FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 25, 2018
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama Board of Directors met via conference call today to be apprised of the ongoing work of its Executive Committee the last several months to implement its plan for the transition and succession of executive leadership at the organization.
“Today’s meeting brought the Board up to date on the efforts to identify a high-quality, dynamic leader and on-board that individual by September 1, 2018, but not later than January 1, 2019,” said BCA Chairman Perry Hand. “Throughout this process, it’s always been about what’s in the best interest of the organization as a whole and not just meeting arbitrary deadlines. Our organization has never had a smooth transition of power, and it’s imperative that we get this right.”
The selection committee, which is comprised of members of the Executive Committee, will begin their work immediately to identify and hire an individual to lead the organization into the 2019 legislative session and into the future. Former BCA Chairman Carl Jamison was named chairman of the selection committee. Other members of the selection committee are BCA 2017 Chairman Jeff Coleman, BCA 2018 Chairman Perry Hand, BCA Vice Chairman Denson Henry, BCA Executive Committee Member Wayne Hutchens, and BCA 2016 Chairman Tommy Lee.
Members of the transition committee were also named. The transition committee is tasked with overseeing all the tasks essential to a successful transition of power, including the onboarding process for a new president and CEO. BCA First Vice Chairman Denson Henry was named chairman of the transition committee. Oher members of the transition committee are BCA 2015 Chairman Marty Abroms; BCA Board Secretary Rey Almodovar; BCA Executive Committee Member Susan Foy; BCA Senior Vice President of Communications, Strategic Communications and Federal Affairs Nancy Hewston; BCA Executive Committee Member John Mazyk; and BCA 2003 Chairman and Board Treasurer Charles Nailen.
“The BCA has achieved major successes through the years under the leadership of Billy Canary and the entire team at the BCA” said 2017 BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman. “There is definitely more work to do, which is why the BCA is focused on being a catalyst to bring growth and prosperity to our great state. We are currently in the middle of an election year that will see a new Legislature elected – a Legislature that will have to develop effective solutions for infrastructure, education, and health care, to name a few. As an organization that respectfully represents over 1 million working Alabamians, we are strongly committed to the work ahead of us to move Alabama forward.”
“Billy Canary’s tenure as president and CEO of the BCA is unparalleled due to his ability to create partnerships, both statewide and nationally, leverage those efforts, and build a strong financial base for the BCA,” said 2016 BCA Chairman Tommy Lee. “We are hopeful that Alabama’s business community will recognize the due diligence we are undertaking to keep our organization moving forward. The BCA is committed to its mission of standing up for Alabama businesses that are the job creators and innovators driving our state’s economy.”
ProgressPAC, the BCA’s political action committee has invested nearly $2 million in support of pro-business candidates this year, and 91 percent of the ProgressPAC-endorsed candidates were successful in the primary election. Of the 140 legislative races this year, 158 candidates running for the state legislature have sought the endorsement of the BCA’s ProgressPAC, and ProgressPAC has made endorsements in 116 of those races with more endorsements to come in the primary runoff and general elections.
“The BCA’s political action is aimed at electing pro-job candidates who understand the issues and are not afraid to lead Alabama in the right direction,” said 2015 Chairman Marty Abroms. “With one of the largest political war chests in the state, it’s not unreasonable to wonder whether this is election year politics at its worst. Well-funded special interest groups continue their work to dismantle the free enterprise system, and Alabama’s business community must not be divided, the consequences are too great. Solving problems takes planning, leadership, and courage, and that is why the leadership of the BCA has gone to such lengths to address the issues and concerns raised by several companies.”
On May 21, 2018, the BCA Executive Committee adopted a formal Transition and Succession Plan, the first in the organization’s 33-year history. The plan established guidelines to provide for an orderly transition of leadership. Today, the BCA Board of Directors accepted that plan with unanimous support.
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 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
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Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston (334) 834-6000