Nancy Davis Wins Auburn Lifetime Impact Award

By LAUREN JOHNSON, Opelika-Auburn Information

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Chamber of Commerce named Nancy Davis the winner of the Ham Lifetime Influence Award at its annual assembly final week.

Named in honor of former Auburn mayor Invoice Ham, the award was created in 2019 and pays tribute to a person who’s given “distinctive and impactful private {and professional} contributions to the group” for at the least 20 years.

Davis is an legal professional who began the agency of Davis, Bingham, Hudson and Buckner PC in Auburn in 1978.

“Once you’re honored for doing issues that you just love, it’s simply, I really feel like all I’ve mentioned is ‘blessed,’ however that’s how I really feel,” Davis mentioned. “I can’t inform you how this warmed my coronary heart. I used to be shocked.”

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When Davis was referred to as to the stage on the annual assembly, she was escorted by one in all her grandsons, and when she began to talk, she acquired emotional.

“I used to be blessed to begin the apply working with great folks,” she informed the gang. “There isn’t a line between my pals, my purchasers (and) my colleagues. You’ve all been a part of my household.

“Daily I develop a greater understanding of how blessed I’m to be a part of this group.”

Megan McGowen Crouch, Auburn’s metropolis supervisor, offered the award and mentioned Davis “labored tirelessly” to serve the group by volunteering with many civic organizations together with Boys and Women Membership of Higher Lee County, Faces, Lee-Scott Basis and the Hudson Household Basis.

In relation to group service, Davis mentioned she has a particular curiosity in tasks that contain college students.

“I feel we’re all led to help completely different components of the group that actually contact our personal coronary heart,” Davis mentioned, “but when I might be of service in any approach, that’s been what’s vital to me.”

Davis mentioned she loves service and likewise feels blessed to have the chance to serve in numerous capacities. She served as board chair of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce in 1991 and has remained a “steadfast and dependable” supporter of the chamber all through the years, Crouch mentioned. Davis can be at the moment on the board of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Heart.

Along with her civic involvement and her skilled contributions, Crouch mentioned Davis’ “ardour for Auburn and love for the Auburn household” has impressed many Auburn celebrations which have occurred for many years.

Davis was part of the Tigers on the Prowl challenge, which put the massive tiger statues at companies round city; Toomer’s 2000, the New 12 months’s celebration that had an enormous Tiger Tail drop at midnight, and Blessing on the Nook, the place the group comes collectively to wish at Toomer’s Nook.

“These are all proof of her creativity and dedication to the Auburn household and her true want to deliver us collectively,” Crouch mentioned.

For Toomer’s 2000, Davis stayed up all night time serving to others put the material on the tiger tail and he or she mentioned she felt a “actual sense of group.”

“I had a number of folks yesterday and final night time say to me, ‘Can we try this once more, but?’” Davis laughed.

Blessing on the Nook, which has been round for a few decade, happens each fall initially of the soccer season, and Davis mentioned varied group ministers and clergymen from completely different church buildings come to bless Toomer’s Nook.

“I wouldn’t commerce a day for residing wherever else,” Davis mentioned.

Davis was born in Dothan, Ala., and grew up in Miami. She got here to Auburn for faculty and graduated in 1975, then attended Cumberland Faculty of Regulation in Birmingham.

After graduating from legislation college, Davis acquired married, returned to Auburn and began her apply in 1978.

Davis makes a speciality of actual property growth, company legislation and property planning, and he or she mentioned she’s had a particular curiosity in working with the builders of downtown Auburn.

Davis mentioned her favourite a part of the job is the folks.

“The most effective a part of being an legal professional, particularly in Auburn, has been working with great purchasers and other people in our group,” Davis mentioned. “You’re feeling such as you’re a lot part of their lives, their goals, their plans, their household life. It’s been a dream as a result of, once more, it’s a small city. You develop up together with your purchasers, you assist them begin a enterprise, you deal with their planning wants.”

Davis mentioned receiving the Ham Lifetime Influence Award is “extraordinarily particular,” particularly as a result of it’s named after her good friend Invoice Ham.

“I had the pleasure of working with and supporting his complete profession,” she mentioned. “I labored with him, not solely when he was mayor, however as my purchasers had tasks with town. Additionally, he and Carolyn are pals of Grant’s and mine.”

Davis’ husband Grant labored for Auburn College in pupil affairs and administration and retired about two years in the past.

They’ve two daughters and 6 grandchildren, three of whom attend Lee-Scott Academy. Davis mentioned her two daughters and their husbands are all Auburn graduates.

Davis mentioned she’s determined to begin working half time so she will be able to attend her grandchildren’s extracurricular actions.

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