Montgomery Business Journal

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September 2015

COPPERWING WINS GOLD AWARD IN WATER INDUSTRY COMPETITION

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Copperwing received the Gold Award in large exhibit design during the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Best of Show Competition at ACE15.

The exhibit for Tallassee-based Neptune Technology Group Inc. was among 515 that were entered in the international exposition’s competition.

“We are very honored to win this award. This project is the result of true teamwork and creative collaboration with our client and resource partner,” said Angela Stiff, creative director for Copperwing.

Copperwing collaborated with Neptune as well as with ExpoDisplays to create the top-prize-winning exhibit. Bright, airy and open, the design effectively tells the Neptune story, allowing visitors to explore innovations for automatic meter reading and advanced metering infrastructure systems. Displays along both sides of the central corridor illustrate the central benefits of system components; how they are engineered to help water utilities measure, communicate; and analyze data to boost water efficiency, productivity, and customer service.

Exhibits were voted on by the AWWA Manufacturers/Associates Council and included criteria such as originality of design and the educational value of the exhibit.

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

Serving thousands of water utility customers across North America from its Tallassee, Alabama headquarters, Neptune Technology Group develops automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technologies for the water industry.

THREE GOODWYN, MILLS AND CAWOOD EMPLOYEES ATTAIN ENGINEERING LICENSES

MONTGOMERY – Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. announced that three employees – Justin Barrett, Michelle Conway and Matthew Walker – have attained their professional engineering licenses upon passing the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.

To become licensed, engineers must receive a four-year degree from an accredited engineering program; pass the fundamentals of engineering exam; complete four years of progressive engineering experience under a professional engineer; and pass the PE exam.

Barrett, a member of the firm’s environmental team, has more than six years of experience working on a variety of environmental projects throughout Alabama. His expertise includes wetland and stream restoration; environmental site assessments; storm water permitting and inspection; construction best management practices; and Alabama Department of Environmental Management regulation and permitting.

He received a bachelor’s degree in bio-systems engineering from Auburn University in 2009 and is also a certified floodplain manager.

Conway has served numerous municipalities and airport authorities during the last seven years as part of the airport planning and engineering team. She has managed an array of aviation projects, including the first instrument landing system (ILS) with an end-fire glide slope designed by a private engineering firm in the United States.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University in 2011.

Walker’s experience encompasses municipal and civil engineering projects ranging from single building site plans to large scale water and wastewater lines and pumping stations. He has served as an inspector for water and wastewater projects. Walker works with clients in both the private and public sectors, including helping to obtain grant funding.

He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2010.

MAX4KIDS AWARDS $25,000 TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

MONTGOMERY – The MAX4Kids Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $25,000 to 10 River Region high school seniors. The 10 seniors were selected from nearly 75 applicants.

“MAX4Kids is proud to celebrate and give back to the youth of Central Alabama by providing them a foundation for bright futures,” MAX4Kids Foundation President Wayne Blackwell said in a statement. “We want to congratulate all of the students who competed for the scholarships this year and look forward to hearing about the accomplishments and continued education of each winner.”

The MAX4Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in 2001 by MAX associates as a way to give back to the community. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $340,000 through the MAX4Kids Scholarship Program to high school seniors for their scholastic achievements.

ALFA MUTUAL HONORS AGENT

MONTGOMERY – Alfa Mutual has awarded Alfa agent Billy Bradford the gold distinguished sales award at the company’s annual meeting.

Bradford, an Alfa agent for 26 years, has been recognized with the distinguished sales award by Alfa every year for the last 20 years. He specializes in health insurance for individuals and businesses with an emphasis on the Affordable Care Act.

He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama.

LATTICE INN RECEIVES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

MONTGOMERY – The Lattice Inn received its fifth straight TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

With its fifth consecutive award, Lattice Inn qualified for induction into TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. The honors are given to establishments that consistently receive outstanding reviews from travelers on TripAdvisor.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a true source of pride and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review of the their stay at The Lattice Inn on TripAdvisor,” Lattice Inn owner/innkeeper Jim Yeaman said in a statement. “And to be inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame is an even greater honor and recognition.”

