Bill Bowron, president and CEO of Red Diamond Coffee and Tea, was awarded the Jemison Visionary Award, the most prestigious award in the Mountain Brook community, at the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce’s annual Luncheon on Jan. 17 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook.
Mayor Steward Welch presented the award, named after the developer of Mountain Brook Robert Jemison, honors individuals who have devoted their life to advancing the community.
IN the community, Bowron is well known for his civic leadership, having served in leadership positions with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Business Alliance, Mountain Brook Sports Park Foundation, PreSchool Partners Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Birmingham, World President’s Organization, Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham United Soccer Club, Industrial Health Council, Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation, Sloss Furnaces National Historical Landmark and St. Vincent’s Foundation. He is also a member of the Beaux Arts Krewe and supporter of the Birmingham Zoo.
“As a native of Mountain Brook and someone who believes deeply in our city, I am truly honored and proud to receive this recognition from the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce,” Bowron said. “Our community is filled with talented and dedicated people who work daily to enrich our collective lives. Red Diamond and I are grateful to be a small part of that equation.”
Other awards presented at the event included the Emmet O’Neal Library’s 2019 Tynes Award, presented to Alice Williams, a member of the Library’s board and the Mountain Brook Planning Commission. During her time serving on the Mountain Brook City Council from 1996 to 2006, Williams helped generate support for the building project that resulted in the library’s current facility.
The city recognized its Employee of the Year Hunter Simmons, liaison for the Village Design Review board. Among Simmons recent accolades is his redesign of the city’s website.
Originally, Simmons joined the city as a geographic information systems manager and has since held increasing responsibility within City Hall, according to Dana Hazen, Mountain Brook’s director of Planning, Building and Sustainability who presented the award to Simmons.
To conclude the luncheon, Vince Schilleci was inducted as the 2019 Chamber Board President by out-going president Dr. Cal Dodson.
– By Emily Williams