Ambassador of the Quarter
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, others make it happen."
At the July 21 Chamber Luncheon, Jay Clyce (left) was recognized as the Ambassador of the Second Quarter. During the 2nd quarter of 2016, Jay earned more points than any other chamber ambassador and just started becoming active with our chamber in March of 2016. He is shown with 2016 Chamber President Chris Schmidt.
Ambassador of the Year
The 2015 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 50 points in activities for the year.
But probably the most visible group of volunteers within the Hoover Chamber is our Ambassadors. These individuals represent the Chamber at a variety of functions, including ribbon cuttings, monthly Coffee & Contacts events, and Business After Hours events. Ambassadors also meet and greet the members, newcomers and guests who attend the monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheons.
In return, Chamber Ambassadors experience above-average networking opportunities, maximize their business and social potential and establish their presence in the business and civic realms of Hoover. They also enjoy the added benefits that hands-on involvement brings such as a sense of personal accomplishment and a feeling of ownership in the organization.The only requirements for becoming a Chamber Ambassador are membership in the Chamber and a desire to help make things happen. If you are interested in becoming a Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, contact Bill Powell at 205-988-5672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Chamber Ambassador Program, call the Chamber Office at 205-988-5672 or Chairman April DeLuca with Magic City Law at 205-582-2832.
April DeLuca is chairman of the Chamber's Ambassadors committee, and is a partner with the law firm Magic City Law, LLC and primarily practices family law, which includes divorce, child custody, adoption, modifications, estate planning, and business formations. April graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2012. She received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Auburn University Montgomery in 2008. Prior to her current job, April was an Associate at FHL Capital Corporation, where she advised on mergers and acquisitions transactions. April was born and raised in Prattville, Alabama. She is married to Jason DeLuca, and they have two dachshunds, Coco and Winston. In her spare time, April enjoys CrossFit, running, and hiking. April can be reached at 205-582-2832. or email@example.com. www.magiccityfamilylaw.com.
AshLeigh Dunham is a partner at Magic City Law, LLC, a family law boutique firm that focuses on any legal services needed by your family including but not limited to Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Personal Injury. She is also certified as a Guardian Ad Litem. Her passion and goal as a GAL is that all children will be represented in actions that they are involved in through no fault of their own. Children are put through a lot of pain and misery in the divorce process, and she thinks there should always be someone who is concerned for their best interests, and consequently, the family's overall best interests. She graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 2010. Before attending Cumberland, she received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama and a minor in French and Business.
Janet Hartmann is the Director of Sales at Residence Inn by Marriott Birmingham Hoover. Janet has been involved with the Hoover Area Chamber since 2008, serving as Chamber Ambassador. In 2012, Janet was honored to be awarded the Ambassador of the Year. Janet's hotel has also received honors including Hotel of the year for OTO Development in 2009 and 2011. Janet resides in Hoover with her husband Jeremy and daughter, Anna. Anna is a graduate of UAB and is engaged to be married to Josh Wharton. Their son, Ben, is a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Both Anna and Ben have been recipients of the Lila Parks Scholarship through the Hoover Chamber. Residence Inn Hoover is located at 2725 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL 35244. Janet can be reached at 205-733-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Thomas is a registered representative with Capstone Financial Group, in Hoover, Alabama. Capstone Financial Group specializes in three main areas: Life Insurance, Disability Insurance and Group Benefits. Joe works with small to medium sized businesses helping them maximize their benefit dollars while focusing on the individual needs of all the employees. As a disability and benefit specialist, he is equipped to help employees understand their benefits and plan for the future. In 1997, he graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Prior to his current position he developed and wrote a medical practice management software system with a company in Birmingham. Joe is also an Eagle Scout. He is a lifelong native of Birmingham and enjoys working with everyday people who want an above average retirement. Joe has been elected to serve as president of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce for 2015. Joe can be reached at 205-444-5588 or email@example.com. www.thecapstoneway.com.
Steve Hart, LUTCF, has represented Aflac for over 20 years and has recently joined the Birmingham Red Mountain Region as their Broker Sales Representative. His experience with and knowledge of the Affordable Care Act has provided him with the information business owners need to stay compliant. Keeping a benefit plan simple and well communicated is what he does best. He is an active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters Steve has been married 30 years to his high school sweetheart, Tommie and they have two sons, AJ and Corey who live in Orlando, FL. He enjoys outdoor sports, but especially, baseball which he has umpired for the last 15 years. Steve can be reached at 205-637-8040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew L. Graffeo, as a Registered Representative, Securities America. My objective is to service and assist each client to achieve their long-term goals. I will always strive to treat the client with respect and integrity, and keep their best interest in mind. Andy Graffeo is a Registered Representative with Securities America, Inc., an SEC registered investment firm.With over twenty-five years experience as a self-employed business owner and tax preparer, Andy has assisted many individuals and small business owners. He is a member of NATP. Andy attended UAB and completed the CFP course study. He holds several certifications including the State of Alabama Life and Health Insurance License, the Series 6 Securities License, and the Series 63 State Regulatory License. Andy is active in various civic and professional groups, including the Hoover Chamber where he serves as Ambassador. He is also active at St, Peters Catholic Church where he serves on the board of the Knights of Columbus. Andy is married to Ramona and has two grown children. He enjoys Golf and Tennis, and spends a good bit of his spare time at Smith Lake with his family.
