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December 2017

Space-CadetsA Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Space Cadets, at 5291 Valleydale Road in Hoover. Space Cadets is a Custom Closets & Organizing business. Shown cutting the ribbon is owner Kim McBrayer, as her husband, Brett, assists, and her daughter Cassidy holds the bow. They were joined by several good friends and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Space Cadets can be reached at (205) 326-7025 or kim@spacecadetsorganizing.com. www.spacecadetsorganizing.com SomerbyA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Monday, December 11, 2017 at the newly renovated memory care residence of Somerby Senior Living St. Vincent's One Nineteen, located at 200 One Nineteen Boulevard, Hoover 35242 in the Greystone area. Shown cutting the ribbon is CEO Al Worthington, as Executive Director Carolyn Katterjohn holds the bow. To the right of them is Company President David Grady. They are joined by several clients, friends, and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Somerby can be reached at (205) 745-4600 or ckatterjohn@somerbyliving.com or Lee Ellen Haskins at lhaskins@somerbyliving.com.

November 2017

HiltonInnA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House was held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the all new Hilton Garden Inn & Home2Suites by Hilton, located at 250 18th Street South in Birmingham.  Shown cutting the ribbon is Birmingham Mayor William Bell (blue suit), with help from members of the hotel ownership, Apple Hospitality REIT, Beth Hinchcliffe, Nelson Knight, & Glade Knight, as Adrian Kurre, Global Head of the Home2Suites by Hilton brand holds the bow.  General Manager Jason DeLuca is to the left of those cutting the ribbon (blue suit).  This is a beautiful hotel property, and a great addition to the Birmingham business district.  The Hotel can be reached at (205) 419-8839 or contact Lindsey Setzer at Lindsey.setzer@hilton.com  for information. BhamDanceA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the new location of Birmingham Dance Theatre, located at 1694 Montgomery Highway in The Centre at Riverchase Shopping Center just north of I-459/Riverchase Galleria. Shown cutting the ribbon is Owner Joni Scofield as her daughters McCall and Ally Scofield help with the scissors. Her husband, Al, is also holding the scissors as Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato holds the bow. Birmingham Dance Theatre can be reached at (205) 822-3012 or joniscofield@gmail.com. www.bdtdance.com The company has been in business for 57 years, and recently moved from Vestavia Hills to Hoover.
Hammer-StainA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at the new Hammer & Stain DIY Workshop at 3704 Lorna Road in the River Oaks Village Shopping Center, Hoover 35216. Shown cutting the ribbon is owner Megan Sortino, as her mother, Patricia Velez, holds the bow. Her sister, Samantha Catland is holding Oscar, and Megan's husband, Frank is hold 10-week-old Charlie. They were joined by Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr. (far right) and a host of Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Megan can be reached at hammerandstainbirmingham@gmail.com or (205) 747-0641. VivianMoraAgencyA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the recently expanded Vivian Mora State Farm Agency, located at 3253 Lorna Road, Hoover 35216. Shown cutting the ribbon is Owner Vivian Mora as Mayor Frank Brocato holds the bow. They are joined by Vivian's extensive staff, and many Hoover Chamber Ambassadors, as well as Hoover City Councilman John Lyda (back row, tall!). Vivian can be reached at Vivian@vivianmoraagency.com or (205) 586-7496.

October 2017

WholeFoodsA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the new Whole Foods located in Riverchase Village (now re-named Whole Foods Village), at 3780 Riverchase Village, Hoover 35244. Shown cutting the ribbon is Associate Team Leader April Moate, with Store Team Leader Jason Stonicher, as Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato holds the bow. Community Liaison Alex Kolar is to the left of April. They are joined by dozens of Hoover Chamber Ambassadors, friends, and staff members. Whole Foods can be reached at (205) 912-8400 or Alexandria.kolar@wholefoods.com. A Coffee & Contacts/Open House will be held at this Whole Foods on Thursday, November 30. AmbQtrLynn Ray (left) of Business Telephones, Inc. was recognized at the October 19, 2017 Chamber Luncheon as the Ambassador of the Third Quarter. Lynn, who had been Ambassador of the Year for both 2015 and 2016, earned the most points for participation during the July-August-September quarter, particularly with her involvement with the 22nd Annual Chamber Golf Tournament, when she served as volunteer coordinator. She is shown with 2017 Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr., of Oncort Professional Services.

