Business Council of Alabama Mourns Death of Colleague

The following is a news release from the Business Council of Alabama.

Business Council of Alabama Mourns Death of Colleague
Montgomery – September 13, 2010 – The Business Council of Alabama's offices are closed today and Wednesday in honor of Ralph Stacy, BCA's senior vice-president for strategic communications, who died unexpectedly Tuesday.
"Ralph's contribution to the BCA, The Partnership, and their respective memberships went far beyond his daily professional work there", said BCA Chairman Sandy Stimpson. "He was our spiritual and temporal cheerleader, a constant, enthusiastic presence who urged us to do and believe the best of ourselves and our efforts. He will be missed."

"We are profoundly saddened by Ralph's death," said BCA President William Canary. "He was an important part of our senior leadership team, and everyone in the BCA, both staff and membership, as well as his extended network of personal and professional friends in The Partnership, will miss him. Our prayers are with Ralph's family as they suffer this loss."
Stacy had served as the senior vice-president for strategic communications for the BCA since January 2010. He had also served as executive director of The Partnership, an organization that links more than 120 local Chambers of Commerce statewide and their nearly 50,000 business members with BCA. The founding president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, Stacy held the Certified Association Executive professional certification as issued by the American Society of Association Executives.

A native of Georgiana, Alabama, he was a graduate of Huntingdon College, a graduate of Class Sixteen of Leadership Alabama, and recently received "America's Champion of Small Business Award" from the National Coalition of Capital, as well as the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama's Jamie Wallace Award for lifetime achievement in 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Angel Stacy, and his daughter, Savannah, both of Montgomery. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
The Business Council of Alabama is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of thousands of Alabama businesses and industries, which employ more than 750,000 Alabamians.