THE VIEW MOBILE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VOL. XXXII, No. 2
Hertz Selects Mobile for Dianne Irby
Worldwide Reservation Center Elected
End of the year headlines made big news when
Hertz Corporation announced its plans to open a
new worldwide reservations center in the Mobile
County community of Saraland. Initially, the If you ask Dianne Irby of Irby Strategic
Fortune 100 company will employ more than 500 Services how she feels about being the first
reservation agents, and company officials expect, woman to chair the Chamber in its 163-year his-
within the first five years of operations to hire as tory, she’s quick to downplay that fact, but adds
many as 1,000. it’s the position itself that holds the honor.
The center will be open this Spring, and includ- “I’m fortunate to be coming into this chair-
ing computers, telephone systems, operations and manship with such a solid foundation, especially
renovations, the initial investment by Hertz will be following John Davis, the most recent in a suc-
approximately $10 million. It will be the compa- cession of strong, forward-thinking Chamber
ny’ssecond reservation center. The other facility is leaders,” she said at the Chamber’s Annual
located in Oklahoma City. Meeting on Jan. 18.
Gov. Don Siegelman was on hand for the As head of this 2,500-member organization,
announcement. “Mobile County is a vital part of Irby will be dealing with a multitude of issues,
our state’s economy, and I look forward to a but she has outlined three in which
prosperous working relationship with Hertz.” she will be most interested.
The decision to open a second facility was Because of her background in corporate
prompted by continued growth and expansion the structure and strategic planning, Irby will spend
company is experiencing in car rental volume, A number of Hertz representatives were on hand for the announcement of the company’s second considerable time making sure the organization
according to Wayne Bowman, staff vice president, reservation center. Wayne Bowman, second from the left, who is staff vice president for Hertz, is on the cutting edge of its development – a
Worldwide Reservations for Hertz. announced the new project. Chamber of the future, as she put it.
The reservations center will take residence in the “First, Chambers must broaden their
former Wal-Mart shopping center at 727 U.S. recognition, good wages and will provide a large project we can recruit to Mobile, added Apple. In constituencies and focus on partnerships,” Irby
Highway 43 South in Saraland. number of jobs to our area. That kind of combina- addition to the City of Saraland, Mobile County and explained. “Whether we seek alliances with other
With $10 million in capital investments, Jim tion is unbeatable.” the Chamber partnership, several companies and local groups and governments on projects or we
Apple, vice president of economic development for Apple agrees that Hertz will be great for Mobile state offices such as Alabama Power Company, work with Baldwin County or the Gulf Coast
the Chamber, anticipates an initial annual payroll and fits well into the Chamber’s target market plan, BellSouth, the Alabama Development Office, states, partnerships are ultimately the most
estimated at $10 million. which identifies the types of companies and corpo- Alabama Department of Economic and Community effective way to conduct Chamber business.”
Apple believes area residents will fill almost rations the Chamber focuses its recruiting Affairs, Alabama Department of Transportation and Irby added that, while the Chamber continues
every job at the new reservation center. Job wages efforts on. As with all projects, many area compa- Wal-Mart participated in the process to recruit to support its core programs – economic,
are planned to begin at $8 an hour and there will nies and governments came together to work Hertz. community and small business development –
be full-time as well as part-time opportunities. onbringing Hertz to Saraland. In a prepared release by Hertz, officials noted the successful Chamber of the future will need to
“Hertz is one of those companies every city With the helping hand of Millennium Fund Mobile County’s ability to best suit the company’s rethink how it executes these functions.
would love to have,” said John Davis, president and investors, companies and individuals who pledge growing needs and labor pool needs as reasons for Technology, for example, will play a big role as
CEO of Mobile Gas Service Corp. and last year’s financial support to the Chamber’s its selection of this area. Hertz operates more than the organization seeks to communicate more
Chamber board chairman. “It has instant name economic development efforts, this is the kind of 6,300 locations in more than 140 countries. information to more people who are further and
further away. In addition, while performing all
the basic services to businesses here at home, the
Area Will Host Annual Chamber will have to incorporate global
perspectives in advancing the interests of its
Of major concern, according to Irby, are the
World Trade Conference The event will kick-off vides a tremendous opportunity for beginning and
increasing workforce needs of local business.
“I still remember the reaction last Fall on our
Chamber Leadership Trip to Charleston when
Ronnie Koh with Mobile Aerospace Engineering
with opening remarks from intermediate level exporters. “Companies will have told us his company had to turn down a $100
Mayor Mike Dow, recently access to high level experts from target export million contract because he couldn’t find enough
appointed by Gov. Don markets without assuming the hefty costs of workers,” she explained. “Over the past year,
Siegelman as vice chair- traveling abroad and the time that it takes to several groups and individuals have worked to
man of the Alabama actually find them,” said van Aken. create a more systematic approach of workforce
Commerce Commission. Other conference highlights will include development and job training. The Chamber has
Alabama Congressman presentations on “The Emergence of a New been at the forefront, ensuring that business
Sonny Callahan, chairman Europe,” from the European Commission, and concerns are heard.”
of the U.S. Congressional specifics of “Introducing and Distributing Your And, finally, Irby is interested in enhancing
Subcommittee for Foreign Product in the European Union,” by Robert small business development services. She pointed
Operations and Export- Munisteri of Masland Carpets and “Pricing out that about 85 percent of the Chamber’s
Related Issues, will be the Strategies and the New Euro,” by Al McDonald of membership comes from businesses with fewer
Top-notch experts will be on hand to show Gulf than 50 employees. Yet, a larger share of the
Coast businesses how to successfully market and keynote speaker. Additionally, Callahan will present Regions Bank.
awards to businesses that have demonstrated a Conference registration is due by April 1, the funding, volunteer time and resources to the
sell their goods and services in four of Europe's Chamber come from the larger businesses.
most economically prominent countries – commitment to promoting trade throughout the fee for all participants is $175, which includes
Gulf Coast region. scheduled meals, the international reception, “Our continuing challenge is to balance the
Germany France, Italy and Spain. On May 1-2, the longer-term interests of big business with the
Chamber will host the 8th Annual World Trade On day two, conference participants will have breaks, seminars and registration materials.
the unique opportunity to meet with foreign com- The Marriott Grand Hotel has a block of rooms often more immediate needs of the small
Conference, a regional Gulf Coast initiative among business members,” she said.
North Florida, Southern Alabama and Southern mercial service officers and expert reserved at a special rate and can be accessed by
panelists who will offer advice on key export issues calling 1-800-544-9933. Irby concluded with a quote from President
Mississippi. The two-day event at the Grand Hotel, Franklin Roosevelt who, in 1942 said, “Never
shown above, will feature seminars, technical such as transportation, finance, legalities and mar- For more information, contact Sara Graf
keting. According to Tony van Aken, at (334) 694-0702 or email sara@ before have we had so little time in which to do
breakout sessions and opportunities to meet one- so much.” “I guess some things don’t change
on-one with trade representatives and exporting director of Trade and Technology for the Mobile mobilechamber.org.
Area Chamber, this portion of the conference pro- after all,” she concluded.
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New Millennium American-Australian
New Logo Joint Venture Brings
Over the past few years, the Chamber has
worked hard to become a facilitator in the region,
the more you have to offer and the more competi-
tive and successful you can be. As we move increas-
Jobs to Mobile
bringing together individuals, groups, communi- ingly into the global marketplace, this becomes a
ties and even states to address common issues and vital component,” said Hallett. “Those who try to
develop plans. That, coupled with the start of a new do it alone will be one in a million. We want to
millennium symbolizing a fresh start and new increase our presence, our political muscle, our
opportunities, was the inspiration for the products and services, our financial resources, our
Chamber’s updated logo.
