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Current Title: Senior Manager Place of Business: Way, Ray, Shelton & Co., P.C. Education: University of Alabama - Undergrad with Accounting Major - December 2003 University of Alabama - Masters of Accountancy - December 2004 Family: Wife - Leah; Two Daughters - Kara (5) Wren (1) City: Northport Hometown: Northport Professional Responsibilities: Managing various client projects including corporate and benefit plan audits, corporate and individual taxation. Managing and developing client relationships. Supervision of staff. Assist in employee recruitment. Community Involvement: Panel Chair for United Way Volunteer Allocation Team, Board Vice Chair Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ, Member Five Points Baptist Church, Secretary/Treasurer for Northriver Chapter of Business Network International, Member of Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association, Chapter Representative for Tuscaloosa Chapter of the ASCPA, Member of Tuscaloosa Tip-off Club Other Certifications or Awards: Certified Public Accountant, Alabama Society of CPAs 2016 Outstanding Young CPA, 2012 Graduate of Leadership



Tuscaloosa Hobbies and Passions: Family, University of Alabama Sports, Hunting & Golf Why did your go into your particular field: I enjoyed my accounting classes at UA and knew with an accounting degree you could do anything in the business field. Then I was able to find an internship opportunity that provided valuable experience and allowed me to fully understand what services a CPA can provide their clients. I enjoy the interaction with our clients and the opportunity to be part of their team of trusted business advisors. How do you hope to grow in your career: I want to continue to learn from the leaders in our firm and the community to develop new relationships and opportunities to provide the quality services that Way, Ray, Shelton is known for, while continuing to pay my civic rent by volunteering in the community and working to make the Tuscaloosa area the best place possible to live, raise a family and work.

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Current Title: RN, Director of Nursing Place of Business: Regency Retirement Village Education: Shelton State Community College-ADN Family: John Martin, Husband Parents: Brenda Walker (mother), Marvin Walker (stepfather) and Kenneth Abrams (father) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: Oversight for 92 bed Assisted Living Facility including a Specialty Care Unit, developing new processes to aid with the quality of care given to residents, interviewing and hiring the best candidates for employment Community Involvement: Participated in Annual Caring Days Walk to Remember and other Alzheimer support events, Fundraise and Walk for Multiple Sclerosis, Walk for Annual American Heart Association




Other Certifications or Awards: Hobbies and Passions: Hobbies include writing poetry, reading, and enjoying my 5 dogs. My passion is helping others, and thinking of new ways I can be more valuable to the community. Why did your go into your particular field: Since the age of two years old, I was surrounded around the elderly population. My mother has been a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local nursing home for the past 27 years. I had the privilege of watching the way she interacted with her residents, and it made me fall in love with the idea of becoming a nurse. I gained so much knowledge from the elderly. You begin to love them like family, and to some you are the closest thing to family they have. I would not trade that feeling for anything. How do you hope to grow in your career : I am currently finishing up classes to gain enrollment into an ADN to MSN course. My goal is to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner.


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Current Title: Attorney Place of Business: George W. Harris Law Office Education: Mississippi College School of Law: Juris Doctor. University of North Alabama: Bachelor of Science in English and Political Science Family: Wife: Amber Emerson (Teacher-Tuscaloosa City School System). Son of Dwight and Diane Emerson City: Northport Hometown: Hartselle Professional Responsibilities: Attorney in Social Security and Disability matters. Assist individuals with physical and mental disabilities in navigating the Social Security process. A third of my clients live in poverty, so I coordinate with local and state agencies to find housing, insurance, and healthcare for them. Consult with Vocational Rehabilitation Services in order to secure workplace accommodations for my clients. The goal is to place them in position to return to the workforce and financial independence once again. Community Involvement: Member of Tuscaloosa Vineyard Church. Volunteer with Vineyard Church Mobile Pantry to deliver bags of groceries directly to the homes of needy families. Volunteer with First Community Church breakfast to cook and serve Current Title: Swag. - Owner Place of Business: Swag. LLC and Purseption Bags Education: The University of Alabama ‘08 with a degree in Public Relations and minor in Graphic Design Family: Patrick Agee, 38, Estella Gray Agee 3, Augusta Agee 5 months, Boots Agee (1 year old cavapoo pup) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Russellville, AL Professional Responsibilities: At Swag my job responsibilities include, BUT ARE DEFINITELY not limited to, managing employees and take care of our amazing clients. I love to create things for my clients. At Swag, we are a creative boutique marketing agency founded on the idea that good design creates a lasting impression and every client, small or large, deserves great design. Swag takes average promotional items and t-shirts and adds our personal touch to them. Everything we produce is hand-drawn by our in-house designer. We basically have 3 sectors to our business: Social, Corporate and Collegiate/Education. Our social business includes wedding invitations, favors, birthday party invites and anything needed for a social event. We work with business and corporations to add warmth and creativity to their marketing campaigns. Our collegiate market includes sorority and fraternity t-shirts, banners, buttons. We also work with different departments within schools to provide them with t-shirts and other marketing materials. We work with high school sports, proms and fundraisers. In addition to Swag, this past year, my best friend from kindergarten and I created a handbag company call Purseption Bags. Due to the new regulations for NFL and Collegiate sports, our clear handbag line was born. Brittany, my business partner, and I couldn’t find cute handbags to take to the games, so we set out to create our own. Through my business and marketing experience and her fashion background, we have developed a brand that is now sold in over 100 boutiques across the Southeast and in Texas. We are also sold in Dillard’s and Buckle. Community Involvement: I sing in the Bridge Band at First United Methodist Church. I also teach Sunday school there. I donate





breakfast for the impoverished and homeless. Created a network of individuals willing to donate food, personal care products, and clothing to those in need. My most recent project is the development of a system in which local professionals can donate suits to those in need of business attire for job interviews but are unable to afford it. Other Certifications or Awards: Alabama State Bar Tuscaloosa County Bar National Organization for Social Security Claimants’ Representatives American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy Hobbies and Passions: My hobbies include Auburn football, reading, and film. My wife and I have two dogs and two cats. We enjoy our various responsibilities with Tuscaloosa Vineyard Church, and traveling when we have time. Why did your go into your particular field: The practice of Social Security law provides me with the opportunity to assist clients in legal matters while truly making an impact on their quality of life. How do you hope to grow in your career : I plan to sit for Board Certification as an expert in Social Security Disability.

to multiple organizations. I also donate t-shirts to local schools and conduct fundraisers for schools. Other Certifications or Awards: I am a member of ASI, PPAI, SPPA and the Chamber of Commerce. I competed in the Miss Alabama pageant in college and was a member of Phi Mu sorority. I also served on the board for SPPA, which is our regional association for promotional products. Hobbies and Passions: I cherish time with my family and close friends. I love attending church and worship service at the Bridge. I love praise and worship. I love singing. I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen. I love cooking for my family. I love cooking with my nieces and my little girl. I enjoy going to the beach, where my in-laws have a condo and spending time with my family there. Why did your go into your particular field: It was by fate. I had a degree in Public Relations, but my true passion was graphic design. It was too late in my college career to go back and change my major, so I minored in graphic design. I founded Swag. llc in 2010 after working in the ad specialty industry as a sales rep and recognizing a need for custom creative design. There are a lot of ad specialty companies, but none that take each customers needs into account and design programs that fit their specific needs. I LOVE creating things and at Swag I can create whatever anyone wants with regards to invitations and t-shirt designs. How do you hope to grow in your career : I want to grow to other markets. We recently expanded our sales force to the Atlanta area. I love working business-to-business with the healthcare industry, so I would love to expand that portion of my business. Sometimes marketing the same thing every day can get monotonous, so it’s our job to come up with “out of the box” ideas to engage our clients’ customers. I also want to expand our greek t-shirt business to other colleges and universities. Most importantly I want to continue to gain confidence from the Tuscaloosa market and I want to be the place to come for t-shirts and promotional items.

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Current Title: Financial Advisor / Asst. Branch Mgr.


- Secretary; United Way of West AL; Other Certifications or Awards:

Place of Business: Raymond James & Assoc. Hobbies and Passions: Spending time with family, hunting, fishing & sports

Education: University of Alabama (2007) - Finance Family: Wife - Lindsey (31); Sons - Charlie (3) & Grady (1) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Selma, AL



Professional Responsibilities: Financial Planning, Investment Management, Education Planning, Risk Management, New Advisor Development

How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to continuously pursue education and technology advancements to be best equipped in working with clients and their families.

