The List November 2009
As founder of Copperwing, one of Montgomery’s leading communication firms, Angela Stiff knows the importance of strategic and creative thinking. Her firm serves local, regional, and national accounts including Neptune Technology Group, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Schreiber, Jackson Thornton and Centro Properties Group.
Angela’s brand-building has been recognized with Communicator Awards, ADDY® awards from the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and the Starr Award from the Montgomery chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA). She has been named three times as Designer of the Year and twice as Copywriter of the Year by the local AAF chapter. A proud graduate of Auburn University, Angela earned a BFA there in Visual Communications. What is the secret to Angela’s impressive success? “I come from a long line of entrepreneurs,” Angela explains. “I grew up dreaming of owning a business and having a passion for my work. My family has supported my aspirations every step of the way.
In this frenetic modern business world, it is essential to know how to network, make contacts, and juggle multiple projects at once. Of course, if you don’t happen to have that skill set, you may want to call Cassandra McCullough. Cassandra is not only a principal partner in the Crosby Drinkard Group, a governmental relations firm, but she is also the CEO of CCI Consultants, LLC, specializing in event planning, fund raising, and marketing.
A graduate of Troy University of Montgomery, Cassandra worked for over a decade within the halls of state government, working for three agencies under the administrations of James, Siegelman and Riley. After 10 years, Cassandra took the relationships she had cultivated and began her consulting business. She now represents governmental agencies, non-profits, community based organizations, colleges and universities as clients. In addition, Cassandra owns an executive office building in the heart of downtown that is designed for start up businesses.
“Think globally, act locally” is a popular axiom, and it’s one lived every day by Christen Price, Income Development Representative for the American Cancer Society. Christen began working for ACS in Birmingham as a Health Initiatives Representative, where she got to work first-hand with cancer patients.
When she moved to Montgomery, Christen transferred into her current position where she raises funds for ACS through the signature fund-raisers, Relay For Life (which raised over $270,000 in Montgomery and Autauga counties last year), and the Jr. Executive Board’s “Bite the Tail off Cancer” Crawfish Boil. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have served in both of these positions,” Christen explains. “I have a true understanding of how the money we raise helps our local cancer patients.” Graduating with a degree in Communications from Auburn in 2006, Christen has since made the most of her time in the River Region. “I love that this job allows me to interact with so many different people."
Getting a congressman and a mayor elected in one town is a tall order, but it is a snap for the 6’8” political consultant, David L. Mowery. President of the Mowery Consulting Group, David has lived and worked throughout the world. He has lived in 18 different cities, including 8 states, and 2 foreign countries.
Getting his degree in Newspaper Journalism from the University of Georgia, David took a job with Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in Washington, DC. That led to a job working on political races in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and New Hampshire. More recently, David worked as Finance Director for the Committee to Re-elect John M. Tyson, Jr , and the campaigns of Sam Jones for Mayor of Mobile, and John Tyson for Attorney General. David parlayed that experience into jobs as Campaign Manager for both Congressman Bobby Bright and Mayor Todd Strange.
With the banking industry recovering from a year of turmoil, Delbert Madison, Vice President of Cash Management at ServisFirst Bank, is one of the success stories that inspire hope. His duties are prodigious; Delbert must identify client needs, propose cash management solutions, manage client-pricing strategies, and present cash management products to keep his clients abreast of all the options available to them.
With a BS degree in Marketing from Alabama State University, Delbert had to be patient to get an opportunity in his chosen field, but it was worth the wait. “The thing I love about my job is having the opportunity to assist my clients with managing their daily cash position by investing their idle monies,” he notes. Asked to attribute the reasons for his success, he lists his parents, Dwight and Katie Madison, as primary influences. He praises his late professor, Mr. Arthur Barnett of ASU, as well. “Mr. Barnett’s training prepared his students academically, mentally, and socially."
