Montgomery Business Journal

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February 2016

FIVE POINTS OF LIFE  SCHEDULES MARATHON

MONTGOMERY – Participants in the sixth annual Five Points of Life Kids Marathon will celebrate their achievement Feb. 27 at the James W. Wilson Jr. YMCA at New Park.

Kindergarten students through eighth grade will walk or run the full 26.2-mile marathon a little bit at a time. The final ceremony is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and all participants will receive a T-shirt and medal for completing a marathon.

Entry forms and running logs are available online at www.fivepointsoflife.org, or at LifeSouth’s Montgomery headquarters, just off Perry Hill Road at 4139 Carmichael Road. The event is conducted by LifeSouth and the YMCA GoodTimes programs. More than 500 youths signed up for last year’s event.

Five Points of Life is a foundation started by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to raise awareness of the five ways to share life with others through the donation of blood, apheresis, marrow, cord blood and organ and tissue.

For race information, call (334) 260-0803.

FOUR STAR FREIGHTLINER LOCATIONS RECEIVE ELITE CERTIFICATION

MONTGOMERY – All six Four Star Freightliner locations are now elite support certified.

The latest to receive the certification was the Albany, Georgia, location. There is a rigorous set of 123 criteria that must be met and maintained in order to receive the special designation.

The Tallahassee, Florida, and Montgomery dealerships also recently received recertification.  As a result, every Four Star Freightliner location is now a member of the elite support network. 

“There are very few Freightliner dealership groups that can say they are totally certified,” Brad Prior, Four Star Freightliner corporate continuous improvement coordinator said in a statement. “This is an outstanding accomplishment and I salute the six CICs (continuous improvement coordinators) who provided the leadership and guidance as well as every single employee who contributed to this success.”

The network is a collaborative effort between Daimler Trucks North America and its truck dealers, focused on improving the customer experience at Freightliner and Western Star dealerships.

Four Star Freightliner also has locations in Dothan, Tifton, Georgia, and Valdosta, Georgia

YMCA OF GREATER MONTGOMERY NAMES MAN OF THE YEAR

MONTGOMERY – Longtime YMCA advocate, donor and volunteer Jim Inscoe was named the 64th annual Man of the Year by the YMCA of Greater Montgomery.

Inscoe and his wife, Elmore, have not only provided much time and treasure to the YMCA, but also have reared their family of three children in the YMCA, two of whom are past YMCA youth governors.

BEASLEY ALLEN NAMES DUNSON ‘TOP ATTORNEY’

MONTGOMERY – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Principal Kendall C. Dunson was selected as the firm’s Litigator of the Year for 2015.

The annual recognition is presented to the attorney(s) who demonstrates exceptional professional skill throughout the course of the year and best represents the firm’s ideal of “helping those who need it most.” Dunson practices in the firm’s personal injury section.

The firm also announced the Lawyer of the Year in each section. Honorees for 2015 are Chris D. Glover, personal injury section Lawyer of the Year; Michael D. Andrews, products liability section Lawyer of the Year; Alison D. Hawthorne, fraud section Lawyer of the Year; W. Roger Smith, mass torts section Lawyer of the Year; and Christopher D. Boutwell, toxic torts Section Lawyer of the Year.

“Each time we receive a jury verdict or favorable settlement, I am reminded of the talent among us here at Beasley Allen,” Principal & Founder Jere L. Beasley said in a statement. “I appreciate the dedication and skill that each of these lawyers holds. The lawyers receiving the awards (for 2015) were recognized for exceptional performances in their areas of expertise and I know that they recognize that none of the successes would be possible without the work of their fellow lawyers and support staff. I am proud and honored to be a part of the Beasley Allen team.”

PURE BARRE ADDS EAST MONTGOMERY LOCATION

MONTGOMERY – Pure Barre Montgomery studio owners Katie Lowder and Tiffany Bell have opened a new site in East Montgomery at the Peppertree Shopping Center.

Pure Barre, which uses small isometric movements, is a 55-minute full-body workout that works each muscle group to fatigue and then stretches them back out. It is not a dance class and no dance experience is necessary.

“We truly believe in the Pure Barre brand and have witnessed the mental, emotional and physical results firsthand and through clients at Pure Barre Montgomery since opening in February 2013,” Lowder said in a statement. “Whether clients are looking to get in shape for the first time in years, build strength and confidence, make friends or mentally escape, our studio provides a safe community space and positive environment for everyone that walks through our doors.”

“We receive daily requests at our current Cloverdale studio for an East Montgomery location,” Bell said in a statement. “We wanted to make Pure Barre convenient and accessible to this rapidly growing East Montgomery and Pike Road market and offer Pure Barre to an even broader audience. We are excited for this opportunity to expand our Pure Barre community and family with our second location.”

For information on Pure Barre East Montgomery, call (334) 356-5154 or email eastmontgomery@purebarre.com.

REALTORS GROUP INSTALLS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS

MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) installed its 2016 officers and directors.

