Chairman’s Message / Past Chairman


Joe Holt
Trustmark Bank

Joe Holt

2024 Chairman

I am very proud and honored to serve as the 2024 Chairman of the Board for the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. The Bay County Chamber has played a vital role in the success of Bay County for over 110 Years, and continues to be a driving force to make Bay County a better place to live and work.

Our mission is at the heart of everything we do: “To create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.”

Your organization is led by a great Board of Directors, representing a cross section of the dynamic forces in Bay County.  The seasoned staff continues to provide excellent returns for each chamber member, and steers the chamber ship throughout our community…..And the Bay County Chamber could not excel without the countless volunteers, all with servant hearts working together to help meet our chamber mission.

I am very excited for our Chamber and Community entering 2024. Chamber membership continues to grow, exceeding 1,000 members; Our Military Affairs Committee has grown to over 325 members; and our Ambassadors are now exceeding over 100 members. The organization is positioned to provide our membership and community outstanding results in the years to come. Our Staff, Directors, and Ambassadors are second to none throughout the Chamber world.

In 2024 we will continue to focus on our strategic plan objectives, which have been developed by listening to our community.  We will continue to advocate for our community, businesses, and members to enhance our community. We will continue to support our Military Partners throughout Bay County, while welcoming new missions to our area.

Bay County is a great place to live and work, and I am very honored to be a part of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce during such an exciting time for our community.  We could not be a driving force in our community without our volunteers, directors, staff, and members.  Thank You for supporting our Chamber and I look forward to a great 2024.

To review the 2024 Business Plan, please click HERE.

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
2018 Doug Moore
2019 Will Cramer
2020 Andrew Rowell
2021 Chris Moore
2022 Garrett Anderson
2023 Kyle Shoots