Tommy Coshatt promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations

    Alfa Insurance® President Jimmy Parnell has announced the promotion of Tommy Coshatt to Executive Vice President of Operations effective Feb. 1. Coshatt replaces Steve Rutledge, who recently retired following 33 years of service.
   “It is my pleasure to announce Tommy’s promotion to Executive Vice President of Operations,” Parnell said. “He is a natural leader and proven team builder with experience in all areas of the insurance business, which will continue to prove valuable as we work to develop products and corporate initiatives that surpass company and customer expectations. Tommy’s experience, coupled with his innovative vision, will complement the skills of Alfa’s leadership team and strengthen the company’s position for future growth.”
   In his most recent role as Senior Vice President of P&C Underwriting, Coshatt led efforts to improve Alfa’s personalized service by transitioning the company from product-oriented to a customer-focused approach.
    “Tommy has worked with all departments in the organization to develop profitability plans for Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi,” Parnell said. “These efforts are already producing encouraging results and will help us grow business while maintaining our financial strength. I look forward to seeing what else he’ll accomplish in his new role.”
    Coshatt began his career with Alfa as an agent in Hoover, Alabama in 2006 and was promoted to District Manager in 2009. He later served as Vice President of South Alabama Sales before being named Senior Vice President of P&C Underwriting in 2014. Prior to joining Alfa, Coshatt was Manager of Claims Processing for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama for three years. Additionally, he served as Director of Human Resources for the Birmingham chapter of American Red Cross for six years and was Director of Disaster Services for one year. He holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institute.
    Coshatt said he was excited to be part of Alfa’s executive leadership team and looks forward to strengthening the company’s position within the communities it serves.
“With experience in both insurance sales and operations, I know first-hand the challenges that insurance providers face in a rapidly changing market,” Coshatt said. “I also recognize Alfa’s competitive advantage is our highly committed employees. By working together, our staff delivers on the promise to be there for our customers when they need us most. I’m proud to be part of a management team that shares this commitment.”
A native of Birmingham, Coshatt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has served on the Alabama Insurance Underwriting Association Board of Directors since 2014.
Coshatt and his wife of 21 years, Eve, live in Auburn with their two daughters — Emily, 14, and Lindsey, 12. The Coshatts teach Sunday school for junior high girls at Lakeview Baptist Church, where Tommy also serves on the Personnel Committee.

Peggy Brockman will be at the Marriott Legends at Capitol on February 27


   Peggy Brockman, author, inspirational speaker and business coach will be at the Marriott Legends at Capitol on February 27 from 7:30am-9:00am.
   Have you ever felt stuck in life or business? Everyone does – whether you want to admit or not! Peggy Brockman, inspirational and Business Coach will help you and your employees learn tips on how to go from ordinary to extraordinary, how and why you need to break through your comfort zone and challenge yourself and employees to be better. She will give tips on importance of improving your attitude, eliminating old beliefs and making choices that propel you forward in business and life. After attending this breakfast, you and your employees will be empowered to create and concentrate on your purpose, vision, and goals.
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James (Jimmy) W. Rutland, IV appointed as the 2018 President of the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA)

James (Jimmy) W. Rutland, IV of Montgomery has been appointed to serve as the 2018 President of the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA), the fourth largest state Home Builders Association in the U.S. He succeeds 2017 HBAA President Dan Taylor, owner of Taylor Construction, Inc. and a member of the Marshall County Home Builders Association.
   Rutland, President of Lowder New Homes, has been actively engaged in the residential construction, development and real estate industry in Alabama for the past 25 years. A graduate of Auburn University, he has also earned the professional designations of Certified Graduate Builder and Certified Green Professional from the National Association of Home Builders and Energy Key Builder from the HBAA. He also currently serves on the State of Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board.
Rutland is a longtime member of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association and served as its President in 2005. He was named the GMHBA’s Builder of the Year in 2005 and in 2012 was presented with the Shannon Lowder Builder of the Year Award by the HBAA.
David Lisenby of Lisenby Construction, a member of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association, is serving as the HBAA 1st Vice President for 2018. Robert Brown of H C Pitman, a member of the Baldwin County Home Builders Association of Alabama, holds the office of 2nd Vice President.
   Blake Corder of BC Homes LLC, a member of the Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa, is serving as HBAA Treasurer. Serving as Secretary for 2018 is Michael Toles of Toles Construction, a member of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association. Representing the associate members as Associate Vice President for 2018 is Pheza Sumners of Ecological Insulation LLC, a member of the Lee County Home Builders Association.