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Profile: Doug Ragsdale


Doug Ragsdale, current president of the East Walker Chamber of Commerce has been doing business in East Walker County for 18 years.


He started out in a small building in Argo close to the Black Warrior River Bridge. He opened a second location in Sumiton before he had the opportunity to purchase the current location.


Ragsdale has been a chamber member since 2006. He became the chamber president in 2010.


He’s most proud of the quarterly Meet & Greets, which gives businessmen an opportunity to gather and network. The chamber his experienced significant growth since he took the position as well.


The chamber has put focus on communications in the past year. Ken Moore was instrumental in putting together a new design and getting the ball rolling and Rick Watson pitched in to help get it where it is today. The website is constantly improving to make it easier for local citizens and businessmen to keep up with what’s going on. It is also a resource for outside business and industry leaders who are looking for new areas to locate or expand.


The monthly newsletter is an extension of the website. The purpose is to keep membership informed.


Lee’s Family Restaurant started a new Dinner Theater, which brings in talent from across the country. They routinely have bands, gospel music, and tribute artists who impersonate famous artists.


Each Tuesday from 6 pm. until 9 pm. Lee’s has karaoke. They also do karaoke once a month on Saturday night. “This is a lot of fun for the whole family,” said Ragsdale.


Ronnie McDowell is coming July 26, 2014. “We had Ronnie last year and the show sold out so folks will want to get their tickets early for this one.”

You can keep up with Lee’s Family Restaurant Dinner Theater, on their Facebook page.


Ragsdale is married with two children.  Together they have two grandchildren and are waiting for more.


2510 Highway 78, Sumiton, Al 35148

Phone - 205-255-0202


East Walker Chamber of Commerce meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon at Lees Family Restaurant on Highway 78 in Sumiton.

Visitors Welcome.