CCAA Recognizes 18 Local Chamber Professionals For Distinguished Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 7, 2015

Contact: Jeremy Arthur 334-264-2112

CCAA Recognizes 18 Local Chamber Professionals For Distinguished Service

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) announced today that eighteen 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, were:  Jennifer Palmer, Albertville Chamber of Commerce (10); Cindy Higginbotham, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce (10);  LoWanda James, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce (11); Suzanne Gardner, Shoals Chamber of Commerce (11); Thereasa Hulgan, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce (11); Carolyn Tubbs, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (12); Jim Page, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (12); Harold Boone, Sr., Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce (13); Tracy Crumpton, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (16); Barbara Hunt, Shoals Chamber of Commerce (17); Donny Jones, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (17); Stephanie Newland, Shoals Chamber of Commerce (17); Stacey Gann, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama (17); Morri Yancy, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce (19;  Leisa Chittam, Decatur/Morgan County Chamber of Commerce (23); Sandy Smith, Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce (25); Donna Watts, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce (30); and, Steve Holt, Shoals Chamber of Commerce (44).

The announcement was made at the CCAA’s Professional Development Conference in Montgomery.

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 Brian Hilson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance and the CCAA’s 2015 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 eighteen local chamber leaders are 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.