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Business Buzz - January 2014


MONTGOMERY – An Alabama Power manager and executive chef are new members of Trenholm Tech Foundation Board.

Keith C. Karst, commercial and industrial marketing manager for Alabama Power’s Southern Division, was elected to serve a two-year term as the chairman of the Trenholm Tech Foundation Board. John Melton, executive chef at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, has also become a member of the Trenholm Tech Foundation Board.

The Trenholm Tech Foundation Board provides tax-exempt status to its contributors and helps fund needs-based and merit scholarships to its students.


MONTGOMERY – Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. was awarded the 2013 River Region Ethics Award for Large Business at the fourth annual awards luncheon.

The architecture/engineering firm’s executive vice president Galen Thackston accepted the award. “When George Goodwyn founded this company, he established a commitment to community service and ethical principles. It’s an honor to be recognized as a firm that maintains these core values.”

The River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards is a program of The Samaritan Counseling Center Inc. in collaboration with the Schools of Business and Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Five recipients are selected each year from businesses, non-profit organizations/public agencies and individuals that have demonstrated high ethical conduct, integrity and civic responsibility as reflected in their dealings with individuals, businesses, employees and the community.

Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood is one of the Southeast’s largest privately held engineering and architecture firms with offices throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. The firm’s headquarters is in Montgomery.


MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery accounting firm of Richard, Harris, Ingram and Bozeman, P.C., celebrated its 65th anniversary.

The firm was founded in 1948 by Fred A. Richard and added partners/shareholders Jack S. Harris in 1952; Shelby F. Ingram Jr. in 1974; and Lynne Bozeman in 1991. The firm has provided services to businesses and other entities, large and small, through the years. In recent years, the firm has emerged as more of a “boutique” practice focused on smaller entities – individuals, businesses, not-for-profits, governments and school boards.

The firm provides all tax services, bookkeeping, accounting, auditing, consulting, and financial planning requested for clients. Although the firm continues to serve larger clients, the firm considers small client service to be a special niche.

Ingram, who has been with the firm for 45 years, said, “The success of the firm is due in large part to the loyal clients we have been honored to serve and our experienced, caring staff.”

Bozeman, a 30-year veteran, said, “I enjoy coming in every day for the always-challenging work and mostly for the people I work with – clients and our personnel – they’re the best.”



Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc.’s newest office is open for business in Baldwin County.

The architecture and engineering firm, now com¬prising 13 offices throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, located its new office in the heart of downtown Fairhope to meet the increasing demand for services and to better serve clients.

There are four employees working out of the Fairhope office and others will also work in the office as needed for projects.

“We believe unprecedented client satisfaction results when the communities you are serving are the same places you’ve chosen to raise your own family,” Regional Vice President Lee Walters said in a statement. He works at both the Fairhope office and the firm’s Mobile office.

In another development, an Auburn University residence hall designed by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood received national recognition.

The university’s South Donahue Residence Hall placed second out of 36 entries at the Association of University Interior Designers Annual Conference. The new, 264,000-square-foot residential facility features 400-plus beds. It is a six-story structure.

“From the carpet and accent colors, to the digital wall-covering in the lobby, Auburn Spirit is engrained throughout the common areas, complemented by wood and stone look accents,” said Ellen Johnson, senior interior designer for Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood.

“The two-bedroom, two-bath suites maintain a more residential feel with neutral colors, stone-look tiled walk-in showers, dark-wood luxury vinyl tile and cabinets and quartz countertops.”


MONTGOMERY – Jackson Hospital volunteer Betty Roy was named Alabama Hospital Association’s 2013 Outstanding Auxilian.

The award is given annually to one volunteer in the state who has proven leadership skills and exemplary volunteer service.

A hospital volunteer for 26 years, Roy helps in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and has also helped with numerous other projects, including serving on committees, training volunteers and assisting with various fundraisers.

“We are so lucky to have Betty Roy in our volunteer program,” Linda Dean, director of volunteer services for Jackson Hospital, said in a statement. “Her genuine compassion for patients and her loyalty to Jackson Hospital make her an inspiration to everyone.”


MONTGOMERY – Rheem Manufacturing Co. announced that it has extended its Heart of Comfort philanthropy program throughout the communities where its employees and customers live and work.

The program builds on the company’s 88-year history of community-focused philanthropy to unite Rheem employees across North America in charitable efforts and better reach more people and neighborhoods in need. Heart of Comfort enables Rheem to address urgent needs where efficient heating, cooling and water heating systems can make a difference in the lives of others.

