Chairman’s Message / Past Chairman

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Andrew Rowell
Chair Andrew Rowell GAC Contractors

Hello and Welcome,

Welcome to Bay County and our Bay County Chamber of Commerce. It is my privilege to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2020. First I would like to say “Bay County is Open for Business.” As we all recover from Hurricane Michael, I am blown away by the spirit of our community. We have pushed, pulled, hammered, cleaned demoed, dug up, planted, painted, and helped our neighbors create our new normal. I believe we can look forward to a Bay County that we are all proud of.

2019 was an eventful year. For the fourth time our Bay County Chamber won Chamber of the Year Award for 2019 at the FACP conference, our community received the Great American Defense Community Award, and we had record attendance at our Annual Dinner in January 2019, just three months after Hurricane Michael. Our partnership with NextSite, Bay County, and the cities of Panama City, Parker, and Callaway continue to bring new national retailers to our unused commercial spaces and is helping existing businesses better understand their markets and the habits of their customers: but there is demonstrated need for more. Housing both single family and multi-family developments are crucial for our success.

Our Key Objectives for 2020 are:

  • 2020 Census
  • Investors Conference with NextSite, LLC.
  • Housing
  • Contractors/ Business one stop post disaster Center
  • Visual Image

For more information on these objectives please follow on our website at panamacity.org, each as important as the other!

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the efforts of our 2019 Chairman, Will Cramer, MAC Chairman Doug Moore, President Carol Roberts, our great chamber staff and of course YOU!  No opportunity was too big for our Chamber team, as the events following Hurricane Michael’s impact remarkably demonstrated.  Will Cramer led the Bay County Recovery Task Forces Economic Development Branch and also served on the Bay District Schools and Bay County Citizens Surtax oversite committees.  Our team has worked remotely for over a year and looks forward to returning to 235 W. 5th Street, Panama City, Florida 32401.

2020 should be fun, our community is strong, and we are a community that looks at problems not as problems but as opportunities. So strap on your boots, throw on your hardhat and let’s go out there and Rebuild a better Bay County.

V/R,

Andrew Rowell
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
2018 Doug Moore
2019 Will Cramer