TUSCALOOSA– 7 individuals will become part of the class of 2020 of the Alabama Business Hall of Popularity, developed in 1973 to honor those who brought lasting popularity to the state through their business contributions.
The conscripts are: Robert Baron, of Huntsville; Cecil Batchelor, of Russellville; Dr. Marcus Bendickson, of Huntsville; Jay Grinney, of Birmingham; Lonnie Johnson, of Atlanta, Georgia; Joe Ritch, of Huntsville; and Stan Starnes, of Birmingham.
In the interest of the health and safety of conscripts and visitors, the induction event is rescheduled to fall 2021. Details of the ceremony will be released at a later date.
The Culverhouse College of Company at The University of Alabama is house to the Alabama Service Hall of Popularity, situated in the college’s Bidgood Hall. The college also organizes the yearly induction ceremony.
The conscripts are:
Robert O. “Bob” Baron
Robert O. “Bob” Baron is the CEO and founder of Baron Solutions, a market leader in weather condition forecasting and warning systems. The Huntsville-based company includes a portfolio that consists of weather radar, storm tracking software application and climatological data analysis tools. The U.S. National Weather condition Service just recently charged Baron Solutions with the task of upgrading the country’s radar network with the company’s items.
Baron founded the company with expertise and relationships made over a 22-year career in broadcast meteorology. It was the award of a NASA technology transfer grant to gain access to weather data that resulted in the advancement of a real-time severe weather condition caution system used by pilots, first responders and emergency management authorities.
For his contributions to guarantee public safety through complimentary weather warning apps and other services, he was applauded by the Alabama Legislature. He served on the board of directors of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Huntsville Better Business Bureau. He also supported a number of neighborhood companies that benefit the region such as Huge Oak Cattle Ranch, the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama, Manna House and Houses for our Soldiers.
He made his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Tennessee. UT’s Haslam Company School called him Business owner of the Year in 2011.
Cecil Batchelor is the chairman of CBS Banc-Corp and chairman emeritus of CB&S Bank, based in Russellville, Alabama. His 56-year banking profession is specified by success in developing and leading banks throughout the state. After ending up being involved with Russellville’s People Bank, now CB&S Bank, he founded First Federal Savings & & Loans in Haleyville. Over time, First Federal Savings & & Loan merged with First Federal of Alabama in Jasper, now referred to as Peak Bank.
Throughout his tenure as chairman, CB&S Bank grew from $5 million in assets to more than $2 billion in possessions. The bank also grew from one office in Russellville to a remarkable 56 branches in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
A veteran of World War II, having actually served in the United States Navy, Batchelor is committed to the community of Russellville and was twice-honored as the city’s Person of the Year. He is a 72-year member of the regional club of Civitan International. He likewise led a number of community-oriented efforts throughout the state of Alabama, including successful efforts to raise funds for hospitals and health-related causes.
He participated in Florence State Educators College, now known as the University of North Alabama.
Dr. Marcus Bendickson
Dr. Marcus Bendickson is the retired CEO and former chairman of the board of Dynetics Inc., a leading provider of high-technology, mission-critical services and solutions to federal government and business consumers. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, Dynetics has more than 2,500 workers throughout the United States providing responsive, cost-efficient engineering, scientific and IT services to the national security, cybersecurity, area and crucial infrastructure sectors.
Bendickson ended up being CEO of Dynetics in 1989 when he and his organisation partner, Tom Baumbach, managed a buyout of its stock from its creators. Under Bendickson’s leadership, Dynetics progressively grew to the second-largest employee-owned company in Alabama, creating sales of about $275 million at the time of his retirement in July 2015. Bendickson remained as chairman of the Dynetics board of directors, leading the company through a period of extraordinary development. Thanks in big part to his vision and management, the Dynetics portfolio has grown to incorporate highly specialized technical services and a series of software and hardware products, including parts, subsystems and complex end-to-end systems. In January 2020, Dynetics was bought by Leidos for $1.65 billion, ushering in a brand-new age of chance for the company.
