FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH
Policy Committee Meetings
Education and Workforce Development Committee
Nick Moore is Governor Kay Ivey’s education and workforce policy advisor and as coordinator of the Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation. He formerly served as a legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, where he managed the education, health care, labor, housing, and government reform policy portfolios. He possesses a wide-variety of dynamic professional experiences as a certified-high school teacher, a public policy analyst, and as a community developer. He is a native of Enterprise and received his bachelor of arts from Harvard University.
Environment and Energy Committee
Mary S. Walker is the Administrator for EPA’s Southeast Region (Region 4). She previously served as the Deputy Regional Administrator and Water Division Director in the Region 4 office. In these roles, she worked cooperatively with states to improve coordination and the timeliness of EPA actions, actions she will continue as Regional Administrator. Prior to her work at EPA, Mary served as the Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), where she oversaw policy development and rulemaking for all media, permitting and compliance programs, and for general agency operations.
Federal Affairs Committee
Mike Ward is the Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. In his current position, he is an advocate for policies and legislation at the local, state and national levels of government that support the economic prosperity of the Huntsville/Madison County region. These efforts include extensive interaction with local federal activities managing over $100 billion in annual budgets.
Jonathan Pettus is the director of Cybersecurity and Information Technology Solutions for Dynetics, where he is responsible for providing strategic direction in developing and leading strategies in key cyber and information technology markets. Pettus has more than 30 years’ experience in information technology and enterprise management with NASA and private industry. He has held a variety of senior-level positions to include associate director, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center; director, Marshall’s Office of the Chief Information Officer; agency chief information officer, NASA Headquarters; and a variety of positions within NASA Marshall’s Integrated Enterprise Management Program.
State Rep. Paul Lee is serving in his third term in the Alabama House of Representatives. He is a former Dothan City Commissioner who worked Sony’s Magnetic Tape Division for 30 years and is currently the executive director of Wiregrass Rehab Center in Dothan. Rep. Lee serves on the House Health Committee, Rules Committee, Ways and Means General Fund Committee and the Contract Review Committee.
Judicial and Legal Reform Committee
Othni J. Lathram is the director of the Legislative Services Agency. He previously served as the director of Alabama Law Institute, Interim Legislative Fiscal Officer, and interim director of the Legislative Reference Service. Prior to joining the Alabama Law Institute, he practiced in Birmingham with a focus on complex litigation. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, is a Commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and serves on the Alabama Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure.
Labor and Employment Committee
Fitzgerald Washington has served as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor since 2014. During his tenure, the Department has launched a statewide marketing campaign, initiated a new job fair initiative that brings available jobs to Alabamians, and has participated in a new alignment of workforce regions that allows for better distribution of state workforce resources. Prior to his appointment as the Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor, Washington worked for The Buffalo Rock Company for 15 years, serving as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002. He is a past 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.
Small Business Committee
David Wilson is a principal at Franklin Advisory, an advisory and implementation firm that he founded to help startups, small/medium businesses, and institutions grow through financial strategy and implementation, data and goal-setting, institutional support, and development. He has spent time in the venture capital and startup ecosystems, working on “both sides of the table” as both a founder and investor. Previously, he worked for Blu Ventures, an early stage venture capital in the Washington, DC area. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Alabama where he was a University Fellow, and he received his MBA from Georgetown University.
Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee
Vernon Barnett was appointed as the Alabama Commissioner of Revenue by Governor Kay Ivey in May 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as executive counsel at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. From 2006 to 2011, he was the chief deputy commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections and a deputy legal advisor to the governor. Commissioner Barnett began his state career in the Alabama Office of the Attorney General in August 1997, eventually serving as a Deputy Solicitor General. Commissioner Barnett is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama School of Law.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH
Panel Discussion with State House Leadership
Moderated by Horace Horn of PowerSouth Energy
Mac McCutcheon - Speaker of the Alabama House
Mac McCutcheon, a Madison County Republican, was elected to the House from District 25 in 2006 and was elected speaker by House members in 2016. The retired Huntsville police officer earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Trinity University. He also has worked as a farmer.
Del Marsh - Alabama Senate President Pro Tem
Del Marsh of Anniston is serving in his seventh Senate term. The Republican West Virginia native and businessman who represents Senate District 12 is able to bridge political and philosophical divides in the Senate. His business employs about 150 people in the Calhoun County area. Sen. Marsh understands the importance of job creation as it relates to the state’s economy. He supports education initiatives, job creation through economic incentives, and reducing tax burdens on small businesses.
Anthony Daniels - House Minority Leader
Anthony Daniels of Huntsville represents the 53rd District in Madison County. The Florida native and cum laude graduate of Alabama A&M University is a small businessman with his wife, Dr. Teneshia Daniels, a dentist. Rep. Daniels earned a master’s degree in special education, and he completed a certification in education fundraising from Dartmouth College in 2012 and a certificate from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business’s Executive Education Program in 2015. Rep. Daniels was named State Legislator of the Year in 2015 by his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus.
