Montgomery Business Journal

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October 2014


MONTGOMERY – Alfa Insurance has promoted two to senior vice president. Bryan Hubbard is the new senior vice president of the claims department and Tommy Coshatt has been promoted to senior vice president of underwriting.

“Alfa has a long history of providing outstanding claims service, and Bryan is committed to continuing that legacy,” Alfa President and CEO Jimmy Parnell said in a statement. “Bryan has more than 25 years’ experience in the claims department, from personally working with customers in the field to providing leadership for a team of adjusters.”

Hubbard began his career with Alfa in 1989 as an adjuster and was promoted to district claims manager in 1999. He most recently served as vice president of claims, a role he’s held since 2012. Hubbard received a degree in finance from Troy University and he holds a juris doctorate from Birmingham School of Law. He is replacing Jerry Johnson, who retired in August.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to follow Jerry Johnson, who has been an exceptional leader and whose vision and intellect have postured our department for continued success,” Hubbard said in a statement. “Alfa has a history of strong leadership in the Claims Department, and I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading the department into the future.

Coshatt began his career with Alfa as an agent in Hoover in 2006 and was promoted to district manager in 2009. He served as vice president for south Alabama sales from December 2011 to March 2013. Prior to joining Alfa, Coshatt was manager of claims processing for BlueCross and BlueShield of Alabama for three years. He also served as director of human resources for the Birmingham chapter of American Red Cross for six years and was director of disaster services for one year.

“Tommy’s experience in sales, marketing management, health insurance claims and his leadership ability will be valuable as we work to develop products, rates and underwriting guidelines that surpass customer expectations,” Parnell said in a statement. “With experience in both insurance sales and operations, Tommy will help Alfa bridge the gap between the home office and the field as we focus on building relationships, improving our systems, growing business and increasing membership,”

Coshatt is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received a master’s degree in public administration from The University of Alabama-Birmingham.



MONTGOMERY – Townie Bulmer has joined the Alabama News Network as senior sales specialist.

Bulmer will consult with advertisers on CBS8, MeTV, CW Montgomery and Heartland, creating marketing plans for on-air, online and mobile. She was an account executive for WSFA 12 News for the past 15 years and prior to that was in sales at the Montgomery Advertiser.



MONTGOMERY – Partners Realty announced that Jeh Vinson has joined the firm as a residential sales agent.

Partners Realty is a full-service real estate firm, which in addition to traditional brokerage services in residential, commercial and multifamily categories, also manages more than 2 million square feet of mixed-use, residential and commercial space in South Alabama. 



MONTGOMERY – Dextera HR has named Amanda Smith as its director of human resources.

In her new role, Smith will be in charge of all human resource compliance and policies, recruiting and consulting with clients on human resource-related matters.

“I am excited about the experience, knowledge and energy that Amanda brings to the Dextera HR team as director of human resources,” Trey Sylvest, vice president of operations at Dextera HR, said in a statement. “She will be instrumental in helping our clients navigate the complexities of regulations, compliance and talent retention.”

Smith was most recently an executive team leader of human resources and logistics at Target. She also served as culture captain in charge of various corporate training initiatives as well as coordinating community service volunteer opportunities. Prior to working at Target, Smith worked for Aramark Facility Services and CARQUEST Auto Parts. At Aramark, she was in charge of all human resource Functions while being the operation manager for her assigned account. 

Prior to Aramark, she spent a decade with CARQUEST Auto Parts where she was a human resource business partner. She directed 100-plus locations and two distribution centers. She handled all aspects of human resources including employee issues, benefits, training, recruitment and policy and procedure implementation. 

Smith has a master’s degree in human resources from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resource management from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Dextera HR is a human resources, payroll, compliance and benefit administration services provider.



MONTGOMERY – WSFA 12 News has added Amanda Curran to the Doppler 12 StormVision team.

