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Meet our Board of Directors

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Ray Hardin Board Photo
 
Welcome to the new fiscal year of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce that runs April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023. Every Friday, we will introduce you to one of our new board members.

Decatur Utilities General Manager Ray Hardin is the 2022-2023 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce. Ray accepted the gavel from outgoing Chairman, Jeff Brown of Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C. at our Annual Meeting last month. Ray looks forward to working with Chamber leadership, members and the community to continue moving Decatur and Morgan County forward. Ray is a member of the Rotary Noon Club of Decatur, active in the local community and serves on several other boards including the Morgan County Economic Development Authority, North Alabama Industrial Development Association and Electric Cities of Alabama.
 
Jamie Reeves Board Photo
 

Jamie Reeves is Chair of the Board-Elect. She is a graduate of Athens State University and a longtime Decatur entrepreneur. For more than ten years, she was a family portrait photographer in downtown Decatur. In 2015, she changed career paths and those skills transferred perfectly into her role as a real estate agent. Since becoming an agent, Jamie has tripled her income & sales volume. Jamie was the 2017 award recipient for the Alabama Association of Realtors, Mickey Phillips REALTORS for Children and the 2017 Morgan County Association of REALTORS Rising Star award winner. During the summer of 2019, Jamie made a goal to gain her broker’s license and in less than 90 days, that goal was achieved.


Jamie and her husband, homebuilder, Steve were foster parents now turned adoptive parents. The Reeves have a beautiful blended family of six girls – Jessica, Emily, Maysen, Hunter & Ascher and grand-daughter Lenox. Jamie is passionate about child advocacy and her community.

Her advocacy for children began in her young adult life as an AmeriCorp VISTA at Mosaic Mentoring, formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morgan County Inc., where she spearheaded a program teaching high school students how to give back to the younger generation through mentorship. She has led with a servant's heart by giving her time to several nonprofits such as the Morgan County Child Advocacy Council, the Decatur Charity League, Parents & Children Together (PACT) Board of Directors, CASA of North Alabama Board of Directors, Morgan County Association of REALTORS Community Liaison Chair & Safety Chair, Morgan County Residential Task Team and by serving as the Vice Chair of Development for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

Her devotion to enhancing the lives of others is what brought her to the decision of forming MeritHouse Realty in 2020. MeritHouse is a direct reflection of the way she chooses to serve others in our community as a portion of sales is invested back into their clients nonprofit of choice. 

Jeffrey Brown Board Photo

Jeffrey Brown is Past Chair of the Board. He is an attorney with Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C. in Decatur. Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Doctor of Law degree. He has a Master of Laws degree in taxation from New York University.
 
Jeffrey and his wife Melissa have two children, Matthew and Jamie, and a dog named Stella. The family attends Central United Methodist Church.
 
Jeffrey is on the Executive Board for the Rotary Club of Decatur and served as Chairman of the Board for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce for 2021-2022. He has served as a former president of the Decatur City Schools Foundation, Decatur Jaycees and Morgan County Christmas in April.
 
“My challenge to you is to wake up every morning and ask yourself ‘What can I do today to make Decatur-Morgan County a better place to live and work.’ Then, go out and make it happen!” said Brown.

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Terry Welch is Vice Chair of Development. He is the Chief Business Development Officer with Contractor Service & Fabrication, Inc. Terry is a graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird University.

Terry and his wife Janelle have been married for 20 year and have four daughters and 8 grandchildren. He is currently on the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, the One Decatur Implementation Committee, the Industrial Development Board and serves as Vice Chair of the Lamar University College of Engineering Advisor Council. In his free time, Terry enjoys golfing, watching college football and basketball and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Bo Weinman is Vice Chair of Leadership and Networking. Bo is a graduate of Auburn University and joined the Peck-Glasgow Agency, Inc. as an insurance advisor in 2014. He and his wife, Kim, have 3 children.

Bo has served as a Commodore for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce since 2015 and served as Admiral of the Commodores for 2021-2022. At the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in March, Bo was recognized as the 2022 Rosie Hennessy Commodore of the Year. This award is voted on by the Commodores recognizing an outstanding member of the Chamber’s ambassador corps. He is a graduate of the Chamber’s Excellence in Leadership program and is currently board president of Hospice of the Valley Foundation.

