Montgomery Business Journal

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October 2016


MONTGOMERY – Hope Inspired Ministries recently announced the promotion of Kirk Ingram as site director for the new Birmingham campus and Elizabeth Richards as the director of marketing.

Ingram started as an instructor six months ago and was asked to be the Birmingham site director to help launch the new campus in January. He will be an integral part of preparing and launching the Birmingham location in addition to being responsible for business development, fundraising and running the day-to-day operations at the site.

Richards began her career with Hope Inspired Ministries as the retention coordinator. She worked with graduates from the organization as well as assisted in businesses development and placing students in internships. In her new role, Richards will be in charge of marketing, public relations, business development, social media, fundraising and coordinating all events. She is based in Montgomery.

“When working with Kirk and Elizabeth, I saw their gifts and abilities were underutilized in their previous positions and wanted to bring them into positions where they could excel and help continue to grow our organization,” Executive Director Michael Coleman said in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence they will be successful in these roles and bring a new dynamic that this organization needs to go to the next level.”

Hope Inspired Ministries is a faith-based nonprofit that serves low-skilled, poorly educated and chronically unemployed men and women by preparing them to obtain and maintain employment.


MONTGOMERY – Bonnee Bailey, Scott Grier and Jason Westbrook have been admitted as partners at the certified public accounting firm of Aldridge, Borden & Co.

Bailey, who joined the firm in January 1997, practices in the taxation department where she serves clients in individual, partnership and corporate taxation, traditional accounting/attestation services and business valuation primarily for estate and gift transactions areas.

Grier practices in the assurance services group. A member of the firm since 1998, he provides assurance, tax and consulting services to highway and bridge contractors, general and electrical contractors and homebuilders. He also assists contractors with licensing and prequalification in multiple states across the Southeast. 

Westbrook practices in both the firm’s consulting and assurance areas.  He provides a diverse range of consulting services not limited to business valuations, economic damage analysis, financial record analysis, etc. He provides assurance and taxation services to clients in the construction, banking, not-for-profit and associations, and retail and wholesale distribution industries.

All three are certified public accountants.

Melissa Hill and Kacie McCloud have been promoted to the position of senior accountant. Hill joined the firm in September 2015 after graduating from Troy University’s Master of Accountancy program. She has primarily worked in the firm’s assurance services group with a focus on not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities.

McCloud joined the firm in September 2014 after graduating from Troy University’s Master of Accountancy program. She serves in the firm’s consulting department, where she assists in a myriad of data analysis projects. 


MONTGOMERY – Welch Hornsby Investment Advisors announced that Hannah Hall has joined the firm as a client service representative.

A native of Montgomery, she has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Auburn University at Montgomery.

“Hannah embodies our ongoing commitment to client service excellence at Welch Hornsby,” Welch Hornsby President and CEO Edward V. Welch Jr. said in a statement. “She is bright, energetic and service minded. Hannah is an exceptional addition to an already talented client services team.”

Welch Hornsby is a registered investment advisory firm founded in 1988. The firm is headquartered in Montgomery with offices in Birmingham and Charlotte, N.C.


MONTGOMERY – Aaron Broach was recently hired as contract administrator for Chambless King Architects.

His responsibilities include comprehensive project document coordination and review to ensure design continuity, code compliance and adherence to office standards. He will report and assist with the review of on-site construction progress and conditions as well as review and interpret plans, specifications and other construction contract documents in the field.  

Broach received a bachelor’s degree in building construction from Auburn University in 2010. While in school, he worked as a construction laborer during the summers, gaining experience performing a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, building layout, light-gauge metal framing, drywall installation and finishing and concrete placement. After graduation he moved back to his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., where he worked as a laborer, superintendent, estimator and project manager over the next three years.

He was hired as a contract administrator in 2013 for a Montgomery-based architecture firm and was placed at a satellite office in Anniston, where he managed government/military projects for the Alabama Army National Guard. His experience includes residential, commercial, governmental and medical projects.

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