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Economic Growth and Expansion

Chair: Al Smith, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa
Vice Chair: Milton Davis, B.L. Harbert International
Vice Chair: Jimmy Lyons, Ala. State Port Auth.
Vice Chair: Bruce McGowin, Hand Arendall
Staff Liaison: Brooks McClendon

The Economic Growth and Expansion Committee focuses on solutions to enhance existing manufacturers’ competitiveness and reach their full economic potential. Transportation and infrastructure issues, economic development related legislation, the Alabama Department of Commerce and other state agencies are the committee’s primary focuses. This committee meets biannually and operates the Port Expansion & Waterways Subcommittee.

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Judith Adams
Vice President, Marketing
Alabama State Port Authority
Mobile, AL

Kim Anderson
Business Development Manager
Action Environmental
Birmingham, AL

Angela Aten
Environmental Manager
WestRock Stevenson Mill
Stevenson, AL

Mark Atkins
Product Manager
Nucor Steel
Tuscaloosa, AL

Brooks Bennett
Project Manager
CDG Engineers & Associates
Dothan, AL

Gregg Bennett
Gadsden CenterDirector
Alabama Technology Network
Gadsden, AL

Jena Berson
Director Business
Retention and Expansion
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Mobile, AL

Taylor Blackwell
President
Walker360
Montgomery, AL

Randy Boone
Manager Engineer
Environmental Services
International Paper
Selma, AL

Britton Bonner
Adams and Reese, LLP
Mobile, AL

Christopher Bontrager
Executive Director
Marengo County Economic Development Authority
Linden, AL

Carol A. Brown
Partner
Southern Strategy Group
Montgomery, AL

Mark Brown
Vice President Business
Retention & Expansion
Birmingham Business Alliance
Birmingham, AL

Patrick Cagle
President
Alabama Coal Association
Montgomery, AL

Mary Margaret Carroll
Associate
Fine Geddie & Associates LLC
Montgomery, AL

Adam Carson
Business Operations Manager
Lockheed Martin
Troy, AL

Chip Caudle
Plant Manager - Tuscaloosa Plant
Southern Ionics, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Alan B. Clark
Chairman of the Board
DSI Security Services
Dothan, AL

Brett Clark
Vice President
Dunn Building Company
Birmingham, AL

Jeff Copeskey
Government Relations Advisor
Southern Region
ExxonMobil Corporation
Baton Rouge, LA

Lance Covan
Chief Executive Officer
Mitternight, Inc.
Satsuma, AL

Steve Crawford
Partner
HRH Metals
Moody, AL

Bobby Tom Crowe
President
R.T. Crowe & Associates
Vestavia, AL

Heather Coleman Davis
President
Heather Davis & Associates
Montgomery, AL

Michael Davis
Balch & Bingham LLP
Birmingham, AL

Milton Davis - Vice Chairman
Director, Business Development
B.L. Harbert International
Birmingham, AL

Pam Dohney
Environmental Manager
WestRock Mahrt Operations
Cottonton, AL

Jerrad Douberly
Vice President of Commerical Sales
Threaded Fasteners, Inc.
Mobile, AL

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John C. Eyster
Managing Manager
Watermark Property Group, LLC
Decatur, AL

Darius Foster
Co-Founder & CEO
H2T Digital Company
Birmingham, AL

Jon Foster
Safety & Environmental Manager
Sabel Steel Service
Montgomery, AL

Steven French
Site Director
Ascend Performance Materials
Decatur, AL

Robert Froese
President
Aronov Insurance, Inc.
Montgomery, AL

Adam George P.E.
Client Manager
TTL, Inc.
Montgomery, AL

Jerry Goldman
Segment Business Manager
Alabama Power Company
Birmingham, AL

Susann Grahs
Controller
Southland Tube
Birmingham, AL

Greg Graves
Vice President
Revere Control Systems, Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Todd Green
President
WKW Erbsloeh North America
Pell City, AL

