Advisory Committee Members

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.

Greg Barker

Alabama Power

Mr. Gregory Barker is Executive Manager of Economic Development for Alabama Power. He has been professionally involved with economic development for over fifteen years and has served as president of and a board member for the Economic Development Association of Alabama. Over the last decade, Greg has played a key role in bringing several large automobile manufactures and suppliers to Alabama, in the process creating substantial positive economic impact for the State. He holds degrees from the Economic Development Institute at The University of Oklahoma and Mississippi State University. Greg resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Laurie and his three daughters.
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.

Jim Byard

AL Dept. of Econ & Commmunity Affairs 

Jim Byard was named director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) in 2011. Previously, he served as Mayor of Prattville, Alabama and president of the Alabama League of Municipalities. Byard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with double minors in business and sociology from Troy University Montgomery.
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.
Mark A. Heinrich, PhD

Alabama Community College System

Dr. Mark Heinrich was the unanimous choice by the nine-member State Board of Education to become the next chancellor of the Alabama Community College System on September 21, 2012. Heinrich holds a doctorate in counseling from The University of Alabama, and earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in psychology from Tennessee Tech University. During the time he was completing his graduate degree at The University of Alabama, Heinrich served on Coach Paul Bear Bryant’s staff as an academic counselor and tennis coach.
Julie P. Magee

AL Department of Revenue.

Julie Prendergast Magee, former vice-president of the Mobile-based InsTrust Insurance Group, was appointed to the post of State Revenue Commissioner, effective January 18, 2011. Mrs. Magee’s career, spanning over 20 years in the business community, largely focused on competitive sales and market expansion in the insurance industry. A resident of Mobile, Alabama, Mrs. Magee received a B.A. degree from the University of South Alabama in 1991. Mrs. Magee is married to Don Magee, and they have one daughter, Meredith.
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.
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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