For the second consecutive year, the Chattahoochee Valley Bama Club has been named the University of Alabama National Alumni Association's National Chapter of the Year.
It competed in the out-of-state, large division category.
"There are four divisions. We have four Alabama counties among the nine counties represented in our chapter but are still considered out-of-state because we are based in Columbus," said Blair Brown, the chapter's president. He said it is a thrill to win the award.
"This is the first time a chapter has won it back-to-back, and we beat out chapters in places like New York, Dallas and St. Louis," Brown said.
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The award was presented at a banquet sponsored by the University of Alabama Association on July 18 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Brown and chapter treasurer Rick Smith accepted the award.
The chapter has 400 members. Georgia counties represented are Muscogee, Harris, Troup, Chattahoochee and Stewart. Alabama counties represented are Russell, Lee, Chambers and Randolph.
The chapter presented scholarships to eight students at its spring meeting.
Brown said he wanted to the members for their "steadfast support." "Winning this is a testament to the loyalty and hard work of our members," he said.
In this day and age, it's becoming more and more rare for someone to remain with a company a decade, much less all of 44 years.
But that's where TSYS executive Ken Tye finds himself, with the senior vice president and chief executive officer preparing to call it a career in September.
On top of that, it's not every day that an employee has made as deep of an impact on a company as Tye has at the credit-card processor headquartered here in Columbus.
We'll let TSYS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Troy Woods tell you what Tye has meant to the high-tech firm, in words delivered while opening a conference call Tuesday with industry analysts who follow TSYS, shortly after the company's release of its earnings report.
"During Ken's tenure, he has been instrumental in leading and delivering almost all of the technological advancements that TSYS has made," Woods said. "He was responsible for leading the team that built TS2, considered the industry's most technologically advanced payment processing system in the market today, with more than 40 percent of the credit cards in the United States processed on the platform.
"Most recently, Ken has led the (Project) Surround Team to create a more open technology environment to power TSYS' next generation of digital innovation and consumer servicing. As I have said on several occasions, Ken possesses that rare and unique ability to leverage his technical acumen with sound business strategy. We are indebted to Ken for his service and for the role he has played in positioning TSYS as one of the most respected fintech (financial technology) companies in the payments industry."
Of course, Tye himself would likely say he's been surrounded by plenty of solid people who have helped make things happen.
Still, in this here-today-and-gone-tomorrow world, it's good to see someone who's shown loyalty and achievement with one single company get a nice pat on the back from their employer.
We in Chatterland agree and extend our own congratulations to a job well done.
Columbus is getting a visit from a Republican presidential candidate. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to visit the Muscogee County Republican Party on Aug. 8.
"Senator Cruz is a conservative superstar, and we hope that many members of the Chattahoochee Valley Community will come to hear his positive message about the future of America," the Muscogee County Republican's news release stated. He will be at Solid Rock Church, 6959 Warm Springs Rd., at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person and a buffet dinner will be provided by Country's Barbecue to all RSVP ticket holders. Ticket requests and inquiries can also be directed to email@example.com or 706-329-0274.
Columbus lost two of its finer citizens this month when James Kyle Spencer and Herb Greene died two weeks ago.
Spencer, a retired banker, historian and philanthropist, left a deep impression on the city through his generosity to Columbus State University and his environmental work. Greene, long-time basketball coach and athletic director at CSU taught legions of players more than just how to play ball, but how to live life with a purpose.
So it was fitting Tuesday night that Columbus Council read into the official record, then approved by unanimous votes, proclamations honoring the two. The proclamations will be presented to the families as a gesture from a grateful city.