Designed by Townsend
Barney & Patrick, the logo
features three rings repre-
senting the Chamber’s role
in linking together people
with mutual goals. With a
closer look at the rings,
however, one discovers that
they actually form the letters
“C O C” for Chamber of
“The new logo represents
our interconnectedness and
partnerships,” said Chamber
President Win Hallett. “One
of the ways we judge success With its new partnership with Australian ship- vessels from operating on domestic routes.
in our organization is by how many groups we’ve creativity and our impact. And we understand that builder Austal, Mobile-based Bender Shipbuilding However, once the decision to find a U.S. partner
brought to the table on a project.” to be stronger, we have to work together.” and Repair landed a multi-million dollar invest- was made, Rothwell looked coast to coast.
The design of the logo is sleeker and simpler. It Hallett added his appreciation to Townsend, ment and as many as 1,000 new jobs for the area. What he found in Mobile was a good parcel of
downplays the name of the organization while Barney & Patrick whose staff donated their time The two companies created a new venture, land, a competitively priced labor force and Bender
emphasizing the rings symbolizing partnerships. and talents to create the logo. “We can do so much Austal USA, to build passenger ferries with a Shipbuilding, described in a company media
sophisticated technology not presently available in release as a leading and highly professional
In fact, one treatment of the logo carries the posi- more in this organization because our members the US. Austal is a world leading designer and domestic shipyard.
tion statement “Stronger Together.” pitch in to help,” he said. “This was a great manufacturer of aluminum vessels. Bender will Bender’s recent completion of a steel plate
“The more groups you have working together, contribution.” have 30 percent interest in the company, with laser cutting facility – the first of its kind to be
the more resources there are. The more resources, Austal maintaining 70 percent. used in a U.S. shipyard– was another plus.
A new shipyard located on 10 acres on Blakely According to Tom Bender, president of Bender, the
Island, directly across Mobile River from the foot of new facilily should add up to sizeable cost savings
Government St., is where Austal USA will begin for Austal USA in building these ships.
building the aluminum high-speed ferries that Bender believes, in addition to the laser facility,
have become a popular mode of transportation in the company has much to contribute to the pro-
Europe and on the Pacific Rim. It is expected that ject. “With our knowledge of the US market, expe-
the facility will be completed this year and hiring rience in hiring and retaining skilled shipyard
will begin in just a few months. workers and expertise in purchasing material and
From the smaller ferry that moves at 35 mph equipment, we expect to contribute significantly to
and carries 100 passengers to the largest – a 300 ft. the venture.”
ferry that can travel over 50 mph with nearly 200 The Chamber, along with Alabama Industrial
cars and more than a 1,000 passengers – officials Development Training, the Alabama Development
from both organizations believe their ships will be Office, the City and the State, assisted Bender with
well received. recruiting the project. With the financial backing
“With Austal’s leading-edge technology, and of Millennium Fund investors, supporting econom-
world leadership in the design and production of ic development efforts, the Chamber coordinated
high performance aluminum vessels, coupled with city and state efforts that helped Bender clinch the
Bender’s comprehensive capabilities and domestic deal.
knowledge, we will revolutionize light weight, high “This projects puts Mobile on the map in the
speed shipbuilding in the USA,” said John high-tech transportation arena and is proof that
Rothwell, Austal’s Chairman. our waterfront will continue to be an economic
Spurring the expansion of the Australian driver in the new century,” said Jim Apple, the
company is a federal law prohibiting foreign-built Chamber’s vice president of economic development.
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Where We’re Headed Small Business of the Month
x Envision Annual Meeting will outline accomplishments Condé Systems Inc.
If you haven’t signed up, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Envision Mobile-Baldwin Annual
Meeting on Wednesday, March 1. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the new
Daphne Civic Center on Hwy 98.
Even if you haven’t been involved in Envision projects, this is a great opportunity to find out what’s
been accomplished through this long-range strategic plan. Join mayors and commissioners from both
counties, as well as representatives of business and
civic organizations as they report on projects related
to education, quality of life, infrastructure (mass
transit, state docks, housing, etc.), economic devel-
opment, government and community leadership.
You’ll also be privy to the results of the new Progress Indicators for Coastal Alabama Report which
tracks statistics on everything from the number of high school drop-outs to crime and infant
mortality rates to environmental and economic development data.
Event sponsors are Mobile Gas, Creanova, AlTel Communications, Prior Energy, Thames Batré Mattei
Beville & Ison Insurance and Saunders Engine. Last year’s meeting boasted a packed crowd, so sign up
today. Cost for the meeting is $7 which includes a full breakfast.
Reservations can be made by calling Angela Erwin at 431-8621.
February’s Small Business of the Month, David Gross masters the sublimation
Conde’ Systems Inc. is a technology developer transfer technique at his 12,000 sq. ft.
Diplomat of the Month and distributor of color printers and supplies
worldwide. “As a growing multi-million dollar
facility in Mobile off Schillingers Rd.
Chrissie Bowles corporation, we are a premier source for printers
and printing technologies serving the graphic art,
photography, prepress and desktop publishing
“This technique offers a timely, environmentally
friendly, and affordable means to create photo-
graphic quality customized items that can build
This month’s Diplomat of the Month, Chrissie
Bowles, a technical recruiter for Manpower industries,” said David Gross, president and CEO. sales for sign makers,” Gross added.
Professional, has been a Diplomat since her divi- The mission of the company is to provide cus- “We insist on total customer satisfaction and
sion joined the Chamber in 1998. She has been tomers with high quality useful products, which provide free technical support with everything we
recruiting for information technology and engi- meet and exceed industry expectations. “We are sell from the product selection to the post sale,” he
neering clients for more than two years. recognized as a leader in providing innovative concluded.
“Being a part of the Chamber Diplomat pro- products in five key markets: on demand specialty
gram allows me to access the resources I need to imprinting, pre-press output, signage/wide-format Guidelines for the Small
help recruit professionals to the Mobile area,” output, color solutions for businesses, and ID card Business of the Month selection:
Bowles said. production,” Gross added. 3 Current chamber member
In addition to being an active member in both Gross began Conde’ Systems in January, 1992, 3 Fewer than 100 employees
the Mobile and Mississippi Gulf Coast Chambers, when he became interested in digital color 3 Apparent solid financial base
she also participates in the Gulf Coast National printing. “We are now semi-famous for the latest 3 Considered successful by peers
Technical Services Association and Mobile Society digital decorating technique called sublimation 3 Expanding number of employees
transfer. This is when a heat press actually
for Human Resource Management. 3 Sales growth and/or profit growth
“I enjoy the various community activities and of South Alabama, I’m excited about being imprints the color image into the interior of the
3 Outstanding public service contribution
meeting new people at the Chamber functions. As actively involved in the development of our item or product,” he said.