September 2017

SoireeA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at the new Soiree Event Gallery, located at 2132 Lorna Ridge Lane in Hoover, just off Lorna Road.  This is a newly remodeled event facility, suitable for weddings, receptions, or any kind of party.  Shown cutting the ribbon is owner Parvez Mulji, as Jodi Newton, Ariana Jackson, and Morgan Cochran help with the scissors.  Holding the bow is his daughter Zoya Mulji, as his son Zunair Mulji is between them, and wife Salima Mulji is behind his daughter. Also attending were Hoover City Council members Mike Shaw and John Lyda.  Soiree Event Gallery can be reached at (205) 783-5228 or info@eventsatsoiree.com

August 2017

ReviveVitalityA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the new Revive Vitality Clinic located at 3425 Colonnade Parkway (across from Gold's Gym), Birmingham 35243. Shown cutting the ribbon are Director of Operations Mark Burroughs and CEO Shawn Self as Billing Coordinator Janeth Castro holds the bow. They can be reached at (205) 588-6700 or www.revive-vitality.org. BhmPhysiciansA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the new Birmingham Physicians' Imaging-Open MRI of Birmingham, located at 3425 Colonnade Parkway in Birmingham 35243 at the former location of the Fox & Hound restaurant. Shown cutting the ribbon is Birmingham Mayor William Bell and the owner/President Dr. Ross Barnett, as his daughter, Jourdan, holds the bow. Birmingham Physicians' Imaging can be reached at (205) 823-3366 or mwaldrop@rwbrad.com. www.southernradiologyspecialists.com.
MetroDinerA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Monday, August 14, 2017 at the new Metro Diner, located at 180 Inverness Plaza, Hoover 35242 (in the old Steak 'N Shake location in Inverness). Shown cutting the ribbon are Managing Partners Charity Chancellor and David Ledwith, and Joint Venture Partner Todd Ianniello holds the bow. They are joined by many Hoover Chamber Ambassadors and friends, all of whom were treated to an amazing array of food samples. The new Metro Diner can be reached at (205) 719-2563 or mp.inverness@metrodiner.com. www.metrodiner.com BrikRealtyA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the new location of Brik Realty in Riverchase, located at 100 Concourse Parkway, Hoover 35244. Shown cutting the ribbon are President Gusty Gulas and Qualifying Broker Brian Bentley as Broker Pat Lynch holds the bow. They are joined by literally dozens of their realtors and Hoover Chamber ambassadors, as well as Hoover City Councilman John Lyda to the right. Brik Realty can be reached at (205) 206-4326 or www.brikrealty.com

July 2017

Freedom-GroupAt the July Chamber Luncheon, Ron Bradstreet was recognized as the winner of the 2017 Freedom Award for his work in veterans organizations, particularly in the re-naming and building up of the Ryan Winslow Post 911-American Legion, meeting at Hoover Tactical Firearms. Shown here from left to right are 2016 Freedom Award winner Mark Davis, Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, Vanessa and Ron Bradstreet, Hoover Veterans Committee Chair Paul Pocopanni, and Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr. CharterSpectrumA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, July 13 at the new location of Charter Communications, located at 5543 Grove Boulevard, Hoover 35244 (The Grove Shopping Center, next to Target). Several staff and administration employees joined in. Hoover City Councilman John Lyda is on the back row, center, with Hoover Executive Director Allan Rice to his left. This office can be reached at (877) 906-9121 or taylor.vice@charter.com. www.charter.com
Ambassador-of-QtrAt the July 20 Chamber Luncheon, Benji Sawyer (left) of Sawyer Solutions was recognized as the Ambassador of the Second Quarter. During the 2nd quarter of 2017, Benji earned more points than any other chamber ambassador. He is shown with 2017 Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr., of Oncort Professional Services.

