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Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Community

C o m m e rc e


December 2013

SERVING:Alabaster Columbiana Wilton


Wilsonville Montevallo Indian Springs Vincent Pelham Harpersville Calera


Hoover Westover

Shelby County

Business Connections Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce • 1301 County Services Drive • Pelham, AL 35124 • 205-663-4542 •


Welcome New Members (As of November 4, 2013)

ADP Payroll Services Kayla Floyd 10 Inverness Center Pkwy, Ste 300B Birmingham Cardinal Roofing and Restoration Jody Rogers 1034 Commerce Blvd. Pelham D.R. Horton, Inc. - Birmingham Don Witacki 2188 Parkway Lake Drive Hoover Retreat at Greystone Apartments Angie Wynn 201 Retreat Drive Birmingham Southern Craft Consulting John Matthew Kilpatrick 2300 Amberley Woods Trace Helena The Closing Agency, LLC Brandon Blankenship 15 Southlake Lane, Suite 130 Hoover WASTE PRO V Adams 140 Goodrich Drive Birmingham

Payroll Services Roofing - Com. & Res. Residential Homebuilder Apartment & Leasing Services Business Consultant Services Residential Closing Attorney & Title Services Waste Management

Chamber’s 33rd Annual Meeting Scheduled for January 29 The Chamber’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 29 will celebrate the past year’s accomplishments under 2013 Chair David Nolen’s leadership and kick-off the new year of programs and activities under 2014 Chamber Chair Bill Keller’s leadership.

The event will be held at the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena Center with doors opening at 11:00AM and the program beginning at 11:30AM. A limited number of tickets for $20 per person for Chamber members ($30 for

Future Members) and reserved Chairman’s, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Corporate tables for 8 remain, so for more information, or to make a reservation, please contact the Chamber at or by telephone at 663-4542.

Greater Shelby Chamber Board of Directors David Nolen M&F Bank 2013 Chair Bill Keller Regions Financial Corporation 2013 Chair-elect Terri Williams AT&T - Alabama Immediate Past Chair Phillip Heard Alabama Gas Corporation Vice Chair, Business Development Tim Prince Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. Vice Chair, Communications April Weaver Shelby Baptist Medical Center Vice Chair, Community & Workforce Development Keith Barfield Barfield Murphy, Shank & Smith, PC Vice Chair, Finance & Administration John D. Browning Cahaba Valley Computer Services, LLC Vice Chair, Membership & Marketing Lisa McMahon Warren Averett, LLC

November Ambassador of the Month

Phyllis Bolena


Congratulations to Phyllis Bolena, our Ambassador of the Month. Phyllis is Small Business Advisor, Loan Officer and Market Leader with BB&T Bank. Branch Banking & Trust has been one of the top banks in the US since 1872. Phyllis has more than 20 years of banking experience and enjoys helping clients achieve economic success and financial security. Making our community a better place is important to Phyllis. She has been involved with the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for more than 15 years, Leadership Shelby County Alumni, Co-Chair of The Shelby County YMCA Board (Pelham) and attends Kingwood Church. Phyllis appreciates the quality of life in Shelby County and lives in Helena with husband Dale Bolena (of DB Appraisal Services) and she enjoys playing golf, extreme sports and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to stop by any BB&T Bank locations to see how we can assist with your financial needs or call Phyllis Bolena at 205-445-2345.

Paul Rogers Aliant Bank Joe Sullivan Sullivan Communications, Inc Keith Brown Jefferson State Community College Tim Bowen Alabama Power Company David Platt Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Six New Chamber Directors Selected for 2014 Per the Chamber’s By-Laws, the six individuals listed below have been duly elected and approved to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2014:

Charlie Stevens Thompson Tractor, Inc.

Tim Benefield - Buffalo Rock Company, Inc.

