Montgomery Business Journal

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MONTGOMERY – Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. announced that Cody Reed, Mary Catherine Price and Tony Reid have attained their professional engineering licenses.

To become licensed, engineers must have a four-year degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program; pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam; complete four years of progressive engineering experience under a professional engineer;  and pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Reed works in the firm’s transportation division as a construction engineer and project inspector for state and federally funded highway and utility projects. He worked with the Alabama Department of Transportation as a professional civil engineering trainee for three years while attending Auburn University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. 

Price relocated from the firm’s Montgomery headquarters to the Greenville, S.C., office in 2011, where she concentrates primarily on water, sewer and repaving projects. Price received a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Tennessee after graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Reid is a process engineer in the firm’s municipal engineering department, focusing primarily on biological and physiochemical treatment in both municipal and industrial sectors. Reid received a master’s degree in environmental engineering while studying bioremediation at Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of South Alabama.


MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is one of 875 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The organization will receive a $20,000 grant for the Southern Writers Project Festival of New Plays and the play Twenty Seven, which ends March 2. The Southern Writers Project Festival of New Plays features public concert readings of four new plays each season.

The National Endowment for the Arts received 1,528 eligible art work applications, requesting more than $75 million.


MONTGOMERY – Merchant Capital was ranked the state’s No. 1 municipal investment banking firm for 2013.

It marked the 20th consecutive year that the Montgomery-based firm was ranked No. 1 in Alabama by Thomson Reuters. Merchant Capital’s national ranking was 25th, which topped five other Alabama firms. The firm was the sole or senior manager for 98 bond issues last year that totaled about $1.2 billion. Those bond issues financed a wide range of municipal projects, including water and sewer, education, industrial development and affordable housing.

“After celebrating the 25th anniversary of our firm in 2012, we are proud to achieve another special milestone in 2013,” Thomas Ashley Harris, chairman of Merchant Capital, said in a statement. “To be ranked as the No. 1 Alabama-based firm for the last 20 years is a true honor. At Merchant Capital, we take pride in growing a company, which has helped so many across the Southeast attain their goals by assisting in their strategic planning and capital raising processes.

“We remain committed to providing our clients with the best possible outcomes for their financing needs. We are grateful for the confidence they continue to place in our team, and Merchant Capital looks forward to serving municipal and corporate customers across the Southeast in 2014 and beyond.”

Since its inception in 1987, the firm has managed more than $40 billion in municipal, industrial and housing bonds.


MONTGOMERY – Certified public accounting and consulting firm Jackson Thornton has opened an office in Nashville, Tenn.

The office in the AT&T building is home to a group of the firm’s utilities auditors and consultants as well as a segment of the health care and physician practice management group. The Nashville office is managed by Jackson Thornton principals George Lynch and Rod Ballard. Jackson Thornton Technologies, the firm’s information technology products and services company, has also expanded into the space.

“We’re excited to be a part of the Nashville market,” Ned Sheffield, president and managing principal of Jackson Thornton, said in a statement. “We already have a solid client base in the area and we look forward to expanding our reach to be a better resource for clients.



BIRMINGHAM – Gregory E. Sellers of Warren Averett, LLC was elected president of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

Sellers, who works out of the accounting firm’s Montgomery office, has been in practice for more than 27 years and specializes in estate, gift and trust tax planning and preparation.

He is a leader of the firm’s estate and trust practice group, and is a member of the firm’s executive committee and strategic initiative group.

A certified public accountant, Sellers has eight-plus years of board service with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, including chairmanship of two committees. He has also served in the organization’s treasurer and secretary offices. Sellers is a past president of the Montgomery Estate Planning Council



MONTGOMERY – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., announced that shareholders Kendall Dunson and Navan Ward Jr. were selected as the firm’s Litigators of the Year.

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/products liability section while Ward practices in the mass torts section.

In addition to selecting the overall top attorney, Beasley Allen recognized excellence in each of its sections, naming the Lawyer of the Year in each. Honorees for 2013 are Chris Glover, personal injury section Lawyer of the Year; Chad Stewart, fraud section Lawyer of the Year; Leigh O’Dell, mass torts section Lawyer of the Year; and John Tomlinson, toxic torts section Lawyer of the Year.

“I feel blessed to work with lawyers who work hard for their clients and always put their clients’ interest first,” founding shareholder Jere L. Beasley said in a statement. “This has to be a priority for all of us. These lawyers were recognized for exceptional performances in their particular area of expertise. It is important to note that each recognizes that their being honored could not have happened without hard work by other lawyers and support staff in their section. I am proud to be a part of the Beasley Allen team.



MONTGOMERY – Hartzell Engine Technologies has purchased the Jasco Alternator line formerly held by Skytronics Inc.

Available in both 12- and 24-volt systems, and with 50- or 70-amp output, the lighter-weight Jasco Alternators have become the go-to replacement alternators for old pad-mounted generators found on radial engines as well as on standard opposing piston engines used on many classic aircraft and piston helicopters.

“Our strategy is to grow each of our current product lines – alternators, starters, turbochargers, cabin heaters, and fuel pumps – both organically and through strategic acquisition,” Mike Disbrow, president of  Hartzell Engine Technologies, said in a statement.

