Page elected 2014 CCAA Chairman at Annual Meeting

Page elected 2014 CCAA Chairman at Annual Meeting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 6, 2013 –  Jim Page, IOM, CCE, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama,  was elected Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) for 2014.  In addition, five other chamber executives were elected as Board of Director members on Friday during the association’s annual meeting at the Harbert Center.  The Annual Meeting was held as a joint meeting with the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and CCAA.  The Annual Meeting marked the 10th anniversary of the historic creation of The Partnership between the BCA and CCAA.

Other CCAA officers elected for 2014 were Brian Hilson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, as chairman-elect. Morri Yancy, President, Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce, as vice-chair for financial affairs, and Ashley Eliand, Executive Vice President of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce, as vice-chair for programs.

Board members elected to three-year terms were Hilson; Sheryl Smedley, Executive Director, Selma/Dallas County Chamber of Commerce; Francine Wasden, Executive Director, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce; Lolly Steiner, President, Auburn Chamber of Commerce; and Yancy.

Ronnie Acker, President, Bessemer Chamber of Commerce, was elected past chairman and CCAA President and CEO Jeremy Arthur was elected secretary. “We have accomplished so much during this year and our association has many things for which to be thankful,” said Acker. “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.”

Page presented Acker with the Past Chairman’s Recognition. “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,” Page said.

Kirk Mancer, president and CEO of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Jamie Wallace Award to retired Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Win Hallett. The Jamie Wallace Award is named for a long-time Alabama chamber of commerce executive and is presented only in years in which an individual meets the strict stated criteria of “a chamber professional who has displayed outstanding attributes in their daily vocation.”

Hallett served 22 years leading one of Alabama’s largest chambers. He served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, on the U.S. Chamber’s Board of Directors, and on the board’s nominating committee.

In addition, Billy Canary, president and CEO, Business Council of Alabama, presented the inaugural Thompsonian Leadership Award to 2003 BCA Chairman Mike Thompson for whom the award was named. “He is the visionary who initiated the formal partnership between the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama,” Canary said.

Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance was the guest speaker. She described her office’s role in Alabama criminal and civil cases.

Vance is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the northern district of Alabama. Her priorities have been terrorism and national security, financial fraud and public corruption, violent crime, and protecting vulnerable members of society. The U.S. Attorney directs the prosecution of federal crimes, defends the United States in civil cases, and collects debts owed the United States.

compiled by:  Dana Beyerle, Business Council of Alabama; &, Jeremy Arthur, CCAA