Montgomery Business Journal

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MONTGOMERY – Coldwell Banker Towne Realty Sales Associate Paul Duncan of Montgomery ranked in the Top 10 among the sales associates throughout Alabama in the Coldwell Banker system in Total Units Closed for 2013. 

The firm recently held its annual awards luncheon to recognize the top producers for 2013, who were Duncan, Wanda Ellis, Janice Qualls, Jane Peak, Keith Helms, Sheila Woodham and Diana Miles.



MONTGOMERY – CNA has named Turner Insurance & Bonding Co. to its 2014 Construction Leader Board.

Turner Insurance & Bonding Co. was one of only 28 agencies that were selected for the Leader Board from more than 1,000 construction-focused agencies throughout the country.

CNA’s Construction Leader Board was developed in 2012 to recognize and reward top-producing construction agencies that have demonstrated their commitment to the industry.

Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country’s eighth-largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th-largest property and casualty company.



MONTGOMERY – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has reaccredited Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Business.

The college was first accredited by AACSB in 1978, and accounting earned initial accreditation in 2012. This winter, the program was visited and evaluated by business educators representing AACSB’s Continuous Improvement Review Committee. The AACSB’s board of directors ratified the committee’s decision to extend reaccreditation to the business programs offered at AUM. Less than 1 percent of the world’s business schools achieve accreditation of their business and accounting programs from AACSB International.

“Our faculty and staff are committed to continuously improving the educational experience for our students, and AACSB reaccreditation confirms that we are still progressing in the right direction,” Rhea Ingram, dean of the College of Business, said in a statement.

The college was recently recognized as a Best Business School by The Princeton Review, which noted the program’s “affordable” tuition, “reputation for academic excellence” and “instructors who bring real-life business experiences to the classroom” and “have connections in the business world.” 

Organized into the departments of accounting, information systems and management, and economics, finance and marketing, the college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Courses are offered online, nights and weekends. Bachelor’s degrees are available in accounting, economics, finance, general business, human resources management, information systems management, management and marketing. The college also offers a master of business administration, executive MBA and Master of Science in information systems management.



MONTGOMERY – After 40-plus years Capitol Filmworks has changed its name to Total Image.

The company, which was founded by René Brinsfield, grew from a sports film processing lab to a photography lab serving customers nationwide.

Total Image President Joan Brinsfield offers a wide range of products and services, including photo album or book; gallery wrap; metal wall art; or processed prints. The company’s new website is



BIRMINGHAM – Katie Owens of Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. recently passed her final architect registration exam to become a licensed architect.

Since starting at GMC in 2010 as an intern, Owens has accumulated a project portfolio, including the Madison County and Calhoun County Departments of Human Resources, Greystone Country Club Master Plan, UAB Residence Hall, Crossville Elementary School, Pepper Place Alley improvements and Robotics Technology Park Phase III, for which she will now be serving as the project manager. She works out of the firm’s Birmingham office.

Owens received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University.



MONTGOMERY – Jackson Hospital’s quarterly print magazine, Partners, was the recipient of a 2013 MarCom gold award. Partners was recognized for design work in the

Late Summer 2013 issue, which featured Jackson Hospital’s Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

MarCom Awards is a creative competition for individuals or companies involved in the conception, writing and design of print, visual, audio and Web materials and programs. About 6,000 entries are submitted each year from corporate marketing and communications departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.

Partners magazine is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of Jackson Hospital.



MONTGOMERY – Visitors to the W.A. Gayle Planetarium will get an even-more out-of-this-world experience thanks to a new full-dome digital projector and renovation.

The planetarium closed in late January for the $500,000 upgrade project that replaced the 45-year-old analog projector in use since the planetarium first opened in 1969. The new full-dome digital projector is capable of creating more dynamic, immersive shows.

The new system is controlled by computer with the images of stars and planets emanating from a single digital projector in the center of the dome, giving viewers the visual experience of zooming in and out of galaxies and planets, circling a planet or traveling through the universe.

The new digital system will also offer a greater variety of programming options beyond astronomy, including programs on natural history, biology and other fields. The project included a complete renovation of the auditorium including refurbished seating.

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said the planetarium would provide expanded educational opportunities for k-12 students and college students alike.

“This is really a transition … from high touch to high tech,” he said in a statement. “To see the capacity today and know what it means will provide a tremendous educational opportunity for students of all ages.”

The project was funded by the City of Montgomery and Troy University with support from the Daniel Foundation, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and the State of Alabama Education Trust Fund.

“We researched the various projection systems on the market to determine the best fit for Montgomery,” planetarium director Rick Evans said in a statement. “That research has paid off, and we are ecstatic with the new Super Mediaglobe. We now have a digital, three-dimensional map of the entire universe.”

The W.A. Gayle Planetarium is located in Oak Park and is operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery. The planetarium offers public shows 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and children under 5 are admitted free.



