Montgomery Business Journal

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November/December 2016


MONTGOMERY – Tammy McMichael of Sandra Nickel Hat Team has been awarded the prestigious certified residential specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists.

She is the sixth and final Realtor in the firm to receive the designation, which makes the company the only real estate brokerage in the city to boast the “all CRS” status.

Members who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate. Only 37,000 Realtors nationwide have received the credential – fewer than 4 percent of all members.

McMichael is a senior buyer specialist with the Hat Team. She has also received the accredited Buyer representative and military relocation professional designations. A former active duty member of the United States Navy, she has practiced real estate for four years.

“My clients deserve nothing but the best representation,” McMichael said in a statement, “and my CRS has taught me negotiation strategies that ensure buyers the best home at the best price and terms.”


MONTGOMERY – Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood CEO Bill Wallace is serving as the 2016 campaign chair for the River Region United Way.

He is joined by River Bank & Trust CEO Jimmy Stubbs, the campaign’s vice chair. They are leading the efforts of the campaign cabinet, a group of volunteer leaders from small and large businesses throughout the River Region.

With a campaign fundraising goal of $4.65 million, the cabinet is assisted by 35 “loaned executives” from area businesses, who reach out to more than 300 companies conducting workplace giving campaigns. The results of the 2016 campaign will be announced in mid-January.

The River Region United Way, which serves Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties, directly impacts nearly 135,000 people every year.


BIRMINGHAM – Warren Averett Technology Group was ranked in the top 150 managed service providers in the world on the MSPmentor 501 ranking.

MSPmentor 501 is the IT channel’s largest and most comprehensive list of leading managed service provider (MSP) organizations worldwide.

To qualify for the 2016 MSP 501 ranking, MSPs were asked to submit applications complete with 2015 financial results as well as revenue verification from a certified financial professional. Warren Averett Technology Group was recognized as the 140th firm in the MSPmentor 501 ranking worldwide.

“We are excited to be recognized on this global list of MSP organizations,” Warren Averett Technology Group President Jason Asbury said in a statement. “We are grateful to our clients and strive to provide the highest level of solutions and service to help our clients thrive.”


MONTGOMERY – Stamp Idea Group produced an award-winning work for the Columbus, Ga., Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Stamp, a Montgomery-based advertising, interactive and media agency, developed a destination marketing action plan where the “Go All Out” campaign was created. The award-winning campaign included website design and development, multiple campaign-specific web landing pages, social media marketing and regional print advertising.

In the first four months of the campaign, traffic to the website increased by 21 percent year-over-year. The economic impact of hotel stays increased 57 percent over the 2016 year-to-date goal with $35.4 million in sales and lodging tax revenue.

“Stamp is thrilled to be a part of this award that honors the Columbus, Ga., CVB,” David Allred, agency partner and operations director for Stamp, said in a statement. “This recognition affirms that Stamp is a leader in innovative tourism initiatives that stimulate leisure and meeting travel in Columbus, Ga., which positively impacts the city’s tax revenue.”

The Southeast Tourism Society judged the winning campaign on research, creativity, demographic targets and strategy and its level of success.

“This recognition is truly special as it represents a dramatic departure for our CVB; an opportunity to rethink how we tell the Columbus story,” Peter Bowden, president and CEO of the Columbus, Ga., Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a statement. “The team members at Stamp took our destination research and used it to help us create and measure success. And in 12 short months the results were phenomenal.”


MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Biscuits will have five Massive MAX fireworks shows next season and 15 MAX fireworks shows.

“The response to the Massive MAX fireworks shows in 2016 was astounding – we’re happy to partner with MAX Credit Union to bring these fan favorite shows back to Montgomery,” Montgomery Biscuits co-owner Sherrie Myers said in a statement.

The Biscuits will also have 2017 promotional dates for Superheroes Night, Star Wars Night, Family Faith Night and Montgomery Advertiser Autograph Day. New food-themed events for 2017 are Southern Food Fest, Crawfish Boil and Thanksgiving Fest.

