Thomas H. Brigham, Jr. (Tommy) is the Chairman and Founding Partner of ARC Realty and also serves as CEO of ARK Real Estate Strategies and the ARK Real Estate Opportunity Fund I. He founded Brigham-Williams in 1982 and it quickly grew to be the third largest real estate company in Alabama. He merged Brigham-Williams with Johnson-Rast & Hays in 1998 to form Alabama’s largest real estate services company (including RealtySouth, TitleSouth, MortgageSouth and InsuranceSouth) and served as President and COO from 1998 to 2002. RealtySouth was sold in 2002 to HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and Tommy served as Chairman and CEO of RealtySouth from 2002 to 2007.
Brigham was recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal’s List of 2018 as one of the Top Birmingham’s Most Influential Executives, and by AL.com’s The Birmingham News as part of the Gang of 7 as the 7th most influential group in the State of Alabama in sports in 2017. He currently serves as Vice President of the UAB Athletic Foundation and is a member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Schools of Alabama and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Addiction Prevention Coalition and The Center for Executive Leadership and is closely involved with The Early Childhood Learning Center in Woodlawn and the Woodlawn Foundation. Tommy is an active member of Mountain Brook Community Church. He is married to Cecile and has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Frank is the 10th Mayor of the city of Hoover. Mayor Brocato has a long history of public service and retired from the Hoover Fire Department after 42 years. He and his wife Frances have been married 46 years and have three children and nine grandchildren. Mayor Brocato has been prostate cancer survivor since 2009.
Lee Edwards is President of Edwards Chevrolet. Lee is the third-generation member of his family to run the business, working along with his father Leon Edwards, and he’s hoping the tradition will continue. Last year, the company celebrated its 100th anniversary, thanks to an attitude of treating others well. When not running the family business, Lee gives back to the community by participating on the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Board, the Boards of both the Birmingham and State of Alabama Auto Dealers Association, and the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research.
Ed concentrates his practice in the areas of construction law, litigation and mediation and arbitration at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. He has received numerous accolades in his service to law, served on the Board of Directors for the American College of Construction Lawyers, Adjunct Professor at the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, and member of various boards and committees. Ed attended the University of Tampa and Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. Ed founded the Mike Slive Foundation.
Sam is a partner at Burton Advertising where he serves as creative director and strategist. He named was the 2018 Birmingham Business Leader of the Year by the Birmingham Advertising Federation. He and his team have been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for marketing efforts on behalf of their clients in the sports industry. In addition to serving on the board of the Mike Slive Foundation, Sam serves on the UAB Alumni Board of Directors, teaches marketing classes at UAB, and is the proud coach of his daughters’ championship soccer team the Marshmallow Hurricanes.
Charlie was born in Birmingham and attended Washington and Lee University. He is married to his wife Sheri and has three children and five grandchildren. He holds many board positions, serving as a chair for numerous nonprofits.
Harry has served the community since 1967 providing insurance, estate planning and financial services to help his clients achieve a lifetime of financial security. HE was honored as a key member of the Birmingham community when he received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the organization of the National Conference for Community and Justice in Alabama in 2007. Harry has served as active Chairman of many Boards and organizations, now including serving on the Board of the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research. When he is not in the office or donating his time to the community, you will find him spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Jason began working in healthcare in 1997 and joined Urology Centers of Alabama in 2016. Prior to joining UCA, Jason has worked with several other groups in the Birmingham area including Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center, MedHelp Family Practice and Urgent Care, and Orthopaedic Specialists of Alabama. He attended Birmingham Southern College graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Psychology directed towards health care management. In addition, he also went on to earn his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Alabama. Jason continues to work with Birmingham Southern, Samford, and UAB to mentor college students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Jason is actively involved in the local and state Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and is currently serving as Executive Director for Birmingham MGMA and Vice President for Alabama MGMA. In 2018, he earned the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) designation from the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Jason and his wife Brooke currently reside in Trussville with their 5 children and are actively involved at North Valley Church.
Chris Burrell is a son of Birmingham, AL and one of the city’s brightest young lawyers. He is the founder and lead attorney of The C.Burrell Law Group, LLC, a boutique firm that handles a range of civil and criminal cases. Chris and his wife, Robin make their home in the Oxmoor Valley community of Birmingham.
