Advisory Committee Members 2017

Jeremy L. Arthur, IOM

Chamber of Commerce Assoc. of AL

Jeremy L. Arthur is President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA). He serves as the chief administrative executive responsible for the total operation of the organization. In addition, Jeremy is responsible for directing the efforts of a joint agreement known as The Partnership with the Business Council of Alabama (BCA). The BCA and the CCAA, through this unique relationship known as The Partnership, together represent the interests of some one million working Alabamians through its member companies and over 120 local chambers of commerce.

Jimmy Baker

Alabama Community College System

Mr. Jimmy Baker currently serves as acting chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. He earned a BS degree from Troy University and a graduate degree from Auburn University. He has served in Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent roles at the city and county levels and served four years as the State of Alabama’s Assistant State Superintendent of Education of Finance. He developed and assisted new funding programs as the State Finance Director and Deputy State Superintendent of Education. Most recently, he joined the Alabama Community College System, first serving as governmental affairs consultant, then he was appointed Chief of Staff in 2016.
Sonny Brasfield

Assoc. of County Commissions of AL

Brasfield is the Executive Director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) through which he works with elected officials and employees at the local, state, and federal levels to promote county government and improve the delivery of county services. Before working with the ACCA, Brasfield was a state political writer. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama and has a masters degree in communication management. He is married to the former Kathy Perry, and they have two children, Perry Robert and Sydney Kay.

George Buchanan

Regions Financial Corporation

George Buchanan currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Services Credit at Regions Financial Corporation. Previously Buchanan worked for U.S. Bank, where he most recently served as senior vice president and chief credit officer for small business. Before joining U.S. Bank in 2007, he worked for 13 years for Regions its predecessor, AmSouth Bank.


AL Dept. of Econ & Commmunity Affairs 

Greg Canfield

Alabama Department of Commerce

Greg Canfield was appointed as the director of the Department of Commerce in 2011. Canfield entered the insurance and financial service field in 1991 and opened a small business in 1993 marketing insurance and financial products to businesses and individuals. He joined J.H. Berry Insurance in 2008. Canfield attended the University of Alabama and UAB and earned a Finance Degree in 1983. He is married to Denise Coward and they have two children, Rachel and John.
Shane Kearney

Alabama Power Company

Boone Kinard

Alabama Community College System


AL Department of Revenue

Jerry Mitchell

AL State Black Chamber of Comm.

Jerry Mitchell is the CEO at the Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce and North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce. Since 2003 he has served as an adjunct professor for the Alabama A&M University School of Business. Prior becoming an entrepreneur Mr. Mitchell served honorably for 7 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was a project manager for multi-million dollar government acquisitions. Following his military service he was briefly employed as a Sr. Analyst in the government defense contract industry.
Nichelle Nix

Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs

Mrs. Nix was appointed to serve as Director on March 9, 2016, when the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs was created by Executive Order No. 15. In May, Governor Bentley signed legislation elevating Director Nix’s position to cabinet level. Director Nix is responsible for advising the Governor on issues directly affecting minorities and women in the State of Alabama, and crafting policy and legislative proposals to address those issues and help improve the overall quality of life of minorities and women. Director Nix is a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law.
Eddie Postell

Office of Small Business Advocacy

Eddie Postell is the Division Manager of the Office of Small Business Advocacy (OSBA). OSBA is a department within the Business Development Division at the Alabama Department of Commerce. Eddie is a Senior Project Manager with over twenty years of state government related economic development experience. He is a graduate of Alabama State University.
Paulette Risher

Still Serving Veterans

Paulette is the Director of Veteran Employment Services at Still Serving Veterans, an Alabama-based nonprofit. She is also a private practice consultant for her company Learning for the Journey LLC. Paulette is a retired Army Major General and civilian Air Force psychologist with 34 years of active and reserve service. Paulette has a master’s degree in Psychology and Education and serves on AlaVetNet.
Jim Searcy

Econ. Development Assoc. of AL

Jim has spent over 20 years in economic development in Alabama. In 2013, he was named the Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and thereby serves on the Alabama Workforce and Training Council, The Alabama Economic Development Alliance, and the Alabama Communities of Excellence Executive Committee. Searcy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery.
Ken Smith

AL League of Municipalities

Ken Smith is the Executive Director of the Alabama League of Municipalities. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he served as the League’s General Counsel for twenty-five years.
Fitzgerald Washington

AL Department of Labor

Fitzgerald Washington is the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Labor. For fifteen years, Fitzgerald Washington has worked for The Buffalo Rock Company where he served as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002. In 2013, Washington served as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, where he helped create the Minority Business Council to foster growth and competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in West Alabama. Mr. Washington, his wife Peggy and two children Karla and Fitzgerald reside in Tuscaloosa.

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