The Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation Board is hosting its annual Holiday Gala on Thursday, Dec. 12 in the W.M. Beck Health & Fine Arts Building. Larry Cash will be honored as the Northeast Alabama Community College Alumnus of the Year.

Cash, FAIA is the founder and CEO of RIM Architects, a full service architecture firm founded in 1986 in Anchorage, Alaska. Under Cash’s direction, all of RIM’s office locations in Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and California specialize in architectural solutions for challenging climates, difficult terrains, traitorous acts of nature and dangerous coastal conditions.

Cash’s diverse portfolio of architectural work is impressive, ranging from military projects to commercial offices to hospitality, education, entertainment and more.

In 2016, he was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows by a jury of his peers, recognizing his extensive contribution to architecture and society, one of the highest honors the AIA bestows.

Cash is a registered architect in multiple states including Alaska, California, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Georgia, Alabama, Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Carolina, North Dakota and South Dakota.

He shares his passion for architecture and community beyond RIM by participating on panels, serving on public boards and commissions and leveraging public platforms to influence the science and art of architectural solutions.

On personal and community level, he is the recipient of numerous awards and achievements for the past 30 years.

Cash has fond memories of attending Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) After graduating from Valley Head High School in 1968, he headed off to NACC. He credits NACC for providing him with a solid educational foundation, beginning leadership skills and the desire to “give back” to the community, personally and professionally.

“The year I spent at [NACC] prepared me to be accepted in the architecture program at Auburn University where I graduated with honors in 1973, top of my class,” said Cash.

The NACC Foundation invites graduates and friends of the college to show their support by purchasing tickets to the Holiday Gala.

“The Foundation Holiday Gala is always a beautiful event filled with excitement,” said NACC Development Director Heather Rice. “Along with honoring our Alumnus of the Year, I am very excited about our entertainment this year.”

Rice said NACC is lucky to have a very talented music department led by Stacy Morris and Sara Markham, NACC’s music instructors.

The NACC String Band will be performing along with NACC Encore. All of the students performing are on scholarship.

There will also be special performances by Johnny and Andrea  Okwu, coordinator of high school relations and recruiting, and English instructor Jeff Hawes and his wife, Shainah Hawes.

Tickets for the event are $75 and patron table is $600. All funds raised support the mission of the college and scholarships for students. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Heather Rice at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2301, or by email at

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