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CONTENTS JULY/AUG 2019

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Growing Good: Agriculture Industry Overview

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Fly MGM: Hitting New Heights Fresh Finds: EastChase Farmers Market News to Know: Higher Education Update

32 Powerhouse Q&A: Jimmy Pa r n e ll 35 Member Profiles: Ebony Evans, Bob Parker, Margaret Cornwell, Diana Gray 42 GiveBack: MACOA 46 #MyMGM: MMFA Ju n ior E xe cu t ive B oa rd 74 Small Business Briefcase: Hire Up

CHAMBER NEWS:

08 Events 76 Connect: Member FAQ 78 Connect: Past Events 80 Connect: Chamber News 86 Members on the Move 91 Members in the News 96 Business Buzz 105 Ribbon Cuttings 108 New Members 110 Intel


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AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

A G R I C U LT U R E I N T H E R I V E R R E G I O N

Image courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation.

FARMING’S FINANCIAL IMPACT

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The overall yearly impact of agriculture in Alabama is more than

$70 BILLION

While the nature of farming has changed through the years, one thing has not:

Q&A

Agriculture has a massive annual economic impact

What is your advice when it comes to buying and/or selling rural land?

– the overall yearly impact in Alabama is more than $70 billion – and in every county in the state you can unearth some form of agriculture and agribusiness work being done. In the River Region, these operations are equally important. According to Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, in Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties, the economic impact of agriculture is more than $3.8 billion, proving that whether it’s by raising animals like cattle and poultry, planting and harvesting crops ranging from pine trees and soybeans to cotton and peanuts, or selling the myriad supplies and equipment needed to manage today’s modern ag operations, farming factors into the lives of many area residents. Doug Thiessen, CEO of Alabama Ag Credit, knows this well. He’s been with the bank for 12 years and has watched it provide the lending power farmers and others in agribusiness require to thrive, whether needs like operating expenses. “Just drive in any direction out of Montgomery, and you will see row crops, cattle grazing in pastures, hay fields, sod farms and nurseries,” he said. “And where you have enterprises like these, you tend to have the next level of processing entities like cotton gins, farm and large equipment dealers, livestock auction facilities, logging and trucking companies, and paper and lumber mills. Plus, you have organizations like Alabama Ag Credit who help finance them. All these entities take people to run and manage them, and that means jobs.”

Image courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation.

it’s loans to buy land or funds to meet shorter-term

I am a partner with National Land Realty, a full-service real estate brokerage company specializing in farm, ranch, plantation, timber and recreational land across the country. One of our bigger land investing markets in the River Region is timber land investors who also want to capitalize on the recreational use of their property. Land investing is not a “get rich overnight” scheme, but it definitely represents a good solid way to diversify an investment portfolio. Making profitable land investments starts with the right property at the right price, a strategic plan and a good networking source to help achieve the client’s goals. I personally think one of the biggest returns on investing in land is enjoying the great outdoors. Corporations can print more stock certificates but they ain’t making any more land!

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Jerry Joe Ingram, Partner, National Land Realty


AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

“Just drive in any direction out of Montgomery, and you will see row crops, cattle grazing in pastures, hay fields, sod farms and nurseries. And where you have enterprises like these, you tend to have the next level of processing entities. All these entities take people to run and manage them, and that means jobs.” - Doug Thiessen, CEO of Alabama Ag Credit

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AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

Q&A Why, in your opinion, are farming and related agribusiness important to our area and our state? Agribusiness is the No. 1 industry in Alabama by gross receipts and is a huge part of the local and state economy. As farmers and ranchers, we only make up around 1 percent of the population, but we punch above our weight class in gross revenue. Our world population is growing rapidly, and in order to keep up with the growing protein demands of that growing population, we use stateof-the-art technology and implement the most sustainable management practices possible to do more with less. Finally, the Montgomery area is deeply rooted in agriculture, and that into the community. Farming is crucial to the success of any society at any population level, and I am proud to be a part of it.

- Bradfield Evans, CK Cattle in Hope Hull

Image courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation.

agricultural heritage is woven well

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BY THE NUMBERS AGRICULTURE’S ECONOMIC IMPACTS (2010) Source: Alabama Farmers Federation

$2.6 BILLION TOTAL IMPACTS

REVENUE GENERATED THROUGH AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY PRODUCTION SECTOR:

24,575

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

JOBS PROVIDED

$106.8 MILLION

Tradition of Excellence

The industry’s numbers are impressive, yet the significance of agriculture and agribusiness rises far above facts and figures; there’s something truly special about our rural areas, as Jimmy Parnell,

$915 MILLION TOTAL IMPACTS

AUTAUGA COUNTY

$41.6 MILLION

7,328

JOBS PROVIDED

President and CEO of the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance, expressed. “They’re such beautiful places, and farming is our history and our heritage,” he said. “Plus, it’s something we still do

$319.5 MILLION TOTAL IMPACTS

ELMORE COUNTY

$78.1 MILLION

extremely well.”

4,857

JOBS PROVIDED

The Farmers Federation is a key part of this heritage, founded by concerned farmers in 1921. They formed the organization to give themselves a unified voice, and today, representing the interests of those in agriculture and agribusiness is still a vital piece of Alfa’s and the Farmers Federation’s missions. “Agriculture is the parent of this entire company,” Parnell said. “We would not be here, would not have this insurance company without agriculture, and the way the Federation is set up, the member farmers are actually our bosses. Everything the Farmers Federation does is driven by the farmers at the local level; that keeps us grounded in our roots.” Those roots run deep beneath the pastoral landscapes, where corn stalks wave in the wind and cows graze under shade trees. But these bucolic scenes paint more than a pretty picture: They’re evidence of how closely agriculture is tied to our daily lives, a message our Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate preaches like the gospel. “Without agriculture we would not survive. We all typically eat three meals a day, and that food comes from a farm one way or another,” he said. “So, if indeed we all need to eat to survive, I’d say agriculture is vital to our state and the River Region.” Thiessen echoed Pate. “The benefits of agriculture to the River Region start with the basic needs of life. The industry provides the very food, fiber and shelter every human being needs to survive,” he said.

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AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

People Power

Agriculture does not start and stop at the farm gate, and the countless “off-the-farm” aspects of agribusiness are built on the state’s robust agriculture

THE FUTURE OF FARMING

activities, as Pate stressed. “There is a tremendous amount of research and planning that happens way before a crop is planted or livestock breeding takes place,” he said. “Once a

Today, advances in technology are

of line to see 200 to 300 bushels of

crop is harvested or livestock

making agriculture operations more

corn per acre, thanks to advanced

leaves the farm, there are many

efficient and providing farmers and

methods reliant on technology,” Parnell

hands that contribute to finishing

other producers with more information,

said. “My granddad used to aspire to

the product that ends up on your

leading to enhanced growing methods

25 bushels per acre.”

dinner table.”

and larger distribution networks.

And the many people working in

It’s a fact that flies in the face of the

Modern technology has immensely

stereotypical image of farmers.

altered agriculture processes in ways

agriculture and the agribusiness

that are beneficial for farmers, but

industry are our friends and

“The agriculture/agribusiness industry

the connection between man and

neighbors and are often found

has embraced technology as much or

land that farming creates remains.

out of their fields and offices

more than any industry even though

And technology is strengthening that

and engaged in the surrounding

unfortunately, most folks think of a

bond, making it easier than ever to

community. “I can’t speak

farmer as some old white-headed

implement sustainable practices that

for the entire industry, but

granddaddy out in field,” said Jimmy

are also good for the land, air and

Alabama Ag Credit and our

Parnell, President and CEO of the

water. “Science-based research is

team members are involved

Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa

allowing farmers to have a smaller

in all of our local communities

Insurance. “It may be a granddad,

carbon footprint, since we have

in many ways,” Thiessen said.

but they’re out there using a laptop

developed technologies that limit

“Our employees are members

with their crops, using technology to

soil erosion and improve disease

of or support local organizations

do all kinds of things in ways that my

resistance, so fewer and fewer

like FFA, 4-H, Alabama Wildlife,

granddaddy could never have even

pesticides need to be applied,” said

Alabama Farmers Federation

imagined.”

Alabama Commissioner of

and multiple trade associations.

Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate.

One example here in the River

Drones are delivering precision data,

“Advancements in livestock breeding

Region area is our sponsorship

showing exactly what’s happening

and animal disease prevention

of Pintlala Elementary, where

in acres of fields and when. Smart

significantly improve the quality and

we donate supplies, equipment

irrigation and GPS mapping of land

health of animals.”

and volunteer our time as

allows for a higher level of accuracy

needed. Additionally, each year

for soil testing and fertilizing. Research

And new discoveries and

our association chooses an

delivering better plant breeds allows

advancements are being made all

organization to be the recipient

for higher plant populations. All of

the time. “It will be interesting to see

of our annual giving campaign.”

these things are giving farmers a

where the next 20 years take us as

better understanding of tried and true

research in agriculture continues to

techniques, bridging the old ways with

make major breakthroughs that will

the new and resulting in bigger yields

improve food production for all,” Pate

and more stability. “Today, it’s not out

said.

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I ND U ST RY Leader | Agriculture

Alabama Ag Credit When was your company founded? We have been

of directors chosen by the customers we support. When you borrow

serving rural communities and agriculture for more than 100 years.

from Alabama Ag Credit, you become a stockholder and part owner in the cooperative, entitling you to a portion of the earnings when the

How many employees do you have? We have a total

association does well financially. In March of this year, we returned $9.1

of 79 employees across the 40-county territory we cover in central

million back to our customers, which is nearly half of our profits for 2018.

and south Alabama. Here in the River Region at our two Montgomery

No other type of lender offers you such an advantage.

offices, we have 38 employees. Another advantage of doing business with Alabama Ag Credit is that we

What are your primary products and services?

know the cyclical nature of agriculture. And with that in mind, we want

Alabama Ag Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with

our customers to succeed, and we will help by playing our role. We are

reliable, consistent credit and financial services. We offer a variety of

there for our rural communities in the good times and in the bad.

flexible financing for agriculture, land and rural homes and homesites. Our agriculture loans are tailored to meet the specific needs and production cycles of agricultural operations and agribusiness. We also finance the equipment that keeps these businesses humming. Whether someone is buying, refinancing or improving land where they can farm, enjoy the great outdoors or build a home, we can help. Best of all, you don’t need to be a farmer to get home financing from us.

What sets your company apart? Alabama Ag Credit

Montgomery Branch 7602 Halcyon Summit Drive Montgomery, AL 36117

is a customer-owned cooperative, and we are governed by a board

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Administrative Office 2660 Eastchase Lane, #401 Montgomery, AL 36117

AlabamaAgCredit.com


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SMOKIN’ HOT TREND: HEMP

“Today, it’s not out of line to see 200 to 300 bushels of corn per acre, thanks to advanced methods reliant on technology. My granddad used to aspire to 25 bushels per acre.” - Jimmy Parnell, President and CEO of the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance

Challenges

With a long tradition and centuries of progress, the agribusiness industry is old and strong in the River Region, but it is not without challenges. Farmers particularly face multiple obstacles. Weather has been and will always be a threat, and one that’s uncontrollable. The hurricanes that devastated parts of the Gulf Coast last year wiped out entire crops and countless acres of timber. “Many cotton producers in Alabama believed their 2018 crop was going to be one of the best in years

When Alabama legalized the growing

and labor-intensive crop, and there

of industrial hemp in March 2018, it

are legal considerations related to the

garnered a lot of headlines, with some

purity of seed and crop management,”

proclaiming the agricultural product

he said. “Like many new crops, there’s

the state’s next “major cash crop.”

a lot of interest, and some will try to

Alabama Agricultural Commissioner

profit from the excitement. We would

Rick Pate weighed in. “Industrial hemp

advise farmers to thoroughly study

is a new crop in Alabama to be on

the crop and potential markets before

the lookout for. The department is in

making a large investment.”

the process of administering the pilot production program for farmers to

Doug Thiessen, CEO of Alabama Ag

grow industrial hemp,” he said. “After

Credit, also stressed the “unknowns”

this first growing season is complete,

surrounding the industrial hemp.

data will be collected from program

“Hemp production has a lot of risks

participants. More research will need

and unanswered questions today, but

to be done since there are no current

many farmers are hoping hemp will be

feasibility studies for industrial hemp

another crop option for

production here.”

them to grow,” he said. “Again, a lot

Jimmy Parnell, President and CEO

of unanswered

of the Alabama Farmers Federation

questions

and Alfa Insurance, agreed with Pate,

remain though.”

underscoring the Commissioner’s thoughts on the need for additional information. “Industrial hemp has the potential to be another option for farmers looking to diversify, but research and education is still needed. It has been a profitable crop in other states, but farmers need to understand the costs and risks associated with

“The fiber made from industrial hemp has multiple uses; you can even make concrete blocks with it.” - Dr. Raymon Shange, Tuskegee University

industrial hemp. It can be an expensive

until Hurricane Michael hit,” Thiessen said. But farmers have learned to take these struggles in stride. Other “manmade” issues are begging for solutions. Parnell pointed to a few of the most pressing. “We are not where I would like us to be in terms of

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries has currently licensed

152 GROWERS, 59 PROCESSORS and FIVE UNIVERSITIES to grow, cultivate, process and research industrial hemp in 2019.

young people getting into agriculture,” he said. “The average age of our Alabama farmers is retirement age.” It’s essential for our area, our

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state and our country that we increase the number of farmers coming up to fill that gap. “The industry has to grow in order to Dr. Raymon Shange, Assistant

COMMON HEMP USES:

Professor of Environmental

meet demand and allow the United States to remain a country that can feed and clothe itself,” Thiessen added.

Science in Tuskegee University’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences,

Parnell believes a falling profit potential is

sees a bright future for hemp in

part of the problem. As commodity prices

Alabama. The university is one

decline but the costs to run a farm go up,

of the five in the state that have

the opportunities to make a decent living as

been granted licenses to grow

a farmer – or in other agribusiness ventures

industrial hemp and just started

– are fewer and more elusive. “Prices have

this summer. “We’ll conduct

dropped, but I think as we see profit potential

research trials to determine the

return, we will see more farmers,” Parnell

best management practices and

said. “There are young people out there

explore the technology needed for

interested, and more profit potential will bring

extracting oils from hemp,” he said.

the next generation into the industry.”

Some of the university’s alumni and its current students were also

But how does that get done? According to

granted licenses to grow hemp

Parnell, international trade deals play a major

and will be doing smaller trials.

role. “Trump renegotiating trade treaties with

“That’s great because we will be

product that’s dominating the

able to walk with them and give

news. “The market is focused on

them information they need to be

CBD oils, but that’s only the tip of

successful,” he said.

iceberg,” he said. “The fiber made from industrial hemp has multiple

Shange believes the addition of

uses; you can even make concrete

hemp to the state’s agricultural line-

blocks with it. We are very excited

up will be a boon for Alabama. “I

because the university’s material

think it will revolutionize agriculture

sciences program will be working

in Alabama,” he said. And not only

hand-in-hand with us on this.”

other countries is a vital for agriculture and agribusiness,” he said. “What we’ve done with Mexico and Canada is a big step in the right direction.” China and other Asian countries take a lot of America’s agriculture production, and Parnell says a good trade agreement with them is “crucial.” “China is a huge market for our crops and meat,” he said. “It is such a large population, and that demand is growing.”

because of CBD oil, the “miracle” The right trade deals put agriculture – in the

“I think it will revolutionize agriculture in Alabama. The market is focused on CBD oils, but that’s only the tip of iceberg.” - Dr. Raymon Shange, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science in Tuskegee University’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science

River Region and around the country – in a better position for the future. But while these larger policies are debated and decided, here at home, those in agribusiness industry keep moving through each season, their efforts often unnoticed by others. It’s a paradox Thiessen ponders often. “There are people who believe that food simply comes from a grocery store or restaurant with very little understanding of how the food got there or what all it takes to grow it,” he said. “And yet, the industry continues to provide for our needs.”

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AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

ON THE MOVE: EQUIPMENT TRENDS

Q&A How do agriculture/agribusiness associations like the Cattlemen’s Association benefit their members?

Coblentz Equipment & Parts Co., Inc. serves homeowners and those

Trade organizations like the ACA represent specific interests and for us, that is the cattle producer and the beef industry. Our role is multifaceted, but membership provides cattlemen with a lobbyist specifically concerned with cattle issues both in Montgomery and in Washington, D.C. We stay involved in issues such as environmental regulations, tax and property rights, animal welfare and the overall climate of the cattle industry. Our voice represents more than 10,000 members across the state and has a large footprint in the policy arena.

demand for small tractors. “There’s been a dramatic increase in

involved in light agriculture, selling Massey Ferguson and Mahindra tractors and other labor-saving equipment like chain saws, mowers and more. According to owner Craig Coblentz, there’s now big the popularity of small tractors (under 60 horsepower) as more and more people move to the country,” he said. “It takes equipment to maintain multiple acres even if the only farming is a garden. It seems a lot of people just want their own space and working with their tractor almost becomes a form of recreation.” The manufacturers have stepped up, offering a wide variety of small tractors that are a far cry from the vehicles used only a few decades ago. “They’re making them comfortable and easy to operate. Some have air-conditioned cabs with stereo available,” Coblentz said. These bells and whistles are a natural side-effect of more

- Erin Beasley, Executive Vice President, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association

technology in every aspect of our lives and work, but Coblentz points out that more technology is not always a positive. In addition

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to ag equipment, Coblentz also sells tractors and rightof-way maintenance equipment (tractor-mounted boom mowers, pot-hole patchers, etc.) to most of the 67 counties as well as the state. “A notable trend that is building steam is the self -propelled multi-purpose boom mowers with the ability to add all kinds of combinations of tools for the same carrier,” he said.

Read more about the Coblentz family business.

“One of the reasons tool carriers are becoming more popular is that it is becoming more difficult to mount things to today’s tractors. There are so many emission control devices surrounding the engine, that there is no room. The mechanical parts of today’s tractors are better than ever, but the increasing demands of the

Family Matters

Agriculture is often a family affair. The same is true in one local

EPA are, in our opinion, becoming counterproductive.

agribusiness company, Coblentz Equipment & Parts Co., Inc. The

Technology can be great, but it also needs to make

Coblentz family has been in the tractor, truck and equipment business

sense and be achievable.”

for almost 100 years, although not in the same location. “In 1921 Herbert and Arthur Coblentz opened Coblentz and Son in a small town in the northern Indiana,” current owner and fourth generation of the family Some farming equipment now even boasts airconditioning.

Craig Coblentz said. In 1967, his dad Max purchased the GMC truck dealership in Montgomery. The truck dealership was sold in 1999, and in 2000 Craig purchased Equipment & Parts Specialty Co., Inc. In 2010, Craig’s son Matthew joined the company. In 2012, they purchased Helms Tractor Co. and moved the business to its current location.

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T I M B E R TA X AT I O N A F T E R T H E TA X R E F O R M A C T O F 2 0 1 7

With the most significant changes to the tax

capital gain rates (0 percent, 15 percent, 20

law in over 30 years, the Tax Reform Act of

percent) if the timber and land are owned for

2017 has led to several questions, including

more than a year. However, to get the benefit

how to tax timber. Some investors and

of timber management expenses, a timber

business owners ask if tax rates on timber

owner will need to substantiate their holdings

sales increased. Others think they are no

as a timber business.

longer allowed to deduct expenses associated with the timber. While much of the tax law is

Thanks to a couple of Internal Revenue Code

still up in the air, each taxpayer’s facts and

elections, (631(a) and 631(b)), timber businesses

circumstances will dictate their classification of

can also benefit from the long-term capital

timber operations and the resulting taxation.

gain rates. To accomplish this, the tax preparer needs to be aware of the requirements under

WHEN IT COMES TO TIMBER TAXATION, THERE ARE THREE OWNERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS:

these code sections and the proper forms on

PERSONAL PROPERTY: used for personal or

The new tax law has eliminated the

recreational enjoyment with no intent to make

miscellaneous itemized deduction category

a profit

where most casual timber investors were

INVESTMENT PROPERTY: acquired and

allowed deductions for timber investment

managed with intent to generate a profit from the sale of timber and/or land

BUSINESS PROPERTY: a profit is generated with frequent and regular activity

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THESE CLASSIFICATIONS? PLANS AND DOCUMENTATION. When it

which they report the timber activities.

management expenses and casualty losses. Still, with the right planning, documentation of profit motive and hands-on activity, many timberland owners can continue to receive meaningful tax benefits.