The Lattice Inn, located at 1414 S. Hull St., is a bed and breakfast in the city’s Garden District. For information, call (334) 263-1414.

BEASLEY ALLEN FIRM, ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED

MONTGOMERY – The law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., as well as principal and founder Jere L. Beasley, were ranked in Band 2 in the litigation practice area in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA guide.

Principal and lead products liability attorney J. Greg Allen, and principal and mass torts section head Andy D. Birchfield, were also ranked in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA guide.

London-based Chambers and Partners has been publishing the world’s leading guides to the legal profession since 1990. The company has a team of more than 130 full-time researchers, who interview thousands of lawyers and their clients around the world.

BEASLEY ALLEN ATTORNEYS NAMED TO 2015 SUPER LAWYERS LIST

MONTGOMERY - Sixteen Beasley Allen attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2015 Super Lawyers list.

Included on the list are the firm’s founding shareholder, Jere L. Beasley, as well as shareholders J. Greg Allen, Michael J. Crow, J. Cole Portis, Daniel W. “Dee” Miles III, Andy D. Birchfield Jr., Rhon E. Jones, Benjamin E. Baker Jr., Julia A. Beasley, Kendall C. Dunson, R. Graham Esdale, Christopher D. Glover, Ted G. Meadows, Roman A. Shaul, W. Roger Smith III, and C. Gibson Vance.

Three Beasley Allen attorneys also were included on the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or less. Beasley Allen’s Rising Stars are Christopher D. Boutwell, Danielle Ward Mason and J. Parker Miller.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country.

ALABAMA SUPER LAWYERS LISTS SEVEN CAPELL & HOWARD ATTORNEYS

MONTGOMERY – Seven attorneys from Capell & Howard, P.C., were included in the Alabama Super Lawyers 2015 issue.

The firm’s lawyers in the 2015 issue are Richard H. Allen and J. Lister Hubbard, construction litigation; Bruce J. Downey, employment and labor; Henry H. Hutchinson, mergers and acquisitions; and William D. Coleman and James N. Walter, alternative dispute resolution.

Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement and no more than five percent of all attorneys in the state are selected.

SASSER, SEFTON AND BROWN HAS TWO ATTORNEYS ON PRESTIGIOUS LIST

MONTGOMERY – Patrick L. W. Sefton and Bowdy J. Brown have been named to the 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers list from the firm of Sasser, Sefton and Brown, P.C.

Sefton specializes in banking and while Brown’s area is creditor/debtor rights. Lawyers are nominated by their peers and selected for inclusion after an evaluation by the publication. The selection process identifies attorneys within the state who have attained the highest level of peer recognition and professional achievement.

AUM STUDENTS SECURE $2.7 MILLION IN TAX REFUNDS FOR ALABAMIANS

MONTGOMERY – During the 2015 tax season, 13 Auburn University at Montgomery students helped working families in Alabama secure $2.7 million in tax refunds through the service-learning volunteer initiative SaveFirst.

The students helped prepare more than 1,400 tax returns and, in addition to the refunds, saved Alabama families more than $420,000 in commercial tax preparation fees.

AUM students were part of a coalition of more than 660 students from 21 campuses across the state to assist low-income, working families. In total, SaveFirst students assisted more than 8,600 families who claimed $15 million in refunds and saved approximately $2.6 million in commercial preparation fees – a 15 percent increase in families served compared to the previous tax season.

Teresa Lang, a professor in AUM’s School of Accountancy, supports the program at AUM. She has 15 years of accounting experience working for some of the largest certified public accounting firms, a few small local firms and civil service overseas. She has experience in both audit and taxation. Lang has a master’s degree in accountancy and a doctorate from Auburn University.

SERVISFIRST BANK RANKS 13TH ON AMERICAN BANKER’S LIST

BIRMINGHAM – ServisFirst Bank is ranked 13th in American Banker’s list of mid-tier performers with $2 billion to $10 billion of assets in the U.S.

The criterion is based on three-year average returns on equity (ROAE) for 2012-2014. ServisFirst, a subsidiary of ServisFirst Bancshares Inc., had a three-year average ROAE of 15.40 percent and is the only bank headquartered in Alabama included in the ranking.

