BUSINESS BUZZ: December 10

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Canine Compassion Fund

The Canine Compassion Fund announces the appointment of a new member of its Board of Directors, William “Bill” E. Petty, effective immediately. Petty is an accomplished business leader and an experienced board member in both the private and nonprofit sectors. He has extensive experience and expertise in strategic business management. Petty retired from the University of Alabama as a full-time Clinical Instructor of Operations Management in August 2016, having served in that role since August 2007. Prior to his career at the University, Petty served as a Field Engineer for the Alabama Productivity Center. Petty began his career in industrial engineering and migrated to the accounting area, having 35 years of experience as the Controller for 13 different companies across the Midwest and South, including the Keebler Company and the ZF Lemforder Corporation. Petty is also actively involved in various professional organizations, having served in a number of leadership roles and as a dedicated member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the APICS Organization, the leader in supply chain education and certification programs. He holds an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Cincinnati and also received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the same school.   

Alabama Farmers Federation

The Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation received the Award for Excellence Dec. 4, at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 96th annual meeting in Montgomery. The award recognizes counties excelling in five sections of the Federation: organization, agricultural programs, governmental affairs, and the county’s Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees. Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation President Joe Anders accepted the award from Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan.


Tuscaloosa County’s Kellee Griffith was recently appointed to the Alabama Farmers Federation’s State Young Farmers Committee. Griffith represents District 4, composed of Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.

Debbie Roberts of Fayette County will serve as Women’s Leadership chair, and will serve one-year ex-officio terms on the Federation’s state board of directors.

Also outstanding county committee awards were presented to Fayette County, Division 1.

The Westervelt Company

Bart Carlisle has joined The Westervelt Company as Westervelt Pellets Division Controller with the Finance group. A native of Houston, Texas, he received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his master’s degree from Emory University. Prior to joining The Westervelt Company, he served as CFO/Controller with Rusken Packaging, Inc. in Cullman.

Cary Rhodes has joined The Westervelt Company as Operations Technician with the Forest Resources group. A native of Alabaster, he graduated from Jemison High School and received his associate’s degree from Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Fla. Prior to joining The Westervelt Company, he served as Forestry Specialist with Alabama Forestry Commission.

City of Northport

Max Snyder, Development Coordinator for the City of Northport, was among six from Alabama to be selected for leadership training at Harvard University. The Delta Regional Authority partners with the Harvard Kennedy School to offer the advanced education opportunity. The four-day session, from Nov. 27-30, was designed and led by Harvard faculty, including retired Air Force Brigadier General Dana Born, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at HKS. The program focused on cultivating “authentic leadership” that will help improve communities.

Business Buzz is compiled weekly from local businesses highlighting promotions, awards and achievements. For Sunday publication, send information to The Tuscaloosa News by the preceding Wednesday at noon. Submissions may be edited for space or content. Send by email, with “Business Buzz” in the subject line, to or; by mail to P.O. Box 20587, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35402; or by fax to 205-722-0187. Emailed photographs should be attached in JPEG format.

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