Montgomery Business Journal

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September 2016


MONTGOMERY – The Jackson Clinic continues to grow as it added three physicians and two medical specialties.

Dr. Howard Brazil and Dr. John Williams, both cardiologists, have joined The Jackson Clinic after providing Montgomery residents with heart care for more than 20 years. Their experience includes general cardiology, interventional heart attack care and defibrillator/pacemaker placement. Their office is located on the Jackson Hospital campus at 1758 Park Place, Suite 401. The phone number is (334) 264-9191.

Dr. Richard Salazar, a neurologist, joined The Jackson Clinic from Southern Colorado. In addition to general neurological care, he specializes in stroke treatment and has extensive training in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). His office is located in The Jackson Clinic building on the Jackson Hospital campus at 1801 Pine St., Suite 202. The phone number is (334) 293-8082.

“Expanding The Jackson Clinic to include cardiology and neurology continues our commitment to providing the services needed by patients in Montgomery and the River Region,” Kelin Penney, administrator of The Jackson Clinic, said in a statement. “We offer families comprehensive health care including primary care and a wide range of medical and surgical specialties under one umbrella – all with the convenience of a single electronic health record.”


MONTGOMERY – Welch Hornsby Investment Advisors announced that M. Alan Bishop Jr. has been promoted to investment consultant.

Bishop, who joined the firm in 2010, obtained the chartered financial analyst designation and holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration with a major in corporate finance investment from the University of Alabama. He is a native of Montgomery.

“Alan has a bright future at Welch Hornsby,” President and CEO Edward V. Welch Jr. said in a statement. “Since joining the firm, he has shown a commitment to serving clients at the highest level. With this well-earned advancement, he joins an already talented investment consulting team. Alan represents the caliber of person that adds to our strength as an organization and we are confident he will continue our history of growing talented and committed people at Welch Hornsby.”

Welch Hornsby is a registered investment advisory firm with more than $4 billion in client assets.


MONTGOMERY – Montgomery Antiques & Interiors announced that Andrew Thrash has been named store manager.

He has both a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in business management from Faulkner University. In his position as store manager, Thrash will work with the 22 dealers who showcase their collections at the gallery, which features antiques as well as unique items for interior decorating.

The gallery is located at 1955 Eastern Blvd. For information, call (334) 277-2490 or visit online at


MONTGOMERY – Lindsay Thompson has been named area catering sales manager for Zoës Kitchen after starting out with the company as a hostess.

Thompson, who was born in California, had worked in the restaurant business for 15 years before moving to Prattville.


MONTGOMERY – Jackson Thornton announced two promotions to senior manager and two promotions to manager at its Montgomery office.

Ashley S. Taylor, who joined the firm in 2008, was promoted to senior manager. She specializes in litigation services related to commercial fraud, lost profits and loss of business value. Taylor received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University at Montgomery.

William K. Sheffield was also promoted to senior manager. He joined the firm in 2012 with six years of prior public accounting experience. He specializes in audit and has worked with utilities, municipalities and closely-held businesses. Sheffield has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University.

Derek DuBose and Jenna Roton were both promoted to manager. All four of the employees are certified public accountants.


MONTGOMERY – Health Services Inc. has announced the appointment of Stephanie Hamil as controller.

Hamil, an experienced finance and health care industry professional, brings more than 20 years of knowledge and expertise to the position.

She is a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, where she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Hamil received a master’s degree in business administration from Troy University’s Montgomery campus.

Health Services Inc. provides health care services in pediatric and adult medicine, pediatric and adult dentistry, OB/GYN, and pediatric and adult optometry.


MONTGOMERY – Kaylee Bruce was recently hired as an intern architect for Chambless King Architects.

She received a bachelor of architecture and a bachelor of interior architecture from Auburn University. Bruce spent a semester living in Rome, where she studied architecture and the history of the city. She later spent a summer in Lakeside, Mont., working with a non-profit architecture firm. A native of LaGrange, Ga., she focused her studies on merging architecture and interior architecture in both commercial and residential projects.

She will be working with design teams in developing design and technical solutions for architectural and interior design projects of various building types.

Chambless King Architects is a multi-faceted architectural firm that offers a variety of services related to architecture, interior design, project management, master planning/urban planning, programming and cost management.


