Montgomery Business Journal

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Summer 15


MONTGOMERY – An inpatient medical stabilization service for adults with drug, alcohol and related health issues is now at Jackson Hospital through New Vision.

The service accepts adults, 18 or older, who are experiencing addiction and intoxication or are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from certain drugs or alcohol. The program consists of a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization, which typically lasts three to five days. The inpatient stay includes the following aspects: crisis intervention, assessment, pre-screening, admission, stabilization and appropriate discharge planning.

“Jackson Hospital’s new inpatient medical stabilization program is an important service to offer to our community,” Jackson Hospital CEO Joe Riley said in a statement. “We believe our partnership with New Vision will help people take the first step toward breaking the addiction cycle.”

New Vision has a treatment team, which includes a medical director and nursing personnel who utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach in the individualized treatment of each patient.

For information on the service, call New Vision at (334) 293-6774. The service accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most commercial insurance.


MONTGOMERY – Thirty-two high school seniors will enroll in a four-year university or two-year college this year with help from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) scholarship program.

Each of the 32 scholarship recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship for a total of $80,000 awarded in this year’s program through AMEA and its 11 members. AMEA, which has provided scholarship assistance since 1992, received 148 scholarship applications in the 2015 program.

To be eligible for the AMEA scholarship or technical school scholarship, a student’s family must receive electric service from a member’s electric utility and the student must attend an Alabama college or university.

“We take our role as a good corporate citizen seriously,” AMEA President and CEO Fred D. Clark Jr. said in a statement. “That’s why we, along with our members, support education initiatives, like the AMEA scholarship program, that contribute to making our state economically competitive.”


MONTGOMERY – MedConnect Inc., in conjunction with Baptist Health, has announced the incorporation of a new interface into MedConnect’s electronic health record (EHR) product suite.

The new interface electronically transmits laboratory orders in real-time for providers and other health care professionals using the MedConnect EHR v2.3 platform. It eliminates the need to manually fill out paper order requisitions and significantly improves the ability to track submitted orders within the EHR application.

Electronic results of transmitted orders are automatically routed to the health care provider for review. MedConnect and Baptist are also working to extend the interface to eventually allow electronic orders for radiology services in the near future.

“Baptist Health cares for tens of thousands of patients each year in the Central Alabama area,” MedConnect President and CEO Jimmy Chapman said in a statement. “The orders/results interface enables health care practitioners that use the MedConnect EHR in the region the opportunity to better serve their patients’ needs with greater efficiency while saving time, paperwork and money.”


MONTREAL – Cisco recently announced Information Transport Solutions (ITS) as the recipient of the 2015 South Area SLED Partner of the Year award.

The SLED award is presented to the regionally top-performing firm servicing state and local governments and educational institutions. ITS received this year’s award at the 2015 Cisco Partner Summit in Montreal.

“I could not be more proud of our team members for winning this prestigious award,” ITS President Quincy Minor said in a statement. “Our ability to provide first-class services would not be possible without their hard work and dedication.”

The Cisco Partner Summit awards are presented annually to partners providing best-in-class or exemplary service. ITS was selected as the top provider of SLED services among hundreds of Cisco South Area partners, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

“At ITS, we are committed to providing innovative solutions to improve our communities and our schools,” Minor said. “This award is only a small reflection of what we’ve been able to achieve over the course of the last year and what we hope to achieve again in the year to come.”


MONTGOMERY – Two members of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association were big winners at the 2015 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards (AREA) Banquet.

The 2015 AREA Best in Show Award went to WSC Distinctive Builders Inc. for Lake Martin Retreat, a project entered in the category of Whole House Remodel Over $500,000. WSC also won in the categories of Addition under $100,000 and Space Renovation.

Chad Stearns Builder, LLC won the category of Whole House Remodel Under $250,000 for the Lake Martin Project. The project was also a finalist for the Best in Show Award.

The Best in Show winner was selected from among the top five highest scoring entries in this year’s competition.

The Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards, presented by the Home Builders Association of Alabama, were given to remodelers, contractors, kitchen and bath designers and other building professionals who exhibited outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail in projects throughout Alabama. A total of 105 entries representing more than $10 million worth of work was submitted by 33 companies across the state.


MONTGOMERY – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Principal Gibson Vance has been appointed to serve on the plaintiffs steering committee for multidistrict litigation surrounding a massive data breach affecting customers of Community Health Systems Inc.

Community Health Systems Inc. (CHS), admitted data from its affiliated physician practices and clinics was breached in what it terms a “foreign-based cyber-attack” on its computer network. Data taken included patients’ names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and, in some cases, telephone numbers and the names of employers or guarantors. An estimated 4.5 million individuals who obtained services from CHS-affiliated physicians in the last five years may have been affected.

