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UA EMBA Alumnus Ray Curry Attends Historic White House Bill Signing

By Jameson Hollis

Infrastructure Bill Signing
Ray Curry (EMBA 2013), shown standing behind President Biden as he signs Infrastructure Bill.


On Monday, November 8, President Biden signed one of the largest infrastructure bills in U.S. history. Ray Curry, current President of UAW and University of Alabama Executive MBA alumnus (Class of 2013), witnessed the White House Lawn historic signing. The infrastructure bill includes funding to improve roads, public transportation, electric energy, and electric cars.

As President of UAW, which consists of more than 400,000 active members, the infrastructure bill will aid auto workers by allowing Detroit, home of General Motor’s largest car plant, to maintain its status as a leader in mobility in the state of Michigan.

Ray Curry
Ray Curry, President of UAW and recipient of the 2021 UA EMBA Alumnus of the Year Award.

After being elected as the UAW Secretary-Treasurer at the 37th Constitutional Convention, Ray Curry was elected President of the UAW on June 28, 2021, by the International Executive Board. Ray Curry has substantial experience as a labor union leader and has represented countless auto workers across the United States.

During the EMBA Alumni Network Conference in October, Ray Curry was honored with the 2021 EMBAAN Alumnus of the Year award. The award recognized his exceptional career accomplishments and his ability to exemplify what it means to be a University of Alabama alumnus in the workplace and the community.

President Joe Biden acknowledged Ray’s ability to represent auto workers by stating, “Nobody does more to look out for American auto workers than Ray Curry.” Ray also celebrated his 56th birthday, which he referred to as a week of blessings. Once the president thanked Ray Curry for hosting him in Detroit, he made sure to wish him a happy birthday.

The new infrastructure bill could present an opportunity for car companies to promote and expand the electric car business. As auto workers are operating along with this ongoing growth, Ray Curry will be representing a considerable amount of these workers. The bill signing is one of the many great joys in Ray’s role representing the UAW’s 1.2 million active and retired members.

UA EMBA Alumnus Michael Mettee Named FirstBank CFO

Michael Mettee, FirstBank chief financial officer

University of Alabama Executive MBA alumnus Michael Mettee has been named CFO of FirstBank, the Nashville-based lender, and its parent company FB Financial Corporation.

Mettee took over as interim CFO of FirstBank in April 2020 as it was working to finalize its $611 million acquisition of Franklin-based FranklinSynergy Bank (NYSE: FSB). The deal, which closed in August, grew FirstBank to 87 branches across four states and mortgage companies across the southeast and gives it approximately $11 billion in assets.

Mettee graduated from the UA EMBA Program in 2011. “The Executive MBA program at Alabama was instrumental in forming the way I think as a business person,” said Mettee. “The unique structure and curriculum allowed me to learn from classmates, top instructors, and business executives who really set me up to take the next step in my career. Roll Tide!”

Before joining FirstBank in 2012, Mettee managed budget and forecasting for the retail banking operation of BBVA Compass. He also spent a decade in secondary marketing at BBVA, Regions/AmSouth, and Wachovia/SouthTrust.

“I am truly honored to be named CFO of a bank with the reputation and track record for success that FirstBank has built,” Mettee said in the company’s press release. “I am fortunate to work alongside a talented and dedicated team of associates across our footprint that provides unmatched customer service and works together to execute our strategic plan.”

To request more information on the Executive MBA Program and attend a virtual information session, contact Cheryl Altamara at or 205-348-4501.

Sullivan Named Executive Vice President at Bryant Bank

Mark Sullivan, an alumnus of UA’s Executive MBA Class of 1994, has been named Executive Vice President at Bryant Bank.

After retiring from Synovus at the end of March, he knew he would not stay retired for long.  According to Sullivan, “I still have a lot of energy, and hopefully, a little knowledge to help an organization move forward toward its goals.”  The new role at Bryant Bank will “allow me to expand my focus beyond just the local market while remaining very active and engaged in the Tuscaloosa community.”

“This job will allow me to continue to draw on the overall strategic knowledge and training I received in the EMBA program, but in an even broader way.”

To learn more about Mark Sullivan and his new role as Executive Vice President at Bryant Bank, click on the article below.

Celebrating the EMBA Class of 2020

UA EMBA 2020 Huntsville Class
UA HEMBA 2020 Class
UA TEMBA 2020 Class in Tuscaloosa
UA TEMBA 2020 Class








Although The University of Alabama Executive MBA Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for May 2, is postponed until August contingent on how the summer health outlook progresses, we celebrate their achievement today as they finish their final semester.

We will also celebrate again in August so that they receive the recognition they so richly deserve. We look forward to honoring our EMBA graduates along with their families, faculty, and staff at the EMBA Ceremony. The ceremony will honor the achievement of our graduates who have earned their degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world, during one of the most challenging times in recent history.

Congratulations UA EMBA Class of 2020

  • Alanna Aaron, Infomedia
  • Brandon Barnhill, Pilot Catastrophe Services Inc.
  • Chad Brennan, Dynetics, Inc.
  • Jeremy Chism, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • David Coleman, Hunt Refining Company
  • Mike DeWerff, Motion Industries
  • Cynthia Dempsey, Decatur Morgan Hospital
  • Danielle Devaney, The Boeing Company
  • Shane Gandy, Pratt & Whitney
  • Lonnie Golightly, BF Goodrich/Michelin
  • Gilbert Goscicki, BASF
  • Pamela Harris, The University of Alabama, AL-PTAC
  • Joey Holdmeyer, Sonoco Products Company
  • Jake Horner, Unison Environmental Services
  • Bob James, Social Security Administration
  • Gabe Lewis, Mobius
  • Julie Mathis, Futaba Corporation of America
  • Brian McCormick, Parker Hannafin
  • Phil Monkress, All Points Logistics, LLC
  • Jared Murray, The Reprieve
  • Candace Padgett, Southwire Company
  • Justin Padgett, DRD, LLC
  • David Ramirez, Seimens
  • Jennifer Ridgeway, PPG Aerospace
  • Stephen Schlanger, Walt Disney World
  • Robert Smith, Trustmark
  • Adam Stephens, OYO
  • Amanda Suddath, FirstGroup America
  • Patrick Talley, o2ideas
  • Wilson Townsend, Schneider Electric
  • Tim Ware, Anheuser-Busch
  • Mandy Watts, B.Braun Interventional Systems
  • Stephan Williams, GAF – Tuscaloosa
  • Ted Yonke, ThyssenKrupp Materials