I am honored to have the opportunity to write to you as chair-elect of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to working with the talented chamber staff, led by President and CEO Pam Klahr, as well as the committed group of business leaders who serve as our board of directors.
Our firm has actively supported the chamber for eight years. The chamber is a great place to network and develop business relationships. The friendships I have developed and the knowledge I have gained about the business community have been invaluable. I believe that the most successful chamber members recognize that it takes time and investment in the organization in order to reap the full benefits of membership.
Over the next year there are two themes that I plan to focus on. The first is the value of mentorship. When I joined the chamber, Paul Skalny and Del Karfonta provided wisdom, guidance and direction that helped me to truly understand how to be a part of the organization in the most effective way.
Without their mentorship and willingness to spend time with me, I would not be the chair-elect of this fantastic organization. I plan to encourage established leaders within the organization to build on the support provided by the staff and Ambassadors, and provide targeted guidance for new members so that everyone has the opportunity to get the most out of their chamber experience.
Established leaders in the community have the ability to impact the next generation of leaders and ultimately make our community stronger.
For those of you who know me, the second area of focus should come as no surprise. I have a passion for all things legislative and am very grateful to Mark Cissell and Joe Mezzanotte for giving me the opportunity to be a leader in this division.
I will work to revitalize the Legislative and Government Affairs Division in the coming year. I will also help members — and even non-members — have a clear understanding of the value the legislative efforts of the chamber has for them. This division works tirelessly to be the “voice of business” in a state that can do much more to help businesses to reach their full potential.
In closing, I would like to thank Ron Meliker, Duane Carey and the entire executive committee. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you over the past few years, and I look forward to the coming year.