MONTGOMERY – Coldwell Banker Commercial Moore Company Realty was named the No. 1 office in Alabama for Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates.

It is the fourth straight year the local realty firm was ranked No. 1 in the state. The firm’s Gene Cody was named the top agent in the state. Cody and Wes Cline were awarded the Bronze Circle of Distinction for 2013.

“Coldwell Banker Commercial Moore Company Realty exemplifies the standards of excellence for which Coldwell Banker Commercial offices are known,” Fred Schmidt, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates Inc., said in a statement.



MONTGOMERY – Four Star Freightliner has expanded its service department to include services that will ensure its customers’ tractors and trailers meet state regulations and remain in good running condition.

When trucks that are equipped with trailers are brought in for service to Four Star locations in Montgomery, Dothan, Tifton, Ga., Valdosta, Ga., or Tallahassee, Fla., customers have the option of having their trailers inspected.

A Four Star Freightliner service employee will perform a six-point inspection of the trailer, which includes the lights, brakes, airlines, door seals and door handles if the customer requests it. Customers will also have the option of receiving a Department of Transportation inspection.

Four Star Freightliner’s inventory has been increased to handle any repair if deemed necessary by a service team member.

For information, call (800) 239-8785 to speak with a service adviser.



MONTGOMERY – The Downtown Montgomery Business Association (DMBA) unveiled a new Civil Heritage Trail in downtown Montgomery. The trail unifies a large number of Civil War and Civil Rights Movement sites and attractions.

The walkable downtown area makes it easy for tourists and locals to visit the place where the constitution of the Confederate States of America was created as well as the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many other sites which tell the story of how events in Alabama changed the world.

Inspired by Boston’s Freedom Trail, Jeff Dean, a native of Montgomery, introduced the initial concept of a civil heritage trail to the DMBA several years ago. The DMBA adopted the project as a way to enhance tourism and commerce in the downtown area and to encourage awareness and interest in these historic sites.

With the support of the City of Montgomery, the DMBA has brought the Civil Heritage Trail to fruition. “As the trail grows in popularity, it will draw more people to the downtown area, increasing patronage of local businesses and enhancing the downtown area,” Jeff Andrews, former DMBA president, said in a statement. “Montgomery is able to tell an incredible dual history of both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The debut of the trail will be a wonderful new addition to the revitalization of Montgomery’s downtown.”

Each site on the trail is indicated by a blue bike rack near or on the grounds of each site. A brochure and map is also available at the Montgomery Visitor Center and at the trail sites to provide information and assistance. The self-guided trail is approximately 3.5 miles and can be traveled on foot, bike, Segway or car.


TALLASSEE – Neptune Technology Group has launched a new website that enables the company to have greater flexibility and control over its content.

The website – - is easy to navigate, compatible with commonly used browsers and now conforms to all forms of mobile and desktop devices.

Among the improved functionality is a rotating video player carousel on the home page that enables Neptune to display marketing videos on desktop and mobile devices. Now, Neptune can easily manage these videos within the CMS work area as well as stream the videos from YouTube.

Other site feature improvements include an enhanced literature document search, an interactive map of global territory managers and distributors as well as Neptune’s knowledge-base section. The new site also touts performance improvements with a 14-second increase in home page load time.

The website was implemented by Square Root Interactive. “We are looking forward to how Square Root will help Neptune grow our Web presence in the future,” Neptune marketing specialist Niki Peterson said in a statement.

Neptune Technology Group Inc. is a pioneer in the development of automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technologies for more than 47 years. Since 1892 Neptune has continually focused on the evolving needs of utilities – revenue optimization, operational efficiencies, and improved customer service. The company offers a fully integrated migration path for its utility customers to meet their needs now and in the future. Neptune is located in Tallassee, Alabama.


MONTGOMERY – A new website, was launched to provide information to the public about the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights Marches and the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Both anniversaries take place in 2015. The site was created by a partnership between the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB), City of Montgomery, City of Selma, Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and the National Parks Service Lowndes Interpretive Center.

The site features brief explanations of the historic events which took place in each location.

It also includes a list of 2015 events, marking the important anniversaries. The site is designed to assist a traveler or group tour planner by providing access to event, lodging and sales representatives’ information.

The site will also be an outlet for future news regarding special events and tourism packages for 2015 in Selma, Lowndes County and Montgomery.

For information, call the Montgomery Chamber CVB at (334) 261-1100.



MONTGOMERY – Dextera Benefit Solutions LLC has partnered with the Healthy Trucking Association of America (HTAA) to provide its members with access to Dextera’s MedTeam Direct Telehealth program. 

MedTeam Direct provides enrollees and their families with access to physicians and their services via telephone or online for a monthly fee. With this program, the HTAA’s 17,000-plus members will have 24/7 access to board-certified physicians for non-urgent care needs. Physicians can be reached either by phone, email, or even video communications such as Skype.

