FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 6, 2015
Contact: Jeremy Arthur 334-264-2112
CCAA Names Linda Lewis, Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, as Chamber Executive of the Year for 2015
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama presented Walker County Chamber of Commerce President Linda Lewis the Chamber Executive of the Year Award that recognizes the exemplary performance and leadership of an Alabama chamber executive to his or her local chamber.
The award, recognizing the long-term professional career achievements of the candidate, was presented at the CCAA Summer Conference held in Orange Beach, Ala.
“Linda is to be commended for receiving the 2015 CCAA Chamber Executive of the Year Award,” said Brian Hilson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance and the 2015 Chairman of the CCAA Board of Directors. “She most certainly represents the highest standards in our profession.”
Jeremy L. Arthur, President and CEO of the CCAA, said Lewis is a true chamber professional.
“Linda was nominated by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County Board of Directors, the Mayor of the City of Jasper, the Chairman of the Walker County Commission, and the Walker County Development Authority,” Arthur said. “Her nomination alone is a true testament that highlights why the panel of judges selected Linda as this year’s recipient. For more than 20 years, Linda’s service to her local chamber, and our state organization, has been envied.”
Criteria that were evaluated included experience, training and education, service to CCAA and other professional organizations, service to chamber colleagues, ethical conduct in dealing with others, a highly developed sense of professionalism, leadership, and an abiding desire to advance the profession of chamber management.
Non-professional criteria evaluated included: non-chamber related community participation, civic participation, and religious, charitable and educational related activities. An out-of-state panel of chamber executives served as the review panel and award-selection committee.
Since its beginning in 1937 as the Alabama Association of Commercial Organizations, what is now known as the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama has remained dedicated to advancing the goal that chambers of commerce are the premier local business advocate in the State of Alabama. In conjunction with the Business Council of Alabama, a non-partisan organization, the two groups through the BCA/CCAA Partnership, represent the interests and concerns of over 1 million working Alabamians every day.