Leadership


Board of Directors

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Biographies



A. Lawton Langford

Chairman and CEO

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J. Ben Watkins, III

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Steve Evans

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Ash Williams

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Dewitt F. McCarley

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Karen Mincey

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Steven McKean

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A. Lawton Langford

Chairman and CEO

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Eric Grant

President - Municode

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Rick Grant

Executive Vice President

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Dale Barstow

Vice President - Sales

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Phillip Claiborne

Vice President - Information Technology/COO

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Michelle Eagen

Vice President - Finance/CFO

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Donny Barstow

President - MCC Innovations

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Tassy Spinks

Director - Supplement Department

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Brian Gilday

President - MunicodeWEB/Aha Consulting

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Woody Estep

Vice President - Sales & Marketing MunicodeWEB/Aha Consulting

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A. Lawton Langford

Chairman and CEO


Lawton Langford is Chairman and CEO of Municipal Code Corporation (Municode).  Municode is the nation’s leading publisher of local government ordinances, is preeminent in designing websites for local governments, and assists in the management of local utility bill presentment and payment.  Mr. Langford also serves as Managing Director of MCCi, LLC, a subsidiary of MCC that offers content management software to its predominantly local government client base.  The family of companies under the MCC brand serve more than 3,500 cities and counties in 50 states. 

Other business interests of Mr. Langford’s have been Premier Bank, which he helped to organize in 1994 and served as Chairman; and Avocare, which is a medical technology company that has invented an automated dispenser of prescription medications and written Health Information Exchange software. 

Mr. Langford’s current civic involvement includes teaching a class on “Risk, Reward, Entrepreneurship and Leadership”, serving as a Trustee for the Trinity United Methodist Church and President of the St. Teresa Beach Community Church.  Additionally, he has served as Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization, Maclay School Board of Trustees, Tallahassee Community College Board of Trustees, the Seminole Boosters, Inc and the United Way campaign for eight counties; and as director for Tall Timbers Research Station, the Community Foundation of North Florida, FSU’s School of Information Studies Advisory Board and Strozier Library’s Board.   Additionally, he participated in Leadership Tallahassee, Class I, and Leadership Florida, Class V. 

Two recent awards given to Mr. Langford are the Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Service award and the inaugural Maclay School Distinguished Alumnus award.  The Rhyne award was given by the International Municipal Lawyers Association; Mr. Langford is the only recipient who was not a practicing City Attorney to receive the award. 

Mr. Langford’s education began in Tallahassee at Maclay School where he received a diploma in 1975.  He attended Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1979 with a double major in Economics and Business Administration.  His post-graduate degrees are a Juris Doctor from the FSU College of Law and a Masters of Business Administration from the FSU College of Business, which degrees he received in 1982.  In December 2012 Mr. Langford completed an Executive Course of study at Singularity University, where he learned about exponentially advancing technologies.

He has been happily married for 29 years, has a son and a daughter, and is a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.


J. Ben Watkins, III


Mr. Watkins was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Cabinet as Director of the State of Florida Division of Bond Finance in July of 1995 and reappointed by Governor Bush in January, 1999. The Division of Bond Finance is responsible for issuing bonds for the State of Florida and advising on debt management policies for the State. The Division administers bonding programs for the Departments of Education, Transportation, Environmental Protection and Management Services as well as borrowings for the State University System, Florida Turnpike System, Florida Prison Financing Corporation, and the State Comptroller’s consolidated equipment financing program. The Division is also responsible for allocating the private activity bond volume cap, maintaining a local government reporting system for bond issues, calculating federal arbitrage rebate liabilities and developing a system to insure compliance with the SEC’s secondary market continuing disclosure requirements. Mr. Watkins advises on legislative and financial issues involving various new financing programs such as the securitization of the tobacco settlement payments, leveraging the State revolving loan fund for wastewater facilities, financing the underground storage tank clean-up, Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, and privatizing the Special Disabilities Trust Fund.

Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Watkins practiced law with Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta, Georgia. His practice area was concentrated in public finance and he has extensive experience as bond counsel, bank counsel and underwriter’s counsel on taxable and tax-exempt financings.

