Michele Coley is a Tuscaloosa business owner who has earned a reputation for helping the community.
Coley, owner of the Allstate Coley Agency, recently received the highest honor from the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. She is the Chamber’s Charles H. Land Member of the Year, an award given in recognition of her commitment to improving western Alabama.
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“Michele Coley is fully dedicated to serving the West Alabama community, and the Chamber is fortunate to have her on our team,” said Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber of West Alabama trade.
“The work she has done to inject new energy into the Diverse Business Council and the Women’s Leadership Alliance is truly making a difference. Her passion for the community is unmatched and she will continue to be an asset to West Alabama,” he said.
Coley, who sits on the House’s board of directors, said being recognized as member of the year was “very unexpected”.
“It was humbling. Yet it’s just hard to believe that you know, of all the members of the House, I’m the member of the year, and I’m like, Well, what the hell? did I do to deserve this?” “Coley said.
In addition to Member of the Year, Coley was named House Board Chair in 2023, a position Coley said she has always aspired to hold.
The Montgomery native moved to Tuscaloosa in 1991 to pursue studies at the University of Alabama. Coley worked in insurance sales for several years before starting her own insurance business in 2018. Prior to opening her business, Coley worked as a radio host for Tuscaloosa radio station WTUG.
Coley became involved in the Chamber in 2010 while working at a local bank. She attended networking events where she was introduced to the Minority Business Council, which was renamed Diverse Business Council. Coley was president of the Diverse Business Council for several years.
Coley currently serves on the Chamber’s Executive Committee as Vice President of Leadership and Community Development and she was instrumental in revitalizing the Diverse Business Council and the Women’s Leadership Alliance.
In addition to her work with the House, Coley serves on the City of Tuscaloosa Elevation Advisory Board, the UA College of Continuing Studies Board of Visitors, and she is a member of the Tuscaloosa Zoning Adjustment Board. .
The member of the year award is named after the late Charles H. Land, former chamber president who was also publisher of The Tuscaloosa News.
Here’s a look at the other awards that were presented Feb. 3 at the Chamber’s 121st Annual Celebration at the Bryant Conference Center.
• Terry Saban won the President’s Leadership Award. Saban is dedicated to serving the West Alabama community through his involvement in initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity, Nick’s Kids Foundation, and most recently, his partnership with the City of Tuscaloosa to develop the Saban Center. , a state-of-the-art, interactive educational center for children.
• DCH Health System won the Robert C. Tanner Corporate Service Award, which recognizes corporate leadership, philanthropic efforts, and community service by a member entity in the western Alabama region.
• Whitni Molden of the Capstone Hotel won the Ambassador of the Year award.
• Cassius Lanierowner of Lanier Automotive and who was elected to the seat of District 7 of the Tuscaloosa City Council in 2021, received the Diverse Business Council Trailblazer award.
• Whatley Health Services won Nonprofit of the Year.
• Kim Ingram of Hayes Ingram, LLC and Dr. Billy Kirkpatrick of Five Horizons Health Services received Distinguished Service Awards. This award recognizes individuals or organizations for their community service and leadership.
• Rebecca Patterson and Taylor Pearce of Gourmade Kitchen won the H. Pettus Randall Entrepreneurial Rising Star Award.
• Inge Beeker of the Beeker real estate group. won the H. Pettus Randall Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.
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