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Lamberth named new CEO

Published 12:01pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Russell Lands announced Tuesday that the board of directors had named Thomas T. Lamberth as its president and chief executive officer.

Ben Russell, who has served as chairman and CEO since 1973, made the announcement.

“Tom has done an outstanding job in his leadership positions over the past 31 years,” Russell said. “While this announcement does not represent any significant change in direction, responsibility or reporting within the organization, it does acknowledge Tom’s significant contributions to this company over his career.”

Lamberth received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Auburn University and master’s in business administration and owned an accounting firm in Alexander City prior to joining the Russell Lands team in 1982 as comptroller. In January 2003, Lamberth was named president and chief operating officer.

Lamberth said that he was humbled by the promotion.

“I really appreciate the confidence that Ben Russell and the board had in me which is reflected by this promotion – it really means a lot to me,” Lamberth said. “Russell Lands is a good company with good values. To be in a position of CEO is an honor I never expected but greatly appreciate.”

Tom is past president of the Alexander City Lions Club. He is a former board member of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, the Alexander City Gateway Foundation and the Baptist Foundation. He is a past officer of the local Auburn Alumni Club, a member of the inaugural group of Leadership Tallapoosa County and a graduate of Leadership Alabama.  Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of Russell Lands, Inc.; Samford University; RMS, LLC; Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance;  Lake Martin Area United Way as president; Children’s Harbor, Inc. and Willow Point Golf and Country Club. He also serves as chairman of Do-it Best Corp.

Tom was honored as Alexander City’s Business Person of the Year in 2006.

“We are proud to have Tom lead Russell Lands as we continue to look to future growth and improvements in and around Lake Martin,” Russell said.

Tom and his wife, Beth, have three sons: Thomas and his wife Amber; Hank, his wife Kasi and grandson, Henry; and Nolen, his wife Addie and granddaughters, Libby and Sallie.  The family attends church at First Baptist Church in Alexander City, where Tom serves as chairman of the Endowment Committee and is a deacon.

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