Business Council of Alabama Chairman Perry Hand on Tuesday presented Alabama Governor Kay Ivey with the coveted BCA’s Chairman’s Award for her steadfast support of pro-business initiatives throughout her professional and political career.
Hand, chairman of Volkert Inc. in Mobile, presented the award to Gov. Ivey at the BCA’s Chairman’s Dinner, which is held each year to support the BCA’s political action committee, ProgressPAC.
“This is indeed a high moment for me,” Gov. Ivey said. “This is a very significant award.”
Hand said since Gov. Ivey took office, more than $8 billion has been invested in Alabama, resulting in 16,000 jobs. Unemployment during her term is the lowest in state history and the number of jobs the highest, Hand said.
“Governor Ivey’s support of a thriving business climate has been key to landing coveted economic projects including the new Toyota-Mazda plant and its 4,000 anticipated jobs to north Alabama,” Hand said. “Governor Ivey supports a business environment which grows tech companies and she continues to be a strong recruiter of companies in the automotive, aviation, and aerospace sectors.”
Gov. Ivey addressed about 800 BCA members and guests during the event at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel ballroom.
“I’ve had a lot of help from many folks in this room throughout my career,” she said. “I’m truly thankful.”
The BCA Chairman’s Award is given to a recipient of the BCA chairman’s choice during the closing months of his or her tenure as the volunteer leader of the statewide business advocacy organization.
The 2018 Chairman’s Dinner keynote speaker was economist/comedian/actor and author Ben Stein, who delivered a hilarious, droll roll-call of his high school economics class in the classic movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
“I think we’re living in great, great times,” said an optimistic Stein. “I’m in a place with the most sensible looking people in the world.
He participated in a lively 35-minute roundtable discussion with USA Today columnist and CNN political analyst Kirstin Powers.