Montgomery Business Journal

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April 2016


MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Area Council on Aging received the MAX Community Achievement Award at the 13th annual reception.

Since its founding in 1972, the Montgomery Area Council on Aging, with the help of volunteers, has delivered more than two million meals to seniors. The organization serves 371 meals daily to seniors through its Meals on Wheels program.

Along with the MAX Community Achievement Award, MAX gave the Montgomery Area Council on Aging $2,500 to further support its mission in the River Region.

“We are thankful to have the opportunity to honor and recognize the Montgomery Area Council on Aging,” MAX President and CEO Greg McClellan said in a statement. “MAX’s community reception is an event we look forward to each year because it provides MAX the opportunity to further support and honor organizations that go above and beyond to impact the communities we serve.”

The previous recipients of the MAX Community Achievement Award are Junior League of Montgomery, Central Alabama Sports Commission, EMERGE Montgomery, Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians (MANE), Joy to Life Foundation, Pastor Edward Nettles Sr., Montgomery Biscuits, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, 754th Electronic Systems Group, Joint Forces Headquarters Alabama National Guard, Alabama Wildlife Federation and the Montgomery campus of Troy University.

The MAX community reception brings together business, political and community leaders to celebrate community successes and recognize organizations and individuals who have made a significant difference in the quality of life in central and east Alabama.

“As a volunteer through MAX’s corporate route partnership, I have been able to see first-hand the great work they do for seniors,” Jamie Brown, vice president of relationship development for MAX, said in a statement. “I believe all of the MAX team members who deliver Meals on Wheels would echo that we are thankful to have a small part in the great work that MACOA is doing in the community.”


MONTGOMERY – Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC announced that the company has finalized the asset purchase of C&D Associates Inc.

Michigan-based C&D Associates manufactures a line of branded aircraft cabin combustion heaters as well as FAA-approved PMA parts for Janitrol and South Wind cabin heaters.

“We are very happy to welcome the C&D line of products to the Hartzell Engine Technologies cabin heater family,” Hartzell Engine Technologies President Mike Disbrow said in a statement. “C&D founders Dennis Sandmann and his wife, Cheryl, along with their son and company general manager, Bill Sandmann, have done a fantastic job building an outstanding business and line of products. Our goal is to continue that success.”

Disbrow said that C&D Associates was sold because the company’s founders plan to retire. He also said that Sandmann will be joining HET, initially assisting with the C&D product integration into Hartzell’s heater business unit in Montgomery.

Disbrow said that Hartzell Engine Technologies will continue to produce the C&D line of aircraft combustion cabin heaters in the current factory in Buchanan, Mich., until Hartzell Engine Technologies has FAA PMAs in place.

He said the company plans to hire five people, but that number may be increased.

“The acquisition of the C&D brand is consistent with our strategy of growing our core product lines organically and through acquisition,” Disbrow said. “This is another example of our parent company Tailwind Technologies’ strong commitment to invest in and grow our general aviation portfolio.”


MONTGOMERY – Starke Agency President Trey Starke was recently honored for his ongoing pledge to education, commitment to excellence and dedication to the insurance profession.

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) presented Starke with a formally inscribed certificate for his continued participation in the CIC program. Receiving his CIC designation and maintaining all requirements for 20 years places Starke in the top one percent of all insurance professionals in the country.

“The high standards of leadership maintained by Mr. Starke not only benefits Starke Agency, but the insurance profession as a whole,” Society of CIC President William T. Hold said in a statement.

Starke Agency is an insurance brokerage and risk management company.


MONTGOMERY – Warren Averett audit supervisor Adam Himel has received his certified information systems auditor (CISA) designation.

The CISA designation is a globally recognized certification for information systems audit, control and security professionals. A CISA certification showcases Himel’s audit experience, skills, knowledge and demonstrates his capability to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance and institute controls within the enterprise.

Candidates must complete five years of professional information systems auditing; control or security work experience; and pass the rigorous CISA examination before they can apply for a CISA designation. They must adhere to the Code of Professional Ethics and maintain compliance with the Information Systems Auditing Standards. Designees are also expected to complete 20 contact hours of continuing education each year, in adherence to the Continuing Professional Education Program.

Himel serves as a supervisor in the audit division of Warren Averett, leading teams in auditing financial statements. In addition to his new CISA designation, Himel is also a certified public accountant.


MONTGOMERY – The Mowery Consulting Group won three awards in the Stanley J. Reed Awards for Campaign Excellence by Campaigns & Elections magazine.

The Montgomery company won Best Ad for Mayoral Candidate; Best Web Video for Mayoral Candidate; and Best Automated Phone Call for County, Local, Judicial or Mayoral Candidate. All the awards were for the firm’s Keep Montgomery Strange Campaign to re-elect Mayor Todd Strange.

David Mowery is chairman of the Mowery Consulting Group.


MONTGOMERY – MAX Chief Financial Officer Tim Marquardt was honored with the CU Times’ 2016 Trailblazer Award for CFO of the Year.

The CU Times Trailblazer Awards aim to honor credit union executives, volunteers and financial institutions that promote change by creating and implementing innovative strategies and solutions.

“I am excited and honored to be recognized by CU Times,” Marquardt said in a statement. “I’d like to thank MAX’s board, team members and customers. Without their support, this would not have been possible. Being recognized on a national level is truly indicative of the success of the entire organization.”

Marquardt, who has been CFO since 2012, has raised the standards of customer service and teamwork through employee engagement, process improvement and effectiveness.

“Tim was not afraid to shake things up when he joined the team at MAX,” MAX President and CEO Greg McClellan said in a statement. “In his three years as the CFO, Tim has helped cast a strategic vision and accomplished more than many hope to achieve their entire career.”


MONTGOMERY – Krebs Engineering Inc. has received the American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama 2016 Grand Design Award.

The company won for the “Biosolids Improvements for Energy Recovery” project in Albertville.

The Municipal Utilities Board of Albertville hired Krebs to evaluate biosolids handling and disposal alternatives. Krebs was also asked to develop a cost-effective, long-term solution for controlling solids hauling and disposal costs while also utilizing renewable biogas produced at its wastewater treatment facility.

The project helps to control Albertville’s operating costs by utilizing renewable biogas to eliminate about $275,000 of annual hauling and disposal costs, reducing volume of solids/sludge by 80 percent to 90 percent and producing high-quality biosolids that can be sold and used locally without restrictions as a fertilizer and soil conditioner.

Krebs Engineering has specialized in planning, design, construction administration, and permitting for municipal wastewater, water supply and storm water projects for 90 years in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. 


MONTGOMERY – The NameDropper recently held a special ribbon-cutting to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

The store originally opened in February 1941 as Bronson’s in downtown Montgomery. There have been names changes and different owners over the years. It is located at EastChase and the owners are Shea and Sid Schroll, along with their son Brian and his wife Gina. The Schrolls bought the store in 1984.

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