Bobby Singleton - Senate Minority Leader
Bobby Singleton was first elected to the state Senate in 2005 and represents the District 24, which includes parts of Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties. This past December he was elected minority leader of the Alabama Senate. Singleton earned his bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University and his law degree from Miles Law School. He served in the state House of Representatives from 2002-05 before being elected to the state Senate.
Panel Discussion with Alabama’s Congressional Delegation
Moderated by Zeke Smith of Alabama Power Company
Bradley Byrne - U.S. Representative, 1st District
Mobile native Bradley Byrne is currently serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Duke University and University of Alabama law school graduate practiced law in Mobile for more than 30 years. He was elected to the Alabama state school board, the state Senate, and served as chancellor of the two-year college system. Rep. Byrne is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Mike Rogers - U.S. Representative, 3rd District
Mike Rogers is a sixth-generation native of east Alabama, who grew up in Calhoun County. A former Alabama legislator, Rep. Rogers was elected to represent Alabama’s Third Congressional District in 2002 and has been reelected eight times. The Jacksonville State University and Birmingham School of Law graduate is a former small business owner. He serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Homeland Security committees.
Robert Aderholt - U.S. Representative, 4th District
Robert Aderholt is serving in his 12th term representing Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District. He is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science and is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee and the Defense Subcommittee. Prior to his election to Congress, Aderholt served as assistant legal advisor to Governor Fob James as well as municipal judge for the city of Haleyville. Educated through Alabama’s public school system, Aderholt received his B.A. from Birmingham Southern College and his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
Mo Brooks - U.S. Representative, 5Th District
Mo Brooks is serving in his 4th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services and Science, Space, and Technology committees. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Alabama law school, Rep. Brooks is a former district attorney and prosecutor. He was elected to four terms in the Alabama House and to four terms on the Madison County Commission.
Gary Palmer - U.S. Representative, 6th District
A native of Hackleburg, Gary Palmer was a walk-on member of the University of Alabama football team and served as president of the Alabama Policy Institute for 24 years. Rep. Palmer was elected to Congress in 2014 and reelected in 2016. He serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Republican Study Committee and its Steering Committee.
Terri Sewell - U.S. Representative, 7th District
Rep. Sewell is in her fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is vice chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In the 116th Congress, she was selected to serve as a Chief Deputy Whip and sits on the Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus. Prior to her election in 2010, Rep. Sewell was the first black woman partner in the Birmingham law office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., where she distinguished herself as one of the only black public finance lawyers in the State of Alabama. She is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Oxford University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Addressing Alabama’s Rural Health Care Challenges
Moderated by Denson Henry, Henry Brick Company, Inc.
Dow Briggs, M.D. - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Dr. Dow Briggs is the executive vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. He has served with Blue Cross since 2004. Dr. Briggs came to Blue Cross from UAB’s Department of General Internal Medicine where he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He was also Medical Director of Managed Care for the UAB Health System.
Dr. Briggs completed his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia where he received bachelor’s degree in religious studies. He received his MD from The University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at UAB Medical Center. Dr. Briggs came to Blue Cross from UAB’s Department of General Internal Medicine where he was an assistant professor of medicine. He was also medical director of managed care for the UAB Health System.
Representative A.J. McCampbell - Alabama House of Representatives
Rep. A.J. McCampbell of Livingston is serving in his fourth term. He began his career in law enforcement in 1975 with the City of Tuscaloosa as a patrolman. Two years later, he was promoted to investigator. A native of Greene County, he returned in 1979 and became a juvenile probation officer and in 1985 accepted a job as an investigator with the District Attorney’s office of the 17th Judicial Circuit. In 1990, he began a career in insurance sales with State Farm Insurance.
Mayor Mickey Murdock - City of Elba
Mayor Mickey Murdock became mayor of the City of Elba in October 2011. Prior to serving as mayor, Murdock served as chairman of Elba’s Water and Electric Board. Mayor Murdock possesses a strong financial background, serving as a certified public accountant and auditor before going to work for National Security Group, an Elba-based insurance company. During his 39 years at National Security, Murdock served as the chief financial officer, the chief operations officer, and senior vice president. He is a 1964 graduate of the University of Alabama where he majored in accounting. He served four years in the U. S. Air Force and was discharged with the rank of captain.