June 2017

Golf-King-Acura(8-16 Golf King Acura) The Second Flight Winners of the 21st Annual Chamber Golf Tournament came from the King Acura Team, of Doug Meadows, John Stanton, Henry Donald, Henry King, and with a score of 64. Each was awarded a $100.00 gift certificate to the Golf Shop. Henry King also won a round of golf for 4 at Bent Brook in the Putting Contest. PointOakMtnA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the newly renovated The Point at Oak Mountain Apartment Homes, located at 1 Stonecrest Drive, Birmingham 35242, just across Highway 280 from The Village at Lee Branch Shopping Center. Shown cutting the ribbon is Property Manager Kat Wilkes as Marketing Director Elizabeth Culver of Atlanta holds the bow. They are joined by several friends, residents, and vendors, as well as a few chamber ambassadors. They can be reached at oakmountainmgr@waypointms.com or (205) 981-3005 for information.
Cahaba-RidgeA Ribbon Cutting event was held Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the new Cahaba Ridge Resort Lifestyle Community, located at 3090 Healthy Way in Vestavia Hills, 35243. Show cutting the ribbon are Community Relations Managers Donna & Jim Nellius, as Management Team Members JR & Tammie Jimenez hold the bow. A separate photo was taken with the Vestavia Hills Chamber and City representatives, although several are also in this photo. They were joined by several residents of this beautiful facility, other team members and guests, as well as a number of Chamber Ambassadors. Cahaba Ridge can be reached at (205) 201-7364. www.rlcommunities.com. LasTrojasA Ribbon Cutting Event was held at the new Las Trojas Cantina Mexican Restaurant, located at 4287 Highway 280 in the Brook Highland Shopping Center, next to Books-A-Million. Owner Miguel Martinez (in the hat) helps hold the bow. They are joined by several family members and employees, as we as several Hoover Chamber Ambassadors. Miguel was kind enough to provide birthday cakes and sombreros for Lynn Ray and Andy Tatum, as some 24 Chamber Ambassadors were treated to a great lunch from the new restaurant. They can be reached at (205) 991-0091 or cantinalastrojas2005@yahoo.com. www.lastrojascantina.com
CISMortgageA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the CIS Home Loans office at 4256 Cahaba Heights Court in Cahaba Heights 35243. Shown cutting the ribbon are Retail Account Executive Matt Taul and Branch Manager Chris Montz as Customer Service Representative Erin Hutchinson holds the bow. Business Development Manager Jason Cooke is between them. They were joined by several chamber ambassadors, who were treated with catering from Newk's and a cake! CIS Home Loans can be reached at (205) 443-7290 or through their website at www.cishomeloans.com. PilatesA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the new location of Club Pilates - Riverchase, located at 1839 Montgomery Highway, the Plaza at Riverchase, in Hoover 35244. Shown cutting the ribbon is owner Lindsay Booker as General Manager Carrie Becker holds the bow. Between them are Lindsay's husband Paul, and sons William and James, and Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato. They were joined by several other friends and a number of Hoover Chamber ambassadors! Club Pilates - Riverchase can be reached at (205) 937-7265 or Riverchase@clubpilates.com. www.clubpilates.com/riverchase
WaitrA Ribbon Cutting for the WAITRApp.com was held Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Riverchase Galleria location of On Tap Sports Café. Shown cutting the ribbon is Business Development Manager Mark Killebrew and Whitney Savoie, and Charli Leger held the bow. They were joined by several WAITR representatives and Hoover Chamber Ambassadors. They can reached by downloading the app on the Google Play store or the Apple store on any smart phone. Through the Waitr app, clients can order meals delivered from many local restaurants with a flat delivery charge of only $5.00!

