Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Announces 2017/2018 Board of Directors

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the members and officers of the 2017/2018 Board of Directors. The slate was approved Thursday, June 8 during the 93rdAnnual Meeting. The Chamber is excited about the direction it is headed and these business leaders will be integral in leading the Chamber as it grows. The 2017/2018 Board of Directors will officially begin their term on July 1, 2017.

Ed HammeleThe Eastern Shore Chamber is also proud to announce Ed Hammele will be serving as Chairman of the Board. Hammele has worked in the banking industry for the past 29 years since graduating from John Carroll University in 1988.  Ed is currently the Regional President for Capstone Bank in Fairhope.  Ed relocated to Baldwin County 13 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio.

Ed Hammele started volunteering with the Chamber in 2005.  He has served on the Workforce Development Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee and was the Chair of the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign in 2014 and 2015.  Ed has been on the Board for the Chamber for the past four years. 

Ed Hammele also serves as the President of the Board for the Fairhope Point Clear Rotary Youth Club, he is the President of the Fairhope Sunset Rotary Club and is also the President of the Island Tower Condo Owners’ Association.  Ed is on the board for the Baldwin County United Way and is the Treasurer for the Fairhope Soccer League.  Ed is a past board member of the Baldwin County Economic Development Association, Thomas Hospital Foundation and a past Chair of the Baldwin County Heart Walk.

Ed Hammele lives in Fairhope with his wife of 23 years, Dana, who is a Chamber member and a Realtor with Re/Max By The Bay.  Ed and Dana have 3 children, Jack, age 19 and their twins Paige and Bobby are 17.  

Executive Board

  • Chairman - Ed Hammele, Capstone Bank
  • Chairman-elect - Ormand Thompson, Thomas Hospital-Infirmary Health
  • Past Chairman - Richard Johnson, Phelps Dunbar
  • Treasurer - Greg Strachan, Bryant Bank
  • Vice-Chairman Member Value - Marcus Neto, Blue Fish Design
  • Vice-Chairman Tourism - Chuck Cuff
  • Vice-Chairman Workforce Development - Steve Carey, CertaPro Painters
  • Vice-Chairman Governmental Affairs - Eric Nager, Southern Capital Services


Returning Board Members

  • Andru Bramblett, Southern Light, LLC
  • Jennie Campbell, Stewart Lodges at Steelwood
  • Phil Cusa, AltaPointe Health Systems
  • Diane Douglas, In the Company of Angels 
  • Abe Harper, Harper Technologies, LLC
  • Joe Hocklander
  • Patty Hughston, Coastal Alabama Community College
  • Boyd Little, Oak Hollow Farm, Inc.
  • Paige Moore, Re/Max By The Bay
  • Scott Tripoli, Grand Hotel Marriott Resort
  • Judith Wright, Segers Aero Corporation


New Board Members

  • Steve Ascik, Eastern Shore Ace Hardware
  • Nathan Dunn, Fulcrum Construction
  • CJ Ezell, PointClear Networks
  • Kelly Jones, WAVH FM Talk 106.5
  • Marina Simpson, United Way of Baldwin County


Join us in recognizing our outgoing board members:

  • Deanna Auner, Homestead Village of Fairhope
  • Gray Englebert, Jubilee Specialties
  • Don Mecke, Browning, Mecke and O'Neal
  • William Stitt, Old 27 Grill
  • Contina Woods, Regions Bank


Eastern Shore Chamber Honors Outstanding Service with Annual Awards

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Chamber Awards. The winners were announced Thursday night at the 93rdAnnual Awards Dinner held at Oak Hollow Farm. Each of these award winners have dedicated countless hours to serving the Eastern Shore Community and leading by example.

Ambassador of the Year: Sara Alter, The Brennity at Fairhope

Sara Alter goes above and beyond in every facet of Chamber involvement.  She is not only present at Business After Hours and Morning Marketing meetings, but she volunteers on various committees within the Chamber.  There isn’t a ribbon cutting she doesn’t attend and she always spreads the Chamber’s message of promoting business while connecting communities.  She truly makes everyone she meets feel welcome and engages them at Chamber events.  That is why she is deserving of winning Ambassador of the year two years in a row.

