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  • Steven M. Sandlin, president and co-founder of Pay-Less Pharmacy Group in Decatur, was named a Retailer of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association on Thursday.

    He was one of nine retailers receiving the award.

    Sandlin received the Gold Award in the ďAnnual Sales More Than $5 millionĒ category.

    Sandlin also won the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerceís 2007 Small-Business Person of the Year award. Pay-Less has won The Dailyís Best of the Best pharmacy honors three years in a row.

    Sandlin is a 1969 graduate of The University of Alabama and a 1973 graduate of Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

  • Michael Ray Jones, owner of Mikeís Merchandise in
    Decatur, has received a Bronze Award naming him one of
    the stateís retailers of the

    Jones received the award from the Alabama Retail Association, in cooperation with The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Jones also owns Mikeís Merchandise stores in Huntsville, Guntersville, Auburn and Muscle Shoals.

    His first store, in Guntersville, began as a resale business for merchandise obtained at auction.

    His stores sell tools, books, clothing, linens, pet supplies and other merchandise.

    An independent panel of judges selected Jones for
    the solid expansion of his
    business, promoting the retail industry to students and
    his companyís use of technology.

  • Brandon R. Brown of Decatur has been named deputy chief financial officer at NASAís Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

    Brown, who joined NASA and the Marshall Center this month, will assist the chief financial officer in overseeing implementation and administration of all integrated Marshall and NASA financial management systems tied to the NASA field centerís annual budget of approximately $2.6 billion.

    Previously, Brown was executive director of finance operations for ConAgra Food Ingredients of Omaha, Neb.

    A native of Webb City, Mo., he received a bachelorís degree in business administration in 1996 from Missouri Southern State University.

    He earned a masterís degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona in 2004.

    Brown lives in Decatur with his wife, Erin.

  • Countrywide Home Loans Inc. added to its Madison-area staff with the recent appointment of Toni Roberts, of
    Decatur, as home loan consultant.

  • RBC Centura Bank recently appointed Maria Brown to serve as a mortgage loan officer, overseeing real estate mortgage loans in Decatur, Madison and Huntsville.

    Brown recently served as a mortgage consultant at Wachovia Mortgage Corp.

    She was president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Birmingham in 1989.

    Brown earned an associateís degree in business administration from Jefferson State Junior College in Birmingham. She lives in Decatur.

  • Regions Financial Corp. recently announced changes in the commercial banking leadership team for North Alabama.

    Harry Waugh has been promoted to commercial real estate executive and will lead the commercial real estate team, and Sean Kelly has been promoted to commercial banking executive and will lead the commercial and industrial banking team.

    Waugh, a 27-year Regions veteran, began his career in 1980 in Birmingham.

    Waugh received his bachelorsí degree in business administration from Auburn University, his masterís in business administration from Samford University, and he attended
    the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.

    Kelly started his career with Regions in the management training program in Birmingham in 1993.

    Kelly is a graduate of Auburn University and attended the Georgia State School of Banking. People in Business appears on Sundays. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday at noon. To submit an item, e-mail it to eric@decaturdaily .com or mail it to People in Business, The Decatur Daily, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur AL 35609-2213.

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