2022 HOT DOGS & HEROES HONOREES

 

Jud Blount

Along with his Vintage Hospitality Group team, Jud has 45 years of restaurant and hospitality experience. His vast knowledge has allowed him to master all aspects of the industry and cultivate innovative concepts. Born and raised in Montgomery, Jud attended the Univ. of Alabama studying Business Administration/Management. Prior to taking over Vintage Year, he was the President, CEO & Co-Owner of Filet & Vine for 19 years where he grew it to be Central Alabama’s largest specialty market, deli and bottle shop. In 2018, he opened Vintage Cafe, a coffee shop and daytime eatery. In 2020 in partnership with Alabama Power, Jud started MGM Greens, a fully climate-controlled hydroponic farm that grows leafy greens and herbs for his restaurants and the community. In 2022, Blount will complete the extensive City Fed restoration project that will include Ravello, a new Italian eatery, along with several private event spaces. Most recently, he was named Restaurateur of the Year by Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association.

Jud and his wife Martha have two children, Jud Jr. & Susannah. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, and live music. A member and on the Board of Trustees of Fitzpatrick United Methodist Church, he has also been active in the community as a youth coach, co-chairman of The Capri Theatre – Marquee Magic Campaign, Capri Community Film Society President, Light the Heart of Cloverdale Co-Chairman & board member of Jubilee Cityfest in addition to being a former member of Fitzpatrick Volunteer Fire Department. Most recently, Jud has become a member of Montgomery Area Committee of 100 and serves on the Board of Directors for Montgomery Chamber, Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts, River Region Trails and the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association.

 

Anthony Brock

Anthony is a native Montgomerian and graduate of Sidney Lanier, as well as  Alabama State University. He was employed by the Autauga County School System for 13 years and was also the last Principal at St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery. He is the Founder of the Brother2Brother and Sister2Sister Mentoring Program that still meets regularly in Autauga County.

Mr. Brock serves on the Alabama Leadership Council for the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, the Board of Directors at The Mercy House, and Prattville Y.M.CA, and he is currently a member on the Alabama Independent Schools Association State Board of Directors. He is also a proud graduate of Leadership Class XXIX.

Anthony was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award by the Montgomery Advertiser for Central Alabama, his mentoring program was recognized as the Autauga County Service Organization of the Year, the Montgomery Alumni Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta and Kappa Alpha Psi recognized him as the 2016 Citizen of the Year, and the First Congregational Church in Montgomery recognized he and his brother with the “2016 Daring to Make a Difference Award.” He was selected at the Alabama Black Achievers Gala sponsored by Regions Bank in Birmingham as the Entrepreneur of the Year. Most recently, Anthony was selected by the Alabama Power Company as an Alabama Bright Light and also selected to Alabama State University’s “50 under 50” Inaugural Alumni Class.

He is currently the Head of School at Valiant Cross Academy. Since opening in 2015, Valiant Cross Academy has been showcased in local print publications, WSFA“Making a Difference” report, WAKA “Whats Right With Our Schools” report, recognized by the USA Today as a 50K grant winner in there “A Community That Thrives Program”, and Valiant Cross received the 2017 Community Service Award from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Valiant Cross was also recently selected as one of the State of Alabama’s Bicentennial School’s. He is also the author of the book and soon to be documentary “Fruit”, that details his career as an educator and mentor. Anthony and his scholars from VCA recently were featured in Bryan Stevenson’s HBO Documentary, True Justice and CNN News has done a feature on the school.

He is an active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Montgomery where he serves as a Steward, Men’s Usher, Men’s Chorus, and the Co-Coordinator of the Tutoring Program. Anthony is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He is married to D’Tanja Brock and they have two beautiful daughters, Noah and Jonah

 

Cathy L. Caddell

After graduating from the University of Alabama, Cathy began her business career at Regions Mortgage (formally Real Estate Financing, Inc.) in 1975. She was rapidly promoted into positions of increasing responsibility winning numerous awards for outstanding management performance including Office Manager of the Year, Branch Manager of the Year, and General Manager of the Year company-wide. She capped her Regions career as Senior Vice President over Production Services for both home office and branch locations.

In 2000, Cathy went to work for the family business, Caddell Construction Co., of which she was also a major shareholder. As Human Resources Director, she organized and managed Caddell’s first formal HR Department including all policies and procedures, EEO protocols, recruitment, benefits, and everything required to support the personnel needs of a major international construction company. During this time, she was also an active board member for the Alabama Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), and was selected to serve as the Alabama ABC Chairman in 2011 (one of only two women who had received this honor in this organization’s 40+ year history).

