The List - November/December 2017
As a mother and wife, Angela Allen has found the perfect place to balance both her career and family. Angela serves as the executive officer for the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association and shares three daughters, Ashlee, Kyndall and Haidyn, with her husband, Andy. She says, ͞I can honestly say I love my job! I enjoy going there every single day. I also couldn't ask for better people to work with – our staff is such an awesome group.͟ She thanks each member of the Home Builders Association for his or her mentorship and aid in her career. Born and raised in Montgomery, Angela never sees herself leaving her beloved hometown. She serves on the Cancer Wellness Foundation Young Professionals Board of Directors and the MPACT Advisory Council. In Angela’s free time, she coordinates Eastlake Community Church youth events, watches her children play sports and screams ͞Roll Tide͟ during college football season.
Dr. Candice Cobb
A California native and avid tennis player, Dr. Candice Cobb found herself in Montgomery when her parents relocated to Alabama. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Auburn University Montgomery and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2011 from Life University. After purchasing Health Star Clinic in 2013, Candice serves as clinical director of both the Montgomery and Prattville locations. Her favorite aspect of her job is helping patients who are hurting and discouraged leave her office free of pain. She has successfully transitioned Health Star Clinic to be a multi-disciplinary office, blending traditional and alternative treatments into a method that is rewarding for both the professionals and patients. She attributesher husband, Hammond Cobb, as her biggest support and her St. James United Methodist Church family, specifically her mentor, Ann Pemberton, for influencing her to incorporate Christ-centered goals intoher business model. Candice loves the friendly and inviting feel of Montgomery. She says, “People in Montgomery are very accepting. There is an enthusiasm to help and serve one another here.” Candice and Hammond have two children, 5-year-old Alison and 4-year-old Henry.
A Montgomery native, Amy Daniel is an award-winning travel advisor. She has worked at Alabama World Travel for 20 years and currently serves as the sales manager and senior travel advisor. Amy has won various titles including Travel Agent of the Year and a spot on Travel Agent Magazine’s top 25 Travel Advisors in the U.S. She also has served on the advisory board for Island Magazine. She credits Liz Sutton, her mentor, as having the biggest impact on her success as she helped develop her into a strong, career-minded woman. Amy says, ͞Our world and business are both very different places than they were 20 years ago! I have found that always remaining coachable and always willing to learn new things is key in personal and professional growth.͟ In her spare time, she loves volunteering with her church, St. James United Methodist, doing community outreach projects such as Operation Christmas Child. Amy is married to her husband of 19 years, Stephen Daniel and together they have two daughters, 15-year-old Emily and 11-year-old Caroline. Not surprisingly, her favorite hobby is to travel with watching Alabama football following behind.
Kenneth V. Davis is a graduate of Alabama State University and serves as a financial advisor at Edward Jones. He has more than 16 years of experience in accounting and financial analysis in both the public and private sectors, and he loves what he does. Overcoming the challengesof transitioning from a back-office setting to a sales-dominated profession, Kenneth loves building and cultivating relationships with hisclients. For him, it is all about the people. He says, “I love helping my clients. I’m passionate about finding solutions to help my clients reach their dreams and goals.” His own goals have been impacted by his wife, Sadiqua, and his two sons, Kaden and Kameron, whom he credits to being the main reason he gets up every day. His father, Willie Davis, has had a great influence on his life. He also thanks his mentor, Yvette Smiley-Smith, for showing him professionalism and the ins and outs of running a business. When he is not following his kids through their soccer season and school activities, Kenneth loves playing golf, traveling, and keeping up with Alabama State football and athletics.
Working to better the public education system in Alabama, Allison King is a UniServ director for the Alabama Education Association covering allAutauga County, Elmore County, Chilton County and Tallasee City schools. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Troy University, Allison obtained a master’s in education administration and instructional leadership from Auburn University Montgomery. After eight years in theclassroom, she now advocates for education employees, provides professional development for the schools, assists with policy development and lobbies state legislators. She says, “I am honored and humbled by the great privilege I have to serve the people of the most important profession in America.” Allison feels her faith, parents and teachers have had the greatest impact on her success over the years, affording her leadership and travel opportunities which have taught her the importance of serving others, believing in herself and doing her best. She is a member of First United Methodist Church in Prattville and currently serves on the board of Autauga County’s Troy University Alumni Association and on the Autauga Education Foundation Banquet and Grant committee. After volunteering five years with the Prattville Service League, she is now a league sustainer. Allison is married to Matthew and together they have one son, 5-year-old Carson.
