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Executive Division

Greg Canfield Secretary of Commerce

Phone 800.248.0033
Fax 800.248.0033

Angela Till Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Business Development Division

Phone 334.353.0221

Ed Castile Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT

Phone 334.242.4158
Fax 334.242.0299

Angela Smith Incentives Manager

Phone 334.353.8113
Fax 334.242.5669

Stefania Cumuze Special Assistant to the Secretary

Phone 334.242.0421
Fax 334.242.5669

Rosalyn Frank Executive Assistant

Phone 334.242.0475
Fax 334.242.5669

Melanie Cole Administrative Assistant

Phone 334.242.0400
Fax 334.242.5669

Ed Castile Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT

Ed Castile was appointed Director of Alabama Industrial Development Training on August 16, 1993. He is a former director of the State of Tennessee Industrial Training Service.

He currently serves on the Governor’s College and Career Ready Task Force, the State Workforce Investment Act Board, the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, the Economic Development Association of Alabama Board of Directors, the Alabama Career/Technical Education Advisory Council, the Commission on Manufacturing, the UAB Biotechnology Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Economic Alliance. He is the in-coming president of the National Association of Industry Specific Training Directors.

Mr. Castile earned a Masters of Vocational Technical Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Studies Education degree from the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Angela Till Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Business Development Division

As deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, Angela Till serves as the second-ranking leader at the state’s lead economic development agency. Till joined Commerce in July 2014 after a lengthy tenure at the Alabama Department of Revenue, where she specialized in economic development issues.

Till is active in many economic development and industry organizations. She serves as board secretary for the Alabama Communities of Excellence program and as a board member of the Automotive Manufacturers Association of Alabama. She is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council and the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

While at the Revenue Department, Till developed considerable expertise in the financial and tax-related aspects of incentives packages and gained valuable experience working with economic developers from across Alabama.

Before joining Commerce, Till served as the abatement program administrator for the Office of Economic Development in the Revenue Department, helping to craft the tax-related elements of incentive packages for various projects. She administered Alabama’s tax incentive programs for the Revenue Department for 14 years.

In total, Till worked at the Alabama Department of Revenue for 24 years, serving in various positions including senior tax analyst and sales and use tax auditor.

Till holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Greg Canfield Secretary of Commerce

Since July 2011, Greg Canfield has served as the state’s leading economic developer in his role as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.  

Canfield’s job is to ensure that the five priorities of the department are fulfilled: recruitment and expansion activity, export opportunities for Alabama companies, workforce development, small business opportunities, and avenues for job creation in the film and entertainment industry.  During his tenure, Alabama has attracted world-class companies such as Mazda-Toyota U.S., Google, Amazon, Airbus, Polaris, Kimber, Autocar, Wal Mart’s Import Distribution Center, SMP, Pharmavite, Leonardo, James Hardie, Blue Origin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, GE Aviation and many others. Since 2011, under Canfield’s leadership, Alabama has announced projects totaling over $33 billion in capital investment and leading to the creation of over 120,000 new jobs.

Prior to joining Commerce, Canfield served in the Alabama House of Representatives as chairman of the Commerce & Small Business Committee. Graduating from Huffman High School in Birmingham, he went on to attend the University of Alabama and UAB, where he earned a finance degree in 1983. He began his career in sales with the Fortune 500 company Purolator Corp. He became the Southeast Regional Sales Manager and then Regional Administration Manager with responsibility for the corporate regional budgetary process for the southern region. Canfield later became a National Account Manager for Transus Freight Systems, with responsibility for the eastern region from Alabama to New Jersey.

Canfield entered the insurance and financial services field in 1991 and opened a small business in 1993 marketing insurance and financial products to businesses and individuals. After selling his business in 2008, Canfield joined J.H. Berry Insurance in Birmingham, Alabama. The Alabama native is a successful businessman who launched the Business Development Committee during his service as president of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce. The committee recruited many new businesses to his community.

He married the former Denise Coward in 1983. The couple has two children, Rachel and John. Denise is an executive vice president for Regions Bank. They are active members of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, where they have been parishioners since 1983. Canfield enjoys family travel, boating and fishing, SCUBA diving excursions with his son, and dusting off his clubs for the occasional round of golf.

