Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Physician, Pulmonary Associates of Mobile
Education B.S. in business administration and premed from Tulane University; M.D. from University of South Alabama College of Medicine; residency in internal medicine at University of South Alabama; fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham
First job Working summers as an orderly at Springhill Medical Center
Best advice ever received Marry her before she realizes she’s too good for you.
Worst advice ever received Any investment advice with some version of the phrase “This time it’s different.”
Your biggest influence Certainly my wife and parents, but there are honestly too many people to name. I would leave out someone very deserving if I tried.
Guilty pleasure ’80s music
Last book you read “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande, M.D.
Hobbies Traveling and boating
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Peter Drucker
Favorite memory from the ’80s
Finally being able to drive when I turned 16 – I’ve chosen to forget the multiple car accidents that closely followed.
Favorite quote “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln
Biggest pet peeve Wasting time
Superpower you’d most like to have
To be able to create more hours in the day
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I’m constantly learning and relearning that I need to be more patient.
President, Virginia College
Education B.A. in history and education from Franciscan University; M.A. in administration from University of Dallas
Best advice ever received As a teacher, I was advised not to smile until Christmas. Otherwise, your students will walk all over you.
Your biggest influence My wife, Gina, has been my biggest influence, my rock and shelter.
Guilty pleasure Rice Krispies Treats
Last book you read “Liberty and Tyranny” by Mark R. Levin
If you had to choose another career, it would be I would own an ice cream parlor on the beach.
Favorite memory from the ’80s The 1986 World Series
Favorite movie “Meet the Fockers”
Biggest pet peeve Bad breath
Superpower you’d most like to have Invisibility
Best Christmas present ever received An Atari game system – another great ’80s memory
Favorite thing about your career Contributing to improving the lives of our students. (Graduation is my favorite career event.)
Kent “Spike” Blackinton
General Manager, Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
Education B.S. in hotel and restaurant management from University of Nevada Las Vegas
Best advice ever received Listen to the people who care about you.
Guilty pleasure Dr Pepper
Last book you read “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews
Hobbies Golf, hiking, beach activities and music
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner John Muir
If you had to choose another career, it would be Professional ski instructor
Favorite memory from the ’80s Big hair
Favorite quote “When you plant ice, you harvest the wind.”
Favorite movie “Apollo 13”
Biggest pet peeve Tailgaters while driving
Ideal retirement age 70
Most embarrassing moment I ran into a houseguest in the middle of the night while I had minimal clothes on.
Favorite thing about your career It changes every day, month and year.
Most memorable childhood TV show “M.A.S.H.”
Executive Director, Lifelines – Family Counseling Center
Education B.S. in psychology and premed from Xavier University in New Orleans; Master’s in community counseling from University of South Alabama
First job Sears telemarketer, selling maintenance agreements
Guilty pleasures Food, wine and girl power novels
Last book you read “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series by Alexander McCall Smith
Hobbies Baking, reading, not killing the plants I try to grow
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Idris Elba or Mario Batali
If you had to choose another career, it would be Food and wine taster or travel journalist
Favorite memories from the ’80s Coca-Cola shirts, neon bracelets, Jellies shoes with socks, and Jamz shorts. Calling in to the radio to request your favorite song.
Favorite quote “We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.” – Marianne Williamson
Favorite movie “When Harry Met Sally”
Biggest pet peeve Dishonesty
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I’m on the constant quest for balance.
Best Christmas present ever received It’s a three-way tie: Atari 5200, a pingpong table and an engagement ring.
Favorite thing about your career Having the opportunity to see people rebound from difficult life issues. Seeing the resilience of the human spirit unfold each day.
Most memorable childhood TV show “Good Times, ” “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World”
Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Yoga Birds
Education B.A. in photography from Montana State University
First job I worked folding T-shirts at the original Margaritaville Store in Key West in 1986. I used all of the money I made to buy tickets to my first Grateful Dead concert.
Your biggest influence In faith, love and family: my grandmother, Mary Loraine “Peets” Buffett. In work ethic: Mick Jagger (I was his personal assistant for awhile in Los Angeles.)
