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Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell

Owner of Mitchell Container Services, LLC

A History of Saraland- An Interview with Ron Mitchell

RELEASED May 16th, 2023.

In this interview we sit down with one of the founding members of our chamber, Mr. Ron Mitchell. Ron has served on the Saraland City Council as a councilman, current chairman of the Saraland Water Board, former Chamber president and current board member of the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce to name a few of his leadership roles. He has not only studied the history of our city but has lived it. Hear his accounts of the history of our area and the recent history of the City of Saraland.

Episode 13- A Chat with Current and Former Junior Ambassadors

RELEASED April 17th, 2023.

Christina Williams

Christina Williams

Current Junior Ambassador

Christina Williams is a senior at Saraland High School. She is in multiple activities and organizations. She is a Saraland Singer, the President of the Future Business Leaders of America, and a member of Student Council. She is also a member of Broadcasting, Leo Club, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. After graduation, she plans to attend University of Mobile and pursue a degree in nursing.

Sadie Miller

Sadie Miller

Current Junior Ambassador

Sadie Miller is a senior at Saraland High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Leo Club, and the Work Based Learning and Administrative Career Tech Program. She is currently pursuing a career in cosmetology through an apprenticeship. Sadie enjoys all things beauty and fashion! After graduation, Sadie will attend Coastal Alabama Community College and pursue an occupational degree in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. In the future, she intends to open and manage her own salon, becoming a small business owner.

Caryngten Baggett

Caryngten Baggett

Former Junior Ambassador

Caryngten Baggett is a sophomore in attendance at Coastal Alabama Community College, majoring in General Studies with a concentration in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Upon graduation in May, I am furthering my college education at the University of South Alabama, pursuing a degree in Recreational Therapy. In the future, I plan to use my degree in some capacity working with the elder community.

Tim Faircloth

Tim Faircloth

District Manager- Piggly Wiggly

Episode 12- An Interview with Tim Faircloth on Servant Leadership

RELEASED March 17th, 2023.

Tim Faircloth is president elect for the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. Tim has worked at AGC Piggly Wiggly since 2009. His current roles include Human Resources, Marketing, Special Events and Deli Operations.  He enjoyed owning and running restaurants for 26 years before his adventure in the grocery business.  Tim grew up in the Cottage Hill area of Mobile before moving to Nashville TN. There he worked at the corporate office of O’Charley’s after being recruited from the corporate office Ruby Tuesday. Faircloth worked at Naman’s Catering for seven years, and it was here he encountered what true servanthood looked like in his leadership role under Alec Naman.

Tim met the love of his life Penny in the church where they served as youth pastors and lead pastors for over seven years.  Tim and Penny now pastor a home church called The Tank with a strong focus on discipleship and outreach to support other local churches and create strong communities.  They have discovered the vital importance of authentic relationships that bind people to the scriptures and each other. Tim and Penny also serve International Gospel Outreach missions organization.  They have been married for 16 years, and are proud of Tim’s daughter Katherine, a graduate of Troy University with an excelling career in the insurance industry.

Tim’s greatest passion is seeing men and their families grow in their walk with Christ. This focus drives him not only to meet weekly with men individually for discipleship, but also in a group environment every Monday. Tim believes that true success is measured one mature person at the time growing into the person God created them to be.  This rarely happens in a busy crowd, but in the confidential place of dismantling the lies a broken person has chosen to listen and believe.


Laurel Flowers

Laurel Flowers

Laurel Flowers- State Farm Agent

Episode 10- Saraland City Teacher and Founder of World Changers United Ministry.

RELEASED January 27th, 2022.

Last month I shared my vision for the chamber in 2023 and this month I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself. I am the owner of Laurel Flowers State Farm. I’ve been in the insurance industry since 2008 and had a great role model who showed me the ins and outs of his business. At that time, I was studying at the University of Mobile where I graduated with an MBA and an undergraduate in Mathematics and Business Finance. From there I moved to Nashville, TN to train under a State Farm agent in the agent aspirant program before taking over from a retiring agent in my hometown of Saraland, AL in 2017. Upon returning home I met my now husband Bradley Flowers and have two sweet kids Kleighton (9) and Luke (1). If you see me around, please come speak. I look   forward to meeting new people this year and serving as your president.


Callie Hudson

Callie Hudson

Founder of World Changers United Ministry

Episode 10- Saraland City Teacher and Founder of World Changers United Ministry.

RELEASED December 13th, 2022.

