John Seymour receives Thompsonian Award

Chamber Exec John Seymour Receives Thompsonian Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Dec. 5, 2014) Decatur-Morgan County President and CEO John Seymour is the 2014 recipient of the Business Council of Alabama’s Thompsonian Leadership Award.

BCA President and CEO William J. Canary announced Seymour as the recipient during the BCA’s 2014 Annual Meeting held Dec. 5 at the Harbert Center here. “John Seymour epitomizes the ultimate in chamber leadership due to his experience, long service, and his adherence to the key principles of leadership,” Canary said.

The Thompsonian Leadership Award is named in honor of 2003 BCA Chairman Mike Thompson, a visionary who initiated the formal Partnership between the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the BCA. The partnership is going strong in its 11th year.

The Thompsonian Leadership Award is given to an individual who embodies six key principles: challenge the status quo, seek advice from individuals outside his or her inner circle, dream the impossible, work with others who have the ability to think outside the box, be humble but decisive, and be honest.

Seymour is the second recipient of the award. Thompson was the inaugural recipient last year.

Seymour was named President and CEO of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber in 1991. He is the former President and CEO of the Natchez Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the McComb Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Foundation, both in Mississippi.

He has also served as director of program and corporate development on the United States Jaycees National Staff in Tulsa, Okla., and as executive vice president of the Mississippi Jaycees.

“John’s commitment to the CCAA and The Partnership has been unwavering,” said CCAA President and CEO Jeremy Arthur. “As CCAA Board Chairman, John’s leadership was instrumental in the formation and creation of The Partnership. I am honored to call John a friend and colleague.”

Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the 2014 CCAA board chairman, said his professional chamber career began as a result of Seymour’s investment in him.

“John’s dedication to the core values that comprise this award are to be envied,” Page said.

Seymour was unable to attend the BCA annual meeting and will be presented the award at a later date.

“Receiving this award is certainly and honor and is truly humbling,” he said. “I was fortunate to lead a team of dedicated chamber of commerce professionals as we embarked on a new venture that ultimately became The Partnership.

“ And, to receive this award, named after my friend Mike Thompson, holds a special place for me,” Seymour said. “I am grateful and thankful to give back to CCAA and BCA and am proud of the work we have accomplished together.”