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Tequila Smith has over twenty years of experience in various Marketing, Generation and Power Delivery roles within Southern Company. She currently holds the position of Director of Energy Services at Alabama Power. In this role, she provides creativity, leadership and forward-thinking direction for all aspects of the Energy Services organization which lead to fully independent business unit operating to deliver incremental growth projects that will produce net income through existing customer lead generation, new customer identification, business development and project management.

A native of Tuscaloosa, AL, Tequila holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). She also holds a Master of Art in Communication Studies – Organizational Leadership from the University of Alabama.

Tequila enjoys mentoring at risk youth as well as young professionals. She is passionate about promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields with middle and high school girls. She supports the following organizations: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering Advisory Board, Member of the 2019-2020 Momentum Executive Women Leadership Program, Imogene Baswell Society - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering, Founding Member • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering Co-Op Scholarship, University of Alabama at Birmingham Athletic Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Women in Energy Network (WEN), American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Trussville City Schools Foundation and the Trussville Athletic Foundation.

She and her husband, Mark, have two children -- 18-year-old MaKayla and 14-year-old Mark, Jr. After spending as much time as she can with her family and friends, any leftover free time is devoted to golf, reading and exercising.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I have tremendous respect and admiration for our previous Torchbearers, Amoi and Terry. Serving under their legacy means the world to me. I have witnessed the need for resources like One Place first hand, and it is an honor and privilege to serve as this year’s Torchbearer. I am extremely humbled that they thought of me to represent our company.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
I am inspired to be a Light in our community because of my love for Birmingham. It is a wonderful place to live and work. We have a great story to share about our past and an even brighter one to share about our future. If there is a way that I can help Birmingham thrive, then that is what I will do.


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