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SUMMER 2014

Inside: Local businesses honored Leadership Pike update

Official Newsletter of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. A Special Publication by The Messenger


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Dr. Steve Grice, Alumnus Business Professor. Father of four.

OTH E RS H AV E

P ROFESSORS. W E H AV E WA R R I ORS.

Founded in 1887, Troy University has a proud history of helping its students succeed. Our professors don’t stop there. They inspire and encourage you to excel. They give you personal attention, and help you achieve more than you ever thought possible. That’s the warrior spirit, and it’s alive and well at Troy University.

© 2014 Troy University

Feel it at troy.edu/spirit or call 1-800-586-9771.


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Board of Directors John Little, Chairman Bridget Riley, 1st Vice Chairman Jack Worthington, 2nd Vice Chairman Melissa Sanders, Secretary/Treasurer Adam Drinkwater, Immediate Past President Robert Chappell Beth Collier Camille Downing Jennifer Garrett Lee Hicks Billy Hixon Donna Horn Grant Lyons

Vicki McPherson Donna Schubert Traci Shaver James N. Thomas Troy Weed Mark Hayes Steve Grice Eric Scott

Ex-Officio Troy Mayor Jason Reeves Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage Harry Sanders, Pike County Commission John Ramage, Pike County Economic Development Corp. Teresa Grimes, Troy Regional Medical Center We Allen, Probate Judge

Staff Kathleen Sauer, President Lauren Smith, Vice President

Board Member Profile: Adam Drinkwater Adam Drinkwater, Chamber immediate past president, has served on the Chamber board since 2007 and has held his current role since January 2013. He is proud of his role in the Chamber because he believes the Chamber has done a great job in the business community. Landmark Realty, where Drinkwater has been the qualifying broker since 2010, is one of those businesses that the Chamber serves. “The Chamber promotes business and makes the public aware of the many opportunities and activities in the area,” he said. “They are active in creating a climate of positive business energy and continue to service new business as well as ones that have been around for many years.” Drinkwater grew up in Central Pennsylvania and attended a private art college in York, Penn., where he studied graphic design. He received his Realtor license in Alabama and began working at Landmark Realty as a sales agent in 2003. In 2005, he received his broker license. Adam Drinkwater Since being in Troy, Drinkwater has been quite active in the community having previously served as the president of the Troy Rotary Club and Covenant Christian School board. He is active in First Presbyterian Baptist Church and a member of the state board of directors’ for the Alabama Association of Realtors. Through all of his activities in the community Drinkwater says that the Chamber is always involved. “The Chamber goes to a great length to promote Pike County in the business community as well as the community as a whole,” he said. “It supports and promotes the members, and I see most of all that they are always present to do so.” He believes that his hope for the future of the Chamber is similar to other Chamber members, to see Troy and the rest of Pike County grow. – Christina Myles

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Member Profile: Camp Butter and Egg Adventures When Ron Pierce retired from Troy University in 2001 he and his wife, Susan Pierce, felt that a baseball training camp would be a good second career for them. “Ron had experience with coaching and playing baseball and wanted to offer a more expansive baseball training service for people in Pike County,” Susan said. Five years later, after Susan retired from the university, they started to expand their business to what is now Camp Butter and Egg Adventures. “We were slow evolving,” Pierce said. “We had a few of our outdoor recreational activities when we first started such as swimming and one zip line, but in 2006 we really branched out adding things like the lodge and more zip lines.” Although Pierce does not remember

when she and her husband’s business entered the Chamber of Commerce. She appreciates all they do for their business as well and the community.

“The Chamber has been great with referencing clients to us as well as being a client themselves,” Pierce said.

