The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce presented its Chair’s Choice Award to Dr. Charles A. “Scotty” McCallum, the former mayor of Vestavia Hills and past president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, at the chamber’s annual awards luncheon at Vestavia Country Club on Jan. 14.
“My vocabulary is probably not sufficient enough to honor this man the way he deserves to be honored,” Scott Perry, past chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said as he introduced McCallum as the award winner.
Perry said McCallum was elected mayor in 2000 and during his two terms was instrumental in the annexation of Cahaba Heights into the city.
“He’s had so many successes in helping Vestavia Hills, but he never wants to shine the spotlight on his accomplishments,” Perry said.
Perry said he was recently on hand when McCallum spoke to some students at Pizitz Middle School.
“He didn’t tell them about the wonderfulthings he’s done for this city,”Perry said. “Instead, he told them about his first day as mayor and how he spent it listening to the citizens.”
Perry said this would be the last time the Chamber presents the Chair’s Choice Award.
“From now on, this award will be named the Charles A. McCallum Leadership Award,” Perry said.
McCallum, who just completed his second year as a director-at-large with the chamber, installed the chamber’s new slate of officers and directors for 2014.