Darryl Bird is a principal architect with Bird & Kamback Architects in Huntsville, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1987 and has been in the field of architecture since that time, becoming a registered architect in 1992. Along with Greg Kamback, he founded Bird & Kamback Architects in 1998. Bird & Kamback is a full-service architectural firm, designing a wide array of building types throughout North Alabama and southern middle Tennessee. His portfolio of projects includes residential, commercial, educational, and religious buildings, with an emphasis on sustainable design.
A LEED-Accredited Professional with specialties in Homes and Neighborhood Development, Darryl served on the State Board of the United States Green Building Council from 2011 through 2013. He served on the State Board of the United States Green Building Council from 2011 through 2013, and has been a member of the North Alabama branch since 2009. The chapter serves to fulfill the USGBC’s mission: “To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.”
Since 1995, Darryl has been an instructor in the Interior Design Certificate Program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he teaches classes in architectural space planning and design. Since 2012 he has blogged on the subject of architecture. His blog, http://www.architectureconnections.net, explores the connections between architecture and the world around us.
Darryl is a past president of the American Institute of Architects, North Alabama Chapter. He has served on the chapter’s board in several capacities and currently resides as a Director. The chapter represents architects across all of North Alabama. Its purpose is to serve member architects, affiliated partners, and the public at large by connecting, informing, educating, and promoting architecture.
Randy Buckner is the Director of Research and Development at Avion Solutions in Huntsville, Alabama, where he is responsible for expanding advanced Army technologies into the commercial sector. Now retired after 36 years of federal service, Mr. Buckner is a member of the Energy Huntsville (EH) initiative, which is working to diversify the region’s workforce and economy to include energy applications and innovations. Avion was one of EH’s first corporate sponsors. Avion provides extensive engineering and logistical-support services to the Army’s aviation community in Huntsville, as well as in several locations throughout the United States.
In federal service, Mr. Buckner served as Chief of the Sustainment Engineering Division, Aviation Engineering Directorate, Redstone Arsenal. He was responsible for management of critical safety items for all aviation systems, conformance and compliance oversight for alternate source vendors, and other sustainment engineering functions.
Mr. Buckner also serves on the board of the Huntsville chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. The local chapter promotes the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry while fostering action for sustainable development.
Away from the professional world, Mr. Buckner has a 20kW photovoltaic solar system installed on his homestead in Limestone County. His system is grid-tied under the 2014 TVA Green Power Providers program.
Bill Millwood has worked in several industries over the last 30 years, including offshore oil fields, environmental testing, aerospace, education, homebuilding, and the arts. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and graduate degrees in Management and Business Administration. He’s also a licensed homebuilder and has a keen interest in innovation and the development of new technologies—both professionally (design, test, program management, source board chairman for procurement of advanced technologies, etc), as well as personally (patent efforts, adjunct professor, green building, and art).
Bill is married to Sherrie Millwood, who is a local program manager with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. They reside on Green Mountain with their two girls, and also have two grown children and a granddaughter in Huntsville. Their oldest daughter is pursuing her Masters in Macedonia. They enjoy Auburn and Alabama football and Spurs basketball together. Bill enjoys camping, hiking, golfing, and building anything. He’s served several local nonprofits as a board member over the years in addition to coaching more than a dozen youth sports teams.
Whether it’s pure economics, the environment, making the world better for our children, or just the enjoyment of tinkering with advancing technologies, Mr. Millwood believes that there’s a place for us all to agree and to come together as a community.
Todd Powers is an administrator at Lynn Fanning Elementary School in the Madison County School System, where he has served since 2011. Previously, Todd taught history at Madison County High School. Todd graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in History, Bethel University with an M.A. in Teaching, and Samford University with an Ed.S in Educational Leadership. Todd is currently pursuing an Ed.D (ABD) in Educational Leadership with a graduate minor in business.
Todd has served as a two-term councilmember for the Town of Gurley and is a former President of the Madison County Education Association. He is actively engaged in the community, working with Leadership Huntsville, HOPE Leadership Academy, and Gurley Lions Club. He is an alumnus of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Connect Class 15.
Todd is married to Shannon Powers and is the father of two boys, Jack and Hank. He is a native of Madison County and currently resides in East Huntsville. In his spare time, Todd is a concert photographer, runner, writer, and political consultant.
John R. Whitman, PhD, is the CEO of Camisary, Inc, and a former Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the College of Business Administration of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where he served as Interim Director of the school’s Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab.
Before moving to Huntsville from Washington, DC, John taught courses in social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, and cooperatives at the Kogod School of Business at American University, and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Previously living in Massachusetts, he taught at Babson College, Harvard University, and Northeastern University.
Before teaching, John founded and sold an international software company, consulted to business school deans in assessment and evaluation, and developed international environmental programs. He serves on small company boards, mentors start-up CEOs, and judges and coaches students in business plan competitions. He co-founded the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the District of Columbia, and he is presently starting up groups engaged in innovation and building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Huntsville, including founding the Huntsville Open Tech Coffee (www.opentechcoffee.com).
In addition to creating online courses at the graduate level, he developed a wiki curriculum on cooperatives funded by Equal Exchange, conducted research on the cooperative model under contract with the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hoya Federal Credit Union. John has also served on the US Research Team for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, published peer-reviewed articles in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, authored book chapters in textbooks on the social economy, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property law, and co-authored a peer-reviewed book, The Social Economy of the United States (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming), and a previous book, Creating Service Quality in Libraries (American Library Association, 2001).