The program has helped more than 70 organizations through volunteering, humanitarian relief, charitable events and fundraising, amounting to nearly $200,000 in donations through last October.

Rheem’s water heating division is based in Montgomery.

For information about Rheem Heart of Comfort, visit the website at


MONTGOMERY – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Best Law Firms ranking.

This is the inaugural publication, which will be compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers. Beasley Allen was given a Metropolitan Tier 1 designation in the litigation – environmental and labor and employment sections as well as personal injury litigation and product liability litigation – plaintiffs section. Beasley Allen was also given a Metropolitan Tier 2 designation in the commercial litigation, corporate law and health care law sections.

“I’m especially pleased by these rankings, because they recognize the hard work done by everyone in this firm,” Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley said in a statement. “All of our lawyers and support staff are dedicated to working hard for the folks we serve, to help them secure justice.”

The rankings provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession. Data was gathered through national surveys in which major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. These reputational survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers, among other data.

Three lawyers from the firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Gibson Vance has been named the Montgomery Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year." Leigh O'Dell has been named Montgomery Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year." William E. Hopkins Jr. has been named Montgomery Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year."

The Montgomery-based Beasley Allen law firm has 70 attorneys and more than 200 support staff. Beasley Allen is a national leader in civil litigation with verdicts and settlements of more than $21 billion.


MONTGOMERY – Property Management Inc. (PMI) announced that Jessica Wilson opened a new property management office called PMI River Region servicing the Montgomery area and is affiliated with Re/Max Tri-Star.

PMI, with headquarters in Utah, has independently owned and operated offices throughout North America, Panama and

Russia, which are providing property management services to the real estate industry.

“We are excited to able to provide state-of-the-art property management services to the people of Montgomery,” PMI River Region President Wilson said in a statement. “We will be working out of the Re/Max Tri-Star office at 1322 Old Oak Place in Montgomery and would like to invite everyone to come in and find out more about what we do for tenants, property owners and real estate agents and brokers. PMI provides next-generation management services that give residential and commercial property owners more control of their properties while providing asset protection.”

This marks the company’s first franchise office in Alabama.


PIKE ROAD – The Pike Road Jackson Clinic Family Medicine Center has opened.

The center is staffed by Dr. Christopher Waguespack, Physician Assistant Andy Patchel and a team of nurses and technicians.

A resident of Pike Road, Waguespack is board-certified in family medicine and graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006. He completed his residency at BroMenn Healthcare Family Medicine Residency in 2009. Waguespack has served as a physician with the U.S. Air Force since 2009, most recently at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

The 3,200-square-foot facility in Pike Road has six exam rooms, an onsite lab and X-ray. The Family Medicine Center offers both appointments and walk-in care. It is located at 11123 Chantilly Parkway. The clinic is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.


MONTGOMERY – The Five Points of Life Kids Marathon will be Saturday, March 8, at James W. Wilson Jr. YMCA.

Participants will receive a T-shirt and medal. To register, visit or call (334) 318-8938.

Five Points of Life is a foundation of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.


MONTGOMERY – Nearly 29,000 pounds of sensitive documents were shredded at MAX Credit Union’s shredding event at Paterson.

In addition to the shredding, participants donated 2,800 pounds of food items for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

Max Credit Union MAX partnered with Montgomery City Councilman Richard Bollinger, Montgomery Clean City Commission, AARP Alabama and Gilmore Services. Gilmore Services destroyed the paper and recycled all collections.

The next paper shredding event is planned for spring.


Baptist Medical Center East and Prattville Baptist Hospital were each named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.

The two hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza. The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

Baptist East and Prattville Baptist are among 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. receiving the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Baptist East was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Prattville Baptist was recognized for its achievement in pneumonia care.

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Baptist East is safe, effective care,” Baptist East CEO Jeff Rains said in a statement. “That’s why Baptist East has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Baptist East is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.”

Prattville Baptist Hospital CEO Ginger Henry said in a statement: “We strive daily to provide our patients with exceptional care. This recognition is appreciated by the dedicated staff at Prattville Baptist Hospital and demonstrates that the care we give our patients is indeed top performing.”


MONTGOMERY – Bell Media has secured funding for expanding marketing and development of the company’s indoor digital advertising as well as purchasing hardware and software.

