A Thriving Community

March 19, 2014

It’s hard to believe that we are now in the middle of March. As 2013 began to unwind and the holidays came to pass, our staff and leadership began to immediately plan for another prosperous year. 2014 came to quick halt though when the unexpected Birmingham Snowpocalypse 2014 hit on Tuesday, January 28. What was expected to be a light dusting turned into the Birmingham area being completely immobile. Adults and children were stranded, cars were left and the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce/Civic Center was used as a warming center. In the midst of the chaos though, people binded together for the sake of their neighbor.  It didn’t take long for stories to be discovered about average day men and women who risked their lives for the sake of others. Vestavia Hills Kelly Garner is now back home and recovering after breaking his back during his courageous endeavors the day of the storm. Garner had spent hours helping motorist stranded on US 31 and later that day went missing for over twelve hours. In another case, Birmingham’s Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw walked six miles in the snow to perform brain surgery for a patient who was on the brink of dying. Thankfully after a few day’s time, the snow had melted but the stories were still very much alive. The arrival of Spring is quickly upon us and I think we are all a little too excited about the warm days ahead.

We have used this time over the past couple of months to consistently plan for our Monthly Luncheons, Ribbon Cuttings, New Member Orientation, Ad Sales for Vestavia Hills Living (Early Bird Discount ends this Friday, March 21!) and of course, one of our most beloved events, The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. With an attendance of our 400 people, this is a morning of encouragement that you do not want to miss! It will be held at the Vestavia Hills Country Club on Tuesday, April 29. This year we are honored to have Lisa “Roxanne” Richardson as the keynote speaker. Roxanne, as she is known to her listeners, is a radio and television veteran of over twenty years and is currently the co-host of 93.7 WDJC-FM’s morning talk show. She is the Founding Board Member of Alabama’s only 24-hour shelter for women seeking refuge from human trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation, called The Wellhouse Inc.  This faith-based non-profit agency has received the FBI’s Distinguished Leadership Award. We can only imagine the stories and inspiration she will bring to our community.

With each coming event, we truly could not be more thankful for our Board Officers and Directors. These men and women volunteer their time and resources to make the Vestavia Hills Chamber, and in turn, Vestavia Hills as a community a better place to live and play. We could not be more honored to announce our 2014 Board Officers and Directors!

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1st Row (L-R): Chair– Linda Parker, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. Chair Elect– Angie McEwen, Butler Snow LLP. Vice Chair Business Development– Martha Cook, McCallum Hoaglund Cook & Irby, LLP. Vice Chair Community Affairs– Audra Willingham, EGS Commercial Real Estate. Vice Chair Membership Development– Jessica Henderson Reagan, Hilton Garden Inn, Liberty Park. Vice Chair Programming– Doug Dean, Children’s of Alabama.

2nd Row (L-R):  Vice Chair Public Education- Gina Henley, State Farm Insurance:John Henley. Treasurer– Ben Chambliss, Jackson, Howard & Whatley, CPAs, Secretary/Legal Counsel– Mark Macoy, Mark W. Macoy, LLC. Immediate Past Chair– Scott Perry, Contri Bros. Gift Basket & The Arrangement. Past Chair- Paul Sumner, Principal Mortgage, LLC. Director– Andrew Burke, The Stewart Organization.

3rd Row (L-R): Director- Brian Burns, Cahaba Fitness, Inc. Director– TJ Fincher, Alabama Power Company. Director– Ann Hamiter, Pinnacle Bank. Director– Lee Higginbotham, Advanced Mower. Director– Amy Ward Kabase, Charter Media. Director– Brian Pitts, ITAC Solutions.

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Staff:

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(L-R): President– Karen Odle. Membership & Marketing Consultant- Lisa Christopher. Communication Manager– Katie Woodruff. Office Manager/Social Media- Allison Naylor.

We are honored to live in such a thriving community of people who want to make each day a better place for Vestavia Hills! As winter reaches it’s end and the pollen begins to collect on our car windows, we could not be more excited for 2014.