Birmingham Business Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

2017 inducteesThe Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the world’s largest Kiwanis, is pleased to announce the 2017 class of inductees to the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame. The Birmingham Business Hall of Fame, founded in 1997, is proud to celebrate 20 years with this year’s distinguished honorees of W. Sterling Edwards and Leon W. Edwards, William W. Featheringill, Jay Grinney, Bill L. Harbert, and William T. Warren.

The Birmingham Business Hall of Fame Committee annually selects business leaders who have exemplified strong leadership and made extraordinary contributions to the Greater Birmingham area. The 500-plus members of the Downtown Kiwanis invite the community to join them as they recognize these outstanding business leaders in a ceremony to be held at The Harbert Center Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 pm.

  • Sterling Edwards, Jr. founded the Edwards Motor Company in 1916 and his son, Leon W. Edwards, ran the business which today is one of the oldest Chevrolet dealers in the country.
  • William W. Featheringill was the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Complete Health.  Complete Health grew to become the largest HMO in Alabama and was acquired in 1994 by United Healthcare.
  • Jay Grinney is the recently retired CEO of HealthSouth Corporation. He joined HealthSouth in 2004 during a low point in the company’s history. While many expected the company to fold, he managed a turn-a-round that has positioned HealthSouth as one of the nation’s leading providers of post-acute services.
  • Bill L. Harbert was the founder and former Chairman and CEO of B.L. Harbert International, one of the nation’s most influential general contractors.  B. L. Harbert has constructed projects in the U.S. and abroad.
  • William T. Warren was one of Birmingham’s most prominent architects.  He was a partner in Warren, Knight & Davis. His firm designed many Birmingham landmarks including the Alabama Power Building, Country Club of Birmingham, The Swan House, and the original pedestal for Vulcan.


The Birmingham Business Hall of Fame induction dinner which is open to the public will be Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6pm at The Harbert Center in Birmingham. For information about purchasing tickets to the dinner, please contact the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham at 205-251-0032 or

Kiwanis Club of Birmingham is celebrating 100 years of service in Birmingham in 2017. The 500-plus strong membership of the group that meets weekly at the Harbert Center is proud to be the largest and one of the oldest Kiwanis Clubs in the world. Attracting business leaders across professions provides the club with a wealth of talent to pour into its civic projects impacting our city.