Cullman’s Ben Harrison named to new Leadership Alabama class

Ben Harrison (Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce)

CULLMAN, Ala.Leadership Alabama recently announced its new class for 2020-2021, which includes Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison.

“Leadership Alabama is an organization comprised of our state’s most accomplished and forward-thinking leaders who share a strong commitment in serving the people of Alabama. The outstanding members of Class XXXI continue that legacy. We need strong leadership now more than ever as we push Alabama to live up to its immense potential and offer all of her citizens the opportunity to maximize theirs,” said Leadership Alabama Board Chair Gordon Martin.

The group will come together for its first meeting in January.

“I’m very honored to have been nominated and even considered by that group of people,” said Harrison, referring to the past members who nominated him for the honor. “I’m very excited about this opportunity, about learning more from different areas of the state and especially about meeting new people across Alabama. More than anything, I’m looking forward to developing a great network of people.”

Class XXXI members, reported by Business Alabama’s Alec Harvey, are: 

  • Ryan Austin, EVP & COO, Hoar Program Management, Birmingham
  • Will Barrois, VP & regional manager, Stirling Properties LLC, Mobile
  • Chris Blankenship, commissioner, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Montgomery
  • Tommy Brigham, chairman, ARC Realty, Birmingham
  • Katie Boyd Britt, president & CEO, Business Council of Alabama, Montgomery
  • Kenyen Brown, shareholder, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, Mobile
  • Anna Buckalew, president & CEO, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery
  • Dawn Bulgarella, CFO, UAB Health System, Birmingham
  • Greg Butrus, partner, Balch & Bingham LLP, Birmingham
  • Greg Carnes, dean, UNA’s College of Business, Florence
  • Ronnie Chronister, SVP, Dynetics Inc., Huntsville
  • Brooke Coleman, principal, Daniel and Brooke Coleman Charitable Fund, Birmingham
  • Susan Comensky, VP, Alabama Power Company, Birmingham
  • Allison Black Cornelius, CEO, Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Birmingham
  • Tommy Coshatt, EVP, Alfa Insurance, Auburn
  • Derrick Cunningham, sheriff, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery
  • Mike Daria, superintendent, Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa
  • Cathy DeLaGarza, SVP, Uniti Fiber, Mobile
  • Michael Douglas, superintendent, Decatur City Schools, Decatur
  • Jed Downs, president, Qualico Steel Company Inc., Dothan
  • Trey Echols, president, Highland Associates Inc., Birmingham
  • Rebekah Elgin-Council, SVP & CMO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Chris England, Alabama state representative & chairman, Democratic Party, Tuscaloosa
  • Ed Fields, Senior advisor & chief strategist, City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office, Birmingham
  • Marquis Forge, CEO, MRaine Industries LLC, Autaugaville
  • Brian Gary, Chief robotic/minimally invasive surgery, Jackson Hospital, Montgomery
  • Leigh Grantham, VP, PowerSouth, Andalusia
  • Joe Hampton, president, Spire Alabama, MS & Gulf Coast, Spire Inc., Birmingham
  • Scott Harris, state health officer, Alabama Department of Public Health, Montgomery
  • Ben Harrison, general manager, Cullman Regional Airport, Cullman
  • Sharon Haynes, county extension coordinator, Auburn University – ACES, Rockford
  • Betsy Holloway, VP, CMO & professor of marketing, Samford University, Birmingham
  • Todd Jackson, operations group president, Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, Birmingham
  • Stephanie Kennedy-Mell, proprietor, COO & CMO, Church Street Family, Huntsville
  • Felicia Long, attorney, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black PC, Montgomery
  • C. Love, probate judge, Montgomery County Commission, Montgomery
  • Delbert Madison, SVP, ServisFirst Bank, Montgomery
  • Emily Marks, judge, U.S. Courts, Montgomery
  • Keith Martin, Tribal Council member, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Atmore
  • Scott Mayo, executive director, Cook Museum of Natural Science, Decatur
  • Steve Miley, associate director, NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Scottsboro
  • Anoop Mishra, regional executive & VP, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Birmingham
  • John Montgomery, founder & CEO, BIG Communications, Birmingham
  • Mac Moorer, retired managing partner, Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC, Birmingham
  • Chris Newlin, executive director, National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville
  • Tim Parker, president, Parking Towing Company, Northport
  • Craig Perciavalle, president, Austal, Mobile
  • Russell Pigg, CEO, North Alabama Medical Center, Florence
  • Kelli Powers, President, Decatur Morgan Hospitals, Huntsville Hospital Health System, Decatur
  • James Rane, VP, Great Southern Wood Preserving, Abbeville
  • Amy Rauworth, chief of development & strategic partnerships, Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham
  • Jim Richardson, partner, RSM US LLP, Birmingham
  • Lashunda Scales, president pro-tem commissioner, Jefferson County Commission, Birmingham
  • Tuerk Schlesinger, CEO, AltaPointe Health, Mobile
  • Tasha Scott, owner, Maximized Growth LLC, Montgomery
  • Chad Scroggins, county manager, Shelby County, Columbiana
  • Jack Sharman, partner, Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC, Birmingham
  • Jeb Shell, CFO, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, Mobile
  • Andrea Smith, Birmingham Market CEO, BBVA USA, Birmingham,
  • Bryson Stephens, chairman, EBSCO, Birmingham
  • Renee Story, executive director plant management, GE Appliances, a Haier company, Decatur
  • Hal Taylor, secretary, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Montgomery
  • Chad Tindol, chief administrative officer, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • Will Trapp, SVP, Merrill Lynch, Florence
  • Lynn Troy, CEO, Troy 7 Inc., Huntsville
  • Susan Waldrop, partner, Larimer, Waldrop & Associates, Birmingham
  • Steve Walker, EVP & CFO, Protective Life Corp., Birmingham
  • Bestor Ward, president, Ward Properties Inc., Mobile
  • Karockas Watkins, CEO, Ability Plus Inc., Huntsville
  • Phil Webb, president & owner, Webb Concrete & Building Materials, Heflin
  • Clare Weil, president, C. Weil Enterprises Inc., Montgomery
  • Ray White, office managing member, Warren Averett LLC, Huntsville
  • Ashli Wilkins, VP & Dean, Wallace Community College, Dothan
  • Charlie Williams, president & CEO, Citizens Bank & Trust, Guntersville
  • Elizabeth Winter, SVP, Regions Bank, Tuscaloosa
  • Bob Woodall, president, Bob Woodall Air Care Systems, Dothan

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