Alabama farmer andformer Alfa Insurance board member Jimmy Parnell has been elected president,CEO and chairman of the board of the Alfa Insurance Companies.Parnell, 48, of Stanton in Chilton County, is a partner in his family's beefcattle and timber business. He served on Alfa's board of directors from1999-2008 and says he looks forward to strengthening the company's commitmentto provide outstanding customer service."Alfa was founded to help policyholders protect their farms, homes, automobilesand families with affordable insurance and honest, personalized service,"Parnell said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to build on this foundation aswe work to better serve our customers and grow the Alfa companies."Parnell is a 1985 graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's degree inagricultural business and economics. Since returning to the family farm, he hashelped grow its beef cattle farm to include 600 brood cows and 2,500 stockercalves. Parnell was named Alabama Logger of the Year in 2006 by the AlabamaForestry Association, and he, wife Robin and children James Robert and AnnaGrace were named the Alabama Farmers Federation's Outstanding Young Farm Familyin 1999.Parnell replaces Limestone County farmer Jerry Newby, who served as presidentof Alfa for 14 years.Also elected to the Alfa board of directors were vice presidents Rex Vaughn ofMadison County and George Jeffcoat of Houston County, as well as board membersBrian Glenn of Lawrence County, Don Allison of Winston County, Richard Edgar ofElmore County, and Carl Sanders of Coffee County, all of Alabama.