EDUCATION:

Mr. Watkins received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Auburn University in 1979 and worked as a Certified Public Accountant with Peat Marwick. He went on to attend the University of Florida’s College of Law in 1984 and has been a member of the State Bar of both Florida and Georgia since 1987.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Former Member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
National Association of State Treasurers – former member of Executive Board
Muni Council – representing the National Association of State Treasurers since 2002
Government Finance Officers Association – former co-chair of several committees
Florida Government Finance Officers Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

Governor's Mentoring Program
Treasurer, Friends of Leon County Library
Coach 10-12 year old Girls Volleyball and T-Ball
Florida Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee
Florida Council for Advisors for Research and Extension in Natural Resources
Leon County School District Capital Improvement Review Team (CIRT) - Finance Chair
Leon County School District CIRT Citizen's Oversight Committee - Chair


Steve Evans


Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 . After playing for 6 years in the St. Louis Cardinal organization, Steve joined IBM where he spent the next 30+ years before retiring with extensive executive experience in the Government, Education, Pharmaceutical and Health industry across North America. At the same time, Steve served as IBM’s Senior State Executive for the State of Florida for the past 10 years. Since retiring Steve has been directly involved in four successful start-up companies in leadership, strategic planning, change management, and sales execution.

Steve and his wife (Linda) have resided in Tallahassee since 1986 and have two children (Chip and Stephanie) who live in Virginia Beach, Va. and Houston, Texas.

CURRENT CIVIC & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

Florida TaxWatch Research Institute: Former Chairman and current Board/Executive Committee
Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce: Executive Committee
Municode: Board
Big Bend Hospice: Capital Campaign Advisory Committee
Prime Meridian Bank: Board
Community Foundation of North Florida: Board
Applied Fiber Holdings, Inc.: Board
FSU Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship: Board and Mentor
MGT of America: Board

FORMER CIVIC & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

FSU Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship: Board and Consultant/Mentor FSU Research "Tech Transfer" Committee
2-1-1 Big Bend: Board & Executive Committee
Knight Community Foundation: Board
Florida Education Foundation: Chairman
Tallahassee YMCA: Chairman
Leon County Schools Foundation: President
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Board
Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Board
Faith Presbyterian Church: Elder
PatLive, Inc.: Board
Brandt Information Services: Board
TCC Foundation: Board
Golden Lighting, Inc: Board
Florida State University Foundation: Interim President
State of Florida Council for Efficient Government


Ash Williams


Ashbel C. “Ash” Williams is the Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), one of the nation’s leading public investment institutions. The SBA manages assets under broad investment authority granted by the Board’s Trustees. The Trustees are Florida’s Governor, Chief Financial Officer, and Attorney General. Among the assets managed by the SBA are those of the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Trust Fund; with assets of over $113 billion at 2009 year-end, the FRS is the fourth largest public pension fund in the United States.

Prior to joining the SBA, Mr. Williams was a Managing Director at Fir Tree Partners and previously was President and CEO of Schroder Capital Management, both headquartered in New York City.

He has extensive experience with both the SBA and Florida government, having previously served as Executive Director of the SBA from 1991 to 1996 and in senior management positions in Florida’s executive and legislative branches.

Mr. Williams holds both BS and MBA degrees from The Florida State University College of Business and completed post graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Williams serves as a trustee of the Florida State University Foundation, an advisory board member of the Robert Toigo Foundation, a leadership council member of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and is an Episcopal lay minister. He and his wife, Jan, have three children and reside in Tallahassee.


Dewitt F. McCarley


Mac McCarley concentrates his practice in advising local governments and private sector clients in regulatory and public policy matters.

Prior to joining Parker Poe, Mr. McCarley served as City Attorney for the City of Charlotte for 17 years. Before his employment with the City of Charlotte, he held the position of City Attorney with the City of Greenville (NC) for 14 years and served as the Assistant General Counsel for the North Carolina League of Municipalities in Raleigh. Mr. McCarley is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. McCarley was a member of the 1995 and 2010 North Carolina Legislative Study Commissions on Annexation where he represented municipal interests.

Additionally, Mr. McCarley is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on media relations and general negotiation skills.

