United Bank Receives 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial

Atmore, Ala. (UBAB)– United Bank is proud to announce it has maintained its 5-Star Superior rating for strength and security from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm. The 5-Star award recognizes United Bank’s financial strength and performance and is based on profitability, capital, level of delinquent loans, charge-offs, repossessed assets and liquidity. The rankings announced are based on the bank's June 30th, 2017 financial results.

What this rating means for United Bank is that the institution is safe, financially sound and operating well above its regulatory capital requirements.  Ratings are based on a scale of zero to five with a five star being the strongest.        

Since 1983, BauerFinancial has earned the respect of federal and state regulators as a means of reporting the financial condition of banks. BauerFinancial uses the same analysis to rate all institutions and makes those ratings available for free on its web site.

About United Bank: United Bank is a $596,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 113 years of service. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Greensboro, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silverhill, Spanish Fort and Summerdale in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.unitedbank.com. Member FDIC.

United States Sports Academy President, Faculty Member to be Featured on TCT National Broadcasts

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Dr. Bret Simmermacher, chair of sports coaching, recently appeared on nationally broadcast television programs for the TCT Network and will be featured again this month.

The two will be featured on "Beyond the Goal,” a series hosted on the Christian broadcasting network by former college football coach and sports broadcaster Mike Gottfried. On the show, Gottfried talks with current and former athletes and others in the field of sport about their experiences in sport and their Christian faith. 

Rosandich and Simmermacher will appear on the episode to be broadcast on Saturday, 23 September 2017, at 3:30 p.m. Central and repeated on Sunday, 24 September 2017, at 2 p.m. Central.  

Rosandich and Simmermacher appeared on "Beyond the Goal” on Saturday, 1 July 2017, in an episode that focused on patriotism and freedom in celebration of Independence Day. They also appeared individually on the show in August discussing sports, their lives, and the contributions of the Academy to sport education.  Videos of those programs can be viewed on the Academy’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy.  

TCT is a Christian network that provides award-winning exclusive programming, live broadcasts from across the country, praise and worship music programs, ministry programs and more. TCT is broadcast to 60 million homes throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada on Direct TV Channel 377, through numerous streaming services and on local cable. "Beyond the Goal” can be seen live or afterwards by going to http://www.tct.tv/watch-tct/on-demand-bytg. Replays are available for viewing starting three days after the live air date and are viewable for three weeks thereafter.  For other live viewing options, including available local stations, go to www.tct.tv.  Another live viewing option is TCT’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5N-P2Jv5_s.  After the show, the Academy will post the broadcast to its YouTube channel for permanent viewing availability.

A native of Ohio, Gottfried played quarterback at Morehead State University before serving as head football coach at Murray State and the universities of Cincinnati, Kansas and Pittsburgh.  He went on to a successful career as a college football broadcaster for ESPN. Gottfried and his wife, Mickey, founded Team Focus in 2000 in Mobile, Ala. It is a cost-free community outreach program aimed at young men without fathers and was inspired by Gottfried’s loss of his father at a young age.

Rosandich was named Academy president and CEO in 2015 after some 33 years of service to the institution, with his last post being that of vice president and chief operating officer. He is also an alumnus having received both his Master of Sport Science degree in Sports Management and his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management. Rosandich was named the Academy’s 1997 Alumnus of the Year for his contributions to the institution primarily through his work in numerous international sports education projects around the world. He also received a Distinguished Service Award for more than 30 years of service to the institution. He is a long-time faculty member of the Academy and is an expert on sports facility design, having contributed to a book on the subject. 

Simmermacher played college baseball as a pitcher under Eddie Stanky at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., and at the University of West Florida (UWF) before signing with the Seattle Mariners organization and playing for the Bellingham, Wash., Mariners, who won the Northwest League championship during his time on the team. He then coached a variety of sports at the high school and college level in Ohio and New Mexico for more than two decades before joining the Academy faculty. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health, leisure and sports/physical education from UWF and his Doctor of Sport Management degree from the Academy.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.

