Dean Mitchell, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, named Chamber 2022 Professional of the Year

2022 Chair Crystal Brown (l) presents 2022 Chamber Professional of the Year to Dean Mitchell, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Paige Hutto, CCAA president & CEO and Thereasa Hulgan, 2021 Chamber Professional of the Year.

The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama presented Dean Mitchell, IOM, AACE, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, executive director,  the Chamber Professional 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 professional career achievements of the candidate, was presented at the CCAA Executive Leadership Conference recently held in Tuscaloosa.

“Dean Mitchell, being named the 2022 Chamber Professional of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama comes as no surprise and is a well-deserved honor. As chairman of CCAA for two years, Dean’s thoughtful leadership and professionalism has left an indelible legacy for our organization and a lasting impression on those of us who are fortunate to call him friend,” remarked 2022 CCAA Chairwoman Crystal Brown. “I am sure Dean will continue to have a positive impact on the Dothan area and our state for years to come.”

Paige G. Hutto, president and CEO of CCAA, said Mitchell is a true chamber professional. “Since Dean joined the Dothan Area Chamber and the chamber industry he has given of his time and talent without fail. Dothan, the Wiregrass area, our state, and our association are better for his service. His collaborative nature makes him a leader in all that he does.”

Mitchell has served the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and his community since 2015 after a 25 year career working within the US House of Representatives as a chief of staff and press secretary. Since arriving in the Wiregrass, Dean has served as interim operating officer for Southeast AlabamaWorks, as chair of Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, as chair of Visit Dothan, advisor for the Houston County Career Academy, and more.

In nominating Mitchell for this award, his nominator said, “When talking about Dean the word that I think of to describe him would be partnership. Dean believes in efficiency and the need to create partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, state programs, local, state, and federal representatives and other chamber organizations in order to achieve a common goal. To those in the Wiregrass area, Dean is the one they reach out to when they have an idea or need advice. He is a great advisor and mentor with the ability to keep everyone on task.”

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.