Montgomery Business Journal

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February 2016


MONTGOMERY – Edward F. Crowell has been named president and CEO of VT Miltope. He succeeds James Chambers.

Crowell, former chairman of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is a 21-year veteran of VT Miltope. He was most recently the firm’s chief operating officer and was in charge of manufacturing, program management, engineering, quality assurance and administration.

“VT Miltope’s future is strong with great potential,” Crowell said in a statement. “It is the strength of our products and our people that are the foundation of what makes us who we are. We will continue to provide high-quality products to our customers.”

Crowell, who retired from the Air Force as a brigadier general, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Alabama State University. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Troy University.

VT Miltope designs, develops, manufactures and tests computers and computer-related equipment for military, industrial and commercial uses. The firm’s parent company is VT Systems.


MONTGOMERY – Health Services Inc. has announced that Dr. George Thomas is the new chief medical officer and Mia Mothershed is the new marketing director.

Thomas is board certified in family practice with 29 years of experience including clinical, diagnostic and emergency care. In his role as chief medical officer, Thomas will guide all patient care initiatives and lead teams in clinical solutions and outcomes.

He is a graduate of Morehouse College and obtained his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. He completed his family practice residency at the University of Alabama.

Thomas has practiced as a staff physician in Hayneville community health centers for more than 24 years. He has also served as the Health Services associate director of rural centers, before his appointment as chief medical officer.

Mothershed, an experienced marketing and communications professional, will implement a comprehensive communications and marketing program. She will direct all operations for marketing, publications, news, public information and other-related functions.

She received a bachelor’s degree in communications and business from Alabama A&M.

Health Services has 12 facilities, including two wellness centers in six counties. The company provides services in pediatric and adult medicine, pediatric and adult dentistry, obstetrics/gynecology, and pediatric and adult optometry. The corporate office at 1845 Cherry St. offers an on-site pharmacy as well as social and behavioral health services.


MONTGOMERY – Scott Lee has been promoted to principal at the certified public accounting firm of Richard, Harris, Ingram and Bozeman, PC.

Lee, who joined the firm in 2006, practices in the tax and audit sectors with emphasis in audits of local city school boards, not-for-profit tax and audit, and tax services to small businesses and individuals. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University at Montgomery and is a certified public accountant.

Richard, Harris, Ingram and Bozeman has provided tax, audit, accounting, consulting and financial planning services to individuals, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and governments throughout Alabama for more than 65 years.


MONTGOMERY – Patrick Hart is the new owner of the Spherion staffing office in Montgomery.

Hart has been with the local Spherion office since 2012 and has experience in recruiting, business development, sales and management. Prior to his new position, Hart was responsible for supporting and expanding the company’s full-time, direct-hire recruiting services. Revenues have grown year-over-year since 2012, totaling more than $400,000 in direct-hire business and $1.6 million in flexible/temporary staffing business.

“I am thrilled to be the new owner of the Montgomery Spherion office,” Hart said in a statement. “I consider it a privilege to represent and lead one of the most distinguished staffing companies in the country and to work in an industry that allows me to give back to my home town and the great state of Alabama. But, the most rewarding aspect of this business is the ability to improve people’s lives personally, professionally and financially – one hire at a time.”


MONTGOMERY – The law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., has named Alison “Ali” D. Hawthorne a principal.

Hawthorne, who works in the firm’s consumer fraud section, joined Beasley Allen in 2010. 

Her practice is focused primarily on complex litigation on a national level and has been involved in class-action litigation involving consumer fraud within the health care and cosmetics industries.

“Ali is a talented attorney and has achieved great success in her few years with the firm,” Beasley Allen Principal and Managing Attorney Tom Methvin said in a statement.


MONTGOMERY – MAX Credit Union recently announced 22 promotions, which included four chief positions.

Wayne Blackwell was named chief retail officer; DG Markwell was promoted to chief marketing officer; Cheryl Payson was promoted to chief support officer; and Sandra Stenger was named chief talent officer.

Wendy Anderson was named senior vice president for consumer underwriting; and Will Epperson was promoted to senior vice president for consumer experience.

The following employees were promoted to vice president: Elton Brooks (retail delivery); Jamie Brown (relationship development); Lynette Cupps (organizational development); Tara Langley (human resources); Daniel Souers (marketing); and Lisa Walker (corporate project management/eCommerce).

The following were named assistant vice president: Kathy Cobb (technology); Sonia Devine (sales and service/central region); Justin Evans (retail support); John Grimes (collections); Andy Hall (sales and service/east region); Marilyn Knapp (sales and service/service center); Melissa Miller (accounting operations); Beverly Schuffert (sales and service/system liaison); Lori Sellers (accounting controls); and Kim Smitherman (sales and service/west region).

“MAX is proud to promote team members who work hard daily to grow the organization,” Stenger said in a statement. “We will continue to ensure our staffing allows MAX to grow and thrive.”

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