Allan Gustin
Vice President, Gulf Coast
Dunn Building Company
Saraland, AL

Andrew Hall
Vice President/Managing Director
Lampre USA LLC
Montgomery, AL

Seth Hammett
Vice President, Business Development
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
Montgomery, AL

Blake Hardwich
Special Counsel
Adams and Reese, LLP
Birmingham, AL

Alan Hill
Alabama Productivity Center Director
Alabama Productivity Center
Tuscaloosa, AL

Randy Holland
Environmental Engineer
Georgia-Pacific - Brewton, LLC
Brewton, AL

Lori Huguley, CECD
Director of Economic Development
Opelika Industrial Development Authority
Opelika, AL

Brittney Hull
Legislative & Environmental
Agency Affairs Manager
Packaging Corporation of America
Valdosta, GA

Ritchie Hurt
Manager Business Development
Thompson Engineering
Mobile, AL

James P. Key, Jr.
CPA & Member
Warren Averett LLC
Birmingham, AL

Tina Kicklighter
Public Affairs Manager
Georgia-Pacific, LLC
Perdue Hill, AL

Forrest S. Latta
Partner
Burr & Forman, LLP
Mobile, AL

Curt Lee
Attorney at Law
D. Curt Lee
Jasper, AL

Stephen Little
Business Development
Jim Cooper Construction, Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Clay Loftin
Manager of Governmental Affairs
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Nicholas Loyd
Huntsville Center Director
Alabama Technology Network
Huntsville, AL

James Lyons - Vice Chairman
Director/CEO
Alabama State Port Authority
Mobile, AL

Bruce McGowin - Vice Chairman
Attorney
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLC
Mobile, AL
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Joe Meads
Principal/Owner
Sain Associates
Birmingham, AL

Mason Morris
Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer
Southern States Bank
Birmingham, AL

Philip Piggott
Partner
Starnes Davis Florie LLP
Birmingham, AL

Larkin Radney
Lightfoot, Franklin & White
Birmingham, AL

Chris Ross
CDG Engineers & Associates
Gadsden, AL

Rusty Russell
Partner
Adams and Reese, LLP
Mobile, AL

Stephen Schaaf
CPA & Member
Warren Averett LLC
Birmingham, AL

John Schremser
Regulatory/Legislative Director AL/MS
CenturyLink
Montgomery, AL

Brad Shanks
Environmental Engineer
International Paper
Pine Hill, AL

John Shoulders
Structural Metals Buyer
Austal USA
Mobile, AL

Branch Sinkule
Senior Director, Government
Relations & Industrial Development
Kimberly Clark Corporation
Roswell, GA

Larry Slaton
Sawmill General Manager
WestRock
Phenix City, AL

Al Smith - Chairman
Material Handling Manager
Nucor Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa, AL

Christopher E. Smith
Shareholder
Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC
Huntsville, AL

David Stewart
Partner
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Birmingham, AL

Robin Stone
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Mike Swinson
Director, Economic Development
Spire Alabama, Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Derek Trotter
Government Relations Advisor
Butler Snow LLP
Montgomery, AL

Dwight Turnipseed
Business Development Manager
ATC Group Services
Alabaster, AL

LaVada Varner
Birmingham Center Director
Alabama Technology Network
Birmingham, AL

Paul Vercher
Director of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy
United States Steel
Hoover, AL

David L. Warren, Jr.
Attorney
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash,
Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Birmingham, AL

Michael Williams
President Outokumpu Americas
Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
Calvert, AL

Bridget Wilson
Communications Specialist
Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
Calvert, AL

Russ Wilson
Plant Manager
Indorama Ventures Xylenes and PTA
Decatur, AL

John Wright
Managing Member
Matter Management
Sylvan Springs, AL

Brent Young
VP Sales & Marketing
Rolls Incorporated
Leighton, AL

W. Zack Young
Group Leader
S&ME, Inc.
Huntsville, AL
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