Linda Cencula Alabama Telco Credit Union

Steve Chapman - Alabama Gas Corporation

Gregg Maercker First Commercial Bank James E. “Jim” Purvis A.C. Legg, Inc. Tim Benefield Buffalo Rock

Linda Cencula - Alabama Telco Credit Union Kathy Copeland - White Rock Quarries - Vincent Hills Bruce Fryer - Lhoist North America, Inc. Gregg Maercker - First Commercial Bank We appreciate these individuals willingness to serve in this volunteer leadership capacity to help ensure the Chamber’s program of work continues to move the organization forward and help make Shelby County and even better place to live and do business.

4 Greater Shelby Annual Safety Awards The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Safety Awards Program at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena on October 30. The program acknowledged the excellent service which departments of public safety provide to Shelby County communities by honoring the people who diligently work to ensure the safety of its citizens. “We were honored to recognize the outstanding achievement and to express our appreciation to the fire and police

departments throughout Shelby County.” Chamber President & CEO Kirk Mancer commented. “Not only does this raise the awareness of public safety, but it also provides positive attention to one of the qualities that makes Shelby County an even better place to live and do business. We appreciate the commitment to excellence the men and women in public safety demonstrate each and every day, and welcome the opportunity to publicly

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recognize these recipients.” Mancer concluded. Thank you to our program sponsor First Commercial Bank. Congratulations to the following Safety Award recipients for 2013:

Eric Marcus Alabaster Fire Dept. Presented by: Chief Jim Golden

Ricky Knight Alabaster Police Dept. Presented by: Chief Curtis Rigney

Shane Stoudenmire Calera Fire Dept. Presented by: Chief Sean Kendrick

Christopher Blake Atkins & Greg Gremillion Calera Police Dept. Presented by: Chief Sean Lemley

John Devenyns Chelsea Citizens Observer Patrol (COP) Presented by: Director Bill Robertson

Charles “Charlie” Boyd Chelsea Fire & Rescue Presented by: Chief Wayne Shirley

Jeff Bowers Columbiana Police Dept. Presented by: Chief Lamar Vick

Matthew Panepento Helena Fire Dept. Presented by: Captain Chaed Agee

Jeff Murphy Helena Police Dept. Presented by: Lieutenant Brad Flynn

Scott Swann North Shelby Fire District Presented by: Chief Eugene “Buddy” Tyler

NOTE: (All recipients are shown with David Nolen, Chamber Board Chair at left) Thomas O. Nails Pelham Fire Dept. Presented by: Chief Danny Ray

Don Bailey Pelham Police Dept. Presented by: Chief Tommy Thomas

Clay Hammac Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Presented by: Sheriff Chris Curry

Tony Kourmoulis Westover Fire Dept. Presented by: Mayor Mark McLaughlin

Health Focus of the Month


What Defines a Healthy Lifestyle? As defined by Google: Healthcare is the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, especially through the provision of medical services. While the laws may change, one thing remains the same, we all strive for the best healthcare for ourselves and our families. 2013 Health Focus Sponsor

As chair of the Healthcare Services Committee, I have come to realize no matter with which hospital or healthcare facility you are affiliated, we must work together to maintain the highest standards and achieve the ultimate goal of quality patient care. Education is the key for doing just that and our goal for the committee is to provide access and information to Chamber members so you can be informed and aware of your options in the healthcare marketplace. Healthcare affects each and every one of us at

some point and in turn affects our businesses. The more you know, the better decisions you can make. While the law makers battle out the rules and regulations, we have to take personal responsibility for our healthcare. Making better food choices, getting regular exercise and seeing your primary care physician annually are all part of a healthy lifestyle. Education can lead to prevention, which is always the best option. As you reminisce over the last year and look forward to 2014, let me encourage you to take

your healthcare seriously. Ask questions and utilize your resources. Make a plan for your life that encompasses healthy actions. By all means, reach out to your Healthcare Services Committee and get involved. We all have the ability to maintain and improve our health. Hippocrates once said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Amanda Mundy, MBA Chair, Healthcare Service Committee