Community Involvement: First Baptist Church Member; Tuscaloosa Morning Rotary Club - Member & Past President; Temporary Emergency Services Board - Treasurer; UCP of West AL - Past Board Member & Treasurer; 2013 Leadership Tuscaloosa Graduate; Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Assoc. Board

Current Title: Associate Pastor

Other Certifications or Awards: Hobbies and Passions: Sports, Running, Travel Why did your go into your particular field: Felt a call by God to serve people and help them find life and meaning

Place of Business: First United Methodist Church Tuscaloosa Education: Th.M. and M.Div (Master Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary)

How do you hope to grow in your career : I want to continue help find ways for the local church to be involved and have meaningful relationships with the community.

Family: Wife - Emily Tosten ; Son - Bennett (1) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Frederick, Maryland Professional Responsibilities: Oversee contemporary worship (The Bridge), education programs, pastoral care Community Involvement: Habitat for Humanity, YMCA summer camps, tutoring in local schools

Why did your go into your particular field: I enjoy working with individuals and families to optimally achieve their respective financial goals. From developing the most efficient strategy, to executing it, I thoroughly enjoy working side by side with clients throughout the process to see their goals come to fruition.




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Current Title: Executive Director, Office of Urban Development

Professional Responsibilities: Economic Development, Planning & Zoning, Policy Analysis and Implementation

Place of Business: City of Tuscaloosa Other Certifications or Awards: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Education: BA, American Studies and MS, Geography

Hobbies and Passions: Spending time with my family and traveling

Family: Sarah (wife) and Nan Randall (daughter) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa



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Current Title: Personal Banker Place of Business: Wells Fargo Education: Brookwood High school, Shelton State, Strayer University Finance Family: Children Ashton, Ayden and Ava Shuttlesworth City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: As a banker I have a responsibility to focus on building lifelong relationships with my customers, both from a consumer and small business stand point. Community Involvement: Vice President The Alberta School of Performing Arts PTA, Co chair of Membership and Diversity Young Leaders Society Tuscaloosa, West Alabama Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Leadership Team, volunteering with several organizations in and around West Alabama such as United Way, Mindchangers, Tuscaloosa’s One Place,Habitat for Humanity, and Hospice of West Alabama. I also teach financial literacy at different schools in the area. Other Certifications or Awards: Hobbies and Passions: My hobbies are making those around me laugh. My passion is helping people Current Title: Creative/Community Manager Place of Business: UPerk , specialty coffee/cafe Education: No college degree, self taught chef, barista, artist, musician, etc. Family: Married to Randi Hamm with two wonderful kids. 4 year old girl, Charlie & 2 year old boy, Hudson. City: Tuscaloosa , recently back from Brooklyn, NY Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: Creative/community manager of UPerk in charge of rotating seasonal menu, new recipes for food & drinks & overall vibe of the shop day to day. Seeking out product & locally sourcing as much as possible. In charge of events & weekly entertainment such as music & readings & helping coordinate bi annual block parties/ fundraisers for community non profits. Community Involvement: Still getting grounded back here in Alabama but looking to get involved with some community projects personally. We want to find a way as a cafe to make sure everyone who wants to eat/drink here can. We want to find a way to provide meals for the hungry & be a safe place for all people to enjoy no matter your “social status.” We are a non profit so a portion of our proceeds go to help other non profits & community projects. We’ve worked with Loaves & Fishes, a local food bank & will be doing a block party this fall as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Other Certifications or Awards: N/A Hobbies and Passions: Musician/ songwriter/ artist / passionate most these days about family & creating a good, fun, healthy home environment. Outside that I’m passionate about creating space for other to create artistically. I love curating shows for musicians to perform & express their art. Hopefully creating a scene that will draw others


in whatever capacity I can, and of course our children. Why did your go into your particular field: It wasn’t until I was in the field that I realized why. I have an undeniable passion for wanting to help people. This field has allowed me to meet and work with people from all different walks of life. I’ve found no matter what, we all share something in common. The idea of wanting to a have financially stable future. How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to grow by keeping my passion for people at the forefront. In my opinion we can only go so far without each other. WHITNI MOLDEN




to get involved & continue to grow. Recently I’ve become passionate about providing healthy food options to myself & others. There are plenty of unhealthy options available but limited plant based foods. I want to help shift the mindset that healthy food is bland & boring & make something new, delicious & exciting for everyone. Why did your go into your particular field: Always loved cooking. Started working at a local shop here about 15 years ago called Bama Bean. It was a small coffee shop & I decided to bring paninis & other food to to the menu. Back in 2007 my wife & I moved to Brooklyn & after a year there we opened a small little coffee shop/cafe called Roots. I had no idea what I was doing or needed to open a business. I took over a lease of this tiny space & googled “how to open a business in NY” ...no joke. Got all my paperwork & permits in line, slapped a new coat of paint on the wall & opened within a couple of months. I worked with local pastry shops & coffee roasters as well as providing home cooked, southern flare foods (including sweet tea & grits) to my new neighborhood. Roots became a staple of the local scene. After 5 years I sold it to some dear friends who have kept it running til this day. After having my own place I knew that I would always have my hands in this field in one way or another. I love the specialty coffee & food scene. I can’t imagine doing any other work. How do you hope to grow in your career : For now I want to help UPerk become a staple name for the Tuscaloosa community. I want us to be known for not only our stellar coffee & food but our heart for the people we serve. Aside from that I hope to continue to educate myself on health & food & maybe one day open a completely plant based cafe in Tuscaloosa.


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Current Title: Shareholder/Vice President Place of Business: Echols, Taylor & Associates, P.C./ CMG Consulting Group, Inc. Education: Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration - 2007, Master of Accountancy - 2008 Family: Wife - Stacy, Son - Harrison (5), One son due in May City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Moundville, AL Professional Responsibilities: As Shareholder of Echols, Taylor & Associates, P.C., I provide accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals and closely-held businesses. I strive to meet the needs of clients, whether it is to expand operations, minimize tax liability or analyze major deals that can change the course of a business. As co-owner and Vice President of CMG Consulting Group, Inc., I provide compliance, consulting and fundraising services to political candidates at every level of government in Alabama. From city school board to gubernatorial campaigns, I make every effort to provide each candidate with the tools he/she needs to win. Community Involvement: Board Treasurer - Caring Days, Board Treasurer - Tuscaloosa County Diversion



Program, Board member - Tuscaloosa Exchange Club, Board member - Tuscaloosa Exchange Club Foundation, Board member - Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association, Committee member - Alabama Society of CPAs Political Action Committee Other Certifications or Awards: 2015 Leadership Tuscaloosa graduate Hobbies and Passions: I enjoy attending Alabama sporting events and concerts, as well as travelling and spending time with my family. Why did your go into your particular field: I have always been interested in numbers, so accounting was a natural career path after I decided that I did not have the patience to be a high school math teacher. I was lucky enough to find an accounting job that includes being able to work in politics, which I also find intriguing. How do you hope to grow in your career : In both accounting and political consulting the success of our business is measured by our clients. I would not be where I am today without our current clients and I am hopeful that my relationships with them will lead to future business and personal growth.

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Current Title: Associate Athletics Director, Compliance/Chief Diversity Officer

Other Certifications or Awards: Purdue University College of Liberal Arts - Emerging Voice Award; Cosmopolites Business & Professional Women’s Club - 21st Century Professional

Place of Business: University of Alabama - Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Hobbies and Passions: Reading and leading my family’s foundation.

Education: Purdue University (Bachelor’s - Political Science); Valparaiso University (Master’s - Sports Administration); Valparaiso University School of Law (Juris Doctorate) Family: City: Tuscalooa, Alabama Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana Professional Responsibilities: Works collaboratively to ensure adherence to NCAA, SEC, and Institutional regulations and policy. Oversees the department’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Community Involvement: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Intercollegiate Athletics Unity Project




Why did your go into your particular field: I have always been passionate about sports and appreciated the opportunities it provides individuals to challenge themselves mentally, emotionally, and physically; the life lessons one can learn from being a member of a team; and the ability sport has to bring individuals together that may otherwise believe they do not share commonalities. How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to increase my contributions to the University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, by being a team player committed to the department’s mission; and implementing innovative programming and resources that provide student-athletes with an inclusive and positive collegiate experience.