The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala.  For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

Bayshore Christian School Student Art to be Featured at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital

Last spring, Vicky Nix Cook, a community art liaison for Bayshore Christian School asked the school’s Art Department to participate in a local school art display for USA Children's & Women's Hospital. Vicky brought a large canvas to the school and the only instructions were to use the color sea foam green and an ocean theme. 

BCS senior, Anna Thornton, eagerly took the project under her wing. She chose an octopus subject matter, laid out the composition, and decided on a color scheme complementary to the sea foam. Anna began working on the painting in May, using acrylics as her medium. She met with BCS Art Instructor Carson Baker several times over the summer to work on her painting. Her amazing octopus was completed in August, just in time for the beginning of school. 

The painting is currently on display in the school office. In a few weeks, it will be delivered to the hospital. Anna has been invited to attend a special reception for all of the participating artists. Our hope is that the Anna's wonderful artistic talent and her octopus painting will be a happy blessing to everyone visiting the hospital. Great job, Anna!


DAPHNE, AL (September 1, 2017) – The newest location of Premier Medical Group has recently opened in a newly remodeled facility. The building houses 12,600 square feet of clinic space that more than doubles its current Daphne space and offers expanded services for Baldwin County residents.

"We now offer a full-service practice for eye, ear, nose and throat care in a brand new state of the art medical facility,” said Jimmy Hartman, CEO of Premier Medical. "We offer primary eye care services as well as specialty care including retina, glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastics, LASIK and cataract evaluations. Eyeglasses and contact lenses will also be sold at this location, as well as hearing aids and testing and allergy services. A C.T. Scanner is available at this location for convenient diagnostic evaluations. Essentially everything offered in our larger offices in Mobile will also be offered at this new location.”   (Photo: Jimmy Hartman)

Premier also has three locations in Mobile and one in Jackson, Alabama, to best serve the needs of its patients.

"Premier Medical Group is excited to be able to make this investment in fast-growing Baldwin County, where additional eye, ear, nose and throat care is needed for children and adults,” Hartman said. 

In August 2016, White-Spunner Realty, Inc., represented Premier Medical Group (PMG) in the purchase of 4.25 acres and a building at 1302 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne, now the site of the new PMG practice. Matt White, president of White-Spunner Realty, said his firm welcomes opportunities to partner with quality healthcare providers such as Premier Medical.

"We worked closely with Matt White,” Hartman said. "He was very helpful all along the way, helping us get as much information as we could. Anytime we called him, Matt would say ‘I’m on it’ and he’d get it done.” 

The White-Spunner Realty team also assisted in developing an overall project budget and suggesting a design-build contract for building renovations. "It was really a smart move and a great idea given our time constraints,” Hartman said. "I can’t say enough about the great job that Matt White and White-Spunner Realty did for us”.

About Premier Medical Group

Premier Medical Group is one of the largest multi-specialty eye, ear, nose and throat groups in the southeast and even in the United States for over 100 years.

Premier Medical was formed in 1997 through a merger of Mobile Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Dauphin West Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists.  Both medical practices trace their business lineage to the practice of Perdue & Perdue which was founded in 1915.  Both groups evolved into multi-specialty clinics offering a complete line of eye, ear, nose and throat medical services.  For years, the physicians of these clinics have been leaders in their field.   Premier’s commitment to treat each patient as an individual with the utmost care and concern has remained constant.

A complete line of specialty services is offered including medical and surgical eye, ear, nose and throat care, allergy testing and treatment, contact lenses, facial skin care, hearing aids and testing, laser vision correction and optical services.

Premier’s extensive alliance of board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists and otolaryngologists and specialists are leaders in their fields of expertise.  Through their participation in clinical trials, research studies and continuing education, Premier Medical continues to bring the latest technology and treatment options available to our patients.