Members with smartphones also have an app available to them for both Apple and Android devices. Doctors can provide prescriptions for some ailments such as sinus infections, pink eye and other similar diagnoses.

“We wanted to provide a solution that aligned with the HTAA’s mission of improving the life of professional drivers and their families across the country by providing them low-cost access to health care and health care information while at home or on the road,” Trey Sylvest, vice president of operations at Dextera HR, said in a statement.

Dextera Benefit Solutions LLC is a division of Montgomery-based Dextera HR, which provides payroll, human resource and employee benefit services in the Southeast. HTAA is based in Montgomery.



MONTGOMERY – Stamp Idea Group partner Bruce S. Reid has been named to The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board.

He is also a member of the College of Communications and Information Sciences Board of Visitors for the university and was selected as Outstanding Alumni in 2005.

The leadership board, established by the university in the early 1990s, consists of alumni and friends of the college who partner with the dean to advance the goals of the college and provide student scholarships and faculty fellowships.

Reid is a native of Montgomery and received a bachelor’s degree in communications/English from the University of Alabama. He founded Bruce Reid Advertising in 1976, which became Reid & Mount Advertising in 1978, evolved into Reid/O’Donahue Advertising in 1990, and in 2013 merged with LWT Communications to form Stamp Idea Group, an advertising, interactive and media firm.


MONTGOMERY – The 36th annual Jubilee Run For Cancer benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is set for May 17.

Montgomery’s oldest race will start at 7 a.m. at Old Alabama Town. The Jubilee Run For Cancer includes an 8-kilometer event and a 2-mile run/walk coordinated by Montgomery MultiSport.

There will be a wide range of activities including a wellness expo, live music, stage demonstrations and children’s area. This year participants can join teams and create a fundraising website to financially support the fight against cancer. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising individual and team.

The Wacky Costume Contest will ramp-up the celebration with awards for the wackiest running outfit. The theme is “I CANcer-vive.”

Online registration is $25 and available through 2 p.m. May 15. Late registration is $30 and day-of registration is $35. Registered runners ages 6 and up will receive a tech shirt. Younger participants may register for $15 and receive a T-shirt.

“This event is a lot of fun for people of all fitness levels and it gives residents an opportunity to come together for the important fight against cancer,” run director Kathy Wood said in a statement. “With a new theme, fundraising opportunities and activities, this should be the best year yet.”

This is the third straight year that Alfa Insurance is the host for the Jubilee Run For Cancer.

For information, including registration, visit

For the latest updates, follow Jubilee Run on Twitter and like Jubilee Run on Facebook.



TROY – The Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved Troy University’s first-ever doctor of sport management degree.

The doctorate in sport management will be offered both in class and online. “The sport management program will fill a strong, distinct and well-documented societal, education and economic need for students Troy University serves,” John Miller, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services and a sport management professor, said in a statement.

Miller said that over the past two decades, research indicates the sport industry has grown from a $121 million nationwide industry into a $435 billion industry that generates billions of dollars in economic impacts in the state.

The commission also approved Troy University’s proposal to offer a Master of Arts in Economics degree. The program is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in public policy, government, business and the nonprofit sector.

In another development, Troy University has been named a “Best Buy” for its online Master of Business Administration degree and for its online master’s programs in management and human resources., a consumer advocacy group for online students, ranked Troy’s online MBA program in the top 20 of 124 regionally accredited business schools in the nation.



MONTGOMERY – Associated Business Services announced a merger with Alabama Computer Associates to form ABS Technology LLC.

The new company will continue to build custom systems, repair business and residential computers, manage commercial networking, perform data recovery, and virus removal and protection as did Alabama Computer Associates.

New partner Michael Lange brings a programming and technology background that allows ABS Technology LLC to expand its offerings to include data conversions, point of sale systems setup and maintenance, ERP systems, inventory management and a partnership with Dell to include new systems sales and installation for Montgomery businesses at competitive prices. The company also designs disaster recovery plans.

ABS Technology LLC will support business accounting technology needs to help businesses in software transitions and upgrade outdated systems. Currently the firm is working with many businesses to upgrade Windows XP operating systems as Microsoft sunsets the XP operating system. ABS Technology LLC supports clients with Office 365 providing them enterprise class email and collaboration solutions.

The company’s partnership with Carbonite allows it to offer saleable cloud-based backup solutions for small business customers and provides electronic documents storage and management for small business customers through a third-party association.

Associated Business Services began as a Montgomery accounting firm in 1979. Alabama Computer Associates has been owned and operated by Robert Lloyd since 2002.  Bob Lloyd and Basil Stinson have been with Alabama Computer Associates since 1995 and will continue to serve their clients.

ABS Technology LLC is located at 3201 Bell Road and sister company Associated Business Services is located in an adjacent suite in the same building.


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