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Current Title: Shareholder Place of Business: Rosen Harwood, PA Education: Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Family: Husband Michael Nixon, First US Bank. Daughter Tyler, age 6. Daughter Harper, age 3. City: Bessemer Hometown: Bessemer Professional Responsibilities: As an attorney, I practice in the areas of labor and employment law and general business law. I provide counsel to a wide array of companies and clients to develop preventive measures to minimize risks and avoid the expense of litigation. I represent clients in discrimination and harassment litigation, and general business disputes. I also enjoy working with individuals to form new businesses and begin their operations. I also provide management and employee training on numerous employment law topics. Community Involvement: YMCA Board of Directors (Chief Volunteer Officer 2016, Board member 2012-present); Bessemer Academy Board of Directors (Vice-President 2016-present, Secretary 2015);Tuscaloosa Human Resource Professionals (Legislative Chair 2012-present); Young Professionals of Tuscaloosa (Director 2012-2016); and Leadership Tuscaloosa (Class of 2014). Other Certifications or Awards: I was honored



to be the Chief Volunteer Officer for the Tuscaloosa YMCA as it made the move to its new location. I also took the lead and accomplished the goal of integrating the downtown YMCA board with the Barnes Branch Board. I was the first female to hold the CVO title at the Tuscaloosa YMCA. I also serve as Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law where I teach a course that I created to teach law students how to effectively represent small businesses. Hobbies and Passions: I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. Tyler and Harper keep us very busy with school and dance and cheer classes. I also love teaching my kickboxing + Bible-study small group, strange combination but everyone loves it! Why did your go into your particular field: I decided to practice employment law because I enjoy working with clients on a day to day basis to help them effectively operate their business with the best employees while minimizing their risk of either being sued or having to sue someone else. I try to be the “one stop shop” for my clients. If they have an issue, any issue, I want them to call me first. How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to continue serving my current clients but I also want to grow my practice to serve more clients and larger companies from Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas

40 UNDER 40 • SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018 Current Title: Realtor Place of Business: Pritchett-Moore Education: University of Alabama Family: Jay, Husband and 2 kids, John Thomas 3 and Sadie Grace 1 City: Tuscaloosa, AL Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL Professional Responsibilities: I am a friend and advisor through most people’s largest financial transaction in their life. To be honest, truthful, responsive and competent with a caring and personal touch before, during and after a real estate transaction. Community Involvement: You have probably seen one of my billboards around town with my son saying “Green Beans Please!” My husband Jay and I have been serving at the Community Soup Bowl for years and 2 years ago I organized a yearly food drive. Last year, we were able to raise over 1,500lbs of can food. I am also the room mom to my son John Thomas, 3, and my daughter Sadie Grace, 1. I loves organizing special fun parties, making her favorite, chocolate dipped pretzels, and getting to help the kids make crafts. I am a member of Junior League locally where I help throughout the year with various events at Holt Elementary School. I also am a Sunday School teacher for the 3’s at First United Methodist where my family attends. I also serve on the Tuscaloosa Historic Preservation Commission. Other Certifications or Awards: I am an active participant in the Tuscaloosa Association of REALTOR® association and a participant on a local and state level. Locally, I serve on the Governmental Affairs for the Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS®. I am a member of the Professional Standards committee for the Alabama Association of REALTORS®. I have studied and completed several real estate designations including Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Residential Construction Certified (RCC) and Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS), e-Pro and a CRS Certified Residential Specialist. In 2011, I was awarded Arthur B. Pope Education Achievement Award by the Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS® and then by the Alabama Association of REALTORS® in 2012. In 2012, I was also the recipient of the Bright Future Award by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. I continues to be in the top 5% of Agents in the West Alabama MLS. In 2017 alone she was proud to of saved her buyer clients $394,785.00! I graduated from The Capitol School, then from UA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. In 2007, while at UA I as




named a Fellow of The Blackburn Institute, A network of Ethical Leaders in Alabama. In February, I joined the board of the Community Soup Bowl, as a representative of her home church, First United Methodist. In October, I was voted the Best Real Estate Agent in The Tuscaloosa News Best of the Best 2017 Contest! Hobbies and Passions: I love spending time with my children Sadie Grace and John Thomas and my family! We have just moved to a new neighborhood with a playground and take many walks down there. I have recently been learning how to bake and try and involve my kids too! I love craft and have lots of handprint and footprint art of my precious children! I love helping people and try to do service projects involving my kids for my community on a regular basis. Why did your go into your particular field: It seems like it was fate! While pregnant with me, my parents restored an 1897 Victorian home. The restoration was completed and my mother spent two days sitting at City Hall trying to get the certificate of occupancy. The day after it was granted, I came into the world. In college, I was a Political Science major. My goal was to help my community by becoming involved as a liaison between elected officials and people in the community. While working as a campaign volunteer, I had the good fortune to meet Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley. Lt Governor Baxley is a strong, smart woman who began her career as a Realtor in Montgomery, Alabama. She made a tremendous impression on me. During our conversation, Lucy explained the similarities between politics and her job as a Realtor. She encouraged me to consider Real Estate as a career choice. A little later that same year, a former Sunday School teacher of mine mentioned that she was looking for a real estate assistant and I eagerly took the job. Within just a few short months spent introducing people to the diversity of my home town of Tuscaloosa and helping them to attain their dream of home ownership, my career goals had changed. Today, I view working with families and helping them attain their dream as another way to help my community, while making wonderful new friends. How do you hope to grow in your career : I have recently been using video marketing as a way to build a rapport with my community and future clients! I am able to use Facetime to show properties, do walk throughs, introduce inspectors to clients who cannot leave work etc. I am always challenging myself to offer the best customer service and ease prior and during transactions. I hope to continue building a network of partners and team mates throughout the Tuscaloosa community to be able to have recommendations for any of my clients needs.


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Current Title: Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Director, Financial Advisor, Place of Business: WHMZ Group - Morgan Stanley Education: B.S. Finance, UA 1998-2002 Family: Wife Gina, 4 children Marcus (7) Larisey (6) Hazel (4) Eve (2) City: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Hometown: Decatur, Alabama - Moved around a lot growing up Lived in Michigan, Spain, Germany Professional Responsibilities: Principal Partner and co-founder of the WHMZ Group within Morgan Stanley. Community Involvement: Incoming President of YMCA Board. Past Chairman for the New YMCA Building Capital Campaign - opened August 2016. Board Member for the Chamber of Commerce. Alexis De Tocqueville Society Member. Alabama Baseball Leadership Committee and part-time color commentator for Alabama baseball. Legacy Leader Tuscaloosa Campus - Church of the Highlands. Supporter and involved with DCH Foundation and The ARC of Tuscaloosa. Other Certifications or Awards: Family Wealth Director - less than 300 (2%) of Morgan Stanley’s 16,000 advisors 2017 Forbes List - Top Millenial Advisors



Hobbies and Passions: Passionate about my family. Passionate about my faith. Also I consider myself a weekend warrior athlete, always into a different sport - Crossfit, Mountain Biking, Tennis, Squash, Ping Pong, Basketball, Golf. I also enjoy Coaching youth sports and Listening to Audio books. Why did your go into your particular field: I was planning on managing my millions I was obviously going to make playing professional baseball. When that never occurred I was blessed with an opportunity to co-found a wealth management team with Michael Warr and Alistair Harding-Smith,15 years ago. How do you hope to grow in your career : The world is ever changing and the financial industry is no diffferent. People are expecting more and more in all areas of life. We are not satisfied with an Iphone 3 when an Iphone X is available. I see wealth management and my career in a similar light. We travel around the country making sure we remain on the cutting edge of what is available to help our clients. I would like to continue to grow in offering a higher and higher standard of care to clients giving them confidence in their financial life.

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Current Title: Senior Commercial Loan Officer Place of Business: Alabama One Credit Union Education: Master of Business Administration (MBA)The University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business/ Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration- Major: Business Management The University of Alabama Family: City: Tuscaloosa, AL Hometown: Montgomery, AL Professional Responsibilities: Manage commercial loan portfolio for Alabama One Credit Union. Responsible for the development and growth of the new commercial loan department. Member of the Strategic Direction Group for Alabama One Credit Union. Serve on the Marketing Committee for Alabama One Credit Union. Community Involvement: School Yard Roots: Board of Directors (past board chairman)/ United Way of West Alabama: Board of Directors, Alexis De Tocqueville Society Member, Young Leaders Society - President, Campaign Cabinet Member, Volunteer Allocation Team Panel Chair/ Member of the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa (Noon): past Board Member/Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society: Board Member/




YMCA Men’s Club: Christmas Tree Committee/ Ducks Unlimited: past District Chairman, State Trustee / Leadership Tuscaloosa: Class# 31/ Alabama Leadership Initiative 2015/ Black Warrior Chapter of the Son’s of the American Revolution/ Red Elephant Club of Tuscaloosa/Alabama Basketball Tip-Off Club Other Certifications or Awards: Paul Harris Fellow/Member of the Son’s of the American Revolution/ Ducks Unlimited State District Chairman of the year 2009 & 2010 Hobbies and Passions: I am an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, where I serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. I enjoy reading and studying history, in particular British History. I enjoy being involved in my community and giving back wherever possible. I have a passion for the outdoors and conservation. Why did your go into your particular field: I wanted the opportunity to assist people with their financing needs, so that they might the achieve their goals in life. How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to continue doing what I enjoy, while remaining teachable, and continuing to surround myself with positive, successful people.


