2016 Board of Directors: MIKE GARBER, Chair, PBMares GLENDA WESTERN, Past- Chair, MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery GREG GODSEY, Chair-Elect, Union Bank & Trust KELLY BURKHOLDER, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. - Burkholder & Associates FELICIA CRAWFORD, Liberty Press, Inc. CORY DAVIES, RMH Foundation DR. JOHN A. DOWNEY, Blue Ridge Community College FRED EBERLY, Rockingham County ROBERT FRAZIER REBECCA HAUSHALTER, White Oak Lavender Farm JEFF HILL, Local Chop & Grill House KRISTIN ISENHART, Advantage Physical Therapy ANDRIA JACKSON, Steven Toyota CHRISTOPHER JONES, City of Harrisonburg SCOT LILLY, Farm Credit of the Virginias MELISSA LUBIN, James Madison University CRAIG MACKAIL, Harrisonburg City Public Schools KYLE O’BRIEN, Town of Broadway JONAH PENCE, Farmers & Merchants Bank HEATHER REAM, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport COURTNEY ROGERS, Immerge Technologies CHRIS ROOKER, Kline May Realty/ The Harrisonburg Homes Team JOEL SHANK, Dynamic Aviation JENNIFER SHIRKEY, Lenhart Pettit PC ANDY VANHOOK, Appeal Production RYAN WAID, BotkinRose, PLLC SKIP WEAKLEY, LD&B Insurance & Financial Services
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Chamber Sees Success in 100th Year of Service
By almost any measure, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce had a successful year in 2016. We began, of course, with great leadership and volunteer participation at all levels of the organization. Our 100th Anniversary gave us a chance to showcase the history, the current influence and the future potential of your Chamber. Of course, those who open the newly buried time capsule in 2066 will have the best view of what we accomplished in 2016 and how strong the foundation for the future was laid by our current leadership and membership. Keep in mind that this Annual Report is merely a snapshot of the Chamber’s activities and accomplishments. It highlights the past year but it really serves as a reminder of what we are capable of moving forward. Together we can go Back to the Future and make sure 2017 is another great year for the Chamber and for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Mike Garber, PBMares Chairman, HR Chamber of Commerce
In 2016, the Board of Directors and staff worked hard to accomplish the Chamber’s goals and mission, focusing our efforts to Lead, Advocate, Network and Promote. These four cornerstones drive the value of your Chamber membership. We continue to strive to make the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce one of the best investments you make each year. In this report, you will see the accomplishments and successes of 2016. In addition to the broad range of programs and functions the Chamber engages in each year on behalf of our members, we took extra effort in 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our Chamber of Commerce. It was a great look back at the Chamber and at the development of our community over time, and it gave us encouragement looking forward. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a special year by participating in this celebration, including supplying documents and materials for the time capsule that will be opened fifty years from now. This year marked the launch of our first women’s only networking initiative, the Shenandoah Women’s Alliance. This was implemented to provide an opportunity for the women in our community to gather, exchange ideas, create stronger business to business contacts, and empower one another through inspiration, education and service, and to enhance our commitment to this important group of leaders. In December, the Board gathered to review our strategic plan to realign our goals for 2017 and beyond with the current business climate. We had great participation from our current Board members and the new members who will be joining us in 2017. We have a short list of strong goals for the next three years and we hope to enlist all of our members in accomplishing these goals. We endeavor to align our goals with your needs so please provide us feedback as we begin this process. We all look forward to a healthy business environment in 2017, and the HarrisonburgRockingham Chamber of Commerce is positioned to help our community succeed. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Board Chairman, and to work with many dedicated, talented individuals including the Chamber staff, Board of Directors, Ambassadors, volunteers and members. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity, and for your membership and support of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. My best wishes to you for a prosperous 2017!