February 2016 Board Minutes

Submitted by Chris Nelson on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:14






10:30 AM – 11:30 AM


Adrienne Whitehurst, Chairman, presiding with the following board members present:

Jennifer Gowers

Elizabeth Grady

Tynette Lynch

Chris Nelson

Raymond Osbun

Courtney Sanak

Clarence Stallworth

Jason Whitehurst

GBCVB Staff Present

Bridget Carter



Minutes of the January meeting were distributed prior to and at this meeting. Motion to approve was made by Osbun, seconded by Jason Whitehurst and passed unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORT – Chris Nelson, Treasurer

Copies of the October, November, December and January reports were distributed.



Checking Account Beginning Balance $6,061.48

Deposits $1,372.00

Disbursements $1,972.28

Ending Balance $5,461.20

Savings Account Beginning Balance $7,823.25

Deposits (including interest) $ 100.20

Ending Balance $7,923.45

PayPal Beginning Balance $ 528.27

Deposits $ 230.00

Fees $ 7.88

Ending Balance $ 750.39

Total Assets $14,135.04

The current PayPal balance is over $1,300. Nelson will transfer $900.00 into checking.

The Chairman distributed gift card to those who met the Chairman’s Challenge - $50 for Courtney Sanak, $75 for Tynette Lynch and $75 for Jason Whitehurst. In calculating points for this year, Adrienne Whitehurst stated that each board member should get at least 55 points and above for participating in a community service event and volunteering at the golf tournament.




Communications & PR – Chris Nelson reporting

Nelson will train Stallworth on how to do website postings, etc. They are open to suggestions on making any changes or additions. A list of meeting dates and locations for the year will be posted.

Board members whose photos are not on the site were asked to forward a headshot to Nelson.

Jason Whitehurst sent pictures of the broken banner poles to Geoff Langdon’s assistant who will forward to the supplier.


Community Service – Courtney Sanak reporting

Sanak reported that there were eleven volunteers who prepared and served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House. Only three were board members. She will forward a “Thank You” note to all. Sanak recommended that for next year, volunteers be divided into two groups – one to cook and the other to clean.

The committee will focus on the golf tournament for the next quarter but is also considering additional service opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity or Children’s of Alabama. Adrienne Whitehurst suggested Angel Tree. She stated that we can maybe grab ten angels off the tree and sponsor for Christmas.


Education – Jennifer Gowers and Tynette Lynch

The Chairman led the board in a brainstorming session on speakers and meeting locations. She stated that she’d like to have the program/speaker separate from the venue.

Lynch will find out if Lee Sentell of the Alabama Tourism Department can speak in March. The Embassy Suites in Hoover will host in August.

Prospective Speakers & Topics: Lee Sentell, Alabama Tourism Department; local and statewide Bicentennial celebration, UAB/BJCC stadium project; Smith Travel Research (at Vulcan); REV Birmingham (new developments); Health Department; Director of the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance; Joseph Mitchell of Jeff State’s Culinary & Hospitality Program (at Jeff State); Auburn University’s brewery program; Mayor Bell (possibly at the Grand Bohemian); Southern Living test kitchens; digital marketing

Prospective Locations: Botanical Gardens; Red Mountain Park; Tutwiler (for maybe some sort of networking event with other associations).

The Chairman announced an idea for a social in July, maybe partnering with Cline Tours to do a three-brewery tour. This would be a members-only event + one guest, and we could charge $30 per person. The tour would include those breweries that offer tastings. Gowers will do some call arounds within the next couple of weeks and contact Cline Tours.

Whitehurst would like for the Grand Bohemian to host the Christmas party.

Golf Tournament – Jennifer Gowers reporting

There were no updates. Gowers will be prepared to announce tournament details next month.


Government – Tynette Lynch

Lynch reported that the first lottery bill came out of committee. She stated that this is a start. There is much discussion on the proposed minimum wage increase in Birmingham.

The Alabama Legislative Tourism Bash has been scheduled for April 26th.


Membership – Jason Whitehurst

Certificates will be distributed today to those who renewed (21) and to 3 new members – Cristina Almanza of Buffalo Rock, Steven Ragsdale of the Cahaba Grand and Kim Jackson of the Sheraton & Westin hotels.

The Chairman requested that Nelson remove the option to pay a pro-rated membership fee on the website. Only new members will be given this option, but will be told to pay by check and mail to us.

Whitehurst and Carter will partner in creating a spreadsheet that will list each member’s renewal month and if payment has been received.

Whitehurst reported that had contacted representatives of Alabama and the Harbert Center. Hopes are that the Jazz Hall of Fame, Civil Rights Institute and Sports Hall of Fame will become members. He has been pursuing these prospects since last year when they participated in the spring tradeshow. Others to reach out to include Ecolab, Expert Vending and Guest Supply. Also, the Grand Bohemia has expressed interest in joining.

The Chairman requested that each board member email at least two - five prospects to Jason Whitehurst.


Scholarship – Elizabeth Grady reporting

Grady researched the Hotel & Restaurant Foundation who awards scholarships and has the application and requirements featured on its website – www.hospitalityscholarships.org. She distributed copies. CAHABA can do the same. Students attending two-year and four-year colleges and universities can apply, as well as area high school students. We can offer this to the schools we’re already connected to.

The application can be completed on our website and linked to Grady and Tynette Lynch for submission. The essay can be submitted online also. The students’ advisors would be asked to sign off on the applications in order to be considered.

Grady stated that this process would be easier for those overseeing the scholarship programs in years to come.

In regards to past recipients, we can follow up with them to see how the scholarships helped them in pursuing their careers. They can be our advocates at their schools.

Sign-up sheets for each committee will be placed on the registration table. The board was asked to assist.


With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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