Leading the association and its multiple listing service (MLS) are Bill Ashley, MAAR president; Carol Andrews, MAAR president-elect/MLS president; Forrest Meadows, MAAR/MLS treasurer; Kim McElroy, MAAR/MLS secretary; and Cindy Cauthen, MAAR immediate past president.

MAAR directors are Beth Baker, Bren Calhoon, Mark Davis, Kati Douglas, Jo Glenn, Hayden Hudson, Blake Markham, Harold Powell and Billy Young. MLS directors are Don Brewer, Nikki Burch, Tarence Davis, Edward Farrior, Danyalle Friday, Patrick Janson, Maurice Pene, Myra Pruit and Gary Sullivan.

RETAIL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES OFFICERS

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Retail Association has completed its slate of officers for 2016. Their terms began Jan. 1.

Chairman: Frederick W. “Ricky” Bromberg, president of Bromberg & Co. Inc, Birmingham.

Vice Chairman: Jacob Shevin, owner and president of Standard Furniture in Alabama and Tennessee.

Treasurer: Bob Akers, vice president, Davis Direct, Montgomery.

President: Richard E. “Rick” Brown Jr., Alabama Retail Association, Montgomery.

Bromberg, Shevin, Akers and Brown serve as Alabama Retail’s executive committee along with Immediate Past Chairman George Wilder, president of The Locker Room, Montgomery and Auburn; and Executive Committee Designee: Todd Noden, chief financial officer for Birmingham-based Books-A-Million. The board secretary is the Alabama Retail Association’s Jennifer Henderson.

HILL HILL CARTER OPENS KENTUCKY OFFICE

MONTGOMERY – Hill Hill Carter has opened an office in Louisville and announced that Mark M. Sandmann and Robert L. Keisler Jr. have been hired and will work at the new location.

The Louisville office will be part of the firm’s health care cost recovery section.

“Hill Hill Carter has long represented health benefit plans throughout the country, and opening an office in a health care center like Louisville made a lot of sense,” Hill Hill Carter Managing Shareholder David Henderson said in a statement. “Mark and Bob bring years of experience to the HHC team, and Louisville provides us with a pool of top-notch staff well-versed in health care issues.” 

Sandmann will be heading the Kentucky office, focusing in the areas of pharmaceutical fraud and antitrust. He will also represent the interests of local, regional and national health insurers in mass tort litigation throughout the country. Sandmann received a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Missouri and received his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Keisler will join Hill Hill Carter’s Kentucky office with an emphasis in subrogation and reimbursement, particularly in mass tort litigation. He has extensive experience dealing with all types of health care subrogation and recovery matters. Keisler received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and received his Juris Doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

“Bob and I have worked collaboratively for years with Pam Slate, Liz Carter, and their health care cost recovery group here at Hill Hill Carter, and are excited to be merging our practice with theirs officially now,” Sandmann said in a statement.  

LOCAL ATTORNEY JOINS ESTATE PLANNING ACADEMY

MONTGOMERY – After 10 years, attorney Sayge Grubbs decided to focus his practice on estate planning and joined the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.

The organization supports attorneys across the country by providing them with continuing legal education needed to counsel their clients on estate planning needs. The academy’s exclusive membership is dedicated to helping clients effectively plan their estates while helping them retain control over assets and their lives.

Grubbs and his staff offer advice on wills, trusts, health care power of attorney, Medicaid and Medicare planning, and qualified retirement plan distribution, limited power of attorney and federal, estate and gift tax returns.

Grubbs founded Sage Legacy Counsel, which recently moved to 8416 Crossland Loop.

EASTER SEALS CENTRAL ALABAMA RECEIVES $11,700 DONATION

MONTGOMERY – Easter Seals Central Alabama received an $11,700 donation from the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club that held a wine and dine fundraising event.

“The money raised from this event will help Easter Seals construct an interactive sensory wall in our lobby,” Easter Seals Central Alabama Executive Director Debbie Lynn said in a statement. “We work with a great deal of children who have autism and sensory challenges. The wall will help provide them with an outlet for play while they wait, and will be used as a tool in therapy.”

The organization is a collection of programs designed to help individuals with disabilities.

JACKSON THORNTON EMPLOYEE EARNS HEALTH CARE DESIGNATION

MONTGOMERY – Jackson Thornton employee Rebecca Hanif has earned the certified professional medical auditor designation.

Hanif, who has worked in the health care industry for seven years, assists multiple physician practices with process improvement on the physician quality reporting system, meaningful use and coding compliance. She earned the designation by demonstrating expertise in the governmental guidelines for medical documentation, fraud, abuse and coding violations; quality assurance and coding risk analysis; and medical record auditing and coding concepts.

“It’s certainly a milestone in her career, but more importantly, this expertise will enable her to even better assist our health care clients,” Mark Baker, principal and leader of Jackson Thornton Healthcare, said in a statement.

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