CCAA Recognized 15 Local Chamber Professionals for Distinguished Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 3, 2018

Contact: Jeremy Arthur 334-264-2112

CCAA Recognizes 15 Local Chamber Professionals For Distinguished Service

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced today that fifteen Alabama chamber professionals have received the Distinguished Service Award for completing at least ten years of service in the profession of chamber management.

Those receiving the Distinguished Service Award, and their years of service, are:  Amanda Sellnow, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce (10); Kim Dunn, Alexander City Chamber of Commerce (10); Meredith Drennen, Homewood Chamber of Commerce (1o); Diane Poole, Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce (10); Melia McKean, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce (13); Carolyn Tubbs, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (15); LoWanda James, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (15); Julie Mollohan, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce (17); Susan Tatom, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce (17); Steve Turkowski, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce (17); Donny Jones, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (20); Tracy Crumpton, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (20); Matt Parker, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce (22); Linda Kelley, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce (29); Janice Shepard, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce (40).

The announcement was made at the CCAA Professional Development Conference in Tuscaloosa.

The CCAA established the Distinguished Service Award to recognize the long-term leadership and professional competence of chamber of commerce executives in the State of Alabama.  The Distinguished Service Award is based on a minimum of ten years of service in the field of chamber management.

“All of the individuals receiving recognition for distinguished service are to be commended for receiving this prestigious distinction,” said Heather Brothers New, President, The Chamber Gadsden- Etowah County and CCAA 2018 Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. “They most certainly represent the highest standards in our profession and are committed to its continued success.”

Jeremy L. Arthur, President and CEO of the CCAA, said the five local chamber leaders are a true testament to the chamber profession.   “The commitment shown by each person that receives the Distinguished Service Award from CCAA shows their continued assurance, engagement and dedication to the long-term success of their local chamber of commerce and our collective state association,” Arthur said.

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 (BCA), a non-partisan organization, the two groups, through the BCA/CCAA Partnership represent the interests and concerns of over 1 million working Alabamians every da