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Board of Directors


Lisa Miller, Manager of Communications and Economic Development, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority

Immediate Past Chair:
Paul Carruthers, Senior VP & Regional Community Affairs Manager, Regions Bank

Chair, Development Committee:
Jim Byard, Jr., Byard & Associates, LLC

Chair, Governance Committee:
Jeremy L. Arthur, IOM, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama

Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair:
Paul Kennedy, President, Walker Area Community Foundation

Ernie Cowart, Business Information, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama


Brandon Bias, AICP, Regional and Community Planner, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood

Veronica Crock, President, Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation

Alexander D. Flachsbart, Founder, Opportunity Alabama

Cooper Holmes, Agent, Southeastern Land Group

Nisa Miranda, Director, University of Alabama Center for Economic Development

Rebel Negley, President, Image Strategies, LLC

John L. Thornton, Loan Fund Manager, North Alabama Revolving Loan Fund

Bevin Tomlin, Community Development Manager, Alabama Power Company

Ex Officio Members

Kenneth Boswell, Director, Alabama Dept. of Economic & Community Affairs (ADECA)

Greg Canfield, Director, Alabama Department of Commerce Represented by Eddie Postell, Director of Small Business Advocacy

Lisa Jones, Executive Director Alabama Historical Commission Represented by Clara Nobles, Legislative Liason

Tanya Maloney, Executive Director, Heflin Main Street

Christian Sanford, State Representative, Office of Senator Richard Shelby

Herman Lehman, Montevallo City Clerk

Jo Jo Terry, CTIS, IOM, Digital Marketing Director/Gulf Coast Regional Director, Alabama Tourism Department

Advisory Board Members:

Tim Blair, CCIM, CPM, Principal, Shannon Waltchack

Charles Goodrich, Managing Director of Timberline Venture Investments

Kay Lett, Monroeville Campus Director, Coastal Alabama Community College

Steve Pelham, Associate VP for Economic Development, Auburn University

Tami Reist, President/CEO, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

Charles Simpson, Senior VP, Graham & Co.

Ted vonCannon, Executive Director Jefferson County Economic & Industrial Development Authority


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