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MONTGOMERY – Goodywn, Mills & Cawood Inc. hired three people for its health care department.

The new hires are Architect Thomas Parham; Business Development Coordinator Carli Small; and Intern Architect Kevin Kempke. With the additions, the firm will support its health care clients as well as seek new opportunities.

Parham is an architect with more than 12 years of experience in health care and health care-related design. He received a master’s degree in architecture + health from Clemson University. His experience designing health care-related facilities includes bed tower additions, surgery centers, cancer centers and medical office buildings. Among his list of projects are the Shelby Baptist South Tower; Princeton Baptist East Expansion; Marshall Medical Cancer Center; and Mission Cancer Center in Asheville, N.C.

Small received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Alabama. She will be responsible for business development and organizational support for the health care division and will be working to maintain current and develop new client relationships across the company’s Southeastern footprint.

Prior to joining GMC, Small worked for Interiorscapes Inc. in business development and marketing.

Kempke received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University in 2007 and has a background in health care/health-related design. Most recently, Kempke managed on- and off-site development for the $180 million UAB Women’s & Infants’ Facility and the Hazelrig-Salter Radiation Oncology Center, along with the 9,000 square-foot Clanton Fire Station.



MONTGOMERY – Square Root Interactive has hired Michelle Jones as an account executive.

Jones brings more than 17 years of experience in communications, social media and search engine optimization. She will work as the liaison between the client and creative-technical staff as they develop website solutions. She is also responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for client projects.

Prior to joining Square Root Interactive, Jones worked in digital journalism and public relations. She was a member of senior leadership in a statewide print and digital news company, and helped launch a digital content-producing hub for a broadcast company with television stations across the country.

Square Root Interactive is a website design and consulting agency.



MONTGOMERY – Ray Taylor has joined Four Star Freightliner as its new and used truck sales representative.

Taylor brings more than 30 years of experience in the trucking industry to Four Star Freightliner. He spent the last 20 years selling trucks, trailers and heavy equipment. He also served as a general manager for a large trucking firm in the Montgomery area.

“I get a lot of repeat customers and my customers often send me referrals,” Taylor said in a statement. “I just enjoy what I do. That’s what has made me so successful in this business.”

Taylor will sell new and used medium/heavy duty trucks. He will also be responsible for leasing and renting vehicles.

“Ray knows our area and is able to compete in the market right now,” Sales Manager David Turner said in a statement. “Ray has always created great relationships with his customers. He was actually recommended to us by a customer who was already doing business with us.”


PRATTVILLE – The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced that Patty VanderWal has been named president of the Chamber.

“I am excited and honored to serve as the new president of the Prattville Chamber,” VanderWal said in a statement. “The Chamber’s work is vital to our business community and I look forward to working with the Chamber’s board, volunteers and staff to continue positioning the Chamber as a business and community resource. I will continue to work to elevate the Chamber in the community and to build stronger ties for the organization’s members, city/county governments and the residents of Prattville and Autauga County.”

As the Chamber’s president, VanderWal will oversee the staff and work closely with the board of directors.

“We are excited to have Patty as our new president,” Walter Kennedy, chairman of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said in a statement. “She has strong ties to our community and a love for Prattville and Autauga County that is evident in all she does. Patty is an advocate for business and community development. We look forward to working with her and strengthening our Chamber’s relationship with the community it serves.”

VanderWal, who has been with the Prattville Chamber for six years, served as executive vice president/financial director for the past year. She has also served as finance director/office manager and interim president.

Prior to joining the Chamber, VanderWal was a small business owner from 2000 until 2008. She served on the Prattville Chamber board and the executive committee from 2005 until 2008. She also served as a volunteer at the Chamber and was named Ambassador of the Year.

A native of Prattville, VanderWal received a degree in business administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is a certified public accountant.



MONTGOMERY – Amanda Benson has joined Welch Hornsby Investment Advisors firm as a senior planning associate.

Benson has 12 years of experience working with high-net-worth clients in the fee-only financial planning industry.

She will develop, research and implement new processes and procedures for the financial planning department; collect, organize and review data gathered from clients and assist in the creation of clients’ financial plans, which include personal financial statements, estate and income tax planning opportunities, family risk (insurance) management, education planning, retirement planning and procedures for the financial and resource optimization; and participate in financial planning meetings.

“At Welch Hornsby, we seek talented people to create an extraordinary client relationship,” President and CEO Edward V. Welch Jr. said in a statement. “We certainly believe Amanda Benson’s strong skill set and financial planning knowledge will enhance our private wealth clients’ overall experience.”

She holds dual degrees in accounting and in consumer sciences with a concentration in family financial planning and counseling from the University of Alabama.

Welch Hornsby, which has its headquarters in Montgomery, has offices in Birmingham and Charlotte, N.C.



MONTGOMERY – Coldwell Banker Commercial Moore Company Realty hired Sam Meadows for the sales and leasing team.

Meadows, a recent graduate of the University of Alabama who majored in history, will join the firm’s Birmingham office. He will also be enrolled in the Coldwell Banker Commercial Emerging Broker Training program, which provides online and in-person training for new real estate agents to help prepare them for all aspects of real estate negotiations and transactions.

The company manages 4 million-plus square feet of commercial buildings in three states.


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