lyons_hr_whoislhrBill Lyons, Chairman has more than twenty five years experience in general, financial and accounting management. Bill served as Vice President and CFO of a large, private manufacturing company and has held a senior financial position with a Fortune 100 company. He spent four years as Managing Director for an investment banking firm in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, business valuations and private equity placements. Bill has been a trusted business advisor and has served on the boards of several private companies. In 1995, Bill founded Lyons HR and currently serves as the company’s Chairman.

Bill received undergraduate degrees in business from Freed-Hardeman University and the University of North Alabama, as well as an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers and is certified by the Institute of Certified Business Counselors. Bill is a member of National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), the American Staffing Association, and is currently serving on the board of directors of the Shoals Economic Development Authority. Bill was appointed to the Business Council of Alabama board of directors for 2012.


Alan Ridgway —President, Staffing Division has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources Management. He began his career serving in HR Management roles for a Fortune 500 metal building manufacturer, and a large regional medical center with multiple hospitals located throughout the southeast. Alan was recruited in 1992 by an Alabama entrepreneur who started Amsource, a Birmingham based PEO. While at Amsource, Alan served in a variety of strategic management roles involving business development and marketing. He became Partner of Amsource in 1996 and was instrumental in the development and launching of key professional services such as recruiting, time and labor management systems and fiduciary management.

Following the sale of Amsource in 2010, Alan was a founding partner in a fiduciary management practice and later joined a national recruiting firm to head its start-up administrative staffing division in Birmingham, Alabama. He joined Lyons HR in January of 2012 and currently serves as Staffing Division President.

Alan received his undergraduate degree in business administration from The University of Alabama, majoring in Human Resources Management. He is an active member of the Birmingham Society of Human Resource Management, the American Staffing Association, and serves in a business advisory role to several companies in Alabama. Alan is involved in charitable organizations that support children and is an active member in his church.


Danny Warrell —Vice President, Safety & Risk Management received a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University where he is now active in the Calhoun County Chapter of the JSU Alumni Association and a member of the JSU Board of Visitors for Student Affairs. He also is an adjunct professor for JSU’s Continuing Education Department where he is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor for both the General and Construction Industries. He began his safety career in environmental remediation serving clients in the Petrochemical Industry as a Safety Officer and Loss Prevention System trainer. He later became the onsite Safety Manager for a FEMA/Department of Homeland Security contract at a premier national All Hazards” training facility where he led a safety team that effectively reduced OSHA recordable injury/illnesses by 90% in one year. Danny specializes in Behavior Based Safety, Safety and Health Program development, OSHA compliance and training development and implementation.

lyons_hr_whoislhrBruce Cornutt —President, HRO Division has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing and management. He began his career in the PEO industry in 1996 and served as Business Development Manager for two PEO’s prior to joining The Hancock Management Group (THMG) as Director of Sales in 2002. He became Sr. Vice President of Business Development and a partner in THMG in 2008. In 2010, THMG was acquired by Lyons HR. He was named President of the HRO Division of Lyons HR in October 2010.

Bruce has been active in national and local professional and civic organizations including the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, Manufacture Alabama, Kiwanis Club of Gadsden and the Neely Henry Lake Association among others. He also serves his local church as a Worship Leader.

He holds a BS degree in Sociology and Marketing from Jacksonville State University. Prior to entering the PEO industry, Bruce was a top producer in the insurance industry for more than 10 years winning company awards for property & casualty and life insurance production. He maintains insurance licensure in multiple states.


Paula Watkins, SPHR – Vice President, Corporate Human Resources has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Operations. Her expertise includes employee relations, compliance, workers’ compensation and risk assessment, recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits. She has written and executed three OSHA safety training grants for her own company, Priority Two, Inc. She has been successful in worker’ compensation reduction programs and, to date, she has a perfect positive record with EEOC complaints. Her background includes extensive experience with recruiting and staffing for manufacturing, services and government entities with which she held Executive Vice President and Regional Management positions.

Paula received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her Masters from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 1997 and retains currency through the Human Resources Certification institute (HRCI). Paula is past director of the Alabama SHRM State Council and served on a national Board of Governors for SHRM. She continues to support her local chapter and the State Council by holding a variety of positions. She is Chairman of the Board for the Anniston Museum Complex; is a graduate of Leadership Calhoun County; served six years on the Chamber of Commerce Board; and is an active Rotarian. Paula has been honored by the Girl Scouts of America as Business Woman of the Year and three times by the Calhoun County SHRM as Human Resources Professional of the Year and with a Human Resources Lifetime Achievement Award.


Jeanny Williams, PHR — Vice President, Staffing Operations is an experienced Human Resource Professional with over 20 years in the HR field. In 1988, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management/Marketing from the University of Montevallo. She served as a Department Manager and Senior Assistant Buyer in the retail market for almost eight years. Jeanny began her career in the staffing industry as a recruiter in 1996 and currently serves as Vice President of Staffing Operations for Lyons HR. She received her PHR in June 2010 and has been a Birmingham member since 2006 and a SHRM National member since 2009. She serves on the Diversity and Workforce Readiness Committees. In 2011, Jeanny will be serving on the BSHRM board as Co-Vice President of Workforce Development for the BSHRM Chapter. She is also an Ambassador for the Hoover Chamber of Commerce.