Selwyn Vickers, M.D. - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., became senior vice president for medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at UAB on Oct. 15, 2013. Dr. Vickers, a member of the Institute of Medicine, is a world-renowned surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, pioneer in health disparities research and a native of Alabama. As dean, Dr. Vickers leads the medical school’s main campus in Birmingham and the regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. He also is part of UAB Medicine’s joint operational leadership (JOL) team with UAB Health System Chief Executive Officer Will Ferniany, Ph.D., and James Bonner, M.D., president of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, the School of Medicine faculty-physician practice group. The JOL steers operations and finances for all UAB Hospital and ambulatory medical services, including The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital and the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
Growth in Alabama
Moderated by Jeff Rabren, Regions Financial Corporation
Director Kenneth Boswell - Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Kenneth W. Boswell was appointed as director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs in May 2017 by Governor Kay Ivey. Prior to his appointment, he was the mayor of the City of Enterprise. Previously, Boswell worked with Kelly Foods and later with Dorsey Trailers before beginning his service with the Alabama National Guard as well as a longtime career as an insurance agent in 1978. Boswell has served on a myriad of local boards and commissions throughout his career, including the Military Stability Commission, the Fort Rucker/Wiregrass Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army and the State Broadband Advisory Committee.
Secretary Greg Canfield - Alabama Department of Commerce
Greg Canfield was appointed as director of the Department of Commerce on July 18, 2011 by Governor Robert Bentley. Prior to joining Commerce, Canfield served in the Alabama House of Representatives as chairman of the Commerce & Small Business Committee. Canfield has professional experience in several different industries including insurance, financial services, small business and sales. Canfield attended the University of Alabama and UAB where he earned a Finance Degree in 1983.
Dr. Joe Morton - Chairman and President, Business Education Alliance
Dr. Joe Morton was selected by the Alabama State Board of Education to be Alabama’s 36th State Superintendent of Education on July 13, 2004. He served in this capacity for seven years. Prior to the appointment as State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Morton served for eight years as Deputy State Superintendent of Education. As Deputy and State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Morton guided the creation and implementation of the Alabama Reading Initiative; the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative; the Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide (Distance Education) Initiative; and FIRST CHOICE (a new graduation plan for Alabama’s students). In 2008, he was given a national award by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA): the “State Policymaker Award.”
Rep. Bill Poole - Alabama House of Representatives
Rep. Bill Poole was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives on November 2, 2010 and represents District 63. In 2010, he was elected as chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Legislation Committee and in 2013, appointed as chairman of the Ways and Means Education Committee. He is involved in several community groups, including the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Outback America and as a member of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama. Rep. Poole was raised in Marengo County and graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. He has been a general practice attorney in Tuscaloosa since 2004.
Solving Alabama’s Prison Crisis
Moderated by Rep. Connie Rowe, Alabama House of Representatives
Dayne Cutrell - Office of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby
Dayne Cutrell was hired as chief of staff for the office of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby on January 1, 2019. Prior joining Senator Shelby’s office, he served as staff director for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Previously, he worked in Sen. Shelby’s office as a legislative assistant and later legislative director, and he was a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives. He received a law degree from American University Washington College for Law and is a member of the Alabama State Bar. He graduated from Samford University where he also played baseball for the Bulldogs.
Commissioner Jeff Dunn - Alabama Department of Corrections
Jeff Dunn was appointed commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections on April 1, 2015, after serving 28 years in the U.S. Air Force and retiring at the rank of colonel. Commissioner Dunn leads Alabama’s largest law enforcement agency, managing an inmate population of more than 20,000 offenders in 26 correctional institutions and employs a workforce of more 3,300 correctional officers, correctional supervisors and support staff. He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College where he earned a degree in English and a commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He holds a master of arts in non-profit management from Regent University, a master of science in transportation & logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology and dual masters in operational design and strategic studies from the Air University, Maxwell AFB AL.
Rep. Rod Scott - Alabama House of Representatives
Representative Rod Scott was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in November 2006. He is ranking member of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, the House Education Policy Committee, and the Fiscal Responsibility Committee and serves on the Technology and Research Committee. He was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2014 by the Alabama House Democratic Caucus. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and a MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He is a professor at Miles College.
Senator Cam Ward - Alabama Senate
Sen. Cam Ward was elected to the Alabama Senate in the general election on November 2, 2010 after serving two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. He is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a role he has held for the last nine years. He is an attorney, specializing in economic development and is currently the executive director of the Industrial Development Board of Alabaster. He serves on the board of directors for Leadership Shelby County, The American Village, and is president of the Alabama Law Institute. Senator Ward is also a member of the Alabama Bar Association and State Executive Committee for the Alabama Republican Party.
Rebuild Alabama Reception
Kay Ivey - Governor of Alabama
Kay Ivey became Alabama’s 54th governor in April 2017 while in her second elected term as Alabama’s first Republican lieutenant governor. Following a successful 19 months in office, Gov. Ivey was elected to a full term. She is the first Lt. Governor of Alabama elected to a full term after taking over as governor due to a vacancy in the governor’s office. She has made infrastructure one of the top priorities of her Administration. The Camden native and Auburn University graduate is a former teacher and bank officer who served as assistant director of the Alabama Development Office working to spur job creation and economic development. She was twice elected as state treasurer and elected lieutenant governor in 2010.