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  • Ambassador Committee

    Assists in the recruitment and retention of members to serve Chamber members through enhancing member-networking opportunities and to promote activities and events that feature member firms and to give recognition to worthy recipients.
    Chair: Dianne Lowe, Hampton Inn & Suites

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    Christmas Parade Committee

    Purpose is to plan the annual Opelika Chamber Christmas Parade held annually the second Saturday in December at 10 am in downtown Opelika.
    Chair: Ben Blackburn, Opelika Police Department

    Economic Development Committee

    Purpose is to assist City of Opelika in retail development, to insure City of Opelika Contract is implemented properly and to plan the triannual Plant Managers Round Tables.
    Chair:  Todd Shackett, Baxter International

    Education Committee

    Purpose is to provide or facilitate educational programs of interest for membership, to inform the membership on member benefits and services and to assist in advancing workforce development.
    Chair:  Al Davis, East Alabama Workforce Investment Network, Region 8

    Executive Committee

    Purpose is to act on behalf of the Board of Directors when the Board is not in session but to be accountable to the Board for its actions and to oversee the Executive Director.
    Chair:  Bill Trant, Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory

    Governmental Affairs Committee

    Purpose is to be a conduit to local, state and national government officials, function as a research and review committee on issues affecting the business and/or industry in our community, and recommend proposals, positions and solutions on issues of interest for  the Board for review and action.
    Chair: Ronnie Wilson, BancorpSouth

    Finance Committee

    Purpose is to assist in preparation of the annual Chamber operating budget, provides advice on capital improvements, assists in Chamber Executive Annual Review, to provide advice on City of Opelika Contract, to assist in raising funds for the Opelika Chamber of Commerce.
    Chair: Shey Knight, Autosport

    Nominating Committee

    Purpose is to select and present qualified candidates for the Opelika Chamber Board of Directors
    Chair:  Bill Trant, Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory

    Public Relations Committee

    Purpose is to review effectiveness of Chamber publications and to insure proper distribution of Chamber publications.
    Chair:  Bill Price, First Realty

    Recognition Commitee

    Purpose is to review and selectmembers for  awards throughout the year based on submissions from the Membership.
    Chair:  Janie Corlee, Lyons HR

    Small Business Committee

    Purpose is to support and focus on the needs of the small business community by generating new business opportunities and solutions for the common challenges facing this group today and to strive to provide opportunities to create new relationships, generate exposure and develop a strong network of partners to servce the largest segment of member companies.
    Chair:  Jeff Jerkins, Bubba's Medicine Shop

    If you are interested in joining an Opelika Chamber of Commerce committee, contact the chamber at coc@opelikachamber.com

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