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

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