By Mark Kelly
John Smola, director of Business Transformation at Alabama Power, was recently included in the Birmingham Business Journal‘s annual “Top 40 Under 40” in the city and surrounding region. Born in Oklahoma, Smola spent most of his youth in Eufaula, Alabama, with his parents and two younger brothers. His mother, a university professor, and his father, a professional engineer, are both retired. He is a graduate of Auburn University in chemical engineering and earned his MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Asked who inspires him, Smola named three people: his parents and his wife, Cassi, a pediatric hospitalist in the cleft and cranial facial clinic at Children’s of Alabama. They live in Homewood with their six-year-old twins, Madelyn and Margaret. The Smolas enjoy spending time with family, traveling, watching English Premier League soccer and “all things food.” He is an avid runner.
“We’re both working parents,” Smola said. “We figure out how to support each other and our families in an environment where we both have career goals and ambitions, but also have parental and family obligations. Finding the right balance, communicating constantly and asking for help are all important.”
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