Young Professional of the Year: Chris Alman, Brown Financial Group

Chris Alman graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in finance and is currently working at Brown Financial Advisory in Fairhope. He is actively involved in our community. He is a member of the Daphne-Spanish Fort Kiwanis Club where he serves as the head of Reading is Fundamental, an early childhood reading program. He currently serves on the board for the Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation and is a part of their ongoing efforts to assist patients with cancer. He recently participated in the 74 Club’s Over the Edge Event where participants raised money by rappelling down 20 stories of the Mobile Marriott. He is currently on the committees for Young Professionals and Pencils and Glue for Bingo & Brews. He works with his church small group to serve local families and share the love of Christ.

Service Award: Sherry Sullivan, Point Broadband LLC

Sherry Sullivan completely embodies the adage "servants heart.” She not only puts others’ needs above her own, but she serves with the right motivation.  Her guidance in handling any problem big or small is unmatched.  She will jump in and help in any way she can.  You can find her volunteering in various capacities with all Chamber committees or attending ribbon cuttings all over the Eastern Shore.  Volunteer, mentor, ambassador… these titles fall short to how she truly serves this community.  She is a servant leader.  Her small acts of selflessness have huge impacts on the people around her.  The active roles this person takes with so many of our community initiatives makes impactful influences on those organizations. 

Environmental Award: Daphne Utilities

Daphne Utilities addresses the needs of the community with energy and water efficiency in mind.  They recently teamed with Hutchinson, Moore and Rauch to design one of the most innovative water production treatment facilities in the southeast.  Upon completion, the project replaced failing infrastructure while preserving the historic character of an entire neighborhood.  This fundamental project not only improved the environment we live in, but the visual environment we cognitively encounter every day.

Other initiatives include the "Cease the Grease” campaign and making their vehicles more environmentally responsible.  This well-known project started 10 years ago.  Citizens can pick up an empty jug from dozens of recycling containers around the city to use for proper disposal of cooking oil and grease.  This used oil is then converted to clean-burning bio diesel fuel. 

They create a positive sphere of influence through educating the community.  Everyone can make our community more sustainable.  Daphne Utilities is truly an environmental organization first and foremost.  The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Foundation has been directly impacted by the Education initiatives of Daphne Utilities.

Community Leader Award: Tracey Goens, Keller Williams Alabama Gulf Coast

Tracey Goens is involved in many areas of the community, her business and the Chamber.  She founded a victim-support group in 2012, she is involved with fundraisers for children in need and is on the board of the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center.  She gives where she lives and is willing to help anyone in need.  She is a mentor to her team, helping them build confidence and achieve customer satisfaction.  In creating an atmosphere of service, she has created lifelong relationships with past clients.  Her service initiatives also include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, participating with Red Day at Keller Williams and helping with the Light House.  She believes in the Chamber and the opportunities it affords.  Growing the Chamber through referrals and supporting committees is one of the many ways she is committed to involvement.

Small Business of the Year: The Fairhope Store

The Fairhope Store displays strong financial performance, achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation, and community responsibility. With their core value being community, this business cultivates a culture of kindness without expecting anything in return. In just five years they have shared a mutual embrace with the community, schools and special needs that come their way.  They have taken a staff of three to a team of 14 and upon expanding to a new location in 2015, sales increased by 60% in a matter of months.  Their support of local schools began as donations of art supplies and uniforms to those in need and has grown a local t-shirt design with proceeds directly benefitting Fairhope area schools.  Not only is their familiar design recognizable anywhere, but so is their love of giving back to the community they call home.


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the sponsors who made the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner possible: Coastal Alabama Community College, Dale Carnegie Training, Baldwin EMC, 17 Turtles Outfitters, Coastal Bank & Trust, Marriott Grand Hotel, Hargrove Engineers, Baldwin County Sewer Service, Oak Hollow Farm, Phelps Dunbar and Safe Harbor Financial

Would You Like to Host Business After Hours in 2018?

