By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor
On Thursday, April 18th, Pickens and surrounding counties endured massive damage and power outages, causing much of the county to spend Easter weekend without power, while cleaning up trees and debris from the storm. The damage was due in part to 60-70 mph straight line winds that blew apart tin roofs and uprooted trees and power lines. Pickens County Herald Editor Brian Hamilton recently sat down with Pickens County’s Alabama Power Business Office Manager Andrea Ellis to discuss the situation.
Q: Are you originally from Pickens County?
A: “No, my home is in Childersburg, Talladega County.”
Q: What is your educational background?
A: “I have an Associates, a Bachelors in Business Administration, and an MBA. I went to school at Central Alabama Community College, Alabama A&M University, and Faulkner University in Montgomery. I’ve taught Business courses as a Business Adjunct at the college level, on a part-time basis, I have also enjoyed that.”
Q: How did you end up working for Alabama Power?
A: “I came to work for Alabama Power from my banking experience. I got a very broad spectrum from working at First Bank in Childersburg and the Alabama Power Employees Credit Union, Birmingham, as a branch manager. At the time I came to work at the Alabama Power Company, I wasn’t even looking for a job. I had someone approach me and said ‘Don’t you think you would be interested in working for Alabama Power Company?’ and I was like that may be interesting, maybe so.’ So, I was really glad that I consented to the opportunity.”
Q: How long have you been working for Alabama Power?
A: “I’ve been working for them for 25-plus years, but I’ve been here in the western division for eight years. Before coming here, I worked at an office called Oak Grove, which is near Sylacauga. It’s probably about 45 minutes to an hour from Birmingham.”
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