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Staff

  • John Seymour // President and Chief Executive Officer

    John was named president and CEO of the Chamber in 1991. Prior to joining the Chamber staff, he served as the president and chief executive officer of the Natchez Chamber of Commerce and as executive director of the McComb Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Foundation – both in Mississippi. He has also served as director of program and corporate development on the United States Jaycees National Staff in Tulsa, Okla., and as executive vice president of the Mississippi Jaycees. While at the Decatur-Morgan Chamber, John has served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Alabama Association and received the Jamie Wallace Award as that organization’s outstanding executive. He also serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the Business Council of Alabama, later receiving the Thompson Award as an outstanding leader in BCA. To email John, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Crystal Brown // Vice President of Development

    Crystal joined the Chamber staff in 2012. Previously, she was employed by The Decatur Daily for 18 years. In her position as advertising director, Crystal’s responsibilities included developing and leading a staff of 22 sales and support media consultants, as well as customizing marketing programs, launching and implementing new print and internet business development programs for retail and classified advertisers. Crystal also served as chairwoman of the board of directors for the Chamber in 2003-2004. Crystal’s current responsibilities include the retention and expansion of existing businesses, recruitment of new businesses and commercial investment, coordinating business training/networking opportunities, serving as a direct liaison with Chamber investors and directing the Chamber's efforts to attract new residents to our community. Crystal graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communications. To email Crystal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Judy Brown // Director of Member and Investor Relations

    Judy rejoined the Chamber staff in 2018 after having served as an administrative assistant with the Chamber in 2010. While in Decatur, she was responsible for business development in the auto retail industry, as well as inventory control and accounting departments in the local industry sector. Her past community involvement includes work with the Princess Theater Center for the Performing Arts, Parents & Children Together (PACT), Junior League of Morgan County, Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Decatur City Schools Parent-Teacher Organization. Judy is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in marketing. Her responsibilities include the Chamber’s Excellence in Leadership program of which she is a graduate, Edge Student Leadership, the Chamber’s public policy agenda, and investor relations connected to the Chamber’s Partnership initiative. To email Judy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Denice Carter // Director of Administration and Events

    Denice joined the Chamber staff in 2017. Before joining the Chamber, she served as office manager and scheduling/new patient coordinator for two dental offices in Decatur, Bryant Dental and Drew Reynolds, DDS. There, she was responsible for insurance administration, customer service, office administration, scheduling and billing.  Carter is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Chamber and plays a significant role in the dozens of annual events the organization hosts each year. To email Denice, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Leissa Chittam // Chief Financial Officer

    Leissa has been with the Chamber since 1991. Leissa previously worked with Sunburst Bank in Mississippi, where she was responsible for the accounts payable department and facilitated the computerization of the department. Her responsibilities include managing the computer systems, the Total Resource Campaign program, and all financial aspects of the Chamber's operations. She is a 1999 graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management at the University of Georgia and a 2014 magna cum laude graduate of Athens State University where she majored in accounting. To email Leissa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Amber Fortenberry // Director of Talent Development and Recruitment

    Amber joined the Chamber staff in 2018, bringing experience in human resources management with Toray Carbon Fibers and more recently with Intergraph Services Company in Huntsville. During her career, she has worked in all phases of employee development and training, including employee recruitment through state and national networks, career fairs and outreach events. She received her bachelor of arts with a major in human resource management from Athens State University in Athens, Ala., and will be responsible for the organization’s education and workforce training efforts. To send Amber an email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Grant Thompson // Director of Communications

    Grant joined the Chamber staff in 2013, having previously worked as a contractor in the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) and the U.S. Army Garrison - Redstone at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., where he was responsible for social media strategy and online content. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., in 2000 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, and is responsible for all communications strategy, messaging and media engagement for the Chamber. To email Grant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Chamber wishes to thank its Strategic Partners for their support.

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