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This weekend was a big ONE for SSIA…

Surprise… Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

Friday morning started off with a boom, and we aren’t referring to the thunderstorm. The SSIA team started their day at the First Friday Forum breakfast hosted at LuLu’s. Team SSIA didn’t know that they were in for their first treat of the day, as one of their own would assist in the reveal of the freshly branded Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.  As the brand was revealed, selected members of the chamber stood flash mob style making powerful statements starting with, “I AM” stating the many inherent qualities of the chamber’s members and services. Before an eruption of applause, SSIA’s Director of First Impressions, Anne Norton, stood as the grand finale enthusiastically stated, “I AM THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS.” What a way to start the day! For more information of the new brand, click here.

One Year Later, That’s A Lot of Oysters

After Breakfast, the SSIA team headed back to the office. Opening the office that morning meant a little something more than just being a Friday. Friday marked SSIA’s one-year anniversary of officially opening its doors for business. The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program honored SSIA with a plaque naming them as Sponsors. The latest contribution will support 76 gardens that will generate an estimated 57,375 oysters for restoration over the next three years; bringing SSIA’s total to an estimated 71,250 oysters produced over 3 years for restoration. A portion of every homeowner’s policy sold by SSIA is donated to the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program. All of this was celebrated with a lunch (not oysters) where the ladies in the Red Hats serenaded team SSIA.

HOT SHOT = TOP GUN

While most of us were enjoying the lovely fall weekend on Saturday morning, SSIA’s President, Taylor Norton, had only one thing in mind. Taylor and his team compiled of local businessmen were competing in the Experienced Class of Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club Clay Shoot in Perdido, AL. The goal was easy, blow the competition away. So after 100 shots, Taylor, only missing eight clays (92% hit ratio), hauled away the trophy for Top Kiawanian. His team was obviously just as talented as they also brought home the Top Team Award for the Experienced Class.

With all that being said, your insurance team at SSIA would like to thank you; our customers, our families, and our friends for making it all possible. Happy One-Year Anniversary SSIA!

The men behind the dream on the one-year anniversary of SSIA
The men behind the dream on the one-year anniversary of SSIA
Lance Niel, Sherri Davis, and Taylor Norton the original SSIA Team.
Lance Niel, Sherri Davis, and Taylor Norton the original SSIA Team.
Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club Clay Shoot 2013
Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club Clay Shoot 2013
SSIA is honored to be a sponsor of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program.
SSIA is honored to be a sponsor of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program.
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SSIA’s President, Taylor Nortonwas pretty jazzed to hear he claimed the #1 overall spot in the Shrimp fest 5K, especially since he is recovering from a torn ACL and hasn’t properly exercised in months. When contacted Norton stated, “I had no idea, I was just trying to beat my girlfriend who keeps berating me to exercise more consistently”.   Celebrations however ran shorter than expected, due to one sharp-eyed bystander noticing that his time was uncommonly slow to claim the overall 5K spot. After 40 -50 seconds of confusion and muddled conversation it was discovered that Norton’s time was accidentally miss-categorized  into the 5K race walk rather than the 5K race run. Oppsy!  Norton did turn the results to race administrators stating “As much as it hurt to do so, today it wasn’t my victory”.  Unclear how race administrators will handle the news, Norton says he still feels victorious as he did in fact beat his girlfriend who correctly placed 2nd in her division.  Norton’s time of 25.05 should place him 2nd in his division of 30 year old Male runners.

Will Ramsey was the only SSIA worker with enough gall to tackle the 10K. It should be noted that his split 5K time would have put him at the top of the pack. After running the 10K, he then went on volunteering at Shrimp Fest as a beer runner.  During his four hour shift he overcame adversity of muscle fatigue, soreness, a very cold hand, and a yearning for festival food that he commented “looked really good right now”.  He and all other SSIA coworkers played like champions on Saturday.

See pictures below for the SSIA volunteers in action. All tips earned Saturday went to SSIA flagship non-profit the Oyster Gardening Program. For information on how you or your business can be a Shrimp Fest volunteers’ next year Click here!!

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