Conde’ Systems Inc. sells this technology to 3 In business a minimum of a year
a native Mobilian and graduate of the University community,” Bowles concluded. 3 New product line
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Watch Your Mail for the Advisors
Census Questionnaire Each month, the Chamber is proud to salute
members of its Board of Advisors. These business
leaders represent key businesses whose significant
dues investment leads the way in funding the
x 100% participation ensures maximum federal funding Businesses Are Chamber’s programs and initiatives. For more
information, please contact Katrina McCrory at
With the amazing amount of mail that people The initial 1990 Census count for Alabama was
Vital in Promoting 431-8611.
receive at home and at the office, it’s understand- 73,000 below the final “approved” figure. Locally Census 2000 Henry R. Seawell III
able how something vitally important could be that original figure increased more than 4,900 is a professional engineer,
missed. That’s why the Chamber is helping to above an earlier figure of 201,181. This year, the • Endorse Census 2000 by making a and serves as chairman
spread the message that the countdown to Census area has set a 100 percent census participation goal. public statement supporting the census. and CEO of TCO Inc., an
2000 has begun. If 5,000 people, for example, did not respond this Architectural and
• Identify an individual in your company Engineering design and
Every 10 years, the Constitution directs the time around, it could cost Mobile $7.5 million in to work closely with the Census Bureau.
Census Bureau to conduct a complete accounting federal funding over the next 10 years. consulting holding
of every resident in the United States. The question- All information on individuals is held strictly company based in
• Place census messages on your products, Mobile. He also serves as
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April 1. People who answer the census help their Census 2000 visit the Census Bureau’s communications. Henry R. Seawell III
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well as provide valuable information for planning • Place census messages in your company company of more than 175 engineers, scientists and
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Statistics are also important to area businesses currently working in 26 states, Central America and
when deciding where to locate new offices, branch- • Encourage employees to take part in the the Asian realm. Seawell received undergraduate and
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distribution points. This information is needed to to fill out their forms or open their doors University. He has authored numerous technical
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A Thousand Years of Opportunity
Pritchett Challenges Businesses to Embrace Change
The Chamber’s Annual Meeting speaker had Attitude & Mind Set Energy – the most critical factor more than twice the energy. “I think as leaders, we
executives and public officials jotting down notes Pritchett described how attitudes and the mind- “The question is where do we find the energy to have to start thinking about three key responsibili-
in their programs. Dr. Price Pritchett is chairman set about change have themsleves shifted over the keep up?” Pritchett believes that energy level is one ties that no one is talking about,” challenged
and CEO of Pritchett and Associates, a consulting years. Back in the middle 80s, he saw a victim Pritchett.
firm working with Fortune 500 companies for mentality when companies would announce they “What can we do to generate more fuel or
more than 20 years including IBM, we’re going through a major pump up the energy supply? What can we do to
3M and BellSouth. change. By the end of the 80s, conserve energy? And how do we channel or focus
His speech outlined how the
impact us all and motivated the
audience to embrace change quickly.
Here is a brief summary of his
tentacles of change will continually Times like these
there was more of an adjustment
mentality – “you’ve got to adapt
to change.” In the early 90s he
observed another shift – the
that energy?,” asked Pritchett. “It all comes down
to talking about what we’re going to give to our
people, to our organizations, to our society.”
need to exploit change – what When talking about the local area, Pritchett
terms of the he calls an opportunity advised leaders to broaden boundaries, think about
“Where are you going?,” initially opportunity they mentality. how things connect on a wider scale and pursue
asked Pritchett. “Have you changed provide. But they There’s been yet another shift the future faster. “Let me guarantee you some-
as much as the world is changed? are ruthless for in the last two to three years said thing. In a world of high velocity change, offensive
Are you leading differently than you those who won’t Pritchett, a need to create wins and you get killed playing defense,” said
did in the past?” play by the rules... change. “This is where we need Pritchett. “Times like these are absolutely astound-
Driving Change to get ourselves, our organiza- Bill Seifert, AmSouth, poses with Dr. Price ing in terms of the opportunity they provide. But
Driving this continuous pattern tions, our community – to the Pritchett at a sponsor’s reception before the they are ruthless for those who won’t play by the
of change Pritchett sees three key possibilities mentality,” urged Chamber’s Annual Meeting. rules and for those who don’t grasp the fact that it
drivers: population growth (because it’s people who Pritchett. “It’s a mind set of optimisim, adventure, is a dramatically different environment we live in
cause change), technology and the increase in challenge and exploration.” of the most important factors for success and he and it calls for dramatically different behavior
information and knowledge. These drivers guaran- It is at this point where Pritchett said there is a warned the audience that, “Speed doesn’t come for from us.”
tee the rate of change will continue to accelerate, new level of energy. And the organizations and free. Going faster gets expensive when you consider Pritchett concluded his remarks with the quote
projects Pritchett. “Even if we are keeping up now, communities that have reached this level perform the fuel consumption that’s involved.” from Charles Darwin, “It’s not the strongest of the
we will fall behind in effectively managing the sit- profoundly different than those that are back in the He made the point that when you discuss speed species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but
uation unless we accelerate our adaptive abilities.” early stages of change. in terms of physics that doubling speed requires the one most responsive to change."
1999 Chamber Names Award Winners
At each Annual Meeting the Chamber honors a Rescue Mission, the Volunteer Council not only
local manufacturer, small business and Chamber works together as a team to participate in commu-
Diplomat. Award winners are chosen for outstand- nity fundraising efforts, but its members also
ing business achievements along with contributions respond to calls for help from needy individuals
to the community and the Chamber. and charities in the community.
This year, for the first time, the Chamber, in Last year, the company boasted 100 percent
partnership with Envision Mobile-Baldwin and participation by its 300 employees in some type of
Volunteer Mobile presented a Corporate Community volunteer project.
Service Award. Created to recognize a company’s
community service projects, as well as program Manufacturer of the Year
policies and corporate vision that support each vol- Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Company Inc.
unteer activity, the award honors companies that is the 1999 Manufacturer of the Year. It is a Mobile-
have made the employee volunteer effort an impor- based, family-owned operation servicing the Gulf
tant part of its operations, and enjoys ongoing sup- Coast since 1918. With the explosion of a global
port from company management. economy, the company has aggressively competed
for shipbuilding and repair dollars around the
Corporate Community Service Award world.
The first recipient of the Corporate Community Bender has a stable employment base of over
Service Award is Kellogg Brown & Root for its 600, and during major projects employs up to
Volunteer Council. The council which was created one-thousand.
in 1989 is compiled of Kellogg Brown & Root What makes this company stand out is its
employees who are charged with working for the ability to attract new business and companies to Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Company
good of the community through volunteer involve- Mobile, and its recently completed steel plate laser
ment. cutting facility. The new facility, the first of its kind of high speed ferries partnered with Bender and will companies at the Chamber’s Future 30 banquet.
Through more than a dozen projects, including to be used in the industry in the U.S., along with provide as many as 1,000 new jobs.
American Red Cross blood drives, Junior the company’s far-sighted thinking, helped land a 1999 Diplomat of the Year
Achievement, March of Dimes and the Waterfront new project for Mobile. Austal USA, a manufacturer Small Business of the Year Myrinda McCarron is the Chamber’s 1999
This year’s Small Busines of the Year is AirInc. Diplomat of the
The Fairhope-based company overhauls and repairs Year. She recently
commercial aircraft materials such as instruments, acquired Remedy
electronics, Intelligent Staffing
hydraulics and and is the
pneumatic acces- new owner.
sories. It has grown Chosen for her
from a one-man group participation,
operation in 1990 to she has represented
63 full-time employ- the Chamber at
ees and grosses over numerous ribbon
$7 million annually. cuttings, and net-
Stan Waters, the working events like
companypresident Business After-Hours Myrinda McCarron
believes the key to and First Friday. As an
his business’ suc- active volunteer in Chamber Chase, a total resource
Stan Waters, AirInc. cess is customer sat- development and
isfaction. His com- membership campaign, she was team captain of
pany prides itself on the ability to routinely deliver one of the Diplomat teams, which met and
an excellent product on time and at a reasonable exceeded their goal.
cost to customers across the globe. A Diplomat for nearly two years, McCarron
This year’s award winner was recently has already earned the Diplomat of the Month
Kellogg Brown & Root recognized as one of Mobile’s fastest growing distinction twice.
