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    Countdown to the 2019 Total Resource Campaign:

     

  • Eric Salas, Montgomery Skyline, MGM Impact Makers, Montgomery Alabama, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery Chamber. MGMChamber
  • MGM Impact Makers

    MGM Impact Makers

  • As you know, the Montgomery Chamber strives to make significant impacts in the region through the Imagine a Greater Montgomery strategy, and we want to honor and recognize member businesses within the community who are also making an impact in the following areas:

    • Talent – Education, Workforce Development, Recruiting and Maintaining Young Talent
    • Economy – Creating and Preserving Jobs, Small Business Development, Economic Development and Corporate Recruitment
    • Image – Transforming Montgomery’s Image and Quality of Place for Locals, Business Owners and Visitors
    • Community – Foster Collaboration among Elected Leadership; Engage Business Stakeholders & Business Owners to Increase Community Capacity
    • Military – Making Montgomery the Best Hometown in the Air Force by supporting military neighbors and families and helping develop new industry verticals that sustain Maxwell-Gunter Air Force base and enrich the entire River Region.

  • AWARD DEADLINES AWARD DEADLINES

    AWARD DEADLINES:

    • Nominations are open from May 1, 2019 to July 8, 2019
    • Voting will be from July 15, 2019 to August 30, 2019


    All of the 2019 nominees will be listed in the September MBJ, the finalists will be acknowledged in the November MBJ, and awards will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Meeting, December 17, 2019. 

  • Nominations are open from May 1, 2019 to July 12, 2019
    Voting will be from July 22, 2019 to September 13, 2019

    VOTE NOW Through September 13, 2019

    All of the nominees will be featured in the September MBJ and the finalists will be featured in the November MBJ. The 2019 MGM Impact Maker winners will be announced at the Chamber's Annual Meeting, December 17, 2019, and also featured in the January 2020 MBJ.


  • FINALISTS FINALISTS

  • Individuals Individuals

  • Donna Cooper, BBVA
    Donna Cooper, a Montgomery native, has been a leader in banking for nearly 39 years, and exemplifies a servant’s heart.  For nearly four decades, she has invested in her community by chairing, serving and volunteering on local boards and committees, sharing her time and talents with others.  Deeply blessed by some kind and wonderful people, she was taught to be a mentor with a heart for giving, living by the Bible verse “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required…,” Luke 12:48.  Giving from your heart is your greatest opportunity to change the world.   


  • Margaret Cornwell, Abrakadoodle Montgomery
    Champions for children, Cornwell and her Abrakadoodle Art Education team have for 10+ years reached more than 12,000 children, building innovative skills and confidence. An advocate of art for all, Margaret provides art instruction directly to partnered sites. Inspired by the value of art, Margaret­ develops educational opportunities and access to cultural experiences, often obtaining funding. Abrakadoodle connects the community to creativity by partnering with local organizations and non-profits, such as Brantwood, Common Ground, Child Protect, MADSOG, and United Way. Cornwell has elevated her hometown on the global stage with a Franchising Gives Back Award by the International Franchise Association.


  • Charles Lee, That's My Child
    Charles Lee is a local business owner, community activist and family man. Growing up in the rough, gang-riddled streets of Chicago inspired him to donate his time and effort into being a family like support system and a “way out” for less fortunate youth facing hardships of today. This inspiration led to the creation of That's My Child whose mission is to mentor the youth through Arts, Education and Entrepreneurship, while also giving them a safe place to develop talents and skills needed to become tomorrow’s productive citizens. Charles is also the founder of That’s My Dog Jr., the first ever restaurant operated by teenagers only.


  • Mia Mothershed, Jackson Hospital
    Mia has come through the ranks of all Montgomery has to offer since her arrival in 1999. From consulting with the Small Business Incubator before becoming an entrepreneur in Montgomery, to becoming a Class VI graduate of the city’s Torchbearer Leadership program, she has done it all. A marketing and public relations executive, Mia has found a home at Jackson Hospital where she lives out her motto to Engage, Enlighten and Empower others. Leading the Jackson Hospital sponsorship of over 500 community events a year, Mia finds it a blessing to work in an environment that values serving our community.


