Montgomery Business Journal

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April 2015

JOURNAL AWARDS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS WITH ‘PAPER OF THE YEAR’

MONTGOMERY – An Auburn University at Montgomery professor and dean of the College of Business have been recognized by information systems journal Electronic Markets and awarded “Paper of the Year.”

Zack Jourdan, associate professor of information systems, and Rhea Ingram, dean of the College of Business, were co-authors of “Internet Marketing: A Content Analysis of the Research.”

“Electronic Markets is ranked as the 29th best journal in information systems,” Jourdan said in a statement.

All papers published in Electronic Markets in 2013 were considered.

WARREN AVERETT FORMS ALLIANCE WITH REDSTONE GOVERNMENT CONSULTING

HUNTSVILLE – Warren Averett, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, and Redstone Government Consulting Inc. formed a strategic alliance to work with government contractors.

The combined experience of both professional firms brings together tax, audit and advisory services with government contract compliance expertise. Warren Averett’s team of certified public accountants, business advisers and recruiters will collaborate with Redstone Government Consulting’s team of compliance experts, comprised of former senior Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) personnel, government contracting industry veterans as well as software and contract compliance experts.

“We are excited to partner with this highly-regarded team of government contract consultants,” Warren Averett CEO Jim Cunningham said in a statement.

Redstone Government Consulting Managing Director and CEO Scott Butler said in a statement: “Through this strategic alliance, we can better help government contractors succeed by maximizing their growth opportunities, remaining compliant and mitigating regulatory risks.”

With the strategic alliance, Warren Averett and Redstone Government Consulting offer an expanded level of service to each client base including:

Staffing and recruiting for IT, engineering, and accounting/finance fields

State, federal and international tax planning and compliance

Audits, reviews and compilations

Research and development tax credits

Internal control services

Technology assessments, consulting and outsourcing

Executive search and placement for IT, engineering, and accounting/finance roles

Merger and acquisition due diligence

Litigation consulting and expert witness testimony

Incurred cost proposal preparation and review services 

DCAA audit support

Federal acquisition regulation and cost accounting standards support

Government contract accounting, estimating and purchasing systems

Implementation of accounting software

Government bid proposal assistance

Human resources consulting

Finance, contracts and procurement staff augmentation

Government compliance training

BEASLEY ALLEN LAWYERS APPOINTED TO LEADERSHIP ROLES

MONTGOMERY – Two lawyers from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C. have been appointed to leadership roles in multidistrict litigations.

Beasley Allen Principal Andy D. Birchfield Jr. has been named co-lead counsel for the plaintiff’s steering committee (PSC) in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding blood thinner medication Xarelto. W. Daniel Dee Miles III, head of the firm’s consumer fraud section, will serve on the plaintiffs steering committee for multidistrict litigation involving the Home Depot data breach.

Birchfield is the mass torts section head at Beasley Allen. “This is important litigation involving very serious injuries to thousands of individuals,” Birchfield said in a statement.

“Judge (Eldon E.) Fallon has appointed a group of excellent lawyers to serve on the plaintiffs’ steering committee and I am honored to be in a leadership position. Together, we look forward to advancing the cause of those injured by this prescription drug.”

The Home Depot litigation involves consumer and financial institution plaintiffs who were affected by the incident, which compromised up to 56 million credit and debit card numbers.

“This is very important litigation that exposes the critical flaws in the way credit and debit card systems operate in the United States,” Miles said in a statement.

TURENNE PHARMEDCO OPENS NEW PHARMACY

MONTGOMERY – Turenne PharMedCo was expected to open the doors of its newest pharmacy on the campus of St. Martin’s in the Pines in Birmingham.

PharMedCo–Birmingham is located at the retirement community, rehabilitation center and Alzheimer’s care center, providing daily services to 350-plus individuals. In addition to serving the residents of St. Martin’s, PharMedCo–Birmingham will provide pharmacy services to other skilled nursing, assisted living and mental health facilities in the greater Birmingham area as well as provide greater access to their medical supply division. It is the third location for PharMedCo.

“We are excited for the ability our new pharmacy offers us to better serve our customers and their residents along with the opportunity it gives our company for growth and increased stability,” Craig Miller, vice president of operations for Turenne PharMedCo, said in a statement. “The new location will employ a small staff to start, but we anticipate significant growth over the next few years.” Turenne PharMedCo currently employs about 150 people across Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Turenne PharMedCo, which was started in 1992, is one of the largest family-owned, full-service long-term care pharmacies in the Southeast. It is the only health care company offering full pharmacy, medical supply, equipment rental, and Medicare Part B billing services in Alabama to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, mental health organizations, home health agencies, hospice organizations, durable/home medical equipment providers and other health care-related institutions and companies nationwide.

FOUR STAR FREIGHTLINER CELBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY

MONTGOMERY – Four Star Freightliner Inc. celebrated its 15th anniversary.

The history of Four Star Freightliner began in 2000 when Jerry Kocan acquired two Freightliner dealerships in Dothan and Montgomery. Kocan made the purchases following a successful career as vice president and general manager of one of the largest truck dealerships in the Southeast.

