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Women of Achievement – Anna Buckalew

Anna Buckalew
President/CEO Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

In January, Anna Buckalew was elected to the position of president and CEO of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. She officially took over April 2. Buckalew says, “I think being the first woman to head a major chamber of commerce in our state garnered a lot of attention. The fact that I am succeeding Randy George, who has been such an icon in economic and community development, made this transition even more noteworthy. To be selected to lead an organization with such an important mission, representing the city and region that I love, is so humbling and such a tremendous privilege.”

Originally from Birmingham, Buckalew graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in communications. She joined the chamber team in 1988 and was named executive vice president in 2014. In that role, Buckalew was responsible for staff direction, operations, and strategic planning.

Buckalew is married with a son who is a junior at The Montgomery Academy. She and her family are members of First United Methodist Church, where she teaches Sunday school. Horses are also a passion of hers. She says, “I had been without a horse of my own for a while, and decided the time was right to start back doing what I love. Although my schedule has been so hectic lately that it’s hard to find time during the week to ride, but just a little barn time every day is good for the soul.”

When she was asked about being selected as a Woman of Achievement, Buckalew stated, “I think for women, when we think of achievement in our lives it’s never about “the one” thing. It’s about all the parts of your life that make up the whole. When I think about this most recent development in my life – being named to lead the chamber – it’s wrapped up in layers of raising a child, caring for family, your employees, learning from the best business and community leaders anywhere, seeing your city and region grow, giving to your community, and so many things that are woven into the milestones in our lives.”

 

 

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