H. M. Nowlin
H. M. Nowlin has been a lifelong resident of Decatur, Alabama, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 1972 and Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama in 1975. He has practiced law in Decatur since 1975 and has focused his entire practice in the area of real estate, title examination, loan closing, zoning law, foreclosures and occasionally dealt with probate and corporate matters. He has, since 1987, also been extensively involved in residential and commercial real estate development, participating in the developing of more than 750 single-family townhomes and 500 single-family homes. In addition, he has participated in the development of several shopping centers and motels throughout North Alabama, and is also involved in numerous business ventures, including convenience stores, Steak-Out restaurants, self storage, billboard advertising, real estate, express car washes, and a sand and gravel mining and processing facility.
He has also been active in business, commercial and civic organizations. He is a member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Board of Directors. He was honored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce by being selected Small Business Person of the Year in 2001. He has been active in the Decatur-Morgan County Homebuilders Association since 1986, having served on the Board of Directors for more than 15 years. In 1997, he was selected Builder of the Year for the Association. He served as Vice President in 1999 and President in 2000. He is a member of First United Methodist Church and served on the Administrative Board and as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has also donated land to Habitat for Humanity and to local churches. He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club since 1977. Since 1975, he has been a member of the Alabama Bar Association and the Morgan County Bar Association. In 2002, he served as President of the Decatur-Morgan County Bar Association. He was appointed Chairman of the City of Decatur Subdivision Review Committee in 1995 by the Mayor and City Council. This committee studied and drafted new subdivision regulations for the City of Decatur.
H.M. also has a very active family life. He and his wife, Debbie, have 11-year-old twin boys, a 16-year-old daughter, a 21-year-old son, and a 24-year-old daughter.
His hobbies include traveling with his family, snow skiing, deep sea fishing, coaching his kids in football, baseball and basketball, and spending time with his family at his lake house on Smith Lake.