From the Chairman, Brian Willman
The Business View – February 2019 / From the Chairman
Headlines over the course of 2018 told a story of progress and prosperity for Mobile. News such as Airbus and Bombardier announcing a joint venture to assemble A220s here in Mobile; opening the long-awaited distribution centers for Amazon and Walmart; and breaking ground on the new Continental Motors site at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley were prevalent with every page turn of The Business View.
As I’ve said before, I believe there is ample opportunity to capitalize on our robust job growth while nurturing Mobile’s ever-expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem, and I believe we are doing this. Innovation PortAL is becoming a reality. We have a record number of entrepreneurs competing in Alabama Launchpad and with angel investors. And we’re just getting started.
In my 2018 annual meeting remarks, I mentioned my personal guiding principles. I don’t think they’re much different than the Chamber’s. Honesty and integrity are paramount. Do what you say you’re going to do, and constantly and thoughtfully adjust your philosophy and alter your goals as the world around you changes. Then go out and pursue them with vigor and a sense of urgency. Closing out the Chamber’s year, the organization received word that it had received – yet again – the highest award presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – five-star accreditation. This does not happen because you hope and dream about becoming the “best of the best.” It happens because of consistent hard work, high ethical standards and a desire to challenge yourself to be better every day.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Mobile Area Chamber, and the team working tirelessly to build a better Mobile. Together we can continue to accomplish so much!
2018 Chair, Board of Directors
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
South Alabama/Florida Panhandle Area President, Regions Bank
About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. The Mobile Chamber’s focus is to provide members with networking, marketing and professional development opportunities, expand jobs in the area, develop the local workforce, advocate legislative priorities and offer resources to help small businesses grow. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.