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ANNUAL MEETING TASK FORCE
to Annual Meeting Supporters
René Darden Eiland
Mobile Gas Service Corp.
A special thanks to the individuals and organizations who along Gulf Coast Exploreum Foreign Trade Zone Commission
with Annual Meeting sponsors, made this year’s event successful.
Dan Dealy Charlene Patterson
Beverages Mobile Civic Center Thompson Engineering Townsend, Barney & Patrick
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Motion and Graphics Image Corporation Advertising and Public Relations
Community Coffee (MAGIC) Betty Gurley
CC’s Gourmet Coffee House The Party Basket NBC 15-WPMI/WJTC-UPN 44 Marie Stephenson
Rev. Albert S. Kennington Long's Human Resource Services
Champagne Office of Special Events Chanté Hendrix
Malcolm Pirnie Inc. Senior Citizens Services Spring Hill College Linda Wherle
Holiday Inn Historic District
Sharron Melton, NBC15
Entertainment Signs Now
Robert Holm Spring Hill College Springhillians
Ron Reams, The Compact Disc Jockey Templeton Gallery and Framing
Barry Silverman, Soundworks Townsend Barney & Patrick Advertising
Tom Oglesby and Public Relations
Florists WKRG – Channel 5
Cleveland The Florist WPMI – NBC15
The Rose Bud Restaurants
Zimlich Patio & Garden Adam’s Mark Hotel
Alec Naman’s Catering
Services Atlanta Bread Company
Alabama School of Math and Science Banana Docks Café
Azalea Trail Maids Bienville Club
Catt Sirten Photography CC’s Gourmet Coffee House
Chamber Diplomats Community Coffee
C & G Video Copeland’s New Orleans
DESKTOP designs The Dessert Cart
Enterprise Rent-a-Car Everything And More
Bay Area Tours Lassere’s Catering and Cajun Seafood Shop
Gwin’s Printing and Engraving Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Judi Gulledge Sonnier’s Fine Dining Chamber Chase Chairman Scotty Waters, and top campaign producers are awarded by 1999
Malaga Inn The Wilton Caterer Board Chairman John Davis, Mobile Gas.
Join Us For OSHA EXPO 2000
March 28 • Mobile Convention Center • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Expo 2000 presented by Features over 12 technical breakout
s Mobile Area Occupational Safety and sessions on topics such as:
Health Administration Office (OSHA) s OSHA’s New Forklift Standard
s Mobile Bay Area Section of the American s Basic Ergonomics
Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) s How to Implement an Effective Safety
s Mobile Chapter of the American Society and Health Program
of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
The cost of the Expo is $80 per person. Lunch is provided.
s Mobile Occupational Health Nurses (MOHN) Registration form provided below. Further information is
s Gulf Coast Maritime Safety Association available by calling the Occupational Safety and Health
(GCMSA) Administration at 441-5483.
s Alabama Chapter National Safety Council
2000 Central Gulf Coast Safety and Health Seminar and Expo Registration
Mail to: EXPO 2000, 1301 Azalea Road, Mobile, AL 36693
Make checks payable to: AIHA/EXPO 2000
SORRY, NO CREDIT CARDS, PURCHASE ORDERS OR INVOICES. NOTE: Payment must be postmarked no
later than March 14, thereafter the registration fee is $100.00 and must be paid at the conference.
Name __________________________________________ Company ___________________________________
City ____________________________________________ State _______________ Zip ___________________
Phone __________________________________________ Fax _________________________________________
________ $80 PREPAID (Payment postmarked by March 14)
FEBRUARY Page 7
A Momentous Time in History When
Mobile Collides with the New Millennium
x 1999 brings numerous successes
On the crest of one of the most prosperous waves New Jobs & Company Expansions Reform! coordinating efforts to achieve strategies in six
was in recent history, Mobilians marked the While the area’s unemployment rate continued On the Capital front, the legislature passed one major cat-
countdown to 2000 with yet another round of to drop, the number of new jobs exceeded both state of the most important bills on Tort Reform, placing egories
growth and expansion. For a more detailed and and national increases. Recent announcements like a cap on punitive damage awards – an issue lob- critical to
thorough account of 1999 accomplishments watch the Hertz Reservation Center, along with area com- bied by the Chamber and other state wide business both coun-
for the Chamber’s upcoming annual report. pany expansions at Cintas, SpillTech and groups for four years. Other legislative victories ties. Next
Mitsubishi, to name a few, will ensure a strong local included funding for the Alabama Aviation and month’s
It’s still the economy! economy for many years. Also, the Chamber assisted Technical College (recently renamed the Wallace Envision Annual Meeting will highlight the
As a community, our eyes have been focused on in bringing ACE Hardware to the area. Continuous Community College Aviation Center in Mobile), significant accomplishments achieved by this
the future, and 1999 proved to be a successful partnerships with our Baldwin County neighbors teacher training and background checks and a bill unprecedented effort. (See story on page 3.)
launching pad into the new millennium. Our will bring even more jobs and investments. allowing citizens to vote on the public school tax.
economy remains strong – recognized again as a In the News
leader on the Gulf Coast and in the region by A Commitment to the Environment Education The best news of the year came when Good
POLICOM Corporation, an independent research It was evident there is substantial support for Morning America decided to broadcast live from
firm based in Jupiter, Fla. One significant reason the schools even though the tax referendum didn’t pass. Bellingrath Gardens during one of its road tours.
local economy keeps going strong is the financial The Chamber for example, continued to move for- The Chamber served as the lead organization
commitment of hundreds of companies and indi- ward with efforts impacting local education by help- assisting ABC as millions of people watched Dianne
viduals that partnered with the city and county to ing the state win a 24-million dollar federal School- Sawyer, Charlie Gibson and Faith Hill against a
support the Chamber’s newest economic develop- to-Work grant – of that $410,000 will come to backdrop of a spectacularsunrise over Dog River and
ment fund. Nearly $6 million was pledged to The Mobile. Also the Chamber is helping create the a cascade of spring colors. More good news about
Millennium Fund, a five-year initiative launched by Workforce Development Board – mobilizing the our area came when the Chamber paired up with
the Chamber, will provide the resources needed to business community to oversee all work-related edu- the Mobile Convention and Visitors Center to meet
keep Mobile a viable location and a competitive cation and training programs. with Atlanta media sources. Several stories recogniz-
international player. But growth is not without a conscience in ing our progress were a direct result of the trip.
Mobile. The Chamber spearheaded a task force of Second Time Around
several organizations to evaluate our air quality. A The Chamber’s Annual Leadership Trip always Professional Development
major endeavor kicked-off last year was the Ground ranks as an important highlight. A regional The Chamber offered a variety of seminars and
Level Ozone Reduction Initiative – this group began economic development program, the Port and speakers that kept members up-to-date. From the
looking at ways to reduce ground-level ozone. Local downtown redevelopment were just samples of Small Business Network’s new web site (Net Gain
media joined the effort to build awareness by topics local community leaders studied in home page) to the Franchise Tax Forum to Working
including ozone alerts and warnings in their daily Charleston last year. A lot had changed since the with Generation X to the Magical Management
weather forecasts. last time a group of Mobilians went to Charleston in of Disney – there were topics to suit most every
1988 and again, lessons proved invaluable. business interest.