Greyson Lee McGowin, interventional radiologist at Montgomery Radiology Associates, made it through many years of education by staying focused on his goal of becoming a doctor. An Auburn graduate, Greyson attended South Alabama for medical school and did his residency at Baptist Radiology in Birmingham. He then completed a fellowship in interventional radiology at UAB. His parents supported and guided him by instilling the right work ethic from a very young age. He says, “I was shown how procrastination and failure to plan were detriments to my success. My parents showed me how to think long term and to see the whole picture and not just what was right in front of me.” This focus helped him block out the naysayers he encountered on his journey, and now he is able to improve people’s lives through his practice. Greyson truly loves going to work every day and finds it incredibly fulfilling, both personally and professionally, to be able to help a patient recover from chronic pain or other debilitatingillness. He says Montgomery has welcomed him with open arms and his favorite thing about our city is Hampstead, his neighborhood and its sense of community. In his spare time, the avid performance car enthusiast enjoys collecting and racing his vehicles both at home and abroad, as well as water and snow skiing.
Missy Mercer, chef and owner of Tomatinos Pizza and Café Louisa, has a lot of experience in the kitchen. A Montgomery native, Missy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University before receiving a degree in culinary arts from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Before moving back to Alabama, she worked as a line cook at Green’s Restaurant, the most famous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco, sauté chef for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, and as a baking assistant for multiple-time James Beard award recipient Chef Peter Reinhart. Before purchasing Tomatinos and Cafe Louisa in 2004, she worked under her friend and mentor, Judy Martin, at Vintage Year and as a pastry chef at La Jolla. Her parents have had the biggest influence on her success, supporting all her endeavors and encouraging her to follow her dreams. Missy truly loves everything about her job. She has loved expanding the menu and communing withguests, whether over the counter or over coffee. She says, “My favoritething about Montgomery is the Southern hospitality. When you move away you don’t realize that it’s not there until you move back and you experience it again.” Missy is married to Browne Mercer, and they havetwin daughters, Mary Alice and Anne. When she can find the time, she loves attending Pure Barre classes and following Auburn football.
Morris J. Scott
Morris J. Scott is passionate about developing, encouraging and motivating others.Through his workas a key accounts manager atServProanda real estate agent with Partners Realty, Morris is able to do just that. He says, “I look at what I do as an extension of an act ofkindness through information, instructions, enthusiasm, motivation andpassion. My greatest joy is seeing a gleam of hope and fulfillment in the eyes of my clients.” Morris holds a marketing degree from Auburn University Montgomery and has workedas a salesand relationship-buildingprofessional for the past 15 years. He is successful in life because he has discovered his purposeand allows it to direct him. He says his contribution to anyone he meets is to be authentic in all aspects, genuine in communication, and life giving in his approach. He desires to impart change for anyone who crosses his path. Amember of Church of the Highlands, Morris serves as a vocalist and heads up their Vocal Infuse process. He is involved inthe community through The Capital City Kiwanis Club, The Boys Club of America and the Alabama Association of School Boards. He loves that Montgomery is embracing its diverse culture and that light is beginningto shine in the right places. He is married to Tasha M. Scott,and together they have one daughter,Milah. A lover of music, singing and Alabama football, Morris enjoys spending time with family and friends, running,and serving at his church.
If Eric Snitil looks familiar, it’s because he greets you each morning on WSFA with the day’s weather update. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Eric is a graduate of Kent State University. He received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University, and his first job was as a morning meteorologist at KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska. He credits his parents as having the biggest impact on his success. He says, “I owe a lot to them. From the early days as a kid when weather was just a passion to now when it has become a career, they provided me with every opportunity to flourish with whatever path I chose.” People might be surprised to know that Eric can be a bit of an introvert,but his job has helped him come out of his shell, and he is grateful to the people of Montgomery for accepting him into their homes each morning. Eric serves on the board at the Montgomery Humane Society and enjoys volunteering at local school talking about weather with the students. He is married to Katie Snitil, and they have one fur baby, a Siberian husky named Bolt. Eric is a big sports guy who loves rooting for his hometown Cleveland teams and never really outgrew his childhood hobby of collecting baseball cards.
While enrolled at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Cherry Wells discovered her true passion was cosmetology. This led to her attending Virginia College, where she graduated at the top of her class. In the ever-evolving beauty industry, Cherry stays true to her brand and her clients. She attributes her church family and pastor for alot of her business’s success as they have supported her over the past four years. Her husband, Oliver, pushes her to go after her dreams andto do her absolute best. Cherry loves that in her job she is able to accentuate the inner beauty of each and every one of her clients. She says, “It's a proven fact - when you look good, you feel good. Something as simple as hair and makeup can change how people view themselves, ultimately changing their entire life. Beauty is much more than what meets the eye.” Aside from making people look and feel beautiful, Cherry loves cross training and dancing. This past year, she competed in her first obstacle course race and snagged second place in her first bikini competition. Together, Cherry and Oliver have one daughter, 8-month-old Ava-Jade.