The List July 2010
An eye for design and a flair for event planning has helped Jackie Gaut, event designer and planner with Dana’s Floral Design and Weddings. Learning from her mother, also a designer, Jackie gained valuable knowledge about how to design and arrange an event of any kind or size, from small ceremonies to extravagant events.
Jackie describes the most rewarding aspect of her profession as shaping the most important moment in a person’s life. When she is not busy helping her customers celebrate milestones in their lives, the event artist can be found teaching event planning classes at Auburn Montgomery, where she attended college, or speaking at bridal expos. Jackie is also a member of the Prattville Chamber of Commerce and Alabama Wedding Event Professionals and has even been featured on several covers of Alabama Weddings magazine in 27 states. Jackie’s support base is her husband Patrick, who has encouraged and motivated her throughout her entire career.
Anna Lowder, co-director of design and development for Hampstead, has worked in Montgomery since 2004, renovating downtown warehouses and developing new stylish communities. Inspired by such influential female figures as Anna Wintour and Carrie Bradshaw, Anna began her career as a print journalist after graduating from Boston University.
She then moved into the field of design in London, where she met husband and partner, Harvi Sahota. Though Anna’s biggest career challenge has been introducing the concept of mixed-use communities to the River Region area, she is thrilled the idea is now being embraced and credits Montgomery with being open to innovative design. Anna loves finishing a project and seeing the positive impact it has on the communities she serves. In her spare time, she can be found at the Ham and High Restaurant in Hampstead or spending time with her husband and their newly born son, Harland.
Suzanna Stinson, marketing director for Allstate Beverage, is making her mark in Montgomery! After graduating from Troy University and moving to Montgomery, Suzanna began her career with Mothers Against Drunk Driving as a state youth coordinator.
An advocate of drinking responsibly, she traveled to schools and colleges to educate them on the dangers of driving under the influence. She then spent four years with the Alabama Trucking association, where she continued to fight for the safety of our streets by leading the Alabama High Watch Program for the state. She trained transportation professionals to spot and report suspicious vehicles/activites. Now with Allstate Beverage, Suzanna is involved in event planning and assisting local foundations and organizations with their fundraising efforts. She is also a member of Emerge Montgomery Event Commitee, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jubilee City Fest Board of Directors.
A passion for design and modern style has helped Harvi Sahota, co-director of design and development for Hampstead, turn old warehouses into urban lofts and build stylish communities. Before moving to our capital city, Harvi lived in London working as a designer and creative director, skilled in painting, photography and creative marketing.
In 2004, the graduate of the Royal College of Art moved to Montgomery to enhance the city through the renovation of downtown warehouses into modern lofts. Since then, Harvi has led the design and development of the 416 acre sustainable community of Hampstead. The development's Eurpoean-inspired architecture and pedestrian-centered design offers Montgomery a new option for healthful living. Inspired by famed Brit soccer manager Brian Clough, Harvi thrives on the opportunity to find creative design solutions, seeing every aspect of community growth as a positive contribution. He is married to co-worker and fellow LIST professional Anna Lowder .
Shannon Davis, graduate research and writing assistant for AUM’s Center for Government and Public Affairs, has centered her career goals on a personal belief that: “Success doesn’t find you. It’s something you have to work to obtain.” After growing up in a military family, Shannon spent her professional career primarily in the medical industry.
Upon graduation from Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in the field, she was employed by Baldwin and Mobile counties as a social worker where she had the opportunity to assist home and clinic patients. She relocated to Baltimore, Md. to work as a pharmaceutical drug representative with Merck and Co., Inc., where she was recognized with the company's highest sales award. After being promoted to Neuroscience Specialty Representative, Shannon left the cold for the Florida sun in West Palm Beach. Recently enrolled at AUM, Shannon has received honors recognition and appointment to the student government association while pursuing a master’s degree.
University of Alabama graduate Victoria Belton moved quickly up the corporate ladder. She began her career as a merchandiser for Parisian in Eastdale mall and was promoted to merchandise assistant at the corporate office in Birmingham after only nine months.
