Monthly Newsletter

Volume 17 Issue 2

February 2017

The Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner was January 17, 2017 at Central High School. Three Leadership Awards were given at the event. Pictured above are Tony Taylor, board chairman, Troy University’s Dr. David White, who received the Chairman’s Award for Business of the Year, United Way’s Chandra Wright, who received the Mary Jane Riley Award Young leader of the Year Award, and CB&T of  East Alabama’s Wade Burford, who received the Lowe Award Individual Leader of the Year.

Phenix City – Russell County

Chamber of Commerce

2017 Leadership Awards


Chairman’s Award – Business of the Year  – Recipient – Troy University, David White

Chosen by the outgoing and incoming Chamber board Chairpersons.

A business/enterprise that has positively impacted our East Alabama communities, and region, by actions taken for the betterment of all through investment in the community, a leader of initiatives, actions taken within their business/enterprise to promote a positive environment and/or support of community needs or other initiatives and stances deemed worthy of recognition.

The Mary Jane Riley AwardYoung Leader of the Year – Recipient – Chandra Wright

Chosen by the Executive Committee of the Chamber.

Someone, through their engagement in our communities, who has demonstrated leadership resulting in a higher degree of inclusion, influence and impact for the good of our communities and all citizens, through their time, talent and treasure.  The recipient’s age is within the requirements of the Emerging Leaders organization membership (under 45) and has assisted in elevating the presence and impact of our community’s younger citizens.

Award named in honor of Mary Jane Riley who taught, mentored and molded thousands of future leaders of our community through her forty year association with the Phenix City School system as a teacher, counselor and leader; and her involvement, leadership and sacrifice in many positive community enterprises to include Relay for Life, Rotary Club, Exchange Club, Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, and Summerville Baptist Church to name a few.

The Lowe AwardIndividual Leader of the Year – Recipient –  Wade Burford

Chosen by the Executive Committee of the Chamber.  Not necessarily given each year but awarded when deemed of merit.

Someone who has reflected unselfish humanitarian service and leadership, having promoted or lead positive initiatives, taken stands on issues for the betterment of our communities, and/or through their leadership role made a significant impact through personal, business or professional achievement. Someone who has helped build a community atmosphere for diversity, inclusion, growth and opportunity for all.

Award named in honor of the James & Betty Lowe Sr family. Children—James Lowe Jr, Woodrow Lowe, Betty Jean Lowe, Eddie Lowe, Helen Lowe Thibodeaux & Elizabeth Lowe Fontenette. A family who, through belief in enduring principles, have served their communities, state and nation in educational, political, business, sports and spiritual realms, representing Phenix City in a positive fashion and impacting myriad people through their example and servant leadership to others.

By Tyania Freeney

Are you looking for a quick, hustle-free way to access information about what’s happening in your city? The Phenix City Russell County Chamber of Commerce has recently released a mobile app for the people of Russell County and Phenix City. The app, which is designed to provide information about local businesses and upcoming events, may prove to be a more convenient way for citizens to stay in-the-know about what is going on with their local businesses. Since  it was founded in 1938, the chamber has had an important role in the community.

According to president of the chamber, Victor Cross, “The chamber is a pro business organization made up of businesses, industries, professionals and individuals who want to work together to make Russell County and Phenix City a much better place to live, work and play!”

It maintains its funding through memberships, charitable donations, fund-raising and contractual work so that it is able to provide plenty of opportunities for members. Currently, the organization has more than 400 Chamber members Because of the chamber, businesses can promote themselves and their events while getting important information to consumers.

It creates a networking circle that grows as citizens get involved in their city. The chamber ensures that Members are given plenty of opportunities to meet together. Every Tuesday, the Chamber hosts a Networking event that helps members build connections with other business leaders. They also host an event called Biscuits and Business the first and second month in each quarter. These events can be found on the app as well as on the Website, ( which has been improved so that it is more user friendly.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to download the app. It only takes a few seconds to do so and it is beneficial to stay connected! The Russell County citizens are also encouraged to get involved with the Chamber.

The organization would especially benefit from those who own their own business and would like a place to promote it and experience potential growth! Those who wish to be a part of the Chamber may do so by calling (334) 298-3639 or by going to the Web site, (, to sign up.

 2017 Executive Committee

Tony Taylor, Chair

Kerry Pope, Chair-Elect

David White, Vice Chair

Brindlea Griffin, Treasurer

Wade Burford, Past Chair

Victor W. Cross, President

Mission Statement

To form a connection among business, industry, government and education that fosters the cultural, economic and educational development of our community.


We will focus on the needs of our members and find ways to provide services and benefits that are cost-effective, beneficial and convenient. We will provide responsive, proactive leadership for our region.

February Meeting Schedule

Networking Program: February 7, 14, 21, & 28 – 8:00 a.m.; American Legion Post – 135

Biscuits and Business; February 8 – 7:30 a.m., Phenix City Board of Realtors

Executive Committee; February 23 – 11:00 a. m. PC/RC Chamber

Chamber Board Meeting; February 25 – 12:00 Noon, PC/RC Chamber

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