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New Elected 2019 CCAA Chairwoman at Annual Meeting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Heather Brothers New, President, The Chamber – Gadsden/Etowah County, has been elected Chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) for 2019. In addition, five other chamber executives were elected as board of director members during the association’s annual meeting at the Harbert Center today.
The annual meeting was a joint meeting with the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and the CCAA.
Other CCAA officers elected for 2019 were Dean Mitchell, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, as Chairman-Elect; Crystal Brown, Vice President of Business and Investor Development, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, as Vice Chair for Financial Affairs; Diane Poole, Executive Director, Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce, as Vice Chair for Programs; Bill Sisson, President and CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, as Past Chairman; and, Jeremy L. Arthur, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, as Secretary.
Board members elected to three-year terms were Diane Poole, Executive Director, Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce; Heather Brothers New, President, The Chamber – Gadsden & Etowah County; Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Caitlin Holland, President, Shoals Chamber of Commerce, and, Tina Poiroux, Executive Director, Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce.
“We have accomplished so much during this year and our association has many things for which to be thankful. We continued the great work that was done last year, hosted a number of successful events, grew our membership, and positioned our association for even greater things ahead. Together with the board members that were just nominated and elected to serve with me, our mission will truly be ‘driving prosperity through stronger Chambers of Commerce in Alabama,’” New said.
In addition, CAA presented the Jamie Wallace Award to Donna Watts, President and CEO, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. The Jamie Wallace Award is the highest award a chamber of commerce executive can receive in the State of Alabama. The award is named after legendary Alabama chamber of commerce executive Jamie Wallace, longtime President of the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes the career accomplishments of a chamber of commerce executive who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, service and dedication to the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.
Morri Yancy, President and CEO, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce, and past Wallace Award recipient made the presentation to Watts on behalf of CCAA.
“Donna is truly a dedicated professional who seeks to see her community, her state, and her region successful,” Yancy said. “She has worked tirelessly over her career to give her best to every opportunity to serve, including her dedication to CCAA.”