Michelle Clemon brings fifteen years of experience in employment law and human resources management as a licensed attorney and executive human resources professional. A product of the Birmingham City Schools, Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale University and her law degree from Columbia Law School. Michelle has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (UCP), and the Director of Sponsored Programs at Miles College. A licensed attorney, she practiced labor and employment law for a number of years with the Birmingham office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale. Michelle served as Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs for McWane, Inc, and more recently, as President/CEO of The Clemon Consulting Group, a human resources consulting firm with an emphasis on compliance/governance and organizational development.
Michelle is an active community volunteer, having served as the Chairman of the Board of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and as a Board member with The Women’s Fund, Impact Alabama, Vulcan Park and Museum and the Legal Aid Society. She is especially interested in health issues that impact minority communities, and has worked with organizations such as the Sickle Cell Foundation of Central Alabama, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Diabetes Association and UAB’s Minority and Health Disparities Research Center.
From Miami to Alabama, Howard has been helping his patients breathe a little easier as an Otolaryngologist, currently with ENT Associates of Alabama. A former U.S. Airfoce Major, Dr. Goldberg is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine and completed residency at the University of Miami. He has practiced for 25 years and has extensive training in Facial Plastic Surgery with Fellowship in The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Judd Harwood is a partner at Bradley. He focuses his practice on general and nonprofit corporate transactions and healthcare regulatory issues. His clients include health systems, hospitals and related healthcare facilities, multi and single specialty medical practices, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis providers, hospice and home health agencies and non-profit healthcare organizations. When he’s not representing clients, Judd spends his time in the community using his passions for healthcare and justice to help advocate for children’s healthcare, and now men’s healthcare through the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research.
Charles Herman graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Accounting. Charles served as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force for 3 years and spent one year in Vietnam as a Medical Supply Officer. For 41 years Charles owned and operated Lamps Fantastic, a lamp store in Vestavia. He and his wife, Gail, have two sons.
Kermit’s background molded a competitive spirit and commitment to excellence that guides his handling and resolution of complex litigation matters across the Southeast. As an All-American football player at the University of Alabama, Kermit learned the values of hard work, preparation, perseverance, teamwork, and courage.Kermit has successfully tried a number of cases in Federal and State courts and has also handled a number of arbitration matters. Additionally, Kermit serves as the City Attorney for the City of Meridian, Mississippi. In his capacity as City Attorney, Kermit manages the City’s outside counsel at multiple law firms and serves as chief legal adviser to the executive branch of the local government.
While at the University of Alabama, Kermit was a 4-year starter on the football team, was an All-SEC performer in 1987 and, in 1988, was selected as an All-American. Kermit is especially thankful for having been the first winner of the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award while at Alabama. Kermit later attended the University of Alabama School of Law. During law school, Kermit received the Jerome Hoffman Leadership Award and was a member of the Farrah Law Society. In addition, he was selected for membership in the Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society.
After receiving his Accounting degree, and before going to Law School, Kermit joined Merrill Lynch, where he secured a Series 7 license and worked as a financial consultant. In addition, Kermit served as a compliance officer for approximately two years for the University of Alabama’s Athletic Department before attending Law School.
Kermit’s leadership and his desire to provide support to charities in the Southeast are demonstrated by his involvement in a number of organizations. Kermit’s litigation skills were recognized in connection with being selected as a future lead litigator for CSX Transportation, Inc.
James C. Lee, III, “Jimmy,” currently serves as Chairman of the Board & CEO of Buffalo Rock Company, one of the largest privately held, family owned Pepsi franchises in the United States. Jimmy is the fourth generation Lee to manage the business.
Jimmy began his career with Buffalo Rock Company, working summers, at the age of 12. After graduating from Auburn University in 1970, he spent one year working with Pepsi-Cola Company. He then came to work for Buffalo Rock Company on a full-time basis in 1971.
As a Birmingham resident, Jimmy concentrates his efforts toward community involvement. With his encouragement and support, Buffalo Rock makes significant contributions to the community through sponsorship of charitable events, including donations of time, services and product. In addition, a civic project with which Jimmy has had a passion for is Bent Brook Golf Course. The 27-hole facility was the first privately-owned public course in Birmingham that offers residents an upscale alternative for public golf.
In 2015, Jimmy was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame and received Auburn University’s Jefferson County Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Jimmy was also the recipient of the 2013 Alabama Newcomen Award and was named the 2011 March of Dimes Citizen of the Year.
