Yancy elected 2016 CCAA Chairwoman at Annual meeting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 4, 2015 – Morri Yancy, IOM, President , Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce, was elected Chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA) for 2016. 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.
Other CCAA officers elected for 2016 were Bill Sisson, President and CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, as Chairman-Elect. Linda Hearn, Chamber Manager, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, as Vice-Chair for Financial Affairs, and Thereasa Hulgan, Executive Director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, as Vice-Chair for Programs.
Board members elected to three-year terms were Jim Page, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Jennifer Williamson, Executive Director, Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Palmer, President, Albertville Chamber of Commerce; Diane Poole, Executive Director, Trussville Chamber of Commerce; and, Heather Brothers New, President, The Chamber Gadsden/Etowah County.
Brian Hilson, President and CEO, Birmingham Business Alliance, 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 Hilson. “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.”
Yancy presented Hilson 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,” Yancy said.
Kirk Mancer, president and CEO of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Jamie Wallace Award to two recipients including retired Birmingham Business Alliance executive Barry Copeland, and current President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Jim Page. 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.”
In addition, Billy Canary, President and CEO, Business Council of Alabama, presented the Thompsonian Leadership Award to 2009 CCAA Chairwoman Donna Watts. “Donna is truly a visionary who continues to ‘fly the flag’ for the continued Partnership between the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama,” Canary said.
Liz Huntley, an attorney with Lightfoot, Franklin and White, LLC, was the guest speaker. She described her commitment as a child advocate and to the expansion of voluntary Pre-K to all 4-year-olds in Alabama.