Freida Maisel Honored Posthumously with Inaugural Freida G. Maisel Businesswoman of the Year Award

Last Updated: May 10, 2024By Tags:

MOBILE, Ala.More than 700 business leaders attended the Mobile Chamber’s 187th Annual Meeting presented by BankPlus, held at the Mobile Cruise Terminal Thursday night. The Chamber’s program looked back at 2023’s accomplishments and recognized award recipients from throughout the year.

The Mobile Chamber also proudly announced two esteemed awards honoring individuals who exemplify extraordinary dedication and leadership in their respective fields, and who embody the spirit of innovation and community engagement.

Inaugural Freida G. Maisel Businesswoman of the Year
Freida G. Maisel

The Mobile Chamber also introduced the Inaugural Freida G. Maisel Businesswoman of the Year Award, a new annual accolade honoring women who exhibit exemplary leadership and community impact. Named in honor of Freida Maisel, a pioneering businesswoman who revolutionized the beverage industry and shattered barriers with grace and determination, this award celebrates the legacy of female leadership and entrepreneurship.

In 1973, Freida bought a small beverage wholesaler in Mobile, renamed it Gulf Distributing Company, and built the foundation of a business that now serves customers in six states and employs nearly 2,000 people.

In a poignant tribute, the inaugural Freida G. Maisel Businesswoman of the Year Award was posthumously presented to its namesake, Freida Maisel, with her son, Elliot Maisel, accepting the honor on her behalf.

Elliot Maisel accepting the Inaugural Freida Maisel Business Woman of the Year award in honor of his mother, the late Freida G. Maisel.
(L to R: Mobile Chamber President and CEO Bradley Byrne, Elliot Maisel, Mobile Chamber Board Chair Melissa Cross)

Mrs. Maisel’s legacy continues to inspire generations, embodying the essence of resilience, intelligence and grace.

“We are privileged to inaugurate the Freida G. Maisel Businesswoman of the Year Award and pay homage to Mrs. Maisel’s enduring legacy,” said Mobile Chamber Board Chair Melissa Cross. “Her remarkable achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring businesswomen everywhere.”



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