The List - January/February 2018
For Adrienne Asire, owner of Two MM Advertising, her business is a family affair. Two MM was started by her father, Mark Robbins, more that 30 years ago, and Adrienne has been involved in every aspect from starring in commercials as a three- year-old to helping create media campaigns as a young teenager. Eager to make it on her own after graduating from Huntingdon College, Adrienne worked for several years at Copperwing Design as a media buyer and project manager before owning Two MM. After the passing of her father, Adrienne worried about how she’d be able to handle the business without him. Her husband and mother encouraged her to overcome that fear, and she is motived by her clients. She says, “Our clients encourage me every day that I am more than capable to continue and that I have made my father proud with my success.” Outside of work, Adrienne serves as an advisor to the Chi Omega chapter at Huntingdon and as the secretary of the board of directors for the Friendship Fire Department in Tallasee where she lives. She is married to Brian Asire, and they recently welcomed their daughter, Sarah Grace, this past July. They have two prize-winning Labrador Retrievers named River and Lake.
Emily Churchill Barber
Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Emily Churchill Barber moved to Montgomery when she transferred from Georgia Southern to Auburn University Montgomery to play soccer. She graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in business. Soccer has always been her passion and has been coaching soccer camps since age 14. Before taking a leap of faith to start Barber Elite Soccer, a complete soccer academy for boys and girls, Emily coached for local competitive soccer programs, compiled an 82-9-3 record while coaching varsity soccer at Montgomery Academy and worked as the assist women’s soccer coach at Huntingdon for four years before becoming the head coach for one year. She loves that she gets to serve the youth soccer community through Barber Elite. She says, “Seeing the excitement of the younger kids faces when you walk into the room of daycares, and seeing the sense of accomplishment from the older kids when they achieve a goals is very rewarding.” Emily is married to Allan Barber, and they have three children, Addison, Mayson and Kinsley. She serves on the welcome committee at Vaughn Forest Church and, in her spare time, enjoys exercising, traveling and cake decorating.
A Montgomery native and 2009 Auburn University graduate, Derek DuBose works as a manager at Jackson Thornton in the business valuation and litigation consulting department. His favorite thing about his job is meeting with business owners and finding out what makes their business unique. He and his wife, Luv, are passionate about serving teenagers and are volunteer leaders with Young Life, a national organization that aims to introduce teens to Jesus and help them grow in their faith by meeting them where they are. He says, “The Lord has given my wife and I a heart for teens, and we love spending time with them by going to their sporting events, having club every other week for teens to come to and just being there for them.” Derek has served as the president of the Jackson Thornton Young Professionals and currently serves as the past president on the steering committee. He is also a graduate of the Torchbearers Leadership Class VII. In his spare time, Derek loves spending time with his wife and their golden retriever, Baylor, playing golf, following Auburn sports and attending numerous Montgomery Academy sporting events where his wife is the varsity cheerleading coach.
Dr. Heather Lawson
Heather Amelia Lawson, D.O., received her undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida and her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her family medicine residency in Montgomery in 2010 and has been an emergency room physician ever since. Her artistic side has always drawn her to aesthetic medicine, and this creative spirit led her to continue her education in aesthetics and cosmetic procedures. After losing her stepmother to breast cancer, Heather realized that time is of the essence and found the courage to take the leap into a different realm of medicine. In 2015, she opened Lake Martin Medspa, now known as Lawson Aesthetics & Medspa and in April 2017 added a location in Downtown Montgomery. She finds helping her patients look better, by doing procedures such as correcting scars or post surgical asymmetries, to be very rewarding. She says, “When people feel better about the way they look, it changes the way they react to the world. It is not about vanity, as some people think, it's about being confident and looking the way you feel.” She attributes her family and friends’ influence on her life, as well as her amazing staff, to her success. Heather is married to Tony, and they have one daughter named Abigail.