Guilty pleasure I. LOVE. COFFEE. ALL. DAY. LONG.
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner I would love to host a dinner party with Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia and Lowell George – and listen to these songwriters talk about weaving words into the fabric of the most beautiful songs of all time.
If you had to choose another career, it would be I have always wanted to be a backup singer for a rock ‘n’ roll band. Flashy outfits, microphone and a tambourine. Dreamy!
Most embarrassing moment Singing Southern rock karaoke late night (or early morning) in the French Quarter after Widespread Panic at Tipitina’s, circa 1990.
Best Christmas present ever received A year after we married, my husband, Burke Ingraffia, gave me the “12 Days of Christmas” on the Rive Gauche in Paris. We left New Orleans on Christmas Day and stayed in Paris until Twelfth Night. New Year’s Dom Perignon on the oldest bridge in Paris watching the Eiffel Tower light up at midnight – it still feels like a dream.
Jermaine A. Burrell
Council Member, City of Mobile
Education B.S. in electrical engineering from Alabama A&M University; Microsoft Solution Certified Developer
Guilty pleasure My love for power neckties
Hobbies Traveling, exercising (running mostly), cooking, listening to music, fine dining, entertaining and making people smile
If you had to choose another career, it would be In my next life, I would become a motivational speaker.
Favorite memory from the ’80s Attending my first concert at Ladd Stadium in sixth grade and having to cut grass to pay for it. LL Cool J was the headliner.
Superpower you’d most like to have Eradicating poverty throughout the world
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I’d like to have the ability to let things go that truly don’t matter.
Most embarrassing moment In 1994, after hearing loud pops that I initially thought were gunshots, I ran full speed out of a packed movie theater, leaving my date behind. I quickly realized, after being the sole person to flee, that someone had popped firecrackers in the theater because it was the Fourth of July. Everyone pointed and laughed at me as I exited the theater.
Best Christmas present ever received An Acura Integra my sophomore year in college. I couldn’t wait to drive down the block on campus!
Most memorable childhood TV show “Good Times”
Partner, Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, LLP
Education B.S. in accounting from Birmingham-Southern College; J.D. from University of Alabama School of Law; ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking
First job Working collections for my hometown bank
Your biggest influence I’ve always looked up to my father and my grandfather, who was a Marine and fought in several battles during World War II.
Guilty pleasure I’m obsessed with college football.
Last book you read “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis
Hobbies Hunting, fishing and golfing
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Thomas Jefferson
If you had to choose another career, it would be Working in a small-town community bank
Favorite memory from the ’80s Playing Little League Baseball
Favorite movie “The Godfather”
Favorite thing about your career My family operates a small community bank. I specialize in banking law and my practice allows me to work closely with other community bankers and to better understand issues facing the industry.
Partner, Cunningham Bounds
Education B.S. from Auburn University; J.D. from University of Alabama School of Law
First job Lifeguard and swim instructor
Best advice ever received Never quit.
Last book you read “The Fall of the House of Zeus” by Curtis Wilkie
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Ernest Hemingway
If you had to choose another career, it would be I would probably go play for the Saints in the NFL.
Favorite memory from the ’80s Chasing lightning bugs has always ranked pretty high. Although, that trip to Disney World was pretty exciting as well.
Favorite quote “To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Favorite movie I can’t remember the last time I saw something that didn’t involve cartoons and rowdy kids.
Ideal retirement age Not until they kick me out of this place
Superpower you’d most like to have Flying. I could avoid some pretty serious holiday traffic with that one.
Most embarrassing moment Spending 30 minutes on stage in high school with my pants unzipped
Most memorable childhood TV show ”The A-Team”
CoFounder and Principal, The Cooper-Lyon Group, LLC
Education B.A. in international relations from Bucknell University
First job Paper boy at age 12
Best advice ever received Learn something from everyone you meet.
Your biggest influence My 3-year-old son, Kyle. He makes me realize there is more to life than a career or material things.
Guilty pleasure Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
Hobbies Being a husband and dad, watching football, and working in the yard
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Gen. Douglas MacArthur
If you had to choose another career, it would be A chef or restaurateur. I just love good food!
