REFLECTIONS ON 2017
Whew. 2017 is coming to a close. What a ride this year has been – for so many of us.
I’d like to take a moment and thank Matt Kramer for all he’s done for the Chamber and, well, for who he is. It is my tremendous honor to have taken the reins as of August 1, 2017, and I do so with great confidence in the future because Matt has diligently laid the framework for a financially sound, strategically led, and extraordinarily staffed organization.
What more could I ask for? Oh, how about a talented, engaged board like none other. As we prepare for a new adventure together into 2018, may I assure you that the guidance your board provides is relevant. Is alive. Is engaged. Leaders from many sectors are “in the game,” repeatedly demonstrating their willingness to go beyond the call of duty in service to your organization.
And then I turn inwards and consider my staff. Nowhere am I seeing more change – and resultant the growth - than from within our four walls. This team has worked tirelessly on your behalf this year, amidst many shifts! Most certainly, it has been a challenging season during the transition of leadership, but I know you will agree that Mindee Kastelic and the entire team executed the work of the Chamber with grace and professionalism. We couldn’t have asked for more.
A GLANCE INTO 2018: CASTING A WIDER NET
I look into 2018 and feel great optimism for the possibilities ahead. In this season of reflection and gratefulness, may I pause to thank YOU for believing in the art of the possible, in the strength of our united voices.
Our priorities in 2018 will continue to focus on work that drives jobs into the east metro: transit, workforce and business development. Themes you will be hearing more about:
We are committed to being thoughtful.
We believe in and will shepherd in more opportunities for civil discourse.
We will leverage all we have to advance business and community opportunity development.
We will be casting a wider net. Join us!
We CAN do well by doing good.
We thank you for the chance to work with you and we wish everyone a wonderful 2018
B Kyle and Team