Donna Watts

President & CEO | South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

 

Donna has been the President of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce since September 1997.  In addition, she is the President of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation. She serves on numerous Boards including G.U.M.B.O., Business Council of Alabama, past board member of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, and is currently a part of the Coastal Resiliency Coalition leadership team.


Greg Alexander

President & CEO | Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

 

Greg is celebrating twelve years in the Chamber world, having first served as the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO in his native South Carolina. The leap into the role came after serving in the finance industry for nine years. While certainly a change of pace from what he was used to, the art of being a leader is in Alexander’s heart and soul. After graduating from Presbyterian College in 1992, he joined the US Army, rising to the ranks of Captain. His service led him to Germany to assist in Operation Joint Endeavor in the former Yugoslavia where he was directly responsible for 215 soldiers. Alexander’s work with the Laurens County and Hilton-Head Bluffton Chambers continued all the way to the summer of 2018 when a new opportunity came on the horizon. Tragedy struck the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber in January of 2018 when beloved President Ed Rodriguez passed away suddenly. In the wake of this news, the Chamber board of directors worked meticulously for nearly six months, sorting through nearly 100 candidates and finally landing Alexander in July of 2018. After traveling to the area through the interview process, Alexander and his family knew they wanted to call Coastal Alabama their new home.  Since beginning in the office, Alexander has helped lead the charge in bringing positive change to the Chamber through enhancing member benefits and strengthening existing programs. A major steppingstone includes forming a partnership with the neighboring South Baldwin Chamber, leading to the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber becoming a part of the workforce and business development program, the Gateway Initiative.  In June of 2020, the Chamber experienced an expansion as a second office was opened in Orange Beach through strong collaboration with Orange Beach local government.  As this new opportunity and others arise, Alexander and his teams are eager to continue delivering results and solutions to members and investors alike.


Edward Bushaw

Vice President of Workforce Development

 

Ed holds the position of Vice President of Workforce Development for the Gateway Initiative, a collaboration between the South Baldwin and Coastal Alabama Business Chambers of Commerce.  Ed’s business experience includes Acquisition and Development with the Statler Hotel Corporation and the Western New York Hotel Management Corporation.  Bushaw left the industry to accept a teaching position in Hotel/Restaurant Management at SUNY Jefferson where he rose to the position of Business Division Chair and Associate Professor.  In 1994, Ed accepted a position with Faulkner State in Gulf Shores and retired from the college in 2018 as Division Chair and Campus Director.  For the past 15 years, Bushaw has held the position of President of the consulting firm - Hospitality Innovations Group.  Ed holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo and a master's degree in Technical Education from SUNY Oswego.  Ed’s wife Kristy is an associate broker with ReMax Paradise in Orange Beach and they have three children Jacob, Caitlyn, and Regan.


Sally Westendorf 

Director of Business Innovation

 

Sally is the Director of Business Innovation for the Gateway team. She is a Tennessee native, with strong ties to Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Birmingham, and north Florida, growing up with family in Loxley and Pensacola and spending many seasons in the Gulf Coast waters.  After living in five states and two countries within a six-year period, she and her husband and new-ish baby girl (and two pups) are finally settled on Plash Island in Gulf Shores.  Sally says, “I have learned to never say never, so I feel very strongly that I will kick, scream, and fight if made to leave Lower Alabama.  My politics do not always align, but I feel a magnetic connection to the people and environment here.  I see the potential and want to be a part of real, meaningful growth in our region.”  Sally has a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State University (GA), and received her Bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL (Go Badgers!). She has nine years of professional experience within industries such as Financial Services, Retail, Healthcare, Higher Education, and Agriculture.  Sally has designed and managed initiatives and projects pertaining to organizational change, training and organizational development, and software implementations via the application of stakeholder analysis and engagement, communication planning, knowledge transfer, and performance appraisal.  Outside of the office, she enjoys painting and creating art with mixed media, experimenting in the kitchen with family recipes, porch sitting at sunset, making her daughter laugh and watching her learn, and the occasional game of volleyball. 


Tyler Morgan Brunson

Gateway Program Coordinator

 

Tyler is Gateway’s newest team member, and will be assisting and championing the Gateway Initiative as the Program Coordinator. A Montgomery native, she grew up vacationing on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast like many Alabamians . She has a B.F.A. from The University of Mississippi (Hotty Toddy!) and a M.A. Ed. from Auburn University - Montgomery. Tyler’s experiences and skills in the education world were a key factor in the team’s decision to bring her onboard; however, her background in the fine arts and years of event planning experience also brings an edge to the initiative. She taught junior high school for six years, managed events and sales for Perdido Beach Resort for three years, and later joined the Mobile Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, gaining additional experience in corporate, association, convention and lodging sales with a market that expanded all over the country. “I am passionate about our ever-growing community, and truly understand why educating the workforce and employing our businesses with strong, sustainable, career-minded individuals in South Baldwin county is so important for the future,” said Tyler. She lives in Foley with her husband and two fur babies, Mia and Stevie. In her spare time, she manages her own event planning business, enjoys working in her art studio, taking her dogs on adventures, and loves to cook while spending time with her family and friends.


