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MONTGOMERY – Amanda Granger has been hired as marketing and social media manager for Four Star Freightliner.

She will be responsible for showcasing the Montgomery-based company’s wide array of services, vehicles, parts and resources. Granger will also lead the company’s community service efforts in the five locations and communities it operates in.

“We are very excited about adding someone to our team with Amanda’s background and skills,” Dealer Principal Jerry Kocan said in a statement. “This should make us closer and better connected to our customers.

Granger spent several years as a digital media manager at the Savannah Morning News and Montgomery Advertiser. She also worked as a news producer at several television stations including WTVY in Dothan, WHNT in Huntsville, WSFA in Montgomery and WCNC in Charlotte, N.C.

“I am excited about taking everything I’ve learned in the media industry and putting it to work at Four Star Freightliner,” Granger said in a statement. “My goal is to make everyone aware of the unique services that we have to offer. I plan to use all resources available to me including various social media channels, communication with the media, trade publications and face-to-face meetings with our customers.”

Four Star Freightliner operates dealerships and service centers in Montgomery, Dothan, Tifton and Valdosta, Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla.



MONTGOMERY – Trustmark Bank has promoted Melissa M. Britton to assistant vice president and branch manager II.

Since joining Trustmark Bank in 2006, Britton has provided banking sales and service to clients in Montgomery. She continues to lead the Taylor Road branch and is responsible for client service, sales and operations.

Trustmark Corp. is a financial services company with about 220 offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.



BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama Power Co. board of directors has elected Jonathan Porter vice president of human resources and ethics.

Porter will be responsible for labor relations, wellness, safety, health and disability management functions as well as delivery of human resource products and services to Alabama Power employees throughout the state. He succeeds Donna Dearman Smith, who retired.

Porter has held various positions at Alabama Power, including senior corporate recruiter; senior human resources business representative; customer service supervisor; assistant business office manager; lead human resources business consultant; assistant to the executive vice president of external affairs; Birmingham division area manager; and his most recent role as director of customer services.

“Jonathan’s wealth of knowledge and broad experience in the company have prepared him for this opportunity,” Alabama Power President and CEO Charles McCrary said in a statement. “His work in customer services, ensuring our customers are satisfied, should serve him well in his new role.”

Porter graduated from Tuskegee University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.



MONTGOMERY – Walker360 hired Brent Slay as an account manager, who will primarily focus on marketing analytics and advertising in the company’s banking and ministry sectors.

Slay, a Tampa native, has 20-plus years’ experience in client relationship management in financial services, marketing and commercial printing. He is a graduate of Auburn University.

Walker360 is an advertising and printing company with offices in Montgomery and Atlanta.



MONTGOMERY – Scott Lee has been promoted to manager in the certified public accounting firm of Richard, Harris, Ingram and Bozeman, P.C.

Lee, who joined the firm in 2006, practices in the firm’s tax and audit sectors with emphasis in audits of local city school boards, not-for-profit tax and audit, and tax services to small businesses and individuals. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University at Montgomery and is a certified public accountant.

The firm has been providing tax, audit, accounting, consulting and financial planning services to individuals, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and governments for 65-plus years.



MONTGOMERY – Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. announced the admission of Royal C. Dumas as a shareholder.

Dumas joined the firm six years ago and his practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation and first-party insurance defense as well as aviation and gaming law.



MONTGOMERY – Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. announced the addition of Tim Smitherman to the electrical engineering department.

As an electrical project manager, his primary focus will be electrical design for GMC’s architecture projects, including lighting, power and auxiliary.

“I’ve known Tim for many years and am excited to have him on our team,” Electrical Engineering Department Head John Averrett said in a statement. “Not only will he play a major role in solidifying the architecture side of our department, but he also represents a huge step in our quest to keep all electrical work in-house.”

Smitherman has more than 25 years of electrical design experience working on projects throughout the Southeast. “My goal is always to create a unique design for each client and to consider the design’s overall impact on the environment, all the while staying within budget,” he said in a statement.

His project portfolio features everything from single-family residences to multi-building complexes. Some of the projects include Guntersville State Park Lodge and Hotel Renovations; Park Crossing High School; Johnnie Carr Middle School; Ozark’s Carroll High School; Joe Wheeler State Park cabins; First Baptist Church sanctuary; First Baptist Church youth building in Eufaula; Knoxville’s Faith Promise Church additions and alterations; and Capitol Hill Plaza.

Smitherman attended Troy University and John M. Patterson State Technical College.



MONTGOMERY – The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that for the first time in eight years, a new manager will lead the Biscuits. Brady Williams will serve as Biscuits skipper in 2014 and become the third manager in Biscuits’ history.

Ozzie Timmons and R.C. Lichtenstein return as hitting and pitching coach, respectively, with Kris Russell also returning to Montgomery as the athletic trainer. Williams replaces Billy Gardner Jr., who was the longest-tenured manager in the Southern League as well as being the all-time winningest manager in Biscuits’ history.

Williams, 34, received a promotion to Double-A after spending the 2013 season as the manager of the Rays High-A affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Under the direction of Williams, the Stone Crabs finished last season 67-65, won the second-half championship and made a trip to the Florida State League Championship Series before being defeated by the Daytona Cubs.

Williams enters 2014 with 14 years of professional baseball experience and eight in a managing or coaching capacity. The Rays first hired Williams in 2006. He served for three seasons as a coach in the lower ranks of the system. Williams first became a manager in 2009 when he guided the Rays’ short-season team, the Hudson Valley Renegades. The following season, the Rays promoted Williams to manage the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low-A). In his third season with the Hot Rods, Baseball America selected Williams as the 2012 Best Managerial Prospect in the Midwest League after leading Bowling Green to an 80-60 finish. Williams has spent eight seasons in the Rays system entering 2014.

The Biscuits will open their season 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 3, against the Birmingham Barons at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.



MONTGOMERY – Business Interiors has hired Samantha Evans as a sales representative for the company’s Montgomery office.

Evans, a 2001 graduate of Auburn University who majored in interior design, has 12 years of extensive knowledge in the field of architecture and design. In her new role at Business Interiors, she will be marketing and selling contract furniture in Central Alabama, focusing on corporate, health care, government and higher education markets.



MONTGOMERY, AL – Britney Sellers has joined Envision 2020 as the program director for M.D. Connection.

Her focus will be attracting physicians to the River Region; retaining them; and developing future physicians by working with students in high school, college and medical school. She will work with physician recruiters at area hospitals as well as with the Montgomery Family Medicine Residency Program at Baptist South and the UAB Montgomery Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Sellers will direct 11th- and 12th-graders at Camp MDme, which is a week-long, hands-on experience for 20 students who have the aptitude and grades to become physicians.

She previously worked for the Alabama Department of Public Health as the physician retention coordinator for the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health.

Sellers received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.



MONTGOMERY – Karen Allen Green has joined the Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA) as director of development.

With more than 17 years of marketing, sales and operations management experience, Green brings expertise in fundraising, special events and public relations.

Prior to joining MACOA, Green worked in both the corporate and the nonprofit sectors. Among her previous positions, she served as the special events coordinator for a local nonprofit, and as a circulation manager and sales and marketing manager in the print media industry. She is a certified facilitator and a motivational speaker.

Originally from Mobile, Green has lived in Montgomery for 10 years. She received a master’s degree in management from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau University.


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