Jimmy is currently a member of the Alabama Beverage Association, Board Member of the Mike Slive Foundation, Board Member of the Coach Safely Foundation, Board Member of the UAB School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors, and Board Member of the Lord Wedgwood Charity. Jimmy is also the Past Director of the Birmingham Business Alliance, Past President of Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, Past Chairman of the Board of Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Past President of the Alabama Beverage Association, Past Board Member of the American Beverage Association, Past President of the Vestavia Park Foundation, and Past President of the Auburn University Athletic Development Council.
As a founder of Markstein, a corporate strategy and communications consulting firm, Danny puts his decades of marketing knowledge to work for a vast number of community initiatives. A Birmingham native, Danny attended Highlands Day School and Indian Springs School. He lived in Washington, DC for 10 years after graduating from Trinity College (Connecticut) before returning to Birmingham. Danny brings great expertise to the board of the Mike Slive Foundation. Danny and his wife Eileen are proud parents to two young boys: Max, 10; and Wyatt, 7.
With over 20 years of experience in building relationships across the Atlanta civic, business and philanthropic communities, Kendyl brings an extensive background which includes growing non-profit community initiatives, special events, youth programming, event marketing as well as sponsorship and donations.
Kendyl has worked in collegiate and professional athletics, respectively. She has served as the Assistant Director of the Men’s Basketball Championship and Final Four for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and most recently as the Vice-President of Community Relations for the Atlanta Falcons.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications from the University of Texas (USA) as a Division I collegiate track and field student-athlete and a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications from DePaul University (USA).
The reason Tom is an asset to the Mike Slive Foundation is not rocket science, but his background is. With degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Aeronautical Systems, acquired before and during his time in the U.S. Marine Corps and followed by time serving in the Alabama National Guard and over 35 years at Motion Industries, Tom had a lengthy and diverse career. His work did not end with retirement—he started a consulting firm and serves in multiple capacities within the community. Tom will help the Mike Slive Foundation soar to new heights with his many talents.
Joel is a cancer survivor. When the opportunity came for him to serve on the Board of the Mike Slive Foundation, Joel took a “leave of absence” from the Advisory Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center in order to help find a cure for prostate cancer. Joel and his wife Bunny have twin 7-year old grandsons, Asher & Noah, who they hope will not have to face the life threatening effects of prostate cancer. Bunny and Joel share a passion for helping people through their active involvement in many community organizations.
Lisa is currently the Senior Development Director for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to coming to UAB, Lisa was employed for 30 years by the American Cancer Society. In her last position, she served as the National Senior Vice President for Product and Program Management. Lisa’s experience will be instrumental in furthering the fight against prostate cancer.
Mr. Hatton C. V. Smith served as the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Cup, Inc. until July 27, 2014. Mr. Smith served as the President of the National Coffee Service Association. He serves as Chairman of the Baptist Health Foundation. He served as Chairman of Coffee Development Group. He has been an Independent Director of ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. since 2007 and Director of its subsidiary ServisFirst Bank since May 2005. He is a Member of The Board of Directors at the Rotary Club and Chairman of the Lead Gifts Campaign of the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation. Mr. Smith serves on the boards of The Club, McWane Center, the American Cancer Society, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Brook Community Education. He serves as a Trustee of the United Way and Baptist Health System. Mr. Smith serves as a Trustee of Washington and Lee University. He served as Chairman of the Rebel Chapter of the Young President’s Organization, Chairman of the Birmingham General Campaign for the United Way and President of the W&L Alumni Association. He is also past senior warden of the Episcopal Church of the Advent. Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University in 1973.
Bart Starr, Jr. grew up in Green Bay, WI, and has lived in the Birmingham area for decades. He is a small business owner who supports a boys ranch founded by his parents, as well as other charities.
He and his wife Elaena cherish the values and unselfishness that make Alabama such a wonderful place to live.
Currently serving as CEO of Vituro Health, Clete created the company in honor of his father, who had prostate cancer, and all men who have been affected by prostate cancer. Vituro Health empowers men with comprehensive prostate care during all stages of their lives. With more than 25 years of experience in operating, growing and investing in successful businesses, partnered with his personal experience with prostate cancer, Clete brings a unique perspective to the Mike Slive Foundation.