Ms. Caddell retired from Caddell Construction Co. in 2014 to devote more time to managing the care of her parents while still remaining very active in various community organizations including serving on the boards of Alabama Shakespeare Theater and Montgomery Council on Aging (MACOA). She has been active in supporting several other non-profit organizations over the years. Cathy manages the John & Joyce Caddell Foundation which is a major benefactor to a wide range of local area charities and cultural organizations in the River Region.

Cathy is married to Charlie Warnke and is a member of Frazer United Methodist Church.

 

Edward F. Crowell 

Until recently, Brigadier General (USAF, ret.) Crowell was the president and Chief Executive Officer for VT Kinetics, parent company for VT Miltope and VT MAK based in Cambridge, MA, and VT Miltope based in Montgomery, AL.

Edward is a proud veteran of the USAF and the Reserves, with over 35 years of continued service. He retired from the USAF at Maxwell AFB in March 2009 where he had served as Commandant of the Air War College and Vice Commander of Air University while serving an extended tour of Active Duty and most recently as Mobilization Assistant to the President and Commander of Air University. He is recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medals, along with a host of others.

Edward is a proven leader and has lectured on the topic of leadership, management, and strategic initiatives to a number of businesses and organizations. He is a proud citizen of Alabama and was appointed as a Trustee to the Troy University Board of Trustees by formal Governor Bob Riley. Likewise, Governor Robert Bentley appointed him to the Certificate of Need Review Board (CONRB) and the State of Alabama Ethics Commission where he recently served as Chairman. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of theMontgomery Metro YMCA as its chair elect, Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) Board, recent past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Committee of 100, State of Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board, Chairman of Jackson Hospital Board, Air University Foundation Board, Alabama World Affairs Council Member, Air Force Association Chapter 102 member, and past Chairman of the National Classification Management System (NCMS) Chapter 33, a professional organization for Defense Security Professionals. He recently served as the River Region United Way Annual Campaign Chairman for year 2018. He is a community leader and prefers to be on the giving end of the spectrum rather than on the receiving end.

 

Jeanne Drummond 

Montgomerian Jeanne Drummond has been active in many organizations in the city and the southeast United States. Just a few of her activities, both past and present, include:

Former Chairman of Central Al United Way

Former Chairman Southeastern United Way

Chairman, Child Protect

Respite

St Johns – Chairman, Women of the Church, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Outreach

Tutor New Beginning’s

Montgomery Symphony Board

AUM Board

Former Scout Leader

 

Lloria Munnerlyn James

Lloria was born and raised in Montgomery along with her sister Samarria Munnerlyn Dunson by her parents Sam and Marielle Munnerlyn. Mrs. James graduated from Lee High School in 1998 and The University of Alabama in 2002 with a degree in business administration. She went on to law school at The University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in December 2004. After passing the bar, Mrs. James worked for the Cochran Firm before winning a job at the District Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County.

While at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office from June 2005 to August 2008, Mrs. James worked in District Court, Drug Court, Mental Health Court and for the last two years of her services she was in charge of crimes against children. After gaining a wealth of experience Mrs. James was offered the position of Chief Deputy for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Mrs. James was the Chief Deputy for Dallas, Wilcox and Perry Counties from August 2008 until February 2015. During that time, she was appointed to the Montgomery Municipal Court bench in 2012. In February 2015, Mrs. James was offered a position as Juvenile Court Prosecutor in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and accepted. In August of 2016, Mrs. James was appointed Chief Deputy of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Mrs. James is an avid mentor and believes that service to the community is her purpose. She is proud to actively work with the Success By Six Program, the Helping Montgomery Families Initiative, the I-Lead Program, and the Dutchess, Divas and Gents organization. Being raised to believe “service is the price you pay for the space you occupy” she has made improving the lives Montgomery’s children her life’s work.

On March 3, 2020 she was elected Circuit Court Judge for Montgomery County. She is thrilled to take her talents and heart for service to the bench to serve the children and families of Montgomery.

Mrs. James met and married her heart’s joy Attorney Charles James when they were students at the University of Alabama. Attorney James is the managing partner of The Serious Injury Law Group. The happy couple have two young daughters, Aiden Yvette James (10) and Chase Singleton James (6). The James family attends Resurrection Catholic Church.

 

Josh Johnson

As WSFA's Chief Meteorologist, you can see Josh's forecast every weeknight at 5, 6, and 10pm. Growing up in Jacksonville, Alabama, Josh has known he wanted to be a meteorologist in Alabama since early childhood. Inspired by the Blizzard of '93, Hurricane Opal and numerous tornado events, Josh went to Mississippi State University and earned his degree in meteorology.

While there, Josh started doing TV weather at the age of 19, working as weekend meteorologist at WTOK-TV in Meridian, MS while attending Mississippi State. An internship with Birmingham meteorologist James Spann sharpened his desire to serve others in the field of meteorology. Soon after graduation, Josh was named Chief Meteorologist at WTOK.

