Montgomery Business Journal

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May 2016

ALL AMERICAN AUTO & TIRE OPENS THIRD LOCATION

MONTGOMERY – Don Duncan’s All American Auto & Tire is opening a third location on McGehee Road across from One Center.

The company, which now has seven employees at the new facility including three new positions, also has locations on Bell Road and Madison Avenue.

Owner Don Duncan said he opened the new facility because of the transformation in the area thanks to new schools, fire station and police station. The Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies is scheduled to open in the fall and Loveless Academy Magnet Program High is expected to open in 2017.

“That kind of revitalization and investment brings renewed energy and excitement for the future of this part of town and we wanted to be a part of that moving forward,” Duncan said in a statement.

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MONTGOMERY CELEBRATES 90TH ANNIVERSARY

MONTGOMERY – Ninety years ago, a group of committed, like-minded Montgomery women organized the Junior League of Montgomery (JLM).

Led by founding President Lillie Lee Minier, these 10 young women laid the foundation of community service and voluntarism that now defines the organization. Over the past nine decades, JLM has donated millions of volunteer hours and millions of dollars to causes and organizations that work directly to improve and enhance the quality of life for families in the River Region.

The Junior League of Montgomery was scheduled in early April to commemorate this significant milestone in its history with an evening of celebration and reflection at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center. The 90th anniversary celebration was scheduled to include special guests Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education Jeana Ross and Impact America Founder Stephen Black.

“While so much has changed since the Junior League of Montgomery’s founding in 1926, the deep commitment of our members to serving others has remained constant,” JLM President Kimberly Baker said in a statement. “It is our responsibility to continue the legacy begun nearly a century ago into the future. We are looking forward to many, many more years to come.”

The Junior League of Montgomery is composed of nearly 800 members, who donate approximately 20,000 hours of volunteer services annually. The organization’s annual fundraisers have totaled more than $1 million in the last 10 years alone.

FINANCIAL ADVISER RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS MEMBERSHIP

MONTGOMERY – Financial adviser and branch manager Robert Broach was recently named a member of the Raymond James 2016 executive council.

Executive council honors are presented only to those financial advisers and branch managers who have demonstrated an extremely high level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.

Broach, who joined Raymond James in 2011, has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Parsons Broach Financial Services offers a wide range of services from portfolio consulting and retirement income planning to corporate retirement plans and trust services.

SERVISFIRST BANCSHARES RECEIVES RAYMOND JAMES AWARD

BIRMINGHAM – ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. has received the 2015 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup, which recognizes the top 10 percent of community banks. The company has also been added to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index to replace National Penn Bancshares Inc.

The S&P SmallCap 600 Index, which was introduced in 1994, measures the performance of 600 small-size companies in the United States with market caps in the range of $400 million to $1.8 billion.

ServisFirst Bancshares ranked second out of 301 community banks nationwide that are exchange-traded domestic banks with assets between $500 million and $10 billion through Dec. 31, 2015. Each bank’s performance was judged by various metrics regarding profitability, operational efficiency and the balance sheet. The six financial performance and stability measures include nonperforming assets to loans and real estate owned; five-year average core deposit percentage; net interest margin; efficiency ratio; return on average assets; and return on average tangible common equity.

ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc., with its subsidiary ServisFirst Bank, is a full service professional business bank headquartered in Birmingham, with offices across the Southeast including Montgomery.

HARTZELL ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES INTRODUCES PM-SERIES STARTER

MONTGOMERY – Hartzell Engine Technologies announced that the company has introduced the newest member of its popular PM-Series starter family.

Some of the advantages of the new PM-Series starter are:

Large, high-torque permanent magnet motor providing high-speed cranking performance.

Low in-rush current draw, which puts less strain on the battery.

Excellent cooling characteristics for a high-duty cycle.

Direct drive so there is no need for a complex gear reduction system.

FAA-PMA approved for use on six-cylinder Continental engines.

Available in both 12- and 24-volt models. 

“Continental has expressed growing interest in this new PM-Series starter as a lighter-weight alternative to the standard Energizer style they have been using on their six-cylinder engines,” Hartzell Engine Technologies President Mike Disbrow said in a statement. “This new starter is a mid-weight. It’s over three and a half pounds lighter than the Energizer style starter it replaces, but its new-generation components enable it to deliver performance on par with the benchmark Energizer.”

The 12-volt and 24-volt models list for $1,599 and come with a 24-month or 1,000-hour warranty – whichever comes first.

POLITICAL CONSULTANT NAMED TO ‘BEST UNDER 40’ LIST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Association of Political Consultants announced that Cory Brown is among the 40 “best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old” for 2016.

Brown, vice president for Data & Strategy at Cygnal, is one of 17 Republicans nationally that made the list.

“Being recognized by the top political consulting association in the country is a real honor,” Brown said in a statement. “My fellow “40 Under 40” winners include many of the industry’s brightest minds. It means a lot to share in this award with such a talented group of consultants, pollsters and campaign professionals.”

Only 17 Republicans, 17 Democrats, and 6 nonpartisan operatives in the country were named to this exclusive “40 Under 40” winners list. Award winners were graded on a 40-point scale by their peers and selected for extraordinary achievements in politics and public affairs. Hundreds of submissions were made this year with only a small percentage selected.

“I’ve known for years that Cory is top talent, so I’m glad to see him get the national recognition he deserves,” Cygnal Managing Partner Brent Buchanan said in a statement.  “His commitment has not gone unnoticed by our firm or our clients. Cory’s leadership and expertise gives our clients the ability to harness and apply data and research, which is usually the difference between winning and losing.”

ALFA AGENT RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

MONTGOMERY – Alfa Insurance® Agent Billy Bradford of Montgomery received the Distinguished Service Award – Silver Level for 2015 during the company’s annual awards ceremony in Birmingham. The ceremony, held Feb. 23 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, recognized Alfa’s best agents and managers for dedicated work and commitment to policyholders.

Bradford, a University of Alabama alumnus, has served as an agent with the company since 1990. He specializes in health insurance with emphasis on the new Affordable Care Act for individuals and businesses. His office is located at 4331 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery.

Alfa and its affiliates provide insurance and other financial services to customers in 11 states. For more information, visit AlfaIns.com.

HEALTH SERVICES INC. RECEIVES $90,000 GRANT

MONTGOMERY – Health Services Inc. received a $90,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored through the American Cancer Society.

The grant is to increase community education and awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) and the use of the HPV vaccine to prevent most cervical cancers. The organization is one of 30 federally qualified health centers to receive the $90,000 grant.

TWO GOODWYN, MILLS AND CAWOOD  EMPLOYEES RECEIVE CERTIFICATION

MONTGOMERY – Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. environmental division employees Rob Carlton and Jof Mehaffey were recently awarded the title of qualified airport wildlife biologist through the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The title was awarded following successful completion of the requirements, which included obtaining certain education, training and experience to perform wildlife hazard assessments; wildlife hazard management plans; and wildlife hazard management training at FAA airports. 

Carlton and Mehaffey have been working to achieve the certification for three years. They completed their first two wildlife hazard assessments for the Montgomery Regional Airport and the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center as part of the mentorship requirements.

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