesy of Montgomery Advertiser/Mickey Welsh.

to gain better clarity on which priorities should move to the forefront and which areas should be reevaluated. The process is ongoing, and the goals and priorities are coming into clearer focus as we move along in this transition period of the first 100 days.

Has the job presented any big surprises so far? The biggest surprises have been those dealing with time management— from both a personal and professional standpoint—due to the dayto-day demands of this office as well as the expectations I’ve set for myself to get off to a solid start and leave an indelible mark on this administration. For me, neither a day nor a week can be left to chance. It’s important to maximize all of the energy and efforts of the employees working in the city to improve the foundation that we already have and make sure we’re in a position to take advantage of some of the opportunities I’ve been afforded due to the historic nature of this election. I certainly have been surprised by being asked to meet with several presidential candidates who are interested in my leadership, our election and how we want to lead the city by creating a new narrative for Montgomery. Other surprises might be the amount of moving parts you deal with in the mayor’s office that you don’t understand until you’re in this seat.

Who are you outside of the mayor’s office? I love spending time with my family, and I’m active in church and in my fraternity. I love Little League football coaching (my oldest son plays), but I’m not sure how much I’ll get to do that in my new role. I like to stay in shape. I ride my bike on Saturdays or jog. I work out at the YMCA. I stay active. I’m a diehard sports fan and am interested in all major sports. I am a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan, always root for my alma mater Morehouse, and I’m an Alabama fan. I also love traveling, reading, laughing and socializing with friends, bar stool debates and funny stories of yesteryear.

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2019-2023 City Council Members

District 1

Richard Bollinger Engineer/Surveyor

District 5

C. C. Calhoun Education/Retired Military

District 2

Brantley Lyons Lawyer

District 6

Oronde Mitchell MPS Resource Officer

District 3

District 4

Tracy Larkin Audrey Graham Educator/Radio Personality County Court Administrator

District 7

Clay McInnis Businessman

District 8

Glenn Pruitt Businessman

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District 9

Charles Jinright Businessman


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DAVID REED & CEDRIC CAMPBELL At Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, the motto is “building communities,” and that begins right within its office walls. David Reed, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Governmental Affairs, of the Montgomery-based architecture and engineering firm, has long built up and supported other team members, helping them reach their full potential. Reed is now passing the local leadership torch to Campbell, who says he’s excited to step into his new role and honored to keepQuestion? Reed’s legacy of employee development alive. Answer. Share the details of the new titles and duties the two of you are taking on at GMC in Montgomery.

projects like HMMA. It’s been great to see the community grow

David: Cedric is now Executive Vice President of the

new people come here because of them. And I’ve thoroughly

Montgomery office, and that means he’s taking on the

enjoyed playing a part in building this company, assisting

leadership of this office, which includes west Alabama, up to

and mentoring the young engineers coming in here as they

Clanton, Auburn and down into the Wiregrass area. I will no

learn how to be a good engineer and develop good business

longer be handling the administrative functions; he will. But I’m

practices. GMC has grown about 700 percent in the last 20

not retiring. My title is now Executive Vice President, Business

years. That has been very rewarding.

and thrive due to the success of these projects and to see

Development and Governmental Affairs, and I’ll continue my community affairs duties, serving as a liaison with the city and

Cedric: I agree with David. The growth at GMC has been

county, staying active with the Chamber, helping with economic

amazing. We’ve gone from Mr. Goodwyn starting all this in 1965

development, and keeping a focus on the strategic growth of

by going to the unemployment office and asking two guys

our business.

if they wanted to learn land surveying to having almost 700 employees overall. I also love working with our clients. We are

Cedric: Of course, we’ll both still have our engineering work

the face of the company to them, so it is important for us to be

to handle too. For me that’s in property development and the

successful as individuals in that role, but it is great to have this

public sector.

huge company support behind each of us too.

What do you love about what you do? Cedric: Seeing a project come to fruition and making a

What is your impression of Montgomery’s current heading?

difference in lives. There are some areas in our coverage that

Cedric: Like we have, the city has and is undergoing a

still don’t have palatable water. Bringing something as basic

transition. There is a lot of positive energy now, and I think we

as water to folks, that is near and dear to my heart. And then

are on the right path for 2020 and beyond. There seems to be

on the other side of the spectrum, you have a project like

more people coming and staying, and that was not always the

EastChase. That was just raw land, and now look at it. So, I

case. I’m excited to see Mayor Reed continue the success of

like both sides, helping underserved areas and seeing these

former Mayor Strange and build on it.

projects with huge growth. Good progress has already been made, but if we continue to

It’s in my blood. My family goes back multiple generations

improve our school system, we will be at the top of everything

in the same profession. My father was chief engineer at the

in the state. We can’t take a step back on that; it is a detail that

Department of Conservation, and I got to see many of our

matters in a major way.

state parks being built. I’ve just always loved seeing dirt moved, seeing pipes going in the ground. Today, I also really enjoy the economic development side of what we do: building

Why do you both support the Chamber so strongly?

neighborhoods and helping shopping centers go up,

David: The Chamber is the link between the growth of city

working closely with the Chamber and the community on

and the wellbeing of citizens; they link the city and county and

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT FOUTS

David: It is critical now that we continue moving ahead. David: I love being an engineer and also a land surveyor.


Rolling on the River GMC has been working with local officials on Montgomery’s new whitewater park and outdoor center, serving as the civil engineer and landscape architect for the project.

David Reed (left) and Cedric Campbell (right).

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“There are three points to success: Take care of your clients; work like hell; and watch your bottom line. Everything else will take care of itself. It really is that simple.” -David Reed state. As long as the Chamber stays strong, I think Montgomery stays strong. Look at all the things happening with the Air Force and MGMWERX and all the smart city initiatives downtown. The Chamber is at the forefront of much of that; the Chamber was at the forefront of much of the downtown renaissance to make it an area we can all be proud of and actually use. And then there’s the F-35; we still haven’t grasped of all of its positive effects, and the Chamber was a huge part of that.

Cedric: I’m on the Chamber board and really happy to see how well the Chamber understands and supports Maxwell-Gunter AFB; the Chamber is focused on that relationship and that benefits everyone here.

You’re both Montgomery natives. Where do you hope to see your hometown in 10 years? David: I’d love for people looking to come to Montgomery to look at it as a city that has a real sense of place, a city that has an atmosphere and environment where they can say, “I want my kids to grow up here. We feel welcomed here. My kids can get a great education here and can come back here to live.”

Cedric: I’d like to see the perception of two things improved: education and public safety. That would entice more people and entities to come here. I don’t think things are actually as bad on either front as they sometimes seem. But we can’t get complacent; for more improvements, we need to get everyone involved and collaborating on these issues.

What are your interests outside of work? David: I love being on my farm. I’m trying to create a good quail habitat there, and I do a lot of plowing, planting and bush hogging. I like driving large equipment! I also work with bird dogs and love that. I love quail hunting and fly fishing. And I enjoy going to the lake and spending time with my family.

Cedric: I like being outdoors as well, and I like to hunt, but I like the social aspect more than the actual hunting. I have a strong passion for golf too.


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M EMB E R profile

NIA PAGNIACCI When she learned about the work of Valiant Cross Academy at a job fair when she was a student at Troy Montgomery, Nia Pagniacci was inspired to volunteer. Her passion for the school’s purpose grew, and now, she works there full-time as its Business Manager and Assistant Athletic Director. But it’s not a job. According to Pagniacci, it’s a blessing.

How long have you worked with Valiant Cross Academy? I started volunteering at the Academy in 2017 and haven’t looked back since. Something I wanted to give my time to turned into a career.

What does your job involve? I simply serve where needed. I am the right hand of the Brock brothers, taking care of a variety of business matters that may involve the operations of the school at each campus, the financials, fundraising, assisting and directing our athletic department, working closely with our flight ground school that assists our scholars in aviation education and speaking to our scholars during leadership-building sessions.

What makes Valiant Cross special? Before I even volunteered at the school, I attended Morning Village a few times before work just to start my day, and what an amazing and inspiring feeling it was. I would walk away with hope, spiritual enlightenment and positive energy that was contagious. There is a great spirit in this place.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work? Knowing that our scholars come wanting to do

Heart of the Matter Nia Pagniacci strives daily to live out her favorite quote from EJI’s Bryan Stevenson: “You don’t change the world with the ideas in your mind, but with the

program at school called the scholar assistant program, and since its inception, I have scholars coming right and left asking me, “Ms. P, how can I be a part of … ”. Seeing that ambition and push to excel is one of the best rewards.

What are your interests outside of work? I’m an avid runner and golfer. I am a military ambassador for international flight commanders and their families. I enjoy community outreach projects and revitalizing properties. And I’m also a radio personality and do voiceovers, plus I’m a dancer and model as well. valiantcross.org

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conviction in your heart.”

more than what is expected. We implemented a new


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M EM BER profile

GEORGE SANDERS As General Manager of the Staybridge Suites MontgomeryDowntown, George Sanders greets guests from all over the world. Hearing their stories and sharing the city’s story with them is a true “work perk” for him.

Are you from Montgomery? No. My dad was in the Air Force, so I have lived all over the world. God had everything to do with bringing my wife and I to Montgomery!  

How long have you worked in hospitality/ hotels? 34 years How long have you been at Staybridge Suites? We opened July 30, 2019, and I was brought on board by PCH Hotels in November 2018.  

What does your job involve? Leading by example. Being active in the community. Forecasting. Cost control. And ensuring we are welcoming our guests with hospitality!

What sets Staybridge Suites apart? It is the only extended stay hotel downtown. It has full kitchens in all suites. We serve up a complimentary breakfast buffet every day, with a variety of items including eggs, bacon, sausage, baked goods, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, coffee, juice and more. And on Monday through Wednesday evenings, we offer our fabulous evening social that includes hot hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine.

A Warm Welcome

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work? One of my go-to questions for my guests is “What

Staybridge Suites Montgomery-Downtown exceeds guests’ expectations, consistently

brings you to Montgomery?” and I love hearing all the

earning 90-plus percent guest satisfaction

varied responses. I also enjoy helping them explore our city. Our location at the corner of Bibb and Lee Streets is an easy walk from the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Rosa Parks Museum, Hank Williams Museum, Alabama State Capitol, the Performing Arts Center, The Alley, the Riverfront and more. We are seeing visitors from all over the world. We had a recent tour PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID ROBERTSON JR.

group from Sweden who raved about the hospitality here.

What are your interests outside of work? Spending quality time with my bride and our two dogs and two cats. staybridgesuites.com/montgomerydwtn

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HANNAH HAWK As Manager of Public Affairs for the Montgomery County Commission, Hannah Hawk has a diverse range of duties—from social media management to helping area students on their career journey—but the common thread is a commitment to improving quality of life for residents.

Are you from Montgomery? No. I hail from the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, Cleveland to be exact. Huntingdon College originally brought me to the capital city. Upon graduation, I was hired by WSFA 12 News and worked there as a reporter and anchor. I fell in love with my husband, Caleb, who also worked at the news station, and together we fell in love with this wonderful place called Montgomery.

How long have you worked with The Montgomery County Commission? Since September 18, 2017.

What all does your job involve? I direct the county’s communications programs, increasing awareness and understanding of the Montgomery County Commission to the public and media. I’m the media liaison for the Commission, which means I organize press conferences, pitch stories, write press releases and schedule interviews. This past year, I developed the new county website and produced the new Montgomery County commercial. I also manage all social media accounts, coordinate the county’s co-op

County Connections “In the two years I’ve worked for the County Commission, I have grown our social media accounts and hopefully, have interacted even more with the public. I would love for everyone to get social with us. Follow and like our pages on Facebook and Instagram: @mccalabama.”

and student apprenticeship programs and handle any public affairs.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work? Keeping residents informed with the latest happenings of the county and helping the public, whether it be aiding a young person in getting a job in the field of their interest, handling trash issues or providing even more opportunities and services for residents.      

I have a two-year-old boy and another little one on the way. My husband and I love seeking out new adventures. For our first anniversary, we traveled the first leg of Route 66. We plan to go back and finish out the second half when our kids are older and can tag along. I love to dance, read and enjoy time with family and friends.  

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What are your interests outside of work?


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M I L I TA RY profile

in Close Air Support with our troops on the ground,

COL. BRIAN VAUGHN

but we can provide numerous different mission capabilities anywhere on the globe in a multi-domain

When you think about combat jets and fighter pilots,

engagement. Additionally, we provide combat

family might not be the first word that comes to mind,

communication for regular and special forces

but for Col. Brian Vaughn, Vice Commander of the

units, counter drug and domestic law enforcement,

Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing,

natural disaster response and rapid civil medical

“family” perfectly describes the close connection he

emergency response. Currently, we are providing

has with his team, and this bond is his favorite aspect

support for Homeland Defense with Operation Noble

of his job.

Eagle and support and protection of POTUS.                    

What first sparked your interest in aviation? My parents and sister comment all the

What are your primary duties as Vice Commander of the 187th Fighter Wing?

time that as a toddler, I was constantly looking and

As the Vice Wing Commander, I am privileged to

pointing at the sky and particularly aircraft. I had a

implement the vision and direction of our Wing

grandfather who flew B-17’s during WWII and had the

Commander, Col. Ed “Pinto” Casey. I try to focus on all

honor of attending some reunions with him where I

aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Wing and

met many heroes. Then the great aviation movies of the 1980s came along like “The Right Stuff,” “Top Gun” and “Iron Eagle,” and I knew that I would not be happy unless I was a fighter pilot. After graduating from

team to allow him to be the visionary and strategic leader he is called to be. Col. Casey’s desire to be a Commander that trusts and empowers each of his

Auburn in 1996 in Aviation Management, my family

leaders is a rare commodity in leadership, so working

and I were on active duty where I earned my wings

with him and for our Airmen is truly a dream job.

and flew F-16’s for the Air Force until 2007.  