“We’re excited for our 2017 promotions and hope our fans will be as well,” Biscuits General Manager Scott Trible said in a statement. “We do research to understand our customers’ needs and interests.”


MONTGOMERY – Capell & Howard P.C. has once again been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers, making 2017 the eighth year in a row the firm has received the honor.

The oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report since 2010 to provide law firms nationwide with rankings established by client and peer evaluations. Since 2010, Capell & Howard has been named every year as a “Best Law Firm.”

In the 2017 “Best Law Firms” edition, Capell & Howard was ranked as one of the top law firms in Montgomery, receiving a Metropolitan Tier 1 designation, for 14 practices areas – arbitration, banking and finance litigation, commercial litigation, corporate law, employee benefits law, individuals employment law, management employment law, management labor law, labor and employment litigation, mediation, real estate law, tax law, tax litigation, and trusts and estates law.

The firm also received a Metropolitan Tier 2 ranking for environmental litigation, securities litigation, and trusts and estates litigation, and a Metropolitan Tier 3 ranking for family law.

In August, Best Lawyers listed 17 Capell & Howard attorneys in its 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The attorneys listed were Barbara J. Wells, Bruce J. Downey III, D. Kyle Johnson, Debra D. Spain, Frank H. McFadden, Henry C. Barnett Jr., Henry H. Hutchinson, J. Lister Hubbard, James M. Scott, James N. Walter Jr., K. Palmer Smith, M. Courtney Williams, R. Brooke Lawson III, Robert F. Northcutt, Robert T. Meadows III, Shapard D. Ashley and William D. Coleman.

Four Capell & Howard P.C. attorneys have been listed in the 2016 edition of Super Lawyers while two of the firm’s attorneys have been listed among the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is an esteemed rating service of outstanding U.S. lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Listed in the 2016 edition of Super Lawyers are Capell & Howard shareholders Richard H. Allen (construction litigation); Coleman (alternative dispute resolution); Hubbard (construction litigation); and Walter (alternative dispute resolution). Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Alabama are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this mark of distinction.

Attorneys named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes up-and-coming lawyers, are Capell & Howard shareholders Chad W. Bryan (civil litigation defense) and Patricia R. Osuch (employment and labor law). To be eligible for inclusion in the “Rising Stars” list, an attorney must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of Alabama attorneys receive this honor.


MONTGOMERY – Alabama Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (AAICU) has distributed $36,400 in UPS Scholarships to 14 low-income students at private colleges and universities in the state.

The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C.

Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.5 million in student scholarships this year, which will be distributed through state-based private college associations around the country.

Colleges in Alabama that received UPS Scholarships this year from AAICU include Amridge University, Birmingham-Southern College, Concordia College Alabama, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Judson College, Miles College, Samford University, Soring Hill College, Stillman College, Talladega College, United States Sports Academy, University of Mobile and Tuskegee University.

“Helping to make college affordable for students from underserved populations is a truly critical need in our society and it is rewarding to know that The UPS Foundation is addressing this important issue head-on,” CIC President Richard Ekman said in a statement. “The independent colleges and universities in this country have a remarkable track record in educating and graduating low-income and first-generation students …”


MONTGOMERY – Montgomery Cancer Center captured first place in the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition in the non-health care category.

Determined by public online voting, Montgomery Cancer Center received 3,614 votes, and won a $10,000 donation from Medline to the breast cancer charity of its choice. That charity is the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama. An additional $2,000 was raised for the charity.

Montgomery Cancer Center’s video reflects the organization’s dedication toward public outreach and providing a safe haven for breast cancer patients. The video showed 150 people, including staff and community members, sporting Medline’s pink exam gloves and danced to celebrate hope for a cure for breast cancer as well as honor those who have been affected by the disease.

“Congratulations to Montgomery Cancer Center for putting together such an amazing video that has grabbed the attention of thousands of people from around the country,” Sue MacInnes, chief market solutions officer for Medline, said in a statement.

There were nine winners in the Pink Glove Dance video competition in three categories: large bed, small bed and non-health care.