The company plans to expand its footprint across the Southeast, according to Scott Bell, founder and president of Bell Media. Bell Media is building a regional indoor digital advertising network and, with the expansion, will increase its staff of 20 by hiring “dozens … in the coming years,” Bell said in a statement.

The Series A funding round was led by WLB Family Private Investment Holdings, LLC.


MONTGOMERY – The American Medical Association recently presented Cary J. Kuhlmann with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kuhlmann was executive director of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) since 1997. He retired at the end of 2013.

Prior to joining MASA, he served 25 years with the Orleans Parish Medical Society, where he was the executive director.

The award is given by the American Medical Association to honor a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.

Mark Jackson, a 27-year MASA employee, is the new MASA executive director. A native of Anniston, he has a degree in business administration/personnel management from Auburn University.


MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Baseball Coaches Association’s fifth annual First Pitch Dinner and Silent Auction of baseball memorabilia will be Feb. 1, 2014 at the RSA Activity Center in downtown Montgomery.

Todd Jones, former Jacksonville State standout and first-round draft choice in 1989 by the Houston Astros, will be the featured dinner speaker.

The coaches’ organization will also conduct a clinic for youths in the first-sixth grades, and a coaches clinic 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the American League youth league complex in Montgomery.

The clinic will cost $20 per player and the money raised will benefit the ALABCA’s goal of sponsoring one Miracle League team in each Alabama city that has a Miracle League. Miracle League players will be allowed free admission to the clinic as well.

Local college coaches and players will work the clinic along with former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker and Hartselle High School standout and major league pitcher Steve Woodard. Lou Thornton, Jeff Davis High School standout and former major leaguer and Jerome Walton, 1989 Chicago Cubs Rookie of the Year, will also work the clinic and attend the dinner as well.

For information, visit and look under the events heading to find the First Pitch Dinner & Silent Auction link and the First Pitch Dinner Players Clinic link. In addition to the website, questions may be directed to Barry Dean, executive director of the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association, at (334) 676-0434 or


MONTGOMERY – Hertz Car Rental is now located in downtown Montgomery directly behind the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.

Hertz is open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; and is closed Sunday. The company provides free pickup from a customer’s home, office or repair shop. Hertz is located at 341 Molton St., which is across from the Montgomery Advertiser. For information, contact Hertz at (334) 551-0987.


MONTGOMERY – Ten community leaders across Alabama have been elected to the United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Board of Directors.

The new members are Charlie Adair, Glenda Allred, Lawson Bryan, Carol Flowers, Beth Hamer, John Miller, Donald Price, Patrick Quinn, Lori B. Robertson, and Brian Rodgers.

“We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of people come together to serve the children and families of Alabama and Northwest Florida,” UMCH President and CEO K. Blake Horne said in a statement.

“UMCH is an organization that is in the process of re-envisioning what it means to fulfill its mission in the rapidly changing world of child and family welfare. This group has all the gifts and graces that will enable us to creatively and resourcefully meet that challenge.”

UMCH’s board of directors is a group of elected or appointed individuals who are responsible for overseeing the activities of its ministry, setting policies for how the ministry functions, and securing resources that enable the organization to thrive in its service to children and families.

UMCH has been making a difference in the lives of children and families for 120-plus years by providing such services as residential and foster care programs, scholarship homes, adoption studies, family preservation and support services. UMCH’s newest home will focus on families dealing with a child with a chronic illness that is treatable with a transplant.


MONTGOMERY – Del Taco opened its first Montgomery location and second in Alabama.

The new restaurant is located at 6941 EastChase Loop at the former site of Boardwalk Burgers. The menu features a variety of Mexican dishes including tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas as well as American items such as hamburgers, crinkle-cut fries and shakes.

Franchisee Larry Blumberg and Associates is planning another dozen locations in Alabama, including Huntsville, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.


MONTGOMERY – The Auburn Board of Trustees voted to change the name of Auburn University at Montgomery’s School of Business.

Now known as the AUM College of Business, the new name better reflects the breadth and diversity of disciplines within the academic unit. The board also approved reorganization of the college’s five departments into three:

> Department of Accounting

> Department of Information Systems and Management

> Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing.

“This is a springboard into a number of exciting changes that are coming for the college,” Rhea Ingram, dean of the College of Business, said in a statement. “Our faculty and staff are working on many new initiatives and improvements to better prepare our students to become global business leaders.”

