The List September/October 2014
Adam Warnke started his event company Lightning Line with hopes of bringing innovative events to Montgomery. His project stemmed from conversations with his friends about the notion that the city needed to do more to attract and retain young people. “We regularly discussed the fact that a lot of talented young people move to Montgomery, but buy into the perception that there is nothing to do or that there aren’t great opportunities and potential here. Really it’s because they didn’t give it a chance,” he says. With the use of Lightning Line, Adam is dedicated to changing that perception by working with the city’s inventive community to bring fresh concepts to Montgomery. Adam partnered with Meg Lewis of the Montgomery Convention and Visitor Bureau and Boyd Stephens of Netelysis for #revolutionMGM, the company’s latest project dedicated to strengthening Montgomery’s technological and creative presence in the South. A Cullman native and an Auburn University graduate, Adam insists that the biggest influence on his success aside from his parents has been his wife, Melissa Johnson of WSFA 12 News. The high school sweethearts dated throughout college and have been married for three years. He explains that her “make it happen” personality motivated him to turn his ideas and passions into reality. Aside from owning Lightning Line, Adam is a chemical engineer and territory manager for Garratt-Callahan and serves on the E.A.T. South Junior Board, TEDx River Region Advisory Board, and St. Paul Lutheran Church Board of Directors. He loves being plugged in to Montgomery’s creative community and enjoys meeting people along the way.
Although Christy Pruitt-Haynes moved to Montgomery only two years ago, she has already left her mark on the city. The Nashville native earned her bachelor’s degree in personnel and labor relations from the University of Maryland as well as a master’s degree in human resources development from Indiana State University. Christy’s resume also includes 21 years of professional experience with organizations like MTV Networks and the NBA where she held leadership roles. After moving to Montgomery, she took on her most recent project as founder and president of CORE Consulting. Christy has experience in developing human capital strategies that improve the bottom line of organizations and credits past obstacles for her strong social and communication skills. “I was typically ‘the only’ in many situations: the only female, the youngest, the only minority. It was sometimes difficult to be ‘the only,’ but it was an honor I took seriously and used to develop a fierce sense of confidence,” she says. She views her role in helping clients as “a great honor and responsibility” as they instill trust in her to shape future careers and companies. Despite her busy schedule, Christy serves on the Board of Directors for Saint James School and supports the school’s marching band as treasurer. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Montgomery’s emerging arts scene with her husband, daughter and niece. This coffee and wine enthusiast also loves entertaining and welcomes more than 50 people to her home once a month for events like barbecues, wine competitions and game nights.
Although Heather Worby was born a California girl, she now happily calls Montgomery her home. Heather grew up in southern California and moved to Alabama in 2000 to attend Auburn University on a swimming scholarship. While at Auburn, Heather was a member of three National Championship teams and won the 200-free individual title in 2003. She went on to compete for a spot on the 2004 United States Olympic swimming team in 2004. Heather says that as a child her parents encouraged her to work hard and set high goals for herself, and it is this attitude that she still follows today and one she credits much of her success to. After graduating in 2005 from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in math education, Heather moved to Montgomery where she began her career as a mortgage originator. Heather admits she was initially nervous about the move to a new city, but also says that competition is one of her strengths and played a key role in her success. She also gives credit to the friendly and inviting attitudes of Montgomery’s citizens, as many of her clients are referrals. Heather loves that her job allows her to assist individuals and couples in finding one a new home, one of the biggest and most important purchase they will ever make, and says it is quite gratifying to share in her clients’ joy when they become homeowners. Heather has found various avenues to give back to the community, including working with Soroptimist International, a professional women’s organization that helps women in need. The group’s fundraising efforts provide for working mothers attempting to go back to school and also offers support to a local teen group home. Heather and her husband Ben have a two-year-old daughter, Ella Reese, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of another daughter in October. In their spare time, they enjoy participating in local events, as well as traveling to the beach, Lake Martin and Atlanta.
Lauren Bishop has been in the business of skincare and beauty for ten years now. After graduating from Huntingdon College in 2003, she attended Skinactics School of Aesthetics in Birmingham, from which she graduated in 2004.
Lauren grew up in Monroeville, Alabama, and gives a great deal of credit to her parents, her husband Jim, and her former employers, Dr. Rick Graves and Kim Williamson, for the success she has achieved. Lauren says the biggest challenge she faced was having the confidence needed to succeed in her career – an obstacle she has overcome by continuously educating herself and gaining knowledge through both product and spa-business training. As the owner and aesthetician at Montgomery Aesthetics MedSpa, Lauren believes she is one of few people who can honestly say they have fun every single day at their job. She credits this to her fabulous employees and loyal clients, and says they all share one thing in common – they each want to look their best and have amazing skincare, and that is exactly what Lauren delivers.
Lauren is involved in His Vessel Ministries, a downtown Montgomery nonprofit, Christian organization that offers teachings for women on how to live a godly life. Within the organization, she also works with a ministry called Watchmen Over the City of Montgomery, which ensures that everyday someone from HVM is praying over the city of Montgomery, as well as other ministries throughout the city, state and nation. Montgomery’s sense of community is Lauren’s favorite thing about the city.