“It is an honor for ServisFirst Bank to again be recognized as a top performer among its peers,” ServisFirst Bank President and CEO Tom Broughton said in a statement. “Our commitment to always putting our customers and their needs first has brought us the success we are able to enjoy today.”

JACKSON THORNTON ASSET MANAGEMENT RANKED FOURTH BY CNBC

MONTGOMERY – Jackson Thornton Asset Management was recently ranked fourth among the Top100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms in the country by CNBC.

CNBC, along with Meridian-IQ, evaluated wealth management firms based on multiple criteria.

“We are very proud to be named to this list by CNBC,” George C. Smith, managing principal of Jackson Thornton Asset Management, said in a statement. “We appreciate the trust our clients have shown in us over the years and this is really a recognition of those long-term client relationships.”

JUSTICE NETWORK LAUNCHES IN MONTGOMERY

ATLANTA – Justice Network, the free over-the-air multicast television network, is now available in Montgomery.

The networked launched on W17DX 17.1, a new signal operated by WCOV-FOX20 and its owner Woods Communications.

With John Walsh as on-air host/ spokesperson, the network features stories of true crime and mystery while also aiming to make communities safer by empowering viewers to take action. Justice Network dedicates 90 seconds to public service every hour to help capture most-wanted fugitives; help locate missing children, and provide safety tips. This initiative has led to the safe return of nine missing children and the capture of 15 most-wanted fugitives.

The network works in partnerships with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of which Walsh was a founder; Crime Stoppers USA; and other law enforcement agencies.

“We are thrilled to have our good friend John Walsh back on the air in Montgomery,” WCOV owner David Woods said in a statement. “We feel that John Walsh and the Justice Network will be a public service to the Montgomery viewing area as we all will work together to help locate and capture fugitives.”

JUBILEE RUN RAISES $18,000 FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

MONTGOMERY – The Relay for Life of the Montgomery area received about $18,000 from the Jubilee Run For Cancer Committee.

The event raised $18,240.25 for Relay for Life, which is part of the American Cancer Society.

“We were shocked to see the donation amount when the check was unveiled,” Jeannie Smith, community manager for Relay for Life, said in a statement. “A donation like this means so much in the fight against this terrible disease.”

Funds will be used for several programs, including cancer research and the Hope Lodge in Birmingham, a facility for families of cancer patients who are receiving treatments.

Donations were from local company sponsorships, registration fees and runners’ fundraising efforts. Alfa Insurance has sponsored the race since 2012, and Alfa Life Insurance Co. served as the presenting sponsor this year.

“We hope these funds can help find a cure for cancer and improve the lives of those afflicted with cancer,” event chairman Kathy Wood said in a statement.

Since 2012, the Jubilee Run For Cancer has raised more than $36,000 for Relay for Life.

TROY CHANCELLOR RECOGNIZED FOR INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP

TROY – Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. received an outstanding service award for creating and sustaining the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program.

The award was presented in Xiamen, China, during the 1-2-1 President’s Conference at Huaqiao University.

The 1-2-1 Program, which began at Troy University and has grown into a national model exchange program, brings students from Chinese universities who have completed their first year of studies to the United States for two years of study at a partnering American university. Those students then return to their home institutions for a final year. When the students complete their academic programs, they receive degrees from the home institution and the partnering American university.

Twenty-one Troy students recently graduated through the 1-2-1 program.

‘NO JOB IS TOO BIG’ FOR NO STREAKS WINDOW CLEANING SERVICE

MONTGOMERY – No Streaks Window Cleaning Service is a full-service professional window cleaning company which specializes in residential and commercial window cleaning in the River Region.

The motto for the company founded in 2008 is “No job too big, No job too tall.” No Streaks Window Cleaning Service is co-owned by Victor Turnquest and Ivin Watson.

The hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday if necessary. For information, contact the company at (334) 201-6940 or (334) 233-3653 or email at nostreakswindowcleaning@hotmail.com.

WALKER360 WINS SIXTH NATIONAL TELLY AWARD

MONTGOMERY – Walker360 was a bronze winner in the 36th annual Telly Awards. The Montgomery firm received the award for its “Cheetah vs. Ferrari” entry.