Developing Partnerships In the Right Direction
The Chamber continued to pursue regional “Throw me something mister.” With that cry
partnerships in 1999 by organizing the first Gulf Mobile Mardi Gras landed in the American Bus
Coast Issues Conference drawing 125 of the Central Association’s Top 100 events of the year. Other
Gulf Coast’s top leaders from Baton Rouge, New successful “throws” resulted in touchdowns when
Orleans, Biloxi-Gulfport, Mobile and Pensacola. The we landed the new Mobile Alabama Bowl and the
group studied the region’s economy, transportation Admirals, the area’s first professional football team.
resources, the environment and its Washington And now you can even toss a plastic jug in the city’s
influence. Follow-up sessions are forming a region- new Recycling Center.
al agenda. Other community kudos included new air
Other valuable partnerships extended outside service with direct flights to Chicago, Washington
U.S. boarders. Between trade missions, expositions and Cincinnati by United Express and Delta, the
and visiting dignitaries, the Chamber offered its world renowned Nicholas and Alexandra Exhibit, a
members opportunities to learn about doing busi- falling crime rate, a successful United Way cam-
ness in 16 countries including Chile, Costa Rica, paign and the ceremony launching the restoration
Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, France, Cuba, Canada, of the GM&O building.
Mexico and several African nations. Last year,
reports also pointed to Alabama as the leader in the And so…
Southeast for export increases. The energy that is driving Mobile is hitting warp
speed. And while many neighboring cities are
Envision Mobile-Baldwin looking for a strategic path, our area is already on
The area’s strategic plan, Envision Mobile- course. What’s ahead for the next 100 years? The
Baldwin, recruited two additional chairs from next 1000 years? No one really knows for sure but
Baldwin County. Daphne Mayor Harry Brown and predictions are that whatever it is, our community
County Commission President Frank Burt joined will continue to embrace opportunity as well as its
a force of 330 businesses and organizations challenges.
1999 Board Chairman, John Davis with Mobile Gas(right), 2000 Chair Dianne Irby with Irby
Strategic Services (center) and Annual Meeting speaker Dr. Price Pritchett.
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Annual Meeting Sponsors
Thanks to AmSouth, the keynote speaker
sponsor, and the 10 companies that sponsored the AmSouth has served the banking needs of a presence in Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, AmSouth employees are commited to building
Chamber’s Annual Meeting last month. With their Mobile area businesses and families for more than Kentucky and Virginia. AmSouth is a leader strong customer relationships by understanding
financial support, the Chamber was able to high- 130 years and has grown into the 20th largest among regional banks in the Southeast in several customers’ needs and then meeting those needs.
light 1999 accomplishments and bring Dr. Price banking institution in the nation. Headquartered key business segments, including consumer and
Pritchett, Pritchett and Associates Consulting, to in Alabama, the company has $43.54 billion in commercial banking, small business bank-
discuss work habits for the new millennium. assets and serves customers through approximate- ing, mortgage lending, equipment leasing,
Profiled below are the companies that sponsored ly 660 branch banking offices and 1,365 ATMs in annuity and mutal fund sales and trust asset
the Annual Meeting. Again, a special thanks goes to nine Southeastern states. management.
AmSouth Bank for underwriting Dr. Pritchett’s AmSouth has leading market positions in The company pioneered the “relation-
keynote address. Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Missisippi, and ship” banking concept in its markets and
ing or 50,000 per video), one platinum video and accounts, and a live, friendly response to callers 24 enterprise capable of acting in multiple roles. Broad
numerous awards and nominations. hours a day. and varied, the roles include developer or proper-
While Christian music has grown larger than ties, builder of single-family homes and condo-
jazz and classical, Integrity has become the yyyyy miniums, resort properties, manufactured homes
undisputed leader in “praise and worship” music, communities, apartments, warehouses and office
the fastest-growing segment of the Christian music buildings, real estate manager and advisor, investor,
industry. and provider of facilities management and support.
Alabama Power provides reliable, low-cost elec- Integrity Incorporated is looking to the 21st The Mitchell Company’s executive offices are
tricity to homes, businesses and industries in the century with a goal of being a total communica- located in Mobile with branch offices in Jackson
southern two-thirds of the state. The company’s 1.3 tions company – using music, software, video, print Planning for the future and growth are not new and Biloxi, Miss., Pensacola, Orlando and Ocala,
million customers enjoy electricity prices that are music and other media to enhance relationships experiences for Long’s. Founded in 1948 as a small Fla. and Orange Beach/Gulf Shores.
among the lowest in the nation. In fact, the average with the Father. private employment agency, it grew to a five-branch The Mitchell Group is comprised of the numer-
retail price is about the same as it was 10 years ago operation with 25 recruiters by the mid-1960s. ous divisions and companies including Island
while national electricity prices have risen 6 percent. yyyyy Considering the size of Mobile 39 years ago, this Vacations, Anchor Self-Storage Facilities, Mitchell
Alabama Power is prepared to meet competitive was no small accomplishment. Homes, Monticello Homes, Banyan Homes,
challenges as industry restructuring is taking place Today’s concepts of “strategic partners” and Magnolia Point Manufactured Home Communities
across the nation. Also, in a recent survey of 16 peer “employment skills training” fit neatly into Long’s and Mitchell Equities.
utilities, Alabama Power ranked no. 1 in customer five-year strategic plan that calls for complete
satisfaction. Company employees are continuously recruiting, assessment, training, management ser- yyyyy
working to put the customer first, cut costs and find vices and exit strategies for more than 500 clients
more efficient ways to do business, all of which help and hundreds of full-time staff in the office and Believing its strong commitment to the
keep prices low and customer service levels high. field. community is the key to this company’s long-term
Southern Company, the nation’s largest produc- In the summer of 1992, two riverboats destined Leading-edge concepts and services such as 100 success, NBC 15 News maintains it is the driving
er of electricity, owns Alabama Power and four to become the Isle of Capri Casino sailed in on a percent drug testing, a state-licensed computer force behind
other U.S. utilities including Georgia Power, Gulf wave of excitement. As the boats charted down the training facility, a national award-winning Safety everything they
Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric. Mississippi River into the waters of the Gulf of and Risk Program, and information technology do and is why
Other subsidiaries and affiliates include Southern Mexico, the people of Biloxi prepared for the arrival staffing have propelled Long’s into the local and they constantly
Company Services, Southern Energy Inc., Southern of the South’s first casinos. national spotlight on many occasions. strive to find
Nuclear Operating Company, Southern Company After only eight successful months of operation, By making large investments in equipment and new ways to
Energy Solutions, and Southern Communications the property, located on Biloxi’s historic Point Cadet, intellectual capital the company is positioned to serve the view-
Services (Southern LINC). introduced a new, state-of-the-art, multi-level gam- offer unique and exclusive training and placement ers.
ing pavilion. programs. A model for high technology firms, Covering the Coast from Mississippi through
yyyyy Today the Isle of Capri Casino Crowne Plaza Long’s Human Resource Services still delivers a per- Mobile to Florida with the best local news, sports
Bringing the convenience and mobility of wire- Resort has evolved into a full-service Caribbean style sonal touch to each client and employee. and weather. NBC 15 NEWS says if you watch, you
less voice paging and data communications to resort featuring a state-of-the-art casino, three sen- will see the difference in their team – Dave Straker,
more than 4.5 million customers in 17 states, GTE sational restaurants including Farradday’s serving yyyyy consumer watchdog; Sharron Melton, education
also markets wireless long distance and Internet dishes with an international flare and Calypso’s focus; Leon Petite, Baldwin County; Natalie Tysdal,
access service, allowing users to get a single Buffet, offering an all-you-care-to-eat selection with news anchor and host of Medical Milestones. Plus,
monthly statement fresh seafood, live entertainment and an award-win- NBC NEWS is proud to welcome Darwin Singleton
for all of their ning 370-room hotel with magnificent Gulf views. to its team. His “Here’s Darwin” segments have
wireless charges. The Isle of Capri is a leader in the dockside become a favorite of viewers up and down the
The GTE gaming industry. From the flagship casino in What separates a champion from the ordinary Gulf Coast.