Whether he is developing software or champions on the golf course, Quincy L. Leonard gives it his all. A 1996 graduate of Alabama A&M University, Quincy works as a senior programmer analyst manager for the state of Alabama, is the founder of LEO Golf Academy and is a US Kids Golf coach and tour director. He has been able to grow the golf game in Montgomery through teaching golf and holding youth golf camps through LEO Golf Academy, US Kids Golf, Therapeutic Recreation Center, Driving Force Tee It Up Fore Kids Clinic, City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation, and Valiant Cross Academy. As if his technology career and golf trainings don’t keep him busy enough, Quincy is also co-owner of Cupcakes by Tish with his wife, Tish Leonard, and serves as a steward pro-tem at St. Paul AME Church. He and Tish have three children, 12-year-old Ahlias, 10-year-old Lauryn Olivia and 7-year-old London. He and his daughter, Lauryn Olivia, were featured live on the Golf Channel when she made it to the 2016 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals. The Leonards were named the Family Guidance Center 2016 Family of the Year.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Ashley Miller graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in apparel merchandising, design and production management. In 2009, she founded Ashley Miller Design, an interior design firm with a focus on customer service and attention to detail. Other than transforming spaces into beautiful havens that are full of contrast and depth, it’s her clients that fuel her passion for this industry. She says, “I try to learn about my clients on a personal level first, to understand their lifestyle and daily needs, before creating any design on their behalf. My ultimate goal is to create a space that is highly functional and authentic to each client’s taste.” Ashley serves on the Junior Executive Board of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Board of Directors for Ascension Day School and is an active member of Junior League of Montgomery. She has donated design services to Valiant Cross Academy to empower their facilities for faculty and scholars. Ashley feels traveling is a huge source of inspiration in her personal and professional lives, and she loves to cook and bake, both as an expression of creativity and for the joy of feeding the people she loves. She is married to Parker, whom she met in college, and together they have a 3-year-old daughter named Sophia.
Guided by her passion to serve others, Heather Paulk’s career has taken her from an early care and education trainer at Family Guidance Center of Alabama to a classroom instructor at Hope Inspired Ministries. She will help HIM fulfill their mission of serving low-skilled, poorly educated and chronically unemployed men and women by preparing them to obtain and maintain employment. She says, “Knowing that I have an opportunity to help men and women grow as individuals and as professionals brings me so much joy.” Overcoming her fear of public speaking, Heather has been able to educate and provide trainings to many child care professionals, a skill that will come in handy as she guides HIM clients to employment. Her favorite aspect of Montgomery is the community, and she loves teaching weekly Bible studies with inner city children, serving on several nonprofit ministry young professional boards, volunteering and remaining active within her church. She attributes her parents as having the biggest influence over her success as they have always been a constant support in her life. Heather is a Rodan+Fields business owner, is obsessed with Crossfit and in her spare time, loves to hunt, cook and follow Auburn football.
Oliver Wells is a man of many talents. He is the owner and head coach of Souled Owt Fitness, founder of Kingdom Fuel meal prep service and a published author and speaker. A 2011 graduate of Stillman College, Oliver holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and has been a certified personal trainer since 2015. His grandfather, A.J. Wells, taught him entrepreneurship, discipline, love and how to properly do a push up. Oliver learned the importance of setting goals from his grandfather, and now he is able to help others achieve their goals as well. He says, “Not only do I have a passion for people, but I also have a passion for the people’s purpose. So the biggest joy about what I do is watching people align their health with their purpose and conquering goals they’ve set for themselves.” Oliver’s church family and his pastor, Bishop Frederick Hardy, were among the first to give him confidence in his ability as a trainer. He loves the friendliness and spirit of the people in Montgomery and spreads the love by offering free fitness and health information classes on Saturday at 9 a.m. in his gym. Oliver is married to Cherrie Wells and together they have one daughter, Ava-Jade.
Bryan Wooden, an Indianapolis native and alumnus of Indiana State University, has nearly two decades of professional experience in corporate and retail sales leadership, event planning and restaurant management. This experience serves him well as the vice president and general manager at Vintage Hospitality Group, which operates Vintage Year and Vintage Café. His father and mother instilled a great work ethic and the value of the golden rule. His family, including his eight nieces and nephews, plays a significant role in his life. He also attributes his success to his business mentor, Julie Hauser-Blanner, whom he learned the importance of building a principle-driven purpose of taking care of the people who work with you and the business would take care of itself. Bryan says, “I’ve been fortunate to form many lifelong relationships in this industry, and it’s amazing to observe many friends and colleagues grow and achieve their individual and personal goals.” He loves Montgomery for its rich culture, Southern hospitality and eagerness to evolve as a rapidly growing capital city. He is involved in the community through his spiritual family at Southside Church of Christ, where he’s been a member since he moved to Alabama in 2002. When he’s not working, Bryan loves seeing and experiencing different parts of the country through travel.