Charter Member on the Board of Trustees
The Hoover Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in the past year established a new organization, the Board of Trustees. This newly established group is a highly recognized and prestigious group that carries several benefits. Charter Membership is open only during the next few months.
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A Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening was held Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar at 103 Summit Boulevard in Birmingham, as they celebrated their newly remodeled restaurant. ; Shown cutting the ribbon is Operating Partner Becky Blake, as Private Dining Director Hannah Zander holds the bow. ; Also in the photo are Sous Chef Chris Usher, Front of the House Manager Jake Schuler (in blue suit), Corporate Executive Chef Russell Skall, Senior Manager Zory Mata, and Regional Service Manager Heidi Noel. ; They were joined by several Hoover Chamber Ambassadors and guests, who were treated to Fleming's hors d'ouevres and samples of wine, along with great door prizes. ; For reservations, please call (205) 262-9463 or visit us at ;www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com
The new 2016 Chamber President Chris Schmidt was installed by Hoover City Council President Jack Wright at the January 21 Chamber Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel. Chris has been active with the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce for almost 10 years, and has served on the Board of Directors for the last five year. He is an agent with Daniel Corporation, and holds a law degree. Here he is presenting the President's Plaque to outgoing Chamber President Joe Thomas.
The Ambassador of the Fourth Quarter for 2015 was Karen Rickerson, Director of Sales for Candlewood Suites in Inverness. Karen came back to Candlewood Suites in April of 2015 after working in the hospitality business in another city. She quickly got involved in the Ambassador Program and was the most active member of the group during the last three months of 2015.
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.
The 2015 Board Member of the Year was Megan Randolph, CPA with Warren Averett CPAs & Advisors. Her company has been a member of the Hoover Chamber for some 25 years, and her activity in the chamber has been limited to the last three years. In 2014, she began serving as the treasurer on the chamber's board of directors. She helped to set up the foundation for the chamber, so that contributions are fully tax-deductible. In addition, she was most instrumental in filing for and the receipt of the chamber Deep Water Horizon settlement, which will start the funding for the foundation scholarship.
The 2015 Chamber Member of the Year was Sylinda Daniel of Snelling. Working with her company that has been a chamber member for almost 20 years, Sylinda got involved with the chamber in a big way in 2015. She served on the committee for the first Business Expo/Job Fair at the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel in 2015, conducting two seminars related to the Job Fair. In addition, she took a leadership role for the 2015 Forks & Corks Gala, which raised several thousand dollars for the new Hoover Chamber Foundation Scholarships.
A modified Ground Breaking Ceremony was held January 26, 2016 for the planned Cahaba Ridge Retirement Community at 3090 Healthy Way in Vestavia Hills (near Lifetime Fitness). Because of rain, the ceremony was held indoors, with several contractors, ambassadors, vendors, and officials present. Shown, near center is Vestavia Hills Mayor Butch Zaragoza, Vestavia Chamber Executive Karen Odle, Hoover Chamber Executive Bill Powell, 2015 President Joe Thomas, and 2016 President Chris Schmidt.
The 21st Annual Hoover City School Employee of the Year awards were presented at the November 19, 2015 Chamber Luncheon by the new superintendent, Dr. Kathy Murphy. Shown left-to-right, Dr. Murphy; Brandi Marcrum; 2014-15 Hoover City Schools Employee of the Year Brian Fancher; Margaret Pruitt; and Lisa Yancy. This award is sponsored by American Family Care. Brian and his mother, Bobbie Fancher, were both runners-up the previous year.
A Grand Opening, Dedication, and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the new extension of St. Vincent's One Nineteen, located at 7191 Cahaba Valley Road (Highway 119), Hoover 35244. Shown cutting the ribbon are most of the officials of the St. Vincent's Health System, including CEO Neeysa Biddle, Vice President (and former chamber board member) Nan Priest, and Stephanie Holderby. St. Vincent's One Nineteen will offer many extended services for patients with this addition. The ceremony and dedication was attended by several hundred interested chamber members, ambassadors, and guests of St. Vincent's.
A Ribbon Cutting was held Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Sleep Number Store at 4618 Highway 280, next to Chick-fil-A. Shown cutting the ribbon is Store Manager Chris Willard, as Regina Smith holds the bow. They are joined by several Hoover Chamber Ambassadors as well. Chris can be reached at this Sleep Number Store at (205) 981-3006
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A Ground-Breaking Ceremony was held at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, November 9, 2015 for the new Veterans Memorial to be built by the lake at Aldridge Gardens. Show from the left, U.S. Navy Captain Bob Beatty (ret), Chairman of Hoover Veterans Committee; Eddie Aldridge; Steve Davis; Hoover City Councilman John Lyda; Councilman RADM Jack Natter (ret); Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey; and Council President Jack Wright.
Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey presented the State of the City address at the December 17 Chamber Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. The chamber started holding their luncheons there in September, 2015. Mayor Ivey gave updates on the Police & Fire departments, athletic events in the chamber, as well as a variety of social events held or promoted by the city. In addition, he gave a financial update on the City of Hoover, and announced the city is in very good shape financially.
The December Coffee & Contacts event was held at Hendrick Chevrolet on Montgomery Highway in Hoover, with almost 100 people in attendance. From the left are Hostess Angela Finley of Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall; Lori Salter Schommer of Mayor Ivey's office; Paul Dangel of the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel; Bill Powell; Jennifer McEuen of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and host Joel Smith, Executive General Manager of Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall. The Coffee & Contacts events are booked for the 2nd Thursday morning of each month through December 2016.