- Dec 19, 2016
Last month I was honored to be selected to chair the Chamber’s 2017 Board of Directors. I look forward to working with these knowledgeable individuals to help set the direction for the Chamber. Over the years, I have enjoyed getting to know many of you in a variety of settings — at Business After Hours, at legislative events and even out at the golf course. I am impressed with the diversity of our organization and the camaraderie that exists between our members. We are not a one-dimensional organization, but a balance of companies of many sizes, spanning many sectors.
For those of you who I have not had the privilege of meeting, I’d like to formally introduce myself. I have a 50-year connection with Northbrook, both through my business and for the past eight years as a resident. Since 2003 I have been the General Manager/CFO of AA Service, an HVAC company serving residential, commercial and industrial clients. While my face may not be familiar to you, I am confident you would recognize our red trucks and our location, the original airplane hangar for the Sky Harbor airport.
While it may sound cliché, I am 100 percent committed to our mission of making Northbrook a better place to do business. Through my Board service and participation in Leadership Northbrook, I have come to appreciate the inner workings of the community and the wealth of resources that make Northbrook special. Whether it’s supporting shopping local or giving back through the Chamber’s community service projects, staying involved and being an advocate for our businesses is important to me.
As Board Chair, I intend to focus on member engagement, particularly newer members. From the minute they join the Chamber, I want businesses to understand and gain value from their investment. Where else can you personally meet over 120 people at a networking event – not just once, but every month of the year? What other organization offers the opportunity to publicize your products in print publications delivered to every household and business in the community and through a dynamic website that captures the attention of residents, visitors and other professionals alike? Where else can you find like-minded individuals to meet with in small, intimate roundtable settings to problem solve and learn best practices?
It is important for our members to get involved – volunteer at our Golf Outing, or Auction, or help with one of our community events, such as our annual Meal Packing program. Or consider attending one of our advocacy luncheons or signing up for Leadership Northbrook. In addition to learning something or giving back, you might meet someone unexpected who may be able to help you. It’s important to remember to stick with it — like most things, the benefits may not be immediate, but will be worth it in the long run. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.
I am excited and eager to move forward this year. We have a terrific board of directors, a diverse and talented membership and hard working staff. Let’s work together to make 2017 one of the best years ever.