What’s your favorite thing about your work with the Wing? It is defined by an often

Why did you choose to serve in the Alabama Air National Guard? After seven

over-used word, but it is the underlying foundation

moves and multiple deployments, it was time for

of the unit: “family.” When you are on active duty,

my family to settle down. I joined the Alabama Air

especially as a pilot, you move just about every two

National Guard and the 187th Fighter Wing in 2007

years. My family and I are starting our 13th year with

as a Traditional (part-time) guardsman. In 2008, I

the Red Tails, and we plan to retire here. That amount

received a full-time position, and in addition to flying the Viper (F-16), I began working on classified avionics programs and integrating our current F-16 with next

of time spent with the same great Americans, means that you get to truly invest in each other’s lives, see them grow and sometimes watch each other’s

generation fighters such as the F-22 and F-35. In

kids grow up. Additionally, you get the privilege

2011, I became the 187th Maintenance Squadron Commander and the Maintenance Group Commander

of watching young leaders bloom into great senior leaders and see the fruit of good mentorship.

What are your interests outside of work?

What is the role/purpose of the 187th Fighter Wing? To “… deliver combat ready

I love to be outside on our farm or can be found in

Airmen and aircraft for rapid deployment anytime,

We are also very active in our church that we love,

anywhere.”  We train every day to prepare our 1,400plus Airmen to answer the call of the president or the governor within hours of notification. Primarily, we are a multi-role F-16 combat unit that specializes

the woods deer, turkey or duck hunting and fishing. Journey Church of the River Region and helping with a ministry called PursueGod.org. 187fw.ang.af.mil

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT FOUTS

in 2012.  

interact with our great full-time and traditional guard


Badges of Honor “Everyone knows about the amazing honor of becoming one of the first F-35 units in the Air Force and the immense positive impact it will have on the River Region. However, there are other honors too. In 2017, we rapidly changed our deployment location into a combat zone to replace a Navy unit and to finish off the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Also, we have had two ‘Outstanding’ ratings during Air Force Operational Readiness Inspections. But the greatest honor came in 2007 when the Air Force renamed our fighter squadron to the 100th Fighter Squadron and brought the legendary Red Tail squadron home, just a few miles down the road from its birthplace. To someone in love with flying and the legacy of aviation pioneers PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID ROBERTSON JR.

such as the Tuskegee Airmen, it doesn’t get much better than that. To be the home of ‘The Red Tails’ and to even attempt to carry on the Red Tail legacy is a wonderful but sobering honor.”

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GiveBack

A PARTNER FOR THE FIGHT

/ by MELISSA WARNKE

The Cancer Wellness Foundation supports local cancer patients, arming them with information, resources and more

IMAGES COURTESY OF RIVER REGION UNITED WAY

Image courtesy of The Cancer Wellness Foundation.

to help them overcome some of the many challenges they face in the fight to beat the disease.

The Cancer Wellness Foundation has an active and supportive board of directors to help it accomplish its good work.

Everyone has been touched by a cancer story, whether

Gunter said. “We remove those burdens for them.”

it’s a personal journey or one of a family member, friend or

Last year alone, the small, four-person staff (previously led

coworker. For Carol Gunter, her cancer stories walk through

by Executive Director Wendy Anzalone) connected patients

the doors of her office building every day.

with $12 million in medications that the patients wouldn’t have

“Seeing the determination of our patients and how badly they want to live – that’s what keeps me invigorated. We are working every day to get them to the other side of that diagnosis,” she said. Gunter is the new Executive Director of the Cancer Wellness Foundation, a Montgomery nonprofit dedicated to helping local cancer patients after a diagnosis has been made. The organization fills a gap

Helping at Home “Every dollar contributed to the Cancer Wellness Foundation is used in the Montgomery and Central Alabama area.” - Carol Gunter

that no other group does, ensuring patients

been able to afford otherwise because they are uninsured, the medication isn’t covered by insurance or the numerous copays are impossible to fit within a budget. “We apply for grants for those patients and facilitate all the paperwork on their behalf. The patients could do it themselves, but it is an extensive process. The work we do allows the patient to focus on getting better,” Gunter said. To solve the transportation issue, the Cancer Wellness Foundation partners with

have transportation to get to life-saving treatments while

several Central Alabama gas stations. Patients are given a

advocating to secure the medications critical to their care.

voucher to use at those gas stations, which covers the fuel

“You have folks that have just been diagnosed with cancer,

needed to get to and from their appointments. “The gas

and they are trying to make a decision about how they are

stations essentially allow us to purchase gas on a credit, and

going to afford to pay for medicines they need, how to put

we reimburse them when they mail back the vouchers. It is an

gas in their car or how to take that much time off of work,”

incredibly important relationship,” Gunter said. In the event a

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GIVEBACK

BRIEFS

Montgomery Zoo Collected Supplies for the Needy During Christmas Lights Festival The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum partnered with the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless The Cancer Wellness Foundation staff is always out and about, working hard to deliver vital services to cancer patients in need.

(MACH) to collect socks, gloves and blankets for those without shelter last December.

patient doesn’t have the means to drive or be

Awareness month, the Cancer Wellness

driven to an appointment, the team can also

Foundation will host its second annual Women

provide a ride to and from treatments.

in Blue campaign. Colon cancer is the second leading cancer-killer among men and women,

For several days during the annual Christmas Lights Festival, guests received $1 off admission with the donation of a new pair/

Funding the Gap in Patient Services

but it is one of the most treatable cancers if

The Cancer Wellness Foundation was founded

caught early.

package of socks, pair of gloves

radiologists. While its offices are housed free-

All month long, more than a dozen local

were delivered to MACH for

of-charge inside Baptist Health’s Montgomery

women leaders will wear blue every day and

Cancer Center, the organization operates

use their respective voices and networks to

independently from the hospital. It is supported

educate the community on the campaign’s

solely by the efforts and contributions of

mission and meet their personal fundraising

businesses, organizations and individuals. “At

goals. Each Woman in Blue has her own online

this cancer center, there are 40 new patients

fundraising page and is encouraged to use

diagnosed with cancer every week. When

social media to point friends and family to that

I would go out and fundraise, I had a really

page while also spreading awareness. The

special story to tell. Every dollar contributed to

goal is to get women talking to their doctors,

the foundation is used in the Montgomery and

learning their family history and finding out the

Central Alabama area,” Anzalone said.

best prevention methods for them personally.

the Zoo said. “The River Region is

“The fact that 100 percent of our donations

Last year’s campaign far surpassed their

were so happy to be a collection

stay local is huge for us,” said Janet Roberts,

expectations. The 2019 Women in Blue raised

Relationship Manager for River Bank and Trust.

more than $75,000, well above its $30,000

“A cancer diagnosis can be catastrophic, and

goal, and they’re hoping 2020 yields an even

we are proud to support the Cancer Wellness

higher number.

overjoyed when the Zoo reached

and their families.” Roberts, who also serves

Gunter and her team are excited about the

begin to tell you how wonderful

on the board of directors for the foundation,

growth possibilities the campaign provides.

added, “I have loved the opportunity to see

The foundation’s future is strong, she believes,

firsthand how our donations are impacting

and it empowers them to continue the fight to

lives here in our community.”

give help and hope right here at home.

22 years ago by a group of oncologists and

Foundation’s work to support those patients

or a blanket. All items collected distribution throughout the River Region. “We were excited to partner with the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless to help provide needed items for citizens who find themselves without shelter,” Melanie Golson, APR, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for such a caring community, and we point for this worthy organization.” Lydia Pickett with MACH was out to plan this event. “I cannot it is that the City of Montgomery Zoo stepped up to help meet the needs of those less fortunate,” she said. “This is a critical time of year for us with the winter weather, so we are in desperate

Feeling Blue for the Cancer Wellness Foundation

need for additional supplies.”

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MyMGM

A FAMILY LEGACY LIVES

/ by MELISSA WARNKE

Promoting historic preservation is in Collier Neeley’s blood, and he’s excited to follow in the footsteps of his grandmother, noted historian Mary Ann Neeley, with his service to and support of Montgomery’s Landmarks Foundation.

Landmarks Foundation has preserved multiple historic structures in Montgomery. Image courtesey of Becca Beers.

“Being at Landmarks Foundation is one of my earliest memories,”

only preserving and enriching a community’s identity, but also

said Collier Neeley. “As kids, we were up here all the time, so

fostering a place that is worthwhile and a place where people

this work has always been ingrained in who I am.” That work—

can be proud to live,” Neeley said. “I love having friends from out

historic preservation—is a family affair for Neeley, who served as

of town visit, and they are surprised at the cool things going on

the interim director of Landmarks Foundation from September

here.”

2019 until this past January. He’s the grandson of the late Mary Ann Neeley, a beloved Montgomery historian and author, making

Neeley feels strongly about his continued connection with

the role particularly meaningful for him. Mary Ann spent nearly

Landmarks. “This place is a part of me; it’s a part of my identity. I

25 years at the helm of Landmarks, developing many of its

will always do everything I can to support it,” he said.

programs and principles that remain today.

The History of Landmarks Foundation “There were actually a handful of times that she and I talked

The Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery was founded in 1967

about me doing this job. When the board of directors asked me

to lead the city’s historic preservation movement. With early

to do this, I said, ‘Of course.’ I know she’d be excited that I am

leaders like businessman Jimmy Loeb and Milo Howard, a former

doing this work,” Neeley said.

director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the small group of local visionaries wanted to ensure that historic

Today, Neeley is fresh into a new role as Executive Director

buildings in the city were saved, rather than torn down in the

of Landmarks. The job offers him the chance to continue

rush to spruce up Montgomery’s downtown.

his life’s calling while remaining in and contributing to his hometown of Montgomery. “I have always loved the community

In 1967, Landmarks made its first purchase: the Ordeman House

development aspect of the work I do. I love the idea we are not

at the corner of Hull Street and Jefferson Street. It began a

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THE FUTURE OF LANDMARKS FOUNDATION The conversation surrounding revitalization and business growth has, perhaps, never been louder in Montgomery. With significant Image courtesey of Old Alabama Town.

changes happening throughout the city, Landmarks Foundation is just as relevant today as it was when it was founded. Public and private investments have again brought life and commerce to once-boarded up buildings in Montgomery’s downtown. Also, the idea of making the old new again is trendy.

Old Alabama Town downtown contains some of the most visible and visited pieces of Landmarks

Neeley said, “Part of our work in historic

Foundation’s work.

preservation is understanding what makes your community unique. In Montgomery, our history is probably one of our biggest

unique partnership with the city of

assets. It’s one of the things we market

Montgomery that has resulted in

quite heavily. In the same strain, our

the preservation of 50 authentically

physical structures are part of that history,

restored 19th and early 20th century

and understanding that even if a building

structures stretching six blocks through

is built for a certain purpose, it can be used

downtown Montgomery.

for something else, and something very profitable, is important. We have seen some

Many of these structures are clustered together in Old Alabama Town, which is open for public tours complete with actors and immersive learning experiences. More than 30,000 fourthgraders from all over the state visit Old Alabama Town every year in addition to adult tour groups and tourists. “The school groups are our lifeblood; it is truly astounding how many kids come through here. It is fun to see them

great examples of that in recent years.”

“I love the idea we are not only preserving and enriching a community’s identity, but also fostering a place that is worthwhile and a place where people can be proud to live.” - Collier Neeley

experience 19th-century life. They have

Neighborhoods in Montgomery have also transformed, as young families have moved into and renovated old homes. In fact, Landmarks is also behind the wildly popular Renovators Open House, which allows neighbors and old-house lovers the ability to tour historic homes during the construction process. “We are standing on the shoulders of

to process the thought of not having

all these people who have created this

electricity and having to walk outside to

memberships and private donations

place for us. I learned that firsthand from

get water,” Neeley said.

help too.

my grandmother in all of those years of

The other buildings owned by

The organization is unique among

visiting Civil War battlegrounds and

Landmarks are income properties,

its peers in that it’s focused on both

watching her pour over history books. It’s

rented out to other nonprofits or

interpreting history and preserving

our responsibility to be good stewards of

businesses needing office space. The

it. That duality provides a dynamic

what we’ve been given,” said Neeley. “To

rent covers much of the expenses

foundation for its continued growth.

me, preservation is not just clinging to our

traveling with her to speaking engagements,

of running Old Alabama Town;

past. It is an important part of our future.”

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CAR DEALERS FUEL OUR LOCAL ECONOMY BY JENNIFER STEWART KORNEGAY

DRIVING PROSPERITY In both tangible and intangible ways, the River Region’s car dealerships and multiple associated services are steering the area’s economy in the right direction.

thousand good-paying jobs, do an average of $1 billion in annual sales and pay millions in state, county and city sales taxes. Their owners, leaders and employees also donate time and money to local causes and nonprofit groups. And offering myriad

For a good stretch of Montgomery’s Eastern

options of make, model, style, color and

Boulevard, both sides of the street are lined

more, they help folks find the right new car

with lots packed full of shiny new cars sitting

for them right here — keeping those dollars

under the signs of some legacy names in

in our tax coffers — and then help put them

the industry. But unless you’re currently in

behind the wheel, keeping River Region

the market for a new car, you may not pay

residents rolling along our streets, getting

them much attention. You should: The River

to and from their jobs, to shops, restaurants,

Region’s new car dealers account for several

schools and more.

