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JACKSON THORNTON ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, recently announced several promotions within its family of companies. Robert Lang, CPA was promoted to Senior Manager. Lang, who joined the firm in 2008, specializes in audits within the utilities industry. He is a member of the Telergee Audit Committee and is in the Tennessee Society of CPAs. Nic Cofield was promoted to Director of Client Services, Jackson Thornton Technologies (JTT). Cofield joined the firm in 2005 and is responsible for all business development efforts and client service functions within JTT. He holds the Cisco Sales Expert; VMWare Sales Professional; and VMWare Technical Sales Professional certifications. Chris Bell was promoted to Director of Technical Services, Jackson Thornton Technologies (JTT). Bell joined the firm in 2009 with more than 10 years of prior IT experience. He holds the following certifications: Cisco SMB Select Engineer; Microsoft Certified Professional; MxLogics F3 Partner; Virtualization Technical Sales Professional; and Xirrus Certified Wireless Technician. Jackson Thornton also promoted Erica Bailey, CPA, CFE; Eva Spooner, CPA and Laura Williams, CPA to Manager. Jackson Thornton Technologies promoted Adam Swanner to Project Services Manager.

TIDWELL REJOINS MOORE COMPANY REALTY

Four years after leaving Moore Company Realty to work as a project manager at a local firm, Jay Tidwell has returned to Moore as an associate broker. Tidwell, who rejoined the Moore firm August 1, said his primary responsibility will be in the company’s project management division. He maintained relationships with some of his previous Moore clients even when Tidwell worked at Hodges Commercial Real Estate, Warehouse + Logistics. “It’s special to have relationships like that that you maintain and work together to accomplish a job,” said Tidwell, who was born in Montgomery and graduated from Lee High School. He left Hodges because he completed his assigned projects, which included a connector road from Northeast Boulevard to the Wynbrook neighborhood, which reduced driving times for the residents and the distance from the closest fire station. He was also instrumental in the development of North Eastern Boulevard to bring in WOW, Burger King and a Mapco that is scheduled to start construction in January. “We are so fortunate to have Jay come back to the firm,” Moore said. “I’ve known him for a long time and he is a high-quality individual. He will fit in nicely with the team.”

CHRISTOPHER RICHARD JOINS GILPIN GIVHAN

Gilpin Givhan has announced that Chris Richard, former Assistant General Counsel for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, has joined the firm’s Health Care practice group. Richard joins the firm with a focus on health-care providers and suppliers with respect to business, regulatory, compliance and payment issues. “Chris will be a tremendous asset to our Health Care group,” said Davis Smith, Managing Partner. “His depth of experience in the health care arena and his ability to resolve complex legal matters make him a valuable member of our team.”

SETH CAPPER JOINS GILPIN GIVHAN

Gilpin Givhan recently announced that Seth Capper has joined the firm as an associate in the Taxation Practice Group and the Business Organizations & Transactions Practice Group. A recent graduate of the Master of Laws in Taxation program at New York University, Capper will work to structure and administer complex transactions from a tax perspective to fit our clients’ business objectives. “Tax law touches every part of our economy, and our clients across all industries look to us for counsel in this area,” said Davis Smith, Managing Partner. “Seth has a strong analytical mind and a desire to work within different areas of the law. We are thrilled to welcome him to Gilpin Givhan and introduce him to our clients who rely on our firm for this advice.”

SMILEMAKERS WELCOMES NEW DENTIST

SmileMakers Dentistry recently added Josh Mathis, DDS, to its practice. Dr. Mathis will primarily be based out of the practice’s new EastChase location, which is next door to Hobby Lobby and across from Academy Sports and Outdoors. With a dentist father and a dental hygienist mother, Dr. Mathis had early exposure to the many sides of dentistry. He graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Physiology. He then obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Oklahoma.

HILL HILL CARTER HIRES NEW ASSOCIATE

Hill Hill Carter announced the addition of Jordan Speake Jenkins to the firm. Jenkins will be based in Hill Hill Carter’s Montgomery office. As an associate, Jenkins’ practice will include a broad range of civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on insurance defense. Jenkins is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. “We are pleased to have Jordan join our team,” said David Henderson, the Managing Shareholder of Hill Hill Carter. “She has excellent analytical skills and a passionate approach to the practice of law.” Jenkins graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. She received her juris doctorate from Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2013 where she also graduated cum laude.

CLAY COOK TO LEAD RIVER FINANCIAL SERVICES

River Bank & Trust announced that Clay Cook has been hired to lead River Financial Services, Inc., the bank’s division that provides access to investment products and services through Infinex Investments, Inc. Cook is a graduate of Montgomery Academy and earned his B.S. from Washington and Lee University. “I am excited to lead River Financial Services as Vice President and Financial Services Advisor,” said Cook. “My approach is client-centered rather than product-focused. I will give clients the independent, objective financial advice they need for any goal they may have, whether it’s paying for college for their children or securing their own retirement. It’s an honor to serve in this important capacity.”

NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GAS ASSOCIATION BOARD

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) has named Greg Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Gas, as Chairman of the APGA Board of Directors. Henderson was elected during the APGA Annual Meeting in San Francisco for a term of one year. APGA is a national, not-for-profit association representing over 700 publicly owned natural gas distribution systems in 37 states. APGA is the only trade association that solely represents the interests of public natural gas systems at the federal legislative and regulatory level. “APGA is very pleased to have Mr. Henderson as our Chairman as we enter an important time here in Washington. As the APGA Chairman, Mr. Henderson brings the necessary experience and institutional knowledge to deal with the many issues facing local utilities. His leadership ability and knowledge of the natural gas industry will serve our members and industry well,” said APGA President and CEO Bert Kalisch.

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