Tue, December 19, 2017
By Keith Bradford, WOCC Chairman
It is hard to believe that we are already wrapping up this milestone 45th year of building business and facilitating opportunity at the West Orange Chamber. The Chamber reached new heights in 2017, as our membership continued to grow, premier events were bigger and better than ever, and we advocated for causes that will positively influence our members and the business community.
At the Member Celebration Brunch on December 8, I handed off the Chairman’s gavel to Joe Alarie, so this will be the last of my articles as the Chamber Chairman. This wraps up a truly remarkable stretch for me, as I’ve been able to play a role in the 45th anniversary celebration not only here at the Chamber, but also at Walt Disney World. However, I am excited to welcome Joe Alarie to the Chairman’s role. He is a longtime board member and a fixture here in our community, and I know he will provide the Chamber with strong, smart leadership.
The Chamber’s leadership team is key to the ongoing success of this organization, so we are tremendously grateful to those business leaders who give of their time and talents to serve on the Chamber Board. During our Membership Breakfast we recognized a number of our board members who helped lead this organization over the course of this past year. We also said goodbye to outgoing board members, including Kurt Ardaman, Commissioner Bryan Nelson, David Billsborough, Amanda Maggard and Jaclyn Whiddon. We sincerely appreciate those board members for their service and dedication throughout their terms.
We also welcomed a group of incoming board members to help lead the Chamber into the future. Scott Boyd, Paul McNamara and Lynn Walker Wright have joined the Board of Directors for 2018. These new board members will add their unique ideas and talents to further facilitate opportunities for Chamber members.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Chamber Team, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season as we look forward to a successful and happy New Year. Merry Christmas!