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Industry Overview: CAR DEALERS

MGMCHAMBER #ATWORK “The Chamber is very important to our city because it builds relationships, hosts many networking events, and I think being a part of the Chamber increases our local visibility. Our long association with the Chamber also builds credibility for our business. I’ve always enjoyed my involvement with the Chamber, and I hope to see it continue to grow stronger and continue to build this city up.” - Ray Ingram, President of Jack Ingram Motors

CAR BUYING 2020 Ray Ingram, President of Jack Ingram Motors, Inc., has been selling cars since 1961, beginning by working summers at his dad’s Montgomery Mercedes Benz dealership when he was 18 years old and jumping in full time after serving in the military and finishing college. Ingram stressed how he and his colleagues contribute to the area. “All of the local auto dealers employ many people, so we’re creating jobs,” he said. The Jack Ingram dealerships combined (Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo) employ a total of 185 people. “We also pay the city and county a lot of taxes. We provide a necessary service for people here, so our residents don’t have to travel elsewhere to do their car-buying business,” he said. “And we’ve all made substantial investments here and remain committed to doing business here.” These investments keep paying off in both boom and lean times, according to Ingram. “We enjoyed a big uptick right after the recession in 2011 and 2012. There was a real pent-up demand at that point,” he said. The average age of cars on the road at that time was 10 years, so as the economy got better, many people were more than ready for a new car. In the last few years though, the brakes have been pumped on those accelerated sales. “Things have now leveled off,” Ingram said. “But there are always ups and downs and various things influence the swing: fuel prices, interest rates, the overall economy.” Despite this slowdown in previously speedy sales, he deemed the current state of the industry “stable.” Mike Reinhardt, Vice President/General Manager at Reinhardt Motors, Inc. agreed, but noted that Montgomery’s economy doesn’t seem to be traveling at the same pace as coastal parts of the state or areas in north Alabama. Still, his dealership employs 189 people at four locations and saw a 2018 revenue of $122 million.

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Industry Overview: CAR DEALERS LOCAL MATTERS “Every retailer wants to sell to the customers in their market because convenience will often win when they’re making decisions on buying the follow-up services.”

THE EXPERIENCE While multiple events influencing car sales are out of any dealership’s hands, there is an aspect they can control, and it’s a powerful part of success or failure: the experience. Today, just as it is in sectors from home building to banking, technology is having a major effect. During

A KEY TO SUCCESS “A good customer experience is paramount. It is the key to success in our industry today. Seventy-five percent of the time, they make the decision to buy a certain car online, but they don’t buy it there. They come to us, and then they are active online again, leaving reviews and posting on social media about the purchase and process, either good or bad.”

Ray Ingram,

President of Jack Ingram Motors

his six decades in the industry, Ingram has witnessed a multitude of changes, but a big one is customers’ use of the

Mike Reinhardt,

internet. Tire kickers are becoming a thing

Vice President/General Manager at Reinhardt Motors, Inc.

of the past. “We know from JD Powers information that now, most consumers do most of their car-buying research online,” Ingram said. “Some spend up to 14 hours online before ever going to a dealership.”

Knowing how strongly these comments can influence others and how valuable

By giving a dealership’s sales team less

return customers are, particularly in a

time with a car shopper, this trend makes

smaller market like Montgomery, Ingram

the experience increasingly important, as

and his team work hard to earn praise

Reinhardt stressed. “Every customer now

over pans and keep customers happy. “We

demands the best customer experience

don’t want to turn off future customers,

and wants it in a convenient, modern

and we want to keep that current

location,” he said. That’s one reason

customer in our base,” he said. “We want

Reinhardt built sleek, updated dealership

to sell them another car, and we want

spaces that opened in 2015.

them to service their car here.”

Ingram echoed Reinhardt. “A good

Keeping them coming back is crucial to

customer experience is paramount. It is

a dealership’s bottom line. “Every retailer

the key to success in our industry today,”

wants to sell to the customers in their

he said. “Seventy-five percent of the time,

market because convenience will often

they make the decision to buy a certain

win when they’re making decisions on

car online, but they don’t buy it there.

buying the follow-up services,” Reinhardt

They come to us, and then they are active

said.

online again, leaving reviews and posting on social media about the purchase and

That’s why continuing the service after

process, either good or bad.”

the sale is as imperative as the service provided during the initial purchase.

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A GREAT

RIVER REGION CAR DEALERS

BY THE NUMBERS

DEAL

NUMBER OF NEW-CAR DEALERSHIPS IN THE RIVER REGION:

20

(counting dealerships owned by the same entity as one)

TOTAL

JOBS

56

2,400

ANNUAL NUMBERS

TOTAL ANNUAL SALES:

$1 BILLION

AVERAGE EMPLOYEES PER DEALERSHIP TOTAL ANNUAL PAYROLL:

$62 MILLION

Source: Alabama Automobile Dealers Association; numbers from 2018 activity


Industry Overview: CAR DEALERS

Once a customer buys and then visits

buying transaction, including an appraisal

the dealership again for maintenance or

of a trade-in vehicle. “We also offer The

repairs, they expect to be treated well, an

Lexus Saturday Morning Test Drive every

expectation a good dealership works hard

Saturday from 9-11 a.m.,” Knotts said. “We

to meet. “We are supported by Toyota

do not ask for names or even approach

and Lexus with classes to improve every

them. It’s just them and our technology

way we serve our clients,” Reinhardt said.

specialist, letting them asking questions

Ingram added, “When it comes to the

and learn why Lexus is the top brand here

service department, we try to take care of

in our market.”

Q:

How important is “customer experience” to the auto dealer industry today and how are you enhancing customer experience? “The 'customer experience' is more important now than it ever

customers as promptly and efficiently as we can. We are fortunate to have some

Of course, price still matters, a fact all car

has been. Customers have more

really great technicians. Our goal is to

dealers understand. “A lot of shoppers

choices now than they have

service that customer’s car in the most

tell us that they are not gauging the

ever had before, and a dealer

perfect way we can.”

experience until they find the price, so we

must make sure that they have a

try to deliver both,” Reinhardt said.

pleasurable buying experience

In many instances, technology can

from beginning to end. It starts

help dealers achieve all of these goals.

well before a customer actually

“Computers and technology make us

makes it to our dealerships. It

faster, more accurate, more informative

starts the first moment a potential

and help us serve our customers better,”

buyer starts looking for their next

Ingram said.

vehicle, and it’s up to the dealer

Other ways dealers are enhancing the experience include things like Reinhardt

GREEN LIGHT ON GOOD DEEDS

to make sure they have access to the necessary information to make an informed decision. It’s

While providing good customer service

also more important than ever

transparency while adding to customers’

is essential, area car dealers provide the

to be as transparent as possible

convenience and saving them time,

region with additional benefits too, in the

when providing this information

according to Dan Knotts, General Sales

form of philanthropy. “We support multiple

and make the purchase process as

Manager. “The Lexus client enjoys a host

community partners because they serve

easy and hassle-free as possible.

of privileges like loaner vehicles waiting on

our community, our customers and make

Our industry is changing daily, and

them when they arrive for their scheduled

our community better,” Reinhardt said.

the dealerships that find ways to

Lexus’ efforts, aimed to increase

continue to improve a customer’s

maintenance, and the porters there to assist them with their transfer,” he said.

Ingram spoke to his dealerships’

shopping experience will be the

“We have a New Owners Breakfast every

commitment to their hometown and noted

ones that win in the long run.”

quarter on a Saturday morning to show

that community involvement seems to

appreciation. We detail their vehicle while

be an industry-wide priority. “We have

they enjoy breakfast and share some news

long supported our community and given

about Lexus and the technology in their

back in various ways and to various

vehicle.”

organizations,” Ingram said. “I think all auto dealers here do. Really, most of the new

The dealership also has two delivery

car dealers, we all have the same goals

specialists who travel the state (and

and problems, and we all strive to do the

beyond) to offer in-home delivery. And if

best for our customers and our community.

local clients show interest in a Lexus on

We’re very lucky to have so many good

the lot, a member of the dealership team

dealerships in this market.”

will bring it to them, at their home or office, for a look or even to complete the entire

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- Jason Wilson,

General Manager. Capitol Chevrolet


I ND U ST RY Leader | Auto Dealers

Reinhardt Lexus When was your company/business founded?

experience: you. As a family business itself, Reinhardt Lexus not

1940

only understands your focus, we share it.  

How many employees do you have in the River Region? 189

Milestones/awards/accomplishments: We have

What are your primary products and services? Lexus vehicles sales and service

earned numerous customer satisfaction awards and had a record 2019.

What sets your company apart? The ease of doing business with us and our attention to detail when it comes to customer service and servicing your Lexus. Reinhardt Lexus offers a car-buying experience like no other. For more than 75 years and over four generations, the Reinhardt family has dedicated itself to the most important aspect of the automotive shopping

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911 Eastern Blvd 855-932-0522 reinhardtlexus.com


I N D USTRY Leader | Auto Dealers

Stivers Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram When was your company/business founded?

government sales business like its sister Ford store in Montgomery.

The Stivers family started in the car business in 1924 in Iowa

Stivers is the only dealer in Alabama that can provide in-house

and acquired its first dealership in the River Region, Stivers Ford

body, ladder and rack conversions for the business community.

Lincoln, in 2009.

And, Stivers CDJR will be undertaking a physical expansion this spring to more than double the available technician bays to serve

Stivers has steadily expanded its Alabama holdings with related

its River Region customers.

businesses and has now expanded again by purchasing the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership in Prattville in

Milestones/awards/accomplishments: Stivers is

November 2019.

the winner of many prestigious national awards from automotive manufacturers, including The President’s Award for Customer

What are your primary products and services? Stivers has quadrupled the in-stock inventory of

Satisfaction, Ford’s Top Volume Award and Top 25 Government Dealers designation.

new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles to provide shoppers what they have come to expect from Stivers, the region’s largest inventory.

What sets your company apart? Stivers, already the River Region’s largest new car dealer, is excited to expand its local offerings to include Ram, the fastest growing full-size truck brand and Jeep, the world’s most prolific 4x4 brand. Stivers Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram is also expanding into the commercial and

2209 Cobbs Ford Road, Prattville 334-491-0701 / stiverscdjr.com

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PRICE SELLS CARS AND TRUCKS It made Stivers the biggest dealership in Montgomery and it will make Stivers the biggest Dealership in Prattville! 2209 COBBS FORD RD | PRATTVILLE, AL 36066 | 334-491-0701 WWW.STIVERSCDJR.COM 39 MONTGOMERYCHAMBER.COM


Industry Overview: CAR DEALERS

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES For businesses related to car dealers, including car repair shops, technology

TECH TRENDING:

2020 Santa Fe and Palisade. The Santa Fe is

THE NEW FRONTIER OF SAFETY

made at HMMA, and the 2020 Sonata (also

Lots of the new tech in cars is basically bells

Ultrasonic ROA feature available as an option.

manufactured at HMMA) will feature standard door-logic ROA. The 2019 Santa Fe has the

and whistles: gadgets, devices or applications that make driving more convenient, more

Scott Margason, Director, Product Planning,

comfortable and more fun. But technology has

Hyundai Motor America, said this about the

also greatly improved car safety, bringing us

company’s continuing commitment to increase

things like airbags, analog braking systems and

the safety of its vehicles: “Hyundai and its

back-up cameras. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing

engineering team continue to make vehicles

Alabama highlighted some of the latest and

even safer with the addition of active standard

greatest safety features being built into Hyundai

safety features, prioritizing cutting-edge safety

vehicles thanks to technology, and one— the

at the forefront of the driving experience,” he

Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)—is aimed specifically

said. “With Hyundai SmartSense features like

at preventing the tragic heatstroke deaths of

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver

children when they’re accidentally left in a hot

Attention Warning, Blind-Spot Collision Warning,

car.

Lane Keeping Assist and more, our latest vehicles deliver a sophisticated network of tools

Hyundai recently announced it will voluntarily

to ensure greater peace of mind.”

make its ROA door-logic system standard on

most of its new vehicles by 2022. It will also

The 2020 Santa Fe will also include these

make its optional Ultrasonic Rear Occupant

safety features:

Alert, or a similar sensor-based system,

• Newly developed Blind-View Monitor standard

available on more of its models in the future.

on Limited models • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)

Two Hyundai models are available today with door-logic ROA as standard equipment: the

Q:

• Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

is having an impact and in some cases, presenting challenges. “I’ve been told there is now more code in many cars than in a 747 jet,” said Traweek Dickson, CEO of Montgomerybased Joe Hudson Collison Center. “Cars are just computers on wheels now.” That means his company has to buy, maintain and teach staff to use a host of sophisticated (and expensive) tools. “There is a whole lot more equipment and training required to work on cars now,” he said. “Calibrating all their sensors, especially after an accident, can be quite the feat. And advances are moving so fast, we are constantly investing the time and money needed to ensure we keep up.”

(RCCA)

Is increased technology in cars making them harder to insure? “Increased technology in vehicles offers consumers numerous benefits, with safety topping the list. As a husband and father, I’m absolutely an advocate for the safety of my loved ones, and safer vehicles are certainly a priority for us. However, those features do come at a price. Increased features and tools increase the overall value and worth of the vehicle — affecting you when you purchase the vehicle, as well as when you insure it. While backup cameras, sensors and other tools affect repair and replacement costs of vehicles, they may also reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident. Ultimately, the

- Judson Vaughan

better your driving history, the better your rates will be.”

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I ND U ST RY Leader | Auto Dealers

Capitol Chevrolet When was your company founded? Originally in 1919

How many employees do you have? 80 What are your primary products and services? New/used vehicle sales and service and parts

What sets your company apart? Our staff is dedicated to customer service, and it is one of the reasons our customers come back to our dealership for all of their automotive needs. Be it service, parts, tires or accessories, you name it ,and we have it all. Our financial experts will also help you find the best way to purchase your dream vehicle with the utmost ease.

Milestones/awards/accomplishments: Capitol Chevrolet has been the “House of Courtesy” since 1919. We celebrated our 100-year anniversary last year.