“The Jasco Alternator line will enable us to begin offering high-quality products to new segments of the general aviation markets, including classic and agricultural aircraft and piston helicopters. It is the perfect complement to our current family of alternators. We see this as another example of our resolve to continue to expand and strengthen our leadership position in the markets we serve.



MONTGOMERY – Copperwing Design principal Nell Rankin has announced her plans to retire at the end of June.

Copperwing, a brand management and creative consultancy firm, was founded in 1999 by Angela Stiff, managing principal and creative director. Rankin joined Copperwing in 2000 and has been an integral part of the firm’s development.

Brian Key, principal and account director, will take on Rankin’s duties.

“I am so proud of the work we have done together and the things we’ve been able to accomplish in business,” Stiff said in a statement. “Nell is a true visionary and has helped position the firm for the future success.”

Rankin, who will remain a consultant, said in a statement: “It’s been a privilege to work with Angela, Brian and the team at Copperwing. Copperwing is now recognized as one of Alabama’s leading brand management firms, and it is well known that strategic creativity is at its heart. It is tremendously exciting to see the momentum the firm has going into 2014, and the positive results and impact the firm has had on behalf of our client partners.” 

Key said in a statement: “With our team, we are uniquely positioned to serve an expanding regional client base. Our work today is exceptionally diverse, an integration of traditional and digital strategies. I appreciate the contribution Nell has made to our growth and success.”


MONTGOMERY – Publications Press Inc. announced that a nearly $1.3 million capital investment in new equipment lead to 15 new jobs.

The company’s advanced printing press equipment provided an incentive for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. (CNHI) to move its printing operations last year from a Texas printer to Publications Press in 2013. That created the need for 15 jobs.

“Because of CNHI’s decision, our business has grown, allowing us to expand personnel,” Harvey Starling, president of Publications Press, said in a statement.

The company, which publishes and prints real estate magazines throughout the Southeast, is also a full-service commercial printer with customers across the country. Tri-County Homes, which serves communities in the River Region, is among its many real estate magazines.

Publications Press was founded in Montgomery in 1998 by William D. Johnson. It began with eight employees in a 6,500-square foot warehouse and has grown to more than 70,000 square feet in three buildings with 65-plus employees.

For information about Publications Press’ products and services call (334) 244-0436 or visit



MONTGOMERY – HandsOn River Region and the Junior League of Montgomery are accepting nominations for our 2014 Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards Celebration has become the River Region’s largest annual event recognizing individuals and groups who improve the quality of life in their community. The awards celebration is held each year during National Volunteer Week in April. This year’s ceremony will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

The nomination deadline is Feb. 21 and applications are available via at  or they can be faxed/emailed/mailed upon request.

The categories are: youth volunteer (18 and under); youth group (18 and under); adult volunteer (Ages 19 – 64); adult group; senior volunteer (age 65 and older); and lifetime achievement award.



MONTGOMERY – Jackson Imaging Center is now home to new computed tomography (CT) technology with the addition of a Siemens Somatom Perspective 128-slice CT scanner.

Jackson Hospital is the only hospital in the area with the 128-slice CT scanner and one of fewer than 30 facilities across the country that has it. The new equipment offers intricate diagnostic details, advanced radiation dose reduction features and a patient-friendly design.

“The highly detailed vascular imaging capabilities enable visualization and 3-D analysis of structures such as the blood supplies of the heart and brain,” Jim Stroud, administrator of the Jackson Imaging Center, said in a statement. “The faster scanning speed helps reduce the need for a breath hold, which is especially useful when imaging the elderly and pediatric and trauma patients.”

The patient-friendly design allows for excellent access and patient positioning. Automated technology allows technologists to spend less time at the machine and more time with the patient.

“This new technology will give us more versatility in our imaging protocols,” Dr. Brad Thomas, neuroradiologist and radiation safety officer at Jackson Hospital, said in a statement. “Rather than a one-scan-fits-all approach, we at Jackson Imaging Center tailor each exam to meet the patient’s specific needs.”

The scanner produces high-quality images at a minimally-required radiation dose by using innovative technology to automatically dose according to patient size, weight and anatomy.



The annual Girl Scout cookie sale continues at local businesses and shopping centers until March 2.

A new addition to this year’s campaign is Cranberry Citrus Crisps. The cookie program is the nation’s largest girl-lead business and is also the leading financial literacy program for girls. It is a key element of the Girl Scouts leadership experience.

Since 1917, the Girl Scout cookie campaign has helped girls develop leadership skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.


MONTGOMERY – Capell & Howard has been designated as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, for the fourth consecutive year.

Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Capell & Howard has been recognized since the inception of the award.

In addition, 17 of the firm’s lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Four of those selected were named Montgomery Lawyers of the Year in five categories: William D. Coleman, litigation-environmental and mediation; Henry H. Hutchinson, litigation and controversy-tax; D. Kyle Johnson, corporate law; and William K. Martin, real estate law.

The following attorneys were also named as Best Lawyers: Frank H. McFadden, Bruce J. Downey, Henry C. Barnett, K. Palmer Smith, Robert T. Meadows, Shap D. Ashley, Robert F. Northcutt, J. Lister Hubbard, James N. Walter, Debby D. Spain, R. Brooke Lawson, M. Courtney Williams and James M. Scott.

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