Is your company interested in hosting a Business After Hours in 2018? Starting Monday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m., the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will begin taking requests for each month except for March (March is reserved for the Chamber's 94th Annual Awards Dinner). The first 11 companies to contact the Chamber by calling (251) 928-6387 will secure their hosting for 2018. 
This is a wonderful opportunity to get fellow Chamber members into your business to show off your facility and specialty. These dates will go quickly, so don't wait.
Business After Hours is held on the first Thursday of each month between 5 and 7 p.m. To host a Business After Hours, you also agree to provide hors d'oeuvres; wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water; all set-ups for serving food and beverages; and $100 cash for drawing or an item of relative value.
We will have a waitlist for 2018, so if you do not get a spot, we will take your name and call you if there is availability.
If you would like to secure hosting Business After Hours, contact Liz Thomson at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce (251) 928-6387 on Monday, June 19 starting at 9 a.m.

Chamber Accepting Nomination for the 2017 Annual Awards

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is taking 2017 Award Nominations and we need your help to recognize our members who are truly making an impact on the community.
We are taking nominations for three awards: Small Business of the Year, Community Leader Award and the Environmental Award.
Nominations may be made for any deserving business. Self-nominations are encouraged. Simply complete the nomination form below and return it to the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce by May 26, 2017. Once completed, the forms can be saved to your computer then emailed to office@eschamber.com. You can also print out the form and mail it to 327 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532. Call 928-6387 with any questions.

The award winners will be announced at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner, June 8 at Oak Hollow Farm.
Click on the category below to open the nomination form:

Support Chamber Non-Profits During National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved! Find opportunities to make a difference on the Eastern Shore.

National Volunteer Week 

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week and the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce wants to celebrate change makers in our community and encourage our members to find a place to give their time, talent and support. There are about 50 non-profit Chamber members who are working each day to support the Eastern Shore. "Everyone can find a cause they care deeply about,” said Chamber President Casey Williams, "When we are all pitching in to these causes, our entire community benefits.” The spirit of giving does not have to end once National Volunteer Week wraps up. "I’d like to see our local companies and business leaders partner with an organization throughout the year. It’s these partnerships that make the Eastern Shore strong,” said Williams. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change.


Below is a list of non-profit Chamber members and their contact information. We encourage you and your staff to pick an organization or cause and see how you can help.


5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
(251) 625-0814
30945 Five Rivers Boulevard
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Alabama Career Center
(251) 937-4161
201 Faulkner Drive
Bay Minette, AL 36507

Alabama Coastal Foundation
(251) 990-6002
250 Conti Street, Second Floor
Mobile, AL 36602

Alzheimers Association:AL/FL Panhandle Chapter
(850) 225-0680
223 West Gregory Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

American Cancer Society
(251) 414-1302
900 Western American Circle, Ste. 101
Mobile, AL 36609

American Red Cross Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter
(251) 544-6100
35 North Sage Avenue
Mobile, AL 

Baldwin County Humane Society
(251) 928-4585
22886 C US Highway 98
Fairhope, AL 36532

Baldwin County Trailblazers
60 Morphy Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama
9 Dauphin Street Suite 101
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Care House Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center
(251) 580-2546
108 Blackburn Avenue
Bay Minette, AL 36507

Community Action Agency of Baldwin/Escambia
(251) 626-2646
Clarke/Monroe & Conecuh Counties
PO Box 250
Daphne, AL 36526

Daphne Art Center
(251) 586-8096
1704 6th Street
Daphne, AL 36526

Daphne Lions Club
(251) 591-6872
9A U.S. Highway 43 South
Saraland, AL 36571

Eastern Shore American Legion Post 199
(251) 928-9132
700 South Mobile Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Eastern Shore Art Center
(251) 928-2228
401 Oak Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Eastern Shore Choral Society Incorporated
(251) 802-4757

Ecumenical Ministries, Inc.
(251) 928-3430
564 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532

Fairhope Film Festival
(251) 990-7957
122 Fairhope Ave., #3
Fairhope, AL 36532

Fairhope/Point Clear Rotary Youth Club
(251) 895-6759
19128 Young Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Feeding the Gulf Coast
(251) 653-1617
5248 Mobile South Street
Theodore, AL 36582

