The Business Council of Alabama has announced three internal promotions that will enhance the organization’s overall effectiveness in membership support and administrative processes, political advocacy and economic development activities.
Michelle Hopson has been named vice president of finance; Kellie Hope has been elevated to vice president of community engagement and director of regional affairs, Southern region; and Andrea Hutchings has been promoted to manager of political affairs.
“BCA has a tremendous team that is focused on supporting our members and serving as the organization that brings businesses of all sizes and sectors in the state together,” said Robin Stone, interim executive director of BCA. “Kellie, Michelle and Andrea are dedicated to our members and our mission, and these promotions are reflective of the quality of their work and the expanded roles that these new titles carry.”
Hopson came to BCA in 2020 as director of finance with 24 years of experience in finance and accounting in the government, non-profit and private sectors. She is a graduate of Troy University with a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in human resource management.
Hopson said: “I am honored by this recognition and am proud to work alongside this great team at BCA. I’m excited to continue in my role as we work to support Alabama and its business community.”
Hope was originally named BCA’s director of regional affairs, Southern region, in 2019. She joined BCA from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where she served as vice president of community and governmental affairs. Hope earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master of social work from Tulane University.
Hope said: “I’m excited to continue our mission through this new role and honored to work with our team and many partners throughout the state.”
Hutchings joined BCA in 2020 as executive assistant to the president and CEO. She previously served in Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration as director of scheduling. Hutchings is an Auburn University Montgomery graduate with focuses in criminal justice and political science.
Hutchings said: “It is an honor to continue to serve BCA and begin serving ProgressPAC in this new capacity. I look forward to working alongside the PAC, ensuring that BCA stands ready to support and endorse pro-business candidates.”