I was honored to be installed as the Chairman of the Board of the Amherst Chamber at our Annual Luncheon last month. I expected to enjoy the opportunity but, must say, the level of excitement and engagement I am experiencing the first few weeks of my term is inspiring. I have met some great people and am invigorated by the multiple areas of influence we have as an organization and the ability we have to empower our members to engage - in Chamber initiatives and in issues at the regional and state level.
My first major undertaking will be to ascertain the area's our Board members would like to participate in, lead or add value to. Along with the staff, I am leading a Board orientation later this month and, at that time, will review our Strategic Plan and encourage our board to have input into ideas for maximizing our activities to provide our members with the most tangible return on investment. In preparation of that, I invite you to reach out to me or Colleen DiPirro with comments you may have regarding our current status and any recommendations you have for us that would improve our product. The distinct value of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce is the ownership in the organization that we nurture on behalf of our members - large and small. Make sure you don't lose this opportunity to have input. At the end of the day the Amherst Chamber of Commerce is YOUR Chamber of Commerce.