Favorite memory from the ’80s Summers on Lake Champlain
Favorite quote “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” – Robert F. Kennedy
Ideal retirement age I’ve already passed it. No sense in looking back.
Best Christmas present ever received Hopefully a daughter this coming Christmas!
Hallie Hollingsworth Croom
Professional Sales Specialist, Teva Women’s Health Pharmaceuticals
Education B.A. in journalism and English from University of Mississippi; University of Paris, Sorbonne
First job To do anything my daddy told me to. (If you knew my dad, you’d understand.)
Best advice ever received All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.
Worst advice ever received All’s fair in love and war.
Guilty pleasure All of the “Real Housewives” on Bravo. It’s terrible, but I just can’t stop watching!
Last book you read “Change” by Joyce Meyer
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Jesus Christ
Favorite memory from the ’80s Streaming serpentine out of the “back-back” window of my mama’s station wagon with my sister, floating down Fowl River in a black inner tube, and learning to ski behind daddy’s Negus
Favorite movie “The Blind Side”
Biggest pet peeve Unloading the dishwasher
Best Christmas present ever received One last Christmas with my daddy. Thank you, cancer research!
Most memorable childhood TV show “Little House on the Prairie.” People told me I looked like Laura Ingalls as a child.
Manager, Wilkins Miller Hieronymus, LLC
Education Bachelor of Accountancy from University of Mississippi
First job Working retail in a department store
Best advice ever received Do your best, and that’s all you can do.
Worst advice ever received I had a professor tell me I shouldn’t work for a local accounting firm. Boy, was he wrong! I can’t think of anyone I graduated with who is still working at the same place they started at out of college.
Guilty pleasures Peanut Butter M&M’s and Oreo McFlurries
Last book you read It’s been a while since I’ve read a book of my own. Now it’s mostly “Goodnight Moon” and other kids books to my 2-year-old.
If you had to choose another career, it would be Delivering food and supplies boat-side in the Virgin Islands
Favorite quote “It is what it is.”
Biggest pet peeve People who drive like maniacs
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I would enjoy and be good at cooking. Unfortunately, I just like to eat!
Most embarrassing moment I’m pretty clumsy, so any one of the million times I’ve fallen in public
Most memorable childhood TV show “Fraggle Rock”
Wealth Management Advisor and Resident Director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Education B.A. in political science and economics from Rhodes College; St. John’s College, Oxford, England
Best advice ever received Keep your eye on the ball and your head in the game.
Your biggest influence My dad has always been a great role model and is, without question, a great servant leader. He is all about doing the right thing, on time, and serving others.
Guilty pleasure Bacon cheeseburgers and milkshakes
Last book you read “Coming Back Stronger” by Drew Brees
Hobbies Running, biking, tennis and golf
Favorite memory from the ’80s Skating backwards at Sunshine Skate Center on Friday nights
Favorite quote “What we call luck, what we call chance, is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.” – Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness”
Biggest pet peeves Waiting in lines and people who can’t make quick decisions
Ideal retirement age I would like to have the option of retiring when I am 60, but with three girls, I will likely work forever.
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I would like to be 2 inches taller.
Most embarrassing moment I got punched in the face at space camp.
Stacey B. Driskell
Director of Education and Community Outreach, Mobile Opera
Education Studied secondary education with a concentration in piano and voice at University of Mobile
First job Day care assistant the summer between my junior and senior years of high school
Best advice ever received An understanding and tolerance of other ideas and beliefs does not diminish your own.
Worst advice ever received Short, permed hair would look good on you.
Your biggest influence It is not “who” but rather “what.” Music and the performing arts have changed my life and broadened my horizons.
Guilty pleasures Hot tea and reading a magazine from cover to cover. My favorites: InStyle, Oprah and, of course, Mobile Bay.
Last book you read “Half Broken Horses” by Jeannette Walls and “The White Queen” by Philippa Gregory. I tend to read several books at once.
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Carol Burnett
Favorite movie “Bringing Up Baby”
Biggest pet peeve Cell phones at the dinner table and in the theater
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself At 36 years of age, I am pretty comfortable with the skin that I am in – the good and the bad.