With nearly 12,000 entries this year from all 50 states, Walker360 was selected for outstanding achievement in film and video. It was the firm’s sixth Telly Award.

CREDIT UNION GROUP NAMES MAX LEADER CEO OF THE YEAR

MONTGOMERY – MAX Credit Union CEO Greg McClellan was chosen as CEO of the Year for credit unions with $250 million-plus in assets by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

The award recognizes the leadership and guidance that McClellan has displayed during his 30 years with MAX, specifically the last 10 as CEO. Under his leadership, MAX has nearly doubled in size from $627 million in assets to $1.1 billion today. He has guided MAX through the most successful 10 years in its 60-year history. McClellan has also helped transform MAX’s internal brand by championing the institution’s core values to MAX employees from administration to the front lines.

“This is an unprecedented national honor not only for Greg, but also for MAX,” D.G. Markwell, senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “With thousands of financial institutions in the U.S., it is a great distinction for Greg to be recognized as a top CEO by this prestigious organization. Greg would be the first to thank our board, our employees, and our customers, without whom none of this would be possible. He has built an invaluable trust with MAX over the years through humility, transparency and an instinct for making the right decisions influenced by the sound advice of others and wants to use that success to give back to the community.”

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON MONTGOMERY RECEIVES TRIPADVISOR EXCELLENCE AWARD

MONTGOMERY– Homewood Suites by Hilton Montgomery has been recognized with a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes hospitality excellence and is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor highlights the world’s top properties based on reviews and ratings from travelers around the globe. In addition to positive online guest reviews, hotels must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five. Volume and timing of reviews, as well as a hotel’s tenure and popularity ranking, are all factored into the selection process.

“Our staff is committed to showing each of our guests that while they are here with us, they are part of our extended stay family,” general manager Francine Molette said in a statement. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our guests and we are honored to receive this award based on our commitment to customer satisfaction.”

Homewood Suites by Hilton provides guests with free Internet, breakfast and evening social Monday-Thursday as well as fully-equipped kitchens and a complimentary grocery shopping service that does not include free groceries.

WARREN AVERETT ASSET MANAGEMENT RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS HONORS

BIRMINGHAM – Warren Averett Asset Management, LLC is ranked as one of the Top Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms in the country by CNBC.

The firm has also been named to the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers.

CNBC recognized Warren Averett Asset Management as the 47th firm among the Top 100 Fee-Only Firms in the nation. Criteria included assets under management; staff with professional designations; working with third-party professionals such as attorneys or certified public accountants; average account size; client segmentation; growth of assets; years in business; number of advisory clients; and providing advice on insurance solutions.

“We are excited that CNBC has recognized us for the second year in a row,” Warren Averett Asset Management President Josh Reidinger said in a statement. “We are grateful to our clients, who have placed their trust in us, and enjoy helping our clients thrive and achieve their ļ¬nancial goals.”

More than 2,000 elite registered investment advisory (RIA) firms were invited to apply for consideration of the Financial Times top 300 list and 630 applied. The firms were graded on six criteria: assets under management; assets under management growth rate; years in existence; advanced industry credentials; online accessibility; and compliance records.

PALOMAR INSURANCE LAUNCHES PROGRAM FOR PLASTIC SURGEONS

MONTGOMERY – Palomar Insurance Corp. announced the introduction of Aesthetisure, an insurance program for board-certified plastic surgeons that will pay additional patient expenses in the event of a surgical complication.

Elective cosmetic surgery and complications that may arise are generally not covered by health insurance.

“As the original administrator of cosmetic surgery insurance, Palomar helped create this industry segment,” Palomar Insurance CEO Tony Craft said in a statement. “We’ve taken that knowledge and experience to refine our offerings in developing the Aesthetisure program. We’ve streamlined the application and enrollment process. We’re able to utilize our relationships with our insurance carriers to offer lower rates for equal, if not better, coverage. Our experience with this type of program has enabled us to have a comprehensive understanding of the complications insurance industry, and our team is familiar with the needs of a plastic surgery practice.”