MEET THE EXPERT

comes to IRS substantiation, you can never document too much. A written and updated forest management plan is the first step in supporting the profit motive. A detailed timber inventory is not only a requirement to substantiate the basis, but it is also more support for the profit motive. Bookkeeping records and travel logs differentiate business property from personal property. These documents alone do not make the timber ownership a business, but they support the

Gregory E. Sellers, CPA, AEP® is a member in

facts and circumstances needed for a profit

Warren Averett’s Tax Division and is a leader

motive and favorable tax treatment.

of the Estate and Trust Service Area. He has more than three decades of experience in public

The casual investor in timberland for personal

accounting. Reach him at 334-260-2350 or

use will qualify for the favorable long-term

greg.sellers@warrenaverett.com.

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AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

MEET THE COMMISSIONER

BIG DEAL:

Rick Pate was elected Alabama’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries in 2018. MBJ asked him why he sought the position and how he and his team are working to better agriculture and agribusiness.

Port Proportions Earlier this year, Governor Ivey signed a bill to raise

MBJ: What motivated you to seek the position of Commissioner of

In college, I studied ornamental

Agriculture and Industries?

degree from Auburn University’s

RP: Both of my parents taught me the

College of Agriculture in 1978. I started

value of leadership. My father, being a

of the port of Mobile — will

my own business, Pate Landscape

cattleman, served as the president of

directly and positively

Co., Inc., more than 36 years ago.

the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association

affect agribusiness, as

Even though I spent most of my

and the Southeastern Livestock

Jimmy Parnell, President

career operating Pate Landscape,

Exposition. He also served on the

and CEO of the Alabama

I maintained a purebred Charolais

American-International Charolais

Farmers Federation and

cattle herd in Lowndes County. When

Board. My mom served as president

my dad passed away in 2012, I took

of the Alabama Cattlewomen’s

“The gas tax will pay for

over the family cattle operation, Pate

Association, at the time called the

the state’s portion of a

Charolais Ranch, and still operate it

CowBelles, and went on to serve

today.

the state’s gas tax to fund multiple needed infrastructure projects. One of these — the expansion

Alfa Insurance, explained.

horticulture and received a bachelor’s

package that will allow us

as permanent treasurer of the

to deepen and widen the

organization.

What is the purpose of the Department of Agriculture and

channel and get larger I learned from them that you should

Industries?

Mobile,” he said. “We will

give back to the profession you’re

Our agency could easily be named

be first in the Gulf to have

involved in. I have served in many

the “Department of Consumer and

this kind of capacity, and

leadership positions throughout my

Agriculture Protection.” The services

career, and once several farmers

we provide touch every citizen in

ship agricultural products

approached me about running for Ag

some way each day. It can be the

(and many other products)

Commissioner, I felt it was the right

eggs, milk, cereal or grits a consumer

to other countries via sea-

time. I saw this as an opportunity to

has for breakfast that has been tested

going vessels. Currently,

use the experience I’ve gained over

by our Food Safety Lab or the gas

some ships that require

the years as a farmer, agribusiness

pumped in their car on the way to

deeper water bypass Mobile

owner and community leader to

work that was verified for accuracy by

for Charleston or Savannah.

contribute to the agricultural industry

the Weights and Measures division.

in the state.

There are so many practical ways this

vessels into the port of

that’s important because we

The proposed expansion would stop that and make

department protects the quality of

Mobile’s port larger than

Do you have a farming/agriculture

life for Alabama citizens without them

the one in New Orleans.

background?

even knowing it.

“That puts Alabama on the

I grew up working on my family’s cattle

forefront of shipping out of

and poultry operations in Lowndes

We also have a responsibility to

the Gulf,” Parnell said.

County, where I learned the value

work with farmers and all agriculture

of hard work and perseverance.

stakeholder groups for the common

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AG IN EDUCATION “The services we provide touch every citizen in some way each day.“

good of agriculture, while continuously implementing disease prevention programs in our plant and animal industries. Each farm, commodity and industry is significant to our state. Our department is here to serve and support the livelihoods of farmers and consumers.

What’s the future of farming and agribusiness in the state and the River Region? With ongoing research, I expect there to be solutions to many issues farmers face. These solutions have the potential to improve soil quality and yields; increase disease resistance for plants and livestock; and improve the overall health of crops and livestock. The quality of the soil, water and air is critical in feeding the world now and in the future, therefore, all citizens share a common goal of making sure the land remains productive for years to come. Farmers have a vested

In Pike Road, agriculture has

science-based learning. “There

long been an important sector.

will be chances to learn things

“Historically, the livelihoods of many

like how drones can be

in our area depend on agriculture,

used in the industry,

and we see many opportunities

how other forms

for economic development in

of tech are used

agriculture and agribusiness,” said

to manage land

Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone.

and to explore

“So, as we look forward to our future

the scientific

job creation, we think an ag-based

advancements

recruiting effort is very appropriate

behind hybrid seeds

for our area, and that means we

and more,” Stone said.

also want to put an emphasis on agriculture and agribusiness in our

Tuskegee University is also

education.”

arming its students for today’s and tomorrow’s agribusiness careers.

To ensure the Pike Road School

“The field of agriculture is changing,”

system students understand the

said Dr. Raymon Shange, Assistant

opportunities available in the

Professor of Environmental Science

industry, the schools are working

in Tuskegee University’s Department

closely with FFA (Future Farmers

of Agriculture and Environmental

of America), 4-H and the Alabama

Sciences. “It’s not the same old

Extension Service. “The industry is

sweaty, outdoor work.”

changing every day, and we want our kids to have all the information they

Mirroring every other sector of our

need about what’s available in the

economy, the culture of agriculture

natural resources and agribusiness

is becoming increasingly digital. “A

sectors,” Stone said.

lot of our students are interested in the satellite and sensor technology

Pike Road is also soon to break

aspects of our agriculture program

ground on its new agriculture,

now,” he said. And they’ll need

recreation and performing arts

that training. “The USDA and other

center, a facility that will be a base

agencies are pushing students to

for the Extension Service, will host

have a background in geographical

livestock events and will be used

information systems and other tech-

for agriculture technology and

driven systems.”

interest in preserving the productivity of the land because it is their primary

“The industry is changing every day, and we want our kids to have all the information they need about what’s available in the natural resources and agribusiness sectors,”

resource for creating their product, whatever it may be. It is important as we move forward that farmers and consumers work together for effective solutions that benefit all, so we can feed an ever-growing population.

- Gordon Stone, Mayor, Pike Road

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STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE Farmers markets and farm stands have

(Naturally Rad, Handey’s Farm, Hornsby

been around for years, but recently, their

Farms, Urban Hives and more) in old

numbers have surged in response to

Southern recipes.

new interest. According to The Alabama

Tim explained their

Farmers Market Authority, in 1999, there

commitment to

were 17 farmers markets in the state. In

supporting area

2018, there were more than 170, with almost

farms. “Our family

1,000 farmers selling in those markets. “As

always maintained

consumers have an increasing desire to

a large garden

know where their food comes from, farmers

where we grew

markets or locally sourced produce have

up picking peas

seen an increase in demand,” Thiessen

with our dad or

said. “We have borrowers who have started

shucking corn with

a farm after retiring with this very much in

our grandparents,” he

mind.” Agritourism [farm tours, expanded

said. “I think it was during those summers

farm stands with farm animal petting zoos,

sitting around with buckets of produce in

etc.] is growing too, giving farmers an

our laps that the seeds of sustainability

additional revenue stream.

were sown. Not only did we learn the

Tim Essary, Cahawba House

Q&A

AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OVERVIEW How does the large agriculture/ agribusiness industry in the River Region benefit the area? Agriculture/agribusiness plays a critical role in the entire life of the economy. Agriculture is the backbone of the economic system. In addition to providing food and raw material, agriculture also provides employment opportunities to very large percentage of the population.

importance of where our food came from, And people who care about where the food

but also the amount of labor and love that

they cook in their kitchens comes from carry

goes into every dining experience.”

that same philosophy to the restaurants they choose to patronize, leading to an

While Tim and Tara know that fresh food

explosion of eateries with an emphasis on

tastes better, they get more than superior

“farm-to-table” cuisine. In Montgomery,

flavor. “We’ve gained so much knowledge

Cahawba House is one such spot. Opened

about seasonal produce and when certain

in 2016 downtown by brother-sister team

vegetables hit their peak of availability by

Tim and Tara Essary, the restaurant uses

building a relationship with farmers,” he

fresh ingredients sourced from local farms

said.

LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS & FARM MARKETS Keep your food dollars in your local economy

and get access to fresher, better-tasting food by shopping at local farmers markets.

- Don Wambles, Director, AG Promotions, F2S, FMA, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries

EAT UP! Find your favorite farmer.

EastChase Farmer’s Market

Kendrick Farms

Montgomery

Prattville

Montgomery Curb Market

Ingram’s Farmers

Montgomery

Market & Garden Center Millbrook

State Farmer’s Market Montgomery

Oakview Farms Wetumpka

SweetCreek Farm Market Montgomery

Prattville Farmers’ Market            Prattville

Wright’s Produce Montgomery

Slapout Produce Holtville

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IN D USTRY Leader | Agriculture

I ND U ST RY Leader | Agriculture

National Land Realty When was the company founded? National Land

Milestones/awards/accomplishments: NLR was

was founded in 2007 and started the Alabama branch in 2014.

named one of America’s Best Brokerages in 2018 for the seventh consecutive year. The Land Report’s exclusive America’s Best

How many employees do you have?

Brokerages list recognizes 100 best-in-class real estate firms across

11 in the River Region

the country that specialize in timberland, productive farmland, income-producing properties and recreational retreats. NLR was

What are your primary services? NLR is a full-

also named to the 2018 Inc Magazine’s 5000 list for the second

service real estate brokerage company specializing in farm, ranch,

consecutive year, ranking No. 1 in the land brokerage sector.

timber and recreational land sales.

What sets your company apart? First, we take care of our customers. Without them as the backbone of NLR, we have nothing. Second, TEAM WORK. We have a great sales force that goes out of its way to help each other. Finally, NLR continually invests in technology that aids each land professional in selling and marketing property. Our combination of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and our state-of-the-art Targeted Acquisition Platform (TAP) program allows our land professionals to immediately connect buyers and sellers

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M EM BER Spotlight

ALABAMA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION For 75 years, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) has worked to enhance the business climate of the state’s beef cattle industry through promotion and education. Today, its leadership and thousands of members are still living out that mission.

WHEN AND WHY WAS THE CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION FOUNDED? The ACA was founded on January 4, 1944, in Demopolis with the intention to create a working Cattlemen’s Association for the benefit and protection of all cattlemen in Alabama. NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 9   HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES THE ACA HAVE? 10,000-plus on an annual basis. The ACA is proud to maintain one of the top three memberships among Cattlemen’s Associations across the nation.   HOW DOES THE ACA BENEFIT ITS MEMBERSHIP? The association serves as a watchdog in policy matters such as animal well-being, tax and property rights, environmental regulation and government overreach. The association has a foundation that awards more than $65,000 in scholarships each year through the sale of the Cowboy vanity car tag and several, generous endowment families. Members of the association have access to 15 member benefits, ranging from equipment to hotel and restaurant discounts. Members also receive the Alabama Cattleman magazine each month and have access to a resourceful staff in Montgomery committed to serving as a one-stop shop for your cattle and beef questions through the website, on social media or on a quick phone call.   WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THE MOOSEUM AND WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL? Since opening its doors in 1995, The MOOseum has been the premier venue for children and adults alike to learn more about Alabama’s beef cattle industry. The MOOseum is designed to offer those of all ages a pasture-to-plate experience in order to understand how beef cattle are raised and how beef is part of a nutritious lifestyle. The MOOseum also strives to display the unique role that the cattle industry has played throughout Alabama history and how beef cattle affect the lives of all, not only in the pasture or on the plate, but through their many, unique by-products. We are excited that 2019 will introduce a major renovation project to update the sights, sounds and features of The MOOseum in order to bring a new and exciting experience to those visiting this free spot. It is also important to note that the ACA is the only Cattlemen’s Association across the nation that is home to a children’s educational facility about beef cattle. 201 S BAINBRIDGE STREET / 334-265-1867 / WWW.BAMABEEF.ORG 29 MONTGOMERYCHAMBER.COM


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While the commentary accurately reflects the opinions of the author, it does not necessarily reflect those of Regions Bank. This presentation is solely for information and educational purposes and nothing contained in this presentation constitutes an offer or solicitation to purchase any security, the recommendation of any particular security or strategy or a complete analysis of any security, company or industry or constitutes tax, accounting or legal advice. Commentary and opinions provided in this presentation reflect the judgment of the author as of the date of this presentation and are subject to change without notice.

BY F R A N K WA L B U R N

WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY LAND

BEFORE WORKING WITH A LAND

The Jones family has owned several

MANAGER, CONSIDER THESE OPTIONS:

thousand acres of land in Central Alabama for

• Recognize that you need

decades. Their property has timber, farming

professional advice. The opinions of

and potentially sand and gravel deposits.

friends and family are important, but

Additionally, it has excellent hunting areas.

when you are planning your family’s

Some parcels adjoin residential and light

legacy, professional advice can limit

industrial development. The property is currently managed by Mr. Jones, who farms, harvests some timber, leases some of the land to hunting clubs and uses some land for family recreation. No mineral development plan exists, and the

the impact of emotions.

• Research your options on land management firms in your area.

• Develop objectives for the property

family is not interested in developing the land

before working with a land manager.

for other uses, even though companies have

You may also need estate planning

approached them to discuss selling.

assistance, tax advice or other forms of financial consultation.

The Joneses have two grown children who live elsewhere, and while they are not able

Many land management decisions are

to assume direct management of these

long-term in nature, often having an impact

assets, the property is a very important part

for generations to come. Finding an advisor

of this family’s legacy. Mr. and Mrs. Jones

who can help meet your immediate needs –

do not have a will but fully intend to leave

with an eye toward the future as well – can

these assets to their children. The Joneses

help you protect, preserve and maintain this

are looking for advice, guidance and a

remarkable asset and this significant portion

management plan that incorporates their

of your family’s legacy.

objectives for the property they love, but they aren’t sure where to turn. Part of the answer may be an experienced and reputable land

MEET THE EXPERT

manager. Land management firms have expertise in several types of property, and land managers leverage that experience to help families make decisions. Regions Bank manages 1,000,000 acres of timberland, 3,000,000 acres of minerals, 200,000 acres of farmland and more than 3,000 parcels of real estate. Frank Walburn is Senior Vice President, Natural Resources and Real Estate at Regions Bank. Contact him at frank.walburn@regions.com.

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EXPERTISE AND ANSWERS TO CO 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 OW

BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL LAND MANAGEMENT


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JIMMY PARNELL Jimmy Parnell’s ties to Alabama agriculture are strong; his family has been working the land in Chilton County – first growing cotton and corn and now raising cattle and growing timber – for generations. Today, as President and CEO of Alfa companies, encompassing the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance, he plays dual roles: using his farming knowledge on behalf of farmers across the state and providing forward-thinking leadership for the insurance company millions of other Alabamians trust with their security. Question? Answer. Explain how Alfa Insurance and Alabama Farmers Federation intersect.

people have a problem, they call us. When our farmers have

In 1921, the company was formed as an organization to

people, and I think I am doing that every day here. But it’s not

represent the political interests of Alabama farmers. Twenty-

just me, it’s the entire team we have here. It’s very rewarding to

five-years later, those same farmers were struggling to find

see what we together can accomplish. I’d get up and come to

insurance; nobody was providing it for rural homeowners.

work for nothing more than that.

a problem, they call us. It’s a great position to be in to help

They pooled their money and petitioned the state insurance called the Alabama Farm Bureau. The name was later changed

What is your impression of Montgomery’s current direction?

to Alfa. That’s the history of the insurance company, but we

We’re in pretty good shape today, though we do have a lot of

still also function as a farmers’ organization, now the Alabama

challenges as community. We need more jobs, and we need

Farmers Federation. It is made up of local Farmers Federation

more engagement from the community into the job market,

chapters in each of the state’s 67 counties.

and part of that is our need for better education. But there are

commissioner to insure themselves. At that time, we were

a lot of positives, like the great group of leaders we have here.

What does your job entail?

They are attacking these challenges and working on solutions.

I do some of everything. I tell people I really have three jobs.

I would give Mayor Todd Strange an A+ on the job he’s done

One, I represent farmers and do that in some way every day. I

to keep folks together. And that’s key. We have so many good

may be talking to someone interested in doing business with

people here.

area farmers or be representing them on political issues. Two, from serving as a “coach” for a candidate who might want

Why support the Chamber the way you and your company do?

to run to to helping candidates we endorse and working

We believe the Chamber is vital; it is the bridge between the

against candidates we do not endorse. Finally, as leader of the

business community and the city and county governments. And

insurance company, I’m very engaged in everything that goes

our Chamber leaders do a good job of getting the right people

on. We have revolutionized this insurance company. When we

in the room to discuss issues and find solutions. The great

came in, our systems, both our computers and our process,

Chamber leadership we enjoy is a large part of Montgomery’s

had gotten badly out of date. We have modernized the system

success.

I’m looking out for agriculture interests by doing anything

results we’ve gotten from embracing the digital age. We’ve

What are your interests outside of work?

also changed our culture, and gotten our people working more

I’m a workaholic. I love my family, so time I’m not working

together as a team, and that’s been extremely successful too.

is time I spend with them. I’m my happiest at home, getting

We have a real focus on leadership development, and we’ll

outside on my farm. Working with and managing our cattle

keep that to ensure that Alfa has a bright future.

is my relaxation. That’s my real interest. And my kids are into farming too. My son is back on the farm now, and my daughter

What do you love about what you do?

is studying animal science at Oklahoma State University. Some

The purpose of Alfa, both the insurance company and the

families do sports together; our family does livestock shows.

Federation, is to help people, and that is very fulfilling. When

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with state-of-the-art technology, and I am very proud of the


Leading Alabama Today, Alfa Insurance is the No. 1 life insurance company in terms of market value in the state. It is No. 2 in both auto and property insurance. And the company’s recent transformation of its technology systems was, at the time, one of the largest IT projects in the world.

“I’m my happiest at home, getting outside on my farm. Working with and managing our cattle is my relaxation.”

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M EM BER profile

EBONY EVANS Director of Marketing and Development at Health Services Inc., Ebony Evans works to make sure everyone knows about the patient-centered care the company offers, a task that thrills the Chicago native. She’s lived in Montgomery for eight years, and she’s committed to giving back to her current home.

What are Health Services, Inc’s primary services? Health Services, Inc. is a community health center offering patients who are insured, under-insured and uninsured the opportunity to receive a wide range of care.

Who are the company’s primary clients? Any resident of the River Region looking for a primary medical provider, dentist, optometrist or membership to one of our wellness centers. We give those in the community access to quality care, regardless of the status of their insurance or their ability or inability to pay for services.

What does your job entail? I have the wonderful task of going out in the community and spreading the word about Health Services, Inc. and highlighting all that we have to offer at our 10 health center locations in our area.

Any recent news? HSI is currently in the application process to be recognized by the National Association of Community Health Centers as an Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE). Out of 15 other community health centers in Alabama, HSI will be the first to have this recognition.

What’s your favorite thing about your work? I love working for HSI because we offer many patients who would not otherwise have access to a doctor the opportunity to be seen by a medical provider. The mission of HSI really tugged on my heart strings, and I am proud to carry that message everywhere I go.

What are your interests outside of work? Because I am not from Montgomery, I do enjoy learning about the history and the culture. I have joined the PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID ROBERTSON JR.

Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club, and I am a Montgomery Chamber Ambassador. This and the Rotary Club have afforded me the opportunity to build relationships with people I would not have had the chance to meet. We are all working together to build a greater Montgomery.

A Long Legacy “In 2018, Health Services, Inc. celebrated ‘50 Amazing Years of Services’ in the River Region. We are not new in the community. HSI’s corporate office was located on Adams Avenue as the Lister Hill Health Center. Many people are familiar with that center and have memories of being patients and their family members being patients there.”

healthservicesinc.org

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BOB PARKER A heaven-sent sauce recipe was an answer to prayer 60 years ago, and for Bob Parker, owner of Montgomery’s Dreamland Bar-B-Que, that blessing is still flowing.

Are you from Montgomery? No. I was born in Okinawa, Japan, at Kadena U.S. Air Force base. After seven years in Pensacola, my family moved to Coosada (my dad was from Montgomery). I moved back to the area after 10 years in Birmingham.

When and why did you open Dreamland BBQ in Montgomery? On April 9, 2009. I had managed the Dreamland location in Birmingham and wanted to open one in Montgomery. When I heard that the Atlanta Highway location was closing, I called Dreamland and asked if we could move it downtown. I am very grateful to Betsy McAtee, CEO of Dreamland Holdings, for saying yes.  

