Former Chamber of Commerce board president will offer consultation

Published 3:02 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Chilton County Chamber of Commerce Board has decided to postpone its search for a coordinator and instead has contracted with a long-time friend of the Chamber for consultation.

The Board was faced with a decision about the Chamber’s leadership following the passing of Executive Director Mike Robertson on Feb. 28.

Originally, the Board intended to hire a full-time coordinator to assume many of the director’s responsibilities. However, after concerns arose about how the new coordinator would be trained, the Board’s nominating committee recommended that instead of a new hire, the Board should contract with Janice Hull Consulting LLC through a period of time that could last until Jan. 31, 2015.

Hull’s primary business is Hull and Russell PC, and she has served as president of the Chamber’s Board of Directors on three separate occasions, in 1994, 2002 and 2011.

“I laughingly said that I am the most senior member on the Board of Directors at the Chamber, having served as president in each of the last three decades,” Hull said. “While I was not looking for an extra job, I am always happy to help the Chamber in any way possible.

“Mike Robertson served his first full year as director while I was president. We spent many hours discussing different aspects of Chamber business. I believe that we shared the same values for the Chamber. My goal is to continue serving in this consulting position until the Board no longer feels a need for it. In other words, I have come into it hoping to ‘work my way out of a job.'”

Though Hull will spend time at the Chamber office as needed, the primary Chamber contact remains Executive Assistant Brittani Ellison, who can be reached at 755-2400 or

The Chilton County Chamber of Commerce is located at 500 Fifth Ave. N. in Clanton.

“The Chamber has a strong Board of Directors willing to commit more time to maintain the high standards that Mike set for the Chamber,” Hull said. “I know that Mike would tell us this is an opportunity.

“We will continue the luncheons, business after hours, the Ambassador Program and all other functions of the Chamber. Brittani and I have done a great deal of work toward this year’s Peach Jam. By all indications, this will be another big year!”

Hull was a member of the Board of Directors but resigned upon her appointment as a consultant.

Her spot was filled by Connie Bainbridge, herself familiar with the Chamber as she twice served as executive director.