Easter Shore Chamber Ambassadors

Cindy Zebryk

Realtor and Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties

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 President of the Ambassadors Program 

Cindy is a Realtor & Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties in Fairhope and the #1 Agent for the past 5 years; she ranks in the top 2% of Coldwell Banker agents Internationally and is a member of the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Million Dollar Guild.  A lifelong resident of Fairhope, she graduated from Fairhope High School and attended Faulkner State Jr. College.  With over 25 years of real estate experience, she is an expert of the local Eastern Shore real estate market, working in all price ranges.  Since joining the Eastern Shore Chamber, she was awarded Ambassador of the Year in 2014, and has been the Chairperson of the Ambassadors program 2015 to present.  She attends 3 Circle Church, serves on the Board of Directors for Baldwin Realtors, and is a member of the Baldwin County Homebuilders’ Association and Impact 100 Baldwin County.  Her hobbies include calligraphy, making beeswax candles, and spending time with family and friends.  www.realtorcindyz.com.

Ross Sykes

Branch Manager, Acopia Home Loans

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Vice President of Ambassadors Program

Ross is a resident of Baldwin County, Alabama and Air Force veteran that has held several positions within the Aeromedical Evacuation community and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.  During his time in service, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as a Non-Commissioned Officer of Command Wireless Manager while serving with the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. 

After leaving the military, Ross received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.  He then began a career as a Special Agent with the National Background Investigations Bureau as an Investigator assigned to multiple locations both domestic and internationally for 13 years.  My desire to give back to the veteran community.  As a Branch Manager with Acopia Home Loans, he continues to serve clients throughout South Alabama. Ross serves as a member with Team River Runner South Alabama, John 9:3 Foundation, American Legion and the Jesse Andrews Jr. Marine Corps League.  Ross enjoys spending time with his daughter, boating, fishing, and everything outdoors. His faith as a Christian comes first and serves as a member of Celebration Church in Fairhope, Alabama. 

Audrey James

Realtor, RE/MAX By The Bay

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Secretary of Ambassadors Program  

 Originally from Blount County Alabama, Audrey and her family have spent the last 10 years in Florida where Audrey worked as a full time, Mutli-Million Dollar Producing Realtor. When deciding to move back home they knew the Eastern Shore was where they wanted to raise their family. As a Realtor with RE/MAX By The Bay, Audrey specializes in re-sale, new homes, bank owned, short sales, first time home buyers, relocation and Investor property. She is known for her problem-solving skills as well as her penchant for providing outstanding service to her clients. Audrey and her husband, Veteran Joshua James, own American Pro Hydro Services, a residential and commercial pressure washing company. Besides Real Estate and their family business, Audrey has a passion for health and wellness and is a proud #betterbeauty Advocate with BeautyCounter. Joshua, Audrey and their three children reside in Daphne.

Chesley Allegri

Financial Advisor and Certified Investment Management Analyst, Morgan Stanley

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Chesley Allegri serves as a Financial Advisor and Certified Investment Management Analyst with the Radcliff-Schatzman Group at Morgan Stanley.

As a Certified Investment Management Analyst, Chesley offers another layer of depth and experience to help meet the evolving goals of clients. She uses a modern wealth management strategy to offer first-class service and financial analysis to clients in todays technology driven society. She is responsible for preparing financial plans, servicing corporate retirement plans, and business development.

After growing up in Fairhope, Alabama, Chesley obtained a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Economics from Auburn University. Over the years she has cultivated comprehensive knowledge and experience in investment products and consulting. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 11 years.   

In her free time Chesley enjoys reading, yoga, fishing, paddling, and gardening. She currently resides on Fly Creek with her yellow lab, Rudder.

Sara Alter

Sales & Marketing Director, The Brennity at Fairhope

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Sara Alter is the Sales & Marketing Director for The Brennity at Fairhope Assisted & Independent Living Community.  She has been pursuing her career within the Healthcare industry for the past ten years most recently attaining her Category II Administrator’s License through the State of Alabama.  Sara serves as the Social chair for the Young Professionals as well as being a member of the Ambassador’s program since 2015.  She is known for her passion for serving others & outgoing nature.  Sara attended Kennesaw State University where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Professional Sales.

 Raised in Atlanta Georgia, Sara moved to the Eastern Shore 5 years ago with her husband’s job in the Coast Guard.  Sara is married to her high school sweetheart James & has two boys, Mason (7) & Hudson (5). When not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, cheering on her Auburn Tigers & Atlanta Braves, as well as attending Ice Flyers Hockey games!