Wireless service area Southern Mississippi, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., athlete and drives him or her to success? It is the NBC 15 NEWS also has teamed up with local
covers 73 metropoli- the company has expanded to Vicksburg and spirit of excellence. Clear Channel radio stations and the Mobile
tan statistical areas, Tunica, Miss., Bossier City and Lake Charles, La., Like the athlete, the spirit of excellence at Register to form the Gulf Coast Storm Alert
three major trading areas (MTAs) and 53 rural ser- Black Hawk, Colo., as well as a cruise ship, the EnergySouth starts long before the competition Network. When a hurricane threatens the Gulf
vice areas (RSAs), bringing wireless communica- Enchanted Capri, sailing out of the Port of New begins. It starts with preparation – understanding Coast, Meteorologist David Glenn and the
tions to more than 61 million people. Orleans. our customers’ needs, formulating a plan, and unequalled resources of the Gulf Coast Storm Alert
During 2000, GTE Wireless will continue the grasping those opportunities that will make us a team go to work for you.
transition of its digital-ready networks to full digital yyyyy stronger force in the next millennium.
capacity, and has selected Code Division Multiple The company builds on this tradition of excel- yyyyy
Access (CDMA), which provides enhanced voice lence every day by enhancing customer service,
quality, features, privacy and increased network developing new business opportunities, introducing
capacity. Headquartered in West Point, Georgia, ITC- innovative engineering designs, and improving our
Constant linking all GTE Wireless activities is DeltaCom provides integrated telecommunications product for the customer.
the commitment of its more than 9,300 employees, services to mid-size and major regional providers From the executive team to the crews in the Established in 1953 by Vester J. Thompson Jr.,
who also work to provide excellent customer service of wholesale, long-haul services to other communi- field, building on a tradition of excellence means and purchased as an Employee Stock Ownership
and simple, easy-to-use solutions to America’s wire- cations companies. creating greater value for customers and sharehold- Program (ESOP) in 1996, Thompson Engineering
less communications needs. The Company’s business communication ers. It means blending the company’s history of is a full-service engineering consulting and design
services include local exchange service, long dis- superb craftsmanship with the new technologies of firm. Its staff totals approximately 200 people in
yyyyy tance, enhanced data, Internet, operator services, today, and meeting, and even exceeding what our five offices throughout Alabama and Mississippi.
and the sale and maintenance of customer premise customers expect from us. In its 47-year history, Thompson Engineering
equipment. The company operates 22 branch At Energy South, building on a tradition of has assisted in the development of the Mobile-
locations in eight states, and its 10-state, 6,970-mile excellence is the key to the future, and as we build Baldwin commercial, residential and industrial
fiber optic network reaches more than 70 points of on that tradition, we will unlock all the possibilities. growth.
presence. As an employee-owned company and a
The company has an interconnection agree- yyyyy community stakeholder, Thompson Engineering
ment with BellSouth Corporation for resale and promotes and operates within the principles of
“Helping people worldwide experience the access to unbundled network elements, and is a “Sustainable Development” and hope to affect the
manifest presence of God.” That’s been the idea certified Competitive Local Exchange Carrier engineering and environmental standards by which
behind everything at Integrity Incorporated. Since (CLEC) in all nine BellSouth states. they will mange the growth of the Mobile-Baldwin
its inception in 1987, Integrity has become one of Chamber members using ITC-DeltaCom enjoy area in the next millennium.
the industry’s biggest success stories with sales over exclusive discounts offered only to members of pro- The company’s supporting philosophy is to
40 million units, international distribution to over fessional/trade associations that endorse ITC- For the past five decades, The Mitchell Group provide the highest value in services to its clients,
140 countries and subsidiary offices in Europe, DeltaCom. has been a unique catalyst in the dynamically create career opportunities for employees, and to be
Australia and Singapore. ITC-DeltaCom was selected based on competitive expanding real estate market of the Sunbelt. an active leader in the Mobile-Baldwin community.
Integrity has also seen 16 of its albums or pricing, as well as its commitment to personalized Recognized throughout the region for its vast expe-
videos certified “gold” by the Recording industry customer service, simplicity of billing statements, rience and active development history, The Mitchell
Association of America (sales of 500,000 per record- unique ability to customize business long distance Company has become known as a one-of-a-kind
FEBRUARY Page 9
The Chamber At
Work For You
A Place Called Home
Under the Envision Mobile-Baldwin strategic Fish for Food
FYI What if…?
plan, volunteers met and discussed ways to provide A new partnership between the state and private A recent study revealed that heavy computer
more affordable housing. The group is collaborat-
enterprises will provide more food to less fortunate users from both the public and private sectors are
ing on a housing fair that will be held in April
where financial institutions and affordable hous- people. The Fish for Food program recently ill-equipped to handle a general technology
ing agencies can educate potential homeowners. announced by Gov. Don Siegelman will have the disruption and are “woefully inadequate” in
help of the Alabama Seafood Association and its their recovery plans should Internet-based
Possibilities members along with gill-net fishermen, the Marine applications fail.
On behalf of the Mobile County School System, Mobile In Numbers Resources Division of the state department of The 1999 Vulnerability Index®
the Chamber convened a planning group to evalu- The Chamber’s Research Dept. staff begin Conservation and Natural Resources and various surveyed 200 U.S. organizations to
ate the possibility of a joint school system-business compiling 1999 statistics. Many of the statistics will seafood processors. determine how prepared they are
partnership that would create a technical magnet be found in the upcoming 1999 Annual Report. Under the newly created program, mullet in the event that computer
high school. The program would provide students For more information contact Ginny Morris, which is not currently utilized will be processed systems, critical data and
with training opportunities that would fit the needs 431-8656. into skinless, boneless filets and packaged to be applications are shutdown.
of local businesses. distributed under the new program. Sponsored by
The Leading Edge Local company’s participating are Bryant Comdisco, BellSouth and
Exploring Partnerships Recently plans were made to update and
Products, P.J.’s Seafood, Captain Jackie’s, Southern Oracle, the study indicates that despite the explosive
Looking for more opportunities to partner with publish a 2000 edition of The Leading Edge:
the South Regions Minority Business Council, A Directory of Minority Leaders. In 1998, the Fish and Oysters and Safe Harbor Seafood. growth of Internet business applications, only 30
Chamber staff met with the organization’s Chamber offered the first directory that identifies percent of organizations have recovery programs in
executive director. The Council works to promote minority leaders willing to serve on committees Dig Yourself Out place for their Internet applications, and a little
and assist minority-owned businesses. and boards. If you ever said, “I’m too busy to get orga- over half, 54 percent, have instituted plans for their
nized,” or just needed a reason to stay motivated in overall network.
your New Year’s resolution to be more organized – Other key findings include:
Account Executive Team then take note. Don Wetmore of the Productivity
Institute claims that a person who works with a
messy desk spends on average, 1 1/2 hours per day
• 30 percent don’t have any business continuity
plans in place;
Recruits Julie Carter looking for things. That's 7 1/2 hours per week.