What’s special about Dreamland barbecue? The legacy of John “Big Daddy” Bishop and his family. They started Dreamland in 1958 after “Big Daddy” asked God for a better way than being a brick mason to support his family. He had a dream, and God gave him the BBQ sauce recipe; the rest is history.

What makes the Montgomery location special? The amazing people that work there. We have made it a goal to create an environment where people can be themselves, hold each other accountable and be treated with dignity. And we brew Railyard beer.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? The people I work with and the guests we serve. The

Still Smokin’ Dreamland just celebrated its 10-year anniversary downtown. “I’m so proud of the employees for making the transition Parker said, “and I’m proud of the fact that we have more than 220 years of Dreamland experience at our store and that so many amazing people have trusted me with their time and energy so they can provide for their families.”

some banana pudding every day, but the people make the difference. We know that what we do isn’t serious, but we are very serious about what we do.

What are your interests outside of work? Spending time with my family. Cooking, listening to music and relaxing on my back porch with a Railyard Alabama Pale Ale. We attend St James UMC, which provides lots of opportunities to serve others. I really enjoy meeting new people, especially those who are passionate about what they are doing. Dreamlandbbq.com

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to our location at 12 West Jefferson,” Bob

food is delicious, and I try to eat at least one rib and


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MARGARET CORNWELL Margaret Cornwell, Owner and Education Director of Montgomery’s Abrakadoodle, paints a rosy picture of her chosen career, saying she’s so grateful she gets to combine her love of art and education in her work.

What are Abrakadoodle’s primary services? We do it all: after-school art classes, in-school field trips, class parties, holiday and summer camps, Arty pARTies, Art Splash paint nights for adults and professional face-painting.

Who are Abrakadoodle’s primary customers? Artists and curious creatives of all ages and levels. Programs start at 18 months for Mommy/Daddy & Me, and we have offerings for preschool 3-5, elementary and teen classes, adult painting parties for corporate events and professional development, senior adult programs and special needs classes.

What’s your favorite part of your work? The look of joy and pride on a student’s face when they create something. It’s priceless to know you are a part of broadening someone’s confidence, creativity and perspective.

What makes Abrakadoodle’s classes, camps and other offerings special? My team and I are very passionate about art education. We are also a mobile program, so we are able to make our classes more accessible. We bring everything schools and community sites need to offer an exceptional art experience.

What are your interests outside of work? I love to travel and explore artwork around the world. I also enjoy volunteering as a member of the Junior League of Montgomery. The organization’s work betters the lives of families in our community and supports women in leadership, which resonates with my mission.

Please name an accomplishment that you are particularly proud of. We opened our first PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID ROBERTSON JR.

Drawing Attention

Pop-Up Abrakadoodle Art Studio last summer to have an educational and convenient enrichment location for summer

Abrakadoodle was awarded an

camps and classes. It was so much fun! Folks can watch our

IFA scholarship award in Washington D.C.

Facebook page (facebook.com/abrakadoodleart) to find

to allow it to continue its 2018 art education

details on the 2019 summer camp locations.

program at Brantwood Children’s Home.

abrakadoodle.com/AL01

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DIANA GRAY After years of feeling under-utilized as school music and choral teacher, Diana Gray found a way to more effectively share the gift of music; she opened her own music school, Montgomery Arts Academy.

When and why did you open Montgomery Arts Academy? I opened Montgomery Arts Academy in August 2016. To have a music academy has always been my dream. As a former public school choral/music teacher, I was never granted the opportunity to perform at my highest potential. I knew that God had something better. 

What are Montgomery Arts Academy’s primary offerings? Montgomery Arts Academy primary services are: music instructions all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums as well as brass and woodwind instruments; Kidz Rock Band for ages 4-7; kids’ music camps; and tutorial programs and programs for homeschool families.

What do you love about music? Music is a universal language that speaks to the inner being of every living creature.

What’s your favorite thing about your work? Having the freedom to perform at my highest potential on any given day; to be creative in serving the community; and to meet and collaborate with new people.

Recent milestones and awards? I am a graduate of Montgomery Leadership’s Torchbearers Class X, and I was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Beta Nu Omega of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

What are your interests outside of Montgomery Music Academy? I love serving the community as a volunteer through Junior League of Montgomery and Beta Nu Omega PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID ROBERTSON JR.

of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am also a PassionPreneur Coach and speaker, teaching women

A New Title

how to build a business based on their passions with a

“I am proud of being on the pathway to becoming

growing bottom line. I am also an inspirational speaker. 

Dr. Diana S. Gray. I’m currently in the dissertation

montgomeryartsacademy.com

phase of receiving a doctorate degree in Education, specializing in Global Training and Development.”

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GiveBack

A COMMUNITY OF CARE

/ by MELISSA WARNKE

For decades The Montgomery Area Council on Aging has been offering practical

IMAGE COURTESY OF MAX.

assistance combined with compassion to our area’s elderly.

MAX employees serving at MACOA’s Meal Makers program.

The Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA) is on the

value of $3 million — to implement MACOA’s programs. They

heels of a milestone year. In 2018, the organization delivered

prepared meals for 1,084 people and drove more than 51,000

its four-millionth meal since it began in 1972. In addition, a

miles to deliver those meals.

new volunteer opportunity and an expanded kitchen have allowed MACOA to better serve the needs of the aging population in the River Region. Executive Director Donna Marietta will soon celebrate her seventh year with MACOA. The organization’s momentum and growth are a point of pride, but her greatest measure

Giving Time “Our programs are volunteerdriven. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers, donors and board members.” - Donna Marietta, Executive Director

of success is the community support

Delivering Independence Meals On Wheels, the flagship program of the organization, provides a hot, nutritious meal to homebound seniors. The visit, however, is about so much more. “The client knows a familiar face will be at their home around noon. It’s often the only contact they have for the day. If someone has fallen, for example, and can’t answer the door, the volunteer is there to contact someone

they receive. “The partnerships we have developed with

for them,” explained Marietta.

individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations have been a real blessing,” Marietta said. “Our programs are

The goal is to allow their clients to remain in their own home

volunteer-driven. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers,

as long as possible. For what it costs to hospitalize a senior for

donors and board members.”

one day, MACOA can feed that person for an entire year. All the meals are prepared in MACOA’s newly expanded

Last year alone, 1,200 volunteers worked 172,000 hours — a

Caddell Kitchen. Before, MACOA purchased meals from

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Care That Counts In 2018, 1,200 MACOA volunteers worked 172,00 hours (a value of $3 million). They prepared meals for 1,084 people and drove more than 51,000 miles to deliver those meals. Walmart and MPD volunteers work together to prepare meals for MACOA meal deliveries. IMAGE COURTESY OF MACOA.

local providers but found them to be too

the Corporate Route Partners, allows all

inconsistent for their needs.

employees to deliver meals. Bank leaders say it lets them serve in the city in which

“Now, we can provide each person with the

they live and work and remind them what

same quality meal. It has been a big help,

it means to be a part of a community. “Our

but to do that, we needed more volunteers,”

employees constantly share the same

said Marietta.

feelings I experience when delivering meals and helping our seniors—they are so

In response, MACOA launched Meal Makers

appreciative,” said Pete Knight, Renasant

with help from the Montgomery Lion’s Club.

Bank City President. “The old saying,

Each morning, Monday through Friday,

‘It is better to give than receive,’ is so

volunteers come in from 7:30 to 9:30 to

true. Employees volunteering to run meal

plate, seal and prepare the food for delivery.

routes help us to promote teamwork, trust,

Route drivers typically arrive around 10:30 to

generosity, happiness, and it is a constant

collect their meals.

reminder of how blessed we are!”

“Meal Makers has been a huge success.

The Chamber, Montgomery Police

In one year, more than 100 groups and

Department, Montgomery County District

some individuals have volunteered with

Attorney’s Office, Beasley Allen Law Firm

us,” said Marietta. “We have found that it is

and MAX are among the organizations and

a great way to develop teamwork among

businesses also committed to delivering

businesses. It is a very tangible way for them

meals, in addition to supporting MACOA’s

to make a difference in just a few hours.”

various fundraisers like the annual Culinary

Creating Better Communities

Caper and Swinging Fore Seniors Golf Classic. “It’s important for MAX to give

Another way a business can get involved

back to the mission of MACOA as they are

is by serving as a Corporate Route Partner.

meeting a significant need in our community,

Currently, there are 49 groups that deliver

fighting senior hunger,” said Brooke Foster,

meals once a week or every other week,

MAX Communications Specialist.

and many more who deliver less regularly. Montgomery’s Renasant Bank, one of 43 MONTGOMERYCHAMBER.COM

More Than Meals While MACOA is best known for Meals On Wheels, it’s only one of many programs. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) matches seniors with volunteer opportunities based on their experience and talents. MACOA also hosts daily activities, like quilting, exercise sessions and educational luncheons in the attached Archibald Senior Center, which is available to rent as an event venue. While MACOA continues to expand its reach, the demand is growing even faster. “Seniors have a great deal of needs, depending on their personal situation, and they’re only going to grow as our population ages,” said Marietta. The challenges ahead inspire the work of MACOA’s staff and volunteers, and they’re already planning for future growth with the purchase of a lot adjacent to their downtown Montgomery office. “Working for MACOA has been a marvelous experience,” said Marietta. “There is more work to be done, but what we have done in the 47 years it’s been in Montgomery, it’s invaluable.”


GiveBack Local Restaurant Helps Feed Needy Bibb Street Pizza is giving back to the

GIVEBACK

BRIEFS

its diners to “pay pizza forward.” Diners can

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Donates To Tornado Relief

purchase a sticky note, which equals a pre-

In response to the deadly tornado that devastated Lee County, Alabama, on Sunday,

paid meal for anyone who comes in hungry but

March 3, 2019, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) donated $50,000

can’t afford food. The notes are also inscribed

to the American Red Cross for tornado relief efforts. “We are grateful to our partners like

with sentiments that let those in need know

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, who allow us to provide help and hope to those

they’re not alone. The notes hang behind the

who need us most,” said Mark Beddingfield, Regional Executive Officer, American Red

counter at the eatery. The campaign began

Cross, Alabama Region. HMMA employs more than 2,500 team members who reside in

with Patrick Aitken, who works for the Mid-

the River Region and throughout the state of Alabama, including Lee County.

community by allowing (and encouraging)

Alabama Coalition for the Homeless. He had heard of similar things being done in other places and was moved to do it after a lunch at the pizza place, so he explained his plan, pre-

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day Benefits MACOA Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA) announced that it received 5 percent of

purchased two slices of pizza and put notes on

April 18’s net sales from Montgomery’s Whole Foods Market as part of the company’s

the backs of two of his business cards. Owner

annual Community Giving Days. All funds raised will support MACOA and MACOA’s

Ian Walters loved the idea, and now others

Meals on Wheels program serving homebound seniors. The April Community Giving Day

have followed Aitken’s lead. In early May, there

initiative was Community Food Systems, and was focused on organizations, partnerships,

were 200 notes taped to the restaurant’s wall

projects and events that leverage food to strengthen communities through economic

waiting to feed someone’s need.

growth, sustainable sourcing, environmental stewardship and powerful collaborations.

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GiveBack MAX4KIDS AWARDS Scholarships The accomplishments of nine high school seniors were recognized by the MAX4Kids Foundation at a scholarship reception that took place on May 2 in MAX’s Eastdale Community Room. “MAX4Kids is proud to celebrate nine outstanding high school seniors,” said Kenneth Hill, MAX4Kids Foundation President. “We are excited to see how the foundation’s investment in their future will help make Central and East Alabama an even better place.” The seniors from Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore counties were selected from 78 applicants representing 31 different schools. MAX4Kids is awarding $45,000 in scholarships this year.

The Chamber wants to share the good news of businesses doing good. Please send story ideas to jminiard@montgomerychamber.com.

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MyMGM

GENERATION NEXT

/ by MELISSA WARNKE

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) created its Junior Executive Board in 2011. Since its inception, the young professional group has succeeded in engaging a new generation of art enthusiasts and patrons.

Join In Learn more about all of the exhibits, events and

Capturing A New Generation MMFA is the state’s oldest fine arts museum. Founded in 1930

programming MMFA

inside an abandoned high school

offers and find details on

building in Montgomery, it moved

how you can support it at mmfa.org.

several times before making its home at Blount Cultural Park.

While Montgomery’s cultural landscape has changed over the years, MMFA’s original mission still exists today — to exhibit and teach art. MMFA leaders believe the JEB’s influence is helping to build a bridge for the future by connecting new audiences to the

After Hours, a Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts event hosted by the Junior Executive Board. IMAGES COURTESY OF MMFA.

“We have expanded the definition of what it

between the ages of 25 and 40. Its mission

means to be an arts patron,” said Cassandra

is two-fold: to promote membership

Cavness, the current president of The

and build awareness of MMFA to young

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ Junior

professionals. In addition, the group also

museum. “JEB members are introducing

Executive Board. “Most imagine it in only

plans and promotes a significant annual

a whole new generation of museum

a financial capacity. However, the Junior

fundraising event called Art in Concert.

guests and supporters to what we offer,”

Executive Board is showing that supporting

Money raised goes to support major

said Cynthia Milledge, MMFA’s Director of

the arts can come in many forms. For us, it’s

exhibitions and the education department of

Marketing and Public Relations. “More than

helping to attract new audiences by lending

the MMFA. Another JEB coordinated event,

that, we look to this group for guidance.

our efforts, talents and endorsements, not

Last Call, is an arts-focused after-hours

Our longtime supporters and patrons feel

just our financial support,” added Cavness.

party that gives attendees the final chance

energized by the fact that one day, they’ll

to experience a museum exhibit before it

pass the baton to these dynamic, young

leaves MMFA.

leaders,” said Milledge.

The Junior Executive Board, or JEB for short, is made up of about 30 young professionals

In fact, MMFA’s current board of trustees

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thought so highly of JEB members,

board members are so passionate

they asked several of them to sit

about the work, they continue to

in on the interview process for the

serve year after year. “Since joining

museum’s new director. Milledge

the board, I have experienced what

says the perspective of the younger

a rich and vibrant arts community

generation was important to them.

Montgomery has,” said Kate Bartlett,

As soon as the new Director Angie

a board member since 2013. “We are

Dodson came on board, she was

so lucky to have the wonderful and

immediately impressed by what

free exhibits, events and programs

she saw. “I found myself struck by

at MMFA.”

their capacity and commitment as arts patrons and by the ways that

Bartlett and Cavness both say their

their varied life experiences mirror

time with the JEB has afforded them

those of the public who put their trust in us,” said Dodson. “These qualities position us to deliver on the

the opportunity to get involved Members of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board. IMAGES COURTESY OF MMFA.

promises of the museum’s mission of service to our community now and for the decades to come as these young professionals continue to spread their roots and wings.”

with other arts organizations in the city, inspiring their commitment to MMFA and Montgomery as a whole.

Shaping The Future Of Arts In MGM Each year, the JEB invites new members to join through a competitive application process. Terms are one year, but many

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“We have come to recognize the important role the arts play in helping to shape our city,” said Cavness. “It’s an honor to be a part of it.”


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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

U N D E R S TA N D I N G B U S I N E S S I N T E R R U P T I O N I N S U R A N C E BY A L E X A N D E R H . C A R OT H E R S I I I , C I C

Business interruption coverage is one of

sales, recurring expenses and the trends from

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in a business owner’s time of need. Business interruption insurance, a form of time element insurance claim that sets a business back or

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Many businesses are reliant on their suppliers,

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these situations, it is highly possible for

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income claim due to a supplier, customer or

business income insurance, is meant to

dependent property being down. Contingent

ensure your business’ loss of income—

business Interruption insurance can provide

specifically, the loss of income resulting from

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to utilize this coverage, don’t let the threat

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of a business interruption be a hindrance to

as hurricane damage to surrounding areas.

your business’s progress. Use it for the unique security that it can provide you in the face of

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challenges.

MEET THE EXPERT

For example, expenses such as the rental of a temporary location, the overtime and bonuses quickly. These are extra expenses that your business would not have normally incurred but now has to pay in order to support normal day-to-day operations. So, check your business income coverage form for this important coverage for extra expenses.

H OW M U C H B U S I N E S S I N T E R R U P T I O N C OV E R AG E D O I N E E D ? While there is no perfect science,

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worksheets analyze your business’s gross

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EXPERTISE AND ANSWERS TO CO 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 OW

U N D E R S TA N D I N G R I V E R B A N K & T R U S T ’ S F I N A N C I A L S E R V I C E S BY P O L LY H A R D E G R E E


An interview with Montgomery Airport Authority‘s new Executive Director Marshall J. Taggart, Jr.

FLY MGM: HITTING NEW HEIGHTS The Montgomery Regional Airport has been on

What motivated you to come onboard as

a steady upward trajectory recently, raising the

Executive Director of the Montgomery Regional

standard of service and increasing offerings for the last few years. Now, the Montgomery Airport Authority has landed a new Executive Director, Marshall J. Taggart Jr., and he’s ready to push progress higher. MBJ asked him to share how he plans to help the area’s economic development efforts truly take off and why he’s the man to put those plans into action. What is your background and experience in airports and the aviation industry? Since 2000, I have held roles and been exposed to every aspect of airport management including, but not limited to, operations, maintenance and security; commercial development (concessions, real estate, and parking); planning and development, noise abatement and environmental services; finance and administration; intergovernmental affairs; marketing and communications; and many others throughout my career. My airport assignments have been based throughout the country, including major hubs like Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airports, medium hubs like Chicago Midway International Airport and small hubs like Tallahassee International Airport, as well as general aviation at DeKalb Peachtree Airport.

Airport (MGM)? The challenge of working for a high-flying enterprise that is poised to continue to soar to new heights in the next five years. MGM is entering into a new era marked by service, and I think I am uniquely qualified based on my successes in turning airports from regional to international enterprises.

What are your plans and goals for the Montgomery Regional Airport? MGM is committed to providing an exceptional airport experience that enhances the region; connects with the community; and establishes customer satisfaction as its top priorities. This robust vision looks forward to reaffirming the airport’s position as a regional leader. To this end, in 2019, we will relentlessly develop and finalize our mission, vision, goals and objectives to drive, develop and deliver the next generation of service.

How is our airport important to business in Montgomery and the surrounding area? It is very obvious. Transportation is the key to moving goods and services in order to operate a business. These two items are fundamental building blocks of why a business succeeds. In our business, air transport is a key utility that ensures people connect in order to build relationships to foster business.

What are your interests outside of work and how do you plan to “plug-in” to the Montgomery

Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). My education background includes earning a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in public administration in urban and public finance management. I’ve got “all but the dissertation” for a Ph.D. in political science with emphasis in urban politics, U.S. politics, political methodology and public administration, and anticipate

community? My interests include HBCU marching bands, golf, African American and Civil War history, mentoring black youth and of course, aviation. I’m looking forward to attending concerts and local sporting events, joining boards, visiting neighborhood associations, engaging in economic development through the Chamber and partnering with and mentoring students in Montgomery Public Schools.

finishing that degree in spring 2021.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT FOUTS

I also am a Certified Airport Manager by the American


is committed “ MGMto providing an exceptional airport experience that enhances the region and connects with the community.

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DESTINATION: VISION 2025 Check out these key points of the Montgomery Regional Airport’s plan for the future.

Enhancing the Airport & the Region Air service development remains a priority for the airport. Our goal is to increase select routes to preferred destinations and provide ground amenities for vacation and business travelers alike. In short, we want to offer “more routes and more travel rewards” for passengers who choose MGM. With modern and welcoming environments on the air and land sides of the airport, MGM offers a comfortable and convenient terminal for passengers and guests. As the airport plans for its future, covered parking, an expanded cell phone lot, new concessions, digital advertising and an observation deck are among the proposed enhancements.

Connecting With the Community MGM’s continued success is linked to the vitality and growth of its local and regional communities. As partners in the development of the region, the airport and local communities collaborate to maximize the area’s rich business, educational, military and cultural resources. Tourism partnerships will emerge as a primary outreach goal, regularly bringing citizens and visitors to the airport for unique experiences and events (Runway Run, Air Show, and the Airport Open House and Educational Fair). Our airport seeks to drive innovation and explore the next frontier of the aviation industry. Perfectly positioned in a region with several institutions of higher education, MGM will establish relationships with colleges and universities to foster four research and development initiatives (renewable energy; engineering; arts and entertainment; and sustainability), capable of changing the face of our field.

Exceeding Customer Expectations As a “high-performance organization,” our airport team will operate an efficient and well-run facility that anticipates the needs of customers and delivers an unparalleled level of service. MGM will harness the limitless power of technology and artificial intelligence to transform the customer experience. From the “roadway to the runway,” we will work to understand our travelers and anticipate what they want and need, from the moment they leave their homes until takeoff. Service upgrades, including airport parking and baggage claim, will be central to this effort.


