On the move: Mary Johnson, Porter Capital Corp., Jimmy D. Bartlett and more

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Mary Johnson has been named director of news services for the Alabama Farmers Federation‘s Public Relations and Communications Department. She will be involved in media monitoring, issues management, public speaking, promotional activities and writing.


• Birmingham-based Porter Capital Corp. said it provided more than $9 million in funding to companies in January. The biggest deal was a $6 million accounts receivable facility for a legal services provider in Los Angeles.


• Dr. Jimmy D. Bartlett of Vestavia Hills has been named Optometrist of the Year by the Alabama Optometric Association.

Bartlett retired following a 34-year career at UAB and serves as chairman and CEO of Pharmakon Consulting Group, an advisory service to the ophthalmic pharmaceutical industry. He has published more than 240 clinical and scientific articles and delivered more the 1,200 lectures.


Community Grief Support Service has added two new members to its board of directors to serve three-year terms. They are Marla Corts, civic leader and member of the advisory board at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University, and Gerard J. Kassouf, managing director and director of the Healthcare Services Group at Kassouf Co.

The organization also elected officers for 2012. They are: chairman, Robby E. Owens Jr., Shelby County District Attorney; vice chairman, Charles “Chuck” King, retired geology and land resources manager, Vulcan Materials Co.; secretary, Neal Schooley, retired associate pastor, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church; and treasurer, Gerard J. Kassouf.

The Alabama Center for Real Estate at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce said it has named two new members to its advisory board of trustees. They are: Jay Oglesby, who manages commercial real estate lending at the Mid-South Region for Wells Fargo Bank, and Dwight Mixson, a partner in the Birmingham office of Burr Forman LLP, the regional law firm.


Maynard, Cooper Gale P.C. said shareholder Sarah Y. Larson has been named the ERISA Litigation “Birmingham Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America publication for 2012. Larson represents insurers and employers in employee benefits cases involving life, health and disability coverages.

Big Communications said the Jacksonville, Fla., and Mobile chapters of the American Advertising Federation gave awards to the Birmingham-based advertising agency for campaigns created last year.

In Jacksonville, Big won two Silver ADDY awards for its campaign to promote the economic impact and services at Jacksonville Airport Authority‘s four airports. The Mobile chapter awarded Big Communications two ADDYs for its work on the Press-Register‘s print and digital products

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