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AT&T’s McCallum Voted BCA 2014 Chairman at annual meeting in Birmingham

Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama officers elected

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama AT&T President Fred McCallum was elected chairman of the Business Council of Alabama for 2014, succeeding Carl Jamison, shareholder, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC in Tuscaloosa.

The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama also elected officers who serve one-year terms and directors who serve staggered three-year terms.

Marty Abroms, president, Abroms & Associates PC of Florence, was elected 1st vice chairman, Tommy Lee, CEO, Vulcan Inc. in Foley, was elected 2nd vice chairman, and Charles Nailen, BBG Specialty Foods Inc./Taco Bell of Dothan, was elected treasurer. Fournier J. “Boots” Gale III, senior vice president and general counsel Regions Financial Corp. in Birmingham, was elected general counsel.

“I think you all would agree that we have an outstanding group of volunteer leaders for BCA,” said BCA President and CEO William J. Canary. “Our new leaders who will represent the BCA in a new year will make us even stronger and more effective.”

Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance was the guest speaker. She described her office’s role in Alabama criminal and civil cases.

The nominating committee met in the fall and reported to the BCA Executive Committee on Dec. 4 and the BCA Board of Directors on Friday.

District chairs and directors for the BCA’s 11 districts for 2014 are: District 1 (Mobile/Baldwin) – Erik Johnsen, International Shipbuilding Corp.; District 2 (Selma/Southwest Alabama) – Denson Henry, Henry Brick Co.; District 3 (Montgomery Area) – Ed Crowell, VT Miltope Corp.; District 4 (Auburn/East Alabama) – Susan Foy, Russell Medical Center; District 5 (Dothan/Southeast Alabama) – Jeff Coleman, Coleman World Group; District 6 (Tuscaloosa/Jasper) – Carl Jamison, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC; District 7 (Birmingham Area) – Will Brooke, Harbert Management Corp.; District 8 (Anniston/Gadsden) – Dick Anderson, Huron Valley Steel Corp.; District 9 (Huntsville Area) – Joanne Randolph, Women’s Business Center of North Alabama; District 10 (Decatur/Cullman) – John Seymour, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce; District 11 (Shoals/Northwest Alabama) – David Muhlendorf, Paper & Chemical Supply.

CCAA officers elected for 2014 were Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, who was elected chairman. Brian Hilson, president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, was elected chairman-elect. Morri Yancey, president, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce, was elected vice-chair for financial affairs, and Ashley Eiland, executive vice president of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected vice-chair for programs.

Board members elected to three-year terms were Hilson; Sheryl Smedley, executive director, Selma/Dallas County Chamber of Commerce; Francine Wasden, executive director, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce; Lolly Steiner, president, Auburn Chamber of Commerce; and Yancey.

Ronnie Acker was elected past chairman and CCAA President and CEO Jeremy Arthur was elected secretary. “We have accomplished so much during this year and our association has many things for which to be thankful,” said Acker. “We continued the great work that was done last year, hosted a number of successful events, grew our membership and positioned our association for even greater things ahead.”

Page presented Acker with the Past Chairman’s Recognition. “Together with the board members that were just nominated and elected to serve with me, our mission will truly be ‘driving prosperity through stronger Chambers of Commerce in Alabama,” Page said.

Kirk Mancer, president and CEO of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Jamie Wallace Award to retired Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Win Hallett. The Jamie Wallace Award is named for a long-time Alabama chamber of commerce executive and is presented only in years in which an individual meets the strict stated criteria of “a chamber professional who has displayed outstanding attributes in their daily vocation.”

Hallett served 22 years leading one of Alabama’s largest chambers. He served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, on the U.S. Chamber’s Board of Directors, and on the board’s nominating committee.

Canary presented the inaugural Thompsonian Leadership Award to 2003 BCA Chairman Mike Thompson for whom the award was named. “He is the visionary who initiated the formal partnership between the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama,” Canary said.

BCA annually makes a donation to its outgoing chairman’s favorite charity, and Jamison presented a check to Marsha Sprayberry of Project Blessings of Tuscaloosa. Project Blessings is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income and underprivileged homeowners repair worn and weathered homes into safe and secure structures. “In the aftermath of the 2011 tornadoes, Project Blessings has truly made dreams come true,” Jamison said.

Vance is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the northern district of Alabama. Her priorities have been terrorism and national security, financial fraud and public corruption, violent crime, and protecting vulnerable members of society. The U.S. Attorney directs the prosecution of federal crimes, defends the United States in civil cases, and collects debts owed the United States.

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