Greater Shelby Chamber reflects on past year

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce reflected on the past year while welcoming new leaders to its ranks Jan. 26 during its annual membership luncheon at the Pelham Civic Complex.

During the lunch, chamber officials honored those who worked to benefit Shelby County in 2010.

“I would like to personally thank Wendy Sandlin, who is our membership director,” said Terri Gualano, chairperson of the GSCC board of directors. “Wendy added 180 new members in 2010, setting a record for new membership.

“I really want to thank all the chamber members for the past year,” she added.

Gualano also praised outgoing board member Joe Meads, who worked with the chamber’s transportation committee during his time on the board.

“We appreciate his service to the board,” Gualano said as she presented Meads with an engraved clock. “He has done a tremendous amount of work, especially in the area of transportation.

“We hope he will continue to be involved,” she added. “We may just get a solution to 280 yet.”

During the luncheon, the chamber also introduced its 2011 board of directors. This year’s board members included Gualano, Keith Barfield, Chris Bottcher, Tim Bowen, Keith Brown, Ken Collier, Trent Cotton, Dave Davis and Jim Garner.

Phillip Heard, Silvia Hoyos, Bill Keller, Vivian Johnson, Lisa McMahon, David Nolen, Elizabeth Roland, Joe Sullivan, April Weaver and Tim Prince rounded out the list.

“Being involved in the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is one of the best ways to market your business,” Gualano said. “We look forward to building a network of opportunity for you in 2011.”