Andy can be reached at 205-397-2456 or email@example.com.
Angela Finley is the Executive/Marketing Assistant at Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall. She is a Birmingham native living in Hoover most of her life. Angela has been involved with the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce since 2009, serving as a Chamber Ambassador. She resides with her husband and two children in Hoover. Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall is located at 1624 Montgomery Highway, Hoover, 35216 One mile North of The Galleria Mall. Angela can be reached at 205-824-7080 or angela.finley@HendrickAuto.com. www.hooverautomall.com.
Trisston Wright Burrows - is the Marketing & Public Relations Manager at Moore Coal Company, Inc. Moore Coal Company, Inc is a locally owned commercial waste removal and recycling business located in Bessemer, Alabama and has been in operation since 1929. In 2000, Trisston graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a degree in Marketing at the top of her class in the School of Business and with honors--Suma Cum Laude and winning the Chancellor's Scholar Award. Trisston was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America/Alabama 2005. This has been a dream come true and has given her extensive opportunities to travel advocating, education, and promoting the abilities of people with disabilities. Another dream came true in 2008, when Trisston married her best friend and the love of her life, Brian Burrows. Trisston and Brian reside in Hoover, AL. Trisston can be reached at at 205-424-2705 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.moorecoal.com.
Jerome Morgan, Jr. is the owner of Oncort Professional Services. Oncort is known for providing customizable commercial cleaning options to fit any industry or company to Birmingham and sounding cities. Oncort guarantees superior services, products, and employees. Oncort strives to provide clients with professional and quality-driven commercial cleaning solutions. Clients are a priority and are offered a variety of options to meet their needs. Services currently offered include contractual, emergency, one-time cleaning, floor maintenance and paper products. Jerome has been in the industry since 2007 and operates with a high level of integrity and customer service.
Mary Perry is a high-energy Account Executive with Strickland Companies; a family owned business that was established in 1928. Strickland has deep roots in the community and Mary works hard to provide excellent care and service to her customers. She is a trusted advisor of business products, office furniture, and facility solutions. Mary lives in Hoover with her husband, Troy, and has two grown daughters. Mary is also involved with EWI - Executive Women International - and never meets a stranger! Mary can be reached at 205-504-5731 or Mperry@stricklybiz.com.
Peter Northcott is a realtor with LAH Real Estate of Hoover, and a member of the Birmingham Association of Realtors, the Alabama Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors. He has over 12 years of honest and ethical real estate successes and many happy clients! He joined the Hoover Area Chamber and the Ambassadors Program in 2013 and has been very active. He loves to sing and is a founding member of the Steel City Men's Chorus. He is a dog-lover, and rescued Murphy, his Golden Retriever, in 2012. Peter is Licensed in Alabama and Missouri. Peter can be reached at 205-440-3093 or email@example.com.
Harry H. Horner, Jr . is the owner of The Horner ApparelGroup, a full service men's clothier. He is a one stop solution that drastically reduces his customer's time spent shopping different stores, dealing with returns and visiting the tailor. He does all the leg work for the customer and delivers the clothes ready to wear.
As an independent wardrobe consultant he offers a range of all products (Off-the-Rack, Made-to-Measure and Custom Tailored Clothing) as well as services (Wardrobe Building, Wardrobe Organization and Personal Shopping). Harry can be reached at 205 240-5713 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.amansstyle.blogspot.com.
Lynn graduated from Samford University and received her Master's Degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary. She has lived in the North Shelby area for over 30 years with her husband Terry. They have a daughter attending Birmingham Southern on an academic scholarship. Lynn can be reached at 205-988-8297 or email@example.com, or visit the company website at www.bticonnect.com.
Gena Davis Mueller is the Vice President of JDA Promotional Solutions in Pelham, AL. Her primary focus is the development of key accounts. Additionally, she helps to build and equip JDA's team of account executives. JDA has been in business for over 35 years. By specializing in safety recognition programs, online company stores and incentive programs, JDA Promo has established great relationships with some of the largest companies in the southeast. In her free time Gena's passion is mentoring young women that are working through hardships in their lives. Gena and her husband Nate live in Birmingham and have two wonderful children, Maddie and Grayson. Gena can be reached at 205-427-8611 (Cell) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benji Sawyer is a partner at Sawyer Solutions, LLC, a full service IT solutions provider. In 1999, while still in college, Benji started programming part-time for a major US tower manufacturer upgrading Fortran programs to VB6 and thus started his career in technology. He has worked for small business and large corporations before starting Sawyer Solutions with his father, Ken Sawyer, so he understands the differences in how big and small businesses operate and develop. He has a Masters Degree in Engineering Technology and loves to further his learning. He is an Eagle Scout and still loves the out of doors. He is married to a lady that is great for him and they have four wonderful children that keep life interesting.
