Chairman of the Board of DirectorsAl retired March 30, 2010 after 25 years in plastics manufacturing. The last 15 years were with Ball Corporation in various roles from Plant Manager to Vice President. A graduate of Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, his degree is in accounting. Soon after entering the manufacturing industry his leadership qualities resulted in a move to management. His career, spanning 30 years and 8 moves to different states, has afforded him daily opportunities to examine his faith, evaluate his personal growth and to mentor those under his leadership. Each move was a journey in faith and for over twenty years now, Al has had a passion for Bible Study and teaching others. He has also served as deacon, Sunday School Director, board member of Carson Newman College's Alumni Association and board member of IMD.
Al lives in Ooltewah, TN with his wife, Sue. They have two grown daughters Erin and Amanda. They also have two grandsons, Joshua, age five and Caleb, age 1 year. While living in Arvada, Colorado (2003-2007) Al taught a "new believer's class" that developed into a weekly Small Group Bible Study for more than three years. It was during these years at Foothills Community Church that Al met Phil Largent and first learned about IMD International. A relationship developed between Christian brothers and was solidified through small group Bible Study. Phil's passion to equip pastors was contagious and together with Al's passion for Bible Study, Al was quickly on board supporting the IMD efforts.