Aesthetisure is underwritten by an A.M. Best A+ insurance carrier. Interested board-certified plastic surgeons can inquire about Aesthetisure or complete the online application to become a participating member through the company web site at www.aesthetisure.com.

For information, contact an Aesthetisure representative at asure@palomarins.com or (800) 362-1542.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURIAL COUNCIL INVITES MCINNIS TO JOIN GROUP

MONTGOMERY – Montgomery Downtown Business Association President Clay McInnis has been asked to join the Young Entrepreneurial Council.

McInnis, who also represents Commerce Consulting and McInnis Construction, will be only one of two from Alabama on the prestigious Young Entrepreneurial Council. The council, according to its website, is “highly selective” and an “invite-only group.”

SYNOVUS NAMED ONE OF U.S. MOST REPUTABLE BANKS

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Synovus Bank, which operates in Montgomery and the River Region as Sterling Bank, has been named one of America’s most reputable banks by the American Banker/Reputation Institute Survey of Bank Reputations.

Of 32 banks included in the survey, Synovus was one of three ranked in the top 10 among both customers and non-customers.

“We are proud of the way the Sterling Bank team cares for customers throughout the Montgomery and River Region,” Sterling Bank President and CEO Alan Worrell said in a statement. “We are also proud to be part of a company that places as much value and emphasis on serving people and giving back to our communities as we do the delivery of quality, competitive products and services.”

Now in its sixth year, the annual Survey of Bank Reputations provides a detailed analysis of the components that together formulate corporate reputations, and how different banks rate on those measures. Synovus ranked fifth with customers and 10th with non-customers for its positive reputation. In addition, Synovus is one of eight banks with numeric rankings in the “excellent” category among customers, meaning scores of 80 or greater. This is the first year the Reputation Institute has seen banks score in the 80s.

JOINT CENTER OF ALABAMA OPENS AT BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH

MONTGOMERY – The Joint Center of Alabama opened at Baptist Medical Center South and is the only one of its kind in the River Region.

The 10,500-square-foot center offers a full range of orthopedic services to help relieve pain and restore active lifestyles. There are four operating rooms, six preoperative beds and seven post-operative beds in the center, which cost nearly $3.5 million.

“It is very easy to take a healthy body for granted until illness, injury or the normal aging process threatens to take it away,” Peter Selman, CEO of Baptist Medical Center South, said in a statement. “Joint pain becomes very real very quickly, and that pain can become a way of life. Fortunately, as the only joint center in Central Alabama, we are here to help. As a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, we are recognized for adhering to the best practices in joint surgery.”

The Joint Center of Alabama also features state-of-the-art equipment, experienced orthopedic staff, specialized anesthesia, cutting-edge procedures, and the latest perioperative pain management program. The Joint Center patient experience includes preoperative preparation, the operation itself, postoperative care, physical therapy rehabilitation and a specialized nursing unit dedicated to orthopedic patients and their families. There are large waiting rooms and lounge areas for families.

COMFORT CARE HOSPICE OPENS IN MONTGOMERY

MONTGOMERY – Comfort Care Hospice has been providing end of life care and services to terminally ill patients in Alabama for 15 years and now has a Montgomery location.

Hospice care focuses on comfort and support for the patient and family. Since more hospice patients choose to live in their own homes, it gives patients and their families an opportunity to spend more quality time together. Family members receive support and counseling as well as bereavement care following a loved one’s death.

For information about hospice services or bereavement support, call (334) 514-0244.

MONTGOMERY ENGINEERING FIRM WORKS ON LAKE MARTIN PROJECT

MONTGOMERY – The civil engineering and land surveying firm of Larry E. Speaks & Associates Inc. has been retained as the engineer on a new project off the western shores of Lake Martin.

Steven Speaks has provided engineering oversight of the group’s plans to develop the 51-acre property into 24 residential lots.

Located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Montgomery, Cedar Point will feature custom-built homes designed with comfort and convenience in mind on lakefront property starting in the $600,000s.

“This is exactly the type of project I love for our firm to be associated with,” Speaks said in a statement. “We’ve done a lot of work throughout Montgomery and Elmore counties, and I can attest that it’s rare to find the complete package of a nice home and beautiful land available on the lake, for this price, and so close Montgomery.”