Benji loves working with businesses to develop solutions for their IT needs. From as few as one computer to as many as a business might have, Sawyer Solutions can help. Sawyer Solutions not only provides support for computers, servers and networks, but also offers computer hardware sales, custom software development, security and compliance audits (HIPAA, FINRA, PCI, etc.), backup and disaster recovery, strategic planning and CIO level consulting. Benji can be reached at Benji.Sawyer@SawyerSolutionsLLC.com or 844-448-7767. www.SawyerSolutionsLLC.com.
Jay Clyce is a licensed mortgage loan officer with Weber Mortgage in Birmingham, Alabama. Weber Mortgage offers mortgage lending services. It has been around for about 20 years. Jay was born and raised in Hoover, Alabama, and was part of the first class to graduate from Hoover High School in 1995. He then went on to graduate from The University of Alabama in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration & Management. To this day his priority is to support his family, build his career, give back to the community through volunteer opportunities and to focus on the best interest of his clients. He believes that every client has a different situation, so every client will get that personalized attention with him. He is known as a Credit Trouble-Shooting Expert at Weber Mortgage. Many clients need to build a plan so they can get to the point of qualifying for a mortgage. He helps consult them through those challenges. Though, he does work with all types of borrowers.
His favorite business quote is, "Never Over-promise, Always Over-deliver!" The mortgage business can be quite challenging from client to client but with having such an enthusiastic interest in the fitness world, Jay always tends to find the best fit mortgage for every client. Jay can be reached at 205-937-3300 or email@example.com. www.webermortgage.com.
Joey Brown is a Top-Producing Realtor with Keller Williams Realty serving Greater Birmingham Alabama, specializing in listing and selling homes in the City of Hoover, including all the popular neighborhoods of Hoover and surrounding areas. Joey is a Designated Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), a Certified Real Estate Negotiator (CREN), a Certified e-PRO agent, a recent graduate of BOLD/MAPS Coaching, and a past member of the Associate Leadership Council where he chaired the Technology Committee in 2009, 2010, and 2012. He currently serves as a member of the MLS Technology Committee with the Birmingham Association of Realtors through 2017. He is also a member of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as an Ambassador. He is a Multi-Million Dollar Producer, a 2013 Nominee for B.A.R. Residential Sales Associate of the Year, #1 Top-Producer and #1 Listing Agent at Keller Williams Hoover in 2014, and #1 Agent In Closed Volume at Keller Williams Hoover in 2015. He genuinely loves selling real estate and helping his clients fulfill their dream of home ownership, whether it be purchasing a first home, upgrading to a luxury home, or downsizing to a smaller home. Be sure to visit his website at www.soldbyjoey.com. Joey can be reached at 205-305-6982 or by email at Joey@SoldbyJoey.com.
Lynn Mauldin is currently the Assistant Community Manager at Ridge Crossings Apartments, Steadfast Companies, LLC. Lynn has been at Ridge Crossings as a Hoover Resident for 7 years, where she relocated from Atlanta, Georgia. Lynn has been in the apartment industry for over 16 years. She is an honor graduate from North Georgia Tech. Institute and Gainesville College. She has honor seals for Accounting, Psychology and Business Management. Lynn also serves on the Finish Line Booster Committee at Hoover High School for Cross Country/Track and Field. She enjoys working out, social events, spending time with her kids, and teaching/assisting others with their growth/life plan. Lynn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 205-733-9711.
Courtney Ingersoll is the Corporate Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. She places corporate group business from 10 people to 800 people along with their meeting and conference needs. Courtney moved to Hoover with her family in 2015. A graduate from Ole Miss, she has over 15 years of hotel sales experience. Hyatt Regency Birmingham is a chic, upscale hotel in the heart of Hoover, Alabama-the preferred suburb of Birmingham. The former Wynfrey Hotel is now Alabama's only full service Hyatt upon completion of a multi-million dollar transformation. The Hyatt Regency Birmingham boasts 329 fully renovated rooms, 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the world famous Shula's Steakhouse, Merk's Tavern, a heated pool open 365 days a year, a new Regency Club, and a direct connection to the Riverchase Galleria, the largest indoor shopping mall in Alabama. See for yourself what everyone is talking about and enjoy our legendary Southern Hospitality. Courtney can be reached at 205-444-5772 or email at email@example.com. wynfrey.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home
Ambassadors can download the monthly Ambassador Score Sheet as a .pdf File.
- Joe DiBenedetto, American Osment - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barry Smith, Manpower - email@example.com
- Bronjalin Sparks, Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Craig Catalfu, My Chiropractor - email@example.com
- Justin Griffin, Business Electronics - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karen Rickerson
- Matthew Allen, Hoover Sun - email@example.com
- Pam Koehler, MortgageBanc - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Regina Smith, All Designs Birmingham - email@example.com
For information on becoming an Ambassador for the Hoover Chamber of Commerce, please contact Bill Powell at 205-988-5672 or firstname.lastname@example.org