Chairman’s Message / Past Chairman


Doug Moore
Doug Moore, The Panhandle Group

Hello and Welcome,

I am excited for the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2018 and look forward to working with our members, partners and the citizens of this wonderful county throughout this year and the years to come!

First, I want to begin by thanking Claire Sherman for all her work and efforts in leading the Board this past year, she did a wonderful job. Next, I want to celebrate what I believe is an amazing accomplishment! Our president, Carol Roberts recently celebrated 40 years working and serving Bay County here at the Chamber. Those of us who have worked with Carol know her passion for this community and her desire to see this Chamber accomplish great things for the benefit of Bay County.

I want to encourage you as we begin this new year, if you have not already done so, to get to know your Chamber staff. Each is highly committed to their jobs and to you, our members. Our mission is to create value for our members, to Build a Better Bay!

Building a Better Bay is more than just a slogan for us at the Chamber, it is at the heart of what we do and why we do it, both staff and member volunteers – to make Bay County a place we can all be proud to call home. Throughout this upcoming year we will be highlighting areas where the Chamber can help you leverage your business, provide new efficiencies or help you with your bottom line. Also, we will continue to advocate for existing projects, from our work in keeping the Federal Courthouse here in Bay County, to urban development throughout our county – from Parker and Callaway to Lynn Haven and Panama City, Panama City Beach, Springfield, Mexico Beach and unincorporated areas of Bay County.

As with anything in life, you get out what you put in, and the Chamber is no exception – I promise you there are numerous opportunities available for you to make an impact in your community. So please, take some time to review our new website and see the services (whether from the chamber for our members or what other members could provide you), programs and committees that are at your fingertips.

We have so many opportunities in front of us to Build a Better Bay. One of the more recent is the Infrastructure Surtax, the half-cent sales tax which voters passed (and the Chamber took the lead in campaigning for) collected approximately $20M for 2017. These proceeds are being used throughout the county to improve our roads, storm water drainage, bridges and intersections. Please click the following link to see projects completed, in progress and in the queue near you!

Speaking of Building a Better Bay – I’d like to close this note by saying congratulations to some of our local partners. First, Becca Hardin and her team at Bay EDA in recruiting GKN Aerospace to new build-to-suit facilities at our airport. This new employer will add 170 new jobs, roughly $50 million in capital investment while positioning Bay County as a desirable destination for similar industries. Also, through the work of Tom Neubauer and the Bay Defense Alliance (“BDA”) Tyndall Air Force Base was recently selected as the home for a new mission referred to as RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) MQ-9 base “Y” mission. This will result in 1,603 jobs, 24 aircraft and more than $250 million dollars in military construction for Bay County. Both Bay EDA and the Bay Defense Alliance are partners of the Chamber, Becca and Tom both serve on the Board in ex-officio capacity, and we are excited to assist in building upon these wins and working to make this a wonderful community to build your business and your life!

Yours in service,

Doug Moore
Chairman, Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Past Chamber Chairpersons

1913-1923 R.L. McKenzie
1924 Col. Henry Page
1925 W.C. Sherman
1926-1927 Sam Brown
1928-1929 W.F. Look
1930-1931 Will D. Muse
1932-1933 Jesse Cogburn
1934 J.R. Asbell
1935 A.R. Rogers
1936-1937 J.A. Smith
1938 B.S. Gordon
1939 S.A. Daffin, Jr.
1940 Braden Ball
1941 A.M. Lewis, Sr.
1942 B.S. Gordon
1943 George Logue, Sr.
1944 M.G. “Bubber” Nelson
1945 J.R. Asbell
1946 Cecil Kelley
1947 A.N. Smith
1948 Don Fay
1949 W.A. Guy
1950 W.C. Sherman
1951 Harvey Mathis, Sr.
1952 S.A. Daffin, Jr.
1953 Brown Howell
1954 John Christo, Jr.
1955 Isaac Byrd
1956 T.Y. “Tom” Bingham
1957 T.W. Smith, Sr.
1958 John Henry Sherman, Sr.
1959 L.E. Merriam, Jr.
1960 Alton Boyd
1961 Rowe Sudduth
1962 L.D. Lewis, Sr.
1963 Dick Arnold
1964 Hugh Nelson
1965 Woodrow Wilson
1966 D.P. Clark
1967 H.M. Lewis
1968 Jack Blackwell
1969 Frank M. Parker
1970 D.R. Hinton, Jr.
1971-1972 Deck Hull

1973 Girard L. Clemons
1974 Johnny Patronis
1975 C.L. Jinks
1976 Tommy Cooley
1977 Rayford Lloyd
1978 Abbott Browne
1979 Fred Lindholm
1980 Don Crisp
1981 Travis Crosby
1982 Gene Crist
1983 Larry Tyree
1984 Pedro Mandoki
1985 Gary Muller
1986 Scott Fischer
1987 Ted Haney
1988 Charles Jordon
1989-1990 John Robbins
1991 Jim McIntyre
1992 Bob McSpadden
1993 Larry Dantzler
1994 Anne Hull Dick
1995 Vic Jones
1996 Jerry Smithwick
1997 Thomas Neubauer
1998 Raymond Powell
1999 Franklin Harrison
2000 Joe Tannehill, Sr.
2001 Hugh Roche
2002 Karen Hanes
2003 Joey Ginn
2004 Scott Clemons
2005 Elizabeth Walters
2006 Glen McDonald
2007 Steve Southerland
2008 Andy Phillips
2009 Sean McNeil
2010 David Powell
2011 Bo Rivard
2012 Al McCambry
2013 Bill Fenimore
2014 Larry Carroll
2015 Andrew Levy and Michael Sears
2016 Robert Carroll
2017 Claire Sherman