Meghan Battles

Banker, Bancorp South

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Almost 4 years ago, Meghan Battles joined BancorpSouths team and now serves as a banker in their Fairhope office. Shes loved being an Ambassador with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce for 2 years now because its given her the opportunity to support not only new members of the Chamber but also lets her be heavily involved with the community. She has spent 2 years as the Hospitaltiy Chair for Jubilee Festival of Arts and this year begins her 2-year commitment as Jubilee Festival Chairperson. Meghan and her husband Greg are building a house in Loxley. They have 4 children: Emma, Nicholas, Jacob and Alexander.

Michelle Murrill

CEO, Southern View Media

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Michelle Murrill is CEO of Southern View Media, a local digital marketing agency. She and her team offer local businesses online solutions for reaching customers and growing their online presence. 

 As a resident of Baldwin County since the age of 3 years old she is passionate about helping Gulf Coast Businesses thrive. She serves her community by not only being a Chamber Ambassador but also by serving on the board for the Womans Business Alliance and Bras for a Cause. Her company is also responsible for hosting the annual Eastern Shore Business Expo each year to help local businesses connect with each other.  She resides in Daphne with her husband and business partner, Brad Murrill and their two children Kaitlin and Maddux. 

Shirley Bonds

Affiliate Marketing, Karatbar International

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Shirley is a northerner, moved to Mobile 15 years ago from Ohio. She lived in midtown Mobile for nine years before moving to Spanish Fort. Shirley earned an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Library Science.  

Shirley worked both as a classroom teacher and a children’s librarian, but after retiring from both, she wanted to stay active by becoming an independent representative of a company that produces physical gold.  Karatbars International is home based in Stuttgard, Germany, owns a gold mine in Madagascar, and recently created a cryptocurrency backed by gold. It is stimulating to be involved with the wave of the future. 

She has been an Ambassador for the Eastern Shore Chamber for three years and enjoys attending ribbon cuttings and other Chamber sponsored special events.  

Sandy Cooke

Marketing Director, McMurphy Orthodontics

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With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Sandy Cooke joined McMurphy Orthodontics in Spanish Fort in 2014; serving as the Marketing Director. Sandy has been an Ambassador with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years and she has been actively involved as Chairperson for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and the Ambassadors Group. In addition to her activities with the chamber, Sandy currently serves on the Spanish Fort Education Enrichment Foundation Board of Directors. Sandy and her husband Troy live in Spanish Fort. They have 3 daughters Ashley, Courtney, and Katie.

Paige Crawford

Special Events, City of Fairhope

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Paige attended the University of Mississippi, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Business Management and Marketing. Paige Crawford is currently the Special Events Coordinator for the City of Fairhope, where she plans city events such as 4th of July, Lighting of the Trees, Fairhope Farmer’s Market, and the New Year’s Eve Celebration. Paige was a graduate of Alabama Communities of Excellence "Your Town Alabama: Designing Our Future,” and in the 2016 class of Leadership Baldwin County.

Paige is a native of Fairhope, Alabama and attended Fairhope High School. She lives in Fairhope with her husband, Trent and son Thompson. She currently serves on several committees including the Fairhope Christmas Parade Committee, Zone Captain for Fairhope in the Alabama Coastal Cleanup, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and Ambassadors program.

Martha Davidson

Marketing, Infirmary Health - Thomas Hospital

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A native of Greenville, Mississippi, and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Martha Davidson worked her way to Fairhope by way of Memphis, Nashville and Huntsville. She moved to Fairhope in 2001 when she started working in the marketing department at Thomas Hospital. She has three children who attended Fairhope public schools from kindergarten until graduation and enjoys being involved in the community. Her hobbies include photography, videography and travel. She enjoys being outdoors and experiencing all that the Eastern Shore has to offer. 




Linda Daw

, Aging in Alabama

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Linda Patience Daw is the community liaison for Aging in Alabama, an elder law firm in Fairhope.   A lifelong Alabamian, she grew up in Bay Minette, Alabama, and is retired from the Baldwin County School System.  Linda lives in Daphne with her husband, David, and is a proud mother and grandmother.  Linda takes pride in serving as an Eastern Shore Chamber Ambassador and in her spare time, is a passionate animal advocate and devoted foster mother to needy newborn kittens.

