We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who sponsored, decorated, and attended our 2019 Women in Business Luncheon. It was a huge success, and it would not have been the same without the support from each and every one of you. We were so thrilled to give these outstanding women in our community some well-deserved recognition! This year we recognized Amelia Landstreet, honored as our Woman Owned Business of the year, Doris Hobbs, honored as our Woman in Management and Jill Johnston as our Woman in Community Leadership.
Be sure to check out the gallery below to see all of our pictures from the event.
We also want to thank Debra McKee-Fowler (Little Debbie herself), who took time out of her busy schedule to speak to us about her life and what has driven her family towards success. Learn more about her dedication to business below.
Debra McKee-Fowler, whose likeness has been used on packaging of Little Debbie® snack cakes since 1960, was the guest speaker this year at the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon.
Debra McKee-Fowler is a graduate of Southern Adventist University, receiving her Bachelors of History with a minor in Religion. She began working part-time for her family business, McKee Foods Corporation while in high school in many different departments. Today, she is Chairman of the Board of McKee Foods and Executive Vice President of the company. In addition, she is President of McKee Foods Transportation, LLC. There isn’t much Mrs. McKee-Fowler hasn’t done at McKee Foods – some previous titles include Vice President of Manufacturing, Vice President of Human Resources, Director of Transportation, Director of Human Resources, and Personnel Manager.
Mrs. McKee-Fowler has worked tirelessly to improve her community, serving as a member on the Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Holbrook Indian School, Chattanooga Regional Manufacturing Association, Amazing Facts, and McKee Foods Corporation. Additionally, she has devoted time to serving on various other non-profit boards both civic and church related.
She enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, family time, fitness, and riding Harleys with her husband Randy. She is a member of the Collegedale Seventh-Day Adventist Church.