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711 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8700 capitolchevrolet.com


Industry Overview: CAR DEALERS

PICKING UP SPEED: LOCAL BIZ GROWS FAST

insurance companies. From its beginning,

In just 30 years, Montgomery-based Joe

Collision Center works hard to consistently

repair shop industry has seen

Hudson Collision Center has grown from

perform to high standards. “We know how

major consolidation, changing

one shop here in the capital city to 108

the insurance company wants the claim

from being predominantly

shops in 11 states. The Montgomery location

adjusted, and we also know how the car

“mom and pop” shops to large

alone employs close to 100 people.

owner/customer wants the process to go

companies owning multiple

Traweek Dickson, the company’s CEO,

and the repairs to be when done. We meet

locations, like Montgomery-

bought into original owner Joe Hudson’s

both needs well,” Dickson said.

the company has made the insurance industry’s direct repair model (DRP) a priority. “That’s where insurance companies refer customers to shops they’d prefer they

ALL TOGETHER

go to,” Dickson said. That preference is based on performance, and Joe Hudson

In the last two decades, the car

the company as it is today. While Hudson

He corrected a common misconception

has been a close friend and valued partner

when it comes to DRP. “Some folks think

based Joe Hudson Collision Center. With its 108 stores, it is the fourth largest company of its kind

for three decades and is still involved in the

insurance companies refer to us because

in the country, but several of

business, Dickson runs operations.

we give them a discount on the work, but

those ahead of it on that list

that’s not true,” he said. “It is because we

own 1,000 stores.

single Collision Center in 1989, and formed

Dickson explained how the company has

provide quality work and good service to

built its success on a foundation of quality

the car owner. Insurance companies know

they have when they have to get repairs,

work and service; it’s quality sought after

that their ability to get customers to renew

so they know it behooves them to send

by customers, but more importantly, by car

policies is heavily based on the experience

customers to a good shop."

www.jackingram.com 334-277-5700

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I ND U ST RY Leader | Auto Dealers

Jack Ingram Motors When was your company/business founded?

Milestones/awards/accomplishments:

Jack Ingram Motors was founded in 1959 with our first store

We have received numerous awards over the years including

located downtown on Bell Street. We moved to the current

Montgomery Advertiser’s Best of the Best for both New and Used

location on Eastern Boulevard in 1975.

Franchise Dealer as well as the Time Magazine Dealer of the

How many employees do you have in the River Region? We currently have 185 employees between all of our stores.

year for Alabama. Jack Ingram Motors was the 2019 winner for the Montgomery Area Committee for the Arts award in the large business category.

What are your primary products and services? We are the local Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo dealer. In addition we operate Jack Ingram Signature Used Cars and Jack Ingram Value Cars.

What sets your company apart? We offer a dynamic blend of luxury and volume vehicles, allowing us to offer all customers excellent service and value.

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227 Eastern Boulevard, Montgomery 334-277-5700 / jackingram.com


Q:

How important is “customer experience” to the auto dealer industry today and how are you enhancing customer experience?

REPORT AUTO SERVICES WORKFORCE With its automotive and transportation programs, Trenholm State Community

the students to obtain their education and graduate debt free while simultaneously earning a wage with their employer. This is a win-win for the students, Trenholm State and local employers.

College is providing the workforce training needed for today’s careers in the automotive sector. Danny Perry, Dean of

Comparatively, vehicles of all

Workforce Development and Career and

What programs and classes in

manufacturers are well built. In an

Technical Education, outlined some of the

automotive and transportation are

era where up-front discounting

offerings and some thoughts on the future

currently offered by Trenholm?

and price transparency is

of this part of the job market.

experience differentiates

How are the job opportunities for

dealerships. Customers want a

students who complete Trenholm’s

• Automotive Service • Diesel Mechanics • Automotive Collision Repair • Truck Driving

quick, convenient and transparent

automotive and transportation

 

experience when buying and

programs?

servicing their automobile. Stivers

Job opportunities vary based on the

prides itself by offering the lowest

area of training. Because of the need,

up-front price that is consistently

100 percent of our truck driving students

How many students are in these

displayed on our dealership

are able to obtain employment shortly

programs annually?

website and the various inventory

after completing the program. Despite

aggregators like Autotrader

the aforementioned data, the vast

and CarGurus. We are capable

majority of our graduates from the other

of providing a virtual buying

training programs are also able to obtain

experience to include a virtual

employment within three months following

trade valuation that does not

graduation, and many of them obtain

require the customer to physically

employment prior to graduation.

bring the trade to the dealership.

Stivers has built both an on-site

Why does Trenholm include these

five-bay Quick Lane tire and auto

programs as part of its offerings and

facility and a 10-bay off-site Quick

how do these offerings enhance

Lane to provide a quick and

Montgomery’s workforce?

convenient service experience.

All of these programs are very important

And, Stivers is launching a mobile

to the River Region to assist local

service option for commercial and

companies in meeting their employment

fleet customers.

needs. Furthermore, they provide

the norm, only the customer

students the opportunities to obtain training for employment in high wage occupations. An example of this are the apprenticeship opportunities we have within our Automotive Service program. Through this apprenticeship, students obtain employment at local auto repair shops/dealerships wherein they are

- Eddie Stivers,

Owner/Dealer Principal, Stivers Ford Montgomery

able to obtain training at Trenholm State Community College and apply those skills

• Automotive Service - 100 • Diesel Mechanics - 32 • Automotive Collision Repair - 24 • Truck Driving - 180

Have you seen an increase or decrease in the demand for this segment of training? Demand for training within the noted programs has remained fairly neutral for the past two to three years, with the exception of truck driving, which has increased dramatically over this timeframe. Employment data* shows the following:

Automotive Service Decrease of 6% (-51 jobs) Diesel Mechanics No change Automotive Collision Repair Decrease of 7% (-12 jobs) Truck Driving Increase of 13% (296 jobs)

learned in the real-world environment. The students’ employer pays for their education while employed, which allows

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*Data based on period from 2015-2019 for the Montgomery Service Area


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M EMBE R Spotlight

STIVERS FORD COMMERCIAL AND GOVERNMENT SALES AND ALABAMA UPFITTERS The largest new car dealer in the River Region is growing again, now also putting its extensive resources and expertise to work to provide sales, service and commercial conversions for the area’s business and government clients.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 118 WHAT ARE YOUR PRIMARY SERVICES? Stivers Ford and Alabama Upfitters together provide business and government clients the only one-stop shop for commercial and police vehicles. Stivers is a top 25 government sales dealership in the United States, and Stivers is also the only dealer in the southeast United States to offer in-house commercial body, ladder and rack upfitting of commercial vehicles, as well as in-house upfitting of police emergency vehicles. WHAT SETS STIVERS AND ITS SERVICES APART? Because Stivers and Alabama Upfitters have more than 50 wholesale distributorships of key components and commercial bodies, we are capable of delivering a completed commercial conversion at a wholesale price, faster than any other dealer in the state. It’s this simple: We have cut out the middleman and the outside vendor, bringing the upfitter in-house. We do it cheaper and faster. Also, Stivers Ford and Alabama Upfitters has a dedicated sales and finance staff of six that is solely dedicated to the sale of commercial, government and police vehicles. Additionally, Alabama Upfitters has a dedicated facility with independent management and six technicians solely dedicated to upfitting commercial, government and police vehicles. Plus, with Stivers recent acquisition of Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands, in addition to its Ford franchise, the company is capable of providing all of the major domestic commercial branded vehicles for its commercial and government customers. The dedication to our clients does not stop at the sale. Stivers Ford has partnered with its two Quicklane Tire and Auto locations to provide fleet service to its many clients too.

ANY RECENT NEWS OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS? Stivers is never afraid to take the commercial customer experience to the next level. On March 1, Stivers Ford introduced a River Region exclusive with the first mobile service unit to make offsite scheduled service available to its fleet and commercial customers both during and after normal business hours. This specially equipped, $100,000 mobile service unit will be staffed by two qualified technicians capable of performing maintenance, light repair and some recall services for fleets offsite. This mobile service is unique to Stivers and a first for the River Region.

4000 EASTERN BOULEVARD / 334-613-5000 / STIVERSFORDOFMONTGOMERY.COM

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M EMBE R Spotlight

PIGG ENTERPRISES In business since 2001, Pigg Enterprises, Inc. is a family (and military) owned and operated, independent, pre-owned auto dealership that has grown from carrying only a handful of cars at a time to now stocking one of the largest pre-owned inventories in the state.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 10 WHAT ARE PIGG ENTERPRISES’ PRIMARY SERVICES? Our primary focus is offering top quality, pre-owned vehicles with fair and honest pricing. WHAT IS PIGG ENTERPRISES’ BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY? We believe in providing a hassle-free, stress-free, simple and enjoyable vehicle-buying experience for every customer, each and every time they choose to do business with us. WHAT SETS PIGG ENTERPRISES AND ITS SERVICES APART? The entire idea behind starting Pigg Enterprises was to provide a vehicle-buying solution that was completely different from what people had become accustomed to. When we say we are hasslefree, we truly are hassle-free. We strive to provide an experience that is efficient, seamless and one where our customers feel like they truly are a part of our family. Transparency and honesty are top priorities for us, and that is why shoppers will find prices and history reports disclosed on every vehicle. In 2019, we launched the Pigg Certified Warranty Program as a way to provide added confidence for buyers. Every vehicle we sell is backed by the Pigg Certified Warranty, providing additional peace of mind for three months/3,000 miles. We also want our customers to know that they can enjoy the convenience of shopping online, while still receiving the level of personal expertise that they deserve by visiting piggent.com from the comfort of their couch. They’ll find 30-plus photos of each vehicle posted, as well as Car Fax History Reports. WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR PIGG ENTERPRISES? Our sister company, Pigg Buys, has just recently launched, offering individuals an alternative to selling their vehicles “by owner.” Over the past two decades in retail automotive sales, we have seen the struggle individuals face when trying to sell their vehicle on their own. We saw the need and have worked tirelessly to provide an alternative solution where we will purchase their vehicle with the same hassle-free experience and fair money they have come to trust over the years when purchasing vehicles from Pigg Enterprises.

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Life is stressful enough. Vehicle buying doesn't have to be! Over 100 Quality, Pre-owned Vehicles Fair & Honest Pricing Apply Online & Drive Away in Minutes Family/Military Owned & Operated for almost 20 years

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1183 S. Memorial Drive Prattville, Alabama


CENSUS Think the census is just a bunch of boring paperwork?

Think again. Our country’s census is about more than counting heads. Conducted by the federal government every 10 years, the U.S. Census provides the government with important population information, data that is then used to influence the distribution of funding and vital resources as well as ensure areas around the United States have proper and adequate representation on Capitol Hill.

said. “If participation is low, and the census does not reflect Alabama’s true population, our representation, and thus the ability to advocate for our state, could suffer.”

And McClendon stressed that this, in turn, could greatly stifle our currently booming economy, including Montgomery’s local economy. “Some public spending is formulaic, meaning that whatever the That’s why it’s truly key data is regarding for everyone to be a population and part of the upcoming demographics, a 2020 Census, as certain amount of Lora McClendon, funding will directly the Chamber’s Chief result from those Lora McClendon, the of Staff, explained. numbers. Other Chamber’s Chief of Staff “Participation is types of public important to ensure that decisionspending have certain demographic makers have accurate data upon requirements, like population which to base their decisions. density or socioeconomic levels. It is also important to ensure Many people do not fully realize the that Alabama residents have an impact that federal funding has on accurately proportional amount of our communities.” representation in Congress,” she

“Participation is important to ensure that decision-makers have accurate data upon which to base their decisions." -

April 1 is Census Day.

Late April 2020: Reminder postcards are sent.

May 2020: U.S. Census Bureau will follow up with households who haven’t responded.

There are

$13 billion of federal money on the line for Alabama, and these funds are affected by the Census. These are just a few of the programs made possible by this money:

• Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) • Medicare Part B (supplemental medical insurance) • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) • Head Start • Title I grants to local education agencies • Pell Grants and student loans • Section 8 housing assistance payments and housing choice vouchers • Highway planning and construction • Community development block grants

What Do Federal Dollars Do? “Federal funding plays a role in education, infrastructure, defense, community service and many other areas critical to our economy. Our state competes every day for these dollars against every other state in the nation. Without adequate participation in the census and an accurate depiction of our current population, Alabama could be put in a losing position against states showing full participation.”

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- Lora McClendon, Chamber's Chief of Staff


2020 ADD UP

THE NUMBERS

BY THE NUMBERS: MARCH

Source: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Counts 2020 Census Committee

12 Date the U.S. Census starts

700,000

10

Number of questions in the Census

6 Minutes:

Time it takes to answer the Census’ 10 simple questions.

Get Counted: It Counts! The U.S. Census begins in March 2020, when The U.S. Census Bureau sends every household an invitation to respond to the census.

3

Average number of people represented by members of the U.S. House of Representatives. States with higher populations have more representation – a bigger voice – in Congress.

$13 Billion Amount of federal money on the line for Alabama and affected by the Census.

74% MGM’s response rate in 2010

easy ways to respond:

Online using a computer, smart phone or tablet.

Call a toll-free number and give responses over the phone.

Call and request a traditional paper form.

BIG DEAL “With proper participation, the Census will directly provide $13 billion in funding to our state. This money is used to help improve programs that make cities like Montgomery more prominent and that enhance city economies. For example, businesses are directly impacted by this money in the form of training and job development programs that provide better human resources to the market. This money also affects Montgomery’s roads and bridges — vital resources to its distribution capabilities. But above all, this money works to improve the quality of Montgomery as a whole — which is a key element in attracting new businesses to the city.” - Kenneth Boswell, Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Chairman of the Alabama Counts 2020 Census Committee

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O P P O R T U N I T Y ZO N E P R O G R A M

Opening Doors, Building Bridges Montgomery leaders are taking smart advantage of the federal Opportunity Zone law to bring new investment to the city and bolster renewal in often-overlooked, low-income areas.