Source: Harold Taylor Time Consultants Inc., (416) 491-0777,
• 50 percent have applications that require 99
percent or greater availability;
Julie Carter recently Hertz Reservation Center.” Harold@TaylorOnTime. com.
• 13 percent do nothing to ensure that level
joined the Chamber’s member- “My job will be to get the of availability;
ship team. She is an account word out about what the Retail Sales Up, Wholesale
executive and will assist in Chamber does and what it • Nearly one in four Local Area Networks
recruiting new members along can do for your business,”
Prices Steady is completely vulnerable to disaster or
– this seems to be the consistent formula for a disruption; and
with helping existing members she added.
get involved in the organiza- One thing that will make healthy national economy. On Jan. 14 USA Today
released adjusted figures from the Commerce • 64 percent don’t have an effective plan to
tion. Carter successful is that she
The Mobile native says already believes in what the Department showing shoppers spent $259.6 billion protect Wide Area Networks.
she’s happy to be on board at Chamber is doing, said in December, along with the Labor Department’s
the Chamber. “I love what the Carolyn Golson, the “glacial 0.9 percent” increase in producer prices for
Chamber is doing for Mobile. Chamber’s vice president of finished goods (excludes food and energy costs).
Most people have no idea how membership. “Her enthusi- Many financial gurus are anticipating another
the Chamber works to improve
our area’s education and quality of life. I’m not
asm and personality will
blend well with our team.”
increase in interest rates this month and predict Out Our New
that when the Federal Reserve meets again on
even sure if most people understand the true
impact of a new job announcement like the
You can reach Carter by calling 431-8647 or
by her pager, 582-1899.
March 21 rates will rise again in efforts of slowing Year’s Special
down the economy.
Large one bedroom with
Alabama Gets ADA washer/dryer connections.
2000 Membership Directory Out Soon Based in Atlanta, the Southeast Disability and Regularly $515-525
The finishing touches have been completed on the 2000 Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business Technical Assistance Center has a helpline for only $450.00
Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide. The awaited annual publication is scheduled to be and materials to inform people and businesses Limited Time - Select Units
mailed this month. about the American With Disabilities Act (ADA),
The directory and addendum, in addition to an alphabetical listing and classified section of the
2,500 Chamber members (as of December 1999), includes statistical and historical information
passed in 1990.
To contact the organization for assistance call 1-
about the area.
It is produced locally by printers, writers, artists and photographersand is supported by
800-942-4232 or write to the Center at 490 Tenth St.,
Atlanta, Ga. 30318. There is an area representative
advertisements from Chamber members.
Special thanks to the companies that contributed to the directory’s production – International
for Alabama, P.J. Magik, who can be reached at 633-2233
Paper, S.D. Warren Company, Tom Mason Communications, Interstate Printing and member
One copy of the directory is free to Chamber member companies. Additional copies are available
for $10 to members and $30 to non-members. For information on ordering a directory or next METZGER’S
year’s advertising opportunities, call Karen Turner at 431-8638. is your source for
Comparative Economic Indicators M ARDI
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Net Risk Management
Gain: COMING IN MARCH
and Injury Prevention
Seminar March Envision March March
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Place: Chamber McGowin Room
Cost: $15, includes lunch
Call: Brenda Rembart at 431-8607
Time: 8 - 10 a.m. Time: 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Place: Daphne Civic Center (Hwy. 98) Place: 5558 Old Shell Rd. Place: Chamber McGowin Room
February Cost: $7, includes breakfast Cost: $2 for members, $5 for potential members Cost: $5, includes lunch
Call: Angela Erwin at 431-8621
Sponsored by: AlTel Communications,
Creanova, Mobile Gas, Prior Energy, Saunders
Co-Sponsored by: Cadence 120 Bicycle Works
and Broadway Bagels
Call: Karen Turner at 431-8638
Sponsored by: Professional Sales Recruiters
Engine Co., Thames Batre et. al Insurance
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Place: 851 S. Beltline Hwy.
(Atrium of Union Planters Bank Bldg.)
Cost: $2 for members, $5 for potential members
Sponsored by: DIGIPH PCS Net Gain: Health Risk
Management and Injury Prevention
Corporate America is facing profit losses due to
Business After Hours escalating health care costs and worker’s compensation
claims. This Health Risk Management and Injury
Come enjoy a relaxing evening of networking with complimentary hors d’oeuvres at Prevention seminar on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m.
February’s Business After Hours on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Atrium of – 12:30 p.m. in the Chamber McGowin Room, focuses
Union Planters Bank, 851 S. Beltine Hwy. sponsored by DIGIPH PCS. Take advantage of this on health and safety issues shared by business owners,
great opportunity to introduce yourself to business contacts. Bring your executive management, human resource and benefits
business cards to share among the crowd. managers and corporate safety directors. The speaker,
Reservations are not nec- C. Vincent Niette is president of Corpora-Fit Inc., a
essary. The cost for members Mobile based company. Come learn ways to maintain
is $2 and $5 for potential the health and safety of your employee workforce, and
members. thus reduce health risk problems and work-related injuries that can make a difference in the financial
success of your company.
The cost to attend this seminar is $15 and includes lunch. Call Brenda Rembert at 431-8607 for
Outlining the Future 7th Annual
x Annual State of the City and County luncheon
set for March 29
Curious about the prospective cruise ship
terminal? What have you heard lately about road
event also provides an opportunity to ask questions
of local leaders.
improvements? It seems like every day there’s news Agenda topics will include updates on such Friday, March 31 8:30 a.m.
about a project or improvement needed in Mobile. projects as the Water Street cruise terminal,
Even after announcements are made, it’s some- economic development and environmental issues,
times months infrastructure improvements as well as exciting TimberCreek Golf Course
before upcoming plans. Hole sponsorships $800
progress is This year’s event is sponsored by Alabama
visible. Power Company, Compass Bank, The Cronus Individual tickets $150
Well here’s Group, IPSCO, Mitchell Company, Mitsubishi (includes green fees, cart fees, continental breakfast,
a chance to Polysilicon, rangeballs, tee favors, complimentary beverages
hear first Mobile Gas, and post-tournament reception)
hand the Prudential
answers to Sercurities, Prizes include:
these ques- TC Broome
tions and Construction
1st, 2nd & 3rd place
more from Company and Closest to the pin
Mobile Mayor Whitney Bank. Longest drive
Mike Dow Mayor Mike Dow With the
and County generosity of
Commission President Sam Jones at the 2000 corporate
State of the City and County sponsors, ticket
luncheon. The annual event, hosted prices are held
by the Chamber is set for Wednesday, March 29 at County Commision President to $10 per per-
the Mobile Convention Center from noon until Sam Jones son. The event
1:30 p.m. is usually a
Offering both an interesting recap of what's sell-out, so make your reservation early by calling
happened in the area last year and a rare opportu- the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Department at
nity to hear forecasts about future projects, the 431-8612.
And great door prizes
Awards Ceremony Sponsored by Cock of the Walk
For more information on sponsorships and tickets, call Karen
Turner in the Chamber’s Membership Department at 431-8638.
Sign up to play, this tournament sells out quickly!
FEBRUARY Page 11
The story of civil rights pioneer John LeFlore
If you know of a company interested in
benefitting from Chamber membership,
please contact our account executives:
• Melody Lipscomb at 431-8627/pgr: 371-9634
MEMBER NEWS gained national attention when a recent
documentary about him earned a regional Emmy
Award. The one-hour documentary was produced at
LeFlore High School’s Television Production
Center by John Beebee, Davy Cook and several
• Julie Carter at 431-8647/pgr: 582-1899 Bishop State Community College has a new
students. The program aired last summer of
• Tom Lewis at 431-8629/pgr: 582-2076 Small Business Resource Library that can help Alabama Public Television.