Curran, who is from New Hampshire, graduated from Lyndon State College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences and an associate’s degree in television studies. At Lyndon State, she worked for the Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ-News 7), a student-run news station broadcasting to cities and towns in northeastern Vermont. During her time at the VCCJ, she prepared forecasts for the station’s Emmy-Award winning 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and online newscasts.

 “Amanda Curran is a talented meteorologist with amazing potential,” WSFA 12 News Director Scott Duff said in a statement. “She has studied for years and is a great addition to our veteran Doppler 12 StormVision team.”

Curran, who replaced Monica Tassoni, will be on the air at noon as well as the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and
10 p.m. Saturday broadcasts.

“Her passion for learning and enthusiasm for her craft will make her a valuable team member …” WSFA 12 News General Manager Collin R. Gaston said in a statement.

She is a Troy University graduate.



MONTGOMERY – Paul Walker has joined Renasant Bank as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager in its downtown Montgomery office.In his new role, Walker will be responsible for building and managing a portfolio of commercial relationships in Montgomery and surrounding communities. He has 20-plus years of banking experience. Walker, an Auburn University graduate, served as senior vice president for commercial banking in a large regional bank before joining Renasant. 

“We are extremely glad to have Paul join the Renasant team in Montgomery,” Renasant’s Montgomery City President Pete Knight said in a statement. “He is a proven banker with background and experience that complements Renasant’s commitment to expanding and developing our presence in the River Region.”

Renasant Corp. is the parent of Renasant Bank and Renasant Insurance. Renasant is a 110-year-old financial institution with assets of about $5.8 billion and operates more than 120 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.



MONTGOMERY – Four specialty physicians – Dr. LaToya Clark, Dr. A. Bahadir Ergin, Dr. Reza Seirafi and Dr. Joshua Waits – have joined The Jackson Clinic.

Clark specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana and received her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. Her office is at 1758 Park Place, Suite 406. The phone number is (334) 284-1500.

Ergin specializes in endocrinology with specific interests in thyroid, adrenal and pituitary gland disorders. He attended medical school at Marmara University School of Medicine. His office is at 1801 Pine St., Suite 203 and the phone number is (334) 293-8877.

Seirafi, a longtime general surgeon in Montgomery, has an office at 7201 Copperfield Drive. The phone number is
(334) 244-5868.

Waits, who specializes in urology, received his medical degree at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine and also completed his internship and residency there. He has an office at the Goode Building on 1722 Pine St., Suite 502. The phone number is (334) 293-8588.

The Jackson Clinic, which has locations in Montgomery, Prattville and Pike Road, offers family medicine and urgent care, endocrinology, surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, urology and vascular surgery.



MONTGOMERY – Gokhan Alkanat has been named assistant provost for global initiatives at Auburn University at Montgomery.

He will oversee the Office of Global Initiatives and lead AUM’s international efforts, including recruiting international students, developing and monitoring student exchange programs, overseeing faculty-led, study-abroad programs, and advising current international students.

Alkanat was first hired at AUM in 2005 as an English as a Second Language coordinator and was promoted to senior manager of the program in 2012. A native of Turkey, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English language teaching from Anadolu University and served as an elementary and high school English teacher before moving to the U.S. in 2003. He received a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Troy University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Auburn University.

Nearly 300 international students from 43 countries are currently pursing degrees at AUM. The university has exchange programs in place with Japan, Korea and Mexico and additional study-abroad programs in Costa Rica, China, England, Ecuador, Sri Lanka and France.



MONTGOMERY – Joann Bartlett has joined Four Star Freightliner Inc. as administrative services manager.

She will serve a dual role with the company as the human resources representative and as the executive assistant to Four Star Freightliner dealer principal Jerry Kocan.

Bartlett, a Selma native, has a bachelor’s degree in management of human resources from Faulkner University and an associate’s degree in Accounting from Concordia College.

“We are very pleased to have a found an outstanding fit to our management team,” Kocan said in a statement. “This is a very vital and important position in the company. Joann has extensive experience in human resources and in developing and nurturing people to grow inside an organization. We were very fortunate to find an individual like Joann that fit so seamlessly in our organization.”

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