MONTGOMERY – A busy schedule has been planned at Eastdale Mall featuring photos with Santa through Christmas Eve. Photo packages start at $15 and digital files are also available.

The mall is open 8 p.m.-midnight on Thanksgiving and the first 100 people who line up at the customer service desk will receive a free $10 Eastdale Mall gift card and a free six-piece nugget from Chick-fil-A. Those 18 and older may enter a drawing for a $500 Eastdale Mall gift card, and the winner does not need to be present for the midnight drawing.

The mall will open 7 a.m. for Black Friday and shoppers spending $150 or more between 7 a.m. and noon will receive $25 gift cards.

Two Breakfast with Santa events are scheduled for Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, which benefit Easter Seals of Central Alabama.

Radio station WLWI 92.3 FM and Eastdale Mall are combining for a $2,500 shopping spree. The radio station will tell listeners how to qualify for the shopping spree.

Other holiday events are: Holiday Soiree at 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 15; Cookies and Crafts with Santa at 9 a.m., Dec. 17; and Pet Photos with Santa at 5 p.m.-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in December.

The second annual Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Celebration is set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 31, and highlights include face painting, animals from the Montgomery Zoo, free ice skating, balloon drop from the ceiling and balloon artists.

2016 River Region Ethics and Public Service Award Winners Announced

Montgomery, AL – River Region Ethics and Public Service (RREPS) announced the recipients of the 2016 River Region Ethics and Public Service Awards, Monday, October 17, at the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club.

The luncheon and awards ceremony recognized businesses, organizations and individuals for their community leadership, service and contributions to ethical business practices in the River Region. Awards were given to the following recipients in each of the following categories:

Small Business
Cloverdale Service Center

Medium Business
Balch & Bingham, LLP

Large Business
Caddell Construction Company 

Non-profit Organizations/Public Agencies
Tukabatchee Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Individual Community Leaders
Lynn Beshear 

For a listing of this year’s finalist, please visit

For more information on the River Region Ethics and Public Service Awards, contact Nancy Blount at or (334) 262-7787.

About River Region Ethics:

The River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards is a program of The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. in collaboration with Auburn University at Montgomery’s School of Business and School of Sciences. The purpose of the program is to bring the importance of business and public service ethics to the forefront of communities throughout the River Region and to honor those individuals and companies that practice and believe in good ethics. It is hoped that businesses and agencies throughout the community will aspire to be considered for this award. For more information on the River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards, visit

About The Samaritan Counseling Center:

Founded as a 501(c)3 organization in 1999, The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. provides mental health services, educational programming and consultative services to all in need in the River Region through a wellness-oriented philosophy, emphasizing mind, body, and spirit. For more information about The Samaritan Counseling Center and its services, visit

Copperwing and Neptune Win Best Presentation Award at 3rd Smart Water Summit

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – With a presentation written and designed by Copperwing and delivered by Neptune Technology Group, Neptune received the trophy for Best Overall Boardroom Presentation at the 3rd Annual Smart Water Summit. The summit was held September 7-9 at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 

This marks the second straight year that Copperwing and Neptune have brought home the prestigious water industry award, with this being their third national industry award in less than two years. In June 2015, they won the Gold Award in large exhibit design during the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Best of Show Competition.

This year’s Smart Water Summit presentation theme honored America’s achievements in the recent 2016 Summer Olympics—highlighting the preparation, teamwork, and daily dedication to excellence that Neptune strives to offer its water utility customers as their Most Valued Partner.

“It’s a great honor to receive another award in our collaboration with Neptune,” said Copperwing Managing Partner and Creative Director Angela Stiff. “Together, we’ve established their continuing worldwide presence as a key thought leader in the water industry. It’s no accident that when people think of smart water, they think of Neptune.”

Copperwing is a creative consultancy offering design, digital media and integrated brand management services. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the firm serves local, regional and national clients. For more information, visit

Serving thousands of water utility customers across North America from its Tallassee, Alabama headquarters, Neptune Technology Group develops automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technologies for the water industry. For additional information, visit

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