Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Business Buzz: January 18

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Business Buzz: January 18

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- Terry H. Waters of Tuscaloosa has been elected executive director/secretary/treasurer of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies.

Waters most recently served as senior executive director of workforce and economic development with the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education as well as director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development.

He spent 38 years with Alabama Power Co., including heading its Western Division based in Tuscaloosa and retired from the electric utility in 2010 as senior vice president, customer service and marketing. In 2011, he served as the interim executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

AEIC was founded by Thomas Edison and his associates in 1885 and is one of the oldest associations in the electric energy industry. AEIC encourages research and the exchange of technical information and has more than 150 member companies.

- The Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue Service recently promoted Tony Sturgis to lieutenant and Brett Garrett and Beau Gunter to apparatus operators.

Sturgis is a paramedic and an 11-year veteran of the fire service and a graduate of the University of Montevallo and the Alabama Fire College. As station lieutenant he will coordinate all operations of an engine company and will be training in several stations before receiving a permanent assignment.

Garrett of McCalla has 19 years of service with the department as a firefighter-paramedic. He is a graduate of the fire college, and is a member of the EMS Prevention program and the Alternate Response Unit.

Gunter of Tuscaloosa has 15 years experience in the fire service as a firefighter-paramedic and is a graduate of the fire college and is a founding member of Team Tuscaloosa, the department's Firefighter Combat Challenge Team. Gunter is nationally ranked and holds the Alabama record for time in individual competition.

As apparatus operators, Garrett and Gunter are in charge of ensuring proper operation of aerial ladders, fire engine, pumpers and tankers during emergencies, and safe arrival and departure of crews on the fire scene. They will train in several stations in upcoming months.

- Stephen Riemer, a University of Alabama alumnus and CEO of Regency Insurance Brokerage, which has offices in Florida and New York, has been named to Insurance Business America magazine's Hot 100 list for 2015. …

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