Best Christmas present ever received When I was 12 years old, I was given a pair of Guess jeans and a Coca-Cola shirt.
Vice President of Administration and Technology, Long’s Human Resource Services
Education B.S. in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University
First job Temporary receptionist at Long’s
Best advice ever received Remember that people don’t get into the situation they are in overnight.
Worst advice ever received Not to wax my eyebrows
Guilty pleasure Champagne
If you had to choose another career, it would be Buying for Saks Fifth Avenue
Favorite memory from the ’80s ”Thriller”
Favorite movie Toss-up between “Dave” and “Trading Places”
Biggest pet peeve Litter
Superpower you’d most like to have To make another person’s heart whole
Most embarrassing moment Some sort of crab-walk dance I attempted at a wedding in Andalulsia at age 8 or 9. I know my parents love me unconditionally, but if there ever was doubt, that would have been the moment. My father was truly embarassed.
Best Christmas present ever received Jewelry from my husband, of course
Favorite thing about your career Putting people to work. It’s extremely personal.
Most memorable childhood TV show “MacGyver”
Partner, Armbrecht Jackson, LLP
Education B.S. in finance from Auburn University; J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
First job Cutting grass at St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Best advice ever received Associate with successful people, and listen to the voice of experience.
Worst advice ever received “I think you can take that guy in a fight.” (This was prior to having my nose broken.)
Guilty pleasures AMC’s “Mad Men” and just about any show on the History Channel
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner I would skip dinner and have a drink with Winston Churchill.
If you had to choose another career, it would be Playing left field for the Red Sox
Favorite memory from the ’80s Breakfasts at the old Village Inn restaurant
Favorite movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Forrest Gump”
Biggest pet peeve I am easily annoyed with many things associated with mobile phones. Musical ring tones and people talking loudly in public are just a couple.
Superpower you’d most like to have An unlimited supply of energy or the ability to make my children fall asleep on command
Best Christmas present ever received Hands down – Nintendo (NES), with Tecmo Bowl game
Favorite thing about your career My legal practice is devoid of routine, and every matter presents a unique challenge. This keeps me on my toes.
Most memorable childhood TV show NBC Thursday night lineup of “The Cosby Show, ” “Family Ties” and “Cheers”
Torrey M. Garrison
Corporate Director of Safety, Quality and Human Resources, White-Spunner Construction
Education B.S. in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University; Master of Arts in theological studies and chaplaincy from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
First job Loading firewood into heaters at a nursery
Best advice ever received If you look too far into the future, you may miss what is happening today!
Guilty pleasure Weekly Krispy Kreme visits
Hobbies Holding my wife’s bags as she shops
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner King David
If you had to choose another career, it would be I’d be a missionary in Ireland.
Favorite memory from the ’80s When I hit double-digits (10), I thought I had arrived.
Superpower you’d most like to have I like the whole flying thing. Airports are horrible.
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself Finding contentment periodically would be nice.
Most embarrassing moment When I was 25, I made a speech in front of an owner and completely bombed it. Luckily my president bailed me out.
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Mobile
Education B.A. in English and history from Samford University; Master of Theological Studies in Christianity and culture from Harvard Divinity School
First job Mowed yards in our neighborhood
Worst advice ever received Drive without the AC to save gas. It may be true, but in Lower Alabama’s summers, it is a recipe for suffering.
Guilty pleasure Watching Tennessee football and Yankees baseball, hoping both teams will always lose. (I am a University of Kentucky and Boston Red Sox fan.)
Hobbies Golf, reading, college sports and sudoku
If you had to choose another career, it would be Teaching. I enjoy challenging people to stretch their minds.
Favorite memory from the ’80s Watching the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in 1982
Biggest pet peeve Criticism without constructive suggestions
Ideal retirement age When my ministry is more of a burden than a blessing. At this point, I can hardly imagine ever retiring.
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I am still trying to learn how to sit still.