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Current Title: Owner and Principal Designer Place of Business: Toulmin Cabinetry & Design Education: University of Alabama Family: Wife Mary Harmon, Children John Thomas 4 & Sadie Grace 23 Months City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Born in Newnan, Ga Professional Responsibilities: Principal designer and manage the day to day operations of Toulmin Cabinetry & Design Community Involvement: First United Methodist Church, Community Soup Bowl, Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa, Schoolyard Roots, Family Counseling Services, Hospice of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa’s One Place | Tinsel Trail, Tuscaloosa Home-builders Associates Council Other Certifications or Awards: As the only Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKD) in the West Alabama area, Jay’s work has been featured in regional & national publications like Signature Kitchens and Baths Magazine, and the Alabama Homebuilders Magazine. Jay is a member of The National Kitchen and Bath Association, Alabama Home Builders Association and The American Society of Interior Designers and completed his Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) design accreditation through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Hobbies and Passions: Being outdoors, roughing it



& spending time with his wife and children. The mission of TCD “Toulmin Cabinetry & Design is a Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based kitchen & bath firm led by Jay Young. Our mission is to develop thoughtful, inspired, and functional spaces, where your family can create everlasting memories. HOW WE WORK: We specialize in the design + build process, focused on West Alabama specifically. If you live in Tuscaloosa, Northport, or Birmingham, we would love to help you design and renovate the kitchen or bath of your dreams. For more information, or if your project is located outside of our area please contact us! jay@toulmincabinetry.com” Why did your go into your particular field: Founded in 2004 because Jay couldn’t find the perfect kitchen, Toulmin Cabinetry and Design is a one-stopshop that can take the homeowner through the entire design-build process. As a result of his 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Jay realized that many clients had similar concerns when it comes to kitchen remodeling and created a process and company, that’s focused on addressing their concerns about cost, functionality, and the disruption a kitchen remodel can cause. How do you hope to grow in your career : I’d like to open a second design center in another market when the time is right. Also, continue to find meaningful ways to give back to our community.

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Current Title: Owner, CEO Place of Business: Frutta Bowls and All The Things Consulting Education: Short stint at Millersville University, school was never my forte, I’ve always been able to learn better on my own, and inside of a situation. Family: My wife, Samantha. My 3 sons: Brayden was born and passed away 2008. Greyson is 8, Liam is 5, and we have foster kids so we have anywhere from 1-3 more kids, ages 5 and under. We have a two yr old little girl right now, sweetest thing. City: Northport Hometown: York PA Professional Responsibilities: All The Things. It is literally what we named our consulting company, because we stay so busy. For our local Frutta Bowls, I am a very hands on owner, so even I have a fantastic management team, I am still very involved with construction, ordering, staffing, etc. In November of 2017, I accepted a corporate position with Frutta Bowls to serve as their Director of Marketing. In this position I assist all the Frutta locations with marketing and brand management. It’s very exciting..and very challenging because we are building a brand for Frutta from the ground up. I’m very lucky to be involved with this company and it’s growth. For our consulting company, All The Things, I do... all the things. We specialize in business systems and marketing, which can range from marketing campaigns designed for drawing in new business to helping businesses with workflow, structure, and setup. Community Involvement: An organization that we are very dedicated to is the Brown House Community in Northport. It was started in 2003 and it is a community designed to be very intentional to love your neighbor. The neighborhood tutors children, has a free library, and offers emergency assistance services along with spiritual counsel

Current Title: Place of Business: EVERLASTING Education: Winfield City High School (2003), University of Alabama at Birmingham (2007) Family: Travis Buck (Husband), John Clayton Buck & Juliana Catherine Buck (Children) City: Northport Hometown: Winfield Professional Responsibilities: Crystal owns and operates a local and online home & gift store in downtown Northport, with her three year old daughter by her side. Community Involvement: Along with her family Crystal is a March of Dimes advocate. They served as the 2015-2016 March of Dimes Ambassador Family. Both of their children were born prematurely and were in the Northport DCH NICU. Since March 2014 she has served as an American Red Cross-Blood Drive Coordinator. She has hosted and coordinated an annual blood drive in memory of her son, John Clayton, on his birthday each year. The blood drive is held each December, which is a critical blood donation period. Crystal plans to carry on her infant son’s legacy through giving back to others and making a positive impact. Crystal is a current member of Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa and has served as President (2015-2016; 20162017) and Vice-President (2014-2015). In 2016 she became a Contributor for Craving God Ministries with the mission to share her story and love for God in hope that they may inspire and encourage others when they need it most. Crystal is a member of Church of the Highlands where she






to the West Circle community. We love it so much that in 2015, we decided to move there. We are “The Red House” in the Brown House Community. We also are forever dedicated to The Brayden House, named after my oldest son. Also located in the Brown House Community, it offers a temporary living space to parents who have children in the neonatal ICU units at both DCH Medical Centers. It removes the stress of having to pay for a hotel room and it provides them not only safe housing, but a close community to offer emotional and spiritual support. Samantha and I are foster parents and that also opened up an entirely new way to be involved in the community. Hobbies and Passions: I love to work out. We own Innovate Fitness, and even though we have other people to maintain it daily now, I try to be there every day to take care of my physical body. Also, a lot of our members are included in that amazing circle of friends, and I don’t get a lot of downtime just to hang out with them, so it’s our time to connect. My two sons are involved in sports, so I am very involved with that...so much practice. Why did you go into your particular field: I went into fitness because I loved it and I was good at it. I went into Frutta because I thought the product was amazing and I enjoy helping people eat better without sacrificing enjoyment. I went into All The Things Consulting because I want to help other people succeed. Over all of those reasons, I work the way I do because I feel that God wants me to give to people who need it. I don’t know how to do that without working 18 hour days. If He lets me know of another way, I’ll do it. How do you hope to grow in your career : I am working on building my own brand. I want to have the opportunity to talk to more people and help them grow their passions. I also want to retire by 40. But I’ll never really retire, I’ll just do the work that I want to do. And you know the saying, “When you love what you do, it’s not really work.”

has served as a small group leader. Hobbies and Passions: EVERLASTING is not only my business, but it’s my passion and calling in life. It’s my career, hobby, and ministry all in one. I believe I’m doing exactly what I was made to do. May you also find your God-given talent and never give up. Why did your go into your particular field: EVERLASTING began in 2012 out of a closet in my home by the grace of God. I started selling some of my personal home decor items online that I wanted to update in my own home and I quickly discovered that people loved the pieces I had and created. They loved them as much or more than me and they wanted more! I even sold my items to local shops. I had a banking career I loved, but once my business grew and we planned to start a family I knew EVERLASTING would provide us the opportunity to raise our children in a family business setting. EVERLASTING grew from that tiny closet to my garage and went “mobile” through my car. It has evolved over the past several years to now a storefront and online business. It truly seems surreal to me that I now ship my products all around the country. How do you hope to grow in your career : My goal has always been providing my customers with the things they love & want and to provide them with true “southern hospitality” customer service and through that I’ve developed many friendships, relationships, and loyal customers. I hope not only to continue that, but to continue my community service efforts to give back in any way I can.


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Current Title: Attorney Place of Business: Campbell Guin, LLC Education: B.A. and J.D. from The University of Alabama Family: Wife: Madolyn Price Kirby City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Gadsden Professional Responsibilities: As a member of our firm’s commercial litigation practice group, I am responsible for representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of business disputes in state and federal courts. I also represent our firm’s clients in appellate matters before the Alabama Supreme Court. Community Involvement: I have always had an interest in education policy, which has really shaped my community involvement. In addition to my one term as a member of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, I have served on the boards of directors for the Higher Education Partnership of Alabama and Tuscaloosa’s Adopt-A-School program. I am also a member of Christ Episcopal Church, where I have had the privilege of helping teach Sunday school.



Current Title: Financial Advisor

Other Certifications or Awards: Hobbies and Passions: When I find the time, I enjoy playing golf and traveling with family and friends. It’s also nice to have the occasional Saturday to do absolutely nothing at all. Why did your go into your particular field: I always knew I wanted to be a litigator and that my personality and abilities were were well suited to that type of legal practice. I enjoy commercial litigation because it often challenges me with high-stakes and complex issues but also provides opportunities to help clients find business solutions to legal problems. How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to grow in experience and expertise in order to develop a statewide practice in complex and commercial litigation. With a political background, I also enjoy working with clients on public affairs and political issues.

Other Certifications or Awards: Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa - Paul Harris Fellow

Place of Business: Ameriprise Financial Hobbies and Passions: The outdoors, spending time with friends and family, giving back to the community

Education: Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration - University of Alabama

Why did your go into your particular field: I grew up around the business and have always had a keen interest in the investment world.

