Our Team

Board of Directors

  • Jeremy L. Arthur, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (Vice Chair Governance)
  • Tim Blair, Shannon Waltchack*
  • Jim Byard, Byard and Associates, LLC
  • Paul Carruthers, Regions Bank* (Chair)
  • Ernie Cowart, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama*
  • Veronica Crock, Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation
  • Alexander D. Flachsbart, Opportunity Alabama*
  • Charles Goodrich, Timberline Venture Investments*
  • Deon Gordon, TechBirmingham*
  • Cooper Holmes. Alabama Blackbelt Foundation*
  • Paul Kennedy, Walker Area Community Foundation*
  • Wiley Lott, Southeast Alabama Gas District
  • Lisa Miller, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (Secretary)
  • Rebel Negley, Image Strategies, LLC (Chair, Development)
  • Joe A. Sumners, Economic & Community Development Institute
  • John L. Thornton, Riverside Capital, LLC (Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair)
  • Ted vonCannon, Jefferson County Economic & Industrial Development Authority*
  • Larry Watts, Goodwin, Mills, Caywood, Inc*

Ex officio nonvoting members

  • Greg Canfield, Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Lisa Jones, Alabama Historical Commission
  • Christian Sanford, Office of United States Senator Richard Shelby*
  • Shane Smith, Heflin City Clerk*
  • JoJo Terry, Alabama Tourism Department
  • Kay Moore, Downtown Gadsden Inc.*



*Local Main Street Communities


Our Main Streets are places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work and play.