Experience Highlights
Mr. McCarley has extensive experience in all aspects of municipal and governmental transactions, including:

Negotiated the return of an NBA franchise to Charlotte and the arena construction and operating agreements between the team and the City
Led the city negotiation team working with NASCAR on agreement to construct and operate the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Represented the City on railroad operating and construction agreements for initial Charlotte area transit system light rail project
Negotiated the contract between the City and the Democratic National Committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention to be held in Charlotte
Represented the City of Charlotte in intervention motions in South Carolina v. North Carolina, 130 S.Ct. 854 (2010) water right suit

Honors

International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys, Ernest H. Ball Award, 2010
Florence Crittenton Services, Inc., Lucille P. Giles Community Award, 2008
Leadership Charlotte, Schley Lyons Circle of Excellence Award, 2002

Memberships

University of North Carolina School of Government Foundation, Board of Directors (Chair, 2009-2011; Member, 2005-2011)
Rotary Club of Charlotte, President 2008-2009; Chair of Program Committee, 2006; Member, 1995-present
Mecklenburg County United Way Annual Campaign, Chair, 2003
Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Board of Directors (Chair, 2010-2011; Member, 2003-present); Patrons’ Fund Campaign, Chair, 2005-2007
Florence Crittenton Services, Inc., Advisory Board (Chair, 2004-2008; Member, 2002-present); Board of Directors (Chair, 2000-2002; Member, 1996-2002)
International Municipal Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (President, 2009-2010; Member, 2000-2011)
Governor’s Email Policy Review Committee, Member, 2008

Speaking Engagements

Municipal Annexation Best Practices, North Carolina League of Municipalities Annual Conference, 2010
View from the Other End of the Hall: Mayors, Managers & Attorneys, IMLA Annual Conference, 2009
Practical & Legal Guide for Internal Investigations, Organization of Municipal Personnel Officers Annual Conference, 2009


Karen Mincey


Karen Mincey is vice president of Information Technology and Telecommunications and chief information officer for TECO Energy.

Mincey leads a team of technical professionals responsible for TECO Energy's corporate computing systems. She joined TECO in 1990 and worked in Commercial & Industrial Marketing as well as Distribution Engineering.

She has been nationally recognized for her leadership in the Information Technology industry. Mincey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.

Mincey serves on the boards of directors of Tallahassee-based Municode, the nation's leading codifier of local government ordinances, the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay, and is past chair of the board of the Hillsborough Community College Foundation.


Steven McKean


Steven is a marketing and technology entrepreneur that engages with companies to build their product, distribution and customer acquisition strategies. He has expertise in Business Development, Operations, Executive and Board roles. Steven is a CEO with proven success delivering impressive contributions to business growth and sustained profitability with top Fortune 500 companies. His career has encompassed both executive leadership positions in large corporations, Big 4 Public Accounting, as well smaller entrepreneurial companies. His passion is to Create – Grow – and Contribute.

Steven specializes in starting and scaling technology companies. He has broad experience in Customer Acquisition, Distribution, Product Development, and advising numerous companies on go-to-market strategy.


Eric Grant

President - Municode


Eric Grant is President of Municipal Code Corporation (Municode). Eric joined the Municode team in 2007 after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, and becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Eric served as a Tank Platoon Commander in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, Eric served both stateside and abroad. Eric and his unit were deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom shortly after September 11, 2001. By way of preparation for his career as a United States Marine, Eric attended both the United States Naval Academy and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. While at the Naval Academy, Eric served as the Brigade Commander, responsible for the development, training and welfare of over 4,000 of America’s finest young men and women. While serving as a United States Marine, Eric served in Virginia, Kentucky, California and abroad as a member of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

From July, 2007 until September, 2012, Eric served as Vice President of Municode’s Supplement Department. In this role, Eric led a team of the nation’s finest legal editors, proofreaders, indexers and production support personnel in support of over 3,700 municipal clients.

As President of Municode, Eric has helped the company achieve increased levels of growth and has guided the team in several acquisitions both in Municode’s traditional line of business and into new verticals. In 2014, Municode acquired Colorado Code Publishing Corporation and successfully integrated all of their clients into the Municode family.  By focusing on superior customer service and operational efficiency, Municode was able to retain 100% of the former Colorado Code Publishing Corporation’s clients.  In early 2015, Eric’s team negotiated a new partnership with an electronic bill payment and presentment company, giving Municode a new and highly profitable revenue stream in the Utility Billing sector. 