Based in Mobile, Premier has satellite offices throughout southern Alabama and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  They are committed to providing the highest quality care to both children and adults in the region.  For more information, visit premiermedicalgrp.com.

About White-Spunner Realty

White-Spunner Realty (WSR) is a full service real estate brokerage and development firm located in Mobile, Alabama. Since 1954, the WSR team has earned a long-standing reputation for maximizing the benefits of commercial real estate assets for its clients through land development, commercial and residential brokerage, leasing services and property management.  WSR manages more than 1 million square feet of building space, including 58 shopping centers, with a 90 percent or better occupancy rate. In addition, White-Spunner Realty has developed more than 30 prime shopping and retail centers and more than 1,500 acres of residential development. With specialists in industrial, retail, office and residential real estate all under one roof, WSR provides seamless real estate services. For more information, call 251.471.1000 or visit white-spunnerrealty.com.

Leaders Council Spotlight: ''In the Company of Angels''… Where Visitors Are Always Welcomed and Returning Friends are Absolutely Adored

In the Company of Angels and its owner Diane Douglas have become a downtown Fairhope staple. The thoughtfulness shop located in the heart of the Fairhope French Quarter just celebrated its 28th anniversary. The 2,000-square foot shop is dedicated specifically to uplifting gifts and accessories for all ages. Douglas said, "It’s simple in design and focus, it’s an entire shop filled with happies!” You’ll find angels throughout, but other treasures include original art, jewelry, soaps and inspirational quotes. If you’re looking for a small gift, look no further.

The store and its staff make everyone welcome. "Yes, we do welcome pets with well-behaved owners,” said Douglas. They even keep a supply of dog treats at the desk. Thinking baskets are scattered nearby to collect any selection you might be considering and a comfy corner allows the reluctant shopper a spot to rest while others browse.

Fairhope’s French Quarter has become an attraction over the years. In the Company of Angels played a role in the creation of the Fairhope French Quarter in 1993. As Douglas looked for a larger space for the shop, she teamed up with Bessie Montgomery who owned property on De La Mare.  They came up with the idea to have small shops off a courtyard to offer growing businesses a chance to find reasonably priced locations. In the Company of Angels opened as the French Quarter’s anchor store in 1994. Several local businesses now call the tree covered courtyard home.

Diane Douglas jokes that she brings longevity as her biggest asset to her leadership roles. She was an initial member of the Downtown Merchants Association and served as their President twice. She’s also strongly supported the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce throughout the years, now serving on the current Board of Directors. She’s volunteered in many capacities with Ecumenical Ministries and serves through outreach programs at her church home, Trinity Presbyterian.

Douglas told us she credits the store’s growth and success to the wonderful friends who make up the group she calls the Angel Crew. "They buy in to the hope-filled message of our tiny pass-along ministry and share with those who enter our shop,” said Douglas. She says faces change over the years, but they are committed to providing care and concern for those who arrive at the shop’s doors.

In the Company of Angels is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with special hours during the holidays. They are located at 328 De La Mare Avenue in Fairhope. You can also find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thecompanyofangels/

J. Miller Furniture Opens First Alabama Location in Daphne

J. Miller Furniture has opened its first Alabama location at 25297 US Highway 98 in Daphne. This new location adds to their previous stores in Destin, Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida where they’ve operated with the same owner for more than 20 years.

J. Miller Furniture customers say this store is special because they offer merchandise that cannot be found everywhere. Owner, Justin Miller travels all over the country to find such unique and eclectic items to fill their stores’ incredibly large selection.

Their showrooms contain higher-end new, merchandise from major manufacturers around the world. They commit to new price reductions every day we they rotate new inventory throughout the store, so what you find in the store may change each day or week.

Their furniture options are the perfect balance between comfort and elegance with that popular coastal feel. To see more of their selection, visit their website at http://www.jmillersfurniture.com/.

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