Alumna Named to Dothan Business Hall of Fame
Author: Hazel Scott
Release Date: Oct 26, 2018
An Alabama State University alumna and businesswoman has been inducted into the Dothan Business Hall of Fame.
A passion for excellence and a steadfast commitment to her community are some of the reasons Alabama State University alumna Velma Tribue (class of 1972) is the newest Dothan Business Hall of Fame inductee.
Tribue is the owner of Velma J. Tribue State Farm Insurance Agency in Dothan, an agency that has served the community for more than 20 years.
“The names that are listed in the Dothan Business Hall of Fame are such prominent people in Dothan. It’s an honor to be among the list of the city’s most impactful people. To be acknowledged for what I do and what I’ve done with my work in the community as a business person really means a lot to me," Tribue said.
The longtime business woman has been at the forefront of change in Dothan’s business and community landscape through her volunteer work, board service and her dedication and commitment to the local community.
“I try to help improve the economic and social development in my city through my service,” Tribune said.
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
A business and civic leader,Tribune sits on numerous boards, including the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Alabama Class XVI, Alabama Humanities Foundation Board, Dothan-Houston County Intellectual Disabilities Board, Houston County Personnel Board, Southeast Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission Revolving Loan Administration Board, Houston County Industrial Development Authority, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Dothan Area Alumni Chapter of Alabama State University.
In the past, she was a board trustee at Alabama A&M University, served on the Wiregrass United Way Board of Directors, chairwoman of Dothan by Design, Wiregrass Museum of Art Board of Directors, House of Ruth, Houston-Love Memorial Library, Hawk-Houston Boys Club, Southeast Alabama Medical Center Women’s Advisory Council, Girls Club Incorporated and the Early Childhood Education Executive Committee, to name just a few.
KEY TO HER SUCCESS
Tribue summoned up the key to her success in one word, “prayer.”
“When I started with State Farm, it was the result of prayers,” Tribue said. “I didn’t want to sell insurance because my mom told me that the career was thought of negatively; you know, the insurance man knocking on the door. During the transition of making up my mind, I found myself mediating and praying and asking Him specifically for what I wanted. He guided my decision because I recognized selling insurance was the answer to my prayers. After 20 some years in the business, I still love insurance, I enjoy it and I know this is for me because this is what God sent to me. “
Tribue moved to Dothan in 1974 after marriage and became a social worker for Child Protective Services. She worked there for 13 years before making a career switch to become State Farm’s first African-American agent in the area. She opened her own State Farm agency in 1988. Her career “firsts” also include being the first minority woman to have served as the executive board chairwoman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I absolutely love Dothan. God has used Dothan to bless our lives. I’ve really, really been blessed,” Tribue said.
The Mobile, Ala., native came from a humble beginning, but was able to earn her undergraduate degree on a scholarship from Alabama State University and eventually a master’s degree in social work from Ohio State University.
“I want to acknowledge and thank Alabama State University. My mom always told me that education was the key out of poverty. If I had not had that foundation at Alabama State University, I never would have made it at Ohio State. Alabama State University prepared me for Ohio State University. I owe Alabama State,” Tribue said.
Tribue said she holds dear the core value of education and said she encourages today’s young people to get a good education and go to a good school such as Alabama State University. She also said she’s dedicated to helping young people become successful entrepreneurs.
“I encourage young people to dream big. If you are going to take time to train, train big. Then after you do your training, then pray. Pray for God’s direction in your life,”Tribue said. “Then after that, you got to be committed to working hard. Life doesn’t owe you anything except an opportunity. You have to work hard and when you work hard, never ever give up. Those are the things that have carried me through the years. I pray, I dream big, I work hard and I never give up.“