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Monday, October 17, 2016

Ashley Madison customers revealed: Russell Byrne, IT exec at Bromberg's, is married to RealtySouth agent, but still was drawn to notorious Web site

Russell and Stephanie Byrne
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The vice president for information systems at perhaps Alabama's best-known jewelry and giftware store is among paying customers at the Ashley Madison extramarital-affair Web site, records show.

Russell Byrne, a high-ranking executive at Bromberg's, is part of the family that has owned and operated the high-end jeweler since 1836. Byrne is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurter Bromberg, of Birmingham.

Byrne's wife, Stephanie Hembree Byrne, is a graduate of the University of Alabama (as is her husband), where she had interests in television production, theater, and the UA Young Entrepreneurial Society. She now works as an agent at RealtySouth.

Based on Stephanie Hembree Byrne's Facebook page, the couple appears to have two children, and they live on Dexter Avenue in Mountain Brook, in a home valued at more than $400,000. Russell Byrne also has a Facebook page, and he appears to be heavily into outdoor activities.

Thomas Russell Byrne (his full name) appears to have a lot going for him. In fact, he was born with a significant leg up on most members of society. But he still found the need to fool around on Ashley Madison.

We don't know why because Mr. Byrne has failed to respond to our queries.


(1) Edgar C. Gentle III -- attorney at Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison, Birmingham, AL (3/8/16)

(2) Stewart Springer -- attorney, solo practice in Birmingham, AL. (3/9/16)

(3) Richard W. "Dick" Bell -- attorney, solo practice in Birmingham, AL (3/14/16)

(4) Robert M.N. Palmer -- attorney and bar association president in Springfield, MO (3/15/16)

(5) Thomas Plouff -- attorney, who is licensed in Alabama and has a practice in Chicago (3/17/16)

(9) Randy Bates -- executive VP and member of board of directors, Golden Flake (10/5/16)

(10) Reid Carpenter -- attorney, Lightfoot Franklin White, Birmingham (10/6/16)

(11) Scott Sink -- exec. VP, McGriff Seibels Williams, Birmingham (10/11/16)


Anonymous said...

Sounds like she's out showing properties, and he's out showing . . . well, whatever gets shown on Ashley Madison.

Anonymous said...

Have your sources dried up on all the Alabama news? I haven't seen a decent article on our Gov or Mason, etc in weeks it seems.

Anonymous said...

This is delicious. Bromberg's represents the epitome of Over the Mountain "class," and here is one of their own employees digging down in the Ashley Madsion sewer. Great reporting, Mr. Schnauzer. Now, we see what the upper crust is really like.

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear: What's Lord Wedgewood going to think about this?

legalschnauzer said...

@2:59 -- Maybe you aren't looking hard enough . . .


Anonymous said...

Lord Wedgwood? Is that a real name? Who in the heck is he?

legalschnauzer said...

Lord Wedgwood (correct spelling does not have a second "e") is some sort of British royalty who appears in Birmingham from time to time at Bromberg's-related events. Apparently, his snootiness makes Mountain Brook hearts go aflutter.


Anonymous said...

Wedgwood sounds like a great name to be associated with a story about Ashley Madison. You can't make this stuff up. Hah!

Anonymous said...

I expect that it has been a few years since Lord Wedgwood has made an appearance in Alabama. http://articles.philly.com/2014-02-01/news/46874110_1_full-tea-pottery-josiah-wedgwood

legalschnauzer said...

Yes, Lord Wedgwood died in 2014, so it's been at least a couple of years. Here is excerpt from his ties to Birmingham:

Brand ambassador for his family’s 255-year-old luxury goods company, Lord Wedgwood (he occupied a parliamentary seat in the British House of Lords for more than 25 years) became a fixture in Birmingham, traveling to the city many times in his role with the Wedgwood company and developing enduring friendships. “He became a great fan of Alabama football games, and he became something of a good luck charm because when he attended games, we always won,” Bromberg says.

legalschnauzer said...

Here is more about Lord Wedgwood's ties to Bham:

While playing golf here in Birmingham in 2001, Wedgwood suffered a major heart attack. After treatment and recovery here in Birmingham, he was inspired to give back to the community. Following his recovery, Lord Wedgwood formed the Lord Wedgwood Charity with Birmingham-based business leaders to help place Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in high schools and community gathering places.

Lord Wedgwood and his long-time friend and business partner, Frank Bromberg, III, along with Floyd Larkin and Robbie Robertson, created the Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic to raise funds. Since its establishment, the Lord Wedgwood Charity has placed 180 AEDs in locations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The charity is proud that at least five lives have been saved due to its donations and of the awareness it has raised.

Anonymous said...

A comment may be in the spam bin due to too many links.

See the WAAY website for the today about the Bentley ALEA "investigation" into Spencer Collier.

There is a link in the story to access the fill 60 page report.