Recognizing that the future of the municipal space will be found in the digitization of content and the creation of new platforms that will enable cities and counties to become increasingly efficient in the face of budget pressures, Eric is leading Municode into additional online verticals that will broaden Municode’s portfolio, deepen its ties with its 3,700 municipal clients and markedly increase its profitability. 

In addition to his commitment to the profession of municipal service, Eric is a devoted husband and father of four children. Eric also serves on a number of boards including the Community Foundation of North Florida and the United Way of the Big Bend.


Rick Grant

Executive Vice President


H. E. “Rick” Grant joined Municode as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October of 1997. He has spent time in every division learning the intricacies of the codification industry and runs the printing operation, as a collateral duty. His name goes on every package shipped from Municode because he wants to hear immediately about any problems you may be experiencing.

Rick joined Municode after a 31-year career in the Navy where he served as both a naval aviator and as an attorney. When Rick retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral, he was the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, the Navy’s senior attorney and the leader of the world-wide Judge Advocate General’s Corps.


Dale Barstow

Vice President - Sales


Dale Barstow is the Vice President of the Municode Sales department. Dale started working at Municode in 1971 and has extensive experience working with Municipal and County Government.

He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

He serves as President of the Municipal Clerks Education Foundation of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Mr. Barstow is an Honorary Municipal Clerk in the States of: Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Missouri.

Challenge From Dale...


Phillip Claiborne

Vice President - Information Technology/COO


Phillip Claiborne is the Chief Information officer at Municode. Phillip has been with the company since 2002, and has served as the CIO since 2005.

He graduated from Florida State University in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Management Information Systems, and later furthered his education with an MBA from the University of Florida. In addition to his tenure at Municode, Phillip has been in the Information Technology field since 1998. He currently heads up the online publishing and content delivery services of Municode.com, while managing internal publishing, print, and traditional IT operations.

Phillip has been happily married since 2004, has two sons, and is a member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church.


Michelle Eagen

Vice President - Finance/CFO


Michelle S. Eagen is Chief Financial Officer & VP Finance for Municipal Code Corporation (Municode). She graduated from Lely High School in Naples, FL in 1986. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida and her Master of Accounting degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is a licensed and active Florida CPA and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Michelle started with Municode in 2003 and started her professional accounting career in the publishing industry in 1993. Michelle is happily married and is the proud mother of a son and a daughter.


Donny Barstow

President - MCC Innovations


Donny Barstow has been with Municode since 2000 and currently serves as President of MCC Innovations (MCCi), which is a subsidiary of Municode.

Mr. Barstow has a Management Information Systems B.S. from Florida State University, and an MBA from University of Florida. Donny has been employed with Municode since 2000 and has extensive experience in document imaging and records management. In addition, Donny is the Founder of TYEO, and is a Board Member of Tallahassee’s local Chamber of Commerce, where he focuses on leadership development and promoting involvement within our Community.

Donny has been happily married since 2009 and has two daughters.


Tassy Spinks

Director - Supplement Department


Tassy Spinks is the Director of the Supplement Department at Municode. Joining the company in 1997, Tassy served as a legal editor for twenty years and has extensive experience in the codification industry serving municipal and county governments. Tassy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1994, and studied at both the University of Reading in Reading, England, and Green College at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Tassy met her husband Jeremy while studying abroad. They are happily married with two daughters.


Brian Gilday

President - MunicodeWEB/Aha Consulting


Brian Gilday is the President and Founder of Aha Consulting, Inc. (Aha).  Aha is the leading provider of open source local government websites.   Aha became a wholly owned subsidiary of Municode in April 2016.

Prior to founding Aha, Brian served in various leadership positions including management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, President of Fenway Technology Group, and Director of Software Development at Vesta Corporation

Brian is a graduate of Boston University and the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis).  He was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts and now lives in West Linn, Oregon with his wife and three children.


Woody Estep

Vice President - Sales & Marketing MunicodeWEB/Aha Consulting


Woody Estep, Chief Marketing Strategist. Woody has over 23 years of extensive sales and marketing experience in products and solutions that promote transparency, efficiency and that enable you to more effectively serve your staff and your citizens. He has been with Municode since 2014. Woody studied marketing and business development at Florida State University in Tallahassee, completing his B.S. degree in Finance. He is passionately married with 4 kids and one wonky cat.