The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Three members recognized as Montgomery County Movers and Shapers by Business Alabama Magazine

Jake Kyser

Kyser is a lifelong resident of Montgomery and president of Jerry Kyser Builder Inc. A graduate of Auburn University, he has maintained an active Alabama real estate license since 1996 and is the qualifying broker for Kyser Property Management Co. Inc. He also is co-owner of Central Restaurant in downtown Montgomery’s Alley Entertainment District. Civic involvement includes the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association Board, Associated General Contractors of Alabama, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, Wright Flyers and Troy University Advisory Council of Montgomery, and a board member for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, River Bank & Trust and the Montgomery Area Council on Aging. His current project is a Staybridge Suites Hotel in downtown Montgomery. 

Ken Upchurch

Upchurch is chairman and CEO of W.K. Upchurch Construction Co. Inc., a third generation construction company that specializes in commercial and high-end custom residential construction throughout the Southeast. Upchurch and his business partner, Percy Thomas, are also the managing members ofTCU Consulting Services LLC. Active in the community, Upchurch serves leadership roles at Jackson Hospital, Huntingdon College, the Montgomery Academy, the Montgomery Education Foundation, the Montgomery Planning Commission and others. Upchurch was named YMCA Man of the Year in 2006 and Montgomery Advertiser Citizen of the Year in 2012. 

Galen Thackston

Thackston is regional president and serves on the board of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc., one of the largest multi-discipline architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast. Founded in Montgomery nearly 70 years ago, the firm has been instrumental in major economic development efforts, including recruitment of international corporations such as Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Lakeside Steel Inc., Benteler Automotive, and most recently, German auto supplier Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik. Thackston serves on the Alabama Shakespeare Festival executive committee, Boys and Girls Club of the River Region board, E.A.T. South board and is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery. An Auburn University graduate, he is a registered professional engineer and environmental property assessor in Alabama and a LEED Green Associate.


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