According to co-owner Craig Pool, Foreign-Trade Zone Corp. (FTZC) is very proud of its inaugural selection as “Best Local Company to Work For” in the 2016 Nappie Awards.

Located near the corner of Old Shell Road and Upham Street, the innocuous, ivy-covered brick building sits adjacent to Paragon Cleaners and across the street from Thames Batre Insurance.

“We are very proud of the FTZC team and feel that without our great group of employees we would not have been as successful as we have. We also want to thank our current employees for all their hard work and for supporting FTZC. The only way we would have achieved such an award is by our team members getting the word out,” Pool said.

FTZC has three primary business units. Its enterprise FTZ Compliance Software, SmartZone, is the fastest growing. The other two focus on consulting services and providing contract operations for clients.

Pool said FTZC was formed in response to demand for hands-on experience and expertise. More than 25 years ago, founders Pool and Greg Jones each operated the company on a day-to-day basis.

Because of the success and subsequent notoriety of their projects, the two began receiving more requests for assistance across the United States. Today the company provides consulting and software services to hundreds of clients in more than 48 states and Puerto Rico.

In 1996, following many completed compliance reviews on behalf of clients, the company recognized the need for a compliant, easy-to-use foreign-trade zone inventory control and recordkeeping system. Slightly more than a year later, FTZC released its first version of SmartZone software.

Today, the latest version of SmartZone Compliance Software is used by hundreds of companies on a “Software as a Service” platform. The software uses proprietary technology with its Intelligent Web Client that allows its users better functionality without the security risks of traditional web browsers. This technology was designed and produced locally by FTZC’s development team, led by Joshua Guy, vice president of software solutions

Per Pool, FTZC strives to provide an environment that helps employees feel like part of a team.

“Many people mistakenly feel that large companies are always the best place to work. However, since FTZC is a growing company with only 15 people on payroll, we value our employees and employee retention above all else,” Pool said. “This is why we have a goal of zero turnover, which means working to make our team members feel they have the best overall work environment and compensation package. We want to make sure our workers are happy every day they come to work.”

Winter wins Nappie for “Best Realtor” third year running
“I am honored and humbled to have won the ‘Best Realtor’ category for the last three years,” 2016 winner Sam Winter said. “Considering the ‘Best Realtor’ has been selected from the small real estate company of Sam Winter and Co. Inc., I can only attribute it to a loyal and diverse customer base of over 400 families.”

Winter thanks voters for their continued support and for selecting his firm as the Nappie winner essentially since he opened his doors for business in 2013. “I sincerely appreciate your continued confidence and look forward to helping my future clients and customers,” he said

New administrator at USA Children’s and Women’s
Chris Jett has been named the new administrator of USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Mobile’s leader in births.

In his new role, Jett will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 1,100-employee hospital. He said he is motivated by the people of USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, the patients it serves and its team of physicians, nurses, therapists and staff.  

“Children’s and Women’s Hospital means a lot to me,” Jett said. “I see the dedication of our staff, and the incredible impact they have on our patients and their families. It’s a privilege to work alongside them, serving and caring for the children and women of our region.”

Jett joined USA Children’s and Women’s in 2008 as an administrative resident and was promoted to assistant administrator the following year. In 2010 he also served as acting director of quality management and materials management, and in 2011 was tasked with supervisory roles for additional departments.

In 2012, Jett was promoted to serve as an assistant hospital administrator with oversight of 13 departments. In 2015 He was named assistant administrator for women’s health services for USA Health, including both outpatient and inpatient operations across the health care system.

Jett’s community involvement includes serving as chairman of the 2015 March for Babies as part of the March of Dimes Executive Leadership Team. He also was selected as a “40 Under 40” honoree by Mobile Bay Magazine in 2014; named a member of the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Mobile and a member of the Make-a-Wish Regional Advisory Council; and served as vice chair of the Mobile County Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition in 2014.

Jett is a graduate of Faith Academy and the University of South Alabama, where he received a full scholarship to the Mitchell College of Business through the Mitchell Scholars program. He holds a master’s degree in health administration and a master’s in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital is one of only five freestanding hospitals in the U.S. treating the health care needs of children and women. The not-for-profit hospital is part of USA Health and employs 1,100 people around the area. With more than 2,700 babies delivered at the hospital on average every year, the facility has historically been Mobile’s leader in childbirth deliveries.