“This is important litigation and I am honored to be a part of the plaintiffs steering committee,” Vance said in a statement.

Community Health Systems is the largest operator of acute-care hospitals in the United States. Its affiliates own, operate or lease 206 hospitals in 29 states with about 31,100 licensed beds.


MONTGOMERY – MAX Credit Union offers consumer education classes to customers as well as the public each quarter.

MAX also provides financial education to customers through a variety of outlets. On, consumers can access the MORE blog, which is updated weekly with financial articles. MAX’s MORE eMagazine is a bi-monthly digital publication that includes financial tips and ways to use MAX’s banking solutions to help achieve financial success. The eMagazine is sent directly to customers’ inboxes bi-monthly. MAX uses its social media outlets — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn — to share financial solutions as well.

As the need for financial education in the community becomes more evident, MAX employees often teach financial education seminars at local organizations.

“At MAX, it’s our priority to prepare our customers and our community for financial success,” D.G. Markwell, MAX senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “It’s important for people of all ages to make good decisions now that will help maximize their financial future. We will continue to be a source of education and solutions for the communities we serve.”


MONTGOMERY – Alabama Ag Credit announced the election of two local farmers to its board of directors. The two are James L. Bassett of Downs and J. Carl Sanders of Brundidge.

The 54-year-old Bassett has been a full-time farmer for 21 years. He is co-owner of Beck’s Turf Inc., a Macon County-based farming operation, where the primary commodities are turf, timber and nursery stock. He is also part owner of Gold Kiwi Group, LLC and Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative Inc. Those two entities were organized for growing and selling kiwi fruit. Bassett is a graduate of the LSU Graduate School of Banking and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Sanders, 60, is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in ag science. He is a full-time farmer with an operation that includes brood cows, peanuts, cotton and corn. He is a director and president of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association; a director of the American Peanut Council; and a member of the Peanut Standards Board. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Alfa Insurance.

The board of directors is responsible for establishing policies, providing strategic direction, and overseeing all major institution functions.

Alabama Ag Credit provides financing for farms, timber and forestry operations, agribusinesses, recreational land and other rural property in 40 counties in southern Alabama. The financing co-op operates offices in Demopolis, Dothan, Enterprise, Gulf Coast, Montgomery, Monroeville, Opelika, Selma and Tuscaloosa.


BIRMINGHAM – ServisFirst Bank announced that it earned investment-grade ratings by the Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA).

KBRA assigned a senior unsecured debt rating of BBB+, a subordinated debt rating of BBB, a short-term rating of K2 and outlook as stable. ServisFirst Bank was assigned a senior deposit rating of A-, a short-term rating of K2 and outlook as stable.

ServisFirst Bank President and CEO Tom Broughton said in a statement, “We attribute these investment-grade ratings to our efficient business model, financial strength, and stability.”

A KBRA press release stated, “The ratings are supported by ServisFirst Bank’s sound financial fundamentals as indicated by the Company’s established market share, experienced management team, exceptional cost culture, as well as positive asset quality and earnings metrics.”

ServisFirst Bank, a subsidiary of ServisFirst Bancshares, is based in Birmingham with branches in Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Dothan, Pensacola, Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta and Charleston, S.C.


ATLANTA – A ribbon cutting was held for the John and Joyce Caddell Building at Georgia Tech.

The Caddells donated $2.5M to renovate and expand the 10,000-square-foot Architecture Annex Building on the campus. The building contains the School of Building Construction and Center for Geographical Information Systems and features technologically advanced classrooms, laboratories, and offices.

John Caddell, is founder and chairman of the board of Caddell Construction Co., which has its headquarters in Montgomery. He is a Georgia Tech alumnus who was previously honored with Georgia Tech’s Alumni Career Achievement Award.

“Joyce and I have always felt a strong obligation to give back to our community,” John Caddell said in a statement. “I can’t think of a more worthy investment in our youth and the future of this country than supporting my alma mater in providing first-class educational facilities to these gifted students.”


MONTGOMERY – Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, announced that the company has received parts manufacturer approval (PMA) for its ASG series of alternators.

The company supplies the ASG series alternators for Cessna original equipment manufacturer (OEM) production and the PMA also provides eligibility to replace older Ford units on a variety of Cessna single and twin-engine aircraft. ASG series alternators are 24 volt and are available with 60- or 95-amp output.

“The Ford units found on many Cessnas built before 1986 are over 30 years old,” Hartzell Engine Technologies President Mike Disbrow said in a statement. “Hartzell, along with other alternator shops have overhauled many of these units multiple times. This PMA will make moving up to our new ASG units a cost-effective alternative to overhauling current alternators.

“While these new ASG alternators are direct form-and-fit replacements for the old 24V Ford units (DOFF10300B and E3FF10300AA), there have been some improvements incorporated to their design and manufacturing.”