Josh had a great time working at WTOK and covered some incredible weather events, including Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

In March of 2007, Josh moved to Atlanta and joined the team at 11Alive (NBC). There, Josh learned versatility in his new role, managing the station's school weather outreach program, helping the station roll out its first ever Storm Tracker vehicle and improving the station's digital weather presence. The most memorable time of Josh's Atlanta tenure was working the night of the Atlanta tornado in March of 2008.

In July of 2008, Josh accepted the Morning Meteorologist position at WSFA 12 News, a role he held for almost seven years. In that time, Josh helped pioneer the station's launch of a new, powerful HD weather graphics system and was a driving force behind WSFA's launch of StormTracker 12. Josh was also front and center for some historic Alabama weather events, including the tornado outbreaks of April 2011, numerous tropical systems and a few brushes with winter weather, too.

In April of 2015, Josh was promoted to Chief Meteorologist at WSFA 12 News. As chief meteorologist, Josh has lead the weather team in accurately forecasting numerous tornado events, winter storms and tropical weather systems. Josh holds the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval and is an active member of the National Weather Association, having served on its Weather and Forecasting Committee.

When not at work, Josh is involved in Alabama's effort against the opiate crisis. The issue is personal for Josh; his younger brother, Chris, died in October of 2015 after a long struggle against opiate addiction. Josh serves on the Governor's Opiate Council and travels across Alabama sharing his family's tragic drug story with anyone who will listen.

 

Marche′ Johnson

As City Councillor of District 3 in the City of Montgomery, she is responsible for a constituency of approximately 26,000. She is on a mission to create a more sustainable, inclusive, and resourceful community. Ms. Johnson is focused on increasing surveillance, visibility, and effectiveness with neighborhood associations. She also has goals to mediate crime by establishing relationships between law enforcement and community members. Prior to being elected to her role as City Councilor, Marche gained experience in Lean Six Sigma, logistics and operations as a logistician in the U.S. Army, where she served 13 years.

Marche`was born in Montgomery, AL where she graduated with honors from Lee High School. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Human Services. Marche` is a graduate of the James W. Wright Leadership Development Institute, Leadership Montgomery Torchbearers Class VIII, and the Women's Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell University. She is also a published author of a children’s book “Dear Bully”.

Marche`was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (6), Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon. She was featured in the City of Montgomery’s documentary “382: Organizing for the Future”; she has also been featured in numerous magazine articles. She has spoken at several industry events including the She Should Run Conference. In addition, she organized the first ever TedX for women in the city of Montgomery. You can always find Marche`actively engaged in schools and community projects across the City of Montgomery!

Marche`is currently a member of the Junior League of Montgomery, NAACP- Montgomery County Branch, and Song- Montgomery Chapter. Marche`is the mother of two boys Kaleb and Karter.

 

The Montgomery Biscuits

YOUR Montgomery Biscuits are the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and play in the Southern League. The team moved here in 2014, and downtown Montgomery hasn’t been the same since!

“Hey Butter, Butter, Butter!” is a favorite chant by the fans at the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Biscuits. If they are lucky, they will catch a biscuit shot out of an air cannon during the games and have a chance to meet the team’s mascot,"Big Mo", an orange beast that just loves biscuits!

From supporting youth and civic organizations to providing families & friends the opportunity of being together; the team has become an integral part of our city!

 

Doug Singleton

As the District 5 Commissioner, Doug serves as Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission. He has served on the Commission since November 2016. He is married to Dawn Vandiver Singleton, and he has three children: Tison, Caroline, and Brooke. Commissioner Singleton is an active Member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.

Community Involvement:

Chairman of the Board of Central Alabama Consortium

City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department Advisory Board Member

Chairman of the Board Montgomery American Youth Baseball and Softball

Committee of 100 Board of Control and Economic Development

Upward Basketball Volunteer 1997-Current

Crowne Nursing Home Volunteer 2001-Current

Past Member Board of Stewards Frazer Church and Sunday School Teacher

Montgomery Miracle League Founder and President

Board of Metropolitan Planning Organization

Garrett Coliseum Cooperative District Board Member

Community Recognition:

2011 Montgomery Miracle League Field Named the Doug Singleton Miracle League Field in Honor

2008 The Volunteer and Information Center Adult Volunteer of the Year

2008 The Junior League Adult Volunteer of the Year Award

2007 The Judge Joseph D. Phelps Friend of Youth Award

2007 Optimist Club of Downtown Montgomery Youth Award

2005 Montgomery American Commissioners Award

2000 Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each share, tweet, and email helps us spread the word about That's My Child.

You've Helped Raise

What's Everybody Saying?