Philip Durant

Business Development Manager, Altaworx

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I grew up on the Eastern Shore and attended Christ the King School and Daphne High School where I met my wife Tiffany.  She is now an ESL teacher with the Baldwin County School System.  We chose to remain here and raise our family as we truly love the area and wouldn’t want to call anywhere else home.  My 20 year career in the technology industry has been based here as well where I ran my own IT firm for 14 years, worked for a larger regional IT company for 6 years, and now work with Altaworx based here in Fairhope.  I am happy to serve as an Ambassador with the chamber as we work to continue to share and support the great community that is the Eastern Shore.

Tracey Goens

Realtor, Core 3 Realty

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I  am a native from Baldwin County. I got my real estate license in 2005. The love of helping people has always been something near to  my heart. Within the first year I was Rookie of the Year and top agent for several months in a row.  I aspired to get my brokers license and start my own company. I switched my license to Keller Williams from 2007-2016. I was one of the top listing agents with over 25 listings. I received the Icon of the Year Award in 2010. In 2012 I started a victims support group after my dad passed away to help others. I am currently the president of Vocal Gulf Coast ( victims support group). In 2016, I was awarded Baldwin County Association of Realtors " Good Neighbor of the Year Award.” In 2017, I received the "Victims Voice Award" from the District Attorney’s office. I also received the "Community Leader of the Year” award from the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, I received the Inspiring Woman of the Year. In 2016 I started working with my partner, Ann Andrew, and we opened up our brokerage Core 3 Realty. The 3 stands for our core values: clients, community & culture. I love helping others whether it is my buyers, sellers or friends and I love to network and connect people. 

Nancy Grace

Branch Manager, Century Bank

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Nancy is passionate about exceptional customer service and providing personalized banking to meet the needs of her customers, helping them navigate more efficiently to achieve their financial goals.

Nancy believes in giving back to the community. She is an active member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, serving as an Ambassador, and a member of the Baldwin County Home Builder’s Association, serving on the Young Professionals committee.

In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her  two beautiful children, 8 and 6 years old, watching them in their various activities, including baseball, and gymnastics. She is also an active member of her church, East Point Baptist Church, where she serves on the Children’s Council. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and loves watching Auburn football! 

Margot Hamilton

Mortgage Loan Originator, Community Bank

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Margot Hamilton is a mortgage loan originator with Community Bank Mortgage in Fairhope, AL. She has been in the mortgage industry for five years and previous to that was a real estate broker. Mortgage products offered are Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, construction to perm and portfolio products. Margot has helped bring awareness of the various investment, construction and new-home-buyer financial products to Baldwin and Mobile counties.

Margot has two children, a 14 year old son and a 37 year old daughter. Her interests include metal detecting, canoeing, oil painting, writing and reading. Margot is a supporter and advocate of individuals with Down syndrome and special needs.

Jodi Keating

Vice President-Branch Ops Manager/Community Banker, Merchants & Marine Bank

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M&M Bank is a community bank serving the Gulf Coast for over 86 years. Jodi has been in banking/finance for over 30 years. She is honored to assist her clients in the Fairhope community.  In addition to being a proud Eastern Shore Chamber Ambassador, she is a member of the Point Clear Rotary serving on the Taste of Rotary & High School Scholarship Committees, a member of the Fairhope-Eastern Shore Kiwanis just completing her term as President, a member of the Mardi Gras organization Order of Mystic Magnolias serving as float captain, a member of the Fairhope Downtown Business Association and she is the Committee Chairman for the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival. Jodi resides in Fairhope with her daughter Lindsay who is a nursing student at USA; a son, Tony and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth whom reside in Daphne.

Aqualyn Kennedy

, New York Life

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Aqualyn has over 20 years of leadership experience in brand management, sales and account management for top consumer packaged goods, technology, financial and entertainment companies.

She grew up in San Antonio, Texas and returned to her familial home of Georgia for college. She graduated from Spelman College with a B.S. in Mathematics, and later an M.B.A. from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Thereafter, she joined the brand team at Procter & Gamble on the Olay and CoverGirl brands. Then she launched her business, AQUA-LYNK Marketing Agency, a brand consulting firm specializing in non-profit, public service, health care and entertainment.. These experiences along with others helped to shape her advocacy work for health care reform as well as health and wellness education. In 2013 after suffering a heart attack while on PCIP, the predecessor to the Affordable Care Act for patients with pre-existing conditions, she became an even more vocal advocate for those with pre-existing conditions.