Cedar Point is located in the Little Kowaliga Creek area of the lake, east of Real Island, and across from Trillium. Each of the available lots will include at least 140 feet of sandy shoreline, unhindered lake views, and a choice of customized cottage floor plans. Groundbreaking took place in early July. Individual lots are currently available.

MAGAZINE NAMES CYGNAL EXECUTIVE A REPUBLICAN RISING STAR

MONTGOMERY – A national magazine named Cygnal’s Managing Partner Brent Buchanan a 2015 Republican Rising Star.

Ten Republicans – ranging from pollsters to consultants to party officials – were honored by Campaigns & Elections at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award is given annually to a select few under 35 who are up-and-coming movers-and-shakers in American and international politics.

“Who would have thought that starting out 11 years ago running and winning Reed Ingram and Dimitri Polizos’ County Commission campaigns would lead to receiving a national political award?” Buchanan said in a statement. “Those who have won the Rising Star award in the past have gone on to run presidential campaigns and manage multi-million dollar political firms so it’s an honor to be among many greats in the business.”

Campaigns & Elections has been presenting the Rising Star award since 1988.

SERVPRO HONORS LOCAL FRANCHISE FOR OUTSTANDING REVENUE PERFORMANCE

MONTGOMERY – SERVPRO recognized Brian H. Bowen and Bruce H. Bowen of SERVPRO of Montgomery North with the Heritage Bronze award for outstanding revenue performance.

The awards were presented at the company’s 46th annual convention and a record-setting group of more than 2,700 franchise owners and key employees.

“Winning this award requires a partnership between the dedicated team at SERVPRO of Montgomery North and our franchisor SERVPRO,” Bowen said in a statement. “We contribute by working hard to earn the trust and respect of home and business owners in our community. SERVPRO backs us up by providing us with the tools, training and knowledge to help us maintain our leadership position in our industry. Together, we are ready at a moment’s notice to step in with the highest level of professional assistance when disaster strikes.”

The firm is an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services.

TRUSTMARK RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

JACKSON, Miss. – Trustmark received the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Award, presented by the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR).

The award was given to FSR member companies who demonstrated a commitment to strengthening the communities in which they serve through leadership, voluntarism, monetary contributions and promotion of financial literacy education. Trustmark, along with 22 other FSR member companies, was the recipient of this prestigious award and was recognized during a reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

“At Trustmark, we realize the significance of practicing good corporate citizenship and the added value it brings to all stakeholders involved,” Trustmark CEO Jerry Host

WHITFIELD FOODS RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FROM PEPSICO

MONTGOMERY – Whitfield Foods won a national award from PepsiCo for the second time in four years.

The award was PepsiCo Contract Manufacturer of the Year. There are 60-plus contract partners across the country.

“The truth of the matter is, you can’t rest on your laurels,” Whitfield Foods CEO Les Massey told the Montgomery Advertiser. The company packages various products for PepsiCo including Lipton, Dole, Tropicana, Gatorade and Sobe. The company also manufactures Alaga Syrup. said in a statement.

YMCA OF GREATER MONTGOMERY RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT

MONTGOMERY – The YMCA of Greater Montgomery received a $25,000 grant from Hyundai Motor America to support its Power Scholars Academy for Summer 2015.

The program, in its second year, is designed to curb summer learning loss of children living in low-income communities. The summer program is a full-day learning experience that combines academic instruction with hands-on enrichment activities, field trips and service projects. The program is designed to help fourth-graders gain new academic skills and prepare to enter school in the fall ready to excel.

“Research shows that the lack of learning opportunities outside of school and, in particular, during the summer months can cause a dramatic impact on students, especially those from low-income communities,” Gary A. Cobbs, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Montgomery, said in a statement. “Thanks to our new partnership with Hyundai and their generosity, we are able to bring the classroom into the community and the community into the classroom. The Power Scholars Academy’s goal is to make sure our students are ready when school starts to do their very best and excel. Hyundai’s gift will significantly help us reach our goals to produce the next generation of young scholars.”

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