The Chamber has hosted several events at Camp Butter and Egg including leadership events for Junior Ambassadors and Leadership Pike. Pierce said that board members of the Chamber have also been good reference points when she has questions about the Alabama Tourism Department. She is happy that she is able to take advantage of the resources they have available to members. “The Chamber is really important to have in this robust economy,” Pierce said. “They are a great source of information and they give every business the same level of service. They treat our small business just as they would a big scale business and I appreciate that.” – Christina Myles

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Honoring local businesses In honor of Business Development Week, Pike County Chamber of Commerce recognized the risk-takers and staples of Pike County – the new businesses and those over 50 years old. “Today, we celebrated the heroes – some of them unsung – of our community,” said Kathleen Sauer, president of Pike County Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday morning’s Business Development Week breakfast was the second one the chamber has held. Sauer said it was important to recognize those who have done so much for the growth and development of Pike County. “The chamber is in business for business. We recognized those businesses that have given back to the community in so many ways,” she said. In addition to building an income that is spent primarily in Pike County, Sauer said the businesses have contributed by employing residents and by contributing tax revenue. “They are the foundations of this community,” she said. At its first breakfast, Chamber recognized businesses that had been around for 100 years or more. This year, businesses more than 50 years old were honored. The list included Adam’s Glass Studio; Byrd Drug Company; Calhoun, Faulk, Curtis and Faircloth LLC; Cervera, Ralph, Reeves, Baker and Hastings LLC; Gibson and Carden LLC; Haisten, Shipman, and Wiggins PC; Horn Beverage; Ingram’s Curb Market; Lawrence Hardware; Peacock Timber; Sanders Lead Company;

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Local government officials joined Pike County Chamber of Commerce leaders and representatives of Troy University’s Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy for a proclamation signing recognizing Business Development Week.

Sanders Trucking Company; Synco Drug; Wallace Pump and Supply Company; WTBF; Whaley Construction Company; and Wise Office Supply. “Just think what it took to last as long as these businesses have,” said Sauer. “That kind of success required forward planning, business acumen, commitment and a true understanding of their market.” Chamber recognized 14 new businesses: Ambassador Cleaning Company; CarMart of Troy; Aposha Cafe and Hooka

Lounge; BedZZZ Express; Betsy Baker Small Business Marketing and Social Media Services; Dolce LLC; Lena Ellen Boutique; Pickin’ and Grinin’ Antiques and Variety Store; Rustic Roots; Taco Del Mar; The Dirty Pearl Oyster Pub and Grill; The Emporium; Trojan Donuts; and Troy Treasures. “These were the risk-takers,” Sauer said. “But, more than that, these businesses saw the merits of Pike County and made a commitment to this community’s success.”

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Leadership Pike

The Leadership Pike Class of 2014 is winding down its year of learning about Pike County and the community. Recent programs included Agricuture Day, which included a visit to Whaley Pecan, and industry day, which included a visit to CGI. Class members will graduate on June 26. Members of the class include; Adam Carson, Lauren Cole, Hollie Garner, Kady Pugh, Conley Freeman, Dr. Mark Head, Dejerilyn Henderson, Ternisha Jones, Kadra Jones, Amy Minor, Will Minter, Tessa Paul and Jennifer Pelham.


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Thanks to Renewing Members Alabama Landscape Construction, LLC BB&T Board of Education, Troy City Schools Boutwell Floor Brundidge Electronics Corp. Business Interiors Cakes By Joyce Captivating Merle Norman, LLC Carr Construction Cervera, Ralph and Reeves, LLC Charlie’s Angels City of Troy Utilities Dr. Benjamin Ji, DMD Dr. Malone Chandler Earl’s Glass Ellis Metals Exchange Club Farmers Home Furniture First Baptist Church Flo’s Restaurant Golden Crane Japanese Restaurant Green Hills Funeral Home

Haines Ambulance Hampton Inn Housing Authority of Troy Jinright/Hill Side Antiques and Collectibles Jones Medical Supply Little Caesar’s LPL Financial Mikata Japanese Restaurant Open Air MRI Pike County Extension Pike County Water Authority Pioneer Telephone Professional Cleaning Services of Alabama Quality Inn Real Estate Association of Alabama Security Group Servpro Sips on the Square Southeast Alabama Rural Health Association

