Dothan Business Hall of Fame 2018 inductee Velma J. Tribue will provide the keynote address at TROY Dothan’s Fall Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center.
Over 100 undergrad and graduate students will receive their degrees during the ceremony.
Tribue is an Alabama native, graduating from Alabama State University with her undergraduate degree before obtaining her master’s degree from Ohio State University. She moved to Dothan in 1974 and became a social worker for Child Protective Services, and after 13 years decided to change careers.
Tribue became State Farm’s first African-American agent in the Wiregrass and opened her own agency in 1988 in downtown Dothan. Over her 32 years with State Farm, she received State Farm’s Legion of Honor, Bronze Tablet, Silver Scroll and Golden Triangle awards for meeting the company’s goals and objectives.
Making active participation in community service a tenant of her business success, Tribue is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and has served on state, regional and local boards including the Alabama A&M University (AAMU) Board of Trustees and was elected as secretary to the Alabama Humanities Foundation Board. In 2017, she was among AAMU‘s Women in History honorees and also was honored among Dothan’s top women entrepreneurs at the SWELL (Savvy Women, Entrepreneurs, Luminous & Limitless) Awards.
In 2018, Tribue became the first female African-American to be inducted into the prestigious Dothan Business Hall of Fame. Prior to that, she was also the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and Dothan By Design in 2008.
She continues to serve the community on the Houston County Personnel Board, Dothan Houston County Intellectual Disabilities Board, Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission Revolving Loan Administration Board, Houston County Industrial Development Authority Board and the Alabama Osteopathic School of Medicine Advisory Board.
Tribue is a member of the Dothan Area Alumni Chapter of Alabama State University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and First Missionary Baptist Church and is married to Donald “Trib” Tribue.