Like most other cities around our country, Montgomery has neighborhoods and areas in dire need of revitalization. But elected officials, the Chamber and other civic leaders are not sitting idly by while these spots continue to deteriorate. The city is working hard — and working smart — to pump new life into them, partnering with Opportunity Alabama and using The Opportunity Zone Program to harness the power of the federal Opportunity Zone tax policy and make transformative and lasting economic impacts while improving quality of life. MBJ asked Shelby Stringfellow, the Chamber’s Director of Corporate Development, to outline how the program works and how it benefits the city overall. What is The Opportunity Zone Program?  Opportunity Zones are low-income areas that have been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as eligible for tax incentives intended to drive private investment to these lowincome areas through the deferral and reduction of capital gains tax. An Opportunity Zone designation is required to become eligible for the incentives, and The Opportunity Zone Program is what allows businesses and individuals to defer paying tax on recognized gains if that gain is invested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF). They can receive a 10- to 15-percent reduction in their capital gains tax obligation if they commit to a long-term investment of a minimum of five years. Holding the investment for 10 years or more will allow the investor to avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation of the new investment. A QOF can be anything from partnership interests in businesses that operate in an Opportunity Zone and stock ownership in businesses that conduct most or all their operations within an Opportunity Zone to property such as real estate located within an Opportunity Zone.  52 MONTGOMERY BUSINESS JOURNAL


O P P O R T U N I T Y ZO N E P R O G R A M

Building Opportunity:

REQUIREMENTS: • Gains must be invested in a QOF within 180 days

Nuts & Bolts of The Opportunity Zone Program

• QOF must invest in Qualified Opportunity Fund Property

TAX BENEFITS:

ELIGIBLE INVESTMENTS

• Investments held for 5 years receive a 10% reduction in capital gains tax obligation.

(Qualified Opportunity Fund Property):

• Investments held for 7 years receive a 15% reduction in capital gains tax obligation. • Investments held for 10 years will not be subject to capital gains on the appreciation.

• Partnership interests in businesses that operate in a qualified Opportunity Zone. • Stock ownership in businesses that conduct most or all their operations within a qualified Opportunity Zone. • Property such as real estate located within a qualified Opportunity Zone.

Developers and businesses looking to take advantage of this program can either: invest capital gains in their own projects or own businesses (and receive all the benefits described above) or seek local or national capital from new and existing Opportunity Funds. Those Opportunity Funds are typically looking for strong potential returns over the course of their 10-year holding periods and may be able to provide additional investment capital to help projects get done and businesses get funded. How are Opportunity Zones selected? The low-income census tracts that have been designated as Opportunity Zones were nominated by the chief executive of each state, so in Alabama’s case, Governor Kay Ivey. Congress empowered states to nominate up to 25 percent of their low-income census tracts, which allowed only 158 of Alabama’s 629 qualified census tracts to be considered. The Governor’s Office, along with ADECA and the City of Montgomery, evaluated these census tracts based on where the program would be most effective. The Governor submitted her recommendations to the U.S Department of Treasury on March 20, 2018. How is the Chamber involved? The Chamber is working with an organization called Opportunity Alabama to compile a clearinghouse of eligible projects here in Montgomery that it can plug into its network of investors. I serve as the point of contact here as the OZ Project Manager and point of contact for Montgomery. Our department (Corporate Development) has coordinated with the City, County, utility partners and local stakeholders to prepare a prospectus that highlights the investment that has already taken place in Montgomery as well as identifies the assets and infrastructure that make Montgomery a smart choice for further investment.

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How does the Opportunity Zone Program benefit the entire city? The prospectus is designed to allow us to hand it to someone who has never been to, seen or considered Montgomery, and in less than five minutes, have them coming to us or Opportunity Alabama for more information on our community. Once it is finalized, we’ll be ready to reach out to investors and Opportunity Zone Funds and bring that money here and put it to great use in areas that need a shot of prosperity.


MGM Opportunity Zones DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR

Increased Investment Pays Off for All

$169 million

The positives resulting from investment INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR

in an Opportunity Zone can be powerful, and they don’t stay confined to that area’s borders. Multiple

has been invested in the last 5 years, including public spaces, mixed-use retail and residential options

good things have come from past investments in the capital city.

160-acre industrial

Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base

site shovel-ready

Need an example?

for development

Look downtown. In the early 2000s, public funding kickstarted the downtown revitalization, which

Alabama River

encouraged private investors to jump

Walking and Biking trail connections from Maxwell Boulevard to downtown

Visibility from

in and led to a host of new attractions

Interstate 65

and amenities for visitors and residents, which, in turn, drove up tourism and associated tax revenues. It also pushed

$18.6 million, 164-unit apartment community

up property values in the city’s center.

MAXWELL CORRIDOR

Site is fully served

From February 2017 to May 2019,

with utilities

values increased by 21 percent.

MEET

Opportunity Alabama Based in Birmingham, Opportunity Alabama is a nonprofit organization that uses a data-driven approach to connect Opportunity Zone communities, investors, entrepreneurs, businesses and educational institutions to provide positive returns for investors while bringing vitality back to areas in need.

In December of last year, Opportunity Alabama’s effective and transparent work earned it a coveted spot on the Forbes OZ/20: Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts List, alongside similar organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore and others.

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SAVE DATE THE

2020 MAXWELL-GUNTER AIR SHOW // APRIL 18 - 19 WWW. MAXWELLAIRSHOW.COM

With its Air Show coming this April, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base commemorates and celebrates the powerful partnership between the military and the River Region, a continuing collaboration that works to make all involved stronger and better able to reach lofty goals.

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This spring, a spectacular array of aerial acrobatics and speed

significant STEM-related technical services to the Department

will be on display in the skies above Montgomery. Headlined

of Defense both here in Montgomery and across the state,” he

by the Air Force’s fighter demonstration squadron, the

said. “There will be robotics demonstrations and other activities

Thunderbirds, the 2020 Beyond the Horizon Air & Space Show

associated with technical areas that will either occur the week

at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base will thrill thousands.

prior to the Air Show or during the Air Show.”

But while all the energy and excitement will

These three objectives underscore this

no doubt entertain, the event also serves

year’s event, but there are many other

several more meaningful purposes, the first being to showcase our state’s multiple and significant contributions to aviation and aerospace with a focus on “Made in

HITTING NEW HEIGHTS

Alabama.” According to the Chamber’s Vice President of Military and Innovation Strategies Joe Greene, our state is home to a large aerospace and aviation industrial base, including 300 companies that manufacture and produce goods in almost every segment of the sector, industry giants like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, GE Aviation, Raytheon, Airbus and GKN Aerospace. “Aerospace manufacturing alone accounts for around 13,200 jobs in Alabama, and the state also ranks among the Top 5 states for aerospace engineers,” he said. “The Air Show will provide an opportunity to display those industrial capabilities to the general public and show the world that defense systems made in Alabama play a large role in our national defense.” The theme also highlights the area’s longstanding and highly successful relationship with Maxwell-Gunter, according

benefits too, positives the event delivers for both the River Region and the base. Greene pointed to the show’s ability to point tourism numbers skyward. “Everyone loves an Air Show and this one will

The last Air Show at Maxwell-Gunter AFB, held in 2017, generated more than $10 million in local revenue and brought

MORE THAN 160,000 VISITORS to the event. This event was also awarded the Dick Schram award for

“BEST MILITARY AIRSHOW” IN 2017 by the International Council of Airshows, the industry standard for all airshows. Source: Lt. Col. Mendoza

be no different. It is expected to draw approximately 200,000 visitors locally and across the state and region,” he said. This is anticipated to result in an economic impact of more than $25 million. Mendoza echoed Greene, noting the boost the Air Force’s image receives from events like air shows. “The Air Force hosts open house events like these to enhance the public awareness of Air Force preparedness, demonstrate modern weapon systems and capabilities, strengthen community and international relations, and to showcase our Airmen and our mission to 'Fly, Fight, and Win in Air, Space and Cyberspace,' ” he said. And it shines a spotlight on MaxwellGunter’s powerful legacy, its current role and its bright future while inspiring the next generation. “The Air Show provides a great

to Lt. Col. Daniel Mendoza, Maxwell-Gunter Air and Space Show

opportunity for the community to learn more about the missions

Director. “One of the reasons Maxwell-Gunter is truly one of

on Maxwell-Gunter AFB and across the River Region,” Greene

the best ‘Hometowns in the Air Force’ is because of the strong

said. “These shows also help get young people excited about

partnerships we have throughout the River Region and the

supporting our nation’s defense by either joining the military or

wonderful state of Alabama,” he said. “Our great partnerships

looking at the multiple opportunities that exist within our defense

with the local community, government and industry enable

industrial base.”

our airmen to execute their mission and enhance our national defense.”

Mendoza again agreed with Greene. “Our primary goal is to inspire and educate the next generation of air and space power

Another purpose of the Air Show is to stress the importance of

leaders, enthusiasts and visionaries,” he said. “As an all-volunteer

STEM and highlight the River Region’s offerings in that arena,

force, we depend upon the strength of the bonds with our

as Greene explained. “Alabama and the River Region provide

communities and their support.”

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In addition to the Thunderbirds, the 2020 Air Show commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and will feature a variety of military and

Montgomery and Maxwell-Gunter

civilian air acts and more than 30 different military,

Air Force base have always been

civilian and warbird aircraft, including World War II and

close partners, and the capital

other historic aircraft, as well as STEM displays.

city is proud to have a military

Lt. Col. Daniel Mendoza explained why the crowds

institution of such stature as

come. “There is nothing more exciting to see than a

part of its community. In 2015,

military Air Show, especially with the Thunderbirds and other exciting aerial demonstration teams taking to

the warm welcome and strong support that Montgomery has

the skies. It makes you proud to be an American just hearing the sound of freedom roaring past and seeing

consistently provided to all who

the amazing skills that our military aviators possess,”

live and work at Maxwell-Gunter

he said. “I think others love them too because it builds a strong sense of patriotism and pride in our country and our military who protect the

FAMILY FRIENDLY

earned the city a prestigious national award, the Altus Trophy.

freedoms we all enjoy. It also connects them

The city has also been named

to something unique and primal and is a positive

“The Best Hometown in the Air

experience that brings people together, no matter what

Force.”

age or demographic. It is a family-friendly event that has something for everyone.”

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You’re in the right place. First Friday The Montgomery Chamber’s Small Business First Friday is an event created for aspiring entrepreneurs and the MGM community to hear from business owners and creatives who have helped shape the communities in which we live. Come enjoy presentations from local place makers, along with beer & wine tastings, and tap takeovers. Friday, March 6 | SPONSORED BY: Goat Haus Biergarton Friday, April 3 | SPONSORED BY: Stratice, LLC Friday, May 1 Work Together Business Studio 600 S Court Street 3:30pm - 5pm

Boot Camp Join the Chamber and a panel of small business experts, entrepreneurs and local place makers at the NEW Small Business Boot Camp. Come hear real-life experiences, tools, tips, and get business development education on topics including: Funding & Access to Capital, Recruiting, Start Up Process & Procedures, Marketing and Data, Talent Recruitment/Workforce & Team Building. Tuesday, April 21 Work Together Business Studio 600 S Court Street 9:00am - Noon *Food Trucks will be available for lunch*

$25 Members | $30 Nonmembers

Register: www.montgomerychamber.com/events

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Small Business Briefcase +

PACK ED WITH TIPS AN D TOOLS TO BEN EFIT YOUR BUSINESS

RECRUIT, RETAIN & INCENTIVIZE Employees are the lifeblood of any business or organization. Follow this expert advice to find, keep and motivate good ones, and you’ll nail an essential element of business success.

STEP #1

Proper use of discipline systems, lower unemployment rates, younger

which means consistent use of discipline

Getting the best out of your employees is

generations choosing to work in

for those employees who exhibit poor work

key, but first, you’ve got to recruit them.

Montgomery and Generation Z’s love of

habits or continued low performance.

Satisfying the expectations of job seekers

entrepreneurship. Some individuals have

has been and will continue to be essential in

their pick of jobs or the opportunity to start

the quest to attract top talent. And providing

their own company. Some are ready to

the basics is still step one, including offering

accept your job and then leave in a few

employee benefits like:

months when a better benefit and salary package comes along. For all of these

• Vacation and sick leave

reasons, going the extra mile to keep

• A retirement fund (IRA, 401K,

employees happy and create loyalty is crucial.

pension, etc.) option • A health insurance program (employee cost, benefit

Incentives have changed greatly over

plan, flexible spending, etc.)

time but are always dependent on the

• Competitive salaries, including fair market

employees’ perception of worth and what

value, raises/bonuses, performance-

they consider valuable. In part, generational

based bonuses, etc.

aspects continue to play a role in what works (and what doesn’t) in incentive

STEP #2 Once you make a great hire, you can’t stop

programs. Some well-known incentivization options that continue to work well include: Rewards and recognition programs

there. Next up is retaining them and then

like always having the newest equipment,

incentivizing them to produce more and

T-shirts, potluck lunches, pizza parties,

hit higher achievements in their work.

casual Fridays, etc. (These still work but must be given immediately following the

We are in a city with expanding industries,

desired performance or goal reached.)

Consistent and fair application of policies and procedures. Good managers and supervisors who care about employees.

GOOD GOES AROUND Ensuring you’ve got good managers and supervisors on your team is key for recruiting, retaining and incentivizing employees. Those who are knowledgeable, hardworking, pleasant, positive, empowering and truly care about employees are a must. Don’t know who those are in your business? Ask your current employees. They know.

MEET THE EXPERT

PRO TO KNOW

Sharleen Smith is the Director of Continuing Education and Outreach at Troy University. She has more than 30 years of experience in organizational consulting and training, including the development of human resource policies and procedures, strategic planning, performance management systems, classification and pay systems, interviewing and onboarding processes, change management, talent management and more. Her training includes more than 250 topics, and she has presented to more than 300,000 people at 15,000 conferences, workshops and seminars.

