Former Eastern Shore Chamber President Honored with Prestigious Award

Former Eastern Shore Chamber President Honored with Prestigious Award

For Immediate Release:  December 9, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, AL—Former Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Darrelyn Bender, 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 5, 2014.  The award is presented to Chamber professionals who have displayed outstanding attributes in their daily vocation.  It is awarded by an outside panel of judges only in years in which an individual meets strict, stated criteria, and who is chosen from nominees submitted by CCAA members.  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 John Seymour, president and CEO of the Decatur/Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.  Seymour is a previous winner of the award.

“Darrelyn Bender 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.  “Darrelyn’s selection as this year’s Jamie Wallace Award recipient is very fitting and serves as a tribute to the excellent work she has accomplished throughout her career.  Darrelyn has been a true chamber of commerce professional and is very deserving of CCAA’s highest recognition.”

Bender led the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce for more than 18 years before stepping down in 2013.  During her tenure, the organization enjoyed a number of ‘firsts’ including chamber of commerce accreditation, forming a unique chamber environmental committee, creating a youth leadership program, establishing a chamber community foundation and many other accomplishments.  In addition, Bender is a Past Chairwoman of the CCAA Board of Directors.

“It was truly a surprise to receive such a prestigious honor and I am honored to accept the Jamie Wallace Award,” said Bender.  “I am grateful and thankful for the opportunity to have served as a chamber of commerce professional.  My heart and soul were in my job and in the goal of the betterment of 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.