Business Council of Alabama board members for 2015 and state and federal legislative agendas were approved this month during the BCA’s final meeting that closed out a successful 2014 and set the stage for 2015.
“Overall it’s the most successful year we had,” said BCA Chairman-elect Marty Abroms.
“I’m looking to continue what you have started, especially at the education front,” Abroms told McCallum.
Voting BCA members approved a state legislative agenda for 2015. “We believe it’s a good agenda that represents the interests of our members,” said Fred Blackwell, chairman of the BCA Governmental Affairs Committee.
Members also approved a 2015 federal legislative agenda.
Abroms as First Vice Chair also was the 2014 chair of ProgressPAC, the BCA’s political arm. Abroms reported that 2014 was a successful year politically with the election of 114 of 118 BCA-endorsed candidates.
The 11-year Partnership between the BCA and CCAA was observed. “We accomplished a lot in the past year and we have a lot to be thankful for,” said 2014 CCAA Chairman Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
Brian Hilson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, was elected CCAA chairman for 2015.
Rich Galen, columnist and former press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich, was the keynote speaker.
The day included awards to deserving recipients.
Decatur-Morgan County President and CEO John Seymour was the 2014 recipient of the BCA’s Thompsonian Leadership Award. “John Seymour epitomizes the ultimate in chamber leadership due to his experience, long service, and his adherence to the key principles of leadership,” Canary said.
The Thompsonian Leadership Award is named in honor of 2003 BCA Chairman Mike Thompson, a visionary who initiated the formal Partnership between the CCAA and the BCA. The award is presented to Chamber professionals who have displayed outstanding attributes in their daily vocation.
Former Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Darrelyn Bender was presented with the prestigious Jamie Wallace Award during the CCAA’s annual meeting. The CCAA’s highest award is presented to Chamber professionals who have displayed outstanding attributes in their daily vocations. “Darrelyn Bender has worked tirelessly to advance the mission of CCAA by building a better Alabama through strong chambers of commerce,” said CCAA President and CEO Jeremy Arthur.