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NEXT GEN IDEAS

• True and intentional

Now let’s look at some newer

mentoring programs

methods being used by more

• Goal accomplishment

progressive organizations.

acknowledgement and/or

While these have often been

celebrations

avoided by more traditional

• All-employee social times

and highly structured

• Reduction in the authority-

businesses and by upper

driven and hierarchal nature

management filled with those

of traditional organization

of the “Boomer” generation, they’re proving popular and

charts • Fun work environments

productive. Examples include: This list is not exhaustive • Flexible schedules

but is a good place to start.

• Telecommuting from afar

However, there is an additional

or from home • Use of employee committees

way to inspire and motivate a workforce: Create a positive

to make decisions and

culture with engagement and

determine everything from

collaboration. The culture

leave policies to company

must be one of complete trust

celebrations

where upper management

• Company alignment and

and supervisors trust

engagement with community

employees and vice versa.

and social causes

When there is a trust-filled

• Challenging work

environment, fear and distrust

• Distinct career pathing

cannot exist. When fear and

programs • Autonomy in work

distrust are present, trust will not exist.

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CHAMBER NEWS Member FAQs D ISCOV ER W H AT YO U R C H AMBER CAN DO FOR YOU AN D YOUR BUS IN ESS .

Q:

How can I maximize my Chamber membership?

ONLINE RESOURCES

The Chamber’s mission is to create

Chamber Ambassador Program:

and preserve jobs throughout the River

Chamber Ambassadors are an exclusive

Region, and because of your continued

group of volunteers who support their

support and investment in us, we are able

community and advocate for the Chamber.

to do just that. Your partnership helps fuel economic growth for the region

Total Resource Campaign: Every year,

and allows us to Imagine A Greater

members get exclusive members-only

Montgomery for all by:

pricing on sponsorships and marketing opportunities for Chamber events and

• Recruiting major industry

initiatives.

• Selling Montgomery as a destination • Fueling small and minority business growth • Partnering with new leadership to transform education • Protecting and growing military missions at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base • Connecting, innovating and

NEW Work Together Business Studio and Co-Space: This new space downtown offers co-working and meeting spaces and aims to serve as a “downtown

meeting – and use of this is all part of your

studio and co-space

dynamic, new programming and events.

• Advocating for issues and infrastructure

Montgomery action points affect our

officials. As a member, you get access to

Chamber also offers benefits to each and every member, benefits you should be taking full advantage of. Here’s how to plug into everything your annual dues get

MEMBER-TO-MEMBER DEALS AND PROMOTIONS Post exclusive member discounts and promotions.

YOUR CONTACTS: GET MORE INVOLVED!

Our engagement team can help!

exclusive sponsorship opportunities, plus member pricing and discounted rates for registration. MBJ (Montgomery Business Journal):

Networking Events: The dates for these

member news and announcements so

Jina Miniard, Chief Engagement Officer 334-261-1106 jminiard@montgomerychamber.com

publication, we continually share good you can get the word out about your activities and accomplishments and know

Business After Hours on your calendar.

what’s up with other area businesses.

TIPS Club: This is great for sharing news,

your brand, grow your audience and

ideas and tips with other small business

NON-PROFIT CALENDAR Post fundraisers and events.

military leaders and local elected

In the pages of the Chamber’s flagship

put each month’s 60 Minute Coffee and

Post events and sales promotions.

Chamber staff, community stakeholders,

you:

are announced months in advance, so

MEMBER CALENDAR

Eggs & Issues and more allow you to

A: Exclusive Member Benefits region in powerfully positive ways, the

JOB BOARD List your job openings.

Chamber Events: Annual events like mix and mingle with other members,

While all of the Imagine A Greater

you and your business in the digital space.

to work, connect to Wi-Fi or host a membership. The Studio is also hosting

workforce

Check out all the ways the Chamber can help

satellite office” when you need a place

empowering through the business

• Building a strong and competitive

BOUNTIFUL BENEFITS:

There are multiple ways for you to sell expand your reach.

owners.

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Tax Season is in full swing, and with it, come

studies help you claim the maximum amount of

questions about how to better prepare for next

depreciation possible, and most accountants can

year. Now is the time to implement strategies

help with this.

to minimize your tax liability for the 2020 filing season. It’s also not too late to understand the

Also available is Section 179 Expensing For

ever-changing tax landscape as the fallout of the

2020. The expensing limit is $1,040,000.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act continues to settle, and businesses and individuals continue to make

The Research & Development (R&D) Credit is

adjustments to their tax strategies.

another opportunity for businesses to reduce tax liability. Companies from a wide range of

W H AT R E C E N T U P D AT E S H AV E B E E N M A D E TO T H E TA X C U T S A N D J O B S AC T O F 2 0 1 7 ?

industries and sizes can qualify for federal and

The SECURE Act, a part of the Further

• Developing new products or processes

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, was signed into law on December 20, 2019. Some highlights of this new legislation include the following: • The change of the required minimum distribution (RMD) from age 70 ½ to 72. • “Qualified birth” distributions allow participants to withdraw up to $5,000 penalty-free for

state tax savings. A few of the activities that could qualify for the R&D Credit are: • Enhancing existing products and processes • Developing or improving existing prototypes and software Your tax professional should be able to answer any questions you have regarding these programs and your specific situation.

qualified expenses associated with the birth or adoption of a child after December 31, 2019. • Changes to the minimum distribution rules for

MEET THE EXPERT

beneficiaries • Distributions from Section 529 plans can be used for qualified apprenticeship programs. • Starting in 2020, the kiddie tax will revert to the marginal rate of their parents and not the estate/ trust tax rate.

H OW C A N I R E D U C E M Y TA X A B L E I N CO M E ? The bonus depreciation on qualifying property, property with a class life of 20 years or less, remains at 100 percent for 2019 and 2020.

Tia Levanda, CPA, is a member of Warren

Because a technical correction was never

Averett’s Tax Group specializing in multi-state tax

released, qualified improvement property

returns and tax research and planning for clients

does not qualify for the 100 percent bonus

in the retail, real estate and manufacturing

depreciation, leading to the resurgence of

industries. Reach her at 334-260-2308

cost segregation studies. Cost segregation

or Tia.Levanda@warrenaverett.com.

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ACCOUNTING

A LO O K AT T H I S Y E A R ’ S TA X S E A S O N A N D H OW YO U C A N P L A N F O R N E X T Y E A R BY T I A L E VA N DA , C PA

E X P E R T I S E A N D A N S W E R S TO C O M M O N B U S I N E S S Q U E S T I O N S F R O M LO C A L S I N T H E K N O W

TAXES IN 2020:


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BY: A N N E F E R R E L L DA LTO N

By 2030, 66 percent of America’s wealth will be

documents. Assemble a binder with important

held by women, according to The Washington

paperwork, user IDs and passwords. Have a

Post. Today’s women are adding real value

contact list with all of your advisors, such as your

when it comes to molding the financial future for

Wealth Advisor, insurance agent, lawyer and tax

themselves and their families. At Regions, we

specialist, and the best way to reach them. You

want to educate, equip and empower women

can tell a trusted family member where to find

to have the confidence to take control of their

this information in an emergency and keep it in a

financial situations, even if they have previously

safe deposit box. The more prepared you are, the

not been involved. It is crucial that women take

better you and your family can move forward.

an active role in their financial planning since

If you find yourself facing a difficult situation,

many Baby Boomer wives can expect to outlive

give yourself time before making major financial

their husbands, inherit the couple’s assets and

decisions. Equipped with more knowledge, you’ll

often live another 15 to 20 years, according to

know that you can handle it. How you emerge

the U.S. Administration on Aging.

from tough times — especially when you’re the one in charge — depends on being prepared,

If the unthinkable happens, it can be

taking responsibility and knowing enough to trust

overwhelming trying to catch up at a difficult

yourself.

emotional time. I suggest women get up to speed financially by following The Three Ps®:

At Regions, our Private Wealth Advisors are with you every step of the way. Our associates are

BE PROACTIVE. Become informed — before

available to offer advice, guidance and education

things happen. Educate yourself on the

whenever it is convenient to you.

basic elements of personal finance, such as retirement plans, budgets and different types of investments. It’s not hard to learn; the important thing is to get started. Visit HerVision HerLegacy at regions.com/wealthinsights, where you’ll find important information for the unique financial perspective of women ranging from saving for

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MEET THE EXPERT

retirement to combining finances.

BE PRESENT. It’s important to stay actively involved in and be aware of your family’s finances and long-term plans. That means having honest family financial discussions in which you talk about where things stand right now and where you want to go. Participate in conversations and meetings with your Private Wealth Advisor, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

BE PREPARED. When you’re dealing with a crisis, the last thing you need to do is search for

Anne Ferrell Dalton is a Wealth Advisor with Regions Private Wealth Management. Contact her at anne.dalton@regions.com

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E X P E R T I S E A N D A N S W E R S TO C O M M O N B U S I N E S S Q U E S T I O N S F R O M LO C A L S I N T H E K N O W

WOMEN & FINANCES: THE THREE PS

WEALTH MANAGEMENT

A LOOK INSIDE:


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BY T R AV I S N U C K L E S A N D S O N N I E E L L I S

Logistics issues come in myriad forms, and to

recipient via email and SMS with a message that

ensure you don’t unnecessarily lose time and

the package has been delayed, but also with

money, your business or organization needs

the assurance that Uni Logistics will resolve the

to arm itself with an up-to-date logistics plan

issue as soon as possible.

that details the steps to take and processes to follow to reclaim mission-critical packages or

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT: BACKUP

equipment quickly and easily.

CLA houses the data in the cloud, therefore orders are held for five years or more before

WHAT IS CLOUD LOGISTICS?

moving to the archive folder. All high critical

In the IT space, cloud logistics brings the newest

incidents are highlighted in red with the solution

generation of logistics solutions to the global

response. This tool also performs automated

supply chain market. It makes the complexities

backups using AWS (Amazon Web Services).

of order collaboration, communication and

This AWS Backup is a fully managed backup

transportation management simple, so that

service that makes it easy to centralize and

companies of any size benefit from our unique

automate the back up of data across AWS

configurable architecture. Our community

services in the cloud, as well as on premises

tool for small or large business, called Cloud

using the AWS Storage Gateway.

Logistics Activity (CLA), allows each person involved with an order or shipment the ability

With this mobile platform solution and cloud

to attach documents, photos, videos and SMS

computing, CLA provides shippers opportunities

notification during the transaction within a

to achieve substantive advances in supply chain

private secure community.

efficiency.

Accessible from your smartphone, CLA is available any time you need to search for an

MEET THE EXPERTS

important order or find a shipment status. It even allows you to see its location on a map. Offering our customers configurable process workflows, user experiences, alerts and dashboard widgets, we make it possible to deliver software as a self-service (SaaSS) completely within our cloudbased network. Uni Logistics is on a mission to deliver the most innovative logistics solutions for any community.

A PACKAGE HAS BEEN LOST. NOW WHAT?

Travis Nuckles (left) is Owner and President of Uni

If a package is lost, it’s time to begin your

Logistics (UNI). Sonnie Ellis is Vice President and

incident response, which should include

Chief Operations Officer at Uni Logistics.

assessing the situation (knowing what’s in the package, where was it going, who was supposed to receive it, when it was supposed to arrive, etc. CLA recovery systems notify the

Sponsored by Certified Technical Experts.

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TECHNOLOGY

ENSURE BUSINESS CONTINUITY I N T H E WA K E O F LO G I S T I C S I S S U E S

EXPERTISE AND ANSWERS TO CO M M O N B U S I N E S S QUESTIONS FROM LO C A L S I N T H E K N OW

HOW TO:


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NEWS & UPDATES: YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK

ROAD SCHOLAR HOSTS INAUGURAL CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE IN ALABAMA In February, Road Scholar, a not-for-profit

concluded with a farewell dinner at the

educational travel organization for adults

Alabama Activity Center.

over 50, launched its inaugural civil rights conference in Montgomery. More

“As an educational organization, we

than 200 participants from across the

knew we couldn’t accurately tell the

country gathered to learn more about

story of the civil rights movement in

the history of the civil rights movement

America without coming to Montgomery,

2020 CALENDAR

from historians, professors and civil

known worldwide as the birthplace

The Chamber has made it easier than ever before to

rights activists.

of the movement,” said Stacie Fasola,

get plugged in and involved, offering a year packed

Senior Director of Public Relations for

with opportunities for education and engagement and

The multi-racial group of people ranging

Road Scholar. “We enlisted learned

getting the word out with its new and improved 2020

in age from 33 to 93, traveled to Selma,

scholars, survivors and local experts

Chamber Event Calendar online. Be sure to check

Montgomery and Birmingham, visiting

to share their stories and educate

the calendar on the Chamber’s website regularly. It’s

historic churches and museums. The

our participants on the history of the

updated frequently to include date changes and new

eight-day conference began with a

movement. The conference was so

events. And sign up for the Chamber’s e-News to get

keynote by Equal Justice Initiative

successful that we’ve announced a

event info and updates delivered right to your inbox.

Founder Bryan Stevenson and

second conference in October 2020.”

Find the calendar at montgomerychamber.com/events.

SHOWIN OFF

G

a newIt’syear!

WHY MONTGOMERY? Are you in the business of recruiting talent to Montgomery or do you work for a company that is

Remember to proudly

always on the hunt for great employees? The Chamber

display your exclusive 2020

has developed a few promo pieces to help by

Membership Decals and

answering the question, “Why Montgomery?” Feel free

Placards at your business and

to use these in your recruitment strategy, and make

publicly show your support of

sure your business and your employees know you’re

The Chamber. If you’ve not yet

a critical piece in Montgomery’s success, and most

received yours, please contact

importantly, our Montgomery story. Contact jminiard@

Sandra Kelley at The Chamber.

montgomerychamber.com for more information.