Lauren and Jim have two dogs, Rosemary and Vidalia. In her spare time, Lauren says she enjoys cooking and fine dining.
While attending college in Auburn, Nickole Martel started out as an elementary education major, but like many students soon switched paths and changed her major to marketing. Nickole’s professional career began as a customer service representative for a construction software company, UDA Technologies. She quickly moved up the company ladder and became the Lead Coordinator of the Sales and Marketing team. It was during this time that Nickole discovered her passion for working with clients and in customer service. She moved on to become the fundraising coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Montgomery before accepting her current role as the private events director at the Capital City Club. Nickole says she feels blessed to be in her position at this time as it has allowed her to “watch the club grow and transform right before my eyes, and be able to share all of the exciting changes and improvements with my clients!” She loves being a part of her clients’ memorable moments in life, ranging from anniversary dinners and birthday celebrations to weddings. She also enjoys helping local businesses execute client appreciation dinners, conduct meetings away from their office, or assist with business presentations.
Nickole credits her grandmother, who was raised in France and spent many years as a single mother raising her own two children in the United States, as one of her greatest influences. Nickole says she learned from her grandmother that what may initially look like a problem can actually be an opportunity to face a challenge, overcome it, and better one’s self in the process. In addition to her role at the Capital City Club, Nickole is also actively involved with the Downtown Business Association and the group MGM revolution.
While you may not recognize his face, any long-time resident of Montgomery can surely recognize Rick Hendrick’s voice. For the last 17 years, Rick’s voice has been a ubiquitous presence in Montgomery, whether on 95.1 The Fox, where he serves as program director, or as the PA announcer for the Montgomery Biscuits. Rick has also worked as the PA announcer for various other teams, including the Highland Home football team and the now disbanded Montgomery Wings baseball team, and has filled in at both Crampton Bowl for ASU and high school play-off games and Regions Field for the Birmingham Barons. Rick credits his father as having the most influence on his success. A Southern Baptist Minister, his father always told Rick that his voice was a talent given by God and that Rick should use it in any way possible to glorify him. Rick says he loves connecting with listeners on a daily basis, whether in their cars, at their work desks, or in their backyards. A graduate of Jefferson Davis high school, Rick says his work in the media has allowed him to witness exciting changes that have taken place in Montgomery over the last 17 years. He says he may be biased, but he especially enjoys the Biscuits and what they have done to transform Montgomery’s downtown scene. Rick serves on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, emcees for numerous charity events involving the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Diabetes Association, and hosts a 48-hour toy drive every year with the US Marines Toys for Tots program. Rick has three children and one grandchild, and while not married, is in a relationship. In his spare time, Rick loves to play golf and go to the movie theater, and is an active member of Church of the Highlands.
Sederick D. Fluker has a heart for making a positive impact on our community. In his position as the Executive Director of the Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation (Strategies To Elevate People), a foundation dedicated to spiritually, emotionally and physically elevating those in at-risk communities, he is able to impact hundreds of lives a year.
An Evergreen native, Sederick graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. Sederick believes his relationship with Jesus Christ and the loving support from his family and friends have had the biggest influences on his success, as well as the Montgomery community. A graduate of the Leadership Montgomery class XXVIII, Sederick says “The community has contributed to my success by being an incubator for my growth and development. I have had the opportunity to experience growth through church, college, and career- all by being a part of the fabric of Montgomery.”
Sederick is also author of the book “The Winning Team: A Victory Guide for Total Team Success,” and a musician. He is a pastoral care pastor at Fresh Anointing House of Worship and enjoys family time, writing and playing sports. Sederick is married to Sametta J. Fluker, and they have two daughters, six-year-old Serenity and three-year-old Samiya. His favorite thing about Montgomery is all the historic attractions that contain not just the city’s, but the nation’s, rich history. When he considers that he has been both thrown from a car and struck by lightning, and survived both, Sederick believes that God has plans for him to be here for a while.
An ordained Anglican priest under the Anglican Church in North America, Reverend Travis Warren King is the Assistant to the Rector at ChristchurchXP in Montgomery. An Indianapolis, Indiana native, Travis has seen first-hand the southern hospitality of the Montgomery area. “Although not all may share my faith and beliefs, this community has always been welcoming and encouraging,” he says.
Travis graduated in 2000 from DePauw University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Following his graduation, Travis served in various capacities of the ministry in Indiana and Texas before graduating from Beeson Divinity with a Master of Divinity degree in 2011.
Travis works to build up local programs such as Common Ground, Reality & Truth Ministries, and House to House. As he explains, “They have provided incredible opportunities for our church members to get involved in making a difference in Montgomery.” He also serves the community through The GiG - a program at his church that is committed to volunteerism. It is easy to see his love for Christ and his enthusiasm for making an impact in the community. Travis loves the kind and helpful spirit of Montgomery, the shows at ASF and cheering for the Biscuits.
Travis is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to cook, snowboard and participate in anything outdoors. He recently married Kelly Talbot King and they have two German short-haired pointers.