MOVERS & SHAKERS



Read about promotions, new hires, and recognition of talent in our member companies. We feature these six months per year: January, March, May, July, September, and November. We'll also share Movers & Shakers on the Chamber's Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts.

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  • Dr. Kimberly Robinson, U.S. Space & Rocket Center

    On Dec. 15, 2020, The Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Kimberly Robinson as Executive Director and CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. A 31-year veteran of NASA, Dr. Robinson will assume her role Feb. 15, 2021.
  • Todd May, Blue Origin’s Board of Advisors

    On Dec. 1, Blue Origin announced the formation of its Board of Advisors, which includes notable former government space leaders and industry executives. Among those named to the board, Todd May of Huntsville. He is Senior Vice President of Space and Mission Solutions at KBR. He is also former Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
  • Wes Torain, Calhoun Community College

    Wes Torain is the new Director of Public Relations and Digital Media at Calhoun Community College. He brings more than thirty years of experience in broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and multimedia production, and will oversee the College’s marketing efforts. The college made the announcement in November.
  • Wade Heck, Maynard Cooper & Gale

    In October, Maynard Cooper & Gale welcomed Wade Heck to the Firm’s Government Relations Practice Group in Washington D.C. Wade is a Government Relations professional with over three decades of experience shaping and executing federal lobbying strategies and guiding policy through the legislative process. His practice focuses primarily on defense, space, and energy programs, with a specialty in advanced nuclear technologies.
  • Rhonda Stiles, Redstone Gateway Conference & Dining Center

    Rhonda Stiles has joined the WJP Restaurant Group as the new Sales and Catering Director of the Redstone Gateway Conference and Dining Center. Rhonda's passion for customer service and hospitality have guided through her 25 year career in the industry. She will work with customers on a variety of needs, including space for a social event, a work meeting, or a catered meal.
  • John Smith, Jr., MartinFederal Consulting

    MartinFederal Consulting, LLC. (MartinFederal), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), focused on providing solutions-based services to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, and other federal agencies named John Smith, Jr. as the Director of IT Solutions in November. Smith has a strong background in the Information Technology (IT) field with 30 plus years of professional IT experience.
  • Mary Beth Griffith, MartinFederal

    Mary Beth Griffith joined MartinFederal as the Subcontract Administrator II in October. She graduated from the University of Alabama Huntsville with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a concentration in Government Contracts in 2012. Mary has worked in the contracts sector for seven years with BBSS, a Native Corporation, and SAIC.
  • J. Brad Fuller, MartinFederal

    J. Brad Fuller has joined MartinFederal as the Director of Cyber Solutions, leading the Cyber Solutions Practice team in Starkville, MS. Brad first worked for the U.S. Senate, where he served as a professional staff member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on energy and water development.
  • Jay Hornbuckle, NAI Chase Commercial

    NAI Chase Commercial, a member of the world’s premier managed network of commercial real estate firms, NAI Global, announced Dec. 4 that Jay Hornbuckle has accepted a position as Vice President, Property Management in the Birmingham, Ala. office. In this role he will be responsible for procuring, facilitating, and managing the office, industrial, and retail inventory within the Birmingham Metro Market.
  • Lawren Pratt, Barge Design Solutions, Inc.

    Lawren Pratt, PE, LEED AP, M.ASCE, has joined Barge Design Solutions, Inc. (Barge) as Civil Engineering Manager. The company made the announcement Nov. 18, 2020. Pratt has 30 years of experience as a consultant and project manager in site and civil engineering and land development and in client program management.
  • Anglin Reichmann Armstrong, P.C.

    Anglin Reichmann Armstrong, P.C. is pleased to announce the following promotions for employees in both its Huntsville, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida locations. Formed in 1990, Anglin Reichmann Armstrong, P.C. is the largest, locally owned public accounting and business advisory firm in Huntsville, Alabama. With its newest office in Pensacola, Florida, Anglin serves clients throughout the Southeast and nationally.
  • Antonio L. McGinnis, Huntsville Housing Authority

    Antonio L. McGinnis was named the Executive Director/CEO of Huntsville Housing Authority in August 2020. McGinnis is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He is married to Mitzi Wade McGinnis and together they have three sons Kendall, AJ and lan.
  • Patience Samson, QuantiTech

    Patience Samson has joined QuantiTech as Vice President of Corporate Development. Ms. Samson is responsible for the management of corporate business development activities and supports the CEO and President in corporate strategy development. Ms. Samson brings more than sixteen years of experience supporting DoD organizations and leading business development and proposal efforts in the defense, civilian, and intelligence markets.
  • Angie Helms, QuantiTech

    Angie Helms has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at QuantiTech. Ms. Helms joined QuantiTech in 2015 as Vice President of Business Operations. In that role, she was responsible for all aspects of Finance and Accounting, Project Control, Office Management, and Facilities.
  • Michael Barnes, The Highland Group

    Michael Barnes has joined The Highland Group team as the Project Manager for their Huntsville office. The Highland Group is a construction firm with offices in Huntsville, AL, Foley, AL and Panama City Beach, FL offering construction management, design-build and general contracting services to clients throughout the Southeastern United States.
  • Morgan Sanders, Flourish

    Morgan Sanders is a graduate of the University of North Alabama where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in mass communications focused on public relations and marketing and has recently joined the Flourish. During her time at UNA, Sanders was involved on campus and served as a leader in UNA’s student public relations group as well as in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.
  • Garrett Parr, IronMountain Solutions

    IronMountain Solutions, a Technology Solutions Company, is proud to announce the promotion of Garrett Parr to the executive leadership team. Parr has been promoted to Vice President of the Technical Services division.
  • Merritt Malone, Flourish

    As a North Alabama native and the latest addition to the Flourish team, Merritt Malone is very excited about serving her community. Merritt is a recent graduate of the University of North Alabama where she received a bachelor’s degree in public relations. During school, she was heavily involved on her campus serving as secretary for the public relations student organization, PR Director for various Greek organizations, and a former member of the Pride of Dixie marching band.
  • Rick Hempstead, IronMountain Solutions

    IronMountain Solutions, a Technology Solutions Company, is proud to announce the promotion of Rick Hempstead to the executive leadership team. Hempstead has been promoted to Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. He has been with the company since 2015 and most recently served as Director of Finance and Accounting.
  • Glenn Hickok, Noblis

    Noblis, a leading provider of science, technology and strategy services to the federal government has named Glenn Hickok, vice president of the Defense mission area. He will direct Noblis’ work for DOD customers including the Air Force, Army, Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and other organizations.
  • Bryce Tufts, Red Sage Communications

    Red Sage Communications, one of Alabama’s top full-service integrated communications agencies, has hired Bryce Tufts to guide its creative team as Art Director. Tufts brings years of branding, strategic research, campaign management and multimedia creative vision to the agency.