  • Heather Parrish, Southern Art & Makers Collective
    Heather S. Parrish has lived in Montgomery since 1996. In this time, she has served as a teacher, mentor and devoted arts advocate in the areas of theatre, music and visual arts. Currently she is a visual artist and co-owner of Southern Art and Makers Collective. SAMC, located at 1228 Madison Ave, focuses on supporting regional artists and makers as well as nonprofits by providing opportunities to sell their work and offer classes to the river region.  Known for her quick wit, encouraging spirit and larger than life personality, Heather is impacting the community one relationship at a time. 


  • Chef Eric Rivera, Vintage Hospitality Group
    Executive Chef Eric Rivera utilizes simple dishes that focus on twists of distinctive ingredients and flavors that showcase seasonality and quality. In addition to him being a James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader, Vintage Cafe and Vintage Year received mentions in the NY Times, USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. Vintage Year was also named by Wine Spectator and OpenTable for Restaurant Awards of Excellence. A Feast of Flavours two-time winner, Eric gives back to the community by donating to many non-profits and served as a judge for Pro Start, a high school hospitality program.


  • Jonathan Strange, XiRepair
    Jonathan Strange is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at 14 years old and is the active CEO of two companies here in Montgomery, XiRepair, his tech repair giant, and Strange Media, his media agency. In high school, he used his knack for electronics and his entrepreneurial spirit to develop one of the first cell phone repair businesses in central Alabama. Jonathan is the youngest member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Business Council, and the Montgomery Rotary Club.

  • Small Businesses Small Businesses

  • 2211 Ultimate Play Zone
    2211 Ultimate Play Zone(UPZ) is the new skating rink in Montgomery. 2211 UPZ has partnered with local daycares, community centers, youth organizations, churches and schools to bring affordable fun to Montgomery, and has donated over $9,000.00 to schools and nonprofit businesses that encourage young people to be positive, caring, non-violent and loving. The name 2211 comes from the statehood number of Alabama-22 and New York-1. The owners represent the love for entertainment, family, and fun that Alabama and New York are known for. Keep roller skating Montgomery.


  • Civil Axe Throwing Montgomery
    The Civil Axe Throwing mission is to offer the most fun, safe, and value-added entertainment experience for every customer that walks through our doors. Our vision is to be the recognized standard of indoor Axe Throwing. Being the standard means we are hyper-focused on the positive impact our business has on the Montgomery community we call home. The establishment of our community outreach program, “Axe of Kindness”, is founded on our efforts and desire to raise funds with all local and national non-profit charitable foundations. This initiative began recently with our fundraising tournament for the Alzheimer’s Association Alabama Chapter.


  • HCS Group
    HCS Group has completed projects in more than 50 countries and 40 U.S. states. The firm has received numerous accredita­tions from the Department of Defense and has been nominated several times for Small Business of the Year by the National Society of Military Engineers. Our greatest reward is being part of the Humanitarian Assistance Program and Power Africa, helping elevate third world countries. We bring that work home to Montgomery and strive to give back to our local community by sponsoring Military Appreciation Day at Biscuits Stadium, marathons and runs for various charities, the Sunshine Center and Brantwood Children’s Home.


  • Homewood Suites by Hilton LBA Hospitality
    Homewood Suites by Hilton™ offers a unique approach to longer stays allowing guests to stay in their routine while traveling for business or leisure. Homewood Suites Montgomery with the support of our management company, LBA Hospitality, empowers every associate to explore new and better ways to serve our guests, our owners, and our community.  We serve by donating funds to organizations like the Joy to Life Foundation, Jelani Girls, Inc, the American Cancer Society and the Bright Beginning chapter #803, serving meals at the Salvation Army, serving on the Human Trafficking Task Force, donating supplies to nursing homes, and partnering with the local Wounded Warriors Project to read to local Headstart classes.


  • MGMWERX
    MGMWERX augments ongoing Air University programs, through events like Pitch Nights, Ideation Workshops, Technology Showcases, and Challenges, to enhance production of high-quality, innovative research and ideas that span issues of importance to the Air Force. Our dedicated focus on innovation and collaboration allows us to serve our military partners and provide unique opportunities to the city of Montgomery and beyond through community-focused events like technology training sessions, military collaboration opportunities, and access to our high-tech workspace. We also provide unique occasions for innovators and entrepreneurs, near and far, to engage our military partners and provide relevant technology solutions for current Air University related needs.