Joel Welker has served as market president and publisher of the Birmingham Business Journal since 2008. Prior to moving to Birmingham, he worked at the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the South Florida Business Journal, which are sister publications of the BBJ also owned by American City Business Journals. Before starting his career with ACBJ, he worked for 13 years at Harte-Hanks Communications. He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Birmingham and a 2014 graduate of Leadership Alabama. He has served on the boards of directors of Lakeshore Foundation and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was also a member of the UAB Athletics Campaign. Welker was born in Connecticut and grew up in Miami. He and his wife, Pam, have four children combined.
Donald Miller is the James Graham Brown Professor of Oncology at the University of Louisville. From 1999 to 2017 he was Director of the Brown Cancer Center and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University. Prior to moving to Louisville he was on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (from 1984 to 1999) and the University of Michigan. He is a practicing Medical Oncologist with an interest in melanoma and glioblastoma. His research has focused on the development of new cancer treatments. His laboratory discovered AS1411 which was the first DNA aptamer to be tested in cancer patients and is now being evaluated as a potential treatment for coronavirus.
Dr. Patridge is Director Emeritus and Distinguished Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center. He served as Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and holder of the Evalina B. Spencer Chair in Oncology from 2007 to 2017. He was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1996 to 2017 and former Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. His clinical interests are cancer control and prevention; cervical cancer; community based participatory research; gynecologic oncology; and minority health disparities.
In 2010-2011 Dr. Partridge served as President of the National Board of the American Cancer Society. He was Chairman of the Commission on Cancer for the American College of Surgeons and currently serves as Chairman of the Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. He is on the Board of Directors of the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society having served as Chairman of that board. His long-time volunteer work with the American Cancer Society included a major role in the establishment of the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge, which provides housing in Birmingham for out-of-town patients receiving cancer treatment.
Dr. Partridge has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the UAB Distinguished Alumni Award, UAB President’s Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Medicine, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Academic Health Center and UAB’s highest honor – the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. Outside of UAB, he has been honored with the National Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics, the St. George’s Medal for Contributions to Cancer Control from the American Cancer Society, the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2009 Health Care Heroes physician provider award, and many more. Most recently, he was honored with the American Cancer Society’s prestigious 2013 national Humanitarian Award.
Jodi’s background is in IT Audit, Technology, Law, Business Operations, and Product Management. Jodi is currently employed by Regions Bank as Chief of Staff to the Chief Operations & Technology Officer. Previously, at Regions, she was a Manager in Operational Excellence in Risk Management. Prior to joining Regions Bank, Jodi started her career at Ernst & Young in IT Audit. She spent several years in the utility industry serving as Director of Software Product Lines at Landis+Gyr and held several leadership positions at Southern Company over 7 years. At Southern Company, Jodi was an Enterprise Application Portfolio Manager, Chief of Staff to the CIO, and led a $364MM divestiture. Jodi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Software Systems from The University of Alabama and a Juris Doctorate from Birmingham School of Law. Jodi is an active member of the Alabama State Bar Association and holds a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification. She is also a certified SAFe Agilist and Scrum Master.
Nicole Hardekopf is a licensed realtor at ARC Realty, and was voted Vestavia Hills’ Best Realtor in 2019 by Vestavia Hills Magazine. Nicole graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with a degree in Public Relations, concentration in Marketing, and minor in Spanish. While at Auburn, Nicole was a member of the Student Government Association, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Lobby Board, ADPi, and served as Vice President of the prestigious Cater Society, an organization comprised of the top 10 most influential women at Auburn University.
Nicole’s volunteer experience in Birmingham includes serving on the Junior League of Birmingham and UAB Womens Club. She has served as two-time President for the Birmingham Fashion Week Junior Board, Publicity and New Member Chair for the American Cancer Society Junior Executive Board, and instructor at Steeple Arts Academy of Dance.
Morgan Trotter Copes currently works as the VP of Business Operations at Birmingham Legion FC. Morgan has been around soccer his entire life and holds a United States Soccer Federation B-License. He played in college at the University of Mobile and earned his bachelor’s degree in management as well as his MBA. After being accepted into Regions Bank’s Management Associate program, he moved to Birmingham in 2012. While working there, he co-founded the amateur soccer team, called the Birmingham Hammers, whose main goal was to help bring professional soccer to the Magic City. During his time as the club’s President and General Manager, he was able to help build it to a successful organization and his efforts earned him the honor of being Legion FC’s first employee as well as a spot in Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. Outside of work, Morgan enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, checking out local breweries, playing live music, wood working and taking his ’84 Jeep CJ 7 for a spin.
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