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Business Council of Alabama Votes to Create New Governance Structure; Departed Companies Return

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama has approved a plan that strengthens the organization’s governance structure to include a range of business leaders.

The BCA board of directors approved the plan today and named a new executive committee to help lead the organization through an ongoing transition. The plan also welcomed back a number of previous BCA members.

“The wholesale governance and leadership changes made today show what is possible when businesses come together with a common goal,” said Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power Co. “While the hard work of moving this organization forward remains, I am pleased with this progress and look forward to working with businesses across our state for a stronger BCA and a better Alabama.”

Under the new structure, the BCA’s executive committee is made up of 11 individuals: Five representing larger businesses, five representing smaller businesses, and one trustee representing the Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund.

“This structure ensures that BCA’s governance structure will be focused on those core issues that are critical to businesses of every variety and size,” said Carl Jamison, former chairman of BCA and member of the executive committee. “Going forward, it will allow us to build on BCA’s finest traditions and take the organization to a whole new level.”

The new executive committee elected today includes:

  • Rey Almodovar, CEO, Intuitive Research and Technology
  • Mark Crosswhite, CEO, Alabama Power Co.
  • Perry Hand, Chairman, Volkert Inc.
  • Denson Henry, Owner/Vice President, Henry Brick Co.
  • Carl Jamison, Shareholder, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC
  • Johnny Johns, Executive Chairman, Protective Life Corp.
  • John Mazyck, Principal, The Frazer Lanier Co.
  • Gary Smith, CEO, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
  • John Turner, CEO, Regions Bank
  • Bobby Vaughan, Chairman of the Board, Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund
  • Tim Vines, CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Other leaders elected to the BCA board of directors today include representatives of Drummond Co. Inc., Kemp Management Solutions, Maynard Cooper & Gale, Parker Towing Co. and Progress Rail Services Corp.

Bobby Vaughan with the Alabama Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation Fund said the restructured BCA will ensure that the organization can provide value to its members well into the future. “At the end of the day, our members are our customers,” Vaughan said. “Our job is to serve the interests of our members, and the new structure will enable us to do that more effectively.”

Heather Brothers New, chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, said BCA’s success ultimately extends far beyond its membership.

“We are fortunate in Alabama to have a business community that understands the importance of providing strong leadership on matters that affect our state’s economic success,” New said. “Individuals, families and communities can’t thrive if our state doesn’t provide an environment where businesses can thrive. Everyone in Alabama benefits from this effort to ensure a unified and effective BCA.”

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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