Former Birmingham Business Alliance Executive Honored with Prestigious Award

Former Birmingham Business Alliance Executive Honored with Prestigious Award

For Immediate Release:  December 4, 2015

Contact:  Jeremy Arthur (334) 264-2112



BIRMINGHAM—Former Birmingham Business Alliance executive, Barry Copeland, was presented with the prestigious Jamie Wallace Award during the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) held in Birmingham on December 4, 2015.  The award is presented to Chamber professionals who have displayed outstanding attributes in their daily vocation.  It is awarded only in years in which an individual meets the strict stated criteria, and is chosen from nominees submitted by CCAA members and awarded by an outside panel of judges.  It is the highest award presented by CCAA.


Named after Jamie Wallace, a legendary Alabama chamber executive with 30 years of experience, the Jamie Wallace Award selection committee was chaired by Randy George, president and CEO of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.  Kirk Mancer, president and CEO, Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and previous winner of the award, made the presentation.


“Barry Copeland has worked tirelessly to advance the mission of CCAA by building a better Alabama through strong chambers of commerce,” said Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama president and CEO Jeremy Arthur.  “Barry’s selection as this year’s Jamie Wallace Award recipient is very fitting and serves as a tribute to the excellent work he has accomplished throughout his career.  Barry has been a true chamber of commerce professional and is very deserving of CCAA’s highest recognition.”


Copeland served as part of an executive team leading the Birmingham Business Alliance, one of Alabama’s largest chambers, for more than 13 years until his retirement in 2014.  In addition, Copeland held many leadership positions within his community including the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, the Metropolitan Arts Council, the Downtown City Center Partnership, the United Way of Central Alabama, The Birmingham Rotary Club, and the March of Dimes.


“It was truly a surprise to receive such a prestigious honor and I am honored to accept the Jamie Wallace Award,” said Copeland.  “I am grateful and thankful for the opportunity to have served as a chamber of commerce professional, especially in the great State of Alabama.”


Since its beginning in 1937 as the Alabama Association of Commercial Organizations, what is now known as the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) 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), The BCA/CCAA Partnership represents the interests and concerns of over one million working Alabamians.