“My family encouraged me and moved 200 miles southwest to support my dream,” Kocan said in a statement. “Without them none of this would have been remotely possible.”

Four Star Freightliner later purchased dealerships in Tifton, Ga. (2001), Tallahassee, Fla. (2003), Valdosta, Ga. (2011) and Albany, Ga. (2014). The original name of the company, Freightliner of Southern Alabama, was changed to Four Star Freightliner in 2006.

Four Star Freightliner is now the Southeast region’s leading heavy- and medium-duty truck dealer that offers a complementary line of Freightliner, FUSO, and Western Star brand trucks for both highway and vocational use.

Four Star Freightliner currently employs more than 150 people in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Kocan is grateful for the employees who started out with him 15 years ago. “Without those employees that took a leap of faith to build something special we would not be where we are today,” Kocan said.

TWO LOCAL DEALERSHIPS RECEIVE AWARDS

MONTGOMERY – Capitol Chevrolet and Classic Buick GMC Cadillac have each been awarded a 2015 DealerRater Dealer of the Year award.

The award recognizes auto dealerships across the U.S. and Canada that deliver outstanding customer service, based on consumer reviews written on DealerRater.com. Capitol Chevrolet was named Chevrolet Dealer of the Year for Alabama and Classic Buick GMC Cadillac was named GMC Dealer of the Year for Alabama.

“Consumers have identified the best dealers to do business with and Capitol Chevrolet and Classic Buick GMC Cadillac have emerged as the leaders among Chevrolet and GMC dealers across Alabama,” DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker said in a statement. “The quality and number of reviews for Capitol Chevrolet and Classic Buick GMC Cadillac speak volumes of the top-notch experiences provided to customers.”

The Dealer of the Year awards are based on reviews by new- and used-car shoppers and those who took their vehicles into dealerships for service. Reviewers evaluated Capitol Chevrolet and Classic Buick GMC Cadillac on customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.

“Our entire team at each dealership is responsible for these awards,” Monté Burney, general manager of both Capitol Chevrolet and Classic Buick GMC Cadillac, said in a statement. “Obviously our sales force and finance staff work hard to attain our sales goals, but every single employee – from the parts and service department to the office staff – helped make this possible by making our customers their top priority.”

DealerRater attracts more than 12 million consumers every year who read more than 1.7 million dealer reviews.

JUBILEE RUN FOR CANCER SCHEDULED IN MAY

MONTGOMERY – The 37th annual Jubilee Run For Cancer is set for Saturday, May 16 in downtown Montgomery.

There is an 8-kilometer race; 1-mile race as well as a wellness expo and children’s activities.

The race starts at Old Alabama Town and winds through downtown Montgomery. There will be a documentary crew filming the event, which is presented by Alfa Life Insurance Co.

“Cancer touches lives every day, but this race gives our community the chance to come together and rally against this disease,” run director Kathy Wood said in a statement.

Runners are encouraged to raise funds as individuals or teams. The top fundraising individual and team will be recognized along with the fastest team and largest team. Money raised will benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

The wellness expo and children’s activities area open at 7 a.m. with the 8-kilometer race starting at 7:30 a.m. The one mile honor/memory walk begins at 8:45 a.m., and the awards ceremony takes place at 9:45 a.m.

For information, contact Kathy Wood at kwood@alfains.com or (334) 613-4243. For volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, contact Terrie Crow at JubileeRun@gmail.com or (334) 399-8243.

SAINT JAMES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SCHEDULES BENEFIT AUCTION

MONTGOMERY– Saint James United Methodist Church will hold an auction Saturday, April 18, to benefit youth and children’s missions.

The auction will be from 4-6 p.m. Visitors may preview items 5-7 p.m. the day before. There is no cost for admission to either event.

Items featured include antique furniture and rugs from Pickwick Antiques; original artwork, jewelry, salon and boutique certificates, gift cards from local businesses; and vacation home rentals. Visit www.sjlifeauction.com for a preview of items.

This marks the sixth spring auction to benefit missions. Proceeds from the April event will enable mission projects ranging from the local area to Chemax, Mexico.

NEXAIR ACQUIRES WELDERS SUPPLY

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – NexAir has acquired Welders Supply & Equipment Co.

Welders Supply, which was based in Andalusia, also had a location in Montgomery.

NexAir is the second-largest privately owned distributor of gases and welding supplies in the country.

“The team at Welders Supply has a long history of great customer service in Central and South Alabama, and we look forward to carrying on that tradition in the years to come.” nexAir CEO Kevin McEniry said in a statement. “We’re anxious to welcome our new team members and enhance product offerings for customers of both companies in this area.”

BEASLEY ALLEN PRINCIPAL NAMED TO ELITE LAWDRAGON 500 LIST

MONTGOMERY – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Principal R. Graham Esdale, P.C. has been selected as one of the 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Being a member of the Lawdragon 500 is one of the top honors in the law profession. Recipients are determined by a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms and an online nomination form.

Graham received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Auburn University before going to The University of Alabama School of Law. He was named Beasley Allen’s 2014 products liability section Lawyer of the Year.

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