Most embarrassing moment Forgetting how to spell my fiance’s (now my wife’s) last name a few weeks after becoming engaged
City of Mobile Municipal Judge (part-time); Attorney and Counselor at Law City of Mobile; The Law Office of Matt Green, LLC
Education B.A. in history and political science from Louisiana State University; J.D. from Jones School of Law
First job Louisiana State University Press
Guilty pleasure LSU football
Last book you read “Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws” by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Hobbies Reading, researching and writing about local history
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Other than Jesus, probably St. Paul
Favorite memory from the ’80s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” – Reagan at Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987
Favorite quote “Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” – Martin Luther
Favorite movie “Fletch”
Biggest pet peeve Shorts and flip-flops in the courtroom
Superpower you’d most like to have The peace that passes understanding
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself More hair!
Most embarrassing moment Looking up in the video monitor at the grocery store and wondering out loud who the bald guy in the checkout line was – and then figuring it out
Best Christmas present ever received A hug from my wife on the morning of our first Christmas together as husband and wife
Favorite thing about your career Helping others conquer addiction, lack of educaton and unemployment, through court-supervised probation
Most memorable childhood TV show “Unsolved Mysteries”
Mary McIlwain Hadley
Director of Development, Mobile Symphony, Inc.
Education B.A. in public relations from Auburn University; League of American Orchestras Executive Leadership Program
First job Marketing/development assistant, American Cancer Society, Mobile Chapter
Worst advice ever received Go ahead and buy the new house. Homes always increase in value.
Your biggest influence My mother. She instilled in me my love of learning.
Guilty pleasure “Us Weekly”
Last book you read “The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers” with my 4-year-old daughter, Anna
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Elton John. It’s a pipe dream of mine for Elton John to come to Mobile for a mega fundraising event benefiting the Drug Education Council, South Alabama Cares and the Mobile Symphony.
Favorite memory from the ’80s Tent camping up the East Coast to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada, during the summer of ’87 with my mom, dad, brother and sister
Favorite quote “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mohandas Gandhi
Superpower you’d most like to have A mute button to silence any chaos disrupting my peace
Best Christmas present ever received My son Mac in 2009
Most memorable childhood TV show “The Wonder Years”
Business Development Manager, Prism Systems, Inc.
Education B.S. in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University; MBA from University of South Alabama
First job Watering nursery stock for a local landscaper
Best advice ever received Nothing in this world is free.
Last book you read “Good to Great” by Jim Collins
Hobbies Anything athletic: running, softball, weight lifting. Spending time on the water, listening to live music, being outdoors.
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Warren Buffett
If you had to choose another career, it would be Assuming I could hit the cover off a 95-mph fastball, I would be in the big leagues.
Favorite memory from the ’80s Hair bands
Favorite quote “Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.” – Vince Lombardi
Favorite movie “Top Gun”
Biggest pet peeve Shortcuts. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself Be less passionate about the small stuff.
Best Christmas present ever received A DS 80 dirt bike as a kid. Family time as I get older.
Favorite thing about your career The opportunity to learn something new or meet someone different on a daily basis
President and Market Manager for South Alabama, Whitney National Bank
Education B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from University of Alabama
First job Delivery person for an oil company
Best advice ever received Never give up.
Worst advice ever received I try not to remember bad advice.
Guilty pleasure Buffalo wings
Last book you read “Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World Record Largemouth Bass” by Monte Burke
Hobbies Hunting, fishing and scuba diving
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Paul “Bear” Bryant
If you had to choose another career, it would be Farming
Favorite memory from the ’80s Killing my first deer
Favorite movie “Rudy”
Ideal retirement age Now
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I would be a better public speaker.
Most embarrassing moment I boarded the wrong plane one time in Atlanta and had to be paged to leave.
Best Christmas present ever received A trip to Africa
Favorite thing about your career Helping clients and coworkers succeed
Lindsay Rigdon Hutchisson
Public relations and Development Director, MARC
Education B.S. in broadcast journalism and criminal justice from Troy University
First job When I was in high school, I was a trail riding guide at the Dillard House in Dillard, Ga.
Best advice ever received Always behave, because you never know who might know your mother.
Worst advice ever received When I was at the University of Georgia, my stepdad told me to take ecology because it was an easy class. He was wrong.