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AT EASTCHASE T FARMERS MARKE

Get your fill of local produce plus River-Region-made goods while keeping dollars in the area’s economy at The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers Market. The Shoppes at EastChase is one of the capital city’s most diverse destinations for retail therapy, packed with major national names like DSW and Ann Taylor. But on summer Saturdays, things get a little more local. Beginning bright and early (at 7 am), the crowds start to wander among rows of pop-up tents lining one section of the parking lot, and they come to fill up on wholesome, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, dairy delights and more at The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers Market. According to Marketing Manager at The Shoppes at EastChase Suzanna Wasserman, the market started in 2004 to fill a void. “There was a need to get locally sourced produce and other products on the east side of town,” she said. Since that first Saturday 15 years ago, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. “An average of 3,000 people attend the market each Saturday, and we are in the top five markets in the state of Alabama,” Wasserman said. The market allows River Region residents a one-stop shopping experience where they can find honey, peaches, squash, corn, Wagyu beef, ice cream, baked goods, jams and more from the 40-plus vendors at the market. They also get the opportunity to support local businesses. “Our Farmers Market has become a Saturday tradition for families,” said Wasserman. “We love the opportunity to connect Alabama farmers and makers with the Montgomery community.” It’s also benefitting area farmers, giving them an additional outlet for their goods, as Wasserman explained. “Many of our farmers are multi-generation family farms, and our market gives them an opportunity to provide for their families as well as raise awareness about why people should support local farms,” she said. “Many of our makers started out at our market and have since gained massive followings.”


VERIFIED VEGGIES

The EastChase Farmers Market is a certified Alabama Farmers Market and only allows the sale of produce that is grown within the state of Alabama.

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An average of 3,000 people attend the EastChase Farmers Market each Saturday,

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SLOCOMB JOHN APLIN, APLIN FARMS GROWING: More than 200 varieties of fruits and veggies, including tomatoes (which Slocomb is famous for), peaches, corn, peas and more.

FARMING SINCE: 1952 AT FARMERS MARKET SINCE: 2004 HIS TAKE: “It’s a very good, successful market, one of the better markets in state that we go to, and we go to 12. It has lots of good vendors and good customers. About 25 percent of all of our sales come from the markets, so they are an important piece of our business.”

MONTGOMERY KAREN PREUSS, FENNEL + FIGS MAKING: Jams and preserves, spices, granola and baked goods (cookies, muffins, scones and more)

MAKING SINCE: 2017 AT FARMERS MARKET SINCE: 2018 HER TAKE: “Being at the market has grown my business [which is a side business; Her day job is Assistant Director for Montgomery City/ County Public Library System} in an unbelievable way. Both the shoppers and other vendors are fabulous. Last year, I would say the market represented 50 percent of my gross sales. That’s huge.”

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TALLASSEE LEONARDO VASQUEZ, LEO’S PRODUCE GROWING: A little of everything, including strawberries, greens, tomatoes, peppers and sunflowers

FARMING SINCE: 2009 AT FARMERS MARKET SINCE: 2013 HIS TAKE: “I love being face-to-face with our customers and selling direct. I know they are getting our freshest items to take home and enjoy. And I really like the atmosphere at the market.”

“We love the opportunity to connect Alabama farmers and makers with the Montgomery community.”

# supportlocal Supporting Alabama farmers and makers is an extra perk for visiting famers markets this season. Watch @theshoppesateastchase on Instagram for more information and vendor highlights each week.


BUSINESS MATTERS:

BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE WITH SMOKING CESSATION LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ADDITIONAL HIGH COSTS OF AN UNHEALTHY HABIT.

We all know that smoking can take a high toll from individuals, but did you know how much smoking can cost your business?

GET HELP The Alabama Department of Public

It’s a little here and a little there, but

Health can help businesses comply

the total really adds up.

with the Affordable Care Act and help employees quit through a tobacco

Check out these cold, hard facts and

quitline service accessed

then consider using the tools and

at 1-800-QUITNOW or

resources available from The Alabama

quitnowalabama.com. This service

Department of Public Health to help

is provided

your smoking employees quit.

at no cost to the employee

ADPH CAN HELP BUSINESSES COMPLY WITH THE

• According to the Centers for Disease

or employer.

Control, companies lose $3,856 per

The service

smoker per year in direct medical costs

provides interactive counseling

and lost productivity.

and, for those medically eligible,

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

• On average, smokers miss 2.3

Counseling can be scheduled for

more days of work per year than

days and times that are convenient

non-smokers.

for the employee. And NRT is mailed directly to the home of the employee.

DID YOU KNOW? According to the Centers for Disease Control, companies lose $3,856 per smoker per year in direct medical costs and lost productivity.

• Additionally, four 10-minute

People using Alabama’s Quitline

smoking breaks per day equates to a

service have a success rate of 42

loss of 1 month of work per year.

percent. Additionally, comprehensive smoke-free policies help to support

• Businesses pay an average of $2,289

employee cessation efforts.

in worker’s comp cost per smoker compared to $176 per non-smoker.

• Additionally, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires tobacco cessation services be provided as

For more information on 1-800-QUITNOW or smoke-free workplaces, contact Jennifer Harris at 334-206-5667.

a preventive service.

BIG BENEFIT If you’ve got more than 50 employees, the Affordable Care Act requires you to offer smoking cessation services to your employees. The ADPH “quit smoking” services, including the nicotine replacement therapy, are totally free; they’re offered at no cost to the employer or the employee. Thanks to this FREE ADPH program, small businesses (who are not required to offer it) still can, meaning they can offer this great additional benefit to their employees.

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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY: ADVANCING “COMMUNIVERSITY” When Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., returned to his alma mater as its 15th President in 2017, he launched an initiative centered on the term, “CommUniversity.” “This is a term that we have embraced at

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ASU as one of our mantras,” said Ross. “CommUniversity signifies that Alabama State University is focused on being an impactful and committed partner with the local community, as well as those ‘communities’ with which we connect nationally and globally.

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Our partnerships with Montgomery and the River Region are

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longstanding, and my goal is to strengthen and advance those relationships.” During Ross’s tenure, Alabama State University has launched or

Thanks to its multiple public and private schools providing a wide array of degree offerings, career paths and specialties, Montgomery brings a lot to the table for students who come from both near and far. (And

expanded several key initiatives that highlight a strong commitment to CommUniversity. One of the university’s first major community partnerships was ASU’s connection to the Montgomery Internet Exchange (MGMix), the first internet exchange point in Alabama and one of only four in the Southeast.

the surrounding areas bring even more to the higher

ASU is also actively involved in Envision Montgomery 2040, the

education equation.)

visionary undertaking to develop a new comprehensive plan for the capital city. University faculty and staff are part of the diverse

But these institutions also have an economic impact

committee that is leading the effort that, according to the Envision Montgomery website, “will enable the community to help shape the

worthy of cum laude honors, thanks to the thousands of

vision and make recommendations that will guide decision-making

jobs they create, the training programs they administer

for years to come.” In October 2018, ASU hosted the Community

(that help us draw and keep business here) and the talent they attract in terms of students and faculty.

Summit that brought nearly 500 people to the Dunn-Oliver Acadome to share ideas and discuss topics ranging from education to maximizing opportunities and improving the city as a whole.

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NEWS TO KNOW: HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE In addition, ASU injects thousands of volunteer hours into various projects throughout the city. One of its most prominent volunteer initiatives is the annual Read and Rise program, a partnership with the Montgomery Public School system. Read and Rise 2019 was the most successful campaign in the program’s six-year history. ASU connects with the community through events too, including a variety of camps for children and teenagers throughout the year, many of which are STEM-focused. ASU recently partnered with the Chamber to announce that the university will be the site of the BEST Robotics Competition in October, bringing more than 1,000 of the region’s top STEM students to campus for the multiday event. “Events such as the Robotics Competition allow students to showcase their talents and be recognized for their achievements. It is a prime example of the benefit of CommUniversity,” said Ross. Finally, ASU has entered an agreement with Montgomery’s Community Action Agency to operate a Head Start Center in the University’s Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center. The collaboration will allow young scholars to benefit from the wealth of educational resources provided by ASU. “We are excited about the

“I think about Booker T. Washington a lot. I think about what he accomplished with hardly any of the resources that I have now, and I tell myself that I have to keep moving to make

potential of this partnership to impact hundreds of young people

Tuskegee even greater and grander than

in the Montgomery area. Not only will the Head Start students be

he imagined.” - Dr. Lily D. McNair,

taught by experienced staff at the Early Childhood Center, they

Tuskegee University President

also will have the added benefit of engaging with professors and advanced students in the College of Education,” said Ross.

McNair outlined her personal aspirations for Tuskegee during her March 15, 2019, inaugural address —through which she

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY:

introduced her inaugural theme of “A New Era of Leadership and

NEW PRESIDENT STRESSES LEADERSHIP & EXCELLENCE

Excellence.” “My commitment to our students, faculty and the entire Tuskegee community is rooted in my belief that Tuskegee offers an unparalleled education with a unique perspective — one connected to our historical value and virtues,” she said.

Dr. Lily D. McNair was appointed Tuskegee University’s eighth president in July 2018, and she also has the distinction of being

Her focus on leadership and excellence included a three-

the university’s first female president. A year later, she continues

part symposium highlighting the career contributions and

to embrace that moniker and the inspiration it provides for future

accomplishments of fellow female African-American role models

generations of female leaders.

in higher education, business and faith. She paid homage to many of her own personal mentors by including them as symposium

According to the American Council of Education’s 2017 American

panelists. Inaugural events also included a fundraising gala held at

College President Survey, only 30 percent of the nation’s college

the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa — a springboard for

presidencies at the time were held by women, and women of color

her $1 million “Campaign for Leadership and Excellence” benefiting

represented only 5 percent of sitting presidents. Through her

student scholarships.

own presidency and example, McNair hopes to pave the way for tomorrow’s female executives in higher education and other sectors.

Although her inauguration centered on ushering in a “new era” at

“I know that I am a role model for women — young girls and older

Tuskegee, McNair is mindful of the legacy of leadership of which

— to dream big, to be curious and optimistic, and to think boldly,”

she is now a part — one that dates back to the appointment of

McNair said. “I’ve had young women tell me already that I’ve helped

Booker T. Washington as the institution’s founding principal in 1881.

them realize that they can aspire to be a college president. I’m really

It’s on that foundation of leadership that she plans to continue

proud about that.”

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about him, the more I appreciate him being such a visionary. He set

early April. The win came hot off the heels of other recent MBA case

a standard that I work very hard to uphold,” she said. “I think about

team successes. Those include first at IDEAcorps Case Competition

what he accomplished with hardly any of the resources that I have

in New Orleans, third at Race & Case in Denver, and second at the

now, and I tell myself that I have to keep moving to make Tuskegee

Katz Invitational Case Competition in Pittsburgh.

even greater and grander than he imagined.” Executives from FedEx Corporation presented SEC teams with a challenge currently facing the company on Friday morning. The

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA’S CULVERHOUSE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS:

four-person teams were randomly drawn into four divisions, had

MBA PROGRAM HONORED

considered each presentation and the top four teams advanced to

approximately 24 hours to outline an approach to the challenge and to organize a related presentation. A panel of judges from FedEx the finals. In addition to the team title, Alabama’s Rivera Burrows also received the Best Q&A Award for Division C, as determined by the judges. Culverhouse has additional news too. Just recently, The EDGE, a 26,000 square-foot business incubator and innovation space for entrepreneurs, officially opened its doors in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in February. Located in the heart of Tuscaloosa, The EDGE is the result of a partnership between The University of Alabama, via the Culverhouse College of Business’ Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute, the City of Tuscaloosa and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The EDGE is both a workspace and a catalyst for business networking that will host regular workshops, forums and informal gatherings. The $11.7 million facility includes 20 offices, 100 workstations and several conference rooms, all offered to

The MBA program at The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business was recently recognized as among the best in the country. The Manderson Graduate School of Business located within Culverhouse manages the MBA program, and U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools list ranks Manderson as 50th in the Best Business Schools category, moving up from 63rd in last year’s rankings. The rank places Manderson at 26th among

entrepreneurs, people seeking to build their businesses and individuals who need working and networking space. Besides providing a place to work and meet for the Tuscaloosa entrepreneur and freelancer community and entrepreneurialminded students, The EDGE also will host special events that further drive area business and job growth, including pitch events and hackathons.

public institutions and 5th in the Southeastern Conference. “This ranking is the result of our faculty offering a top-notch academic program at Manderson as well as our success in attracting high quality students and in excellent job placements of our graduates,”

FAULKNER UNIVERSITY:

said Sharif Melouk, Associate Dean of the Manderson Graduate

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES EXPANDS

School of Business.

More than 30 students signed up in the fall of 2018 to be a part of In addition, the teams of Manderson MBA students participating

Faulkner’s new Department of Speech and Language Pathology

in case competitions, which are high-pressure problem-solving

under the new College of Health Sciences. Their clinical work

exercises often using real-world business situations, are finding

will take place at the Faulkner SLP Clinic located on Woodmere

success across the country. A team represented by Everette

Boulevard. The fully funded diagnostic and treatment clinic is well

Dawkins, Samuel Greene, John Clary and Bryonna Rivera Burrows

equipped and staffed to offer services to all ages, infants through

won first place in the 7th annual SEC MBA Case Competition held

the elderly.

at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee in

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NEWS TO KNOW: HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE In 2017, Faulkner President Mike Williams announced that the university plans to establish an autism center on campus by the end of 2019. The comprehensive, interdisciplinary center will combine resources from the College of Education and the College of Heath Sciences. The university has hired three new directors to develop the next three programs; the physician assistant (PA) program is scheduled to begin in 2020, physical therapy (PT) in 2021 and occupational therapy (OT) in 2022, pending accreditation. “Expanding into the health sciences is going to elevate Faulkner’s academic programs and its standings academically,” said Dave Rampersad, Ph.D., the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

TROY UNIVERSITY: NEW ACCOUNTING ACCREDITATION & NATIONAL RECOGNITION Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business now stands as just one of 189 colleges of business worldwide to hold dual accreditation from AACSB International. In November, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, accredited the Sorrell College, noting the university’s commitment as a reflection of its dedication to students, network of alumni and the greater business community. In January, the Sorrell College received supplemental AACSB accreditation of its School of Accountancy. To realize accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB Business Accreditation. Then, in addition to developing and implementing a mission-driven plan to satisfy the business accreditation quality standards, accounting accreditation requires the satisfaction of an additional set of accreditation standards that are

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specific to the discipline and profession of accounting. In addition to a full range of business degree programs offered at the university’s Troy Campus, the Sorrell College also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at the Montgomery Campus for those seeking careers or advancement in career fields such as global business with a concentration in accounting and finance, marketing, management and human resource management. “The Sorrell College now holds AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting, which is synonymous with ‘the highest

The Princeton Review recognized TROY as being among the best colleges and universities in the southeastern United States for the 14th consecutive year.

standards of excellence’ for the academic programs we offer our students,” said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business. “We have laid a great foundation for the future through the attainment of dual

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AACSB accreditation, joining a select group of business schools representing the best universities in the world.” TROY’s accolades during the 2018-2019 academic year didn’t stop with the Sorrell College. The Princeton Review recognized TROY as

AUBURN UNIVERSITY AT MONTGOMERY: WORKING CAPITAL

being among the best colleges and universities in the southeastern United States for the 14th consecutive year, and Military Times ranked the university as the top university in Alabama in its 2019 Best for Vets college rankings.

Montgomery is evolving to meet its changing needs. With half a century of growing and developing Montgomery and the River

“Troy University takes very seriously our service to those men and women in uniform, and those who support them,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “We know that freedom is not free, and at TROY, we take great pride in serving and supporting those who sacrifice daily to protect our way of life. Since the 1950s, Troy University has set the standard of service, and these external rankings and recognition validate our efforts.”

Region’s highly qualified workforce to its credit, AUM continues to strengthen business and government by developing “working capital.” Ranked among the South’s top universities by U.S. News and World Report and named one of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review, AUM continues to be chosen as a top university in the River Region. Designated as a Military Friendly university,

Troy University has also demonstrated its commitment to helping agencies throughout Alabama, thanks to the Center for Public Service, located on the Montgomery Campus. The center operates as a hub connecting government agencies and nonprofits throughout Alabama to TROY experts who can help them in areas of need. The center not only provides opportunities for TROY faculty and staff to share their expertise, but also provides students with opportunities to gain valuable experience.

Alabama’s capital city is evolving, and Auburn University at

there are 90-plus degree programs and certifications, along with 24 degrees completely online, including the Master of Business Administration. Montgomery and the River Region continue to have a robust healthcare industry. In response, AUM recently added a Master of Healthcare Administration and a Doctor of Nursing Practice to its roster of degree programs.

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Montgomery’s emergence as a technology base in the state creates

hours each week to the program. The participants will be taught

increased demand for talent equipped to lead in a “knowledge

marketable skills and training that when complete, will lead to

economy.” AUM launched its Master of Management Information

industry-recognized credentials, national certifications and in some

Systems to leverage the power of world-class computer science

instances, credits toward a degree. The program offers other

and business faculty to attract and develop homegrown technology

benefits too; its participants will have access to tutoring, academic

leaders who are connected to and invested in the community.

advising and soft skills training.

As the business landscape in Montgomery evolves, AUM has strengthened its response. AUM’s Master of Applied Economics provides a stream of professionals with the skills for constant and real-time analysis of economic data from their integrated roles in business and government. The city and region also require, now more than ever, nimble but thoughtful decision-making: AUM’s master’s and doctoral programs in Public Policy and Public Administration prepare graduates to navigate the inevitable change that accompanies growth. A cutting-edge learning experience was also introduced. The Virtual Avatar Laboratory, the first facility of its kind in the state, combines human and artificial intelligence for a simulation experience that is unparalleled in training leaders to manage workplace challenges and engage in critical conversations. While AUM continues to grow and evolve in the students it attracts and the programs it offers, it continues to be a partner, steward and champion for Montgomery and the River Region.

STRAYER UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY: NEW UNIVERSITY BRINGS NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO MGM

TRENHOLM STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

In 2018, Strayer University opened the doors to its Montgomery campus, where students can choose from a range of academic

GRANT GIVES ACCESS TO JOBS TRAINING Beginning in the fall of 2019, Trenholm State Community College will help 120 people gain occupational skills training in high-demand fields including welding, certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technology, machine tool and commercial truck driving. The Alabama Department of Commerce awarded the college a grant of nearly $420,000 to create the training program, which will serve adults and dislocated workers in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties. The grant money will pay for tuition, fees and supplies.

programs – from IT to business and beyond – and pursue associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and even master’s degrees. In addition to its multiple offerings, Strayer’s flexibility and affordability help students succeed. It offers scholarships and participates in select federal financial aid programs, plus the Strayer Graduation Fund helps bachelor’s degree students stay within their budget and increase rates of completion. Other tools include helping students stay engaged by incorporating attention-grabbing, binge-worthy academic video content into its

Each field has its own specific requirements, but in general, participants will spend 26 weeks in training at both the Trenholm campus and the college’s Patterson site in addition to other facilities, and they should be prepared to dedicate up to 30

curriculum produced by Strayer Studios; designing the Montgomery campus to offer more space for students to collaborate with their peers and faculty, network, study and unwind; and providing its Foundations of Success course on-site at the Montgomery campus. This class is considered a steppingstone for those undergraduates

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who are coming back to college after a prolonged absence. It prepares undergraduate students to successfully go back to school by teaching time management, critical reading and thinking skills, research strategies and more. Strayer is proud to help support the growth and development of downtown Montgomery and hopes to serve the business community as a trusted partner and friend. University leaders welcome anyone interested to stop in and see what Strayer is all about. SOUTH UNIVERSITY CELEBRATING 120 YEARS

SOUTH UNIVERSITY: CELEBRATING A MILESTONE

therapist assisting and medical assisting; bachelor South University is celebrating its 120-year anniversary

degrees in criminal justice, business administration,

this year. Established in 1899, the private, nonprofit institution

healthcare management, information technology, psychology,

is celebrating its long history of driving student success. On

public health, nursing, and RN to BSN; master’s degrees

its Montgomery campus, students receive a sound academic

in criminal justice, business administration, healthcare

education that is personal and practical. South University is

administration, information systems, leadership, family nurse

regionally accredited to award associate degrees in physical

practitioner and a doctorate in ministry.