Family: Wife Elizabeth, Son Harry City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: Wealth Management, Portfolio Management, & Comprehensive Financial Planning Community Involvement: Tuscaloosa Public Library board of Trustees- chairman, TPL Foundation- board member/chairman Tuscaloosa Rotary Honorflight - Board of Trustees Easter Seals West Alabama - Board Member



How do you hope to grow in your career : Continue to enhance my knowledge of the complex nature of financial markets, deepen existing relationships and foster new relationships.

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Current Title: Associate Attorney Place of Business: Rosen Harwood, P.A. Education: B.A.-University of Alabama, 2012, J.D.-University of Alabama School of Law-2015 Family: Husband-Josh Hampton City: Tuscaloosa, AL Hometown: Sheffield, AL Professional Responsibilities: I work in the litigation group as a third year associate and focus my practice on governmental and environmental work for both public and private clients, as well as complex and multi-district litigation. I also enjoy the privilege of working with our firm’s law clerk program, overseeing a group of law students during both summers and semesters. As a whole though, I believe my job is to solve my clients’ problems. Someti me, practicality trumps all else, even in legal disputes. I believe it is my most important responsibility to provide pro bono legal services to underserved communities. I work as pro bono counsel through the State Volunteer Lawyers Program for clients in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, and Green Counties regularly in a variety of issues. I also get great joy from working with our local veterans at legal clinics held quarterly at the Tuscaloosa VA. Community Involvement: I am passionate about access to higher education and instilling the power of civic and community engagement in young people. In 2009, I founded the Blueprints College Access Initiative, a statewide service-learning initiative that uses college mentors to help students develop “blueprint” of post-secondary plans. Thanks to a partnership with Alabama Possible, we have created a sustainable infrastructure for the program. Although it isn’t my full time job, now I have the privilege of serving on the board for Alabama Possible, whose mission is to break down barriers to prosperity for every Alabamian. I also serve as the Confirmation Instructor for First United Methodist Church Tuscaloosa, which is such a pleasure--if you have current 5th graders, bring them over this fall to join us! I chair the fundraising committee for the Advisory Board for UA Law School’s Public Interest Institute, which raises grant




funds for law students committing their summer work to unpaid public interest jobs. I have been a member of the Junior League of Tuscaloosa since 2014 and currently serves on the governance committee and as the co-chair of the Tuscaloosa Dragon Boat Races. Other Certifications or Awards: Hobbies and Passions: My husband and I are passionate animal advocates. We work with T-SNIP, the local spay-neuter program and have served as a foster home for several area animal rescues. I suppose the greatest passion my husband and I share is our love for investing in young people. He works as a strength and conditioning coach at UA, so pretty much all my free time is spent at UA Athletics events or with his students! Join us at The Joe this Spring! I find great joy in good coffee and yoga with the one and only, Alison White. Why did your go into your particular field: I went to law school, and then more specifically became a litigator, because I love to advocate for people and in essence, figure out how to tell their story in a way that is most helpful to them. I also enjoy solving problems and being a “fixer.” How do you hope to grow in your career : I really enjoy the development of young people and am fascinated by the way our profession is changing as the number of millenial lawyers rises. I’m currently working on an article for publication called “Ethics and Professionalism for the Millenial Lawyer: How the Age of Social Media and Tech Boom Impact Your Law Practice,” and look forward to continuing to expand my work with various groups on finding success as a workforce millenial. In my actual law practice, I look forward to continuing to develop work in complex and multi-district litigation, as well as just developing deeper relationships with clients as my practice ages. I believe the “counsel” part of being an attorney is really a lost art.


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Current Title: REALTOR/CEO Place of Business: The Gray Group at Keller Williams Realty Tuscaloosa Education: Central High School 1997, University of Alabama 2001 Family: Husband- Jason Gray, Daughter-Ryley (8), Son-Brooks (3) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: I represent residential buyers, sellers and investors in the Tuscaloosa area real estate market. I am acting CEO of The Gray Group at Keller Williams Realty Tuscaloosa where I manage a team of 6 Realtors (3 of whom rank among Tuscaloosa’s top 10 agents). I am a member of the Agent Leadership Council (ALC) for Keller Williams Realty, and am a founding principal of Keller Williams Realty Tuscaloosa, the top selling firm in the area in 2017 (transaction sides) Community Involvement: I participated in Keller Williams RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day in May by helping build a Habitat for Humanity home in Tuscaloosa. RED Day is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty”s year-round commitment to improving our local communities. I continually support KW Cares by donating a portion of all of my and my husband’s sales to the charity. KW Cares is a 501(c)(3) public charity created to support Keller Williams associates and their families with



Current Title: Catering Sales Manager

Commerce, Work of Works Career Fairs, and Tuscaloosa’s Mystic Krewe of Druids

Place of Business: Aramark/Bama Dining/Crimson Catering

Other Certifications or Awards: American Sign Language Certified, Torchbearer - IHG, High Loyalty Recognition - IHG, Highest Problem Handling - IHG, Light House Award - Hilton, Wall of Fame - Hilton

Education: Bachelors in HES : Human Nutrition. Currently Persuing a Graduate Degree in HES with a Concentraion in Consumer Conflict, Negotiation, Mediation, and Management Family: Son of Bonnie White, and Seve and Cindy White. Brother to Andy and Stephanie White. Husband to Jared Taylor-White. City: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Hometown: Florence, Alabama Professional Responsibilities: Manage the Catering Department at the University of Alabama for Bama Dining. Inventor: Two-Vased. Community Involvement: Currently Serves on the Druid City Pride Board, as well as a Committee Member for the Tuscaloosa Food and Wine Festival. In the past, has been involved with the Chamber of

hardship as a result of a sudden emergency. Hardship is defined as a difficult circumstance that a person or family cannot handle without outside help. Locally, she serves on the board of Tuscaloosa’s One Place and avidly supports Restoration Ranch, Outback America, and the Thomas Plott Foundation. Other Certifications or Awards: I ranked as Tuscaloosa’s #7 real estate agent for total transactions in 2017 with my team selling more properties than any other real estate team or single agent in the area. In 2017, I was awarded the 2017 BNI Notable Networker of the Month for the SE Region and the KW Triple Crown. Keller Williams recognized my team as the #2 Keller Williams Group in Alabama in gross commission income and as a Millionaire Real Estate Agent for 2017. Hobbies and Passions: I enjoy going to the lake with my family, working out and playing softball. I love to attend Alabama football games and gymnastic meets. Why did your go into your particular field: I’ve wanted to be a Realtor since I was in the 8th grade. It looked like a fun and interesting career so I stuck with it! How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to continue working with past clients and referrals helping more people buy and sell homes in Tuscaloosa. I also look forward to expanding our team and even forming an expansion real estate team in another city one day!

Hobbies and Passions: Community involvement/ volunteering, Family Time, Entrepreneur Competitions, Growth, and Learning ED WHITE


Why did your go into your particular field: I have two passions in life: Helping others, and food. I found a niche market that satisfies both, and I could not be happier!! How do you hope to grow in your career : As long as I am passionate, and express my concern and empathy for others, I know my growth will take me exactly where I am destined to be. The most current and tangible growth I see taking place is that of developing my current role into a Director’s position, while at the same time increasing sales and satisfying our clients’ every need and desire.

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Current Title: Managing Partner

Other Certifications or Awards: National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 (2016), Alabama Business Top Young Lawyers: Plaintiff ’s General Civil Litigation (2012)

Place of Business: Mountain & Mountain, P.C. Education: B.S. Business Managment and J.D. both from the University of Alabama

Hobbies and Passions: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, tennis, movies, and Alabama Football

Family: Wife: Lindsay Blackburn Mountain, Daughter: Julia Kathleen Mountain (Expected May 2018) City: Tuscaloosa, AL Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL Professional Responsibilities: Plaintiff ’s Civil Litigation, I handle lawsuits for injured/aggrieved clients ranging from auto wrecks to civil rights litigation. Community Involvement: I’m the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Arts ‘n’ Autism, Board of Directors for the Alabama Association for Justice, Member of First Presbyterian Church




Why did your go into your particular field: My father started practicing law in 1967 here in Tuscaloosa and I wanted to carry on his legacy. How do you hope to grow in your career : The law and society are constantly evolving. It is my goal to grow with the legal needs of the Tuscaloosa community and protect the 7th amendment rights of all citizens to seek justice.


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Current Title: Permit Administrator

Leadership Tuscaloosa, Mayor’s Cup Participant, and Project Leader for the upcoming Sawyerville Head Start Face- Lift Project scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018, as part of Leadership Tuscaloosa Class of 2018.

