St. John Providence, Sterling Printing & Graphics, and our breakfast sponsor Little Camille's Culinary Expressions Catering. Chairman of the Board Mike Kramer (Moceri & Company, P.C.) introduced our Board of Directors and also gave a little background on what the Board does for our Chamber.
Chamber President and CEO Wayne Oehmke gave a brief State of the Chamber address highlighting some 2015 events and upcoming changes in our Chamber (mostly his quickly approaching retirement) in 2016. Accident Fund - the worker's compensation Partner Program associated with our Chamber - was then called forward to give an overview of the program, and they also presented a dividend check to our membership worth more than $100,000! For more information on the Accident Fund Partner Program, click here!
Bill Griffith talked all about BRAG® as well as the many focus groups he is starting with our Nonprofit Organizations, Women Business Owners, Manufacturers and more! For more information on any of these groups, give Bill a call at (586) 731-5400 ext. 19 or send him an email!
Ambassador Chair John Winter (Dawn to Dusk Cleaning Services) explained the role of an Ambassador through our Chamber. They are dedicated Chamber Members and volunteers who are responsible for visiting with fellow members, attending ribbon cuttings and grand openings, and being active at Chamber events. The committee meets once a month at our Chamber office to discuss upcoming events, volunteer for upcoming events and more! If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, contact Linda Colton at (586) 731-5400 ext. 20 or send her an email!
Mike Weiss (M&M Funding Solutions), the 2015 Chair of the Business and Public Policy Roundtable Committee, gave a great description of the committee, their role, and examples of topics they covered in 2015. This committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday every other month at 10 a.m. at the Chamber office. If you are interested in attending these meetings, please contact Chamber President Wayne Oehmke by phone
(586) 731-5400 ext. 22 or send him an email. Thank you, Mike, for your service as the Chair of this committee and thank you to Gary Tedesco for taking over for 2016!
Henry Bowman (City of Warren), Chair of the Tourism & Hospitality Committee, discussed the role of this group, as well as the increase in Tourism and Hospitality in Macomb County. This committee meets on the first Tuesday every other month and if you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Linda Colton at (586) 731-5400 ext. 20 or send her an email.
The last committee update was given by yours truly on #YoPros! I presented some research I did early last year on the Gen Y generation (aka Millennials), and I walked everyone through the process that made me decide to start a Young Professionals Network (YPN). I talked about the four types of events we do: mixers, socials, professional development courses, and community service events, and I also talked about the upcoming (and first, ever!) Professional Development course on March 23rd at Circa 1901 (click here for complete details!). I gave the reasons as to WHY there isn't an age cap on the #YoPros group, and I also talked about how to get involved with the group. For more information on the YPN #YoPros, give me a call (Briana) and (586) 731-5400 ext. 11 or send me an email!
BRAG® Member of the Year Winner - R.J. Helguera / Re/Max First
Best Place to Work Winner - First State Bank
2015 Board Chair Award - Terri Giampetroni / Legal Strategies P.C.
2015 Ambassador of the Year Award - Mike Weiss / M&M Funding Solutions
Recognition of Service on the Chamber's Board of Directors:
Kathy Bartz / Macomb County Executive
Dawn Magretta / Macomb Community College
Recognition of Chamber Members with 40 or more years of Continuous Membership:
- AAA Michigan
- Audio Sentry Corp.
- Comerica Bank
- Consumers Energy
- DTE Energy
- Hellebuyck's Power Equipment Center
- Huntington Bank
- Lakeside Mall
- Macomb Daily
- Messing Trucking Co.
- Suburban Ford - Sterling Heights
- Urban Land Consultants
- Utica Florist
- Weingartz Supply Company
- William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home