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2014 Program Year Available -- Great Exposure for Your Business Opportunities to sponsor 2014 Chamber events and programs are now available. Sponsoring Chamber events are a great way for your business to get noticed and create a buzz for your company. Launching a new product line…expanding a new service? Sponsoring a Chamber program is an excellent and cost-effective way to get the word out to the Shelby County business community. What’s more, by sponsoring a Chamber

event or program helps maintain – and in most cases increases your -- organization’s visibility. And, remember, the visibility our sponsors receive is more than just “at” the event – our sponsors also receive exposure prior to, during and after the events and programs through: uBusiness Connections – the Chamber’s newsletter with an updated readership of 54,000+, u E-Business Connections, the Chamber’s

weekly programming updates, u fliers for specific events which are distributed throughout the year, u on the Chamber’s website uand follow-up marketing lists of attendees at the event or program that you’ve sponsored. We’ve added some new elements to the sponsorship opportunities for 2014, so visit the Continual Sponsorship link on the Chamber’s website

Ring-In the Holiday Season with Dec. 17 Business After Hours Shelby County’s premier business networking event has a “holiday” theme this month and Chamber members from the Calera, Greater Shelby, Montevallo and South Shelby Chambers are invited to “celebrate the season” at the next Business After Hours event presented by Shelby County Newspapers. What’s more, Jolly Old St. Nick himself – sponsored by Associa McKay Management

– will be there to ensure everyone’s Christmas list is received. Bring plenty of business cards, come ready to make some serious business contacts and earn a chance to win some prizes on December 17 from 5:30PM-7:00PM at Timberline Golf Club. The cost – which includes hors d’oeuvres and two beverage coupons – for any Chamber member is $10 per person and

$20 for “Future” members. Reservations are required, so please register via – email at or by phone at 663-4542 by December 13.

6 Thank you to the following member organizations for your sponsorships, participation, donations and support of the Greater Shelby Chamber’s 24th Annual Golf FORE Education Tournament! This year’s tournament helped to raise funds for vital education and workforce development programs coming in 2014.

Congratulations to the First Place Team Winners (L-R): K.C. Handley, Ryne McClendon, Lane Finley and Tray Rasco. Tee/Green Sponsors: Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club Brooklere Pharmacy

Thank You Sponsors CardioVascular Associates Karen Miller Allstate Agency Legacy Community Federal Credit Union Noland Health Services, Inc. O’Reilly Auto Parts Pelham Rux Carter Insurance The UPS Store Caldwell Mill Road The UPS Store of Pelham Thompson Tractor Comapny University of Montevallo Walker Backflow & Fire Protection Services Golfer Prize Donations: Bent Brook Golf Course CardioVascular Associates Dixie Fish Company Edward Jones - Jesse Scroggins Ground Up Coffee & Smoothies HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel iFix and Repair J. Timothy Smith P.C., Attorney at Law

Title Sponsor Contest Sponsors:

Keller Williams Realty, Susan Lehman Legacy Community Federal Credit Union Mathnasium of Inverness Corners Pelham Eye Care Precision Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, PC Regions Schaeffer Eye Center of Pelham Shelby County Reporter St. Vincent’s Health Luncheon Sponsor: System Thirty-One Gifts, Amanda Graves Tire Engineers of Pelham

Scott Richards Insurance Agency

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Congratulations to Pelham Flowers by Desiree’ on celebrating its four year anniversary! Owner Desiree’ Shrestha held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to mark the monumental achievement. She was joined by her team, Mayor Gary Waters, city officials, and Chamber Ambassadors.

Thank you to First Commercial Bank for sponsoring the Chamber’s Annual Safety Awards Program. The programs and events we offer wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors!

Greater Shelby and Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce members enjoyed an evening of networking, cool beverages and delicious array of seafood, chicken and more at the recent Business After Hours held at Dixie Fish Company. Thank you to Owner Mason Jambon, Dedra Miele the Banquet & Catering Sales Manager and the Dixie Fish Company team for hosting an outstanding event!

