ABOUT GUMBO

Gulf United Metro Business Organization (GUMBO) is a coalition of local business leaders, chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and tourism/travel organizations who are committed to the intelligent growth and development of south Baldwin County, Alabama. Our mission is to foster better communication between area business leaders and government officials at the local, state and federal levels to enhance the growth and sustainability of south Baldwin County and provide economic opportunity for our citizens. GUMBO is patterned after a similar group in Myrtle Beach, SC that has been in existence for more than 20 years and has had similar success in focusing policy makers on the infrastructure needs of that community.

WHY IS GUMBO NEEDED?

The south Baldwin County area is no longer a collection of small communities. We are a coalition of regional communities located in one of the fastest growing areas of Alabama. With that growth comes enormous opportunities and challenges.

We must work together to take advantage of these opportunities and meet these challenges. Local office holders, including mayors, county commissioners and legislators, want and need to hear from business leaders about our area’s needs for the future. Most importantly, they want to hear a united voice with a clear message.

Due to the dynamic and explosive growth of our region, a unified strategy must be developed and communicated accurately to support the growing infrastructure, workforce needs and product development.

 
GUMBO is committed to working with the mayors of our local municipalities, members of the Baldwin County Commission, our local legislative delegation and our leaders in Washington, D.C., to focus attention on our needs and provide the infrastructure necessary to move this region forward while preserving our unique identity and environment.

GUMBO also provides the mechanism to pool our financial resources to engage professional representation in Montgomery to lobby effectively for our area and make policy makers aware of challenges facing south Baldwin County.

GUMBO MEMBERSHIP

GUMBO provides a forum for our stakeholders to meet with local, state and federal policymakers to share concerns and provide suggestions on solving problems that confront our area. Our goal is to be a united force working with these governmental leaders to develop policies that will provide for the future growth and development of south Baldwin County.

GUMBO members meet on a frequent basis with the mayors of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley, and with the members of the Baldwin County Commission. Continuous contact with members of our local legislative delegation helps facilitate and focus interaction with leaders in Montgomery, including the governor and members of his cabinet, such as the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation.

Working cooperatively and through our full-time lobbyist, GUMBO provides a forum for business leaders throughout Baldwin County to communicate effectively with policymakers who make decisions that impact the future growth and development of our area and our bottom lines.

Stakeholders are asked to participate at a level they feel comfortable based on the size and nature of their business.  GUMBO is organized as a 501(c) (6) corporation, similar to a trade association or chamber of commerce. Contributions or a portion of your contributions to GUMBO may or may not be tax deductible, except for that portion used to cover direct lobbying expenses. Please consult your tax advisor for a clarification on the tax deductibility of your contribution.

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GUMBO BOARD MEMBERS

Current members of GUMBO include:

  • Chairman—Anthony Kaiser, Century 21 Meyer Real Estate
  • Vice Chairman—Greg Leatherbury, Hand Arendall, LLC
  • Secretary/Treasurer—Donna Watts, President of South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce
  • Herb Malone, CEO of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism
  • J. Gary Ellis, President of Compass Media, Inc.
  • Patrick Bussey, President of Bussey Capital Management LLC
  • Jo Jo McCarron, McCarron Insurance Group

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Robert Craft, Mayor-City of Gulf Shores
  • Tony Kennon, Mayor-City of Orange Beach
  • John Koniar, Mayor-City of Foley

Governmental Relations:

  • Martin Christie, President of Christie Strategy Group

 

Most of us were born and raised in Baldwin County and all of us are dedicated to working toward a better future for this unique area of the state.

CONTACT

Anthony Kaiser  |  251-752-2845 (cell)  |  akaiser@meyerre.com

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