About 2 years ago, God started moving on my heart to start an outreach ministry for teachers. It all started with a desire to encourage and remind teachers of their value and impact on the lives of their students. The Lord showed me that if we can reach Kindergarten through Twelfth grade teacher, we have just reached the next twelve generations for Christ. I set up a meeting with my pastor to share my vision. Without hesitation, Saraland First Assembly of God was on board. The results of this first meeting set into motion many other conversations and meetings to get a team of amazing teachers and leaders, from all denominations, together to host an event especially for teachers. With the help of many community sponsors, the funds were provided to help make this vision come true.

In January 2020, World Changers United hosted the First Annual Night of Refreshing for Teachers. This night was all about making sure teachers were refreshed, laughed, and left knowing their impact on the lives of their students.

Today, World Changers United, continues to increase its vision. As a ministry, our goals now include reminding teachers of their impact on the lives of their students, co-workers, and parents they come in contact with each day. They are valuable!

How do we plan to encourage and reach these teachers throughout the school year? We make sure teachers have a small gift at the beginning of each quarter throughout the school year to remind them that God has called them to this mission field, their classroom and school. Through social media, we send encouraging videos, scriptures, quotes, and prayers. Once a year, we have our big event, A Night of Refreshing for Teachers. Teachers from all over the area will be invited to attend.

Shinekia Dillon

Shinekia Dillon

Owner of Touch of Love Healthcare Training School and Touch of Love Sitter Service, LLC.

Episode 9- Registered Nurse and Owner of A Touch of Love Sitter Services, LLC

RELEASED November 21st, 2022

The History of Touch of Love

 Welcome to Touch of Love. My name is Shinekia Dillon. I am the Founder and Administrator of Touch of Love Sitter (2017) & Touch of Love Healthcare Training School (2020). I am a Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified CPR Instructor. I am a graduate of Reid State Technical School (2014).

Where it all began:

When I was about 10 years old my mother took in a great aunt and began to care for her. She would have a nurse to come out several times a week to care for some wombs on her legs. She would scream in pain!

One day, I asked the nurse (Jane, I still remember the nurse name) if I could come in the room with and let my aunt hold my hand when you started her womb care. Jane reluctantly replied, “Sure”.

I stood there at the door and patiently waited for her to let me in. Once she opened the door, I went and sat on her bed and told her “You can hold my hand, and squeeze it as hard as you want to. Take the pain out on me”.

From that day forward, a seed was planted. I waited at the door every time Jane came to visit, until years later that aunt passed away.

I was privileged to help take care of my great aunt, great grandmother, and grandmother, all in the same home.

Years later I went to training school and received my CNA license, several years later I went back and obtained my nursing degree and license. The seed began to sprout up and I was in strong pursuit to start my own business.

My aunt allowed me to “touch” (hold) her hand in one of her most vulnerable moments, and that’s where the name Touch of Love comes from. 

Touch of Love Sitter has been established, licensed, and insured since August 2017.

I pray that each patient and family that we meet and care for, we leave a lasting touch (impression) that will forever change their life.

After several years of being in business, I saw a great need to hire and retain some great Certified Nursing Assistants, so in April 2020 Touch of Love Healthcare Training School was established and licensed by The Private School Licensure Division of Alabama Community College System and by Alabama Department of Public Health. We will be offering the short term courses that could be completed in 12 months or less. Stay tune for future announcements.

Sean Bryant

Sean Bryant

VP of Economic Development for the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce

Episode 8- VP of Economic Development for the Saraland Area Chamber Commerce

RELEASED October 4, 2022

Sean Bryant is the VP of Economic Development for the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. Sean works at Brett/Robinson Real Estate and Development Company in Corporate Business Development. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Mobile, Inc as a Director and is an Advisory Board Member for the University of South Alabama’s Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

In 2002, Sean graduated from the University of South Alabama School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Sean started his working career with an entry level position at Centralite Systems in Mobile, AL, working with Jim Busby and the former Mayor of Mobile, Mike Dow. He was promoted to many leadership roles in his career there, eventually being promoted to CEO of the company. His many achievements and contributions to our community include participating on the Saraland School System’s text book committee and a parent representative for the school system’s accreditation. In his role as VP of Economic Development with the Saraland Chamber, he’s developed a comprehensive economic development packet that has been a precious tool used by the city and investors to the North Mobile area. He is also on the Steering and Advisory committee for Saraland’s new Sports Complex.

Sean grew up in Mobile before moving to Satsuma in high school and has been a resident of Saraland for many years. He married his high school sweetheart, Claudette and together they have 3 amazing children who are his pride and joy. Sean enjoys hunting and fishing as well as spending time with his family and friends.