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YEAR FOUNDED

CURRENT ENROLLMENT

# OF DEGREES OFFERED

Alabama State University alasu.edu

1867

4,760

60

Amridge University amridgeuniversity.edu

1967

675

27

Auburn University at Montgomery aum.edu

1967

4,894

63

Central AL Community College cacc.edu

1989

1,835

29

Columbia Southern University columbiasouthern.edu

1993

20,818

50

Faulkner University faulkner.edu

1942

3,350

76

Fortis College, Atlanta Highway fortis.edu

2008

311

5

Fortis College, Eastdale fortis.edu

2008

207

2

Huntingdon College huntingdon.edu

1854

1,002

38

South University southuniverity.edu

1899

453

24

Strayer University strayer.edu

1892

51,479

35

Trenholm State Community College trenholmstate.edu

1963

1,845

39

Troy University troy.edu

1887

17,521

90

Troy University Montgomery troy.edu

1887

3,023

48

Tuskegee University tuskegee.edu

1881

3,289

71

University of Alabama ua.edu

1831

38,563

203

CHAMBER MEMBERS

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Small Business Briefcase +

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

HIRE UP Finding the best employees for your small business / BY PAM MASHBURN Your competition can copy your product, your processes and even your business model, but they can’t replicate your people. This makes them some of your most valuable assets and, when you’ve got great people, the keys to your success. But how can you find and hire great people?

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GET THE BEST ON BOARD not qualify them in any way before sending you a

STEP 1: RECRUIT RIGHT

candidate resume.

Your staff wants people who work as hard as they

service to help your community and help

do, and everyone likes to work with people they

a disadvantaged 16-24 year old who is

like.

receiving training and mentoring through the program.

STAY AWAY FROM FAMILY OF EMPLOYEES.

MORE GOOD TIPS:

• Chamber of Commerce website – Using this

go, you might lose two employees.

source is a member benefit, and the site is a good source of serious local candidates.

SEND YOUR POSTING TO YOUR NETWORK. Friends, vendors and business colleagues will

• Professional Associations’ websites – This

understand your standards and may know of a

allows you to reach fellow business colleagues and

good candidate.

leverage your existing network, which is smart since they probably have a good understanding of your

CONSIDER THESE RECRUITING SITES AND

business needs and philosophy.

RESOURCES:

• LinkedIn Recruiter– This service is great for

STEP 2: HOW TO HIRE

entry level all the way up to experienced

professional hires. Costs $50-plus depending on the length of your posting, but it targets and presents the job to specific qualified candidates.

review. An enticing job posting is not enough if a candidate needs a certain schedule for salary to leave their current job. A detailed job posting will save you and your team time and money.

BE DETAILED AND SPECIFIC, especially about areas that are a minimum requirement to apply.

BE UPFRONT.

As local business owner Bob Parker says, “Fire

If you’re not offering

fast, hire slow.” It’s no guarantee, but the more

healthcare, this will be a

thorough the vetting process in the beginning, the

no-go for many.

better your chances are of hiring a rock star. The

• Facebook Jobs – Using this social media add-on

word “proficient” means different things to different

works well if you’re offering part-time and clerical

positions. It’s free but contains no targeting or filters. prepared to receive resumes via messenger.

number of resumes to

childcare or a minimum

If they don’t make the cut, or you have to let them

You must have a company Facebook page and be

PRO TIPS

Save time by limiting the

• Montgomery Job Corp – Check out this

ASK YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES.

JOB POSTING

applicants. The key to find out who knows what and at what level and to determine if someone is a true fit is to test and measure. Consider these tips to ensure your new hire meets your standards.

• Indeed – This site is a terrific fit for finding part-

MEASURE INTEREST: Require a three-process

time and full-time technician and clerical hires. It’s

interview such as a phone interview, in-office

free for your first posting. This service reaches a

interview and separate in-office interviews with

large number of potential candidates but does

your team.

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GIVE A $$ RANGE. Titles don’t always convey salary accurately.

GIVE THE PERKS. Mention all the positives. Things like a flexible work schedule have real value to many.


MEASURE CULTURE COMPATIBILITY: Your team should ask questions like, “Give an example of how you handled a difficult co-worker.” Or, “Describe the perfect team member you would want to work with.”

MEASURE RESUME ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Ask process questions about their job that give real insight into proficiency.

TEST SKILLS: Most HR recruiting firms vet a candidate with background checks and skills testing. A small business can design its own series of tests. Some simple ideas are to have them: Write a collections letter. Alphabetize contracts or invoices. Problem-solve a software glitch. Test Excel proficiency by asking them to create charts using some of your office data.

SEE THE GOOD “Look for non-traditional hires, like someone who’s had a job for a while in one field and is looking, for many possible reasons, to make a career change. We’ve had a lot of success with folks outside of the restaurant industry. Also, hire for attitude over aptitude. Good attitude wins every time. And it’s the owner/ president/GM’s most important job to make sure the company hires and then trains great people. A good culture can be ruined by a few bad hires.” – Bob Parker, owner of Dreamland BBQ in Montgomery

CHECK BACKGROUND: While there are several online services for checking criminal records, most small businesses need to be focused and intentional on checking references. If a reference understands the position and has hesitation about the candidate, make note. If a person is currently working, make the offer contingent on positive referrals.

TEST PERSONALITY: There are several lowcost programs that will test the candidate’s affinity for the position and the organizational culture. This is especially helpful for sales positions. Several of these tests include the Myers-Briggs, DISC profile and a fairly new method called the Enneagram (RHETI). Getting great hires takes time. If you need help and want to outsource this, talk to one of the staffing agency Chamber members.

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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 .

ONE OF THE MAJOR BENEFITS OF YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP is the opportunity to network at Chamber functions like the monthly 60 Minute Coffees and Business After Hours. But you can take even better advantage of the connection power found at these events by going beyond attending them. Consider hosting them. Want to know why and how? Read on.

GET READY!

THE BIG KAHUNA If the idea of hosting a coffee or BAH sounds appealing, make sure you tune in when the 2019 TOTAL RESOURCE

CAMPAIGN kicks off. Each year, TRC offers multiple ways for you to get involved and engage the community, existing customers and

HOSTING AN EVENT:

potential partners and clients by aligning your brand with the Chamber’s multiple impactful

Q: How do I host a 60 Minute

initiatives, while also raising money to help fund

Coffee or Business After Hours?

the Chamber’s work.

A:

More than 25 volunteers, who work

These popular networking events

at Chamber-member businesses and

are sold through the Chamber’s Total

organizations, contact

Resource Campaign, which is held

other member

every year between September and

businesses and offer

November. Outside of the campaign,

them unique ways

Lynn Norton, Senior Manager, Member

to market and grow

& Investor Relations, keeps a running list of interested businesses and forwards it to a volunteer once the campaign starts.

Business After Hours: Host one of these popular after-work events to promote your brand to 200 prospective

Q: Why should I consider

customers. For two hours, you’ll be

hosting one of these events?

members and showcase your business

A:

able to connect face-to-face with local to potential clients. Chamber, business,

Because both can grow your

and community leaders attend these

brand and increase your business. Learn

exclusive Chamber events every month.

more about each event to see which is

Note: The monthly sponsor provides the

the best fit for your company.

venue and food. The event will be held

60 Minute Coffee: These allow you to reach an average of 200 potential clients and members before the

from 4 pm-6 pm on the designated date,

their business through Chamber events, programs and communications. By investing in the Chamber’s TRC,

GET INTO IT Are you interested in getting involved and volunteering for the program, or looking for unique, creative ways to build your business and your brand? Contact Lynn Norton,Senior Manager, Member & Investor Relations.

member businesses connect to the vital resources they need to thrive. Sponsorships not only impact the Chamber, they also fuel economic growth for Montgomery and the entire River Region.

and the location must accommodate at least 200 people and provide ample parking.

workday even begins. For one hour, your company will have an opportunity to gain exposure and market to a captive audience. Chamber, business and community leaders attend these private events every month.

Note: The monthly sponsor provides the

YOUR CONTACT:

venue and refreshments, and the location must accommodate at least 200 people

Lynn Norton, Senior Manager, Member & Investor Relations 334-240-9431 lnorton@montgomerychamber.com

and provide ample parking.

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EGGS & ISSUES WITH SENATOR

MEMBER EVENTS:

RICHARD SHELBY – MARCH 11, 2019

at the RSA Activity Center Presenting Sponsor: Guardian Credit Union

Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama’s longest running senator, spoke to standing room only crowd during the Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast event. His update included: A status report on the F-35 project, which is on track and on time, thanks to him; He recognized Hyundai and Maxwell as major economic drivers for Montgomery; He

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at Regions Bank, Downtown Sponsor: Regions Bank, Downtown

also stressed the strong partnership with Montgomery and the role he plays with regard to funding the many missions and initiatives that are Air Force focused.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS MEET UP - MARCH 12 at the EATSouth

Downtown Farm Presenting Sponsor: Alabama AG Credit

These professional women in business meet-ups are unique events that connect women from different industries to network, learn, grow and uncover new opportunities and

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collaborations.

at Montgomery Regional Airport

Sponsor: Montgomery Regional Airport

See you there! Twice a month, join fellow Chamber members at monthly networking events. They are the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers. Visit montgomerychamber.com/events for a schedule of upcoming events.

at the RSA Activity Center Presenting Sponsor Beasley Allen Law Firm

It was standing room only for the Annual State of the State business

JUN 60 Minute Coffee at Brantwood 05

STATE OF THE STATE - APRIL 10, 2019

breakfast with Alabama Governor

Children’s Home

Kay Ivey. Her update included:

Sponsor: Brantwood Children’s Home

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Acknowledging and thanking city and

Services Committee, he also urged that the

county officials and the business community

creation of a United States Space Force

at large for supporting the Rebuild

is “going to happen” to be a critical tool in

Alabama Infrastructure Bill; Continuing

fighting wars and conducting commerce.

her commitment to support education through: funding for pre-k classes, a push for career coaches for every high school,

The Chamber celebrated Small Business Week in May with an action-packed week full of events, webinars, virtual educational opportunities and surprise member visits.

and on-the-job training/apprenticeships for high school juniors and seniors; Building a robust workforce pipeline for the future that focuses on retraining dislocated workers; Continued support of local Military initiatives and missions.

TECHMGM FORUM & DBA TECH TOWN

CONVERSATIONS: ROUNDTABLES FOR

HALL - MAY 7, 2019 MGMWERX

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN - APRIL 16, 2019

Presenting Sponsor: Commerce Consulting

at the Wynlakes Golf & Country Club Grand Presenting Sponsor: Valley Bank

CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC – MAY 9, 2019

This engaging and impactful speaker series

at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club

features professional women from around

Presenting Sponsor:

the region. Barbara Larson was the speaker

Wynlakes Golf & Country Club

for April and spoke on Shifting Leadership

More than 180 golfers attended the annual

Skills in a Millennial World.

Chamber Golf Classic this year, the River Region’s premier business golf tournament.

CHAMBER MEMBER ORIENTATION –

The Chamber partnered with the DBA and MGMWERX, to hold its Spring TechMGM Forum in conjunction with a Downtown Business Association (DBA) Tech Town Hall. Community and business leaders were in attendance for a discussion on how Montgomery is embracing its tech talent, public-private projects focused on IT/Communications infrastructure, and

APRIL 23, 2019 at the Chamber’s BRC

its strong culture of innovation to fuel its

Sponsored by: exploreMedia

emergence as a Smart Community and a

This informal orientation is the perfect

destination for new investment and tourism.

event for members to connect and engage with each other, give a brief overview of

WOMEN IN BUSINESS MEET UP:

their business or service and hear from the

PICTURE YOUR PROSPERITY -

Chamber President, Anna B. Buckalew,

MAY 7, 2019 at the Capitol City Club

and staff, on the Chamber’s top goals and

These professional women in business

initiatives that fuel and impact the local business climate.

meet-ups connect women from different

EGGS & ISSUES WITH CONGRESSMAN

uncover new opportunities. In May, the

industries to network, learn, grow and

MIKE ROGERS - MAY 7, 2019

DIVERSITY DIALOGUE - JUNE 6, 2019

author of Picture Your Prosperity spoke to

at the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium

the group and offered some tips on how

Gold Sponsor: Balch & Bingham LLP

Presenting Sponsor:

to make smart money decisions and turn

The May Eggs and Issues event featured

Balch & Bingham LLP

dreams into reality.

Congressman Mike Roger, who provided a

The Diversity Dialogue is a series

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Washington Update of issues that impact

provided by the Montgomery Chamber.

our state from a national perspective. He

Conversations by business owners and

stressed the importance of participation

professionals brought insight on how

in the upcoming 2020 Census, as it will

valuing diversity in the workplace is

directly affect the state’s funding and

a powerful aid in the success of their

number of Congressional seats. Serving

businesses and the workforce, overall.

at the RSA Activity Center

as a senior member of the House Armed

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SIDE HUSTLE WORK|SHOP- MAY 8, 2019

at work|SHOP

Local entrepreneur, Julian Petty, facilitated a discussion on how he took his creative ideas and created two “side hustle” businesses while keeping his day job.


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THE LATEST TECH NEWS: passionate about assisting the government in making its technology work better for all residents. “We’re essentially replicating a structure that has proven successful in the commercial sector and applying it to the Air Force and building upon the foundation set by our peers at Kessel Run. What previously worked just isn’t cutting it anymore – we’ve got to be faster and more efficient,” said Richard Aldridge, Program Executive Officer Business and Enterprise Systems. “Launching BESPIN has reimagined our view on software acquisition and the way we solve problems. We’re confident that the brightest minds in the creation of business software and mobile solutions will be attracted to serving our country by solving some of the most pressing

EXPANDED COLLABORATION WITH AIR FORCE

issues that the Air Force faces today.”

In May, TechMGM, the Chamber’s initiative

The Chamber partnered with BES to provide

Not only will BESPIN have significant

to connect and leverage Montgomery’s

an initial off-base space at their facility, where

implications for the Air Force, the connection

unique technology assets, announced a

work is already underway to create mobile

with TechMGM and Fearless will strengthen

partnership with the Air Force Business and

applications for BES, with the first focus

the community in several ways. Technology

Enterprise Systems Directorate Program

being logistics systems used on the flight

and innovation are important to the

Executive Office to host a new Air Force

line, including those at Maxwell Air Force

Chamber’s economic development strategy,

software development project that will

Base and the Alabama Air National Guard.

and initiatives like BESPIN that partner with

offer private sector collaboration called

TechMGM and other key area resources

BESPIN. Signifying a shift in the way the Air

Through BESPIN, previously slow and costly

within the Montgomery’s unique tech

Force approaches software development

products can now be met with flexible

ecosystem, support, strengthen and grow

and acquisition, BESPIN, an acronym for

solutions that allow developers to adapt on

the city’s infrastructure to eventually lead to

Business and Enterprise Systems Product

the fly – and deliver real results more quickly.

lasting change in the region.

Innovation, pairs in-house developers with

By training and encouraging in-house talent

private sector developers and uses an agile

to develop software using agile practices, the

“Montgomery prioritizes military missions,

development methodology in a collaborative

Air Force is starting to attract top IT talent.

so we are honored to host this project for

and innovative environment to turn projects

the Air Force to advance their efforts in

into new solutions to support the Department

In April of 2019, BES awarded a contract

creating solutions for our nation,” said Willie

of Defense.

to Fearless, the company responsible for

Durham, Chairman of the Chamber. “The

redesigning the SBA.gov site, modernizing

Chamber supports any type of partnership

The Business and Enterprise Systems

Medicare beneficiary API products for

that advances the military because it is not

Directorate based at Maxwell-Gunter Air

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

only good for our country, but also for our

Force Base was charged by the Secretary of

(CMS), and building software for other

community. Initiatives like BESPIN allow our

the Air Force for Acquisition to stand-up an

federal, nonprofit, city and healthcare clients.

region to attract and retain talent, spark new

agile software factory focusing on Business

It is also a founding member of the national

businesses and create a cycle of economic

and Enterprise Systems (BES) applications.

Digital Services Coalition, and its leaders are

development that will have lasting effects.”

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THE LATEST TECH NEWS:

MGM EARNS ANOTHER TECH AWARD Montgomery continues to rack up accolades,

Montgomery’s application provided an

including yet another recent technology

overview of up-and-running projects, like the

honor: winning the Smart Cities Readiness

Smart City Living Lab, Star Watch, Rubicon

Challenge competition hosted by the Smart

and Open Data Montgomery, as well as future

Cities Council. Thanks to the collective

plans to use technology to impact residents

efforts of the City, County, Montgomery

– including providing free Wi-Fi access

Public Schools, the Chamber, Alabama Power

to all Montgomery students by upgrading

Company and members of the defense

infrastructure at local community centers.

community at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base

and the 187th Alabama Air National Guard,

“This award underscores recent technology

Montgomery came out on top of more than

and data-driven initiatives advancing

100 major cities, as large and geographically

Montgomery as a major player in the Smart

diverse as Dallas, Texas and Jersey City, New

City movement,” City IT Manager and Smart

Jersey.

City Committee Coordinator Savio Dias said.

“It also builds on our current momentum in

“This is another special moment – a

the Smart City space, carrying it forward into

watershed day – for our community,

the future through strategic planning.”

signifying our success in capitalizing on

the opportunities for growth and economic

Montgomery impressed the Council

development that come through the

by demonstrating a concise vision for

advancement of technology across our city,”

incorporating innovative data-driven

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “But

approaches in multiple projects, as well as

what’s even more important is our resolve to

shoring up efforts to enhance communication

adopt practical high-tech solutions that better

and collaboration with its team of regional

serve residents, add to our quality of life and

stakeholders and community partners.

expand access to the tools and technology

Along with four other winners including

needed for future success. We are grateful to

Baltimore, Maryland; Edmonton, Canada;

our partners who raised their hands to join us

Racine, Wisconsin and Cleantech San Diego,

in this venture.”

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resources to help further Montgomery’s hightech ambitions. Montgomery will host a Smart Cities Readiness Workshop, which will bring likeminded municipal leaders and private sector innovators to the capital city to share ideas and solutions in building the future of cities. The City will also gain free access to the Project Activator Tool, an online platform that lowers risks associated with new technology investments by offering guidelines, reviews and best practices on similar projects. Intangible benefits include higher visibility and credibility as a leader among smart cities. Officials see this as essential to attracting potential job creators and expanding our high-tech workforce.  “Montgomery is maximizing and refining the region’s existing infrastructure and physical and intellectual resources to establish innovation strategies that continue to drive demand for the city as a longterm sustainable location for investment,” Executive Director of TechMGM Charisse Stokes said. “Receiving this honor reinforces our strategy to make Montgomery a smarter place to live and work.”


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THE LATEST TECH NEWS: MGMWERX PITCH NIGHT GETS $1.5M COMMITMENT Maj. Alexander Criss, a student

system. Through his proposed

at the U.S. Air Force’s Air

solution, BETTY – Better

University School of Advanced

Effectiveness Through Tracking

Air and Space Studies earned

Yourself, U.S. Air Force air

first place in academic research

crews would be armed with a

for 2019 during the inaugural

monitoring device serviced by

Top Flight Pitch Night hosted by

the right tools to identify and

MGMWERX on May 21.

combat fatigue. Their leaders,

MITS SHOWCASES MGM’S MIGHTY IT SECTOR Nearly 1,000 IT professionals gathered in Montgomery for the 26th annual Montgomery Information Technology Summit (MITS) on May 21 and 22. These program managers, engineers, software developers, business development professionals, senior executives and field users from internationally known companies like Dell, Amazon and AT&T, as well as local vendors, represent a significant sector of Montgomery’s economy. A growing sector, as a recent

in turn, would have the tools In addition to the distinction,

necessary to make accurate and

Criss’ pitch for “Tired of Flying:

informed real-time risk-

The Unmitigated Risk of Aircrew

based decisions.

Milken Institute report demonstrates, naming the city No. 1 in the nation for hi-tech DGP growth from 2016-17.  At the conference, MaxwellGunter’s Business and Enterprise

Fatigue,” caught the attention of

Winner, Winner

one judge, David Shahady, the

The judges’ panel of

Director of the Air Force Small

four military and industry

On May 23, the Montgomery

Business Innovation Research

experts including Cotton,

Young AFCEA Advisory

(SBIR) and Small Business

Shahady, Paavo Hanninen

Council (YAAC) and TechMGM

Technology Transfer Program,

from Alabama Small

who in a stunning move, teamed

Business Development

with Air University President and

Center Network at the

judge, Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton,

University of Alabama,

to commit funds for a future

and Likia Hawkins, the

SBIR Phase II topic to address

President and Chief

Criss’ idea.

Executive Officer Steel

Officer Richard Aldridge

hosted their first e-sports competition, Gump Goes Gaming, which hosted 30

concurred on the winner

commitment for a direct to

and were encouraged

Phase II SBIR topic expected in

by the broader commercial

the next Department of Defense

application for this idea.

broad agency announcement for SBIR/STTR. The topic allows an

MGMWERX was created under

industry partner the opportunity

a Partnership Intermediary

to develop a solution for the

Agreement to align with

challenges identified in Criss’

the education initiatives of

student research.