JAMI M. LEWIS
No matter what the economy, a perfect hairstyle is always in demand, and no one knows more about finding that ideal coiffure than Jami Lewis, Owner and Master Stylist at Amplify Salon and Spa. Aveda trained since 1996, Jami apprenticed under Robert Miller of Itz Robertz Salon and became a Master Stylist with continuing education in 2001.
In June of 2008, she became the proprietor of her own salon, a definite change from her experience as a stylist. “It’s a scary thing when you have been in this industry for 13 years and have made a name for yourself as a stylist and suddenly find yourself with a different role,” Jami explains. “Having to let go of something that has been a part of me for so long and shift focus to the business aspect has been challenging, yet rewarding.” Locating her new venture in the heart of Old Cloverdale at the A&P Lofts proved a sparkling success. “In our first year of business, the community of Old Cloverdale has embraced us and has supported our business.
A strong and abiding faith in Jesus led Jerrod Dorminey to answer calling he never really imagined for himself: full-time ministry. As Worship Leader at Frazer United Methodist Church, Jerrod leads music for Frazer’s Sunday morning Contemporary worship services and other events.
“I never imagined myself to be a worship leader,” Jerrod notes. “I was in the process of getting a degree in business and owned an interior trim business, so when my wife asked me if I would ever consider being a worship leader I laughed it off…The biggest obstacle for me was completely letting go to what the Lord was calling me to do and having the faith, trust and courage to go into full-time ministry.” Today, Jerrod wants nothing more than to be the “hands and feet” of the Lord. “There is nothing more moving to me than leading a congregation in worship and having the tables turn, where all of the sudden, the passion and energy coming from the congregation just explodes, and I am led in worship by them."
LOGAN DI TURNER
The River Region has always had its own ever-developing style, and the challenge to stay modern yet accessible is what motivates Logan Di Turner, Owner of Amore' Boutique. “I love it when someone walks in the door and just needs a rejuvenating look,” Logan enthuses. “I take them and reinvent their style, and they leave feeling like they were in another place.”
Logan’s path to becoming an eminent local fashionista began while working for her mother, Lee Ann, at Lee Ann’s Interiors for many years, both before and after college. It was with her guidance and encouragement that Logan started up Amore in June 2008. As for the boutique’s growing success, Logan credits the support of the community with helping her through the rough times. “In April, Amore' was temporarily shut down due to an accident that destroyed my part of the building.” Logan recounts. “So many people came to me and offered support throughout the rebuilding process.
The story of Mandy Bagwell, Artist and Owner of M. Bagwell Gallery, is a three-fold triumph—as a famed artist, savvy businesswoman, and devoted mother. In fact, it was the latter demand that inspired the beginnings of her business and artistic achievements. Upon anticipating the birth of her first child, Mandy turned to her paints to create a design for a nursery that was reminiscent of the vibrant designs of her own childhood home.
The response from friends and associates was so enthusiastic that Mandy knew she had found her calling. Over the years, Mandy’s gallery and business have expanded from a dining room studio to a 10,000 square foot warehouse and M.Bagwell products are now being sold in over 1500 stores across the country. Today, her whimsical, radiant designs adorn everything from dinnerware to linens and clothing. A graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Art, Mandy has incorporated these two seemingly disparate elements into all facets.
MICHAEL K. BOWMAN, MD
With health care the preeminent issue on the current political stage, it is good to know that the River Region has the invaluable expertise of physicians like Dr. Michael Bowman. Specializing in Otolaryngology (ENT) Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the good doctor first cultivated his love of helping patients through his exemplary education.
Graduating with a degree in Biology from Dartmouth College before achieving his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. After doing his residency at the University of Alabama, Michael started his practice in Montgomery. “I enjoy the wide variety of challenges that come my way on a regular basis,” he notes when asked what he most enjoys about his practice. “In one day I might see patients ranging in age from few months to 90+ years. Problems may range from relatively minor to life threatening. Surgery provides an opportunity to definitively solve a problem for patients and improve their quality of life.”