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MONTGOMERY – Paul Peiffer has been selected as the new chief financial officer for Jackson Hospital. He most recently served as CEO for Covington County Hospital in Mississippi.

“Paul brings more than 19 years of experience in hospital administration to Jackson Hospital with past experience in Florida, Missouri and Mississippi,” Jackson Hospital President and CEO Joe Riley said in a statement. “His diverse background in administrative and financial positions makes him an excellent fit to oversee financial operations at Jackson Hospital.”

Peiffer received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati. He obtained a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from Xavier University and completed a residency at Mercy Hospital in Miami.



MONTGOMERY – Alfa Insurance announced the promotion of four regional sales vice presidents to senior vice presidents in the marketing department.

David Christenberry, Darrell McNeal, Mark Evans and Tim Timmons are the new senior vice presidents who have more than a century of combined experience with Alfa.

“We’re proud of their accomplishments and are eager to watch them lead their teams to even greater success,” Executive Vice President of Marketing Al Dees said in a statement. “Together with Marketing Services Senior Vice President Carol Golsan, our five senior vice presidents have more than 150 years of sales and marketing experience.”

Christenberry will continue to lead Alfa’s marketing team in south Alabama. A native of Fayette and an Auburn University graduate, Christenberry joined Alfa in 1977 as an agent. He became a district manager in 1978. He was inducted as a charter member of the Alfa Hall of Fame in 1996.

McNeal, who is a native of Cullman now living in Woodstock, Georgia, leads Alfa’s Georgia marketing operations. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. McNeal was hired as an agent in 1986 and was promoted to district manager in 1990 before being named a vice president in 1998.

Evans provides leadership for Alfa managers, agents and customer service representatives in Mississippi. He grew up in Columbus, Mississippi, and studied business at Mississippi State University. Evans joined the Alfa marketing team in 1987 as an agent and was promoted to district sales manager in 1998. He was promoted to vice president for Mississippi sales and development in 2010 and regional vice president in 2013.

Timmons is from Fort Payne and is a graduate of Faulkner University. He joined Alfa in 1987 as an agent and was promoted to district manager in 1988. In 2013, he was named regional marketing vice president for north Alabama. He was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame in 2011.



MONTGOMERY – EXIT Hodges Real Estate has added 10 agents. The new agents are Ruthie Allums, Anna Cox, Kathy Dooley, Jachala Ezell, Bobby Hall, Randy Kinman, Jenny Motyka, Laura Selmon, Towannah Smith and DeeDra Wheeler.



MONTGOMERY – A.J. Watson has joined the Alabama Farmers Federation as an agricultural communications specialist in the department of public relations and communications.

Watson, 24, is a 2013 graduate of Troy University, where he studied Spanish and print journalism. He comes to the federation from Tallapoosa Publishers Inc., a newspaper company with publications near the Lake Martin area.

“A.J. has experience in all phases of the publications business, from writing and photography to advertising,” Jeff Helms, publication relations and communications director for the federation, said in a statement. “These skills, coupled with his knowledge of the organization from family connections, will allow him to hit the ground running.”

Watson will write news and feature stories for the federation’s print publications and website and will work on various public relations projects with other staff members.

“My family owns a small tree farm – both short-leaf and long-leaf pine – near Gantt, so I’m very familiar with the federation culture, and I know it has a

sterling reputation in whatever it’s involved in,” Watson said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get in the mix of things and do whatever I can to help the farmers we represent and the employees who work here.”



MONTGOMERY – Felicia Long has joined the law firm of Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C., as a shareholder.

Long will continue to focus her practice on complex civil litigation and insurance defense matters. She has successfully represented corporations, small businesses and individuals in state and federal courts throughout Alabama in matters involving first-party and third-party insurance claims, coverage questions, fraud, bad faith, arson, theft, construction defects, business/contract disputes, employer liability, premises liability, truck/automobile litigation, and catastrophic injury.

Prior to joining the firm, she practiced with another civil defense firm in the state and served as law clerk to Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Champ Lyons Jr.

Long is a graduate of Auburn University and Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.

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