Business Council of Alabama Announces New Vice Presidents

23-Jan-2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nathan Lindsay (334) 834-6000

MONTGOMERY—The Business Council of Alabama has named two employees as new vice presidents for the organization.  Victor Vernon has been named Vice President for Public Policy and Nancy Wall Hewston has been named Vice President for Communications, Strategic Information and Federal Affairs.  

“Victor’s expertise in tax and education policy issues has been invaluable to this organization,” said BCA Senior Vice President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Advocacy & Legal Advisor Anita L. Archie.  “He will play a key role as we continue work to expand existing industry, preserve our status as a right-to-work state and improve education for every child in Alabama.”

Vernon was previously the director of legislative policy for the BCA, and represented the interests of the Alabama business community before the Alabama Legislature.  Prior to joining the BCA, Vernon served 18 years with the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office, where he directed the work of staff analysts on all tax, budget and other fiscal issues pending before the Alabama Senate.  He currently serves on the board of trustees for the University of West Alabama in Livingston.  Vernon holds a Master of Arts from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“In our nation’s capital and our state capital, Nancy has proven to be one of the most effective communications professionals in all sectors,” said BCA president and CEO William J. Canary.  “Her unique understanding of federal legislative issues will continue to benefit Alabama’s business community as she advances their interests in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery.”

Hewston joined the Business Council of Alabama in 2010 and served as director of federal governmental affairs and strategic communications.  She returned to Montgomery after nearly a decade on Capitol Hill.  Hewston worked in both chambers of Congress, as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) and as deputy press secretary for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).  Hewston also served as projects director for the Winston Group, a national polling firm located in Washington D.C.  Hewston holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama.

The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.  BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

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