Southeast Alabama Electric Cooperative SS Gill, MD State Farm/ Mike Shelton Terra Cotta The Confetti Crate The Point at Troy Troy Animal Shelter Troy Country Club Troy Junior Women’s Club Wagon Wheel Wal-Mart DC Ward’s Grocery Ward’s Yamaha Wells Fargo Advisors Whaley Pecan Company Woodling Chiropractic Individuals Timothy Magee Marcus Paramore Jimmy and Alice Phillips

Welcome new members New Members Fresenius Medical Care 606 Botts Avenue Troy, Al, 36081 334-274-1315

Fresenius Medical Care* 700 Sara G. Lott Blvd Brundidge, Al 36010 * Opening in June

Ambassador Cleaning Services P.O. Box 230383 Montgomery, Al 36105 205-919-4374 cell

Pickin’ and Grinin’ Antique & Variety Store 3699 Hwy 231 South Brundidge, Al 36010

Cart-Mart of Troy 217 Hwy 231 N Troy, Al 334-722-1058


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Ribbon Cuttings

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Congratulations new businesses! Milky Moo’s Homemade Ice cream shop moved to the downtown Troy Square.

Pickin’ and Grinin’ Antiques and Variety Store, store opened on U.S. 231 South in Brundidge.

Car-Mart of Troy dealership opened on U.S. 231 North in Troy.


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Ribbon Cuttings

Congratulations new businesses! Dolce Bakery opened on the Square in downtown Troy.

Family Dollar opened a new location in Brundidge.

Lena Ellen Boutique, a women’s clothing and gift shop, opened on U.S. 231 South in Troy.


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Business After Hours The Messenger and the Chamber’s Education Committee hosted their annual Business After Hours honoring educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. Pictured are, from left, Stacy Graning, The Messenger publisher; John Little, Chamber Chairman; Dr. Mark Head, Pike County Schools; and Jarrid Olmstead, Chamber Education Committee.

Chamber membership has many benefits

CHAMBER MEMBER BENEFITS • Listing in the Chamber membership directory and on Chamber website • Place business & organization announcements & advertisements in the weekly “Member to Member” Chamber Email Digital Edition • Listing, photos and other publicity in quarterly Chamber newsletter • Referrals of Chamber member businesses to potential customers and clients • Receive small business support from the Chamber • Take part in Chamber hosted ribbon cuttings and grand openings • Invitations to Chamber member-only-events including luncheons & breakfasts with keynote speakers, Business After Hours, seminars, workshops and more • Display your marketing materials at the Chamber office • Access to the most up-to-date Chamber membership listing

• Opportunity to promote your business at Chamber special events & activities • Serve on one of the many Chamber committees IMPORTANCE OF BEING A CHAMBER MEMBER • The support and involvement of Pike County business and professional men and women is vital in improving the quality of life and well being of our community. In turn, this means more customers and clients for your business. • Being a Chamber member gives you the opportunity to: get involved and stay involved in your community, speak your mind on important issues that affect your business, meet other business people and to work collectively to accomplish what is needed for businesses to proper in Pike County. • Chamber members are business leaders in our community. The Chamber is committed to maximizing your impact by speaking and acting through strength in numbers and through listening to your ideas and needs.

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Bryant F. Williams III, MD

Serious back, neck or head pain should not be ignored.

Dr. McNeal is a proud alumnus of Troy University and is excited to be back in Pike County. He is accepting

new patients at the NeuroSpine office on the campus of Troy Regional Medical Center. Dr. McNeal is a highly

trained physician who cares for patients with brain, spine

Introducing the Neurosurgery expertise of Dr. Jonathan McNeal to the Troy area.

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The innovative leader in rural health care delivery.

ROBERT L. GILLIAM, M.D. Troy

JEANNIE E. JACOBS, P.A. Troy

DAVID E. RUNYON, M.D.

DONETTE L. BISH, D.O.

NORMA P. SAMUY, M.D.

JACOB H. G. EDWARDS, M.D.

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BILLY A. HARMON, MMSC-PA-C Newton

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JEFF EDGININGTON, F.N.P. Troy

JAMES A. LOCKWOOD, M.D. Eufaula

RUSSELL E. COTTON, P.A. Clayton

Chamber Connection, Summer Edition 2014