Blake McAnally honored with Chamber’s Citizen of the Year award at Annual Meeting
On Thursday, Blake McAnally of Decatur was presented the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Miss Athelyne C. Banks Citizen of the Year award for his contributions and volunteerism in the community.
The award, presented each year at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, is named after the longtime Decatur educator and honors those whose life reflects the dedication, service and faithfulness to Decatur modeled in the example of Ms. Banks.
“Blake continues to be an example of how servant leadership in a business environment can have a positive impact on the community,” said John Seymour, president and CEO of the Chamber. “The work he has done in Decatur and Morgan County – both in the public eye and behind the scenes – has strengthened our business environment and developed leaders in our area. He continues to make our community a stronger place to live and work.”
A native of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., McAnally graduated from Lawrence County High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology from the University of Tennessee at Martin. In May 2004, McAnally became the third owner and president of Pugh Wright McAnally (then Pugh, Wright and Associates, Inc.). He currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm, including serving as a primary contact for all customers. His design work includes civil engineering for site grading and drainage plans, storm water management plans, roads, utility systems, and commercial development. Mr. McAnally is also actively involved in the project management, scheduling, and verification of the execution of project requirements for the firm's various projects. Prior to becoming president of the firm, Mr. McAnally worked with the firm for four and half years as a project engineer. Additionally, he has more than fourteen years of experience with a national multi-discipline engineering and environmental firm.
In his community life, McAnally has served and continues to serve a long list of organizations. He currently serves as a trustee and elder at Beltline Church of Christ in Decatur and as vice chairman for the National Board of Directors of Lads to Leaders – the oldest and largest leadership training program used by the churches of Christ. He has served as president or chairman on several area boards: past president of the Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, chairman of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, and board president of River Clay Fine Arts Festival. He also has served on the board of the Decatur-Morgan Hospital Foundation and the Decatur City Schools Foundation. He also served as campaign chairman of the Chamber’s 2014 “One Vision One Voice One Morgan County” capital campaign. In 2015, he was appointed by the Governor of Alabama to serve a four-year term to the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees.
McAnally and his high school sweetheart, Patty, have been married for 34 years and lived in Decatur for more than 30 years. They have two children – Cara McAnally Elliot of Decatur and Patrick of Nashville – and one grandchild.
Ms. Banks – for whom the award is named – devoted 42 years of her life to education, serving 29 of them with Decatur City Schools. She was a public school teacher, the first woman principal at Carver Elementary School and a public school administrator. The award honors a member of our community whose life reflects the dedication, service and faithfulness to Decatur modeled in the example of Miss Banks. Chamber members submitted nominations for the award, and applications were judged by a committee of past recipients.