In his free time, Bo enjoys watching Auburn University athletics and is a huge professional wrestling fan, especially from the 80’s and 90’s.

Kent Lawrence Board Pic

Kent Lawrence is treasurer for the Chamber’s Executive Committee. Kent is a Decatur High School graduate and opened TVW Electrical Supply in 1986 in Decatur. Kent has grown the business into a regional distributor of electrical supplies including lighting products, lighting controls and power distribution products for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Kent was named the Chamber’s Raymon Baker - John Cook - Ralph Jones Small Business Person of the Year for 2021. TVW Electrical Supply went on to win the 1-10 Employee Small Business of the Year award for 2021 from the Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.

Kent currently serves as chair of the City of Decatur Planning Commission, treasurer of the Greater Morgan County Homebuilders Association and vice chair of the Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Decatur’s Board of Directors, serving as past president. He and his wife, Mamie, have two sons, Jeremiah and Taylor, and two grandsons.

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John Holley is the Vice Chair of Talent Development & Education. He is the Dean for Technologies at Calhoun Community College where he oversees twenty-three workforce development programs. Prior to his career at Calhoun, John was in mechanical contracting.

John is an elected member of the Morgan County Schools Board of Education. He represents the Union Hill and Lacey’s Spring areas. As a product of Morgan County Schools, Calhoun Community College, Athens State University, and Faulkner University, John believes in education opportunities for all Alabamians and understands the value of lifelong education and personal development.

John’s faith is instrumental in directing his path and decisions in life. He has led and participated in international mission work. John is married to Tracy and they have one son, Spencer. They reside on and operate a working cattle farm in east Morgan County. 

Arthur Orr Board Pic

As chairman of the Morgan County Economic Development Association, Arthur Orr represents the organization on our Board of Directors. He is also an Alabama State Senator. Arthur grew up in Danville, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

After graduating, Arthur joined the Peace Corps where he was assigned to a remote Himalayan village in Nepal where he established a college scholarship program to benefit female village students. After completing his Peace Corps commitment, he returned to Decatur where he joined the law firm of Harris, Caddell and Shanks, P.C. and served as president of several non-profit organizations. He was then hired by Habitat for Humanity International to establish a new program in Bangladesh. He built the program from scratch that has now constructed over 1000 houses in partnership with the working poor of that country.

He returned to Decatur in 2001 where he joined Cook's Pest Control, Inc. and now serves as Executive Vice President over finance and accounting, human resources, fleet and property management, legal, technology, marketing and advertising. Arthur also started several businesses, primarily involved in real estate development and leasing. He has also re-engaged as an active community leader and served as president or chairman of numerous community organizations. He helped start the Community Free Clinic and serves on many other local and state non-profit boards including Athens State University.

In 2006, Arthur was elected to the Alabama State Senate, representing District 3. He was instrumental in the creation and location of the Robotics Technology Park in Limestone County and the Alabama Center for the Arts in Morgan County. Senator Orr has also been a part of business recruitment teams that led to billions in economic investment and thousands of jobs over the three counties he represents. He now chairs the $17 billion Senate Budget Committee for Education and several other legislative committees.

Arthur and his wife, Amy, have one son named Jack and a daughter, Anna. Arthur enjoys reading, jogging and traveling. A long-time adult Sunday school and men's Bible study teacher, Arthur and his family are members of First Bible Church in Decatur.

 Crystal MorganBoard

Chrystal Morgan is the Director of State & Local Government Operations for The Boeing Company. In this role, she briefs key stakeholders across the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alaska on Boeing projects, future programs and strategic direction. Prior to joining Boeing, Chrystal served in management positions at a number of aerospace organizations including United Launch Alliance, RUAG Space USA, and Teledyne Brown Engineering.
 
Chrystal has an extensive background in community development and non-profit leadership and currently serves on the Alabama Workforce Development Board for Governor Ivey, the Aerospace States Association Alabama Chapter for Lt. Governor Ainsworth, the Business Council of Alabama, and as the Co-Chair of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce State Government Committee. She was recently awarded the 2022 Cosmic Community Leader Award by the Alabama Chapter of ASA, in recognition of her commitment and dedication to strengthening the Alabama space community. Chrystal and her husband Gavin have three children, Ashley, Tanner, and Brooklynn.


 


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