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TECH UPDATE: PEO AWARDS $13.4B SBEAS CONTRACT The Air Force Program Executive Office for Business Enterprise Systems

DESTINATION MGM UPDATE

(PEO-BES) located at Maxwell-Gunter AFB awarded a major Air Force-

The Chamber was recently the recipient of one Gold and

wide Small Business Enterprise Applications Solutions (SBEAS) Contract

one Silver Adrian Award, presented by the Hospitality Sales

to 20 small businesses. The contract scope is for up to $13.4 billion of

& Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at the Adrian

work to be performed over a 15-year period if all contract option years

Awards Dinner Reception and Gala held on January 21,

are used.

2020. Montgomery’s tourism team, Destination MGM, was honored for its work in conjunction with the grand opening

Montgomery-based company Tri-ESA was one of the 20 awardees, and

of the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) National Memorial for

14 of the companies are located in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan

Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum as well as its efforts

Area. Based on the contract vehicle SBEAS replaced, some of these

promoting the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum and

companies are likely to establish a local presence in Montgomery to

Airbnb.

allow them to better understand and serve PEO-BES requirements. As a result, the growing demand for IT skills in the River Region will continue.

Destination MGM was recognized as a Gold Winner of the 2019 Adrian Awards for its strategic planning that generated positive press and adequately portrayed the city and the new

MGM PRAISED IN FEARLESS’ 2019 “YEAR IN BUSINESS” REVIEW

memorial and museum as a meaningful place where people can gather, reflect, remember and honor those who suffered racial inequality.

The Chamber continues to aggressively market and attract

Destination MGM was also distinguished as a Silver Winner

tech and innovation companies for

for its Zelda Suite campaign, which secured national

the Montgomery community. As

recognition for the city’s brand-new Fitzgerald-themed

it continues to augment its efforts

Airbnb, located in the former home of the literary couple.

in expanding the tech ecosystem in our city, it’s imperative that its

MGM EDUCATION UPDATE:

investments in infrastructure and advancements in education are highlighted to better develop our

The 2020 Niche Standout Schools list recognizes public

talent and grow entrepreneurs.

where the community has come

Fearless, a Baltimore-based tech

compel a change and help move

company that has expanded into Montgomery, touted the city’s welcome and its positive business environment in its 2019 “Year in Business” Review, which was distributed in a recent

together to make a stand (or sit) to the nation forward,” said Fearless founder and CEO Delali Dzirasa

Montgomery has been a place

NO. 1 STANDOUT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – NO. 3 STANDOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL –

Fearless with open arms, and

Baldwin Arts & Academics Magnet

we look forward to doing our

NO. 4 STANDOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL –

we work with the US Air Force,

Rights Movement. For decades,

Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

that Montgomery has welcomed

“Montgomery has such a complex

well as the birthplace of the Civil

NO. 1 STANDOUT HIGH SCHOOL –

Forest Ave Elementary School

part to continue the legacy of

birthplace of the Confederacy, as

all of MGM’s magnet schools were among the top 10.

in the review. “We are so honored

e-newsletter.

and rich history. It is both the

schools that are making a difference in their community, and

change and transformation as local Chamber of Commerce, and the community at large. Fearless couldn’t have picked a more impactful and important place for expansion.”

Floyd Middle School NO. 5 STANDOUT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Bear Exploration Center NO. 5 STANDOUT HIGH SCHOOL – Booker T. Washington Magnet High School NO. 8 STANDOUT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Macmillan International Academy

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Y O U R H E A LT H OUR MISSION

“So much competence and compassion.” Virginia, Baptist South Hip Surgery Patient When an accident left Virginia with a broken hip, she chose Baptist. “From my highly-skilled surgeon to the warm, healing smiles of the nurses to my amazing rehabilitation team—I was blessed to have that kind of care and caring right here at home.” Virginia now enjoys a full recovery and has resumed her very active life. “There’s an old saying that ‘there are angels among us’—and I know now that they are all on call at Baptist.”

Learn more about our COMPASSIONATE CARE at

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NEWS & UPDATES: YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK MEET THE 2020 CHAMBER AMBASSADORS Jeff Kimball, Matted Memories & More LLC Hannah Lehman, Tile & More Warehouse Tori Levy, VIVA Health Monique Lokey, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Electia Love, Bealoaks Property Management, LLC Courtney Lowry, Addison Park Apartments Jowanda Mark, Fortis College Acquanetta McCants-Pinkard, Alabama State University Marcil McClammy, Keller Williams Realty Ambassador Chairman:

Sellars McCurdy, Warren Averett, LLC

Heather Phillips, Trustmark National Bank

Brian McDowall, Spectrum Reach Mia Mothershed, Jackson Hospital & Clinic, Inc.

John George Archer, Gilpin Givhan

Katelyn Nelson, Raymond James at Halcyon Pointe

Luke Ates, Huntingdon College

Marie Ottinger, Faulkner University

Christina Bennett, exploreMedia

Nia Pagniacci, Valiant Cross Academy

Erica Blowe, Fortis College

Daniel Paulk, First Command Financial Services

Bernadette Bonner, Rooms To Go

Tamiko Portis, Checker & Deluxe Cab Company

Renee Borg, Alabama Technology Foundation

Kat Raiford, Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc

Sandy Boutwell, Troy Cablevision, Inc.

Phelps Reid, Davis & Copeland Realtors, Inc.

Ray Brown, Homewood Suites by Hilton

Debbie Richardson, Family Sunshine Center

Ronda Cherry-Smoke, Alabama Power Company

Janice Richbourg, Associated Business Services

Lindsay Crosby, BB&T

TaWanna Robbins, American Red Cross

Vanessa Cunningham, Kelly Realty, LLC

Rusty Salter, AKD Screenprinting & Embroidery

Shawn Daley, Woodforest National Bank

George Sanders, Staybridge Suites

Kenneth Davis, Renasant Bank

Tasha Scott, Maximized Growth, LLC

Anna Dees, Davis & Copeland Realtors, Inc.

Jonathan Shoffner, Edward Jones

Brenda Robertson Dennis, River Region United Way

Tisha Simpson-Shelton, Woodforest National Bank

Ebony Evans, Health Services, Inc.

Cornelius Smith, Adam Delivery Service

Steve Frazer, Synovus

Craig Snell, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

Jennifer Friday, Whitfield Foods, Inc.

Michael Spencer, Boosters, Inc.

Hunter Groce, Morgan Stanley

Kris Stallworth, State Farm Insurance

Barry Harp, Hancock Whitney

Anitra Thomas, Mashburn Outdoor, LLC

Avery Harrison, Associated Business Services

Heath Thomas, Strickland Companies

Denise Haviland, ARC Realty

Jamal Thomas, Gumptown Magazine

Allison Hendricks, Auburn University at

Briggette Wagner, Chosen Realty, LLC

Montgomery

Yolanda Walker, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Melanie Hogan, Alabama State University

Betty Washington, Starting Point, Inc.

Ricky Hollon, MAX

Shannon Webster, River Bank & Trust

Carson Howe, The Vance Law Firm

Kathy Williams, Century 21 Brandt Wright Realty, Inc.

Charles Hudgens, Montgomery Aviation

Keith Williams, Spherion

Corporation Joel Hughes, Troy University

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE The Chamber announced its 2020 Chairman’s Circle in MBJ’s January issue. The Chamber is excited to welcome a few additions to this group of avid supporters, Mac McBride, STERIS Corporation and Marshall Taggart Jr., The Montgomery Regional Airport. The Chairman’s Circle is an elite group of executives and business owners in Montgomery and the River Region looking for connections on a high and influential level. Members receive increased exposure to the business community, invitations to exclusive functions, receive toplevel briefings by key leaders and government officials and receive targeted information regarding the Chamber’s initiatives and strategic priorities.


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3 1. Payroll Tax Update December 12 at the Renaissance In Partnership with Jackson Thornton

2. Eggs & Issues with Mrs. Katie Britt, President & CEO, Business Council of Alabama, December 18 at the RSA Activity Center Gold Sponsor: Balch & Bingham LLP

3. Small Business Briefcase January 21 at the Work Together Business Studio Presented By the Montgomery Business Journal

4. Grant Writing 2.0, February 4 at the Small Business Resource Center In Partnership with the River Region United Way

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CHAMBER NEWS Members on the Move K EEP U P W I T H O U R M EM B ER S W ELCOMIN G N EW HIRES AN D ACCEPTIN G N EW POS ITION S

John Allen Nichols Joins Federation Staff

Beasley Allen Names New Principals And Associate

The Alabama Farmers Federation recently welcomed John Allen Nichols to its External Affairs Department. Nichols, who interned with the Federation since May 2017, serves as agriculture counsel. In his new role, he will provide legal advice and service to the Federation; draft legislation; monitor and review regulations to ensure compliance; draft, review and

Beasley Allen has named Elizabeth (Liz) Eiland, Jennifer Emmel

negotiate contracts; and research

and Leon Hampton Jr. as new Principals. Eiland joined the

issues.

firm’s Mass Torts Section in 2012. She is currently handling cases for individuals harmed by opioids, including infant clients born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other

Thornton Farish Inc. Adds to Its Team

opioid-related complications. Emmel joined the firm in 2013 and primarily focuses on cases consolidated in multidistrict

Alex Jackson and Sarah Russell have

litigation (MDL) in New Jersey federal court involving the link

joined the investment banking firm

between talcum powder and ovarian cancer as a member of

Thornton Farish Inc. Founded in 1919 in

the firm’s Mass Torts Section. Hampton first joined Beasley

Montgomery, it operates as the state’s

Allen while in law school, working as a law clerk. He returned

oldest private investment banking

to the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section in August 2017 and

firm and provides underwriting and

is currently working on class action, employment and

financial advisory bond services to

whistleblower claims. Additionally, Beasley Allen named Tyner

entities across the Southeast as well

Helms (Consumer Fraud) as a new Associate. 

as national corporate bond services for manufacturing, solid-waste and agri-business sectors. Jackson joins the

Montgomery Pharmacy Welcomes New Leadership

firm as an Associate, and Russell joins

Turenne PharMedCo has named a new member of its

Thornton Farish as its Treasurer.

leadership team. The long-term care pharmacy and medical supply business has chosen James K. Littlejohn to be general manager of its Montgomery

Jackson Thornton Names New Principals

pharmacy operations. In addition to management of the general operations of the Montgomery pharmacy, the pharmacy professional with more than 30 years of experience will support a number of initiatives aimed at increasing efficiency and enhancing customer service.  

Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, recently announced the firms newest principals: Christine Cook, William Sheffield and Eden Thornton. Cook, a Certified Public Accountant since 1993, is a principal in the firm’s Montgomery office. Sheffield, a Certified Public Accountant since 2006, is a principal in the firm’s Opelika office. Thornton, a Certified Public Accountant since 1993, is a principal in the firm’s Montgomery office.

New Waters Realty Grows Again Jennifer Atkins, Qualifying Broker and Vice President for New Waters Realty Company recently announced the addition of Realtor® Emily Blossom to the team at New Waters Realty and to The Waters New Home Community Sales Team. 

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Hope Inspired Ministries Names Executive Director Montgomery native John Bowman is Hope Inspired Ministries (HIM) new Executive Director. Bowman recently retired from 26 years serving with the Montgomery Police Department. He has been an active volunteer with HIM for many years.

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be future camp counselors. Although he is no longer a YMCA

Community

employee, he still assists the YMCA with training lifeguards, CPR and first-aid training.

Happy Anniversary!

For 68 years, teens of the Montgomery Student YMCAs have shown their appreciation to the men and women dedicated to serving youth in the community by planning and executing the YMCA’s Man of the Year annual program held in December at Trinity Presbyterian Church. At the banquet, students pay tribute to the nominees, one of whom is selected as Man of the Year. This year’s program was co-chaired by Sofie Behr of Montgomery Academy and Anna Sadie of Montgomery Catholic and featured guest speaker General Ed Crowell, YMCA of Greater Montgomery’s 2018 Man of the Year.

Biscuits’ DiBella in International Boxing Hall of Fame L to R: Tom Methvin, Managing Attorney, Beasley Allen Law Firm; Bolling “Bo” P. Starke, Jr., Former Owner, Starke Agency; Jere Beasley, Founding Attorney, Beasley Allen Law Firm;

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the 2020 class of inductees including Montgomery

Lanny Crane, Principal Emeritus, Jackson Thornton; Ned Sheffield, President and Managing

Biscuits CEO and Managing Partner Lou DiBella. “We are

Principal, Jackson Thornton; Bolling P. “Trey” Starke, III, President, Starke Agency.

extremely proud and excited for our great leader and close friend

Three neighboring Montgomery businesses – all located on Lower Commerce Street downtown -- enjoyed milestone anniversaries in 2019. Jackson Thornton marked 100 years of service as a certified public accounting and consulting firm. Starke Agency hit 90 years of providing insurance and risk management to people and businesses. And Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles, PC, celebrated 40 years as a plaintiffs law firm.

to be receiving this honor,” said Biscuits President Todd “Parney” Parnell. Recognized for his great contributions to the sport of boxing, DiBella was Vice President in Charge of Programming at HBO from 1989-2000 and was the creative force behind the “Boxing After Dark” series as well as “KO Nation.” Following his time at HBO, DiBella established DiBella Entertainment, promoting boxing stars including Bernard Hopkins, Sergio Martinez, Jermain

YMCA Names Man of the Year Justin Castanza was named the 2019 YMCA Man of the Year. A youth minister at St. Bede and Holy Spirit Catholic Church and principal of Montgomery Catholic Middle/High School, Castanza has served as a dedicated

Taylor and Alabama native Deontay Wilder.

Achievements Troy University’s Online Programs Among Nation’s Best

YMCA member for many

Several of Troy University’s online degree programs have been

years. He is currently active

recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its “2020 Best

on the East YMCA Board of

Online Programs” rankings. TROY was ranked 52nd out of 353

Directors, was the East YMCA

universities in the “Best Online Bachelor's Programs” overall

Volunteer of the Year, and is a

category and was ranked in the top 35 institutions in terms of

member of the YMCA Jimmy

“Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans.”