Kelly DeFord

Kelly DeFord

Southern Insurance Professionals Inc. Agent

Episode 7- An Interview with Southern Insurance Professionals Inc. Agent- Kelly DeFord


Kelly was born in Mobile, Alabama.  Kelly has been married to her husband

Shannon, for nearly 35 years.  They have two daughters, Kasey and Karson and 2 grandchildren, Harper, and Hayden.  Kelly loves that her grandchildren live so close to her and she enjoys getting to spend time with them. She is also passionate about travel and SEC Football.

 Kelly began her insurance career in 1997 as a Customer Service Representative where she was awarded many times, but her most prestigious award as a CSR was for writing the Most Auto Insurance in the State of Alabama.  In 2008 she became an Agent and over the next 10 years was awarded as a Top Producer 9 times.  Since our company launched in 2020, Kelly has been recognized with our carriers, as a Silver Producer for Homeowners Insurance in our Coastal Area, and she was recognized as a top Bond Producer with Nationwide.  Kelly continues to excel in the Bond Market for Southern Insurance Professionals.

Over the years Kelly has worked with several community projects such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Bowl a Thon, Special Needs Assistance Program, Camp Fundraising Program, Bringing Up Down Syndrome – Buddy Walk and the Autism Awareness Program. She feels the best way to be involved with now all of these organizations and remain civic minded is by volunteering her time to the Saraland Lions Club.  She feels being a mentor to the local Leo Clubs is a great way to be a positive influence to the next generation.  Kelly is also an Ambassador for the Saraland Chamber of Commerce where she enjoys assisting the Jr Ambassador Program in helping them achieve their goals for shaping their careers and future.


Chris Andrews

Chris Andrews

Owner of Bienville Bites Food Tours

Episode 6- An Interview with Owner of Bienville Bites Food Tour Chris Andrews


Chris Andrews is the founder and CEO of Bienville Bites Food Tour in Mobile, Alabama and Taste of Fairhope in Fairhope, Alabama. Chris was born in Mobile, Alabama and a graduate of Satsuma High School. In 2017, Chris combined his passion for food and history when he launched the first and only food tour in Mobile. Since then, Bienville Bites has been named the “Best Food Tour in Alabama” and has been consistently awarded the “Certificate of Excellence” by TripAdvisor which is given to the top 10% of attractions worldwide based on excellent five-star reviews. In the fall of 2020, Chris and his wife Laney launched the Taste of Fairhope tour giving people an opportunity to connect through food and drink on both sides of Mobile Bay. Chris is passionate about connecting people to the city through food and drink while giving them experiences and stories to share with others. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Laney and three children, Audrey, Sawyer, and Carson.

Captain Clayton Horton

Captain Clayton Horton

City of Saraland Fire Inspector

Episode 5- An Interview with City of Saraland Fire Inspector Captain Clayton Horton


On this episode we sit down with the City of Saraland’s Fire Inspector Captain Clayton Horton. During our time with him we discuss how he became a fire-fighter, his job as the Fire Inspector, and the importance of a Business Continuity Plan.

Josh West

Josh West

Founder and President of Saraland Soccer Academy

Episode 4- An Interview with Citizen of the Year Josh West


In this episode we sit down with 2021 Saraland’s Citizen of the Year and founder of Saraland Soccer Academy Josh West. He discusses his soccer background and how he got the idea for SSA. Josh talks about his soccer program and what his plans are for the future of Saraland Soccer Academy.
Danielle Dials

Danielle Dials

Owner of Danielle Renée Beauté

Episode 3- An Interview with Danielle Dials


In this episode we sit down with entrepreneur, Danielle Dials, owner of Danielle Renee Beauty, Bath & Skin Care.  Danielle shares the fundamentals of opening and running a business during a global pandemic, the importance of doing the work and doing your best, and best practices for nourishing and caring for your skin.
Natalie Moye

Natalie Moye

Saraland City Councilwoman

Episode 2 - An Interview with Saraland City Councilwoman Natalie Moye


In this episode we sit down with City Councilwoman Natalie Moye to discuss current topics.

We learn about her family, college and career, and what interested her into running for City Council.

Councilwoman Moye also shares what’s happening right now in Saraland, and what our future looks like as a growing city.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

President / GM of S & M Transportation

Episode 1 - An Interview With Chamber President Ben Smith


Episode 1 – An Interview With Chamber President Ben Smith

On this month’s episode we sit down with the President of the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce Ben Smith.


Topics discussed are:

Ben’s upbringing in Tennessee

His love for sports… and coaching

His commitment to family

The business opportunity that brought him to Saraland

Challenges his business has faced through Covid… and high gas prices

The importance he places on serving

Why making an impact matters

The question that drives his tenure as Chamber president

The three initiatives he’s already implemented

His five year vision for the Chamber.