Air University. MGMWERX augments ongoing Air University

Criss’ work focused on how

programs, through events

the Mobility Air Forces are

like Pitch Night, to enhance

unwittingly accepting and

production of high-quality,

executing routine and low-

innovative research and ideas

priority missions with high

that span issues of importance

levels of unidentified fatigue

to the Air Force.

risks because of an inadequate and outdated risk management

announced the launch of BESPIN, a new agile software development program that will allow the Air Force to rapidly develop software solutions

students from across the city

through partnering with private

and Maxwell-Gunter Annex

sector companies, offering

airmen at the MGMWERX

unprecedented opportunities

facility for a night of video

for companies to do business

games and tech networking.

Point Solutions, LLC, Shahady offered a $1.5 million

Systems Program Executive

with the Air Force, right outside of the gates of the base in Montgomery. Aldridge also

announced the first contract related to this effort with the Baltimore-based firm Fearless. “What really intrigued us was the focus on the community in Montgomery. The socioeconomic, social justice and tech ecosystem needs closely parallel what we encounter in Baltimore,” Fearless’ founder Delali Dzirasa said in a statement.   MITS is organized by the Montgomery Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), which is one of the strongest chapters globally, thanks to the vibrant community of contractors, academia and government personnel in the area that have supported the DoD missions of Maxwell-Gunter for more than 50 years. The preservation and expansion of such missions is a key priority for the Chamber.

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NEWS & UPDATES: HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA OPENS NEW CYLINDER HEAD MACHINING PLANT Choi said when plans for the new engine plant were announced in 2018. “Hyundai is continuing its track record of investing in new manufacturing technologies to ensure the long-term success of our U.S. assembly plant.” HMMA’s engine plants will now produce two all-new 4-cylinder engines for the all-new 2020 Sonata sedan: the Smartstream 2.5L Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine, and the Smartstream 1.6L Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine. These engines will offer Hyundai customers worldclass fuel efficiency and reliability.  They will be built using enhanced technology for highprecision machining and manufacturing. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and other

to manufacturing engine cylinder heads

elected officials joined Hyundai Motor

and also to enhance existing operations to

Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA), in a

support the production of new Sonata and

celebration of the grand opening of HMMA’s

Elantra sedan models. This investment also

cylinder head machining plant in mid-May.

created 50 new jobs.

The new plant is the third facility at HMMA

“With our latest expansion, HMMA continues

to support production of more than

to show its strong commitment to the people

650,000 engines per year. The plant

of Montgomery and the people of Alabama,”

represents a $388 million total investment

Hyundai President and CEO Dong Ryeol

The new, 260,000-square-foot building was constructed using advanced techniques, such as the inclusion of isolation pads for machining equipment which will lead to more precise machining. The building required more than 7,000 cubic yards of concrete and the movement of 150 football fields worth of dirt.

CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS & CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE MEET AT EJI MEMORIAL On Thursday, May 23, the Chamber’s

resulting boost to the area’s tourism

Board of Directors and Chairman’s

industry has been significant, but

Circle held a joint board meeting at

equally important are the polish the

the Equal Justice Initiative’s National

memorial and its corresponding

Memorial for Peace and Justice.

museum have put on the city’s

At the meeting, attendees heard

image, and the powerful message

from Bryan Stevenson, attorney,

they share. Telling compelling stories

social justice activist and EJI’s

of racial injustices that have been

founder and Executive Director.

carried out all over the world, the

Since the new EJI attractions

museum and memorial show the

opened in 2018, Montgomery has

world a better way forward and

been in the national spotlight, and

encourage hope in a brighter future,

attendance to both attractions has

in Montgomery, in Alabama and

exceeded 1 million visitors. The

beyond.

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THE LATEST BUZZ: MPS ACCOLADES & UPDATES each student and who make no excuses in

MAKING THE GRADE When U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual report 2019 Best High Schools, which lists the best performing

lieu of excellence.” Trinity Ross, recently graduated BTW student, shared how BTW has set her up for success.

high schools across the country, three of

“Booker T. Washington Magnet

Montgomery’s magnet

High School has the power to

schools made the cut. Loveless Academic Magnet

“WE EXCEL

Program (LAMP) ranked 13th

BECAUSE OF

best high school and 7th best

SUPPORTIVE

magnet school nationally

PEOPLE WHO

and is the No. 1 high school

BELIEVE IN THE

in Alabama. Brewbaker Tech Magnet ranked 17th best

POTENTIAL AND

high school in Alabama, and Booker T. Washington Magnet ranked 28th best high school

TALENTS OF EACH STUDENT.”

in Alabama. “I attribute Booker T. Washington (BTW) Magnet High School’s overall success to educators, support staff, families and community stakeholders who work collaboratively to make our school one of the best schools in the nation,” said Dr. Quesha Starks, BTW’s Principal. “We excel because of supportive people who believe in the

shape its students into young adults who are prepared not only for college but also for life,” she said. “Because of BTW, I have been able to achieve success in the arts and excel in academics.” Matthew Monson, Principal at LAMP, echoed Starks, expressing his appreciation for the many who work together to

make the school what it is. “I want to thank LAMP’s faculty, parents, and students for continually putting in the effort to support LAMP, and I am so proud of the work that we have continued at LAMP,” he said. “We want to keep serving Montgomery Public School students and help them earn scholarships to attend college, both in-state and out-of-state.”

potential and the unique gifts and talents of

MPS 2019 GRADUATES BRING IN RECORDSETTING SCHOLARSHIPS Students from Montgomery Public Schools’ eight high schools have received just shy of $74 million dollars in scholarship offers this year —surpassing last year’s record of $71 million. This year’s total includes five students from LAMP who received offers in excess of $1 million each.   MPS Superintendent Ann Roy Moore sees this as an indication of hard work by administrators, faculty, counselors, parents and students. “The scholarship totals continue to rise,” said Moore. “We believe we are working to prepare our students to realize their dreams of success in college and in their careers. This certainly indicates that colleges and universities from around the nation recognize the hard work of our students and the value of our MPS graduates.”

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA DONATES $250,000 TO MPS In late May, Hyundai Motor America showed its continuing commitment to education through expanding its signature Hyundai ST Math Initiative with the MIND Research Institute. Hyundai will donate $250,000 to the Montgomery Public School (MPS) system for the program. The Hyundai ST Math Initiative in Montgomery will benefit more than 3,000 students from five public elementary schools in the MPS system, including Catoma, T.S. Morris, Morningview, Seth Johnson and Brewbaker Elementary. “Hyundai is committed to helping communities thrive, and one of our core priorities is investing in education,” says Zafar Brooks, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America. “The Hyundai ST Math program is a longstanding partnership with the MIND Research Institute, which provides foundational instruction in math development skills and STEM education for kids. We believe this initiative can help unlock young minds to help solve tomorrow’s problems and help build the next generation of innovators.”

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WHEN WAS CARR, RIGGS & INGRAM, LCC FOUNDED? The firm was formed in 1997 as a merger between two prominent firms from Alabama and the Florida Panhandle who recognized the changes that the accounting industry was undergoing and decided to classify these changes as opportunities instead of hurdles. Just two years after this strategic alliance was formed, Carr, Riggs & Ingram cracked into the Top 100 accounting firms in the United States, thus cementing their legacy as a major player in the accounting industry. From left to right: Willis Teel, Jonathan Knight, Phyllis Ingram,

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 38 locally; 1,900-plus professionals with 300-plus partners firm-wide WHAT ARE CARR, RIGGS & INGRAM, LLC’S PRIMARY SERVICES? Accounting and auditing; advisory; business support and transactions; business tax; employee benefit plans; governance, risk and assurance; individual tax and planning; and IT audits and assurance. We also have industry expertise in the following: captive insurance; construction; financial institutions; governments; healthcare; institutional real estate; insurance; manufacturing and distribution; and nonprofits. WHAT IS THE FIRM’S BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY? We pride ourselves on being responsive to our clients and focusing on more than just the compliance work we do for them. We aim to dig deep and gain a full understanding of their business so at the end of the day our clients feel like we are their business partners and not just someone else handing over a bill or a tax return. WHAT SETS CARR, RIGGS & INGRAM, LLC AND ITS SERVICES APART FROM OTHER CPAS AND ADVISERS? Our strength is built upon the breadth and depth of knowledge from our thousands of professionals with a variety of specialty designations—many of whom have experience with national CPA firms, as well as private businesses across many industries. By combining this expertise with our understanding of entities of all sizes, we are able to scale our services to fit your needs.   WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR THE FIRM? Carr, Riggs & Ingram is proud to announce the addition of CRI Advanced Analytics and

Steve Williams, Robert Miller and Chad Singletary.

CRI TPA Services to its family of companies. CRI Advanced Analytics’ software products deliver data-driven predictive analytics to help forecast and manage critical aspects of your business by packaging deep data science algorithms into user-friendly interactive visualizations and dashboards. RECENT HONORS: Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC was named a Top 20 accounting firm by Accounting Today for 2019 and is the No. 1 accounting firm in the Gulf Coast region. Phyllis Ingram was recently awarded the 2019 Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Life Member Award, which recognizes extraordinary service to the industry and membership.

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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

Trustmark Names Vicki Griffin Commercial Portfolio Manager

firm’s Montgomery office. Cristy

Trustmark announced that

Member of Warren Averett CPAs and

Vicki Griffin has been named

Andrews, CPA has been named a new Advisors. She is a leader within the

Commercial Portfolio Manager

Firm’s Real Estate Client Practice Group

at its Montgomery office. Griffin

and serves in the Firm’s Tax Division.

joined Trustmark in 2004 and has

Cristy primarily focuses on real estate,

more than 24 years of banking

construction and manufacturing and

experience. She attended Troy

distribution industries.

University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in finance

Brenda Hellums, CSA, PDMM has

and master’s degree in business administration. Griffin serves as a member of the Urban Young Life Advisory Board, Bank on River Region Alabama Steering Committee and the United Way Loaned Executive Program.

been named a Principal of Warren Averett and the Service Area Leader for the Firm’s Daily Money Management Services. She assists families of private wealth, high net

Davis Smith Joins Bradley’s Montgomery Office Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that Davis H. Smith has joined the firm’s

worth individuals, busy or retired executives by creating customized financial budgets and comprehensive service plans to ensure their financial

Montgomery office as a partner

goals are met.

in the Corporate and Securities and Tax practice groups. “We are

Anna Wilson has been named a

thrilled to have Davis join Bradley

Principal in Warren Averett’s Tax

as a highly regarded practitioner

Division. She has more than 15 years

in tax and business strategies,”

of public accounting experience and

said Bradley Montgomery Office

focuses on managing tax engagements

Managing Partner Robert Emmett Poundstone IV. “He brings nearly two decades of experience, including a particular focus and a track record of success in the captive insurance industry.” 

for a variety of closely held companies. Donna Conte, CPA has been named a Principal in Warren Averett’s Finance Team Support Division and the Service Area Leader for the Firm’s Accounting Services Division. Conte

Stephanie Peavy Joins River Bank & Trust Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Stubbs announced that Stephanie Peavy has joined River

has more than 20 years of public accounting experience. She is an expert in small business advisory, taxation and outsourced services.

Bank & Trust. She will serve as a Vice President and Treasury Sales

In addition to these four, the Montgomery office also

Manager. Throughout her 25-year

announced the following promotions: Elizabeth Finley,

banking career, clients across the

Supervisor; Sara Kersey, Lead Technology Services

River Region have relied on Peavy

Administrator; Matthew Pearce, Associate Technology

to help them run their businesses

Engineer; Zack Chanthongphio, Associate Technology

more smoothly and efficiently.

Engineer; Curtis Smith, Senior Technology Consultant; Katherine Gray, Administrative Specialist III; Alfred Espinosa, Cloud Services Manager; Randell Bunn, Technical Services Manager; Dawoon (Chris) Lee, Senior Associate; Donghyun

Warren Averett Announces Promotions Warren Averett announced the following promotions in the

(Daniel) Lee, Supervisor; Henry Lee, Supervisor; and Sooyeon (Sue) Han, Supervisor.

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VOICES for Alabama’s Children New Exec Director

Marcia Johnson Promoted at River Bank & Trust

The Board of Directors of VOICES for Alabama’s Children

Chief Executive Officer Jimmy

(VFAC) announced the appointment of Stephen Woerner

Stubbs announced that Assistant

as Executive Director. Woerner

Vice President Marcia Johnson

succeeds Melanie Bridgeforth,

has been promoted to Marketing

VFAC Executive Director

Director. Since Johnson joined the

since 2013, who moved to

team in 2010, she has excelled

The Women’s Fund of Greater

in all her roles, most recently as

Birmingham earlier this year.

Corporate Administrator and Social

Woerner joins VOICES for

Media Director. “Marcia has done an

Alabama’s Children from Troy

outstanding job in directing our social media presence for

University Montgomery, where

many years and has played an integral role in our story of

he served as an expert nonprofit organizational trainer and

success,” said Stubbs.

as a consultant with state agencies, regional hospitals and a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations since 2016.

Thomas Locklin Joins Palomar Insurance

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Announces New Board Member and Chairman Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood (GMC) announced Freddie

Palomar announced the

Lynn Jr., Senior Vice President of

addition of Thomas Locklin to

Architecture in Montgomery, as the

its expanding sales team as a

newest member of GMC’s board of

Vice President, specializing in

directors, and Chris Engel, Executive

the trucking and transportation

Vice President of Architecture, as

industries. Prior to joining

board chairman.

Palomar, Locklin served the

transportation industry for seven

Lynn has been with GMC since

years as an insurance underwriter

2003 and currently leads the

for a national carrier and transportation risk management

firm’s architecture department in

advisor.

Montgomery. He has more than 30 years of professional experience and

has gained significant recognition for

CodingSolutions Hires Community Director

exceptional design work, particularly

CodingSolutions announced

for K-12 and higher education,

Jasmine Dickerson will join

municipal and commercial projects.

the CodingSolutions team as

Community Director. Within

Engel was appointed to the board of directors in 2018. He

the role, Dickerson will recruit

has more than 25 years of professional experience and has

candidates and hiring partners

been with GMC since 2003. As Executive Vice President

for the program, facilitate

of Architecture, he manages the firm’s entire architectural

virtual classes, as well as

practice, which includes oversight of more than 100

work on the development of CodingSolutions’s future training programs​. Dickerson comes to CodingSolutions with 12-plus years’ experience in experiential marketing and the training field. Most recently, Dickerson worked as the East Coast Regional Manager for the Fitbit.

employees in offices throughout the southeast.   Other board members include Cedric Campbell, Engineering Project Manager; Steve Cawood, Executive Vice President of Water Resources; Kevin Laird, Regional Vice President of South Carolina; Galen Thackston, Chief Operating Officer; and Lee Walters, Regional Vice President of Mobile. 

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landscape of media, and desire to serve the Montgomery

W E LCOM E, M IKE ! Bahakel Communications, Ltd. Hires Mike Costa

community through our strong news presence. We are grateful to the Montgomery-Selma area for their support

Bahakel Communications, Ltd.

of our operations for many years and wish to enhance and

Chief Executive Officer Beverly

continue our service to the area.”

Bahakel announced that Mike Costa has been named Vice of its Montgomery TV operations

Britton J. Stutts Now Shareholder at Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc.

effective immediately.

Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc. announced that Britton Stutts,

President and General Manager

out of their Birmingham office, was recently promoted to A 30-year broadcast veteran,

shareholder of the agency. As a

Costa comes to Bahakel most recently from Sinclair

Commercial Property & Casualty

Broadcast Group in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he

Risk Advisor since 2007, Stutts

managed a multiple station group WTVC News Channel/

provides risk management and

WTVC.2 Fox Chattanooga/WFLI CW Chattanooga for 14

insurance services to clients

years. Mike Costa replaces Sherry Nelson, who will return to

in a variety of industries with

Greenwood, Mississippi, for other opportunities. In making

special expertise in areas such as

the announcement, Beverly Bahakel said, “We are delighted

healthcare, manufacturing, social

to have someone of Mike Costa’s broadcast experience

services, non-profits, contractors

who has a love of the industry, acumen for the changing

and entertainment centers.

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ARC Realty Welcomes Five New Team Members ARC Realty recently welcomed five new members in the River Region: Larry Alford, Caroline Burkett, William Humphrey, Catrina McCovery and Shaundra McCullum. While these agents each have varying degrees of experience in real estate, they all bring a wealth of career experience and customer service talents to the table. They have each been enrolled in portions of ARC’s agent training that are appropriate to their specialties and schedules.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Larry Alford, Caroline Burkett,

Larry Alford has joined ARC Realty as an Associate Broker with several years of experience in real estate, in addition to

William Humphrey, Catrina McCovery and Shaundra McCullum

a long history of success in sales, sales management, sales training, officiating high school and college basketball. Caroline Burkett has been working in real estate for just over

Catrina McCovery has transitioned into real estate following

a year following a stint in accounting.

a 22-year career in the medical field.

William Humphrey is a newly licensed REALTORÂŽ and a

Shaundra McCullum is a military veteran of 20-plus years,

Master Sergeant in the Alabama Air National Guard, where

and she is dedicated to serving as an advocate for her clients

he has served for over 17 years, including five tours overseas.

before, during and after a real estate transaction.

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Community

He regularly attends First United Methodist Church. He will attend Auburn University in the fall and will try out as a football

Mayor Strange Honored The Alabama Library Association (ALLA) recently announced that Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange won its 2019 Public Servant Award. Building on the mayor’s momentum, the Montgomery City Council and

walk-on. Isabelle Cochran is a senior at Montgomery Catholic High School and is a state champion track runner. She is a member at Holy Spirit Church, where she leads Vacation Bible School. She

Montgomery County Commission

has over $350,000 in scholarship offers and has a 4.34 GPA.

received ALLA’s Humanitarian Award.

She plans to attend Auburn University and major in Mechanical Engineering.

“This award is a testament to our entire community’s commitment to

The Jimmy Hitchcock Committee honors young athletes for

making our library branches beacons

Christian leadership. Students are nominated by their coaches

of hope, learning and discovery for

and administrators for setting a Christian example of moral

everyone in our city,” Mayor Strange

fitness in their athletic development.

said. “Thank you to the Montgomery City Council, County Commission, library board and dedicated staff – including Jaunita Owes and Karen Preuss – for

Kelly Suero Receives Troy University’s Ingalls Award

supporting our vision to build a brighter future in the Capital of Dreams.” Montgomery City-County Public Library Director Jaunita Owes nominated Mayor Strange for the award due to his leadership in transforming Montgomery’s downtown library. Last fall, Mayor Strange stood with members of the Montgomery City Council, Montgomery County Commission and private donors in funding a $3-million upgrade to Montgomery’s Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library. Now dubbed Montgomery’s “Library of the Future,” the downtown library tripled its quantity of computers, unveiled a new research room, upgraded furniture and installed new infrastructure – including digital whiteboards and

Dr. Kelly Suero, Assistant Professor of Spanish, receives the 2019 Ingalls

interactive youth activities – among other additions.

Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Lance Tatum (right), Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. (TROY UNIVERISTY PHOTO/Joey Meredith)

Jimmy Hitchcock Award Winners Announced The YMCA of Greater Montgomery announced that Daniel Levon “Trey” Lindsey III and Isabelle Cochran are recipients of the 2019 Jimmy Hitchcock Award. A total of 39 high school seniors were nominated at an awards banquet held at Frazer United Methodist Church. Glen Coffee was the featured speaker. Coffee is a former University of Alabama running back and played one season in the NFL before returning to work with Alabama football under Coach Nick Saban in 2017.

Dr. Kelly Suero, Assistant Professor of Spanish, is the recipient of Troy University’s 2019 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Suero received the award during the university’s annual Honors Convocation held recently in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully

Daniel Levon “Trey” Lindsey III is a senior at The Montgomery Academy whose primary sports are football and basketball. He also plays baseball. In addition to his rigorous sports schedule, he is taking many AP and honors classes and has a 3.9 GPA.

conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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“The Ingalls Award is given annually to the Troy University

is appropriate that we present the Sullivan Awards at Troy

teacher who has been identified by students to be diligent,

University because one of the planks of our mission is to

effective and cheerful in conducting his/her classes during

continue to develop students into leaders with well-defined

the academic year,” said Dr. Lance Tatum, Senior Vice

values. We think these values are more important today

Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “This year’s recipient, Dr.

than at any time in our history.”

Kelly Suero, demonstrates each of these qualities and we are pleased to honor her with this award.”