Place of Business: City of Tuscaloosa Education: Masters of Science in Quality Management; Bachelors of Science in Business Administration; and Associate of Science in Office Administration Family: I am the daughter of Ida Lee Taylor and the late Eligah Chambers Jr. I am the second oldest of seven children, first to go to college and graduate, and the mother of two children (Marcellis Davis 15 and Zoria King 11). City: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Hometown: Greensboro, Alabama Professional Responsibilities: Primary Contact/ Liaison for Commercial Permitting (Engineering Department with the City of Tuscaloosa) Member of the Mayor’s Employee Advisory Committee (MEAC), and Department Representative for United Way of West AL. Community Involvement: Ambassador with the Chamber of Commerce, Current Participant of

Other Certifications or Awards: Awarded Ambassador of the Year January 2017; Received Ambassador of the Quarter, and Attendance of the Year from the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce



Hobbies and Passions: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, researching, mentoring, community service, traveling, and dancing. Why did your go into your particular field: This position is challenging. This tri-fold position has allowed me to develop skills in engineering, planning, and project management. It also allowed me to incorporate my creative mind-set into the formulation of the permitting process launched by the city. How do you hope to grow in your career : I plan to amplify my skills and abilities through continuous technological training, research, and professional networking.

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Current Title: Owner and Qualifying Broker


Other Certifications or Awards: 2013 Graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa, Alabama Real Estate Broker, Member of Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors,

Place of Business: Druid City Properties Education: Bachelors Degree in Building Science from Auburn University

Hobbies and Passions: Spending time with Family and Friends on Lake Tuscaloosa.

Family: Wife Jana, Daughter Sally (3.5) Son Thomas (8 Months)

Why did your go into your particular field: I began buying houses during the recession and after the Tornado. I flipped a fair amount and began keeping some. I began buying foreclosed and run down commercial/ apartments and began fixing them up . I couldn’t find a management company to operate the properties to my standards so I decided to do it myself. In 2017 I reached an agreement to take over Five Star Management from Hamner Real Estate and that is when I began managing properties for other owners.

City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: Real estate investment in Single Family Houses, Apartments, Office and Warehouse. I purchase under performing properties, improve them and then lease and manage them. I also manage properties for other investors. Community Involvement: 2013 Graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa, Deacon at First Presbyterian, VP of Membership and Executive Board member for the Black Warrior Council of The Boy Scouts.



How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to have the highest quality management company in Tuscaloosa that provides the best return to owners while offering quality homes that are maintained well to tenants.


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Current Title: Insurance Producer and Advisor Place of Business: Pritchett Moore, Inc. Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing from The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce Family: Wife, Bradley Almon Bailey, 28, of Tuscaloosa. Daughter, Anne Everett Bailey, 6 months. City: Tuscaloosa, AL Hometown: Mobile, AL Professional Responsibilities: I work alongside business owners and individuals to customize risk management and insurance strategies.My goal is to ensure safety and longevity of my clients by providing them with an outstanding product at reasonable prices as well as other value added services. Community Involvement: Board member of Big Brother and Big Sisters of West AL, Temporary Emergency Services, Construction Leadership Council of West AL, Coastal Conservation Association of Alabama



on a local and state level, serve as a member of Young Professionals Tuscaloosa, and currently serve as a Big Brother to a 3rd grader at Central Elementary. Currently a member of the 2017-18 Leadership Tuscaloosa class. Currently serving on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Mother Mu Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Member of First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa. Other Certifications or Awards: Named the 2017 Young Agent of the Year Award by the Alabama Independent Insurance Association.President of Tuscaloosa Independent Insurance Asso. and former VP. Membership Chairman for Alabama Independent Insurance Asso. and former Legislative Chairman. Hobbies and Passions: Spending time with my family and spending time at our family farm hunting and fishing. Why did your go into your particular field: I really fell into it. I never really had aspirations for the insurance business. It just worked out this way. How do you hope to grow in your career : I certainly hope to continue to strengthen the relationships I have with current clients as well as grow with new clients. Also, I hope to continue to serve in our community as much as possible and give back in any way I can.

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Current Title: Marketing Director Place of Business: Bryant Bank Education: Bachelor of Arts; Communication Studies Family: Husband, Richard Rush. Two four-legged furry kids, Hamp and Lilly City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Larned, Kansas Professional Responsibilities: Oversee Bryant Bank’s Strategic Marketing and Communication efforts. Community Involvement: Co-Founder and Race Director for Tuscaloosa Half Marathon, Junior Achievement of Tuscaloosa County volunteer, Tuscaloosa’s One Place Board Member and Development Committee, PRCA of West Alabama Board Member and Secretary, Junior League of Tuscaloosa member, West Alabama Chamber of Commerce volunteer, Committee to re-elect Mayor Walt Maddox volunteer, United Way of West Alabama Live United Day volunteer, Battle of the Banks (supporting the Salvation Army) committee member, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and Adopt-a-School volunteer with Bryant Bank/The Alberta School of Performing Arts. Other Certifications or Awards: 2015 Leadership Tuscaloosa graduate, TMP (Travel Marketing Professional) certification through the Southeast Tourism Society, and a 2017 graduate of the American Bankers




Association Bank Marketing School. 2013 West Alabama Chamber Ambassador of the Year. Hobbies and Passions: I love serving the Tuscaloosa community through various activities/groups which ends up connecting with many of my hobbies/passions. I love to run, play with our two dogs, spend time with family and friends, watch a good movie, travel somewhere new and will occasionally play a tune or two on the piano! Why did your go into your particular field: After changing my major four times, I finally landed on communication studies. I wanted to be in a field that allowed me to engage with people, to be creative, and one that kept me on my toes. Communication, whether that be through advertising, marketing or public relations, is incredibly strategic. I love the challenge of identifying a target audience and studying how to best reach them with a particular message to influence a decision or experience. Communication is so much more than a pretty design. It’s being analytical and strategic at the same time, and I love it! How do you hope to grow in your career : My hope is that through the skills that I continue to develop and through the experiences that I encounter both at work and in the community, that it will help lead me to be the best community leader, spouse, industry professional, and team member I can be.


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Current Title: OWNER | PHOTOGRAPHER Place of Business: Heather Michelle Photography Education: Family: Diego(husband) and 3 children ( Anna, Abbigayle & Liam) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: To run a successful studio and photography business, that upholds ethics and community standards as well as providing outstanding customer service to my clients. Community Involvement: Each year I donate sessions to Hospice of West Alabama, I also have a photography group called DREAM big that I started Jan 2016 with my close friend and local photographer Ashley Kirkland where we mentor and help other photographers grow. It was local photographers and has grown to over 3k members internationally. I help at my daughters local schools when needed as well. Other Certifications or Awards: Excellence AwardInternational Association of Newborn Photographers Hobbies and Passions: I love photography, that is my passion, not only do I love taking photographs for families but I love teaching and mentoring other photographers to grow their business and to reach their goals! Along with other things I enjoy cooking, dancing, reading and drinking coffee. I also love spending time with family and friends! Why did your go into your particular field: I have always loved photography but it was never the right time to start a



Current Title: Senior Account Executive

Hobbies and Passions: I am an avid outdoorswoman and spend as much time as possible hiking and backpacking. Spending time in nature helps me to disconnect and achieve balance after a fast paced work week!

Place of Business: The University of Alabama WVUA 23 Education: I graduated from The University of Alabama in 2008 with a Marketing Degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce Family: Jordan Bostick is my husband and together, we are raising our 11 year old niece, Farrah. City: Cottondale Hometown: Cottondale Other Certifications or Awards: Awards - American Advertising Federation District 7 Volunteer of the Year 2017, West Alabama Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year 2012, American Advertising Federation of Tuscaloosa Ad Person of the Year 2012

business. After the birth of my 3rd child I decided it was time to follow my dream. I prayed and asked God to guide me and direct me into the right path. From day one I gave Him my business and told him to send me the clients he wanted me to have. I started my business February 2016 and started offering free sessions to grow my portfolio. I then charges $50 per session and grew from there to a profitable business. I threw myself into online workshops, watched tons of videos over and over to help me grow and better my skills. I wanted a job that I LOVED and had a true passion for. I’ve always heard when you do what you love you will never work a day in your life and that is so true. I want the memories that I capture for families to take them back to a moment and a feeling. The overwhelming feeling they got when they welcomed a new baby into this world. The feeling they got when they see their small child genuinely laughing because they tickled them. Or the sweet smile they got from a loved one as they look into their eyes. I want families to be able to hold on to the little moments that make life full and complete. A moment frozen in time with a small click that becomes a beautiful photograph to pass down from generations to generations. Photography is an art and a gift that I cherish and I always look forward to creating these memories for families. How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope within the next 5 years to become a internationally known newborn photographer who travels teaching and mentoring other photographers to reach their goals and to DREAM BIG, because no dream is to small as long as you have actions in place with vision and the tools inside you to make it happen.



