This past spring, 21 members of the Birmingham business community joined forces under the umbrella of Samford University’s Brock School of Business to serve as an unofficial board of directors to provide counsel and advice on business-related matters and to serve as a networking and resource guide for members. In addition, group members have plans to interact with Brock School of Business students in a mentorship capacity beginning this fall.
The new group is a merger of two groups that had previously met independently of each other but with a similar mission and purpose. The group has a diverse membership ranging from firms with international reach to sole proprietorships with only the owner involved in the operations of the firm.
Currently the group meets monthly at the offices of Sirote and Permutt law firm but will transition to the new Brock School of Business building upon its completion in summer 2015.
“We want to give back to the business community and help the Brock School of Business develop the next generation of business leaders,” said member Jeff Cooke, president of Access Marketing.
A list of group members and their respective firms:
Susan Brouillette - Alacare Home Health
Chad Carson - Carson Management Consulting
Jeff Cooke - Access Marketing
Russell Cunningham - Red Mountain Law
Carol Dodgen - Dodgen Security
David Gentry - Sites that Sizzle
Mark Haas - Meeting Street Graphics
Laura Hinton - Bridgeworth Financial
Davies Hood - Induron Coatings
Mark Jackson - Moreson Conferencing
Sam Jackson - Air Ambulance Card
Jim Kennemer - Vision Research Corporation
Deborah Lechner - ErgoScience
Ronald Levitt - Sirote & Permutt
Mike McCown - PPM Consultants, Inc.
Brent Peinhardt - Vantage Associates
Marc Porter - Porter Capital Corporation
Martin Sher - AmSher Collection Services
Jacob Shevin - Standard Furniture
Max Stern - Rite Way Service
Marcy Williams - Chooch & Warbucks
About Samford's Brock School of Business: U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education. Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools. Learn more at www.samford.edu/business.