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BCA’s Canary Announces Departure, Accepts Position at U.S. Chamber




MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary announced today that he is leaving the BCA and has accepted a position as senior fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“I am announcing today that I am retiring from my position as president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama to pursue an opportunity as senior fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” said Canary.  “It has been my great privilege to lead the BCA these past 15 years. During my tenure, we have worked every day to make the BCA the most relevant and effective business advocacy association in Alabama.  It has been an honor to work alongside men and women from all segments of Alabama’s economy, who invest hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer service to the BCA, for what is in the collective best interest of Alabama’s business community.”

“Billy Canary is the longest serving president and CEO in BCA’s 33-year history, and I commend him for his exceptional service to the Business Council of Alabama over these last 15 years,” said BCA Chairman Perry Hand. “From day one, Billy has worked to create partnerships, both statewide and nationally, that have served our organization – and Alabama’s business community – well. Billy has an incredible background having worked at the White House, the Republican National Committee, and the American Trucking Associations, to name a few, and he will be difficult to replace. We at the BCA remain committed to coalescing the Alabama business community for the betterment of our state and our state’s economy.”

“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.”

During the interim, BCA Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs Mark Colson has been assigned the day-to-day duties of president.

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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