Meet our Executive Committee
Decatur Utilities General Manager Ray Hardin is the 2022-2023 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce. Ray accepted the gavel from outgoing Chairman, Jeff Brown of Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C. at our Annual Meeting last month. Ray looks forward to working with Chamber leadership, members and the community to continue moving Decatur and Morgan County forward. Ray is a member of the Rotary Noon Club of Decatur, active in the local community and serves on several other boards including the Morgan County Economic Development Authority, North Alabama Industrial Development Association and Electric Cities of Alabama.
Jamie and her husband, homebuilder, Steve were foster parents now turned adoptive parents. The Reeves have a beautiful blended family of six girls – Jessica, Emily, Maysen, Hunter & Ascher and grand-daughter Lenox. Jamie is passionate about child advocacy and her community.
Her advocacy for children began in her young adult life as an AmeriCorp VISTA at Mosaic Mentoring, formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morgan County Inc., where she spearheaded a program teaching high school students how to give back to the younger generation through mentorship. She has led with a servant's heart by giving her time to several nonprofits such as the Morgan County Child Advocacy Council, the Decatur Charity League, Parents & Children Together (PACT) Board of Directors, CASA of North Alabama Board of Directors, Morgan County Association of REALTORS Community Liaison Chair & Safety Chair, Morgan County Residential Task Team and by serving as the Vice Chair of Development for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.
Her devotion to enhancing the lives of others is what brought her to the decision of forming MeritHouse Realty in 2020. MeritHouse is a direct reflection of the way she chooses to serve others in our community as a portion of sales is invested back into their clients nonprofit of choice.
Jeffrey Brown is Past Chair of the Board. He is an attorney with Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C. in Decatur. Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Doctor of Law degree. He has a Master of Laws degree in taxation from New York University.
Jeffrey and his wife Melissa have two children, Matthew and Jamie, and a dog named Stella. The family attends Central United Methodist Church.
Jeffrey is on the Executive Board for the Rotary Club of Decatur and served as Chairman of the Board for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce for 2021-2022. He has served as a former president of the Decatur City Schools Foundation, Decatur Jaycees and Morgan County Christmas in April.
“My challenge to you is to wake up every morning and ask yourself ‘What can I do today to make Decatur-Morgan County a better place to live and work.’ Then, go out and make it happen!” said Brown.
Terry Welch is Vice Chair of Development. He is the Chief Business Development Officer with Contractor Service & Fabrication, Inc. Terry is a graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird University.
Terry and his wife Janelle have been married for 20 year and have four daughters and 8 grandchildren. He is currently on the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, the One Decatur Implementation Committee, the Industrial Development Board and serves as Vice Chair of the Lamar University College of Engineering Advisor Council. In his free time, Terry enjoys golfing, watching college football and basketball and spending time with his grandchildren.
Bo Weinman is Vice Chair of Leadership and Networking. Bo is a graduate of Auburn University and joined the Peck-Glasgow Agency, Inc. as an insurance advisor in 2014. He and his wife, Kim, have 3 children.
Bo has served as a Commodore for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce since 2015 and served as Admiral of the Commodores for 2021-2022. At the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in March, Bo was recognized as the 2022 Rosie Hennessy Commodore of the Year. This award is voted on by the Commodores recognizing an outstanding member of the Chamber’s ambassador corps. He is a graduate of the Chamber’s Excellence in Leadership program and is currently board president of Hospice of the Valley Foundation.
In his free time, Bo enjoys watching Auburn University athletics and is a huge professional wrestling fan, especially from the 80’s and 90’s.
Kent Lawrence is treasurer for the Chamber’s Executive Committee. Kent is a Decatur High School graduate and opened TVW Electrical Supply in 1986 in Decatur. Kent has grown the business into a regional distributor of electrical supplies including lighting products, lighting controls and power distribution products for residential, commercial and industrial projects.
Kent was named the Chamber’s Raymon Baker - John Cook - Ralph Jones Small Business Person of the Year for 2021. TVW Electrical Supply went on to win the 1-10 Employee Small Business of the Year award for 2021 from the Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.
Kent currently serves as chair of the City of Decatur Planning Commission, treasurer of the Greater Morgan County Homebuilders Association and vice chair of the Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Decatur’s Board of Directors, serving as past president. He and his wife, Mamie, have two sons, Jeremiah and Taylor, and two grandsons.
John Holley is the Vice Chair of Talent Development & Education. He is the Dean for Technologies at Calhoun Community College where he oversees twenty-three workforce development programs. Prior to his career at Calhoun, John was in mechanical contracting.
John is an elected member of the Morgan County Schools Board of Education. He represents the Union Hill and Lacey’s Spring areas. As a product of Morgan County Schools, Calhoun Community College, Athens State University, and Faulkner University, John believes in education opportunities for all Alabamians and understands the value of lifelong education and personal development.
John’s faith is instrumental in directing his path and decisions in life. He has led and participated in international mission work. John is married to Tracy and they have one son, Spencer. They reside on and operate a working cattle farm in east Morgan County.
Noel Lovelace is the Vice Chair of Community Building for the Chamber's Executive Committee. Noel is the Vice President of Development for Decatur Morgan Hospital and the President of the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation. She is responsible for the Foundation - the fundraising arm of the hospital - as well as marketing and communications, public relations, volunteer services, business development and occupational medicine. Noel has been employed at DMH since 2008 and has been in her current leadership role since the fall of 2016. She believes a strong healthcare delivery system is vital to the economic health of a community and the quality of life of its citizens - and that everyone should be cared for regardless of their ability to pay.
Noel is a native of Decatur/Morgan County and holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama. In addition to serving on the Chamber board, she serves on the boards of the Community Free Clinic, The Princess Theatre and River Clay. Noel is married to Barney and is mother to Scout and Myra (both canine). She enjoys her book clubs, listening to podcasts, swimming/floating, yoga, singing in the church choir and casual entertaining.