Habitat For Humanity of Baldwin County
(251) 943-7268
19289 State Highway 59
Summerdale, AL 36580

Historic Blakeley Foundation
(251) 626-0798
34745 State Highway 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation
(251) 971-3633
819 North Mckenzie Street
Foley, AL 36536

Junior League of Mobile Incorporated
(251) 471-3348
57 North Sage Avenue
Mobile, AL 36607

Kiwanis Club of Daphne/Spanish Fort
(251) 716-3835
PO Box 7353
Spanish Fort, Alabama 36577

Life South Community Blood Centers, Inc.
(251) 621-9644
26125 Capital Drive
Daphne, AL 36526

Marietta Johnson Museum
(251) 990-8601
10 South School Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Meaher State Park
(251) 626-5529
PO Box 7826
Spanish Fort, AL 36577

Mobile Baykeeper
(251) 433-4229
450 C Government Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Pelican Coast Conservancy LLC
(251) 222-8959
403 Conti Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Prodisee Pantry
(251) 626-1720
9315 Spanish Fort Boulevard
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride Incorporated
(251) 367-1981
PO Box 209
Montrose, AL 36555

Ruff Wilson Youth Center
(251) 621-7171
1317 Johnson Road
Daphne, AL 36526

Score Chapter #630
(251) 210-4647
327 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532

SEEDS (Supporting Educational Enrichment in Daphne Schools)
(251) 802-5002
PO Box 460
Daphne, AL 36526

Shepherd's Place
(251) 928-1148
155 South Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Spanish Fort Educational Enrichment Foundation
(251) 401-7333
1 Plaza De Toros
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort Foundation, Inc.
(251) 447-0974
34904 Alabama Highway 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36577

The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast
(251) 625-8955
28788 North Main Street
Daphne, AL 36526

The Family Center - Baldwin County
(251) 626-1610
27365 Pollard Road
Daphne, AL 36526

The Fuse Project
(251) 377-3484
1756 New Hamilton Street
Mobile, AL 36604

The Haven
(251) 929-3980
559 South Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

The Nall Foundation Gallery
(251) 455-0132
414 Equality St
Fairhope, AL 36532

The Old Methodist Church Museum of Daphne
(251) 621-9620
405 Dryer Avenue
Daphne, AL 36526

The Optimist Club of Daphne Alabama
PO Box 106
Daphne, Alabama 36526

The Refuge for Women
(251) 946-3355
23790 US Highway 90
Robertsdale, AL 36567

The Shoulder
(251) 626-2199
Post Office Box 7130
Spanish Fort, AL 36577-7130

United Way of Baldwin County Incorporated
(251) 943-2110
700 North McKenzie Street
Foley, AL 36536

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park
(251) 433-2703
2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36602

Weeks Bay Foundation
(251) 990-5004
11401 US Highway 98
Fairhope, AL 36532

Zachary A. Moore Foundation
(251) 510-5140
4123 Frederick Ave.
Fairhope, AL 36532

About National Volunteer Week:

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. For more information about National Volunteer Week visit http://www.pointsoflight.org

January Eggs N’ Issues to Feature the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

DAPHNE, Ala. - The January Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Eggs N’ Issues will feature the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. They will be discussing the history of the Tribe, current issues and upcoming endeavors. 

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. 

The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ hundreds of area residents.  

A few of the Tribe's businesses are:  the Wind Creek Casino & Hotels that are located in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka, Muskogee Technology, and Owa in Foley, which will open Summer 2017.  

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is an active partner in the state of Alabama, contributing to economic, educational, social and cultural projects benefiting both tribal members and residents of these local communities and neighboring towns.

What: Eggs N’ Issues featuring the Poarch Band of Creek Indians 

Who: Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: The Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Topic: They will be discussing the history of the Tribe, current issues and upcoming endeavors. 

When: Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 a.m.

Where: Daphne United Methodist Church

Community Life Center

2401 Main Street, Daphne


Admission: $10 for Chamber members, $15 for guests


RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday, January 6 by calling (251)928-6387

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