Governance

The Board of Directors is the governing body of The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and is responsible for all policy-making decisions of the organization. Members are elected by the general membership and serve staggered three-year terms.

The Executive Committee of the Chamber is comprised of the officers of the organization, as elected annually by the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee oversees the execution of the strategic plan and customary functions of the Chamber, reporting its work monthly to the Board of Directors.

2024 Executive Committee

Jheovanny GomezChair

Jheovanny Gomez

Chair

Jalapeños Mexican Grill

CARL JAMISONChair-Elect

CARL JAMISON

Chair-Elect

JamisonMoneyFarmer PC

Kyle SouthSecretary

Kyle South

Secretary

President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Anwar AikenVice Chair, Membership and Resource Development

Anwar Aiken

Vice Chair, Membership and Resource Development

The Grand Event Design & Decor

Bobby BraggVice Chair, Economic Development

Bobby Bragg

Vice Chair, Economic Development

JamisonMoneyFarmer PC

CHIP FUQUAVice Chair, Workforce Development

CHIP FUQUA

Vice Chair, Workforce Development

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

Chris GunterVice Chair, Public Policy and Advocacy

Chris Gunter

Vice Chair, Public Policy and Advocacy

Buffalo Rock - Pepsi

Jordan MorrisVice Chair, Communications and Marketing

Jordan Morris

Vice Chair, Communications and Marketing

Ward Scott Morris Architecture

DAVID PASSVice Chair, Air Service Development

DAVID PASS

Vice Chair, Air Service Development

The Sealy Companies

Kelsey RushVice Chair, Leadership and Member Engagement

Kelsey Rush

Vice Chair, Leadership and Member Engagement

Visit Tuscaloosa

Shane SpillerVice Chair, Education

Shane Spiller

Vice Chair, Education

Spiller Furniture

Blake MadisonLegal Counsel

Blake Madison

Legal Counsel

Rosen Harwood

Michele ColeyImmediate Past Chair

Michele Coley

Immediate Past Chair

Allstate Coley Agency

2024 Board of Directors

Anwar Aiken
The Grand Event Design & Décor

Alyson Baxter
The University of Alabama

Elizabeth Beeker
Express Employment Professionals & Specialized Recruiting Group

Mary Virginia Best
b. the best day spa

Mildred Black
People Optimum Consulting, LLC

Bobby Bragg
JamisonMoneyFarmer PC

Sydney Burns
Lou & Company

David Coleman
Hunt Refining Company

Michele Coley
AllState Coley Agency

Brock Corder
The Builders Group

Steven Deal
Pritchett-Moore, Inc.

Heather Dill
The Alamite

David DuBose
Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa

Russell DuBose
Phifer Incorporated

Amy Echols
Kentuck Art Center and Festival

Carrie Fitts
Carrie Fitts Real Estate

Chip Fuqua
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Lee Garrison
The Frazer Lanier Company

Jheovanny Gomez
Jalapeños Mexican Grill

Heyward Gould
BankFirst

Chris Gunter
Buffalo Rock - Pepsi

Jennifer Hart
Paragon HM Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley

Cal Holt
Southern Ale House

Joe Hughes
L&H Contractors, Inc.

Carl Jamison
JamisonMoneyFarmer PC

Tony Johnson
Pylon Professionals, LLC

Katrina Keefer
DCH Health System

Shay Lawson
Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors

Tim Lewis
TALA Professional Services

Blake Madison
Rosen Harwood

Jordan Morris
Ward Scott Morris Architecture

Whitney Oswalt
Alabama ONE

David Pass
The Sealy Companies

Tripp Powell
Yea Alabama

Jasmine Rainey
Visit Tuscaloosa

David Rains
Randall-Reilly, LLC

Nikki Ray
EatMyBeats, Inc.

Luke Remmert
Remmert & Company

Llevelyn Rhone
Hale County Chamber of Commerce

Kelsey Rush
Visit Tuscaloosa

Kyle South
Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Shane Spiller
Spiller Furniture

Ken Todd
McAbee Construction

Cade Warner
The Westervelt Company

Elizabeth Winter
Regions Bank

JacQuan Winters
Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation

Ex-Officio Members

Stuart Bell

Stuart Bell

The University of Alabama

Dan Blakley

Dan Blakley

The University of Alabama

Dr. Jonathan Koh

Dr. Jonathan Koh

Shelton State Community College

Ross Lamon

Ross Lamon

Young Tuscaloosa

Dr. Yolanda W. Page

Dr. Yolanda W. Page

Stillman College

Justice Smyth

Justice Smyth

Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority

Jill Stork

Jill Stork

Alabama Power Company

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

University of Alabama System

Jackie Wuska

Jackie Wuska

United Way of West Alabama

Mission

The mission of The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is to provide the leadership, vision and catalyst for the advancement of the economic prosperity, business climate, and quality of life for the entire community.

Mission Objectives

To guide in the accomplishment of this mission, five basic objectives have been established as the basis for programming and policy decisions of the organization.

  1. Work to overcome barriers to future economic development and a healthy and positive business climate.
  2. Improve the area's ability to expand and enhance employment opportunities.
  3. Improve the overall quality of life and standard of living for the total community.
  4. Work to develop the rich human, natural, technological and man-made resources of the Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama region to further enhance economic opportunities.
  5. Provide support services and systems to benefit the members of The Chamber and consistently represent and advocate the best interests of the members of the organization.

Vision

Our vision includes the following elements that will guide in the decision-making, programming and planning of the organization.

  • To be the recognized leader and advocate of the business, industrial and professional communities in the development and enhancement of the area's economic and entrepreneurial climate.
  • To be a responsive and sensitive organization, serving our members who represent a wide diversity of personal, professional and civic backgrounds and interests.
  • To be a catalyst for collaborative community initiatives and problem solving efforts to maximize the return on investment of human, financial and civic resources while enhancing the standards of quality in the community.
  • To be a recognized leader in the use of innovative, technology-driven services, information and communications delivery systems.
  • To inspire high standards of business and professional excellence and integrity.
  • To be a catalyst for the utilization and participation of the unique leadership talents and roles of the business community in enhancing the civic infrastructure of Tuscaloosa County.
  • To be a recognized leader and advocate of civic responsibility and business involvement in the community's civic and public agendas and political processes.

Values

We will focus on the needs of our members and customers and find ways to provide programs, services and benefits that are cost-effective, beneficial and convenient.

Quality. We will deliver programs, services and products that will be evaluated by our members and customers as state of the art and of the highest quality.

Diversity. We will view diversity in gender, culture, ethnicity, professional background and size of firm/organization as strengths to be sought and utilized in The Chamber.

Leadership. We will be visionary and future-oriented in our thinking, decision-making and programming.

Integrity. We will be open, candid and fair; honor our commitments; and adhere to high ethical standards and objectives.

Participation. We will seek broad and active participation of our members in programs and in the governance of the organization.

Relationships. We will build and enhance relationships and public/private partnerships within the organization and community as a core value of membership, learning from and with each other.

Personal Growth. We will provide opportunities through programming and involvement for personal leadership development and citizenship.

Innovation and Creativity. We will approach change and challenges in the market place as an opportunity to encourage an environment for innovation and to foster individual creativity.

Technology. We will foster utilization of new technologies, delivering programs, services and opportunities to educate our members to the practical applications of new technologies.

 

Contact:Donny Jones
Executive Vice President and CWO
(205) 391-0552 donny@westalabamachamber.com