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Chilton Co. beef farmer elected ALFA President

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Alabama farmer and former Alfa Insurance board member Jimmy Parnell has been elected president, CEO and chairman of the board of the Alfa Insurance Companies.

Parnell, 48, of Stanton in Chilton County, is a partner in his family's beef cattle and timber business. He served on Alfa's board of directors from 1999-2008 and says he looks forward to strengthening the company's commitment to provide outstanding customer service.

"Alfa was founded to help policyholders protect their farms, homes, automobiles and families with affordable insurance and honest, personalized service," Parnell said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to build on this foundation as we work to better serve our customers and grow the Alfa companies."

Parnell is a 1985 graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural business and economics. Since returning to the family farm, he has helped grow its beef cattle farm to include 600 brood cows and 2,500 stocker calves. Parnell was named Alabama Logger of the Year in 2006 by the Alabama Forestry Association, and he, wife Robin and children James Robert and Anna Grace were named the Alabama Farmers Federation's Outstanding Young Farm Family in 1999.

Parnell replaces Limestone County farmer Jerry Newby, who served as president of Alfa for 14 years.

Also elected to the Alfa board of directors were vice presidents Rex Vaughn of Madison County and George Jeffcoat of Houston County, as well as board members Brian Glenn of Lawrence County, Don Allison of Winston County, Richard Edgar of Elmore County, and Carl Sanders of Coffee County, all of Alabama.

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