New Year Brings Big Changes for the South Baldwin Chamber and Foundation(Foley, AL) – January is always a time of new beginnings and January 2021 is no exception. The South Baldwin Chamber has exciting news to share; we have two new employees joining our team, an upward move for one of our long-time team members, and a departure to announce.
Gale Croft, Vice President of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation, has accepted a new position with Big Brother Big Sisters as a Match Specialist. Gale has served at the helm of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation for almost six years. Two years ago, she also took on the part-time role of handling the Chamber’s finances. Much has been accomplished under her leadership and vision.
"We wish Gale much happiness and success with Big Brothers Big Sisters and know she will rise to the challenge, lead with courage, and accomplish great things. Thank you, Gale, for all your hard work and guiding the Foundation with grace, compassion, and vision." – Donna Watts, President/CEO
The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation could not be any luckier in finding a leader that is ready-made for taking the organization to a new level. Kylee Raulerson began her career at the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce five years ago working as the part-time Event Assistant and part-time Assistant at the Foundation. Her role quickly expanded into a full-time staff member of the Events Team which led her into conducting and coordinating many of the events for both the Chamber and Foundation. Kylee has in-depth experience with many facets of the Foundation. She has a tremendous drive and passion for helping her hometown. We are very proud to announce Kylee Raulerson will be moving into the role of Executive Director of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation.
With high hopes for the return of many of our events for 2021, we are delighted to announce Candice Workman has joined our Events Team and will be assisting with our 30+ events planned for the year. As one of our star volunteers and Diplomat, Candice is a welcome addition to the Chamber team. Her depth of experience in event planning, strong work ethic, and dedication to excellent customer service, makes her an exceptional match that will benefit our chamber and community as Event Operations Manager. Our Events Team is eager and ready to rock the house in 2021.
In searching for an individual to manage the finances, we knew it would require a special person to oversee everything for our three different groups – Chamber, Foundation, Gateway – along with a robust number of events spread throughout the year. This requires someone with experience, a strong work ethic, a desire to help the community, as well as an outgoing personality. Derrick Cook checks every box and then some. As a Certified Public Account, we are confident our members will know their investment is in good hands with Derrick serving as our Vice President of Finance.
It has been said that “Change is the only constant.” At the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, we don’t shy away from change; we embrace it with a team dedicated to continuous improvement, achieving goals, and exceeding expectations. We are committed to serving our members as advocates for the business community "providing information, services, leadership and vision.”