Hitchcock Committee. He is passionate about service

TROY was also included in the rankings for Best Online MBA,

to the youth of Montgomery

Best Online MBA for Veterans, Best Online Master's Business/

through his YMCA work.

Non-MBA, Best Online Master's Business/Non-MBA for Veterans, Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice, Best Online Master's in

As the former Director of

Criminal Justice for Veterans, Best Online Master's in Education,

YMCA Camp Chandler, he brought a Christian Leadership Conference to camp and started other programs such as “Adopt A Child” and the SWAT (Servants Working All Together) program, which trains young leaders to

Best Online Master's in Education for Veterans, Best Online Master's in Nursing and Best Online Master's in Nursing for Veterans.

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CHAMBER NEWS Members in the News A Q U IC K LO O K AT O U R M EM B ER S’ MAN Y ACCOMPLIS HMEN TS , AWARDS AN D HON ORS

AEGIS-Michaud Properties, Inc. Remains a Top Montgomery Realtor®

Awards & Honors

AEGIS-Michaud Properties, Inc. is once again in the top 5 percent of real estate companies in the Montgomery area and had the top two producing Realtors® for existing home sales in Montgomery

Beasley Allen Selects Chad Stewart Award Recipient

County for 2019, Ann Michaud and Anna Kate Bowen. Additionally,

Beasley Allen has recognized Soo Seok Yang as the 2019 Chad

the company has been selected as an award winner for The

Stewart Award winner. This honor was created in memory of Beasley

Montgomery Advertiser’s Best of the Best list for the past several

Allen lawyer Chad Stewart, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014

years, and Ann Michaud is rated in the Top Three Agents in

at the very young age of 41. The award was created to recognize

Montgomery on ThreeBestRated.com and a Neighborhood Favorite

the lawyer who best exemplifies Chad’s spirit of service to God, his

on Nextdoor.com.

family and the practice of law in the task of “helping those who need it most.”

Four Star Freightliner Recognizes Top Technician Four Star Freightliner, Inc. announced its top diesel technician during the company’s annual

“Soo Seok embodies the spirit of the Chad Stewart award through his own dedication to clients and his involvement and leadership

Year End Employee

in the community,” said Tom Methvin, Beasley Allen’s Managing

Celebration at the

Attorney. “We are thankful for Soo Seok’s compassion, which is

Sandestin Golf & Beach

equally matched with his leadership and knowledge.”

Resort on December 7.

Josh Nichols, who works

An attorney in the firm’s Mass Torts section, Yang has handled cases

from the Montgomery,

involving defective drug and medical device multidistrict litigations

Alabama, location, was

(MDLs) for Fosamax, metal-on-metal hip implant and transvaginal

named the top revenue-

mesh cases. For the past few years, he has been focusing on a

producing technician for

national MDL involving injuries related to blood thinners.

2019. The announcement

Four Star Freightliner’s top technician Josh Nichols

was made in front of

pictured with Jerry Kocan, Four Star’s Dealer Principal

his new wife Hayley, his

“I feel utterly inadequate, knowing the life that Chad lived and the stellar example that he set, and the giant footsteps of the Beasley

parents and more than 200 employees and their guests.

Allen attorneys who have received this award and their unmatchable

“To be named the company’s No. 1 technician might not be a big accomplishment to some people, but it is to me,” said Nichols. “It means a lot because of where I started and what I have become in the past nine years of being at Four Star. I think it’s great that the company recognizes the technicians in this way to show their appreciation and for that I am thankful.”

love and excellence for the Lord, family and work,” said Yang. “So, I interpret this award as a chastisement rather than a compliment on anything that I’ve done – a loving encouragement for me to do better in serving the Lord, family and work.”

Montgomery Nursing Home Wins Second Excellence Award Capitol Hill Healthcare has been recognized as a 2019 recipient of the Commitment to Performance Excellence Award for its dedication

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CHAMBER NEWS Members in the News A Q U IC K LO O K AT O U R M EM B ER S’ MAN Y ACCOMPLIS HMEN TS , AWARDS AN D HON ORS

to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

gone, but Hill Hill Carter has remained a strong, mid-sized

The distinction is the first tier of three progressive award

firm dedicated to excellence and the highest professional

levels through the Alabama Performance Excellence Award

standards of practice and conduct.”

Program (ALPEX). The program promotes quality and high performance for businesses and organizations in the

The firm has expanded from one office location to four to

state. Capitol Hill, a 284-bed long-term healthcare center

include offices in Fairhope and Birmingham, Alabama, as

in Montgomery, was one of four recipients for this award.

well as Louisville, Kentucky. Over the years, the firm has also

Last year, ALPEX named Capitol Hill as a winner of the 2018

broadened its areas of practice to include commercial and

Pathway to Performance Excellence award.

complex litigation, health care cost recovery, and education, along with its existing practice areas of insurance defense,

Montgomery Law Firm Marks Milestone Montgomery-based law firm Hill Hill Carter recently celebrated its 95th anniversary. In 1924, Thomas B. Hill Jr.,

employment litigation and workers’ compensation.

began his practice in a building with no air conditioning.

HCS Group Earns 2019 Society of American Military Engineers Award

In 1931 his brother, William Inge Hill, joined the practice,

In December, Montgomery area engineering firm HCS

setting the wheels in motion for what would become one of

Group was named the 2019 Outstanding Sustaining Member

Montgomery’s most highly regarded legal institutions.

of the Year in the Small Business Category by the Society

of American Military Engineers (SAME) Mobile Post. HCS

“Hill Hill Carter has proudly served Alabama and the

Group has been awarded additional contracts this past year

southeast for 95 years,” said Managing Shareholder David

working with U.S. military worldwide and supporting the

W. Henderson. “During that time, the legal industry has

SAME organization by sponsoring, exhibiting and attending

changed considerably, and many firms have come and

SAME events on local, regional and national levels.

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CHAMBER NEWS Business Buzz CO M MUN ITY + COMMERCE N EWS

GR OW I N G B USI N E SS E S River Bank & Trust Adds Agricultural Division River Bank & Trust Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Stubbs announced that River Bank & Trust has created a new agricultural division. The division will help foster strong, long-term relationships with agricultural producers and provide them with loans for operating and real estate as well as depository products and services. Seasoned agricultural lenders Vice President Ben Bendinger and Assistant Vice President Holden Fleming recently joined the division to meet the agricultural financial needs of Dothan, Enterprise and the Wiregrass region. “River Bank & Trust has always had a strong commitment to agriculture, an industry that

Huntingdon students and staff volunteered to help the work of nonprofit Rise Against Hunger.

plays a vital role in our local economies and communities. With the creation of our

Huntingdon Students Give Back

agricultural division and the addition of Ben

Huntingdon College partnered with the nonprofit Rise Against Hunger and its Feeding the

Bendinger and Holden Fleming, we will

Dream initiative for the College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January

provide a higher level of ag banking expertise

20. For the service project, students assembled meal kits for distribution to the world’s most

and more lending opportunities to growers

vulnerable populations. College volunteers worked in two shifts to package 12,096 meals.  

and producers,” said Stubbs.

Beasley Allen Attorney Named Montgomery County Bar Association President

Palomar Insurance Expands

Montgomery-based Palomar Insurance, one of the nation’s leading insurance agencies, announced the opening of its new location

Beasley Allen lawyer Larry Golston was

in the heart of downtown Chattanooga,

recently sworn in as the newest president

Tennessee. Palomar began delivering

of the Montgomery County Bar Association

effective, tailored insurance programs to

(MCBA) during the group’s annual meeting.

local businesses in Chattanooga and the

Golston joins other Beasley Allen lawyers

surrounding areas beginning on January 1.

who have helped lead the MCBA, including the firm’s managing attorney, Tom Methvin,

President and CEO Tony Craft said, “For 65

as well as Kendall Dunson. Golston is

years, Palomar Insurance has partnered with

the organization’s 91st president and the

local businesses throughout the Southeast to

second African American to hold the office.

design custom insurance solutions tailored

“It is an honor to serve the Montgomery

Golston is a principal and trial attorney

County Bar Association and my colleagues

in the firm’s Fraud Section, where he has

in this role,” Golston said. “The MCBA has

devoted his career to seeking justice on

a long tradition of serving area attorneys

behalf of those who have been negligently

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Davis & Hatcher, LLC Terry Davis 4183 Carmichael Road, Suite B Montgomery, AL 36106 334-270-0592 Shahid & Hosea, LLC Lakesha Shahid 1709 Taliaferro Montgomery, AL 36117 334-279-5399 shahidhosea.com M AC H IN E RY- M F R .

Neptune Technology Group Inc. Don Deemer 1600 Alabama Hwy 229 Tallassee, AL 36078 334-283-6555 neptunetg.com N U R S IN G H O M E S / ASS IST E D L IV IN G

The Belmont Assisted Living Facility Sherry White 7295 Copperfield Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334-273-0110 belmontassistedliving.com O R T H O D O N T IC S /S L E E P A P N EA

Dr. Michael Irwin, DMD, Orthodontics/ Sleep Apnea Michael Irwin 4162 Lomac Street Montgomery, AL 36106 334-279-6910 drirwinqualitysleep.com


CHAMBER NEWS New Members W ELCO ME TO OUR N EWEST MEMBERS

P H YS ICIANS-SPECIAL I Z E D

River Region Cardiology Associates, PC Misty Love 185 Mitylene Park Lane Montgomery, AL 36117 334-387-0948 rrcamd.com RE AL ESTATE SALES AN D D E V E LOP M E N T

Trinity Real Estate Group, LLC Mary Charles Rampy 12575 Wares Ferry Road Montgomery, AL 36117 334-551-1000 RE AL ESTATE-BROKER

Jay Tidwell & Associates, LLC Jay Tidwell 4021 Wares Ferry Montgomery, AL 36109 334-322-3497 jaytidwell.com

Nancy’s Italian Ice Dorie Autrey 7976 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334-356-1403 nancysice.com Rock N Roll Sushi Gerard Saurage 1470 Taylor Road, Suite 108 Montgomery, AL 36117 334-356-3641 rnrsushi.com Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Mr. Kim 7760 EastChase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-694-7700 kobemgm.com Sol Restaurante Mexicano & Taqueria Al Luna 3962 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109 334-593-8250 solrestaurante.com

TA X I/C A B S E RV IC E

Checker & Deluxe Cab Company, Inc. Will Wright 4334 Longleaf Drive Montgomery, AL 36108 334-301-3649 checker&deluxecabcompany.com T R A N S P O R TAT IO N S E RV IC E S

Careavan Mark Porterfield 4183 Carmichael Road, Suite A Montgomery, AL 36106 334-758-6480 careavan.care Shoreline Transportation Ashley McLean 100 Pleasant Hill Court Greenville, AL 36037 334-371-4450 shoreline-al.com T R AS H /G A R BAG E S E RV IC E

RE CYCLING

SA Recycling Adam Phipps 430 Airbase Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36108 334-272-0767 sarecycling.com RE STAURANTS

Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar Ryan Ambrose 7801 EastChase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-356-9128 walk-ons.com Full Moon Bar-B-Que Chris Woodward 7660 EastChase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-676-5999 fullmoonbbq.com

S E C UR I TY SYST E M S

Creative Security Systems Shelton Magnum 581 George Todd Drive, Suite E Montgomery, AL 36117 334-593-8958 creativesecsys.com R E TA I L S H O P S /D IST R IBU T IO N

Best Buy of Montgomery Brent Sweat 7701 EastChase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-272-1552 bestbuy.com Bottle Paradise Krupesh Patel 8743 EastChase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-356-8740 Leap Dancewear LLC Christelle Louis 6152 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-593-9835 leapdancewear.com 97 MONTGOMERYCHAMBER.COM

JB Waste Scott Dansby 802 County Road 4 East Prattville, AL 30367 334-296-5827 T R AV E L AG E N C IE S /S E RV IC E S

Pate Travel Group Jason Pate 8121 Mossy Oak Drive Montgomery, AL 36101 334-868-3490 patetravel.com W IN E RY

Lake Point Vineyard and Winery Rita Lewis 674 Lake Point Drive Mathews, AL 36052 334-517-8334 lakepointvineyard.org


Numbers reflect November 2019 over November 2018.NEWS CHAMBER

Business Buzz

CO M MUN ITY + COMMERCE N EWS

Economic Intel TOURISM

LODGING TAX

64%

+ 4.7%

YTD JAN-NOVEMBER INCREASE

OCCUPANCY RATE NOVEMBER 2019

26,087 more hotel rooms have been sold YTD 2019 than YTD 2018

LODGING TAX COLLECTIONS YTD JANUARY - NOVEMBER 2019

GO MGM!

$11,291,601

Source: Smith Travel Research Report, City of Montgomery

HOUSING

YTD

TRANSPORTATION

13.8% INCREASE

NOVEMBER 2019

32,732

PASSENGERS

+ 8.1% OVER NOVEMBER 2018

+ BE DIRECT:

DIRECT SAME-DAY SERVICE T0 DCA

Source: MGM (Montgomery Regional Airport)

1,770

370 TOTAL HOME SALES

$186,921 AVERAGE SALE PRICE

TOTAL HOMES LISTED FOR SALE

101 AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET Source: Alabama Center for Real Estate, Montgomery Area

SECTORS GOING UP

EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS SERVICES

LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY

THAT'S 23,200 JOBS.

+ 7.9% + 2.4

TRADE, TRANSPORTATION, WAREHOUSING AND UTILITIES

+ 1.7

MINING, LOGGING AND CONSTRUCTION

+ 1.6%

LABOR FORCE

2.5% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

+ 2.3% CIVILIAN

+ 3.2% EMPLOYED

LABOR FORCE

LABOR FORCE

175,730

171,846

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, MGM Metro Area Source: Alabama Department of Labor, MGM Metro Area

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