Saying Goodbye to Chamber World – On to a new Chapter!
In August of 2006, I was approached by the former Executive Director of the Greater Grandville Chamber that after 18 years she was retiring and thought I would be perfect for the job. She recommended me to the Board and the rest is history.
I started without a database, 20 hours a week and was told I had 350 members but upon research only 195 had paid in the last few years, so we got to work. In a couple years, we officially got to 350 members, so we hired Heather one day a week to do what I didn’t love (finances).
Into my third year, I reached out to the former Jenison Chamber, and with an outstanding dedicated Board of Directors under their leadership we successfully merged two chambers without a hitch.
In 2009, we were able to reach almost 500 members and both Heather and I went fulltime.
I am so proud of the role I have played that have impacted the community. I am especially proud to be part of a team that recognizes former leaders that inspired and changed our community for the better. Mayor James Buck and Dennis Van Dam, specifically. Heather and I were also proud to lead our community in the 100 year Flood Cleanup and create our Future Leader in the Making Award. (One of my favorites). Acting as a liaison for Streetscape between downtown businesses and the Grandville DDA, and our outstanding relationship with our local municipalities, schools and elected officials.
With all that being said, it is time for me to take on the next chapter in my life. I plan on leaving the Chamber at the end of 2019. I am excited to finish out this this years’ events; new improved Expo in Grandville and specifically our “Building Community Through Serving” Operation Shoeboxes for Troops.
Luckily, we have Heather that has dedicated 10 years to the Grandville Jenison Chamber and truth be told has been running the show for quite a few years behind the scenes. I look forward to being a part of the process to ensure that we find someone that compliments Heather and loves to do everything I do…
It is my heart’s desire to leave on great terms, leave the Chamber in a better place and find someone that is passionate and excited to bring it to the next level in 2020…
I have met so many amazing people, that I now call lifelong friends and leaders that have inspired and encouraged me along the way… That is what I will miss the most.