Why did your go into your particular field: I chose to go into the Marketing and Advertising field while working on the Brookwood High School Yearbook Staff. Our advisor Kristie Gray not only taught us how to be great journalists but exposed us to many potential career paths. I fell in love with both sharing meaningful stories and connecting people,and get to do both everyday working in this industry!

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Current Title: President Place of Business: Parker Towing Company Education: I graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a degree in Business Marketing Family: Megan and I have been married for 11 years. We have two sons, Mize (9), Rhett (7) and one daughetr Olive (1). City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: As president of Parker Towing Company, it is my job to create, communicate and effectively implement the company’s vision and overall strategy. We are very blessed to have a senior leadership team that understands the vision and works diligently toward our goals. Community Involvement: I am involved with several community organizations. I am the past chairman of the board for the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan YMCA. Currently I’m Chairman of the Administrative Board for First United Methodist Church, and serve on the Board of Directors for the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Tuscaloosa County Industrial




Development Board. I’m an active member of the local Tuscaloosa Regions Bank board of Advisors and am a member of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Other Certifications or Awards: Hobbies and Passions: My hobbies are my kids Coaching and playing sports with them. When I have free time to myself, I like to exercise, golf, hunt and fish. Why did your go into your particular field: When I graduated college, I wasn’t completely sold on coming back to the family business. I went to work for a trucking company in Chattanooga, TN and really learned a lot. After 2 years with the company, the timing was right to move back home and join the family business. How do you hope to grow in your career : Working in a family business can have it’s challenges. But it is also very rewarding. Being able to go to work with my father and other family members every day is a blessing. Looking up on the wall of our board room and seeing the portraits of my grandparents, who started our company, and carry out their legacy is something I am very proud of.


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Current Title: Director of Tourism Development

Other Certifications or Awards: Ambassador of the Quarter-West AL Chamber of Commerce

Place of Business: Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Hobbies and Passions: Traveling, singing, spending time with family, and reading.

Education: Alabama A&M University Family: Husband: Paul. Children: Elijah, Fayth, & Carter

Why did your go into your particular field: My love for hospitality & event planning.

City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa



How do you hope to grow in your career : I want to create new ways to provide an impact to our community through tourism events, economic development, and a thriving quality of life for all Tuscaloosa residents.

Professional Responsibilities: Target tourism events to the Tuscaloosa area. Community Involvement: Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Ambassadors 2013-2018, Board of Directors for Temporary Emergency Services in 2015, Young Leaders Society of United Way in 2018, Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Task Force, 2017-present

Current Title: General Dentist

Hobbies and Passions: Deer and duck hunting, travel, being with family, and taking care of my patients

Place of Business: The Smile Design Center Why did your go into your particular field: I come from a family of health care providers (pharmacists, physicians, even a veterinarian), but no one has ever been a dentist. I always enjoyed going to the dentist as a child, and it is the perfect career to be able to use my creativity, knowledge, and people skills to serve those around me.

Education: Pickens Academy; Auburn University, BS Biomedical Sciences; UAB School of Dentistry, DMD (2011), UAB General Practice Residency (2012) Family: Wife-Brittany Gentry, Catering Sales Manager Urban Cookhouse, Tuscaloosa; daughters, Anna (3) and Meg (1) City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Aliceville Professional Responsibilities: Partner and coowner of local dental practice Community Involvement: American Dental Association, Alabama Dental Association, Sixth District Dental Society-Secretary/Treasurer and leader, First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa member, church choir member, CHOM volunteer, dental mission volunteer



How do you hope to grow in your career : I plan to continue caring for my patients at The Smile Design Center by staying up to date with the latest trends and dental education, and to continue to grow our dental practice that was started in Tuscaloosa in 1978. My goal is to care for each patient just like I would want to be treated!

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Current Title: President Place of Business: Wagner’s Education: The University of Alabama Family: Married to wife Meredith Halliday Wagner in 2006. We have two sons, Bill David (8) and Jack (6). City: Tuscaloosa, AL Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL Professional Responsibilities: President of Wagner’s Tuscaloosa LLC. Oversee the operations for Wagner’s Team Sports, Wagner’s Shoes for Kids, Wagner’s Runwalk, and The Athlete Foot. In 2018, I became a partner of Iron Tribe Fitness Tuscaloosa. Community Involvement: I am involved with the athletic community in sponsoring numerous sporting events for local schools and organizations, such as the annual Turkey Trot that benefits the Tuscaloosa Track Club. I also coach little league baseball and football. My wife, Meredith, and I support our sons’ school, Verner Elementary and we attend Trinity Presbyterian Church. Other Certifications or Awards: Currently serve as President of the Franchise Board of Directors of The Athlete’s Foot.




Hobbies and Passions: I enjoy athletic events, both in attending and in coaching my sons. I love the outdoors and spending time at the family farm in Hale County. As an advocate for the running community and co-owner of Iron Tribe Tuscaloosa, I am passionate about health and fitness. Why did your go into your particular field: I grew up working for my father in the Wagner’s Shoe business and it was a logical choice after college. I enjoy the challenge of managing my own business. Providing customers with good customer service in addition to quality footwear, uniforms and athletic equipment has been a part of Wagner’s for the past 65 years. How do you hope to grow in your career : I hope to continue to evolve my business to meet the needs of our customers while providing them with a legendary shopping experience. I am grateful for the foundations my father and grandfather instilled in me and to be a blessing to our employees and the community.


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Current Title: Associate Broker/President/Partner Place of Business: Corder Real Estate/Crimson Properties/The Builders Group Education: BS in Accounting - UA Family: Wife - Angel, Children - John Thomas, Jackson, Mills City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: As President of Crimson Properties, I manage a $25-30M portfolio of residential and commercial properties throughout Alabama and into Mississippi. As an Associate Broker of Corder Real Estate, I help run the day-to-day activities of the brokerage in addition to representing clients in the purchase, sale, and leasing of residential and commercial properties. I am also a partner in The Builders Group, a locally-owned residential and commercial construction company with projects throughout the state of Alabama. Community Involvement: Parishoner - St Francis of Assisi; Board member 2015-present; Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa - Board member 2015-2017; Temporary Emergency Services - Board member 2012-2013 Other Certifications or Awards: Distinguished Service, Builder Member Award from Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa - 2014; Carolyn Guidroz Humanitarian Award from Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa - 2016 Hobbies and Passions: With three active boys under 9 years old, my hobbies have mostly become theirs. I do enjoy mountain biking and paddleboarding. I’ve become somewhat of an avid turkey hunter in recent years. I love seeing and hearing the woods wake up along with the thrill of chasing a tom. My wife and I still love to travel and get to do so fairly often for business and pleasure. I enjoy the slower pace of the beach and islands, but also enjoy snowskiing with



the family. I enjoy a nice whiskey with friends and family, especially during football season by the fire. Why did your go into your particular field: Family. I started in and around real estate and construction back when I was 12 years old or so. I’ve done it all - general cleanup, laid sod, installed siding, run construction jobs, etc. I grew up in the business, but after graduating from the University of Alabama in 2002 in accounting, I thought I wanted to do something different, something a little more clean and inside an office. The job market was weak when I graduated and the US was going through the dotcom bust. After striking out a few times in the job search, my father offered me a job... temporarily. Here I am 16 years later. I work alongside the most amazing family members you could have - my wife, Angel, father, Lynn, mother, Melinda, brother, Brock, and sister-in-law, Amanda ALL are involved in some aspect of the businesses. Their dedication is what allows all of the companies to be successful. I take pride that all of our businesses have amazing reputations throughout the Tuscaloosa community due to the individual reputations of our family, owners and our employees. How do you hope to grow in your career : I’d like to see all three of our companies continue to grow at a sustainable rate, continuing to allow us to make a living for ourselves, our families, and our employees’ families. This business has afforded my family and literally hundreds of other employees and subcontractors the ability to provide for their families over decades. That’s pretty cool to think about, the impact that a few “small” businesses in Tuscaloosa, AL have on so many peoples lives. I’d like to continue the smart growth that we have been able to maintain since inception. That growth hinges upon key partners and employees in the industry, which is something that you never stop looking for as a company.

