CCAA Recognizes 16 Local Chamber Professionals For Distinguished Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 4, 2017

Contact: Jeremy Arthur 334-264-2112

CCAA Recognizes 16 Local Chamber Professionals For Distinguished Service

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced today that sixteen 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:  Francine Wasden, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce (10); Robin Jenkins, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (10); Jill Robinson, Opelika Chamber of Commerce (13); Rick Davis, Birmingham Business Alliance (13); Nanette Baldwin, Birmingham Business Alliance (14); April Stone, South Shelby Chamber of Commerce (15); Niki Anthony Tarver, Birmingham Business Alliance (17); Lisa Shapiro, Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (17); Christopher Williams, Birmingham Business Alliance (17); Michael Shattuck, Birmingham Business Alliance (18); Lolly Steiner, Auburn Chamber of Commerce (20); Melanie Goodwin, Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (21); Rick Roden, Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (25); Lisa Swanger, Birmingham Business Alliance (25); Leissa Chittam, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce (25); and, Brian Hilson, Birmingham Business Alliance (37).

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 Bill Sisson, President & CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and CCAA 2017 Chairman 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 day.