BUSINESS individuals research how to start a business. y
Located in the Minority Technology and Employees of Data Services & Systems
Entrepreneurial Center on the Main campus at received certifications in Peachtree Accounting
351 N. Broad St., the library is open from 8 a.m – software: David Black Chaffe, Peachtree 2000,
4 p.m. For more information, contact Lorie Peachtree Complete and Peachtree Office; Vidmer
Bodiford’s Automotive Service Inc. relocated Sanders at 690-6938. Greer Benbow CPA, Peachtree Complete
its import repair service facility to 7064 Airport Accounting for DOS, version 11; and Melissa
Dr. William E. Barrick is the new executive Blvd., at the intersection of Airport and Cody Rd. James and John Bayer, Peachtree Complete for
director of Bellingrath Gardens. Previously, he was Call 341-5020. Windows, release 7.0. In addition, Alex Frezell
with Callaway Gardens in Georgia. y holds certification in MicroSoft, Windows ’95, ’98,
y The Alabama Heathcare Council (AHC) is now 2000 Artisoft and 3COM.
Whitney Bank recently offering United Heathcare Coverage as an option y
announced the promotion for members. In addition, AHC created a heath Mobile Infirmary Medical Center announced Molly Taylor, with ERA Marie McConnell
of Patrick B. Ladd to care insurance option to address the needs of small the annual winners of its Ernest G. DeBakey Realty, completed the Accredited Buyers
assistant vice president. businesses. For more information, call 205-995- awards. They are: Anita Hubbard RN; Ashley Glen Representation course offered by the National
Before this advancement, 9922. RN; Dorothy Carter Smith, instrument technician; Association of Realtors, and earned her ABR
he was a private banking y Demitrin Eric Palmer, operating room technician; designation.
officer with the bank. QMS teamed up with IBM, which will provide and Mary Stewart Roberds Stephens, divisional In other news, Dana Scott, owner/broker of
Ladd warranty and service support for QMS/Minolta secretary. Winners were selected by Surgery ERA Marie McConnell Realty, was awarded the
y printers. The new agreement is the latest step in Department employees, and demonstrated 1999 David D. Roberts Memorial Scholarship Award
Charles F. Burns was QMS’ strategy to focus on channel distribution and exemplary responsiveness to patient/family needs, for exceptional service to the real estate industry
appointed to vice president technology development. professionalism and a positive attitude. and to the Mobile community.
of marketing and business y Also, Curtis M. Graf MD was elected president y
development for Strachan ERA Marie McConnell Realty was recently of the Infirmary’s medical staff. Other elected Thomas Hospital received the Green Award
Shipping Agency. Burns named co-principal broker for Cendant Mobility for officers were: G. Douglas Hungerford MD, from Mobile United’s Natural Resources and
will be headquartered in the the greater Mobile area. More than 300 real estate president-elect, and J. Donald Kirby MD, secretary- Conservation Committee. The hospital earned the
Northeast and will focus on transactions occurred through Cendant Mobility in treasurer. award by restoring the abandoned Wal-Mart to
Strachan’s countrywide this area last year. Rich Beauchamp will oversee More good news at the Infirmary, it was recently develop a medical center.
Burns non-liner activities. the program. granted accreditation by the American Association
y of Blood Banks.
Angela L. Gardner was promoted to assistant
vice president and regional training manager at George K. “Chip” Noland Jr., Noland
Regions Bank. She joined the bank in 1981 and Construction Company, was named “1999
prior to her regional training assignment, she was a Remodeler of the Year” by the Home Builders
customer service representative. Association of Metro Mobile. Noland was cited for
y his successful effort to increase the professionalism
of the remodeling industry and contributing to On Feb. 20, Raymond Dobard, co-author of
Remedy Intelligent Staffing reported the Spring Hill College has launched a corporate Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story About
addition of Shelly Middleton as staffing manager. fund-raising effort to enhance scholarship opportu- increased consumer education and protection. It
was also noted that under his guidance as the asso- Quilts and The Underground Railroad will speak
She will be responsible for recruiting, employee nities for students in the Gulf Coast area. Led by at the Mobile Museum of Art’s downtown gallery.
staffing and client services. Middleton recently John Lewis, Lewis Communications, the college is ciation’s president, the local council had become
the largest in the U.S. His book describes how quilts were hung on
worked on fundraising campaigns with the Mobile aiming for a $25,000 goal. Call Karen Edwards at clotheslines along the path to freedom, and used as
Area Chamber and the Mobile Area Education 414-3205 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. y
The Substitute Teacher Training program at coded instructions giving direction for safe passage.
Foundation. y The public is invited to bring in quilts for Dobard
y Ground breaking ceremonies marked the start Arlington Staff Development is receiving national
recognition in the March issue of Cable in the to evaluate from 3 – 5 p.m.
Sullivan-St. Clair Advertising/Public Relations of a Live Oak Instructional Laboratory at the Bryant An exhibit featuring 25 contemporary African-
announced the addition of Traci Schexnayder as Career Technical Center. A $6,075 federal grant Classroom, a periodical sent to school districts
through the United States. American craft artists is currently on display at the
senior art director. Previously, she was an art will fund the building of a greenhouse where stu- downtown gallery through March 26.
director with TLW dents will grow live oaks for the Mobile
Productions in New Orleans community.
and Mezzina-Brown in New y
York. Also announced are The Ronald McDonald House of Mobile was
the promotions of Ronda awarded a $150,000 “Challenge Grant” from The
Burns to Senior Art Director, Kresge Foundation to assist in the completion of its
and Willie Waite to traffic $2.3 million capital campaign. Call Brian Hartzell
coordinator. at 694-6873 for more information.
Applications for aviation technology
scholarships are due by March 15. The J.L. Bedsole
Burns Waite Foundation developed the program for Southwest
Alabama students pursuing an Associate in Applied
y Science degree in Airframe and Powerplant
Roberts Brothers added several new agents to Technology through Wallace Community College
its real estate team: Becky Edwards and Tina Aviation Center in Mobile. For more information
Summers joined the Airport Square branch; Joe about available scholarships, contact Meghan
McDonald and Joel I. Tanner joined the Dauphin Stacey, 432-1134.
Square branch; and Van Pham joined the Cottage y
Hill West branch. Last month we printed an incorrect e-mail
y address for Patricia Wheat at EAP Lifestyle
Dale Chappell joined the sales team at Management. To contact the company call
RE/MAX Real Estate Partners in Mobile. He has 344-5843, 1-800-788-2077 or e-mail
been active in the Mobile real estate market for EAPLfstyl@aol.com.
several years. y
y For a free copy of the updated and expanded
William J. Bose MD joined the Orthopaedic Alabama Vacation Guide call 1-800-ALABAMA.
Group PC. Bose graduated from the Louisiana y
State University of Medicine and served his Professional Sales Recruiters Inc. is the new
internship and residency at the University of South name of the company formerly known as
Alabama (USA). He is also an assistant professor in Professional Sales Consultants. Contact Patsy Case
the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery at USA. at 461-0708 or visit the company web site at www.
y prosalesrecruiters.com for career opportunities.
The Warranty Group announced the y
promotion of Claude Thompson to executive vice The Gulf Coast Exploreum announced new
president and chief operations officer. He started Saturday hours, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The
with the company in 1996. Museum is open Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. –
5 p.m. and on Friday is open until 9 p.m. Sunday
hours are noon to 5 p.m.