Canfield has always chosen to take an active role as a public servant in local and state economic development activities. In 2000, serving as president of the Vestavia Hills City Council, he was instrumental in the development of the city’s first long-range economic and land use plan that became the basis for future business development activity in that city.

Canfield also served on the Government Affairs Committee for the Birmingham Business Alliance. Canfield is the author and sponsor of the Education Trust Fund Rolling Reserve Budget Act as well as legislation to address improvements in Alabama’s tort laws, pro-business environment and economic development opportunities.

Business Development Division

Ted Clem Director of Business Development

Phone 334.353.0938

Bob Smith Assistant Director of Business Development – European Strategy

Phone 334.242.0412
Fax 334.242.0415

Hollie Pegg Assistant Director of Business Development – Asian Strategy

Phone 334.242.0435
Fax 334.242.0415

April Gray Senior Project Manager

Phone 334.353.0281
Fax 334.242.0415

Ken Muehlenfeld Project Manager

Phone 334.524.7767
Fax 334.242.0415

Vincent K. Perez Project Manager

Phone 334.353.1479
Fax 334.242.0415

Thomas Tyson Project Manager

Phone 334.353.2546

Carissa Crayton Business Development Specialist

Phone 334.353.2851
Fax 334.242.0415

Marjean Deavers Administrative Assistant

Phone 334.242.0456
Fax 334.242.0415

Ted Clem Director of Business Development

Ted Clem, an experienced economic developer who has worked in three Southeastern states, became Director of the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Business Development division in March 2015.

The Business Division markets Alabama to the world, pinpointing companies that may have expansion projects in the region over the next three to five years, and supports the expansion and retention of existing businesses. The division works closely with economic development allies throughout the state as part of a team-based recruitment effort.

Clem joined Commerce in February 2014 as a senior project manager and played a key role in two projects in Opelika that involved $340 million in capital investment and nearly 400 new jobs.

Clem began his career in Evergreen, Alabama, as the first Executive Director of the Conecuh County Economic Development Authority. He later served with the Covington County Economic Development Commission before moving on to a business development post at the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in 1995, followed by a stint the Bay County Economic Development Alliance in Panama City.

Before joining Commerce, Clem served as President of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission in Georgia, where he helped lead community strategic planning efforts and was instrumental in the creation of a $30 million deal-closing fund for projects.

Clem holds the Certified Economic Developer certification and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Troy University, where he played on national championship football teams in 1984 and 1987. He also received a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He and his wife, Stacey, reside in Prattville with their three children.

Workforce Development Division

Ed Castile Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT

Phone 334.242.4158
Fax 334.242.0299

Ed Castile Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT

Ed Castile was appointed Director of Alabama Industrial Development Training on August 16, 1993. He is a former director of the State of Tennessee Industrial Training Service.

He currently serves on the Governor’s College and Career Ready Task Force, the State Workforce Investment Act Board, the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, the Economic Development Association of Alabama Board of Directors, the Alabama Career/Technical Education Advisory Council, the Commission on Manufacturing, the UAB Biotechnology Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Economic Alliance. He is the in-coming president of the National Association of Industry Specific Training Directors.

Mr. Castile earned a Masters of Vocational Technical Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Studies Education degree from the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

International Trade Division

Hilda Lockhart Division Director

Phone 334.242.0442
Fax 334.242.0415

Beau Lore International Trade Specialist

Phone 334.242.0450
Fax 334.242.0415

Jeremy Wolfe Trade Specialist

Phone 334.353.1762
Fax 334.242.0415

Valicia Talley Administrative Assistant

Phone 334.242.7982
Fax 334.242.0415

Hilda Lockhart Division Director

Hilda Lockhart and her staff help companies establish working relationships with export and other professionals, building knowledge that results in lucrative international business. The department accomplishes this mission through several specific activities designed to complement the existing trade promotion programs of other state and federal agencies.

Activities include special programs and trade events including trade missions, trade shows, and catalog missions. Foreign buyers are encouraged to include Alabama in their U.S.A itineraries, and the state’s exporters and importers receive mass mailings and special publications such as the Alabama International Trade Directory. The department co-sponsors and supports a variety of export development activities for other Alabama organizations.