MONTGOMERY – Paul Millo recently joined Walker360 after serving as sales manager for a local print and mail company. He held the title of “Top Sales Revenue Generator” for 14 consecutive years at his previous company.

“We’re thrilled to have Paul join our team of excellent sales reps and we’re excited for our clients to work with him during our bustling fall season,” Walker360 President Taylor Blackwell said in a statement.


MONTGOMERY – Matt Anderson has joined Synovus Securities Inc. as a financial consultant at Sterling Bank.

He offers a tailored wealth management approach, including comprehensive financial planning, investment management, legacy wealth planning, retirement planning and estate planning.

Anderson, who joined Synovus/Sterling from Trustmark, also worked previously at Merrill Lynch. He is a Montgomery native and graduate of Auburn University.


MONTGOMERY – MAX Credit Union has promoted Kathy Cobb to vice president of information systems.

She will oversee the management of all activities related to networks, servers, operating systems, voice and data communication and end-user support.

“With the ongoing demands of automation, digitization, cloud computing, collaboration and the need from our customers as well as our team members for access anytime from anywhere, information systems will be the driving force behind it all,” Cobb said in a statement. “We will not only focus on implementing these services, but providing knowledgeable, skilled and innovative technical support.”

Cobb, who has been at MAX for more than 40 years, held a variety of positions, including telecommunications director, technology director and assistant vice president of technology.

“We are very fortunate to have incredible team members who have created life-long careers at MAX,” MAX Chief Information Officer Scott Lindley said in a statement.

“Kathy Cobb is a true picture of someone who is devoted to the organization and is a valuable asset.”


BIRMINGHAM – Pierce Godwin and Allison Moody have joined the Montgomery sales office of Business Interiors Inc. as sales associates.

Godwin, a Montgomery native, graduated with a communications degree from Troy University in 2016. He began his career with Business Interiors during summer and winter holiday breaks while still a college student.

Moody started her career with Business Interiors as a designer after graduation from Auburn University in 1996. She moved to a project/account management position and later began her sales career. She took a leave of absence and returned as a sales associate, serving Southeast Alabama.

Business Interiors is a leading specialized contract furnishings firm with local offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile and Pensacola, Fla.


MONTGOMERY – Scott Lane, a certified public accountant and corporate controller, is the new director of Auburn University at Montgomery’s School of Accountancy in the College of Business.

Lane’s goal is increasing opportunities such as internships, student competitions, conferences and other experiential learning opportunities that will prepare students for their careers.

“The accounting program here is a hidden gem: small class sizes, dedicated faculty, active alumni and involved local firms,” Lane, an associate professor of accounting, said in a statement. “All the things that you need to build a learning community.

“Increasing student contact with alumni and employers is a win for everyone and provides the students with the level of professionalism they need to hit the ground running in their careers,” said Lane, who comes to AUM from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. He received a doctorate in accounting from the University of Kentucky.

He previously worked in public accounting in the Boston area, first as a controller in a startup, then as the controller in an international energy consulting company.


MONTGOMERY– BBVA Compass has named Daniel Paulk as branch retail executive for its relocated downtown Montgomery office.

In his role, Paulk will oversee branch operations and lead the branch team at 60 Commerce St. A native of Montgomery, Paulk graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2005.

“I’m excited to welcome Daniel to the BBVA Compass Montgomery downtown location,” BBVA Compass Montgomery CEO A. Bruce Crawford said in a statement. “As the newest member at 60 Commerce St. in downtown Montgomery, the branch is highly visible for the bank, and I know Daniel, with his deep history in the area, will grow the branch and help it become a vital member of the downtown business district.”

Paulk previously was the branch manager with a regional bank in the Montgomery area, and prior to that worked with New York Life in insurance and investments. He has Series 7 and 63 investment licenses as well as a life/health license.


AUBURN – Machen McChesney announced the promotion of Alan Craft to manager.

He has been with Machen McChesney since 2013 and is a certified public accountant. He works with clients in a number of industries, including credit unions and community banks, employee benefit plans, governmental and nonprofit. His expertise includes accounting, audit, tax and business advisory services for a variety of businesses.

.He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University.

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