The college was recently recognized as a Best Business School by The Princeton Review, which listed AUM as one of 295 top business schools in the U.S. Results were based on institutional data collected during the 2012-2013 academic year and from surveys conducted among students.

The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, with courses offered online, nights and weekends. Bachelor’s degrees are available in accounting, economics, finance, general business, human resources management, information systems and decision science, management, and marketing. The college also offers a master of business administration, executive MBA and master of science in information systems management.


MONTGOMERY – Capitol Hill Healthcare and Rehab First has received five stars for overall quality – the highest possible rating – by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Capitol Hill is the only adult skilled nursing facility in Montgomery to carry this rating of excellence.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which they may want to ask specific questions.

Capitol Hill Healthcare and Rehab First, located at 520 S. Hull St., is owned and operated by Turenne and Associates.

Under the leadership of administrator Sharon Baker, the facility has been steadily improving the level of care and the quality of the services it offers. Capitol Hill received four stars when it was evaluated in 2012. 


JACKSON, Miss. – Newk’s Eatery has opened its first restaurant in Montgomery.

The restaurant is located in the Shoppes at Cornerstone development anchored by Publix at 7880 Vaughn Road in East Montgomery.

The fresh, casual, upscale Newk’s Eatery offers a variety of menu options from the franchise’s open-view kitchens, including fresh-tossed salads, oven-baked sandwiches, California-style pizzas, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes. The culinary-driven dining concept features ingredient combinations such as salads with chicken, cranberries, pecans, artichoke hearts and gorgonzola cheese on a bed of spring greens.

Newk’s also features a separate catering menu and Newk’s Roundtable Club members get special offers to reward them for their repeat visits. The club is named after the table featured in the center of every location that offers various complimentary spices, toppings and add-ons, allowing diners to customize their menu items.

The restaurant also offers Grab-n-Go, which gives busy guests the option to drop in, quickly pick out a favorite menu item from the select offerings in the open, stand-up refrigerator case at the front of the restaurant for an on-the-go lunch or take-out dinner.

“We are excited to offer this unique restaurant concept in Montgomery and look forward to bringing even more Newk’s restaurants to the region,” Matt Collins said in a statement. He is heading up the Newk’s Montgomery operation.

For information or to view the menu, visit or the Montgomery store’s Facebook page.


MONTGOMERY – Admiral Movers won the River Region Ethics in Business Award for medium-sized businesses.

“This is a special award for our employees – past and present,” Admiral Movers CEO Scott McNelley said in a statement. “Holding true to our core values has been noticed and it means a great deal to be known as a company that does the right thing. We have been blessed with great people, wonderful mentors and solid examples to follow. We will strive to continue providing excellent service with quality you can trust.”


WETUMPKA – Information Transport Solutions (ITS) donated $14,500 to local charities from the proceeds of the company’s annual
golf tournament.

“Our employees live and work in the River Region, so we make it a priority to give back,” ITS President Tomi Selby said in a statement. “We know that providing scholarships, books and safety can change lives and that’s what these charities do every day.”

Money was raised at the company’s seventh annual charity golf tournament. The event was held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill course in Prattville.

ITS, a technology company based in Wetumpka, held its first charity golf tournament in 2006 and has raised more than $64,000 for local charities and programs.


NEW YORK – Brewbaker Motors Inc. President Dick Brewbaker has been nominated for the 2014 Time Dealer of the Year award.

Brewbaker is one of a select group of 57 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 97th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans. He is a Chrysler, Dodge, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia and Ram dealer in Montgomery.

“The dealers nominated for this award are community heroes, as well as economic and civic leaders, who have time and again shown their dedication to making a difference,” Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial, said in a statement.

Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on the recently launched website,, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers across the U.S.

The Time Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers, who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.

Brewbaker was chosen to represent the Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama in the national competition – one of only 57 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 45th annual award. A panel of faculty members from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.

“You can run a highly profitable, efficient enterprise and create a place where employees feel comfortable, empowered and valuable,” Brewbaker said in a statement.

While many of his employees have been with the company, founded by his grandfather in 1940, for decades, the car business was not Brewbaker’s first passion. He graduated from Alabama’s Montgomery Academy in 1979 and received a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., in 1983. After college, Brewbaker taught high school history and coached football before joining the family car dealership in 1987. He is also a state senator.

“I have held virtually every position at Brewbaker Motors,” he said, taking over operations in 2002 and, along with his brother-in-law, helping to develop the dealership into a multi-brand facility while receiving numerous awards for customer service.


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