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Current Title: Executive Director Place of Business: Tuscaloosa’s One Place, a Family Resource Center Education: Bachelors of Science in Human Development from UA; Masters Degree in Marriage in Family Therapy from UA Family: Husband, TC Lightsey; Two Children, Ella Grace Waller and Reagan Lightsey City: Northport Hometown: Gordo Professional Responsibilities: At Tuscaloosa’s One Place I serve as the leader of the organization where we work to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families. My responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the agency including the administration, programs and the strategic planning of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. Community Involvement: I am one of the Co-Creators of the Tinsel Trail bringing a one a kind event to our community. I serve as a small group leader with Church of the Highlands. Through the Chamber of Commerce I had the opportunity to be a Leadership Tuscaloosa Graduate in 2012, Chairman of the Chamber Ambassadors in 2016, Chamber of Commerce Ambassador 2013-2016, Prisoner Re-Entry Committee member, and a Nonprofit Council committee member. I serve on the 21st Century Community Learning Center Advisory Council through the AL St.




Dept of Ed, Doing What Matters for Alabama’s Children Conference Planning Committee, UA Council of Community Based Partnership Executive Committee, and Community Partnership Committee Chair for UA CCBP. Other Certifications or Awards: The Women’s Leadership Award through Junior League of Tuscaloosa and UA Women’s Basketball. Hobbies and Passions: My family and I love spending time together on Lake Tuscaloosa swimming and paddle boarding. I received my boating license recently and am looking forward to learning how to drive our boat. Why did your go into your particular field: In college, I realized I had the desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives. As I worked with different populations I realized my heart was with children and families. I believe change happens at the family level. I could not have selected a better place to work and have the best job on the planet. I get to see as people come in at their lowest and then attend our programs changing things in their lives they did not think possible. How do you hope to grow in your career : In the nonprofit world there is always a new skill to be learned because the needs of people and the community are ever changing. I hope to grow as leader who can adapt to these changes and continue to make a positive impact.


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Current Title: President Place of Business: Powell Petroleum Education: BS, The University of Alabama, Small Business Management Family: Lesley (wife), Leigh (11), Libby (7) City: Tuscaloosa, AL Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL Professional Responsibilities: Manage the day to day retail and wholesale fuel operations of Kuykendall & Powell Oil Co., Inc., the parent company of Powell Petroleum fuel stations in Tuscaloosa. Community Involvement: Active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama; As of May 2018, Director, Board of Directors of the DCH Foundation; President of the Board of Directors of the Tuscaloosa County Community Corrections Program; active supporter of TAPS (Teens and Police Service) Academy; founder, TRACK (Tuscaloosa Rallying Around Community Kids) program to be a support network to Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson and the TAPS Academy; Director, PARA Foundation Board of Directors; Director, CrimeStoppers Board of Directors; Chamber of Commerce Adopt-a-School Partner with Verner Elementary School and Oak Hill School Other Certifications or Awards: Secretary/Treasurer and Director on the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers of Alabama Board of Directors, Appointed by the Governor as a Member of the Small Business Commission, as part of Atlas Alabama; member of the Current Title: Director of Development Place of Business: Shelton State Community College Education: Associates- Wallace Sate Community College Bachelors -University of Alama ; MastersUniversity of West Alabama Family: Married-Married to Eric chandler Children- Mary Coleman Chandler 15, Evie Chandler 3, Walt Chandler 1 1/2 City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Glencoe, Alabama Professional Responsibilities: I am responsible for the development of relationships with individual donors, alumni, foundations, corporations, and friends of the College for the purpose of securing major gifts. I oversee the day-to-day operations of the Office of Development. I work closely with the Shelton State Foundation on our mission to raise funding for scholarships and college support. Community Involvement: Member of the Council for Alabama Resource Development, Member of Little Lambs Committee (FUMCT Ministry), Worship Leader, Bridge Contemporary Service, FUMCT, Member of Women’s Division of the Chamber; Volunteering with the Miss America/Miss Alabama Organization. Member of MASTA-Miss America State Title Holders Association. Other Certifications or Awards: Chancellor Award





University of Alabama Football Lettermen A-Club Hobbies and Passions: Passions: championing public education in Tuscaloosa; being the best husband to Lesley, best dad to Leigh, and best dad to Libby that I can be; University of Alabama sports; anything that makes me, and everybody around me, laugh Hobbies: travelling, concerts of any kind, and being on any vessel that flies or floats as often as possible Why did your go into your particular field: I always wanted to be a part of our family’s business, and I began working in it at age 12. After about a year in the corporate world immediately after college, it became very clear to me that small, family oriented business was my calling. I returned to Tuscaloosa to work, run, and, eventually, purchase the business. The acquisition ensured I could continue to work closely with customers, employees, and community service programs to bring value to the Tuscaloosa area both as an employer and a citizen. How do you hope to grow in your career : My career goal is to maintain steady growth of my business within the confines of the current fuel industry, while also identifying future service and product opportunities to mirror the rapidly shifting paradigm of the industry towards alternative fuels. In addition, I intend to maintain a truly local branding and service footprint, while continuing to uphold a legacy of community service established by the previous generation of this family business. Winner- Alabama Community College System, Daily Points of Light Award-Commended by President George W. Bush Hobbies and Passions: Cooking, singing, volunteering, traveling, spending time with my family and friends. Volunteering and fundraising for Breast Cancer Aid & Research Why did your go into your particular field: Having been afforded the opportunity to receive a higher education through scholarships beginning in the two year school system, I am now able to give back by working as Director of Development at Shelton State Community College. At Shelton State I have the opportunity to raise funding for deserving students to help further their education. It’s a rewarding experience knowing that our office is helping make a difference not only in the lives of our students, but the community, by providing education and job training that will directly benefit West Alabama. How do you hope to grow in your career : As my career progresses, I hope to see Shelton State continue to flourish. In my role with the Shelton State Foundation, it is my goal to not only increase scholarship opportunities, but to advance the Foundation mission in the life of the College and the West Alabama community.

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Current Title: 2-1-1 Director and WVUA 23 News Anchor Place of Business: United Way of West Alabama and WVUA 23 Education: University of Alabama Family: Son- Jayden Parents - Ethel and Lovell Taylor Jr. City: Northport Hometown: Tuscaloosa Professional Responsibilities: I currently work at United Way of West Alabama and WVUA 23. My responsibilities at United Way includes working to ensure that accurate information is passed along to residents who call our 2-1-1 help line needing assistance with various social service needs. My responsibilities shift when I report to WVUA 23 to anchor the 10 p.m. newscast. I assist our team by making sure we provide the public with information that can make a difference in their lives. Community Involvement: I am an active member of several organizations including: Tuscaloosa’s Promise, Alabama One Credit Union Advisory board, VOAD president - VOAD stands for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Mental Health Alliance, Smokefree Tuscaloosa Coalition, West Alabama Chamber of



Current Title: President/Owner Place of Business: Southern Civil Contracting, Inc. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Business Law from the University of Alabama

Other Certifications or Awards: None relative Hobbies and Passions: Hunting, weightlifting, jiu jitsu, coaching young athletes, extreme endurance events, UA football games with family, and being a husband and father.

City: Tuscaloosa Hometown: Tuscaloosa SHANE HENDERSON

Community Involvement: I am fortunate enough to be able to help train and develop young athletes in physical conditioning and sports. I coach 2 little league

Commerce Non Profit Council and I am a graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa. Other Certifications or Awards: Recipient of the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award for Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast. I was also featured in the October 2017 edition of Tuscaloosa News magazine as one of the Most Intriguing people for our area. Hobbies and Passions: I enjoy giving back to the community in any way possible. This includes: reading and speaking to youth in the area or bringing my son along to serve meals to those in need. I am also a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. Outside of my professional interest I love being mom to my 11 year old son Jayden, traveling, shopping and cooking. Why did your go into your particular field: I enjoy communicating with people and helping others. I am fortunate enough to be able to do both at United Way of West Alabama and WVUA 23. How do you hope to grow in your career : I plan to grow my career by being open to new ideas and having an ongoing commitment to learn through various professional development opportunities.

baseball teams year around. I also train athletes for extreme industrial/military training events.

Family: Wife, April Henderson. Sons, Jackson, 12 and Brooks, 10

Professional Responsibilities: Southern Civil is a fairly large civil and utility contracting company. As its owner, I spend most of my time making decisions that impact day to day operations of crews, cost impact and analysis decisions, estimate costs of future projects we are submitting proposals for, as well as manage the companies current and future finances, payroll and relative resources.



Why did your go into your particular field: Construction to me was a good blend of many things that appealed to me. Building things to see the immediate fruit of your labor, working with other people, working both inside and outside not just stuck in an office, fun with big heavy equipment, traveling to see different states, and being able to make a good living while doing it. How do you hope to grow in your career : The only way I know how.......by helping others and leaving whatever theater of life I’m in a little better than I found it.


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