April 2017

TrailsatCahabaA Ribbon Cutting was held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the newly renamed and renovated apartment homes, The Trails at Cahaba River, located at 801 Cahaba Forest Cove, Birmingham 35242, off Highway 280 in Shelby County. Shown cutting the ribbon is Jason Lamb as Property Manager Bethany Bell holds the bow. They are joined by several Hoover Chamber ambassadors, staff, and their contractors. They can be reached at (205) 991-9884 or bbell@merionresidential.com. www.riversideparc.com The management also made a significant contribution to the Cahaba River Society at the event, to assist the Society in maintaining and preserving the Cahaba River. This property backs up to the Little Cahaba River. OFCWorkscapesA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the new OFC Workscapes office in Inverness, located at 5033 Highway 280, Suite 109, Hoover 35242. This was a joint event hosted by the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Show cutting the ribbon are owners Steve Gathings (left) and Frank Mitchell, as Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato (next on the line) joins dozens of their associates, suppliers, and ambassadors from both the Hoover and Greater Shelby Chambers of Commerce. OFC Workscapes can be reached at (205) 730-1190 or sgathings@ofcworkscapes.com. www.ofcworkscapes.com
ProudBannerJeff Brown, of Brownstone Marketing Solutions, presented the 2017-18 Proud Member Banner that he provided. Participating chamber members were able to have their logo displayed on the banner for a low cost of $200.00. The Proud Member Banner is to be displayed at each major chamber function throughout the year, including chamber luncheons, coffee & contact events, and business after hours events. This the third annual Proud Member Banner provided by Brownstone Marketing Solutions. For information on similar banners or other marketing needs, contact Jeff at (205) 789-3600 or brown@bmsllc.biz. O-Sushi-XA Ribbon Cutting was held Monday, May 01, 2017 at the new O Sushi Express Restaurant, located at 3076 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover 35244 (next to Verizon). Shown cutting the ribbon is Owner Leo Lin, as his wife, Jenny Pan holds the bow. They are joined by the rest of their staff, several chamber ambassadors, Hoover City Councilman Mike Shaw (back right), and former Alabama Representative Paul DeMarco (back left). O Sushi Express can be reached at (205) 502-7221 or osushiexpressinc@gmail.com. www.osushiexpress.com
GalleriaWoodsA Ribbon Cutting and Open House was held Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the newly renovated Galleria Woods Retirement Community. Shown cutting the ribbon are Dining Services Director DeMaurius Garrett and Executive Director Linda Sullivan, as Business Development Director Lisa McClung holds the bow. Resident Programs Director Saralyn Millwee is between them. They were joined by several additional staff members and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Galleria Woods and Lisa McClung can be reached at (205) 985-7537 or bmcclung@brookdale.com. www.brookdaleliving.com/galleria-woods.aspx AmbQtrJay Clyce of Weber Mortgage was recognized at the April 2017 Chamber Luncheon by Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr., as the Ambassador of the First Quarter. Jay earned over 300 points during the first three months of 2017 with his participation in chamber activities, as well as his contacting almost all of the new members during the quarter.

March 2017

GB-SheffieldGroupA Ground Breaking Ceremony was held for the construction of The Sheffield Group on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 900 Corporate Drive in Meadowbrook, sponsored by TurnerBatson Architects and JOHNSONKREIS Construction. Shown left-to-right are Brad Jones of EGS Real Estate; Kelly Capps Rowen, Ann Capps, Don Capps, and Keith Capps, all of The Sheffield Group; Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato; Dave Reese of TurnerBatson Architects; Jess Johnson of JohnsonKreis Construction; Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr.; and Grant Lauderdale of Servis 1st Bank. The Sheffield Group is a provider of workman's compensation insurance, operating since 1993. RC-PapaMurphyA ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza on Friday, March 03, 2017, at the new location at 2800 Greystone Commercial Boulevard, in Hoover 35242. Shown cutting the ribbon is manager Kaitlyn Kellogg and Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, as David Yirkovsky holds the bow. They are joined by several staff team members, as well as several Hoover Chamber ambassadors. This is the eighth Papa Murphy's Pizza in the Hoover Chamber. This location can be reached at (205) 900-8250 or Kaitlyn@pm-al.com.
RC-UpperLimitA ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 7, 2017 at the new location of Upper Limit Learning Center, 3601-A Lorna Ridge Drive, Hoover 35216. Shown cutting the ribbon are Alex and Mary Grace Pereira, as her mother, Andrea Hammack holds the bow.  To the left of Alex is her father, Jeff Hammack.  They are joined by several Hoover Chamber ambassadors.  Upper Limit Learning Center can be reached at (205) 783-5103 or Alex@upperlimitlearning.com RC-VestaviaReserveA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the all-new Vestavia Reserve Luxury Apartments, just off Cahaba River Road, in Vestavia Hills 35243. Shown cutting the ribbon is Community Manager Jennifer Fisher and Drew Kiinstler as Rachel Mavers holds the bow. They are joined by several Hoover Chamber Ambassadors. They can be reached at Vestaviareservemgr@greystar.com or (205) 977-7767. See the virtual tours at http://vestaviareserve.com
RC-ERDOSA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Erdos At Home Store, at 4431 Creekside Avenue in the Patton Creek Shopping Center in Hoover. Shown cutting the ribbon is Director of Merchandising Louis Koay Chee Jun and CEO John Erdos (with glasses), as Store Manager Ashley Askew holds the bow. There were joined by several team members and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Erdos at Home can be reached at (205) 444-0641 or contact Ashley Askew at Ashley.Askew@erdosathome.com. www.erdosathome.com