Small Business Advocacy

Eddie Postell Manager

Phone 334.242.0485
Fax 334.242.0415

Eddie Postell Manager

Eddie Postell and the Small Business Office of Advocacy foster the growth of Alabama’s small operations by giving them a variety of assistance. The office provides information to businesses, and the needs and concerns of small-business owners are regularly addressed. Working closely with the Small Business Development Consortium, the agency’s Small Business Office is working in coordination with the consortium’s 11 Small Business Development Centers at universities throughout the state and jointly publishes Alabamas Answers, a guide to doing business in Alabama.

The department also participates in joint efforts with ADECA’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise, as well as other groups around the state involved in the development of small business.

Commerce Information Services

Angela Howard Research Analyst

Phone 334.242.0483
Fax 334.242.0415

Rosalyn Frank Executive Assistant

Phone 334.242.0475
Fax 334.242.5669

Angela Till Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Business Development Division

Phone 334.353.0221

Angela Till Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Business Development Division

As deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, Angela Till serves as the second-ranking leader at the state’s lead economic development agency. Till joined Commerce in July 2014 after a lengthy tenure at the Alabama Department of Revenue, where she specialized in economic development issues.

Till is active in many economic development and industry organizations. She serves as board secretary for the Alabama Communities of Excellence program and as a board member of the Automotive Manufacturers Association of Alabama. She is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council and the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

While at the Revenue Department, Till developed considerable expertise in the financial and tax-related aspects of incentives packages and gained valuable experience working with economic developers from across Alabama.

Before joining Commerce, Till served as the abatement program administrator for the Office of Economic Development in the Revenue Department, helping to craft the tax-related elements of incentive packages for various projects. She administered Alabama’s tax incentive programs for the Revenue Department for 14 years.

In total, Till worked at the Alabama Department of Revenue for 24 years, serving in various positions including senior tax analyst and sales and use tax auditor.

Till holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Administrative Technology Division

Jonathan West Division Director

Phone 334.242.0446
Fax 334.353.1212

Liz Burgess Accounts Payable / Purchasing Coordinator

Phone 334.353.1264
Fax 334.353.1212

Jeff Dorman Administrative Assistant

Phone 334.242.0448
Fax 334.353.1212

Wayne Nickols Information Systems Manager

Phone 334.242.0428
Fax 334.353.1212

Derek Bennett IT Systems Specialist

Phone 334.353.0808
Fax 334.353.1212

Human Resources

Stephanie McMeans Personnel Manager

Phone 334.242.0445

Candice Sudduth Personnel Officer

Phone 334.242.5673
Fax 334.353.1212

Alabama Film Office

Kathy Faulk Manager

Phone 334.242.7127

Brenda Hobbie Incentives Coordinator

Phone 334.242.4195

Tommy Fell Location Coordinator

Phone 334.242.3991

Courtney Murphy Community Liaison

Phone 334.242.3989

Kathy Faulk Manager

Ms. Faulk and her staff in the Alabama Film Office are tasked with recruiting film, television and entertainment production to the State of Alabama. This office has seen tremendous growth since the passage of the “Entertainment Incentives Act” by the legislature in 2009.

Ms. Faulk was instrumental in passage of this legislation and was appointed to lead the Film Office. She spent over twenty years working in the Governor’s Office under four Governors. Ms. Faulk said that working for the Film Office has been the biggest and most rewarding challenge of her 38 years of state service.

Since joining the staff, the Alabama Film Office has implemented a successful incentives program that is gathering national attention. In April 2013, two feature films were released in the same month; a first for the Film Office. Numerous feature films such as “October Baby”, “42”, “Space Warriors” have filmed in Alabama, along with countless commercials, reality shows, documentaries and music videos.

Prior to working in the Film Office and the Governor’s Office, Ms. Faulk also worked in the state departments of Finance and Human Resources.

AIDT

Ed Castile Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT

Phone 334.242.4158
Fax 334.242.0299

Ed Castile Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT

Ed Castile was appointed Director of Alabama Industrial Development Training on August 16, 1993. He is a former director of the State of Tennessee Industrial Training Service.

He currently serves on the Governor’s College and Career Ready Task Force, the State Workforce Investment Act Board, the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, the Economic Development Association of Alabama Board of Directors, the Alabama Career/Technical Education Advisory Council, the Commission on Manufacturing, the UAB Biotechnology Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Economic Alliance. He is the in-coming president of the National Association of Industry Specific Training Directors.

Mr. Castile earned a Masters of Vocational Technical Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Studies Education degree from the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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