Hendrix named Chamber chairman
by Daniel Gaddy
Jan 12, 2011 | 1958 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chamber of Commerce of Walker County officials have named local banker Bert Hendrix as the new chairman to the board of directors.

Hendrix is a senior vice president of First Bank of Jasper and has been a chamber member for more than a decade.

Chamber president Linda Lewis said Hendrix has been in a leadership role in the group for more than eight years. She said that, throughout that time, he has worked to fulfill the motto of the state chamber association: building a better Alabama through stronger chambers of commerce.

"He has a great understanding about the chamber and about our initiatives and programs," she said.

As the new chairman, Hendrix said his primary goal will be to encourage further collaboration among the groups that promote economic growth in the area.

"I would like to see everyone join together and work together to promote Walker County," he said.

Hendrix said he will also continue to tout programs like the group's job-shadowing day for local students and the "Chamber Checks" program, which allows residents to purchase vouchers that can be redeemed at local businesses.

Hendrix said he particularly hopes to promote the chamber's "Leadership Walker County" projects. The program is a six-month event where chamber representatives connect residents with business leaders and public officials in the area. The residents take tours of key facilities in the county, like the courthouse and Walker Baptist Medical Center. The attendants also hear about the history of the area and travel to Montgomery to meet with the county's state lawmakers.

"It's a great program if you're new to the area," Hendrix said.

Hendrix is also the 2009 co-winner of the chamber's "Volunteer of the Year" award, based in large part for his work to help organize the group's bass tournaments. He said many people are surprised to find out how much the competitions help the local economy grow.

"When you start looking at the numbers of people that come in and spend money in the community during these events, it can make a really large impact," he said.

Hendrix graduated from Walker High School in 1982. He attended Auburn University, where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration, and he worked at Farmers' National Bank in Opelika for 11 years.

Hendrix moved back to Jasper and started at First Bank of Jasper in 1998.

His wife, Debbie, is a preschool teacher at Jasper's First Baptist Church. They have two sons, 19-year-old Trey and 12-year-old Blake.

Hendrix said that, as much as local officials say it, he genuinely thinks Walker County is in store for major economic growth.

"I think we're in the right direction," he said. "I really believe it's getting close."