Feburary 2017

RC-UrbanBarnA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, February 6, 2017 inside The Urban Barn Clothing Co., located at 5361 Highway 280 South in Hoover, behind the Krispy Kreme. Shown cutting the ribbon is Owner Colleen Burback, as Cheryl Harper holds the bow. They are joined by Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato to the left of Colleen, along with several Hoover Chamber Ambassadors. The Urban Barn can be reached at (205) 451-8888 or theurbanbarnbham@gmail.com. RC-SoccerPostA Ribbon Cutting Event was held Monday, February 20, 2017 with both the Greater Shelby County and the Hoover Area Chambers of Commerce at Soccer Post, 5291 Valleydale Road, Hoover 35242 in Inverness. Cutting the ribbon is Alex Houghton, as her husband, Michael, holds the bow. Her mother, Margaret Joyner, is to the left of Alex, and her good friends Lisette & Mark Daigle are also in the photo. To the right of Michael is Shelby County Commissioner Mike Vest. Shelby County Chamber President Kirk Mancer is at the back left, while Hoover Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr., is at the back right. They are joined by other friends and dozens of chamber ambassadors from both chambers of commerce. Soccer Post can be reached at (205) 783-5556 or www.soccerpostbhm.com.
RC-EdwardJonesA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the new Edward Jones investments office of Timothy Dolan, at 5336 Stadium Trace Parkway, Hoover, 35244. Shown cutting the ribbon is Timothy Dolan, as his wife, Allison, holds both the bow and their baby girl, Cara. They are joined by several other Edward Jones agents from the region, investors, and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Timothy can be reached at (205) 988-4435 or timothy.dolan@edwardjones.com. www.edwardjones.com Police-AllAt the February 16, 2017 Chamber Public Safety Awards Luncheon, The Police Officer of the Year was recognized, sponsored by Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall, with Officer Lakenderick Edwards recognized as the 2016 Police Officer of the Year. Sergeant Rocco Renno and Detective Daniel Lowe were both recognized as finalists for their outstanding work during the year by Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis. Shown is Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato (left), Officer Edwards, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis, Sergeant Renno, and Detective Lowe.
DetentionOfficerCorporal Maria Robinson, center, was recognized at the February Public Safety Awards Luncheon by for her outstanding work as the Detention Officer of the Year for 2016 at the Hoover City Jail. Shown l-r are Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, Corporal Robinson, and Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis. This award is sponsored by Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall. B-911-OperatorTelecommunicator Brittany Hayes (center) was recognized by Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato (left) and Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis and as the 2016 Telecommunicator of the Year for her outstanding work in helping the Police Department and Fire Department in her duties, and in specific instances outlined by Chief Derzis. This award was sponsored by TurnerBatson Architects.
Firefighters-4Four firefighters were recognized at the February luncheon as Firefighters of the Year for 2016 for specific actions outlined by Executive Officer Rusty Lowe and Hoover Fire Chief Chuck Wingate. These four are Lt. Christopher Fulmer, Austin Smith, Tony Conville, and John Jackson. Shown from left, Executive Officer Lowe, Lt. Fulmer, Smith, Conville and Jackson. The Firefighter/Paramedics of the Year recognized at the luncheon were Geoffrey Moore, Robert Smith and Justin McKenzie. This award is also sponsored by TurnerBatson Architects. AllAwardsThe Public Safety Awards were presented by the Hoover Area Chamber at the February 16 chamber luncheon at Hoover Country Club. Shown in the photo, back row, left-to-right are Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, Fire Chief Chuck Wingate, Firefighters- and Paramedics-of-the-Year Austin Smith, Robert Smith, Tony Conville, John Jackson, Christopher Fulmer, Police Chief Nick Derzis. Front Row are pictured Police Officers-of-the-Year Detective Daniel Lowe, Officer Lakenderick Edwards, sergeant Rocco Renno, Detention Officer of the Year Corporal Maria Robinson, and Telecommunicator (911 Operator) of the Year Brittany Hayes. Not shown is Firefighter of the Year Geoffrey Moore.