Lori Pressley

Director of Communications | South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

Lori joined the Chamber team in October 2018 as the Director of Communications. Lori's career in education and industry as well as being a long-time Baldwin Countian serves her well coming into the chamber world: 22 years as technology coordinator and child transportation extraordinaire (bus driver ;$) at St. Patrick's Catholic School, and 6 years at Rohr Southern Industries (Collins Aerospace). For the Chamber, Gateway, and the Foundation, she has led the charge on revamping many key communications outlets including digitizing many of the Chamber's regular media, like the Monthly Newsletter, and guiding the annual development of the Find It Local Guide, continually updating the chamber website, social media content, news releases, newsletters and emails on announcements, and business spotlights like ribbon-cutting and SBAwesome (customer service award) videos. Outside of the office, Lori enjoys boating along the Gulf Coast and spending lots of time with her grandbabies. She also has a really cute dog and husband!


Rachel Spear 

Events Director | South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

Rachel is the Event Director for the South Baldwin Chamber. She is a native of Foley, AL, and graduated from Foley High School in 2006. Rachel has just over 10 years experience in the hospitality/restaurant industry where she held many different roles including corporate certified trainer. During her career in the hospitality industry, Rachel completed her associate's degrees in Hospitality & Restaurant Management and Event Planning. She began her involvement with the South Baldwin Chamber through volunteering with events and was offered a part-time position with the Chamber Foundation in 2014. Since then, Rachel has held the position of Executive Assistant of the Chamber Foundation, Event Assistant of the Chamber, and was promoted to the Event Director in October of 2016. "It has always brought me a great deal of pleasure to plan things that make people happy! Quality of life is so valuable, and I believe that by being a part of planning community events that bring businesses, locals and tourists together to experience memorable moments is my way of giving back to this community that I have called home my whole life. I do more than just plan events though and I am very honored to be a resource for businesses and individuals in this community to connect". Rachel and her husband, Daniel, have been married since 2015 and reside in Foley where they raise their daughter, Lena.   


Kylee Raulerson

Executive Director | South Baldwin Chamber Foundation

Kylee joined the Chamber team in November 2016 as the Event and Foundation Assistant, and soon after advanced to Event Operations Manager for the South Baldwin Chamber. In January 2021, she accepted a new role as the Executive Director of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation. In her career with the Chamber of Commerce, she has made quite a name for herself for her skills in event planning and execution, and marketing. As a Foley High School Alumni and mother of two children who attend our Baldwin County Public Schools, Kylee is passionate about serving this community and the schools our Foundation serves. In her role as Executive Director, she manages the Chamber Foundation's education enrichment programs and development efforts, coordinating grants and leadership development throughout ten public schools and three private schools in South Baldwin County. These schools also benefit from the SBCF Student & Teacher Grants program and connections with corporate partners and funding opportunities through the Foundation. In her spare time, Kylee can be found up in the gym working on her fitness, on the ball field cheering on her two sons, or cooking up some delicious (cajun-inspired) meals for her whole family.


Ryan Moberly

Director of Communications | Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Ryan is the Communications Coordinator for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber. A lifelong resident of nearby Pensacola, FL, Ryan graduated from Escambia High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of West Florida. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ryan worked as a public address announcer and production assistant for the Pensacola Greyhound Track & Poker Room and interned as a live stream sports producer for the University of West Florida. Ryan joined the Chamber in 2018 and has undertaken many projects including revamping the websites for the Chamber and the Annual National Shrimp Festival, and recently producing the Municipal Candidate Spotlight, highlighting 16 candidates running for positions in the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys watching videos on YouTube and visiting theme parks across the Southeast.


Penny Hughey

Vice President of Education | Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Penny is a Northwest Georgia native who spent most of her adult life living in Chattanooga, TN but dreaming of one day living on the coast.  She relocated to Gulf Shores in 2018 with her youngest daughter Anna Kate who is currently a freshman at Gulf Shores High School and involved in the NJROTC program there. Penny also has two older daughters; Alex, who is 27 and lives with her husband & 6-month-old baby girl on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC and Kinsey, who is 21 who recently graduated with her degree in Communications and currently works for Habitat For Humanity in Charleston, SC. A graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC whose motto was “While we live we serve”, Penny exemplifies that lifestyle and has raised her daughters to do the same. Penny graduated with a dual degree in Business and Music and began her career as a Management Trainee in the Banking world. She spent more than 20 years in that industry working as everything from a Teller & a Branch Manager to Vice President of Commercial Lending; her favorite part about being a banker was getting to help people with their financial goals. In 2011 she transferred into the nonprofit world and for the next 7 years, she worked as a Career Coach and Mentor helping to guide both students and adults through career planning. Throughout her own career, Penny has always been a public servant in a variety of community volunteer leadership roles with organizations such as the Mayoral Women’s Council, Communities in Schools, and Junior Achievement. She was a founding member of the Chattanooga Women Mean Business chapter, graduated from the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute’s Women Mentoring Women program, and has graduated from two different Chamber of Commerce Leadership programs. After being an active and award-winning Chamber member and volunteer for more than 25 combined years, Penny considers it an honor and a privilege to serve as the Vice President of Education and Programs for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber. She enjoys working with all types and ages of people and you will always find her with a smile on her face and doing everything she can to make those around her smile as well. Positivity is contagious and she believes life is too short not to have fun and enjoy what you do and she loves her job! When not at work, you will most likely find her poolside in her outdoor kitchen whipping up a gourmet meal & fun drinks for family and friends. Good Food & Drink + Good Friends = Great Times!!


Travis Valentine

Vice President of Investor Relations / South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

Travis joined the Chamber team in February 2015. Responsible for strategically partnering members with chamber events and opportunities, Travis is working to help members build their businesses. Travis is responsible for recruiting new members to our Chamber, overseeing the Diplomat program, Local Discoveries Business Tours, Chamber Rec Nights, and AM Connections. Travis, his wife Merritt, daughter Tatum and son Holden reside in Gulf Shores.