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Monday, 05 December 2016 07:45

Jeremy L. Arthur President and CEO Chamber of Commerce Assocation of Alabama

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RRJ:  As the President at the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama what does your job entail?

 

Jeremy:  CCAA exists to strengthen the vital role local Chambers of Commerce play in economic and community development. We provide our members with exceptional services in the areas of advocacy, professional development, and communication of issues that affect the local business community and serve as a clearinghouse for business-related information, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and other contacts that serve the needs of local Chamber of Commerce professionals.  I get to represent 100+ local chambers of commerce in local communities across the great State of Alabama!

 

RRJ:  After working with the Chamber of Commerce for nearly 15 years, locally in Prattville and now with the 120 statewide associations, what excites you about going into work each morning?

 

Jeremy:  In any given community, there is usually only one person that leads a chamber.  You get to be a part of something much, much bigger than any one thing.  Chambers help communities grow great because they “plant trees whose shade they will never sit in.”  I do what I do for the benefit of others, for business, for community, all for the common good.  What makes a local chamber unique is they function when probably they should not.  So, the challenge excites me.  Local chamber members do not share a common age, nor lifestyle, nor career.  Most importantly, what they do share is a common vision for their community, what their community can be, and what their community must be for the sake of progress. 

 

RRJ:  How do your coworkers and those you meet through your job know that you’re a Christ-follower?

 

Jeremy:  People will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did.  But, people will never forget how you made them feel.  My faith defines me as a person, whether that’s in a personal or professional setting.  It’s simply who I am.  I hope that people can see Christ living in me.  It can be something as simple as a smile, a word of encouragement, an offer of prayer, a note or a card, or a model of behavior that allows me to share God’s love and open a door.

 

RRJ:  Does your commitment to Christ and His will ever interfere with your work?

 

Jeremy:  We all lead busy lives.  If I’m not careful, I can let the cares of the world, the stress of the job, and the constant travel distract me.  I have to continually refocus my priorities during my continued growth as a Christian.  Yet, I can learn from those shortcomings and do my best to not let them interfere in the future.  It’s a constant journey, but the end game of a heavenly home will be worth it all.

 

RRJ:  Has this kind of genuine faith always been a part of who you are?

 

Jeremy:  My faith has guided me for as long as I can remember.  I am thankful I grew up in a God-fearing home with two parents who loved me and shared their love of Christ with me.  My father lost a battle with cancer when I was young.  His death presented a crossroads for me.  I could choose to blame God, be bitter, deny my faith, and let that shape who I would become.  Or, I could choose to embrace God, draw near to Him, let Him strengthen me, guide me, and mold me into something greater.  I’m glad I chose the latter.

 

RRJ:  How did your father’s long-term battle with cancer impact the way you live your life?

 

Jeremy:  We all know life is “but a vapor.”  But, as a believer, I know heaven is waiting for those who diligently follow Him.  I often say that life is full of “moments,” and how you respond to them is an example of your faith.  In happy moments, praise God.  In difficult moments, seek God.  In quite moments, worship God.  In painful moments, trust God.  In every moment, thank God.  I don’t always get it right.  But, I try to take the “moments” that I am given and use them for the greatest good.

 

RRJ:  Besides your work with the Chamber, how else do you honor God by seeking to serve and empower others?

 

Jeremy:  I try to use my life itself to honor God and be His servant.  I truly believe that to whom much has been given, much is required.  I think that’s why I embrace servant leadership.  It’s a way to give back to a cause, a community, an issue, or something I feel passionate about in my life.  Whether it’s my local church, the YMCA, the United Way, my alma mater Auburn University, or any other thing I am blessed to serve, I can demonstrate God’s love.  We are all created in His image.  That thought is amazing to me...that I am created in the image of God.  I want others to know that God loves them, will forgive them, and will help them.  I think this allows people to reach their full potential and become the people God truly wants them to be.

 

RRJ:  Finally, in your walk with Christ, what tools and resources are vital for keeping your faith strong?

 

Jeremy:  Prayer is key for me.  And, surrounding myself with a support system of believers and other followers.  One of the greatest blessings I have is that I have a direct line to God because of the sacrifice of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Prayer is truly awe-inspiring to me.  To possess the ability to communicate with my Creator is truly humbling.  It also reminds me that I can’t do “life” alone.  There are times when I have to remind myself that God is in control, understand my shortcomings and failures, and submit to the fact that God’s will is perfect.  I challenge myself every day to be better than I was the day before and look for ways I can be better tomorrow.

 

Jeremy Arthur is a Christian, a son, a friend, a Southerner, a food critic, a traveler, a lover of learning, a collector of books, and a lifelong Alabamian. You can often find Jeremy cheering for his alma mater, Auburn University, or reading his favorite book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Alabama native Nelle Harper Lee.

 

 

 

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