The Chamber’s Education Work Group and volunteers held “Keeping It Real” at Calera High School in October. Students were given a “real life” scenario and asked to make choices based on variables such as marital status, job type, annual income, and expenses. Thank you to Legacy Community Federal Credit Union and The UPS Store Caldwell Mill Road for co-sponsoring this program.

Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, made flexible working easier and more accessible for Jefferson and Shelby County businesses with the opening of its fourth full service business center in Meadow Brook. Products and services range from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios.

The Chamber’s Existing Business & Industry Work Group held its Quarterly Industry Tour at Morgan Creek Vineyards located in Harpersville. Participants toured the winery and had an opportunity to enjoy wine tastings.

Congratulations to Trustway on the re-grand opening of its new office space. To celebrate, Trustway held a ribbon cutting ceremony/ open house and invited Hoover city officials, Greater Shelby and Hoover Chambers of Commerce members, family and friends to join in support.

The Chamber’s Education Work Group and volunteers held “Keeping It Real” at Vincent High School in October. Students were given a “real life” scenario and asked to make choices based on variables such as marital status, job type, annual income, and expenses. Thank you to Legacy Community Federal Credit Union and The UPS Store Caldwell Mill Road for co-sponsoring this program.

Congratulations to Mathnasium of Inverness Corners on its grand opening! The goal Mathnasium is to significantly increase your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject.

Co-Sponsored by: The Chamber’s Small Business Work Group held a panel seminar, Making Sense of Social Media, led by Chris Davis; Fi-Plan Partners, Donna Gilliland; MOSTraining, and Glyna Humm; Fusion Marketing. The panel shared ways you can market and promote your business utilizing Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more. Thank you to our seminar co-sponsors: Charter Business and Johnny Ray’s.


Upcoming Events Find more details of what you can expect about any event listed by visiting the Greater Shelby County Chamber’s website at: Register for events online at, call the RSVP Line 663-8923, or the Chamber 663-4542.

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Ambassadors Work Group 11:30AM - 1:00PM — Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Small Business Work Group 4:00PM - 5:00PM — Small Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Health Services Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM — Cardiovascular Associates 3890 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham Existing Business & Industry Work Group 9:00AM - 10:00AM — Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc., 3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 500, Birmingham “Keeping It Real” - Education Work Group Montevallo High School. Volunteers welcome. Education Work Group 8:30AM - 9:30AM — Shelby County Instructional Services Center, 601 First Street South, Alabaster

Business Connections - Chamber’s Monthly Newsletter & the “Who’s Who of Shelby County Businesses” - our quarterly printed Directory To Increase Readership in 2014. Two Greater Shelby Chamber publications - Business Connections and “Who’s Who of Shelby County Businesses” will be increasing its readership from 16,000+ to 54,000+ in 2014. Beginning in January 2014, both publications will run exclusively in Shelby Living magazine. In addition, all Greater Shelby County Chamber members will receive a complimentary subscription to the Shelby County Reporter AND Shelby Living magazine with their annual investment. We appreciate Chamber member Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. in working with the Greater Shelby County Chamber to launch this exclusive benefit and to make our members’ investment even more worthwhile.


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Business After Hours 5:30PM - 7:00PM -— Timberline Golf Club, 300 Timberline Trail, Calera RSVP required by Friday, December 13. Investment: Members $10, Future Members $20. Board of Directors Meeting 8:15AM - 9:30AM — Greater Shelby Chamber, 1301 County Services Dr., Pelham Governmental Affairs Work Group 11:00AM - 12:00PM — Sain Associates, Two Perimeter Park South, Suite 500 East, Birmingham Christmas Holiday Observed. Chamber office closed.

CANCELLATION POLICY REMINDER: If a reservation is made for a pay event and you are unable to attend, you will be charged unless a cancellation request is made at least TWO business days prior to the event.


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December 2013 Business Connections  

The December 2013 issue of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce's Newsletter, Business Connections.