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                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                        2000 Board
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
                                                                                                                         other sign and printing companies worldwide.

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                                                                                                                                                                Featured Profiles
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
naire for this year’s census will arrive in the mail    confidential. For additional information about            bags, sales bulletins and other               president and CEO of
April 1. People who answer the census help their        Census 2000 visit the Census Bureau’s                     communications.                                                              Henry R. Seawell III
                                                                                                                                                                TCO’s principal subsidiary,
communities obtain state and federal funding, as        Internet site at www.census.gov.                                                                        Thompson Engineering, an employee-owned
well as provide valuable information for planning                                                               • Place census messages in your company         company of more than 175 engineers, scientists and
schools, hospitals and roads.                                                                                     newsletter and in payroll envelopes.          technicians. This multi-disciplinary service group is
     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
es, retail shops, manufacturing centers and                                                                       census and remind them when it’s time         graduate degrees in civil engineering at Auburn
distribution points. This information is needed to                                                                to fill out their forms or open their doors   University. He has authored numerous technical
evaluate potential markets and analyze labor                                                                      to census workers.                            publications for national distribution, and currently
markets, using data on age, occupation, education                                                                                                               serves on Auburn University’s Technical Advisory
                                                                                                                • Post recruitment and promotion                Board and many trade associations and civic
and transportation.                                                                                               materials in your place of business.          organizations.
                                                                                                                  Interested job applicants should call                                          Michael Coleman is
                                                                                                                  1-888-325-7733.                                                            president, CEO and
                                                                                                                                                                                             co-founder of Integrity
                                                                                                                • Use reproducible inserts and drop-in                                       Incorporated, the largest
                                                                                                                  articles that the Census Bureau can                                        publicly-traded Christian
                                                                                                                  supply. Call 404-331-0573.                                                 music company in the
                                                                                                                                                                                             United States. Integrity
                                                                                                                • Sponsor community events to promote                                        Incorporated sells its
                                                                                                                  participation in the census.                                               products in over 140
                                                                                                                                                                                             nations through its own
                                                                                                                • Put Census 2000 on the agenda at                 Michael Coleman international subsidiaries
                                                                                                                  annual meetings, conventions and                                         and licensed distributors.
                                                                                                                  professional conferences.                     It has international offices in England, Australia and
                                                                                                                                                                Singapore. The company was founded in 1987, and
                                                                                                                • Contact your city’s or county’s Complete      employs approximately 120 individuals at its Mobile
                                                                                                                  Count Committee and get involved in           headquarters. Integrity Incorporated is a leading
                                                                                                                  local activities to promote the census.       producer and publisher of Christian music including
                                                                                                                                                                praise and worship, children’s music and gospel.

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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
                                         are absolutely
                                         astounding in
                                                                          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.”
                                                                                                                                                                             Pritchett’s Challenge
                                                                          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
                                                                                          Darden Enterprises

                                                                                          Carmen Brown
                                                                                                                                    Catherine Korte
                                                                                                                                    Mobile Gas Service Corp.

                                                                                                                                    Jayne Meaut
      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
Glendale-Minge Florist
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 ___________________________________
           Address ______________________________________________________________________________________
           City ____________________________________________ State _______________ Zip ___________________
           Phone __________________________________________ Fax _________________________________________
           ________ $80 PREPAID (Payment postmarked by March 14)
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        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
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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-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cimarron Ridge
   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
                                                                                                                 (205) 387-0159.
   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
                     November ’99 vs November ’98

                                                                        4.2% November ’99
                                                                        3.6% November ’98

                                                                          240 November ’99
                                                                                                                                                                                           A reasonable
                                                                                                                                                                                           investment in fine
                                                                                                                                                                                           tails and accessories expertly
   Licenses                                                               168 November ’98                                                                                                 tailored for a perfect fit means
                                                                                                                                                                                           years of enjoyment on many
                                                                                                                                                                                           special occasions.
                                                                          331 November ’99
   Homes Sold
                                                                          307 November ’98

                                                                                                                                       (334) 342 -6336
   Air Passengers                                                    30,845 November ’99
   From Mobile                                                       28,996 November ’98
                                                                                                                              3704 Dauphin St. at I-65
                                                                                                                          Monday -Saturday 9:30 to 6:00                 METZGER’S
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                                                               CALENDAR VIEW
                Net Risk Management
                       Gain:                                COMING IN MARCH
  17            Health
                and Injury Prevention
                Seminar                                   March         Envision                                  March                                                  March
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Place: Chamber McGowin Room
Cost: $15, includes lunch
                                                           1            Mobile-Baldwin
                                                                        Annual Meeting
                                                                                                                   3            First
                                                                                                                                                                       24              Marketing
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

 24             Business
                After Hours
                                                       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
                                                                                                                reservations today.

Celebrating Success,
Outlining the Future                                                                                                                  7th Annual
x Annual State of the City and County luncheon
set for March 29
                                                                                                                           Spring Golf
    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!
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                                                                                                                                                                            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

      WHOw EW?
                                                                                                                Located in the Minority Technology and                      Employees of Data Services & Systems
                                                                                                                Entrepreneurial Center on the Main campus at            received certifications in Peachtree Accounting
         ’S N
                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                      WELL DONE!
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
                                                                                                                                                                                  FOR YOUR
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
                                                          COMMUNITY NEWS
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 kedwards@shc.edu.                                              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.

                                                             NEED wKNOW
                                                             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.

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