Executive Director’s Report: Your Chamber in Action

Max Neal, Interim Executive Director

Max Neal, Interim Executive Director


It is with great pleasure and continued commitment that I have returned to the Chamber to serve in the capacity of Interim Executive Director following the recent resignation of Melissa Sheffer.

I look forward to lending my leadership/management skills to the organization on a temporary, part-time basis until such time as a full-time Executive Director is selected.

We, as a team, have made huge gains over the past 2 ½ years and together we will continue on the path of growing our organization into a first-class, Chamber – something we all aspire too. As always, my door is always open to you, to your suggestions, and for any discussion you would care to have about the relevancy of a Chamber of Commerce. Stop in!

An Executive Director search will begin within the next four – six weeks following an in-depth evaluation of the position by the Board of Directors after which a Committee will be appointed to begin the hiring process. Stay tuned!

Our programs continue to be strong. The Leadership Lamoille program is off to an outstanding start with nine participants. Our next Mixer is October 11 hosted by The Manor with Sue Minter attending as our guest. October 12 we will welcome Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont State Chamber of Commerce for an early morning breakfast and discussion hosted by Town and Country Resort in Stowe. Coming in November we have Mike Moser with “The Data Process: A Step-by-Step Guide” and a Mixer at Stowe Bowl. Watch the Chamber website and Facebook Page for more information. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming programs.

Our E-news is taking on a new format and frequency in distribution, i.e., less text with distribution on a bi-monthly basis. Our website, Facebook, social media will bridge our communication outlets and provide in-depth information on the Chamber’s programs. There is discussion about a quarterly printed newsletter… any thoughts?

We would like to hear from you and to that end, we are developing a survey which will be emailed to our membership on or about October 15. We encourage you to watch for it; take about ten minutes to complete it as your responses will assist us in planning the 2017 Program of Work. Our goal is to be relevant to your needs … to do that, we need your input.

Amazin’ Grazin’ … it was just that “Amazin”. Though attendance was a bit lower than anticipated the energy and enthusiasm of those present resulted in a memorable evening.

Without the generosity of our 13 sponsors; our 19 auction donors; our food/beverage vendors; and Ray and Carolyn Chauvin, owners of host property Hope Grows Community Farm, this annual culinary celebration of Vermont’s harvest could not have happened.

This year’s auction was a huge success … driven in part by our now “world famous” auctioneers – Tracy Baker and Tricia Follert. This is our 6th year of celebrating the harvest and the celebration continues to be a major fundraiser for the Chamber and a unique opportunity for networking in an informal and relaxed environment.

Max Neal
Interim Executive Director