Local Black Law Students Association Is National Chapter of the Year

Three Honored with Sullivan Awards

The current BLSA executive board attend the BLSA Scholars Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 18, 2019 (l-r) Noelle Sillmon (Secretary), Donavon McGuire Troy University has honored two senior students and a faculty member with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. From left to right are: Brennan Garriques, Sandra Thomas, Mrs. Janice Hawkins, Troy University First Lady, Olivia Walleser, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. (TROY UNIVERSITY PHOTO/Joey Meredith)

Troy University has honored two students and a member of the university’s staff with the 2019 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. Brennan Garriques, a senior social science major from Canton, Georgia; Olivia Walleser, a senior business administration major with a concentration in global business management from Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and Sandra Thomas, lecturer in the Department of Risk Management and Data Analytics, received the Sullivan Awards during a luncheon in their honor on the Troy Campus. The recipients were also honored during the University’s annual Honors Convocation on April 25.

(President), Kymberly Porter (Treasurer), and Shevon Thomas II (Vice President).

Faulkner University ‘s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law announced their Ernestine S. Sapp Chapter of Black Law Students Association (BLSA) was named as the National BLSA Medium Chapter of the Year. The BLSA at JSL was established to address the community and political concerns surrounding minority law students. BLSA is committed to the achievement of all law students and has developed a blueprint for law school success through an open academic enrichment program. In addition, members strive to create professional alliances between BLSA, faculty, other student organizations, and members of the legal communities in Alabama.

Achievements

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

Lowder New Homes Recognized Lowder New Homes has been recognized as a Foundation Builder in the 2018 Annual Builder Achievement Awards Program from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW). This program recognizes builders with a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional customer service and protection to their homebuyers, and is reserved for builders who

“We believe this is one of the highest awards given by our university,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “We feel it

have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the housing industry. Jimmy Rutland, President of Lowder

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New Homes, said, “We are honored to receive such a prestigious

Dean has coached a total of 17 years: two on the high school level,

recognition by 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, a giant in the home

nine on the community college level, and six on the four-year college

warranty industry. The recognition reflects the confidence in quality

level. He began his coaching career at Troy University in 1990 as a

construction and materials in our new homes that allows us to offer a

graduate assistant, where he earned his master’s degree in health

10-year structural warranty through 2-10 HBW as a part of the Lowder

and physical education and his K-12 teacher certification. During the

Home Warranty on all new sales of Lowder new homes.”

summers of 1994 and 1995, he managed the Hornell Dodgers of the

Barry Dean Elected to Alabama Community College Conference Hall of Fame Barry Dean, current President/Executive Director of the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association, was recently

NCAA-Sanctioned Upstate New York Collegiate Summer league. As Executive Director of the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association, Dean has greatly enjoyed his time serving the community college players and coaches by hosting the Community College Fall Classic

elected to the Alabama Community College

from 2005-2017.

Conference Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

“Barry has raised the awareness of baseball in Alabama. By being involved with our teams, he is able to get our student-athletes

Dean’s love of the Alabama Community

exposure and notoriety. Barry is about the student-athletes, and that

College system of athletics began when he

clearly shows,” said Dean Myrick, the ACCC Commissioner.

walked on to play baseball at Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) in the fall

Bradley Attorneys Achieve High Rankings

of 1983. The pinnacle of his playing career

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that 34 attorneys in

was when Dean was voted all-state tournament designated hitter at

the firm’s Birmingham office, two attorneys in the firm’s Huntsville

the 1986 state tournament.

office, and eight firm practice areas have been highly ranked

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in Alabama in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, the

The Travel Marketing Professional program focuses on

prestigious, independent legal industry referral guide.

various aspects of tourism marketing, including how to

Across all the firm’s offices, 94 attorneys and 27 practice

become a DMO (Destination Marketing Organization),

areas at Bradley have been highly ranked.

how tourism is an economic driver in the community and

Merrill Lynch Advisor Earns CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Designation Merrill Lynch recently announced

strategic marketing techniques for the tourism industry. A DMO (or CVB, Convention and Visitors Bureau) is an organization within a city or municipality dedicated to attracting visitors, meetings and conventions to their

that Teresa Bechard of Merrill Lynch’s

destination in order to increase the overall economic impact

Montgomery office has earned the

of their city.

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

Nim Frazer Elected to SIOR Board

(CFP Board), and are allowed to use

Nim Frazer, SIOR, Owner/

the CFP® certification mark as an

Manager at Industrial Partners in

educational credential.

Montgomery, was recently elected to serve on the The Society of

“The CFP® designation is a reflection of Teresa’s deep

Industrial and Office Realtors

knowledge of the industry, as well as her dedication to

(SIOR) Global Board of Directors.

working effectively with clients to help them reach their

Since earning his SIOR designation

financial goals,” said David Oberman, managing director.

in 1997, Frazer has served in many

“This recognition is well-deserved and a testament to

leadership roles and is honored

Teresa’s commitment to bringing personalized wealth

to serve on the Global Board of Directors. SIOR is the

management solutions to her clients.”

leading professional commercial and industrial real estate

Victoria Belton Earns Travel Marketing Professional (TMP) Designation Victoria Belton, Account Executive for Stamp Idea Group, recently graduated from a three-year program through Southeast Tourism Society (STS)’s

association. With more than 3,200 members in more than 686 cities in 36 countries, SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.

Awards & Honors

Marketing College and in the

MAX CIO Scott Lindley Honored

process joined an elite group of only

Scott Lindley, CIO of MAX, was selected as a finalist for the

1,154 tourism professionals in the

Alabama CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards. The ORBIE Awards

Southeast. Belton, a graduate of The

honor chief information officers who have demonstrated

University of Alabama with a major in

excellence in technology leadership.

marketing and a minor in advertising, is now certified as a Travel Marketing Professional (TMP).

As a finalist, this recognizes the leadership and guidance

“Attending marketing college has impacted me both

MAX. Under his leadership, Lindley has developed a high

that Lindley has displayed during his eight years with

professionally and personally,” said Belton. “Professionally, each year I bring back many of the things I learned either in class or through networking with my tourism clients at Stamp. Personally, when I travel now, I make a point to consult the city’s DMO about their hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences. I’ve learned to not only appreciate the services they offer, but their role in shaping the visitor experience.”

performance team that is dedicated to providing MAX customers with cutting-edge technology, implementing customer self-service delivery channels that have allowed MAX to become an industry leader in digital banking. Lindley has also helped make Cyber Security top of mind for all associates through awareness training and creating a culture of reinforcement, vigilance, and learning. His industry leadership includes serving as the Treasurer for

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the Alabama Chapter of the Credit Union Executives Society

outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award

(CUES) for five years; EAT South Board of Directors for four

was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco

years and Class Day Chairman volunteer for Leadership

CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was

Montgomery. Outside of MAX, Scott is actively involved in

a Troy University professor during the early 20th century

community events and encourages his team members to

and was key to the development of the University’s athletic

participate and serve the community.

program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock

Nine Bradley Attorneys Named to Who’s Who Legal Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announce that nine of the firm’s partners have been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defense practitioners. The Bradley attorneys listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2019 are Lindsey C. Boney IV, W. Wayne Drinkwater, James W. Gewin, William F. Goodman III, Tripp Haston, Lela Hollabaugh, Kim Bessiere Martin, Charles A. “Chuck” Stewart and R. Thomas

and a $1,000 stipend.

Bradley Wins Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year Honor Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that it has received the 2018 Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year ($50 - $100 million) Award from M&A Advisor for the firm’s role in the Chapter 11 case of Vanguard Healthcare and its 17 subsidiaries.

Warburton.

Bradley was the debtor’s counsel in the case, which

“We congratulate our outstanding product liability defense

Turnaround Awards. Bradley partners William L. Norton

was among the winners of M&A Advisor’s 13th Annual

attorneys who have been singled out by Who’s Who Legal as among the top practitioners in the world,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “We are very proud of our successes in this important practice area for our clients.

III and James Blake Bailey served as lead bankruptcy attorneys, firm partner Michael D. Brent served as lead corporate counsel, and Bradley partner Ty E. Howard served as lead litigation counsel in the case.

JMR+H Architecture Partner Awarded

Monica Stephens Wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award

Kevin Baughn, a partner at JMR+H Architecture, PC, was awarded the 2018 Alice Reynolds Public Servant Award for his volunteer work over the course of the past year. Baughn has provided design and technical consultation for several facility improvement projects for the Family Sunshine Center and Exodus Community.

SS&L Honored by AIA Seay, Seay and Litchfield Architects was honored by the Alabama Council of the American Institute of Architects this past February for the Kress on Dexter building renovation. Wes Osmer, principal of the firm, and Davis Campbell, project manager, accepted an Honorable Mention for the Monica Stephens, information technology assistant in the Sorrell College of Business, has won Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award. Stephens, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2002, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony at the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Sven Aelterman, IT director for Sorrell College.

project at the 2019 AIA Excellence in Design awards gala. All efforts were made to preserve the original historic context of the façade, as well as the delicately ornate interior plaster detailing. A new second-floor retail mezzanine inserted into the double-height main hall and two-story residential addition seek to further activate the property as well as maximize the project’s economic feasibility. Adjacent properties on each end of the building

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy

were incorporated into the footprint, permitting egress

University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated

paths that avoid disturbing the fabric of the original Kress.

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Jones Law School Dean Publishes Book

M G M GE TS B I KE SHA R E

Allen Mendenhall, an associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and the executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty, has published a new book, “Writers on Writing.” This collection of writers discussing writing is an anthology of penetrating interviews with prominent and diverse authors who discuss arts, literature, books, culture, life and the writing process with Mendenhall. Readers will find authentic voices, frank exchanges and unique perspectives on a wide variety of matters.

Mayor Todd Strange announced that

station in the same system.

bike share will roll out this summer in

Backed by Ford Motors’

Montgomery. “Quality of life is key to

microtransit division,

building on our success in economic

Zagster currently

development, neighborhood stability and

operates more than

the booming tourism industry,” Strange said.

250 micro-mobility

“Bike share and micro-mobility systems

vehicle shares

are the future, and we fully embrace these

across 35 states.

tools as catalysts for continued growth and

The company will have

prosperity in the Capital of Dreams. Not

a local team with a local

was able to raise approximately

only will bike share boost overall vibrancy

office in Montgomery.

$120,000 that will go toward the design

M i c ro - mo b i l i t y ven d o r Za gs ter wi l l b eg i n o p era t i n g 1 0 Pa c e Pa r k i n g s t a t i o n s wi t h a f l eet o f a p p roxi ma tel y 5 0 Pa c e b i kes t h i s s u mmer.

Zoo Weekend Sets Record More than 10,000 visitors attended the 43rd Annual Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum Zoo Weekend on March 23-24. Through this annual fundraising event, the Montgomery Area Zoological Society

and construction of a new reptile facility.

and downtown foot traffic for businesses, but it further cements our status as one of

Last year, the City of Montgomery

the South’s Smartest Cities.”

collaborated with the Montgomery Bicycle

During this annual zoo fundraiser, the

Club and potential bike share vendors to

Montgomery Zoo was transformed into

Micro-mobility vendor Zagster will begin

craft an ordinance allowing for a bike-

a festive carnival with two stages of

operating 10 Pace Parking stations with a

share policy steeped in common-sense

entertainment, games, rides, bouncy

fleet of approximately 50 Pace bikes this

regulations prioritizing safety, best practices

houses, giant inflatable slides, pony

summer. The stations will span prominent

and the viability of vendors’ business

rides, petting zoo, animal encounters,

locations throughout Montgomery’s city-

models. The Montgomery City Council

local choirs, dance troops, Montgomery

center, including the Rosa Parks Museum,

approved the ordinance in June 2018.

Fire Department’s Smoke House, Montgomery Police Department

the Capitol, City Hall, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Riverwalk Stadium,

Bike shares are most successful when

K-9 Unit, live animal presentations,

Morgan Library, Kress and more. Initial

combined with proactive bicycle and

concessions, baked goodies and more.

sponsors include Baptist Health, Blue Cross

pedestrian planning. As one of only a few

Blue Shield of Alabama and Wind Creek

Alabama cities recognized by the League

Melanie Golson, Marketing and Public

Hospitality, but City officials invite additional

of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly

Relations Manager, explained that it

businesses and organizations to join.

America program, Montgomery’s planning

takes more than 200 volunteers per

The Pace Parking platform supports secure,

and engineering departments continue

day to make Zoo Weekend a success.

lock-to parking for all dockless mobility

implementing plans to develop bicycle and

“Without the help of our volunteers, we

vehicles including pedal bikes, e-bikes and

pedestrian-friendly facilities throughout the

would not have been able to provide the

electric scooters, enabling users to borrow

city.

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Four Star Freightliner Breaks Ground on New Location

GR OW I NG N E WS Jason’s Deli Catering Business Climbing Catering sales have been rapidly climbing at Jason’s Deli, and the trend is continuing in 2019. There was a jump of 22 percent for the first two months of this year compared with (Left to Right) Scott Dixon (Four Star Operations Manager), Debra Riley (Chambers County Commissioner), Daniel Lindsey (Four Star attorney), Jerry Kocan (Four Star Owner/Dealer Principal), Leonard Riley (Mayor, City of Valley), Nancy Kocan (Four Star), Samantha Kocan (Four Star), Scott Coleson (Four Star

2018, and mid-March catering revenue rose 35 percent.

Controller), Bobby Williams (Chambers County Development Authority President)

Four Star Freightliner, Inc. broke ground on

Freightliner Dealer Principal Jerry Kocan

a new facility in Valley, Alabama, on May

said his business could not have asked

22, marking the start of new construction

for more supportive partners than the

of Four Star’s permanent home at 1051

City of Valley, especially Mayor Riley and

Four Star Drive, located on Exit 77, just off

Chris Busby with the Chambers County

I-85. This will be the seventh location for

Development Authority.

Four Star Freightliner, the third in Alabama. The new, permanent location is scheduled

The more than $4 million investment at

to be completed during the fourth quarter

the new Valley location will initially create

of 2019.

15 jobs and could allow for more in the future. Customers can expect the same

Representatives from Four Star

quality service and support they currently

Freightliner, Chambers County

receive from Four Star’s six other locations

Development Authority, City of Valley

because Four Star is moving experienced,

and the community participated in the

trained individuals to the Valley dealership.

groundbreaking ceremony. Four Star

Faulkner University Participates in HEAL Day Alabama

Jason’s Deli is one of a handful of fast-casual restaurants in the River Region with a breakfast catering menu. The eatery has always offered breakfast catering, according to managing partner Jason Snyder, but the restaurant retooled all aspects of it. One of the key changes last year was using fresh eggs and adding three additional egg offerings. “That really improved the quality of the breakfast and we revamped our pastries,” Snyder said. “We always had pastries, but now we have a wider selection.”

ARC Realty Launches New Training ARC Realty announced the official

Faulkner University students, staff and

kickoff of its new training initiative for

faculty joined Governor Kay Ivey and

newly licensed agents, combining

hundreds of children from around the

traditional classroom-style education

state for the first-ever HEAL Day (“Healthy

with self-paced online courses. While

Eating and Active Living”) at the Alabama

the ARC team has always been

State Capitol in May. It was a day of

composed of both new and seasoned

education and celebration of healthy living

agents, the company has narrowed

and literacy. HEAL Alabama is committed

its focus to include a more structured

to reversing the rise of diabetes and

program for helping newly licensed

chronic diseases related to unhealthy

agents kick start their success in the

lifestyle among youth throughout the state.

real estate profession. The program

Two years ago, Faulkner partnered with HEAL founder, Christy Swaid and HEAL Alabama to become a HEAL University by encouraging students to become

advocates of healthy living among their peers and encourage them to spread awareness to area youth.

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has also proven successful for those looking to expand their service offerings or those returning to the field after time away.


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Family Fun Day at Carver High School A Westside Family Fun Day was

a child in the digital age; the

MGM Second Graders Achieve Super Citizen Status

held Saturday, March 9, at Carver

strong-willed child; and grand-

In May, Montgomery second graders at several schools

High School. The event was

parenting.

graduated from the 10-week Super Citizen Program. They learned civics, character, finance and career

produced by the Brighter Futures Task Force, which is chaired

There were more than 100

lessons and their important roles in America’s future. The

by the Samaritan Counseling

attendees, 30 volunteers from the

students gathered at Davis Theatre for Performing Arts

Center’s Executive Director Cary

Carver High School service clubs

to celebrate their accomplishments. Participating schools

Kuhlmann. The purpose was to

and 11 exhibitors in a resources

included Bear, Dunbar-Ramer, Fitzpatrick, Forest Avenue,

provide parents information on

expo. The Fun Day closed out

MacMillan, Pintlala, Southlawn, Wares Ferry, Garrett

the challenges of raising children:

with a performance by the Carver

Elementary, Blount, Chisholm, Crump, Highland Avenue

bullying and suicide; raising

High School Band.

and Johnson Elementary.

“Pact to A.C.T.” Program Helps MPS

MPS ERS VOLUNTE NEEDED

The Montgomery Clean City Commission (“MC3”) is looking for volunteers for school cleanup events this summer before students return for the new school year. The “Pact to A.C.T.” program, which stands for “All Cleaning Together,” connects groups of volunteers to schools across Montgomery to help beautify the exterior of the school before students arrive in early August. This could include things like spreading pine straw or mulch, trimming bushes and trees, or mowing the grass. To volunteer, call 334-625-2175

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Child Protect Fundraiser Successful

Capell & Howard Welcomes Summer Associates

Child Protect, Children’s

Capell & Howard recently announced that Caitlin

Advocacy Center hosted its

Cobb, William Thomas and Benton Hughes have

spring fundraising event, Barrel

joined the firm as summer associates. Cobb and

of Blues, on April 25 at the

Hughes have completed their first year of law

Ware-Farley-Hood House in

studies at The University of Alabama School of

Old Alabama Town. The event

Law, and Thomas has completed his second year

featured a bourbon tasting by

of law studies at the University of North Carolina

Whiskey Adventures, music

School of Law. Both Montgomery natives, Cobb

by blues band King Bee, food

and Hughes graduated from the University of

by Jennie Weller, and drinks

Alabama with degrees in political science, while

and a silent auction with items

Thomas received his degree in political science

contributed by local individuals

and history from the University of North Carolina at

and businesses. New this year

Chapel Hill.

was a raffle of 20 Year Pappy Van Winkle, given to the agency by an anonymous

Stephanie & Ken Peavy

donor, which alone raised $9,600.

Montgomery Zoo Announces the Birth of Two North American River Otters

Barrel of Blues was sponsored by ServisFirst Bank, Serquest, Kam & Patrick Sidhu, WSFA, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Beasley Allen, Stokes Stemle, Palomar Insurance, Jackson Thornton, The Vance Law Firm, Jim Wilson & Associates, Hill Hill Carter, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Whitfield Foods, Kimbro Renovations, Southern Pipe & Supply, Borden Morris Garner, Railyard Brewing Company and Bob Parker. The event raised $40,000, in its second year.

Montgomery Student Wins Second Trojan Heart Challenge A Troy University student with a

“I’m overjoyed,” Denson said. “I

passion for giving won the second

didn’t expect this. I’m grateful for

annual TROY Trojan Heart award

the opportunity, grateful that I’m

during a ceremony in May at the

able to give and to represent TROY.”

At the end of May, the Montgomery Zoo and Mann

International Arts Center. Jasmine

In addition to her work at Tutwiler,

Wildlife Learning Museum introduced to the public

Denson, a senior sociology major at

Denson has also served as the

two North American River Otter pups born on

TROY’s Montgomery Campus, won the

assistant coordinator for the Troy

February 25, 2019. The pups, one male and one

award, which is given to the individual

University-Valiant Cross Academy

female, named Dipper (Dip for short) and Dot, were

who best embodies TROY’s motto:

School Garden, teaching gardening

born to Lisa (five years old) and Oliver (four years

“Educate the mind to think, the heart

and nutrition classes to middle school

old) who have called the Montgomery Zoo home

to feel and the body to act.”

students and installing a garden at the

for a number of years.

Montgomery Campus. She also serves Denson, who was selected from

as president of the Social Justice

“Dip and Dot have been spending time with mom

a field of 36 nominees, manages

Club, helping with a variety of drives

in the den bonding and learning all the things otter

a community garden at Tutwiler

designed to help those in need.

pups need to know,” said Shelli Dean, Assistant

Women’s Prison in Montgomery. She

Animal Care Manager.

works side-by-side with the inmates,

The Trojan Heart is a universitywide

teaching them about nutrition and

challenge for Trojans to nominate

“We are excited to add these new additions to our

horticulture through an outreach

students, faculty and staff members

Zoo family as it furthers the Zoo’s mission of animal

project led by Dr. Sharon Everhardt,

who deserve the award. TROY First

conservation, species protection and improving

the faculty member who nominated

Lady Janice Hawkins developed the

the future of wildlife,” Zoo Director Marcia Woodard

Denson.

concept to recognize the outstanding

said.

