Greg Canfield

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Greg Canfield

John Gregory Canfield (born July 12, 1960 in Birmingham) is the director of the Alabama Development Office.

Canfield graduated from Huffman High School in 1978 and enrolled at the University of Alabama. He transferred to UAB in 1981 and earned his bachelor of science in finance there in 1983.

He worked in sales for Purolator and as sales manager for Emery Worldwide prior to 1991. Since then he was an agent for Provident Life & Accident and, in 1993 founded his own insurance and financial services agency, which he sold to Nationwide in 2008. He has also been employed as a vice president of business development for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative in Covington County and as an executive with the J. H. Berry Insurance Company in Birmingham.

Canfield served on the board of directors for the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for six years and was the chamber's president in 1997. In 2000 he was elected to the Vestavia Hills City Council and served two terms, the first as president. He was a member of the 2005 class of Leadership Birmingham and was in the inaugural class of Leadership Vestavia Hills, convened in 1997. He later served as a board member and was president of Leadership Vestavia Hills in 19992000. He is also a charter member of the Vestavia Hills Civitan Club.

Canfield was elected to represent Alabama House District 48 in the 2006 general election and re-elected in 2010. He chaired the House Committees for Commerce and Small Business and served on the Insurance Committee and in the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation. Governor Robert Bentley appointed him to his present post in July 2011. He succeeded Seth Hammett in that position.

Canfield and his wife, Denise, have two children: Rachel and John. He is a lector at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood.

Preceded by:
Charles Davis
Vestavia Hills City Council president
Succeeded by:
David Carrington
Preceded by:
Jim Carns
Alabama House District 48
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Seth Hammett
Alabama Development Office Director
Succeeded by:


  • Tomberlin, Michael (July 6, 2011) "Vestavia's Canfield named new head of ADO." Birmingham News

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