A Message from Carlin Smith, PRCC President
The Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for 2014 is Bill Marshall of the Bank of Northern Michigan. Joining him on the officer team are Vice Chair Larry Hensley of the Northern Michigan Review, Treasurer Tom Adams of Birchwood Construction, Secretary Lisa Lemans who is self-employed, and Past Chair Cameron Brunet-Koch of North Central Michigan College.
At the meeting, Chamber President Carlin Smith presented a review of 2013 with a report he titled, “Chamber by the Numbers.” Some of the accomplishments noted in the report included the establishment of the chamber’s new Economic Development Committee, the establishment of the new hospitality initiative known as Hospitality the Little Traverse Way, and growth in nearly all chamber events and programs including Festival on the Bay. “The board set a stretch goal last year to grow revenue in our events and programs, and we were successful in more than doubling those expectations,” Smith noted.
Membership is an important measure for the chamber which saw slight growth in 2013. “Our net growth for 2013 was ten,” reported Lisa Hoyt the chamber’s Membership Director. “While this number is short of our goal for the year, it’s good to know we’re still moving in the right direction,” she added. The chamber’s membership at the end of 2013 stood at 783.
Treasurer Tom Adams reviewed the year-end financials from 2013 telling the board that the chamber is in sound financial shape. “Our balance sheet is strong, our cash position is strong, and the chamber operated with a positive cash flow throughout the year,” Adams told the board.
The board approved the chamber’s Strategic Plan for 2014 which focuses on stronger engagement by chamber members, growing its economic development and advocacy programs, and reviewing the chamber’s brand and image in the community.
The board’s secretary Lisa Lemans introduced the new members of the chamber’s board of directors. These members have already participated in the board’s strategic planning efforts in November and attended the December meeting, but are now official voting members of the board. They include Mary-Anne Ponti of McLaren Northern Michigan, Derik Mott-Bragg of Verizon, Margaret Bowers of Northern Michigan Sports Medicine, and Lindsey Walker of Emmet County Recycling.
The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization that has been serving the Petoskey region since 1920. The organization’s focus is to help area businesses succeed.