She has taken the sum of these experiences as the motivation to launch her financial planning service through New York Life to help others plan for and live their best lives. She continues to serve on health and children-focused non-profit boards since her days in Atlanta. She enjoys ‘practicing’ stand-up comedy, improvisational skits, voice-over work, as well as traveling internationally and learning new languages. She is married to Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Paula Knodel

Realtor, Roberts Brothers Eastern Shore

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Paula is a realtor with Roberts Brothers in Fairhope and holds four designations.  With over 19 years in real estate, she works in both Baldwin and Mobile Counties.  In 2016 and 2017 she was awarded Roberts Brothers Agents’ Agent award.  She joined the Chamber in 2007, has been an Ambassador since 2010, and serves on the Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast Committee.  After living in Fairhope for 33 years, she and her family moved to Downtown Mobile where she attends Ashland Place United Methodist Church.  She is from Mississippi and attended Mississippi State College for Women.

Cynda Krajewski

Sales Representative, Welcome Friends

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The name of the business that I represent is Welcome Friends. I am a sales representative and a personal greeter to new homeowners. I recently moved from Phoenix AZ. In my spare time I enjoy my pets and I am passionate about health and nutrition.

Daniel Meshad

Executive Director, American Autism and Rehabilitation Center

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Executive Director of The Special Needs Foundation dba American Autism and Rehabilitation Center (AARC) beginning June of 2018.

Formerly Executive Director of The Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation from June 2015-June 2018.  In this time, I developed an efficient process to help many patients obtain insurance and benefits via aiding in navigation at the SSA Fairhope office and Marketplace Insurance. Furthermore, I helped create several annual events, community drives, and helped our patient assistance fund grow over 600%.

I am honored to receive the award "2018 Community Leader of the Year” during the Eastern Shore Chamber Annual Awards Ceremony. Recently, Business Alabama included me in the May 2018 "Movers & Shaper’s” column.

 I volunteer with the Chamber as an Ambassador and have been involved with ESC Young Professionals for over three years.  I currently serve on the Young Professionals Board as Vice President.  I also volunteer my time with the Youth Leadership (STEPS) Program as well as Kiwanis in Daphne.

I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BBA and have been able to further my education via the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy; completingFundamentals of Resource Developmentin 2015 & Major Gift Initiatives & the Campaign in 2018 held at the campus in Madison, WI.

Ginger Poling

Agent, Farmers Insurance - Ginger Poling Agency

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As your local Farmers® agent in Daphne, AL, I help customers like you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help make you smarter about insurance. I have the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options--whether thats auto, home, life, renters, business insurance and more. Because I was born and raised here, I truly care about protecting this community.

Gabriel Puello

Licensed Insurance Producer, State Farm

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Gabriel Puello is licensed insurance producer providing personal solutions through the auto, home, life and financial products of State Farm. He has lived in the Spanish Fort area for the past 4 years with his wife, Heather and comes to the Baldwin County area from Jackson, Alabama. There he managed the local radio stations and served as an executive board member of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. Gabriel has been a Rotarian since 2013 and aids in community development and outreach efforts as president-elect of the Spanish Fort/Daphne Rotary chapter. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a focus on entrepreneurship. In the last 10+ years, Gabriel has provided business council in a variety of industries, the most recent being in the development and opening of Daphne’s latest cigar lounge, Downtown Cigars.  Gabriel is an avid supporter and promoter of local business and hopes to further help the Baldwin County area continue to grow in development and commerce.

Robyn Roberts

Senior Financial Service Representative, Smart Bank

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Robyn Roberts is a Senior Financial Service Representative with Smart Bank and Master Wrench Holder for her husband, Jason Horne at Black Dog Garage. She has a son, Harrison and 2 bonus daughters, Abby and Katie.  Robyn and her family have been a part of the Eastern Shore community for 15 years.  She enjoys serving others and is an active volunteer with many organizations. She is a current Board Member of the Elberta Warrior Athletic Club. 

Kiel Rubio

Realtor, Wise Living Real Estate

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My clients believe in the service, expertise, and market knowledge I provide and receive great benefit from it.  