He said that both the 95- and 60-amp units have an improved rotor design with more wire turns, improving low-speed performance. Both the units have improved “life enhancements,” he said. Another improvement Hartzell has made to the ASG series alternators has been the use of its resistance bond processing on every rotor.


MONTGOMERY – Lendmark Financial has opened a branch in Montgomery on Atlanta Highway.

The company, which is based in Covington, Ga., has 150-plus branches in 12 states. Michael Gallagher is the branch manager of the Montgomery site located in the Walmart-anchored shopping center.

Lendmark Financial provides personal loans, automotive loans, debt consolidation loans and merchant retails sales financial services.

“We are really looking forward to getting to know the community and serving the financial needs of Montgomery and the surrounding area,” Patrick Jones, assistant vice president for Lendmark, said in a statement. “We truly appreciate the opportunity to bring our products and customer service to the area.”


AUBURN – River Bank & Trust was honored when Auburn University recognized the bank as one of 2015’s “Top Tiger” companies – the fastest-growing companies founded, owned or led by Auburn University alumni.

The “Top Tiger” program is presented by Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business and Business Alabama magazine.

River Bank & Trust was formed and is led by 1985 Auburn University graduate Jimmy Stubbs. The bank, founded in 2006, has grown to be one of the top 20 state-chartered banks based on total assets. River Bank & Trust has offices in Alexander City, Montgomery, Prattville and Wetumpka.

“Being named to the 2015 class of Auburn ‘Top Tigers’ is a proud moment for River Bank and is the result of a great team; a supportive board of directors; and a commitment to always putting our clients’ interests and our communities first,” Stubbs said in a statement.

In addition to the Auburn University alumnus tie, “Top Tiger” candidates must be in business for at least five years; the company’s revenues must be at least $250,000 for the base year of the evaluation period; and the company must operate in a manner consistent with The Auburn Creed. Nominations are evaluated on the basis of year-over-year revenue growth during the program time period. Nearly 300 nominations were submitted for this year’s program.


The Parade of Homes will be three weekends in June with 50-plus homes on display from 22 builders.

The homes, which will be featured June 13-14, June 20-21 and June 27-28, include an All American Home in the Woodland Creek Development in Pike Road. That home was built by members of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association, which sponsors the event.

The Parade of Homes will feature seven homes from five builders at the Central Site at New Park. The event also features Stone Park and The Waters in Pike Road; Sturbridge, The Town of Hampstead, Deer Creek and Breckenridge in Montgomery and The Cove in Wetumpka.

The event will be 1 p.m.-6 p.m. For information, call the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association at (334) 277-7766.


JACKSON, Miss. – Trustmark was honored with the Innovation in Financial Education Award presented by NASDAQ and EverFi.

The award recognizes significant efforts to improve the financial capability of young Americans. Twenty-five financial institutions from across the nation were recognized with this distinction at NASDAQ’s headquarters in New York City.

Honorees were selected based on a set of criteria that included the scale and reach of their financial education initiatives; the duration of their commitment; and unique employee volunteering activities that supplement their programs.

“Trustmark believes it is our responsibility to promote sound, responsible financial management through financial literacy education programs in our schools,” Trustmark CEO Jerry Host said in a statement. “With our commitment to 125 high schools across Mississippi, we are able to achieve our vision of helping young people establish a strong foundation in financial education. We are honored to receive this recognition and are proud to be among the first recipients of this award.”

Trustmark has partnered with EverFi to bring the web-based Trustmark financial scholars program to local students at no cost to schools or taxpayers and has reached numerous students across Mississippi. The course offers six-plus hours of programming on a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings and 401ks. The platform tracks the progress and performance of every student.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mac Papers unveiled a new corporate brand, logo and tagline for the first time in 50 years.

The family-owned company, one of the largest merchant distributors in the Southeast, features four lines of business: paper and print, packaging, facilities support and office products.

“This is an unprecedented time for Mac Papers,” Mac Papers Chairman and CEO Sutton McGehee said in a statement. “Mac Papers now serves its customers with innovative ideas across all four lines of business.”

Don Hoffman is the general manager at the firm’s Montgomery office. The company has 22 locations and 18 retail stores in nine states.


MONTGOMERY – Jet Mobile Oil Change provides a variety of automotive services at locations throughout the River Region.

The company, which opened in January 2012, will not only change oil and filter, but will perform brake work and rotate tires as well as replace the starter and alternator.

“We don’t just sell an oil change, we sell convenience because the customer’s time is valuable,” John E. Toney, owner and operations manager, said in a statement. “Appointments can be scheduled quickly and easily online or with a simple phone call.”

For information, call (334) 300-1815 or visit the company’s website at

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