He is involved in a number of companies that serve the business interests of the Huntsville area, including serving on the boards of directors of the BB&T Greater Huntsville Board Of Advisers, the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and the HudsonAlpha Structure. He likewise works as vice-chair of the UAH Structure Board of Trustees.
Bendickson made a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.
Jay Grinney is the former president, president and director of HealthSouth Corporation, now known as Encompass Health. The company, based in Birmingham, employs about 44,000 dedicated staff members and uses post-acute health care services through its national network of rehab medical facilities, home health agencies and hospice agencies.
Grinney has a long track record as a leader in executive functions. Before joining Encompass Health, he was president of the eastern group at Health center Corporation of America and senior vice president at the Methodist Medical Facility System in Houston. He is currently serving as a senior advisor to KKR’s personal equity health care practice.
He has actually been included with lots of neighborhood organizations, having actually served on the boards of directors of the Neighborhood Structure of Greater Birmingham, the Birmingham Civil Liberty Institute, the Public Affairs Research Study Council of Alabama and the United Method of Central Alabama.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, Grinney made both a Master of Organisation Administration and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Lonnie Johnson is a lifelong serial entrepreneur and innovator. Maturing in Mobile, his inherent clinical interest led him down a path that would include developing advanced defense and aerospace technologies in addition to a beloved summertime toy.
Johnson’s career started at the United States Flying Force and NASA where from 1979 to 1991 he worked on the Galileo mission to Jupiter, weapons projects and the stealth bomber program.
It was, however, an enthusiasm job made at home he is possibly best understood for. While explore a heatpump and high-pressure nozzle, he realized he had the makings of a water gun. Throughout the years, he improved the style, and in 1989, Larami Corporation certified what is known as the Super Soaker.
Currently, Johnson is associated with establishing brand-new battery and fuel cell technologies.
He is a committed advocate of a variety of community-oriented causes such as the Boys and Girls Club and works as chairman of the Georgia Alliance for Kid. Just recently, he donated $3.5 million to construct a STEM building at Williamson High School in the Maysville area of Mobile, his university.
Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University, where he was likewise awarded an honorary doctorate.
Joe Ritch is a lawyer in the company of Sirote & & Permutt P.C. and a civic leader who has done much to elevate the Huntsville location with his involvement in a number of organizations. As chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Adjustment and Closure Committee, he coalesced a group of 13 neighborhoods in north Alabama and south-central Tennessee to promote and advocate for Redstone Arsenal at a time when the facility was under strategic review by the United States Army.
As an outcome of the committee’s work, countless military and federal government professional jobs were brought to Redstone Arsenal, which proved to be a financial benefit for Huntsville. Furthermore, he helped usher in a $175 million state-funded investment in K-12 centers to make the area more appealing place for moving by factor by the BRACs.
Ritch was likewise the very first chairman of the board of directors from Alabama of the Tennessee Valley Authority and also chairman of its nuclear oversight committee. He served on the board of directors of multiple defense and technology business including CAS Inc. and Axometrics. He has also led the acquisition and sale of a number of defense specialists.
He made his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, his juris doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and Master of Laws in tax from New york city University’s School of Law.
Stan Starnes is executive chairman of ProAssurance Corporation, one of the top casualty insurance providers in the country. During his time as CEO, from 2007 up until 2019, ProAssurance changed from a physician-centric, regionally oriented insurance provider to one that took a healthcare-centric approach on a national level. And as a result, the company returned over $2.1 billion to investors while growing their equity by 37 percent.
Starnes’ background is in law. In 1975, he and his dad established the law firm now referred to as Starnes Davis Florie, specializing in courtroom advocacy for a wide variety of customers in civil lawsuits, especially doctors and others in health care. He is the youngest lawyer in Alabama ever elected to the distinguished American College of Trial Lawyers. For his work and his well-deserved reputation, he was named to the “Finest Legal Representatives in America” for over 20 successive years.
He belongs to The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System, a member of the UAB Health System Board and a member of the Board of the Crimson Tide Foundation. He was chosen to membership in the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2018. He is likewise a member of the Redemption Army Birmingham Command Board of advisers and serves as chairman of Ascension Board of Directors.
He graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in service. In 1972 he graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.