After graduating from Troy University in 2007 with a BS in Mathematics, I settled in Daphne, AL and began my career in sales with Alltel where I had to quickly hone my skills in problem solving and customer service in order to be successful.  From there, with the help of my future in-laws, I was able to enter into the home building industry.  As a full time carpenter, I picked up a very valuable skill set that I am able to share with my clients in the real estate sales industry.  In short order, I exponentially grew my business and greatly exceeded the expectations for new agents entering this industry by doing two simple things; working hard and honoring my word.  I also volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Committee.  I am an active member of the Eastern Shore Chamber including serving on the Young Professionals board and as a chamber ambassador as well.  I also served in the Alabama Army National Guard from 2002 to 2010 where I was a part of the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Mississippi.

Chase Schmidt

Vice President, Community Bank

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I was raised in Daphne, married my college sweetheart (a lifelong Fairhopian), and we are raising our three children (ages 5, 3, and almost 2) to share our love of the Eastern Shore.  I have been in community banking for almost 8 years, and have been privileged to be involved with the Eastern Shore Chamber since 2015.

 

Frank Shepard

Business Development Officer, Community Bank

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A resident of the Eastern Shore for over 10 years, Frank moved from Montgomery attracted by the higher quality of life, incredible public schools, and, of course, the beaches and the bay.  A graduate of Auburn Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, Frank has worked in sales and customer service since 2007, including several years as Membership Director of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.  Frank returned to banking following working for the chamber and is currently the Business Development Officer for Community Bank in Fairhope.  Frank, his wife Mindy, and their two kids, McKenzie and Franklin, reside in Fairhope and attend Fairhope First Baptist Church.  Frank has been a proud member of the Eastern Shore Chamber since 2013 and currently serves as an Ambassador and President of the Young Professionals Board.  Other areas community involvement include Baldwin Realtors member and Chairman of their Young Professionals Network, Daphne/Spanish Fort Kiwanis Club board member, and Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation board member.  Outside of work, Frank enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, watching and attending Alabama Football and Braves Baseball games, playing golf, and collecting vinyl records and playing guitar. 

Sally Wagner

CPA, Hartmann Blackmon & Kilgore PC

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Sally Wagner, CPA is an active volunteer with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. She is a Mobile native that relocated to the Eastern Shore.  She enjoys volunteering her time at both monthly business networking events or grand openings for new businesses, as well as larger annual events such as the Jubilee Arts Festival.

Sally is a Certified Public Accountant at Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, P.C. (hb&k).  Originally from Mobile, Alabama, she has been on the Eastern Shore with hb&k since 1990 when the firm was founded.  Sally is extremely knowledgeable about several industries and has specialized expertise in issues pertaining to healthcare providers, law firms and high net worth individuals. Now working in an of counsel position with the firm, Sally enjoys mentoring and training staff to share her expertise with young accountants.

Steven Walling

Realtor, Coldwell Banker Rheel Properties

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Steven Walling was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Baldwin County.  After completing school in the Birmingham area, he has moved home to peruse a career in Real Estate and to continue supporting, contributing, and participating in the growth and development of the community.

Steven received his undergraduate in Business Administration from the University of Montevallo in 2017 with a major in Finance and minor in Economics.  Steven is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Family Center in Mobile Alabama.

Steven is proud to have been nominated last year for rookie of the year by the Baldwin County Association of Realtors and is looking forward to helping families find a home in Baldwin County and begin to develop the life long memories that he himself made as a young man.

Gail Yongue

, Mosquito Joe

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Gail Yongue is the owner and CEO of Mosquito Joe. Prior to acquiring the Mosquito Joe franchise she was a hospice RN for 8 years. Her passion is to provide an outstanding customer experience for anyone using their mosquito control services. This is evident by having received several customer service awards and recognition from the franchiser, as well as the Maverick Award in 2016 – 2018 for top 10% across many different KPIs as compared to other franchisees. Gail recently completed SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2018, and currently sits on Mosquito Joe’s Franchise Advisory Council and IT Committee. This is Gail’s second year as an Ambassador, and she is also a member of the Eastern Shore MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Melinda McGhee

Mortgage Banker, Renasant Bank

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Melinda grew up in Atmore and has been a resident of Baldwin County for the past 8 years. She has assisted people along the Gulf Coast with their banking and lending needs for the past 15 years and currently works with Renasant Bank as a mortgage banker.  She is involved in several organizations in Baldwin and Mobile Counties including The Junior League of Mobile and a Baldwin County Mystic Society.  She also serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Business Alliance of South Alabama and advisory boards for the Bounds Family YMCA and Melton Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at South Alabama.