Introduction of Keynote Speaker
SHEILA HODGES is sole owner and chairman of the board for SH Enterprises, which is the umbrella company for CENTURY 21 Meyer Real Estate, Meyer Vacation Rentals and Meyer Services, with operations in Alabama and Florida, Starr Textile Services & Starr Textile Services of Louisiana, a commercial laundry and textile rental business with facilities in Foley, Ala., and New Orleans, La., that serves customers in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. SH Enterprises employ 400 full-time and 500+ seasonal team members as well as more than 50 sales associates.
Over the years, Sheila has acquired many designations and certifications and achieved numerous awards for the companies. For example, Meyer Real Estate was named by the University of South Alabama’s Small Business Development Center as Alabama’s 20022003 Woman-Owned Business of the Year. Sheila was named the 2010 Walton M. Vines Free Enterprise Person of the Year, the first female in the history of the award to earn the designation. Under her leadership, Meyer Real Estate also won the Alabama Quality Award in the Small Business Sector. Meyer has received Sunny 105.7’s Real Estate Company People’s Choice Award and Gulf Coast Newspapers’ Best of Baldwin Award. Sheila also received the Connecting Coastal Alabama Award, and SH Enterprises is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.
Sheila is past president of the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin County Realtors, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin County United, and Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also served as the Baldwin County co-chairman for Envision Coastal Alabama and as a board member of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. She is past chairman of the Alabama Real Estate Commission, a member of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, a board member of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism, and past-chairman of the City of Foley Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Sheila was the past Chairman for Coastal Alabama Partnership and was appointed to the Alabama Coastal Recovery Commission by Gov. Bob Riley.