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Members on the Move - January 2014

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MONTGOMERY – Scott Forrest has been named Alfa Insurance senior vice president of the company’s human resources department.

Forrest began his career with Alfa in 1992 as a tax specialist. He was promoted to manager of compensation in 1995 and named vice president of compensation, benefits and human resources information systems in 2001.

“For more than 20 years, Scott has served Alfa employees in almost every phase of Human Resources,” Alfa Insurance President and CEO Jimmy Parnell said in a statement. “His knowledge, dedication and straightforward approach have earned him respect throughout the organization. We are fortunate to have an outstanding team that ensures our employees enjoy a productive, secure and rewarding work environment. I look forward to working with Scott in his new leadership role.”

Forrest holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama.

“Alfa’s human resource department staff work hard to emulate the company’s commitment to excellence, integrity and exceeding expectations in service, and I am proud to work for a company led by individuals who genuinely care about the well-being of each person who works here,” Forrest said in a statement.

Alfa and its affiliates provide insurance and other financial services in 11 states. Alfa Life Insurance Co. currently has more than $25 billion in force, and Alfa’s property and casualty companies service more than 1 million policies. There are nearly 400 Alfa service centers with more than 2,500 employees. The company’s headquarters are in Montgomery.


MONTGOMERY – Montgomery Eye Physicians has announced that Dr. Tyler McFaden has joined its team of eye care specialists.

McFaden graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. After graduation, he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received his doctorate of optometry.

“Dr. McFaden is extremely intelligent, capable and relates well to patients of all ages,” Montgomery Eye Physicians President Tom Mitchell said in a statement. “We are very pleased to have him join our practice. We look forward having him care for our patients for many years to come.”

McFaden, a native of Montgomery, is board-certified in optometry, concentrating on specialty contact lenses and ocular disease.


MONTGOMERY – Copperwing Design announced that Kathryn Torrey has joined the firm as media planner/buyer and Mary Gibson has been hired as web project manager.

Torrey is responsible for managing and planning budgets across all platforms, from emerging digital and mobile technologies to broadcast, print and outdoor. In her role, she also develops competitive research and analysis to maximize reach and frequency of brand messaging.

Previously a media planner and buyer with agencies in New York City, she has worked with such national and international brands as Harry Winston, Yankee Candle, Guess and Lancôme. Torrey is a graduate of Connecticut College with a major in economics and a minor in psychology.

Gibson brings nine years of experience in project management and systems analysis to Copperwing, where she manages development of customized web projects for the firm’s clients.

She is responsible for all project timelines, resources and budgetary requirements, ensuring that all website applications meet the branding goals of each client. Her experience includes development of workflow processes, testing applications and project performance review across a range of digital environments. Gibson received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University with a concentration in information systems management.

“Having Kathryn and Mary join Copperwing is another sign to our clients of our commitment to provide the most exceptional service and depth of resources,” said Brian Key, a principal of Copperwing Design and account director. “Our newest team members’ experience and skills are a welcome addition and a perfect fit for us.”

Montgomery-based Copperwing is a creative consultancy offering design, digital media and integrated brand management services.


MONTGOMERY – Aldridge, Borden & Co., P.C., announced that Ashley Lough has been promoted to firm administrator.

Lough began her career with Aldridge, Borden after graduating from the University of Alabama. She has primarily served in the firm’s assurance services division, where she has been instrumental in the development, implementation and maintenance of the Aldridge, Borden’s quality control functions.

As firm administrator, Lough will work in multiple areas to enhance the firm’s operating efficiency. She will also continue to oversee the quality control functions. She is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.

Aldridge, Borden & Co. is a full-service certified public accounting firm founded in 1918 and located in downtown Montgomery. In addition to the core practice areas of tax compliance, auditing and bookkeeping, the firm offers a wide range of more specialized services, including management advisory services, business valuation, personal financial services, estate and gift tax planning, tax consulting and planning and information technology consulting.


MONTGOMERY – Jeremy S. Walker has been named government affairs director for the Alabama Association of Realtors.

Walker joined the Realtors’ association from the law firm of Haskell, Slaughter, Young & Rediker, where he had worked primarily out of the firm’s Montgomery office since 2007. He represented clients in state and local government matters, insurance defense, governmental affairs, civil litigation matters and white-collar criminal defense.

He served as legal counsel to the Alabama Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and legal counsel to the Educational Building Authority of the City of Montgomery.

Walker received his Juris Doctorate from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School in May of 2007. He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration. Prior to joining Haskell Slaughter, Walker clerked for Circuit Judge John B. Bush of the 19th Judicial Circuit of Alabama.


MONTGOMERY – Cameron “Cam” Baker has been appointed coordinator of information technology for the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Baker is a native of Mobile and attended the Alabama School of Mathematics and Sciences. He has extensive experience in the information technology field. His responsibilities with the Montgomery campus will include onsite hardware and software support for students, faculty, and staff and also technical support in the maintenance of the campus’s website.

He will also work with the UAB Montgomery Internal Medicine Program and the UAB Selma Family Medicine Program for technical support of the electronic health records for their clinics.


MONTGOMERY – Synovus Bank announced that Ricky Mims has joined its equipment financing group.

Mims joined Tad Herrin and Bill Orr, who have more than 70 years of combined experience in the equipment leasing and financing business. Mims was formerly senior vice president/managing director of Regions equipment leasing. Mims was named senior vice president of business development.

Herrin and Orr also serve as senior vice presidents of business development. Herrin previously worked at Bank of America/NationsBank, where he managed one of the largest corporate aircraft groups in the country. In addition, he worked for General Electric Capital Corp. as a senior business development Officer.

Orr’s previous experience includes positions with Barclays, Westinghouse Credit and Bank of America.

John Geist, who serves as president of equipment finance, will direct the team of specialized bankers as they provide a wide range of products and services.

Additionally, Chris Legris has joined the company as senior vice president and asset manager. He was previously with Textron Finance, Bombardier Capital and Barnett Bank.

Working with Legris is Jim Shaw, who was recently hired as senior vice president, documentation and transaction manager. Shaw previously worked at NationsBank/Bank of America as well as Global Capital Finance. The group will continue to add positions in both sales and support areas.

“The creation of this team further strengthens our equipment financing line of business and signals our continued commitment to offering a broad range of expertise, products and services to commercial customers,” said Alan Worrell, president and CEO of Sterling Bank.

Sterling Bank, which operates four branches in the Montgomery and Prattville markets, is a division of Synovus Bank. Sterling Bank has been in the River Region for 24 years.


MONTGOMERY – Sara Khanal has joined Renasant Bank as branch relationship manager at the company’s newly opened East Montgomery location.

She is a native of Kathmandu, Nepal, and graduated from Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Khanal has more than five years of banking experience in the Montgomery market.

Renasant Corp., a 109-year-old financial services institution, is the parent of Renasant Bank and Renasant Insurance. Renasant has assets of approximately $5.8 billion and operates more than 120 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.


MONTGOMERY – Carol Kelley Harrison has joined Stifel Nicolaus as vice president of investments and as a financial adviser.

Harrison, who has been in the investing profession since 1999, has a securities and insurance license and is a graduate of Auburn University. She specializes in assisting individuals and business owners in the selection of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and third-party money managers. She will work out of the firm’s office on Halcyon Pointe Drive, Suite. 100.

Stifel, which was established in 1890, is one of the nation’s leading brokerage and investment banking firms. 


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