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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.  This Committee meets monthly.
    Chair: Dianne Lowe, Home2 Suites

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    Christmas Parade Committee

    Purpose is to plan the annual Opelika Chamber Christmas Parade held annually in December at 10 am in downtown Opelika.  The 2017 Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2.  The Committee meets as needed.
    Co-Chair: Ben Blackburn, Opelika Police Department
    Co-Chair:  John Story, S & S Termite and Pest Control, LLC

    Education Committee

    Purpose is to provide or facilitate seminars and workshops that interest the membership, to assist in advancing workforce development, and to oversee the leadership programs of the Chamber.  This Committee meets quarterly.
    Co-Chair:  Al Davis, Southern Union State Community College
    Co-Chair:  Brandon Morgan

    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 President.
    Chair:  Shey Knight, Autosport

    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. This Committee meets quarterly.
    Co-Chair: Jerry Ray, Southern Insurance Company
    Co-Chair: Chris Jane, Comfort Keepers

    Membership Committee

    Purpose is to ensure that members are aware of their benefits and services and that they're hearing from us.  Other considerations are to consider new ways of reaching out or discussing new benefits to offer.  Identifying target groups, reaching out and contacting non-renewals are other specific tasks.
    Co-Chair: Brandon Morgan
    Co-Chair: Malcolm Marshall, McDonald's

    Nominating Committee

    Purpose is to select and present qualified candidates for the Opelika Chamber Board of Directors
    Chair:  Shey Knight, Autosport

    Public Relations Committee

    Purpose is to review effectiveness of Chamber publications and to insure proper distribution of Chamber publications.  This Committee meets quarterly.
    Co-Chair:  Carlton Hunley, IV, Lambert Transfer & Storgage
    Co-Chair:  Bill Loosier, Edward Jones

    Recognition Commitee

    Purpose is to review and selectmembers for  awards throughout the year based on submissions from the Membership.
    Chair:  Brooke Kastner, Auburn Opelika Marriott at Grand National

    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.
    Co-Chair:  Jeff Jerkins, Bubba's Medicine Shop
    Co-Chair:  John Story, S & S Termite & Pest Control, LLC

    Women's Business Council

    Purpose is to plan and review activites for this newly formed group.  This committee will also plan for speakers and learn what the members want and need.
    Co-Chair: Brooke Kastner, Marriott at Grand National
    Co-Chair: Dianne Lowe, Home2 Suites

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

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