Montgomery Business Journal

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March 2015


MONTGOMERY – Parsons Broach Financial Services partner Robert Broach was recently named a member of the 2015 Raymond James Financial Services executive council.

Broach, who joined Raymond James in 2011, has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the branch manager and financial adviser for Parsons Broach Financial Services.

Executive council honors are presented to branch managers and financial advisers who have demonstrated an extremely high level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.


PRATTVILLE – Mack Duffey has been selected to lead River Bank & Trust’s new River Financial Services Inc.

The bank’s new division provides access to investment products and services through Infinex Investments Inc. With more than 40 years in the financial services industry, Duffey has served in various roles with both public and private companies in Alabama.

“I am excited to lead River Financial Services as senior vice president and Infinex Financial adviser,” Duffey said in a statement. “My approach is client-centered rather than product-focused. I will give clients the independent, objective financial advice they need for any goal they may have, whether it’s paying for college for their children or securing their own retirement.” 

River Financial Services will provide access to financial solutions to address the concerns of individuals, families and business owners with stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement planning, college planning, annuities, IRAs, 401(k) and 403b rollovers, life insurance and long-term care insurance. 

“As River Bank continues to grow, we carefully evaluate market conditions and the needs of our clients,” River Bank & Trust President and CEO Jimmy Stubbs said in a statement. “We saw an opportunity to offer access to financial planning services with our signature client-centered approach. Mack is a skilled financial adviser, and I am confident that his years of experience will allow River Financial Services to exceed the expectations of clients in Central Alabama.” 


MONTGOMERY – Hartzell Engine Technologies has launched a new website with information about the firm’s products as well as products and components of the recently acquired Plane-Power.

The new website is

“Creating a new website is a lot like launching any new product – you have design, development, testing and finally you roll it out to the public – it’s a team effort and now that it’s done, I can say it’s equally exciting,” Hartzell Engine Technologies President Mike Disbrow said in a statement. “I think that our customers and maintenance shops will be very impressed with its look and functionality.”

The new website contains product service information; troubleshooting tips; listing of recommended service facilities and major distributors; and catalogs to mention a few highlights. It also adapts the page’s format for the size screen on a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

“The new site also includes a direct link to the current Plane-Power website as these products are now part of the (Hartzell Engine Technologies) family,” Disbrow said. “Whether an owner or technician is looking for a specific component or just wants to see what’s new, we’re confident that whatever their reason, they will find our new website both enjoyable and informative.”


MONTGOMERY – Founder and co-president of Cohens Electronics and Appliances Inc. Raymond E. Cohen was elected to the Alabama Retail Association’s board of directors.

Cohen’s term began Jan. 1 and his business has been an Alabama Retail member since 1983. In 2008, the Alabama Retail Association recognized Cohen and the two sons who help him run his business as the Silver Alabama Retailer of the Year in the annual sales $5 million to $20 million category.

Cohen attended the University of Alabama and Auburn University at Montgomery. He founded the business in 1956 as The Record Shop, selling records and tapes. Cohen credits his retail knowledge to his father, Eli Cohen, who had owned a coin-operated music and records store.

The record store evolved into an electronics and appliance retailer in 1977. Cohens Electronics and Appliances currently has 25 employees and is run by Cohen and two of his three sons, David and Michael.


MONTGOMERY – Jackson Hospital is the first and only hospital in the State of Alabama to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) care.

To receive the seal, the hospital demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for quality and safety in heart attack care. The certification awards the hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

“Achievement of an AMI certification from the Joint Commission speaks volumes about the high quality of care given by Jackson Hospital’s medical team to the patient experiencing a heart attack,” Jackson Hospital President and CEO Joe Riley said in a statement. “We are extremely proud to be the first and only hospital in Alabama to earn this designation, and we are even more proud of what it means for the communities we serve – excellent care for the heart attack patient right here in the River Region.”

Jackson Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review last November. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Jackson Hospital for compliance with standards of heart attack care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.


MONTGOMERY – The founder and medical director for the Institute for Advanced Wound Care at Baptist Medical Center South recently received two prestigious international awards for his work abroad in Haiti.

Dr. Terry Treadwell received the title of associate professor of wound care at the School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He also received the Honor of Merit for contributions to development of wound care in Haiti presented by the Minister of Health of Haiti.

Treadwell serves as the medical director of the Institute for Advanced Wound Care at Baptist Medical Center South. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency in general and vascular surgery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Treadwell is a retired vascular surgeon, a profession he performed for 20 years before concentrating on treating patients with chronic wounds. “I enjoy helping patients other doctors may not want to treat,” he said in a statement. “I like being able to explore the new and different treatments available to wound care patients.”


TROY – Troy University, in association with the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, has pioneered a program to help students complete law degrees sooner.

A part of the bachelor of science in social science program, Troy’s accelerated law curriculum will allow students to complete general studies and some advanced classes toward an undergraduate degree, then transfer to one of the two law schools to complete the juris doctor and bachelor degrees.

“This is an exciting way for students wishing to pursue law to accomplish their goals more quickly than the traditional route,” James Rinehart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said in a statement.

Described as a “3+3” program, Rinehart said undergraduate students will complete 90 hours of courses at Troy. The bachelor degree will be awarded after successful completion of the first year of law studies – typically 30 semester hours of courses.

Students will still be required to meet acceptance standards established by Cumberland School of Law and Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, and must achieve an acceptable score on the Law School Admissions Test.


MONTGOMERY – Starke Agency Director of Marketing Joey Beattie recently obtained his certified insurance counselors (CIC) designation.

He successfully completed the required classes, course work and written exams specified by the National Alliance for Insurance & Education Research.

“Joey’s dedication to professional development exhibits leadership, excellence and commitment, which are hallmarks of Starke Agency,” Starke Agency President Trey Starke said in a statement. “I am proud, not only of Joey’s accomplishment, but also of the fact that our agency has over 30 professional designations, more than any insurance agency or broker in Central Alabama.”

In order to receive a CIC designation, an agent must complete five institutes over three days of classroom instruction and written exams within a five-year period. Agents must also annually attend one of the following five institutes: property, casualty, personal lines, life and health, and agency management.


LOWNDESBORO – Jack W. Daniels Jr. of the structural engineering firm of Blackburn Daniels O’Barr Inc. recently became a registered professional engineer in Georgia and Texas.

In addition to being registered in Georgia and Texas, Daniels is now currently registered to practice structural engineering in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Florida. 

At Blackburn Daniels O’Barr, Daniels has been involved in the design of several large projects including the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s headquarters, the Alabama State University football stadium and W.S. Neal High School. 


WETUMPKA – The Wind Creek Hospitality food truck fed more than 20,000 people last year and distributed nearly 33,000 pounds of food to area food banks.

Called “Good to Go,” the food truck was operated just nine months in 2014. It prepared more than 55,000 pounds of food. Chef Paul Norton visited 40-plus cities and towns while logging 11,655 miles.

The food truck promotes the area’s locally produced food and culinary talents while also distributing food for the needy. The truck brought “a taste of Wind Creek” to various events in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Wind Creek Hospitality operates casinos, hotels, racetracks, poker rooms and entertainment facilities in Alabama and Florida.


MONTGOMERY – Realtor Carol Andrews was named Alabama Certified Residential Specialist of the Year for 2014.

Andrews, a 14-year resident of Montgomery, was recognized for her dedication and service to the community; contributions to the real estate industry; and her top-producing real estate sales performance.

She has been involved in real estate since 2002 and she currently serves the Tri-County area with House & Home Real Estate.

The Council of Residential Specialists is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors with more than 30,000 members. 

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