  • Montgomery Zoo
    The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is a 42-acre an accredited zoological facility located minutes from historic, downtown Montgomery.  The Zoo houses over 500 animal species from Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America.  Guests can also enjoy the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum housing the one of the Southeast’s largest collections of preserved North American wildlife, fossils, and artifacts. Stingray Bay, our newest aquatic exhibit, allows guests to touch, pet, and feed our collection of stingrays. So if you are looking for adventure on the wild side, the Montgomery Zoo is perfect for you and your family.

  • Mid-Size Businesses Mid-Size Businesses

  • Four Star Freightliner 
    Four Star Freightliner is the Southeast’s leading medium and heavy duty truck dealer. Our company mission reflects our dedication to assisting and supporting organizations that are engaged in like-minded activities. We have awarded 8 scholarships in memory of a co-worker. We partnered with Elmore County Career & Technical Center to award scholarships to their “Student of the Year”.  We donated equipment to J. F. Ingram State Technical College’s diesel mechanics class, whose students are primarily incarcerated adults. We support countless high school and community sports teams through sponsorships. Four Star has also provided support for programs for veterans, cancer survivors and even provided a sick Montgomery boy with a shopping spree with help from the Magic Moments organization.


  • Guardian Credit Union
    At Guardian Credit Union, we believe it's vital to serve the communities in which we live. For more than 60 years, we have actively worked to make an impact by helping our members achieve their financial goals and supporting local community activities, schools, charities, and businesses. Over the year’s we’ve seen tremendous growth, however the connections we make with families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and members of our community is most important. We believe if we can continue to build connections through serving others, we can make our community an even better place for all of us.


  • Ascent Hospitality (Hampton Inn Downtown; Hampton Inn Airport; DoubleTree; Fairfield Inn Airport)
    Ascent Hospitality is a vertically integrated hotel development and management company formed in early 2000. Our company's foundation is built on partnership, the spirit of teamwork, as evident from the single vision that has been nurtured and executed for over 15 years by the two principals with every distinct personalities. From our inception, we have adhered to one simple principle: "Always deliver what is promised, and always execute what is committed." Our seed was planted, and our heart grows here in the Montgomery area with our core hotels.

    By Hilton: Doubletree, Hampton Inn Downtown, Hampton Inn Airport
    By Marriott: Fairfield Inn Airport

  • Large Businesses Large Businesses

  • Alabama State University 
    Alabama State University has a rich legacy of making a tremendous impact on the Montgomery area. The university is a vital part of the local economy as an employer of nearly 1,000 area residents, as well as through the influx of nearly 4,000 students who live on campus and in local neighborhoods. ASU carries the banner of Montgomery, Alabama, nationally and globally through the celebrity of the Mighty Marching Hornets band and through the work of our dedicated graduates who make their mark around the world. ASU attracts major events to the city through the campus stadium and the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. University students, faculty, staff and alumni generate thousands of volunteer hours annually for local charitable organizations, churches and schools as part of our President’s CommUniversity initiatives. ASU: “Our Vision is Big. Our Impact is Bigger!”


  • MAX 
    MAX has been an integral part of the local community since 1955. With more than 300 employees, and 18 locations throughout Central and East Alabama, MAX has provided its customers with quality financial products and services. At MAX, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve. The people we serve are not just our customers; they are our families, friends, and neighbors. By investing in the local community through donations, sponsorships, financial education, and volunteer service we are committed to making Montgomery a better place to live, work, and play.


  • RePower South Montgomery, LLC
    RePower South Montgomery (RPSM) has introduced new technology that is changing the disposal of waste and generation of clean energy forever. We re-opened Montgomery’s Recycling Facility formerly known as IREP in late 2018 and started providing recycling for Montgomery, Al. residents in late January 2019. Our mission is to positively impact communities and protect the earth by disrupting the traditional approach to recycling, landfilling and producing clean fuel while creating sustainable, green jobs. Our system sorts out recycled commodities while producing a re-engineered fuel from paper and plastics. RePower South Montgomery is proud to offer recycling of the future.   


