Alabama State Council
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Industry
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Commerce
J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner
Former Senate Majority Leader, Rules Chairman
Mayor of Mobile
Former Senate Minority Leader, Finance Committee, Local Legislation
Alabama House of Representatives, Acting Speaker of the House
James K. “Jimmy” Lyons
Director/CEO, Alabama State Port Authority
Executive Director, Alabama Poultry Association
Executive Vice President, Alabama Cattlemen Association
President, Mobile County Commission
Alabama Senate, Senate Majority Leader
Alabama Senate, Senate Minority Leader
Alabama Senate, Banking and Finance Committees
Alabama Senate, Chairman, Agriculture Committee
Alabama Senate, Agriculture Committee
Alabama Senate, Agriculture Committee
Alabama Senate, Agriculture and Tourism Committees
Alabama Senate, Energy and Veterans Affairs Committees
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & POLICY TO SENATE RULES CHAIRMAN
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BIRMINGHAM; SISTER CITIES
PRESIDENT, ALABAMA COUNTY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION
Alabama Honorary Consul General, Japan; Morrison Conference, Inc.
International Trade Consultant
Pan American Council on Trade, LLC
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
International and Federal Regulations
Alabama Farmers Association
Strada Professional Services, LLC, Engineering
Mayra Diaz, International Sales
Maynard Cooper and Gale Law Firm,
Mobile Sister Cities Commission
Murphy & Murphy, LLC;
The Cuba Center, University of Alabama
Christina McInnis, Bilateral Trade with Cuba
D. Davies Hood, Jr., President
Springna Zhao, Partner
LAN Consulting LLC
Former Alabama Secretary of State,
Beth Chapman & Associates, LLC
Mark A. Froehlich, Principal
Sara Kate Sullivan
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
M. J. Connors Consulting
ALABAMA SENATE, FINANCE, HEALTH AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ALABAMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MAJORITY LEADER
ALABAMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, COMMERCE CHAIRMAN
ALABAMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY COMMITTEES
ALABAMA & CUBA IN THE NEWS
Press release: Engage cuba, state leaders launch Alabama State Council
Today, the state of Alabama became the latest state to call on Congress to listen to the majority of Americans from both parties to lift the Cuban trade embargo and normalize relations with the Island’s government.
by Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Sen. Vivian Figures, Sen. Jabo Waggoner, and Commissioner John McMillan
Despite the fact that the Port of Mobile is located just across the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama businesses will continue to lose out on Cuba's growing markets to foreign competitors until Congress ends the U.S. travel and trade embargo on Cuba.
“Come on, boy! Get dressed! We got to go!” yells Horace Clemmons. He’s heckling his longtime friend and business associate, Saul Berenthal, who sits cross-legged on a leather chair in the living room of Clemmons’s home in Paint Rock, Alabama.
Birmingham Business Journal: Cuba Market Would Be Lucrative to Alabama, Report Says
With American trade and travel restrictions on Cuba loosening, a new report suggests Alabama could significantly benefit from further growth in economic ties between the two nations.
An Alabama tractor company angling to become the first American business in more than a half century to set up manufacturing operations in Cuba is about midway through the approval process.
People's World: Alabama Tractors Till the Soil of U.S.-Cuba Cooperation
Saul Berenthal and Horace Clemmons have a dream. They want to outfit the farmers of Cuba with small, customizable, easy-to-repair tractors.
Wear-TV: Area business to sell goods to Cuba
Despite a continuing trade embargo with Cuba, Gulfwise Commerce has become an exception. Earlier this month, federal officials gave them a license to sell some goods to the island nation.
Alabama Newscenter: The Cuba thaw will be big for Alabama and other producers of frozen chickens
Less than 100 miles off the U.S. coast sits an island nation that can't feed itself. Cuba, which imports as much as 80 percent of its food, has developed a huge appetite for American chicken, despite the decades-long trade embargo.
An area business is breaking barriers. Despite a continuing trade embargo with Cuba, Gulfwise Commerce has become an exception. Earlier this month, federal officials gave them a license to sell some goods to the island nation.
The Cuban government has made its first purchase of U.S. commercial equipment since the Obama administration began loosening restrictions on trade with the communist country in December 2014.