Your biggest influence My grandmother has been a big influence in my life. She valued education and she herself graduated from UGA in 1938. Perseverance was her greatest quality. I admired her for that.
Guilty pleasure Tiramisu gelato is my favorite thing in the whole world. I get it at Serda’s downtown as often as I can.
Last book you read “Going Rogue” by Sarah Palin
Favorite memory from the ’80s The side ponytail. Some things should not be revisited.
Favorite quote “In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” – Charlie Brown
Favorite movie “Steel Magnolias”
Most embarrassing moment Who can pick just one? I tend to run into things, so I have a large bank of options.
Best Christmas present ever received A few years ago my parents gave me a drawing of my son, Lindon. It was so beautiful it made me cry.
Most memorable childhood TV show “Magnum, P.I.”
Candace D. Johnson
Attorney/Partner, Adams and Reese, LLP
Education B.A. in accounting from University of Alabama; J.D. from University of Alabama School of Law
First job Waitressing at TCBY Yogurt
Best advice ever received Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Your biggest influence My law partners
Guilty pleasure Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Last book you read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
Hobbies I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my daughter.
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner JFK
If you had to choose another career, it would be Medicine
Favorite memory from the ’80s Big hair
Biggest pet peeve Short deadlines
Superpower you’d most like to have Mind reading
Ideal retirement age 38
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I would become a morning person.
Best Christmas present ever received A locket my parents gave me
Favorite thing about your career Working on large, multi-state timberland transactions
Most memorable childhood TV show “Dallas”
President, Heritage Homes
Education B.S. in finance from University of Alabama
First job Cleaning job sites
Best advice ever received Perfect what you do before trying something new.
Guilty pleasure Coffee – only in the morning
Last book you read “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, to my kids
Hobbies Fishing, hunting and tennis
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner George Washington
If you had to choose another career, it would be Retirement
Favorite memory from the ’80s Hunting trips with my dad
Favorite quote “If you wait for the robins, spring will be over.” – Warren Buffett
Favorite movie “Anchorman”
Biggest pet peeve Waiting in line
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself Stop procrastinating
Most memorable childhood TV show “Saved by the Bell”
Producer, Thames, Batré, Mattei, Beville & Ison
Education B.S. in managerial finance from University of Mississippi
First job A summer job with Larson & McGowin when I was 14
Guilty pleasure Ice cream
Last book you read “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss, to my 2-year-old daughter
Hobbies Golf and hunting
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Rudy Giuliani
If you had to choose another career, it would be Golf course design
Favorite quote “Anything worth doing is worth doing right.” – Hunter S. Thompson
Biggest pet peeve Telemarketers
Best Christmas present ever received Watching my daughter open presents at Christmas
Most memorable childhood TV show “MacGyver” or “Saved by the Bell”
Chad C. Marchand
Shareholder, DeLashmet & Marchand, P.C.
Education B.S. in environmental science from Auburn University; J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Best advice ever received Keep it simple.
Worst advice ever received Sleep is overrated.
Your biggest influence My father
Guilty pleasure None, as I don’t believe in regrets.
Hobbies Triathlons, running, cycling, skydiving, backpacking, remodeling, wine making and beer brewing
If you had to choose another career, it would be Winemaking
Favorite quote “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Superpower you’d most like to haveThe ability to stop time
Ideal retirement age I will probably never retire.
Favorite thing about your career The competition
Director, Evening Educational Options Program, Mobile Area Education Foundation
Education B.S. in secondary education and English from University of South Alabama; B.S. in instructional design from University of South Alabama
First job West Telecommunications
Best advice ever received Serving others is the best way of life.
Your biggest influence My mother is my biggest influence. She raised me as a single parent and successfully balanced working with being a mother and father.
Hobbies Christian ministry, singing and tennis
Favorite memory from the ’80s I’m too young to remember the ’80s!
Favorite quote “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Courage faces fear and thereby masters it; cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it. We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite movie “Inception”
Biggest pet peeve Hearing people brush their teeth!
Superpower you’d most like to have The ability to heal those who are sick
No.1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I wish I were a little taller.
Favorite thing about your career I get to turn ideas into reality and serve young people in our community.