  • Wind Creek Montgomery
    Wind Creek Montgomery (WCM) has been a member of the local business community for over 25 years. The unique AAA Four Diamond property offers the best in entertainment, dining, luxury and guest service. WCM doesn’t just strive to do business, it strives to do good.

    Numbers since January 2018

    • job creation/diversity - paid over $30.5 million in payroll and benefits to our 522+ employees working in myriad career roles
    • attracting visitors to help make MGM a vibrant tourist destination
    • giving back to the community - awarded over $1,000,970 to local organizations through sponsorships, community relations and Make A Change donations.
  • Non-Profits Non-Profits

  • Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
    GSSA provides the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more than 1,400 girls in the River Region. Of these girls, 49% are underserved and their Girl Scout experience is fully subsidized by GSSA because of generous community support.  GSSA provides the Girl Scout Leadership Program for girls in Montgomery Public Housing Communities (Camp Sunshine girls) and to at-risk girls in area schools. Program elements for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience includes anti-bullying, self-esteem, financial literacy, healthy living, and character-building. We believe that this investment in girls will help create a brighter future — both for them and for the communities we serve.


  • Health Services, Inc.
    Dedicated to providing quality health care to the area’s medically underserved population, Health Services, Incorporated (HSI) began in April of 1968, as a free health clinic in the basement of Montgomery City Hall. For over 50 years HSI has followed their mission of providing access to affordable comprehensive health and wellness services in Montgomery and surrounding areas.

    Through HSI patients have access to adult medicine, pediatric medicine, OB/GYN and family planning, dentistry, optometry, behavioral health, social services, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and wellness centers.

    Health Services operates 11 health centers and has partnered with the Montgomery Public Schools to operate 4 HSI school-based health centers. We believe that by eliminating barriers to access care we are improving the quality of life throughout the River Region.


  • Hope Inspired Ministries
    Hope Inspired Ministries serves low-skilled, poorly educated, and chronically unemployed men and women by preparing them to obtain and maintain employment.  We do so in a manner that develops individual worth, encourages personal responsibility, and promotes the value and honor of work. We introduce a way of life that promotes the development of the emotional, physical and spiritual maturity in each student.  Since 2012, Hope Inspired Ministries has placed 264 men and women into internships with local businesses, which, for many, have resulted in full-time employment and a life of self-sufficiency.


  • Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA)
    Since1972, MACOA is Montgomery’s only non-profit agency solely serving seniors. Our flagship program is Meals On Wheels – a vital source of much-needed nutrition and safety check serving homebound seniors at-risk of losing their independence. In our 47th year, Meals On Wheels delivers 404 hot-meals each weekday to seniors facing food insecurity. The program’s impact is immediate; in 2018, MACOA provided 122,487 meals serviced via 34 delivery routes utilizing 1,271 active volunteers focused on combating hunger and isolation among seniors ages 60 to 101, with 26% being 85 years old and older, and 23% of clients served are distinguished American veterans.


  • Poarch Band of Creek Indians
    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government.  The Tribe is a partner in the state of Alabama, contributing to economic, educational, social and cultural projects, and their Planned Giving Campaign includes significant donations to local schools, senior centers, youth athletics, and charitable organizations.


  • River Region United Way
    The River Region United Way is dedicated to strengthening lives, helping people and improving community conditions in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties. We assess community needs and support programs and initiatives that directly impact the lives of one in every three people living in the River Region.

    United, we fight for the Health, Education, Financial Stability and Basic Needs of every person in every community we serve. We currently fund more than 80 programs and services provided by 40+ affiliate agencies. Together, we are Making Life Better For Everyone.


  • Valiant Cross Academy
    Valiant Cross Academy is the first all-male school in Montgomery, Alabama that transcends the challenges facing young African American males. Founded in 2014 by two brothers, Anthony and Frederick Brock who were frustrated by the alarming number of African American males who were not considered college ready. Valiant Cross provides rigorous academics, and leadership training with a distinct culture of structure and discipline. The students, called scholars have longer school days, smaller class sizes, double the math and triple the literacy time in the classroom. We intend to improve the attendance rate, literacy rate, and ultimately the graduation rate.