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.