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Valiant Cross Academy Hosts Breakfast With Scholars

Valiant Cross Academy hosted Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, as its keynote speaker to a sold-out crowd of 700 attendees. More than 55 corporate sponsors and five corporate grand investors stepped up to help the growing school continue its mission of transcending the challenges facing young, African American males in Montgomery County. Stevenson took the podium for approximately 30 minutes and gave an eloquent yet powerful message that left the room inspired to change the narrative, stay hopeful and get uncomfortable. Michael Galvin, President of The Montgomery Advertiser gave a special presentation to the school; a check for $25,000 to be used for the school’s scholarship fund. Founders Anthony and Frederick Brock thanked the community for their support and expressed sincere gratitude to everyone who helped make the vision of Valiant Cross Academy come to fruition. They ended by reminding everyone that much more work needs to be done, but this day was a true celebration for Valiant Cross Academy.

Carr, Riggs & Ingram Announcement Carr, Riggs & Ingram Capital Advisors, LLC announced that KOMAN Government Solutions, LLC (KGS), a wholly-owned 8(a) subsidiary of the Natives of Kodiak, an Alaska Native Corporation, recently completed an acquisition of Trinity Analysis & Development Corp. (TRINITY). This allows KGS and TRINITY to expand its client base while supporting growth in all areas of the environmental business sector. CRI Capital Advisors, LLC acted as the sole investment banking advisor to Trinity Analysis and Development Corp. CRI, LLC’s Niceville, Florida, office provided CPA, tax and related services to TRINITY throughout the process.


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

Hampstead 2019 Tour of Homes Hampstead opened its private homes, three restaurants and a new gift shop for the 3rd Annual Hampstead Taste & Tour event. All proceeds went to support the Samaritan Counseling Center; the event raised $28,000.

AUM Nursing Students Visit Walter Reed Several Auburn University at Montgomery nursing students spent their recent spring break at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the nation’s largest joint military center, in Bethesda, Maryland. Known as “The Nation’s Medical Center,” with more than 7,000 staff members and 100 clinics and areas of specialization, Walter Reed represents the front line for treating American soldiers wounded in global conflicts.

understanding of the healthcare needs of

This year included 10 new homes

veterans.

on tour, including the Hampstead Showhouse 2019, which was open only

Their shared experience will certainly come

during this event. Guests toured lake-

in handy after graduation. Potential policy

view homes, garden courtyard homes,

changes that would allow the government

beautiful interiors and landscaping and

to pay for veterans to see private doctors

enjoyed an after party at the Tipping

without co-pays or deductibles could

Point, all while raising money for a great

flood the private healthcare system. Plus,

cause. It drew 170 attendees.

according to U.S. Census data, the 3.3 million American veterans who have served since

Auburn University at Montgomery is

September 11, 2001, have grown to half the

currently the only school in the nation to

size of the nation’s largest living military

participate in Project SERVE, an experiential

population – Vietnam veterans.

learning model designed to deepen student

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MAX CEO and President H. Greg McClellan Retires After 34 years of service to the greater Central and East Alabama areas, MAX Credit Union President and CEO H. Greg McClellan retired on June 7. McClellan had been President and CEO since 2005. “I want to thank all of my colleagues and community partners for the outstanding job they have performed and the benefits I have learned from them,” said Mr. McClellan. “The greatest asset for me was the people I worked with and everyone I served.”

Dementia Friendly Hosts Alabama Golf Classic

“I retire with the great satisfaction of leaving MAX in great financial shape.

The 3rd Annual Dementia Friendly Alabama Golf Classic was a success thanks to sponsors,

Together we have broadened the

players and door prize contributors. Almost $6,000 was raised, and the organization hopes

MAX footprint while maintaining strong

to use the funds to purchase Virtual Reality Technology Headsets. This technology would

earnings,” McClellan continued. “I am

allow users to better understand Alzheimer’s and dementia by providing a three-dimensional,

excited about MAX’s future and the

360-degree picture with sound that lets them see into the world of dementia.

continued high-quality service to our customers and members.”

Faulkner University Welcomes New CS Advisory Board

MAX Board Chair Keivan Deravi

Faulkner University’s Department of

said, “Greg has been an outstanding

Computer Science recently welcomed six

leader and friend. MAX has grown

members of the department’s newly formed

and become a treasured community

Advisory Board: Andrea Long, development

partner, expanding into business lending,

lead for the Blue Prism team, Kevin Poliquin,

business leasing and insurance services

the Director of Automotive Manufacturing

during his time as CEO.” “On behalf of the

for Hyundai AutoEver America; Charisse

board, employees and our communities,

Stokes, the President of Tidal IT Solutions;

we wish Greg the best years ahead.”

Dr. Yu-Tueng (Y.T.) Tsai, founder of the first Chinese corporation in Alabama, Regitar

Four Star Freightliner Awards Scholarships

U.S.A.; Inc., David A. Umphress, Ph.D.,

(left to right, top to bottom) Dr. Yu-Tueng (Y.T.) Tsai, David

COLSA Professor of Cyber Security and

Hammond, Faulkner Computer Science Chair, Andrea Long,

Two high school seniors have been

Shirley Yera, computer science instructor, Charisse Stokes,

awarded scholarships in memory

Information Assurance in Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and

A. Umphress, Kevin Poliquin, Kevin D. Vezertizis, Susan

Idongesit Mkpong-Ruffin, computer science professor.

of Four Star Freightliner employee

Software Engineering and Director of the

preparation of highly competent, socially

Zachary Sizemore. Each student will

Auburn Cyber Research Center; and Kevin

committed computer scientists, emphasizing

receive a one-time $1,000 award. The

D. Vezertzis, the Vice President, Strategic

integrity of character, the love of learning,

two recipients are children of Four Star

Systems and Digital Transformation at Alfa

the skill of problem solving, the spirit of

employees: Steven Allen Oliver Jr., son

Insurance.

critical inquiry, professional competence and

of Damita Oliver, Four Star Freightliner

leadership, excellence as the benchmark

Payroll Manager. Abbie Mathews,

The Computer Science Advisory Board’s

for everything conducted, and a culture

daughter of Cindy Mathews, Four Star

mission is to “glorify God through the

of service to society with concern for the

Freightliner Service Manager.

education of the whole person and the

common good.”

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Huntingdon College Introduces Major in Criminal Justice Huntingdon College provost Dr. Anna McEwan announced the addition of an undergraduate major in criminal justice beginning in fall 2019. “The need for professionals who are educated with a central concern for critical thinking and ethical reasoning fits well with Huntingdon’s mission. We believe that our criminal justice graduates will be poised to make a difference for their communities, including for victims, for those who are accused or convicted of crimes, and for the public at large,” she

HMR Joins GMC in South Alabama Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood (GMC) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Hutchinson, Moore & Rauch, LLC (HMR), an engineering, surveying and land planning firm in south Alabama. HMR has been providing engineering, surveying and land-planning services across Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida Gulf Coast for nearly two decades. The firm brings a highly capable staff of 25 employees located in offices in Daphne and Mobile. “GMC and HMR have collaborated on several projects over the years, and we are excited about our partnership moving forward,” GMC Regional Vice President Lee Walters said. HMR serves as an engineering consultant for numerous municipalities and utilities along the Gulf Coast, while also specializing in private development. Their project experience includes residential, commercial

and mixed-use development; municipal and utility projects, including schools, public buildings, public recreational facilities, police and fire service facilities, utility facilities, stormwater control and transportation facilities; survey and mapping; transportation;

said. The criminal justice major at Huntingdon will combine practice with theory. Study will include the causes of crime, an understanding of the interdependence

and more.

of the branches of the criminal

“The ability to offer our clients a multitude

and its application, moral and ethical

of additional professional services places us in an exceptional position among the firms along the Gulf Coast. We are also excited about the opportunities for professional growth this acquisition provides our staff,” said Scott Hutchinson, former HMR President and now GMC Vice President of Engineering

justice system, constitutional law perspectives of law and justice, criminal investigation and forensics.

Daisy’s Senior Moves & Transition Services Opens The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has welcomed

in Daphne.

Daisy’s Senior Moves & Transition

The firms have been working on integration

of NASMM, I am pleased to welcome

plans to ensure a seamless transition for staff, clients and consultants, which will take place over the next several months.

Services, LLC as its member. “On behalf Daisy’s Senior Moves to NASMM’s family of premier Senior Move Management providers,” said Mary Kay Buysse, NASMM’s Executive Director. Daisy’s Senior Moves was founded in

Huntingdon College Earns Multiple Recognitions Huntingdon College has been named a top 6 regional Best Value and top 11 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report; among a list of Colleges that Change Lives by Washington Monthly; among the Best Colleges in Alabama and the Best Small Colleges in America by College Consensus; and among the Best Colleges: Region by Region (South) by the Princeton Review.

January 2018 in Millbrook and services the Montgomery Alabama River Region. Daisy’s Senior Moves offers full-service solutions to assist older adults and their families with the often-stressful transition that comes with relocating or can assist clients who would rather “age in place.”

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CHAMBER NEWS Ribbon Cuttings C EL EB R AT I NG N EW & EXPAN DED BUS IN ESS ES

MAX

VINSON MARKET

11020 Chantilly Parkway, Montgomery, AL 36117 334-260-2600, www.mymax.com Mila Magda, Branch Manager / Banks, Credit Union

3025 Carter Hill Road, Montgomery, AL 36111 334-462-2424 Lauren Vinson, Owner / Landscape Design

WORK SHOP, LLC

CAMP BOW WOW

5027 Mercer Street, Montgomery, AL 36116 334-440-6448, www.workorshop.com Julian Petty, Owner / Office Space/Co-Working Space

3712 Malcolm Drive, Montgomery, AL 36116 678-896-1594, www.campbowwow.com Jeff & Lauren Gold, Owners / Pet Boarding/Grooming/Daycare

FASTSIGNS OF MONTGOMERY

YMCA, CARDIOVASCULAR ASSOCIATES HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER

115 Brown Springs Road, Montgomery, AL 36117 334-245-1135, www.fastsigns/2236-montgomery-al Chad Norman, Visual Communications/Owner / Signs

7917 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116 334-280-1409, www.montgomerycardiovascular.com/fitness-center Wilson Scott, Director / Associations/Non-Profit

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COOPERS’ MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS, LLC

EL TACO SHOP TAQUERIA

2421 Presidents Drive, Suite B-21, Montgomery, AL 36116 334-539-7017, www.coopersmentalhealth.org Aisha Cooper, Owner / Psychologists

3271 Malcolm Drive, Montgomery, AL 36116 334-649-4202 Leidi Espinosa, Owner / Restaurants-Mexican

PHYSICIANS CHOICE DIALYSIS

IKARE PHARMACY

8149 Decker Lane, Montgomery, AL 36117 610-495-8900, www.phychoice.com James Kilcur, Project Manager / Dialysis-Clinics

7212 Halcyon Park Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117 334-230-7436, www.ikarepharmacy.com Ashish Patel, Partner, Hetalben Patel, Partner, Iral Patel, Pharmacist Pharmacies

STONE MARTIN BUILDERS’ MELROSE MODEL HOME

ALABAMA PSYCHIATRY

8652 Melbourne Circle, Montgomery, AL 36117 334-742-8050, www.stonemartinbuilders.com Mitchell Martin, Managing Member / Builders-Residential

7125 University Court, Montgomery, AL 36117 334-239-2622, www.alpsychiatry.com Dr. Shankar Chili, CEO/Owner / Psychiatrists

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AESTHETICA, LLC

JACKSON THORNTON

1310 Old Oak Place, Montgomery, AL 36117 334-247-1669, www.aestheticamontgomery.com Dr. Caroline Abolade, Owner & Physician Beauty Salons/Spas / Laser & Skincare

200 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104 334-834-7660, www.jackstonthornton.com Ned Sheffield, President Accounting-Certified Public

Y.E.S. INC. YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

COLONIAL LIFE

164 East South Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36105 334-357-9514 Cederick Williams, President/CEO / Associations/Non-Profit

7480 Halcyon Pointe Drive, Suite 102, Montgomery, AL 36117 334-472-9457, www.coloniallife.com Dhixie Duncan, Territory Executive Assistant / Insurance Companies

ANGELS FOR THE ELDERLY

STONECREEK DENTAL CARE

40 Angels Court, Montgomery, AL 36109 334-270-8050, www.angelsfortheelderly.com Kristie Watt, Marketing Director Nursing Homes/Assisted Living

4810 Woods Crossing Drive, Montgomery, AL 36106 334-277-2424, www.stonecreekdentalcare.com Ann Miller, Regional Manager / Dentists

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C R E AT IV E D E S IG N , A DV E R T ISI N G AG E N C IE S

AI RCRAFT SALES

MTW Aerospace Inc Phil White 7050 Selma Highway Montgomery, AL 36108 (334) 301-0225 www.mtwaerospace.com

Handshake Union Steven Lambert One Court Square, Suite 310 Montgomery, AL 36104 (727) 798-3703 www.handshakeunion.com

ASSOC IATIONS/N ON -P R OF I T

C R E D IT R E PA IR

Amazing Grace Health Ministries, Inc. Cheryl Pettiway 339 West Seattle Lane Montgomery, AL 36117 (334)-425-1340 www.amazinggracehm.org Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Alabama Naomi Kemp 4137 Carmichael Road Montgomery, AL 36106 (334)-213-7388 www.cefcentralalabama.org Pens Up Guns Down Sandra Edwards 510 Johnson Avenue Montgomery, AL 36110 (334) 590-0267 www.pensupgunsdown.org Seth Communities Beverly Brown 2321 Glendale Avenue Montgomery, AL 36107 (334) 544-2464

JULY 2019 NEW MEMBERS COL L E G E S & U N IV E R S IT IE S , ATTR AC T IO N S - A R TS & C U LT U R E , ATTR AC T IO N S - E N T E R TA IN M E N T

Gogue Performing Arts Center Jacque Holley 130 Village View Lane Auburn, AL 36849 (334) 844-8497 www.goguecenter.auburn.edu COM P U T E R S - S O F T WA R E /H A R DWA R E / CO N S U LT IN G

Booz Allen Hamilton Lizz Said 445 Dexter Avenue, Suite 4050 Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 557-7252 www.boozallenhamilton.com CON SU LT IN G , CO N S U LT IN G S E RV I CE S

AU TOM OBILE R EPA I R S E RV I C E S

Chico’s Paint & Body Jeff Welch 3560 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109 (334) 239-9510 www.chicospandb.com COLLEGES & UNIV E R S I TI E S

Tuskegee University-Office of Development Krystal Floyd P.O. Box 1304 Tuskegee Institute, AL 36087 (334) 727-8540 www.tuskegee.edu

Calloway Consulting, LLC Darryl Calloway 445 Dexter Avenue, Suite 4050 Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 399-5371 www.callowayconsulting.org Gibraltar Solutions Rashim McKinney P.O. Box 1901 Montgomery, AL 36109

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Credit Miracles, LLC Lasundia Reese P.O. Box 1691 Montgomery, AL 36102-1691 (334) 398-8128 www.miraclesofcredit.com E M P LOYM E N T AG E N C IE S , E M P LOYM E N T S E RV IC E S

Crown Services, Inc. Joel Best 422 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36109 (334) 625-1690 www.crownservices.com E N T E R TA IN M E N T & R E C R E AT ION , AT T R AC T IO N S - E N T E R TA IN M EN T

Civil Axe Throwing-Montgomery Scott Brewster 39 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 245-4540 www.civilaxethrowing.com/montgomery Go Karting Montgomery Camtu Nguyen 9033 Wares Ferry Road Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 271-2020 www.gokartingmontgomery.com EVENT VENUE

Kick Back Ranch & Event Center, LLC Melinda Newell 414 Union Academy Ada Road Ramer, AL 36069 (334) 286-4140 www.kickbackranch.net


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F I NANCIAL PLANNER/ ADVI SOR, FINANC IAL S E RVI C ES

TD Ameritrade Jason Batrez 8007 Vaughn Road, Suite B Montgomery, AL 36116 (334) 694-6790 www.tdameritrade.com

I N S UR A N C E COM PAN IE S / S E RV I C E S

Farmers Insurance-The Brasch Agency John Brasch 847 South Perry Street Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 271-4800 www.agents.farmers.com/al/ montgomery/john-brasch

F I NANCIAL SERVIC ES

AMFund Greg Cochran 535 Adams Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 386-8130 www.amfund.com F RE I GHT & HAULING

Timco Logistics Systems, Inc. Tim Balch 1180 Kershaw Street Montgomery, AL 36108 (334) 262-7990 www.gotimco.com H E ALTH & FIT NESS, H E ALTH C LUBS

HOTWORX Angela Burgess 7252 Halcyon Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36116 (334) 440-8111 www.hotworx.net/studio/ montgomery-peppertree H OS P ITALS/CLINICS

Our Med 9188 EastChase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 801-9100 www.ourmed.com

L E G A L S E RV I C E S ATTOR N E YS

Cook and Associates, Attorneys at Law LLC Amanda Cook 4142 Carmichael Road Montgomery, AL 36106 (334) 356-7879 www.blackbeltlawyers.com M E D I C A L P R AC TI C E M A N AG E M E N T, P H YS I C I A N S OP H TH A L M OLOGY

Eye Center South Katie Woodham 262 Mitylene Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 (800) 467-1393 www.eyecentersouth.net M OV I N G TR A N S F E R & STOR AG E

McCorquodale Transfer, Inc. Lister Crosby 2650 East South Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36116 (334) 414-8934 www.mtmoves.com M OV I N G TR A N S F E R & STOR AG E

Daisy’s Senior Moves & Transition Services, LLC Julia Maher P.O. Box 1635 Millbrook, Alabama 36054 (334) 322-4509 www.daisyseniormoves.com

P H A R M AC IE S

iKARE Pharmacy Ashish Patel 7212 Halcyon Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 230-7436 www.ikarepharmacy.com P LU M BIN G

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Kyrell Kendrick 261 Mendel Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 230-7357 www.enfranklinplumbing montgomeryal.com P R O P E R T Y M A N AG E M E N T, R E A L E STAT E -

Conrex Property Management Lee Thompson 150 Market Place Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 549-1664 www.con-rex.com S O U V E N IR S , AT T R AC T IO N S - H ISTO RY, CO F F E E H O U S E & T E A R O O M , G IF TS & S P E C IA LT Y- R E TA IL

College Care Club Kamry Selley 2321 Cortellia Street Plano, TX 75074 (313) 587-5852 www.collegecareclub.com Southern Art & Makers Collective Heather Parrish 1228 Madison Avenue Montgomery, AL 36107 (334) 303-2558 www.SouthernArtMakers.com Tours of Montgomery Valerie Smedley 353 S. Jackson Street Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 549-9322 www.toursofmontgomery.com

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T R AV E L AG E N C IES/ S E RV IC E S

The Wanderlust Q SaQuane Milton 8930 Crosswind Circle, Apt 204 Montgomery, AL 36117 (310) 999-3043 www.saquanem.wixsite.com/ thewanderlustq T R U C K IN G S E RV I CES

NG Whatley Trucking, LLC Neal Whatley 175 West Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36108 (334) 676-1645 V E T E R IN A R IA N S

DRD Veterinary Services Dee Jones 481 Weatherby Trail Prattville, AL 36067 (334) 730-5714


Numbers reflect April 2019 over April 2018.

Economic Intel TOURISM THAT'S A

9.3%

INCREASE OVER APRIL 2018

75%

LODGING TAX

OCCUPANCY RATE

+ 8.9%

+ 9.3%

ROOM DEMAND

YEAR-TO-DATE INCREASE

YTD, 23,728 MORE HOTEL ROOMS HAVE BEEN SOLD IN 2019, COMPARED TO YTD 2018

HOUSING APRIL 2019

Source: Smith Travel Research Report, City of Montgomery

WINGS UP! UP 11.6% YTD FROM 2018

TOTAL HOME SALES

31,505

PASSENGERS

+ 13.9%

+ 4.9%

OVER APRIL 2018

+

+ 14.2%

AVERAGE SALE PRICE

BE DIRECT: DIRECT SERVICE T0 DCA

1,871 TOTAL HOMES LISTED FOR SALE

93

GOING FAST!

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

Source: MGM (Montgomery Regional Airport)

EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR

+ 1.8% CIVILIAN

+ 1.9% EMPLOYED

LABOR FORCE

LABOR FORCE

175,719

169,869

3.3% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, MGM Metro Area

SECTORS GOING UP

LABOR FORCE

PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES

+ 4.1%

FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES

+ 2.7%

OTHER SERVICES

LEISURE & HOSPITALITY

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, MGM Metro Area

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+ 2.2% + 1.2%


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