Four months later, she became a product manager assistant for the Sommerset Group, LLC before taking her current position as marketing director of the Montgomery Area Transit System. As the daughter of James Belton, the vice president/marketing manager for Clear Channel Communications, Victoria has always been on the track to success. Learning from the traits and achievements of her father, Victoria didn’t let anything, not even temporary unemployment, stand in the way of her success. When she’s not helping to provide transportation to local citizens, the Montgomery native is contributing to her home town in other ways. The long list of organizations she’s involved in include EMERGE Montgomery, Junior League, American Ad Federation-Montgomery.
It is said that to be a great owner, one should know their business top to bottom. David Gadilhe, local owner of Jim ‘N Nick’s barbeque, began his career with the southern restaurant 16 years ago as a dish washer. As David worked his way up to waiter and eventually became a manager, he learned every dimension of the restaurant until moving to Montgomery in 2004 and becoming a Jim ‘N Nick’s partner.
The success of the restaurant in Montgomery allowed David to open a Jim ‘N Nick’s in Prattville. The restaurant was even featured in New York City in the Big Apple Block Party Barbeque. When David isn’t serving home-cooked southern food, he can be found hunting, fishing, working in the garden or spending time with his wife Trisha and two kids, Callan and Adeline. David gives back to the community by serving on the board of Montgomery Regional Magic Moments and supporting local charities, including Family Guidance Center, Family Promise, the Arthritis Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Becoming an orthodontist took Dr. Alex Schreiber 11 intensive years of post secondary education, but his ultimate goal to care for patients carried him through to his current partnership in Dunn and Schreiber Orthodontics, PC. After graduating from high school in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Alex began his higher education at Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science.
He then attended the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham, where he received his DMD, and after completing his Orthodontic residency, was awarded a Master of Science degree. The Auburn football fanatic met his wife, Dr. Julia Isherwood, while they were both studying at Auburn. Julia is a pediatric dentist in Montgomery, practicing with Dr. Benjamin Cumbus. In 2008, Alex joined Dr. Kendall Dunn as a partner in her private practice. In addition to improving the look and function of his patient’s teeth, Alex is a member of the YMCA Boys Works Committee and he and Julia both support the Montgomery Museum of
While most children change their ideal future job many times growing up, Corporal Kofee Anderson knew in elementary school that he wanted to one day pursue a career in law enforcement and childhood education.
After graduating from Saint Jude High School, Kofee studied elementary education at Alabama State University, where he began his career in law enforcement by becoming a patrol officer for the University’s police department. While there, he was constantly recognized for his outstanding performance and in 2000, he joined the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. It was at the sheriff’s office where Kofee was able to practice his second passion: improving the lives of children by participating in charitable community events. He returned to the classroom in 2001 to teach decision making skills to students and the importance of resisting drug use. When Kofee isn’t protecting the safety of the county or educating children, he is advocating for the improvement of Montgomery.
Auburn University graduate Chase Chambliss began his career with Whitney Bank right out of college. As a business banker for the Prattville and Montgomery markets, he is responsible for cultivating and maintaining banking relationships in Prattville. A native to the Montgomery area, Chase is an avid supporter of the city’s development and expansion.
He is an ambassador for the Prattville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the EMERGE Montgomery Torchbearers Leadership Class II, where he has the opportunity to collaborate with other young professionals to enhance the image of our capital city. The combination of his duties with Whitney Bank and EMERGE give him the unique ability to enhance Montgomery both economically and commercially. In his down time, the newlywed enjoys spending time with his wife, Ann, or being outdoors, whether he’s grilling out, playing golf or hunting. Chase always knew that after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in finance at Auburn, he would return to Montgomery.
Former Iowa Central Community College basketball player Rusty Becker dribbled her way through college to becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. After working with a local rehabilitation center for one year followed by two years of working with the pediatric population, this Alabama State University graduate opened her own pediatric clinic, Excel Rehabilitation, in 2006.
Rusty’s love of helping children and intensive therapy training, along with the keen business sense of her husband Eric, has made Excel Rehabilitation a rousing success. Rusty spends her days instilling hope in her patients and their families and sharing in their joy and achievements. As if running her own clinic isn’t time consuming enough, the mother of three also runs in her free time and has already participated in 10 races this year alone. A life-long athlete, Rusty traded in her basketball for a bat and enjoys playing church league softball. The Chris’ Hot dog fanatic feels blessed to dwell in a great community.