Kimberly Williams Pettway
Instructor, Social Work Program, University of South Alabama, College of Arts and Sciences
Education B.S. in psychology from University of Montevallo; Master of Science in criminal justice from University of Alabama; Master of Social Work with concentration on children and family from University of Alabama
First job Concession worker at the “dollar” movies in The Festival Center
Best advice ever received When making life’s decisions, “don’t go chasing fire trucks.” – Dr. John Schriner
Worst advice ever received You don’t have to ask people for anything. If they want you to have it, they’ll offer it to you.
Your biggest influence My mother and father, by far
Guilty pleasure Brach’s Peanut Clusters
Last book you read “Destined to Overcome” by Paul E. Billheimer
Hobbies Fishing, traveling, spending time with family, and watching “Criminal Minds”
If you had to choose another career, it would be Working as a special agent in the FBI Crimes Against Children unit
Favorite memory from the ’80s Dressing like Cyndi Lauper
Favorite movie The orginal “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
Biggest pet peeve People who don’t say what they mean
Superpower you’d most like to have To be able to create multiples of myself.
Favorite thing about your career Advising students and broadening their knowledge bases
Vice President Commercial Sales and Development, Roberts Brothers Commercial & Property Management, Inc.
Education B.S. in accounting from Birmingham Southern College
First job I owned a grass cutting business.
Best advice ever received Remember who you are!
Worst advice ever received It will work out; just trust me.
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Ronald Reagan
Last book you read “Dirt Road Home” by Watt Key
Hobbies Saltwater fishing, golf and triathlons
Favorite memory from the ’80s Reebok Pump basketball shoes
Favorite quote “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford
Biggest pet peeve People who lack enthusiasm
No. 1 thing you’d like to change about yourself I’d like to have the ability to throw the football like Peyton Manning.
Favorite thing about your career Taking a piece of unproductive vacant land and turning it into something that is beneficial to the community
Most memorable childhood TV show ”The Dukes of Hazzard”
Vice President of Association Advancement and Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA of South Alabama
Education B.A. in psychology from University of South Alabama; Master of Science in community counseling from University of
First job Tato Nut Doughnut Shop in Ocean Springs, Miss., age 15. It was an early life lesson in work ethic since I had to be at work by 5 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday through high school.
Worst advice ever received I’ve received some along the way, but thank goodness for common sense!
If you had to choose another career, it would be Owning a small business. I already have my dream location picked out.
Favorite memory from the ’80s A tradition of going to New Orleans the week of my birthday. It began when I was six and continues today with the same friends and family.
Favorite movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Most embarrassing moment It was embarrassing enough the first time – I do not want to relive it by sharing it again! All I can say is that the 2010 Azalea Trail Run results have since been corrected…
Best Christmas present ever received All of the wonderful handmade gifts my children have given me for any and all holidays!
Most memorable childhood TV show Honestly, when I was younger, we didn’t spend a lot of time watching TV. We were always outside playing.
Gynecologic Oncologist, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute
Education B.S. in biological sciences from University of Mississippi; M.D. from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine; obstetrics and gynecology residency and gynecologic oncology fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham
First job Cutting grass in the neighborhood
Your biggest influence Dad. He always had the right balance between family and career.
Guilty pleasure Video games
Last book you read “The Bourne Betrayal” by Eric Van Lustbader
Hobbies Listening to blues, running, coaching Little League, weekend boating activities with the family
Person with whom you’d most like to have dinner Jackie Robinson
If you had to choose another career, it would be Coaching high school football
Biggest pet peeve Having to repeat the same thing twice
Most embarrassing moment During high school, I fell down a flight of stairs in front of hundreds of people during intermission of a play at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.
Favorite thing about your career Although they don’t realize it, I’m motivated daily by the strength, grace and dignity I see in the patients that I care for.
Most memorable childhood TV show “Bugs Bunny”
Assistant Vice President, Business Banking, Regions Bank
Education B.S. in finance from University of Southern Misissippi; MBA in finance from University of Southern Mississippi; ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking
Text by Mallory Boykin, Catherine Dorrough & Stephen Potts