News from the Tennessee Valley Business
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2007

Business In Brief

Robert Peck earns 50-year-pin award

Tuesday, Robert Peck received the 50-year-pin award at the Alabama Funeral Directorsí Convention in Point Clear.

The pin is awarded to those who have served 50 years or more in the funeral business.

Peck began working part time at Peck Funeral Home in 1950. He graduated from Auburn University in 1957 with a bachelorís degree in business administration.

Since then, he has worked full time at the funeral home that was started by his father, James Elliotte Peck, in 1929.

Peck serves on the advisory board of directors for Wachovia Bank and the board of directors for the Morgan County Economic Development Association.

He is past president and member of the Kiwanis Club in Hartselle and attends First United Methodist Church.

Peck resides in Hartselle with his wife, Gail.

Emily Peck

Houston Baptist gets new director

Hunter Baker was recently named director of strategic planning at Houston Baptist University. Baker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center with a juris doctorate.

He is at the dissertation stage of his Ph.D. candidacy in religion, politics and society at Baylor University.

Baker has served as director of public policy for the Georgia Family Council in Atlanta and director of special markets in the office of university relations at Baylor University.

He is a contributing editor for Salvo Magazine, and has authored pieces for American Spectator, National Review Online, Christianity Today and Human Events.

A Decatur native, he and his wife, Dr. Ruth Baker, have two children, Grace, 2, and Andrew, 5. His parents, Terry and Becky Baker, live in Decatur.

Emily Peck

Decatur insurance agent honored

Blaine Mardis, an insurance agent for Cotton States, recently received membership in the APP-A-Week Club. The club honors agents who excel in continuous life application production.

Only 44 agents were recognized with membership. Mardis began working for Cotton States Insurance in 1986. He resides in Decatur.

Emily Peck

Keegan & Co. names advisers

Morgan Keegan & Co. named Joseph Montgomery and Taylor Roberts as financial advisers in the firmís Decatur office.

Montgomery received his degree in business management from Auburn University.

He has been a personal banking officer for Compass Bank and as a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.

He is past president of the Morgan County Auburn Club, past president/membership chairman and East/West Baseball co-chair for the Decatur Lionís Club.

Roberts graduated from The University of Alabama and was a banking officer for Compass Bank before serving 10 years as a financial adviser for Smith Barney.

Roberts is a board member of the Decatur chapter of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. He is the chairman of the 2007 cancer golf tournament and past member of the Decatur Jaycees. Roberts was Riverfest chairman and Jaycee of the Year in 1999.

Emily Peck

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