September 1, 2021

Harry Hobbs, U.S. Army Warrant Officer

Harry Hobbs was recently inducted into the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Hall of Fame. Hobbs is the 24th Warrant Officer to be inducted in the history of the U.S. Army and said he accepted the award for all the soldiers he served with in combat and did not survive. He said it is an honor to serve our country and city and thanks everyone for their support.
September 1, 2021

Mary Swanstrom, Port of Huntsville

The Port of Huntsville has announced Mary Swanstrom as its Public Relations Manager. As Public Relations Manager, Swanstrom is the primary contact for the media and manages customer relations, advertising, special events, social media and community relations. Hailing from Atlanta, Ga., Swanstrom has lived in North Alabama for more than 20 years. Previously, she worked as Director of Communications, Membership and Marketing for Heart of the Valley YMCA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization serving five North Alabama counties and more than 51,000 individuals annually through three membership branches, three childcare centers, a resident camp and many community-based programs. Previously, Swanstrom worked in media as an Editor at The Huntsville Times and in news production at WAAY-TV Channel 31.
September 1, 2021

John Olshefski, American Public Gas Association (APGA)

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) has named John Olshefski of Huntsville Utilities in Alabama as the First Vice Chair of its Board of Directors. Olshefski was elected during the 2021 APGA Annual Meeting, where he began a one-year term. APGA is a national, not-for-profit association of over 700 publicly-owned local distribution systems in 38 states. APGA is the only trade association that solely represents the interests of public natural gas systems at the federal legislative and regulatory level.
September 1, 2021

Carrie Hamn, DCS Corporation

DCS Corporation’s Director of Talent Acquisition, Carrie Hamn, has been selected as a winner of the 2021 OnCon Icon Award in the Top 50 Talent Acquisition Professional category. The OnCon Icon Awards recognize the top human resources professionals and human resources vendors worldwide. Carrie assumed leadership responsibility for the Recruiting organization. At the time, DCS had a total employee count of 1,076. Three years later, DCS employees number nearly 1,900, an increase of 74%.
September 1, 2021

Jack Jackson, DCS Corporation

DCS Corporation’sVice President of Human Resources, Jack Jackson, has been selected for the 2021 WashingtonExec Chief Officer Award in the Private Company Chief Human Resources category. Jack has played a key leadership role during the pandemic, managing the company’s response, policy rollouts, COVID-19 information updates, employee engagement, and contact tracing activities. Jack continues to lead, grow, and enhance DCS’s technical workforce in their roles in support of their customers’ critical missions to ensure our national security.
September 1, 2021

Chadwick Ford, Collins Aerospace

Chadwick Ford was recently promoted to Director, Business Development, U.S. Army & SOCOM, JADC2 Requirements and Demonstrations for Collins Aerospace in its Huntsville AL. office. In this role, he is responsible for leading a team that interfaces directly with US SOCOM, PEO Aviation, PEO IEW&S, PEO C3T, as well as other governmental agencies. He also coordinates Army pursuits with business development personnel from across the entire Collins Aerospace sales and marketing organization.
September 1, 2021

Tina Tucker, Pinnacle Solutions, Inc.

As a result of the experience and leadership growth she realized during her 13-year career at Pinnacle Solutions, Inc., Tina Tucker has been selected as Pinnacle’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO).  In this role, Tina is responsible for planning, overseeing, and coordinating the operations of the entire organization to help ensure the achievement of established policies, goals, and operating objectives.  Additionally, she will provide executive oversight in analyzing and appraising the effectiveness of organizational operations; participate in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of key business and performance goals and short- and long-term strategic planning and objectives; as well as evaluating and approving plans, budgets, programs, and policies.
September 1, 2021

Raymond “Randy” Centanni, Jr., Raytheon

Raymond “Randy” Centanni, Jr. has joined Raytheon Intelligence & Space as business development manager. In this role, he coordinates pursuit, capture, and growth activities and supports global training and logistics across the federal marketplace. He has more than 30 years of experience in the defense industry. Throughout his career, he has managed day-to-day business development, marketing, and strategic financial analysis, working closely with the Department of Defense. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Athens State University and has taught functional organization support within the business development process. He is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville’s Focus program (class 36) and is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.
September 1, 2021

Greg Duriez, Davidson Homes

Davidson Homes, a rapidly growing home builder based in Huntsville, has promoted Greg Duriez to chief operating officer. Duriez, who previously served as regional president, has more than 30 years of experience in the new home industry. Before joining Davidson Homes, he was the Atlanta division president for Century Communities. Duriez has also worked for Pulte Homes, NVR Ryan Homes and KB Home.
September 1, 2021

Jeff Deane, Davidson Homes

Davidson Homes, a rapidly growing home builder based in Huntsville, has promoted Jeff Deane to chief financial officer. Deane brings 26 years of accounting, finance and operations experience to his role at Davidson Homes. Prior to joining the company, Deane had worked in homebuilding since 2005 with William Lyon Homes where he served in several leadership roles in finance, accounting and operations. Deane’s positions included vice president/regional controller, vice president of corporate accounting and finance, and vice president/division manager.
September 1, 2021

Dana Cantrell, System Dynamics International (SDI)

System Dynamics International (SDI) is proud to announce the promotion of Dana Cantrell to Vice President, Business Operations. Mrs. Cantrell joined SDI in 2008 as an Accountant and has worked in both the Finance and Contracts department in the ensuing years. She was previously promoted to Director of Contracts in 2015 and to Corporate Controller in 2017.
September 1, 2021

Travis Clement, System Dynamics International (SDI)

System Dynamics International (SDI) is proud to announce the promotion of Travis Clement to Vice President, Unmanned Programs. Mr. Clement joined the company in 2020 as a Program Manager and brings over 35 years of US military aviation maintenance and logistics experience including 11 years with the US Marine Corps.
September 1, 2021

Traci Tyree, Huntsville Botanical Garden

Traci Tyree has joined the Huntsville Botanical Garden as Vice President of Finance. Traci brings with her over 20 years of experience in accounting and strategy, having served as Chief Financial Officer for HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and CFO/Vice President of Operations for Diatherix Eurofins Laboratories. As an active member of the Garden’s leadership team, she provides vision, direction, and management to ensure the effective performance of fiscal responsibilities.
September 1, 2021

Matthew Candeias, Huntsville Botanical Garden

Matthew Candeias has joined the Huntsville Botanical Garden as Curator of Living Collections. In addition to his Ph.D. in Community Ecology, Matt brings with him extensive experience in plant taxonomy and identification, habitat restoration and research, and a passion for science communication in botany and ecology to diverse audiences. His internationally acclaimed podcast, In Defense of Plants, has over 300,000 subscribers and inspired his book In Defense of Plants: An exploration into the Wonder of Plants published in 2021. As a member of the Garden’s Plant Conservation and Curation team, he provides vision, direction, and management of living collections to enhance scientific value to better support research, educational activities, and conservation initiatives.