The Crimson White: New Exhibit from Chip Cooper Compares South Alabama and Cuba
The walls of Chip Cooper’s office are a collage of memories and stories more photograph than wall, and his furniture — a display of about 25 different cameras spanning the past half-century.
The Anniston Star: Alabama Entrepreneurs Hope Cuba is Fertile Territory for New Venture
In less than two weeks, American businessmen Horace Clemmons and Saul Berenthal will board a chartered flight for Cuba. Their destination: an agricultural fair in Havana, the island nation’s capital.
Alabama News: Alabama Company Approved to Build Factory in Cuba
Cleber LLC is pleased to announce that it has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to build a tractor manufacturing facility in Cuba.
Agri View: Alabama Firm to Build Cuba Plant
Cleber LLC plans to build a tractor-manufacturing facility in Cuba after receiving authorization form the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
The New York Times: Culture Gap Impedes U.S. Business Efforts for Trade with Cuba
They have gone to Cuba with plans to build houses. To assemble tractors. To buy apps from young programmers. Even to import charcoal made from the sickle bush that grows in vast stretches across the island.
Local 15: Local Business with Cuba
The future of trading with Cuba; Presidential candidates talked about it last night and one local company was listening in closely. Right now efforts to do business with the communist “island nation” are already underway. One local company out of Foley is hoping they can keep the momentum going.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, began a five-day trip to Cuba on Wednesday as part of a congressional delegation looking into more American economic opportunities in the island nation. While there is a trade and travel embargo with Cuba, certain American agricultural products — Alabama’s biggest industry — are exempt form the ban. The Yellowhammer state exported nearly a third of a billion dollars in products to Cuba last year.
James Williams, the president of Engage Cuba, an umbrella coalition of private sector companies, trade associations and nonprofits that are working to help Congress end the embargo, said there are “very immediate, natural benefits” to Alabama if the 55-year-old embargo is lifted.
Alabama Public Radio: Alabama seeks to lift Cuba embargo, deadline for north AL Disaster Loans
Addie Bryant is the chief of staff at Engage Cuba. She says if the resolution is passed, Alabama can expect to see some definite economic benefits. "You'll see the Port of Mobile pick up business."
In the president's speech in Havana, he called for the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba to be lifted and for Cubans themselves to embrace change. But could that change create opportunities in the Port City?
Montgomery Advertiser: Cuba Trade Expansion Could Mean Good Things for Alabama Businesses
Still, Alabama could profit from a shift in Cuba policy, said Jimmy Lyons, chief operating officer for the Alabama Port Authority, which operates the Port of Mobile.
Beyond the headlines of new diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Auburn University is put that diplomacy into action.
YellowHammer Radio: Byrne: Cuba Could be a Major Trade Partner for Alabama, But Has a Long Way to Go
I recently traveled to Cuba as part of a Congressional Delegation to learn more about the Cuban government, visit with the Cuban people, and discuss everything from the economy to education to trade.
Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama Could Benefit from U.S.-Cuba Thaw
Selling chickens to Cuba is complicated. “If the Cubans want to buy chickens in the United States, before they load it on a ship, they have to pay a bank outside the country,” said Jimmy Lyons, director of the Alabama State Port Authority, which oversees the docks in Mobile.
Tuscaloosa News: Cuban Novelist Leonardo Padura Will Speak at University of Alabama
Cuban novelist and screenwriter Leonardo Padura will present a free public lecture at the University of Alabama on Jan. 21.
Sealing an unofficial sister city relationship with Havana, Mobile Mayor Mike Dow said during a trip to Cuba in 1994: “We must take an effort to get along and create a better world.”
The University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved today the establishment of the Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship at UA.
The Crimson White: Alabama Student Studies Abroad in Havana, Cuba
"My general routine is mostly the same, but the details are much different. First thing every morning in the U.S., I check the weather on my phone, but here I have to pay for Internet by the hour, and I can only use it in the lobby of our hotel."
State Sens. J.T. "Jabo" Waggoner and Vivian Figures, as well as Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, were among those on hand to establish the formation of the Alabama State Council of the Engage Cuba coalition.
No one would ever confuse us with communist sympathizers, but Alabama has a surprisingly strong relationship with Cuba. In fact, over the last several decades, Alabama has spearheaded efforts to reopen trade and deepen the US relationship with Cuba.