January 2017

CustomsCafeA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, January 10 at the new Customs Café, located at 1845 Montgomery Highway, Hoover 35244. Shown cutting the ribbon is Craig Casiday, as his mother, Teresa White holds the bow. They were joined by Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, to the left of Craig, and dozens of friends, supporters and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Customs Café can be reached at (205) 223-3849 or teresa@customscafe.com www.customscafe.com JacksonHewittA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Wednesday, January 11 at the new Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 3049 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, in the Samís Club Plaza. Shown cutting the ribbon is Multi-Unit Supervisor Mark Cline, as Yolanda Gayle Brown helps hold the scissors. District Manager Toni Shrader holds the bow as they are joined by other associates, friends, and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. This office can be reached at (205) 936-6381 or toni.shrader@jtax.com. www.jacksonhewitt.com
BrookHighlandA Ribbon Cutting Event and Grand Re-Opening was held Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the newly remodeled Brook Highland Place Apartment Homes, at 1 Meadow Drive, Birmingham 35242. Shown cutting the ribbon is Community Manager Vickie McLaughlin, as Assistant Manager Ricky Connor holds the bow. They are joined by several other staff members and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. Brook Highland Place can be reached at (205) 991-8811 or bhpmanager@dasmenresidential.com. MasonMusicA Ribbon Cutting Event was held Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the new Mason Music Greystone Studio, at 5406 Highway 280 East, Suite B 103 in the Crossroads at Greystone Shopping Center. Shown cutting the ribbon is Owner Will Mason while his wife, Sarah, holds the bow. They are joined by their leadership team and several Hoover Chamber ambassadors. This Mason Music location can be reached at (205) 874-9800 or greystone@masonmusicstudios.com. www.masonmusicstudios.com
NBundtCase-w-signA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the new Nothing Bundt Cakes, located at 3780 Riverchase Village in Hoover, in the Riverchase Village Shopping Center. Shown cutting the ribbon are owners Carrie McFerran and Dedra Miele, as Kingal Soni (partner Rajesh Patel is near them) holds the bow. They are joined by other associates and owners, as well as dozens of chamber ambassadors from both the Hoover and Vestavia Hills Chambers of Commerce, including Vestavia Chamber President Karen Odle, and Hoover City Councilman John Lyda. Nothing Bundt cakes can be reached at (205) 538-7602 or Dedra.miele@nothingbundtcakes.com. www.nothingbundtcakes.com PresidentPlaqueThe new 2017 Chamber President Jerome Morgan, Jr. was installed by Hoover City Council President Pro-Tem John Greene at the January 19 Chamber Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel. Jerome has been active with the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce for several years, and has served on the Board of Directors for the last five years. He is president and owner of Oncort Professional Services. Here he is presenting the Presidentís Plaque to outgoing Chamber President Chris Schmidt.
AmbQtrThe Ambassador of the Fourth Quarter for 2016 was Benji Sawyer of Sawyer Solutions. Benji has been a chamber member since 2014, and has been a very active member of the chamber ambassador program. For the last quarter of the year, he attended and participated in more ambassador activities than almost anyone else. AmbYearThe 2016 Ambassador of the Year was Lynn Ray, owner of Business Telephones, Inc. She has been active in the chamber since 2007, and been a chamber ambassador since 2013. In addition, she has been Ambassador of the Year three consecutive years in the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. She out-distanced the closest ambassador by some 150 points in activities for the year, earning over 1,000 points in 2016.
BoardMbrYearThe 2016 Board Member of the Year was Ira Levine, owner of Levine & Associates, a commercial real estate brokerage. His company has been a member of the Hoover Chamber for some 25 years, and he has consistently been one of the most active of all chamber members for this time, attending a majority of all chamber functions during this time. He has also chaired the Economic Development Committee for three years, and served on the board of directors for some 10 years. MbrYearThe 2016 Chamber Member of the Year was Andy Graffeo, president of Graffeo Financial Services. Andy has been a member of the Hoover Chamber since 2008, and has been an integral part of the chamber golf committee every year since joining, collecting and providing the bulk of the raffle prizes for the golf tournament - the biggest fund-raiser of the chamber - every year. His enthusiasm has been contagious, and he helps to motivate all the other committee members.

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