2020 ANNUAL REPORT
LEAD · ADVOCATE · NETWORK · PROMOTE SPONSORED BY:
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS DR. JOHN A. DOWNEY, Chair, Blue Ridge Community College* JOEL SHANK, Past-Chair, Dynamic Aviation Group, Inc. * FRANK ONCKEN, Chair-Elect, A&J Development and Excavation Inc* DR. MELISSA LUBIN, James Madison University* SCOT LILLY, Farm Credit of the Virginias MATTHIAS SMITH, Massanutten Resort SKIP WEAKLEY, LD&B Insurance & Financial Services* DWIGHT BURACKER, PBMares, LLP* KELLY BURKHOLDER, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.Burkholder & Associates ANDY VANHOOK, Appeal Production UMAR ALI, First Citizens Bank KELLY BLOSSER, Riddleberger Brothers ANDREW FRIEDMAN, Cargill QUINTON CALLAHAN, Clark & Bradshaw, PC
One of my favorite end of the year past-times that I’ve always enjoyed is listening to the top 40 countdown of the best songs of the year. In a similar way, I have that same feeling about looking back on the successes documented in this year’s annual report of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Every activity coordinated by this Chamber has been a top hit of the year, and the Chamber’s extraordinary success could not have been possible without the active participation you have committed to as members. When Joel Shank handed me that gavel at the annual meeting last January, I already knew that the support I would receive as chair would be phenomenal. I am so grateful for having served under Frank Tamberrino’s exceptional leadership, and his staff is the absolute best to work with. The volunteers who give their time serving on the Board are the most effective representatives of all of you who are members and who count on them to make the Chamber so successful. I am so grateful to each of them, and to the countless other volunteers who helped make ValleyFest, Connections, the BOLD and Leadership Harrisonburg Rockingham programs, Business before and after hours, ribbon cuttings, legislative breakfasts, economic development updates and every other Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce event so incredible to be a part of. Lastly, thank you to each of you for supporting the Chamber through your membership dollars and your active participation. Business in the city and county is stronger because of the work of the Chamber and, on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, let me extend my gratitude for your involvement. Looking ahead to an even better 2020, I feel so privileged to be a member of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and to have had the opportunity to serve as the Board chair. The incoming leadership is enthusiastic and committed to continuing to strengthen a Chamber that all of us are already so proud of!
Dr. John A. Downey, 2019 Board Chair
SALLIE WOLFE-GARRISON, Rockingham County LISA SHULL, Explore More Discovery Museum CHERYL KIRBY, Alantic Union Bank ERIC BARKEY, JS Replogle & Associates, LLC CHRISTOPHER JONES, City of Harrisonburg ERIN OVERSTREET, Gray Television KYLE O’BRIEN, Town of Broadway JONAH PENCE, Pendleton Community Bank DONNA PREZIUSO, American National Insurance* VAUGHN ZEPP, Merck & Company JEFF HILL, Local Chop & Grill House * Executive Committee Members
CHAMBER STAFF FRANK TAMBERRINO - President and CEO TRENT TURNER - Finance & Administration Manager CARLIE FLOYD - Administrative Assistant SARA WITTIG - Director of Marketing & Communications SHEENA ARMENTROUT - Director of Membership
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Looking back or looking forward? The Annual Report is typically the opportunity to look back and reflect on the year’s accomplishments. There is, indeed, a lot to be proud of. You can scan the pages and look at the highlights. But remember, these are just the highlights and they are supported by countless staff hours, Board engagement and guidance, and members volunteering for heavy lifting as well as behind the scenes routine work. As I have said before, we are fortunate to live in a community where people and organizations work together. Looking forward, do not take that for granted as it defines the Chamber’s potential and the community’s potential. However, the new year will not be defined on what we have accomplished in 2019 but by how good we build upon it. Our organization is well regarded in this community, in the region and across the State. Locally, most people may not realize that fact as much as I do. You only need look at the Connections2019 program we put together. And also know that your staff receives calls and emails from other chambers and state associations asking for our opinions and advice. That does not happen by chance. We have worked hard. I also want to recognize our great Ambassador Committee, but the reality is that all Chamber members and partners can be ambassadors for us. My request of you in 2020 is to think about what the Chamber has done for you and/or for the community, and then tell someone else when the opportunity arises. It is a simple but powerful request. Thank you for your trust and support. Frank Tamberrino, President and CEO
CHAMBER CONNECTION In 2019, your Chamber made a positive difference in the community, allowing businesses to succeed, and offered a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of our members businesses. Members networked at Chamber events such as the Annual Banquet, Business After Hours and Business Smarts Educational Series and celebrated the new beginnings of fellow Chamber members at ribbon cuttings and ground breakings. With your investments, we established relevant educational sessions for businesses, networking events that helped build member relationships, collaborative partnerships that promoted commerce among member businesses, and the ability for your Chamber to advocate for a stronger economy and vibrant community.
CHAMBER COMMITTEES Members interested in building relationships with local business and community leaders with shared similar interests and passions participated in Chamber-led Committees
Aging in Place Roundtable met each
Diversity Council was re-engaged
Ambassadors encouraged membership
Hospitality Committee actively engaged
month to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life. This committee provided a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. participation and actively supported all chamber programs. They generated excitement and enthusiasm through participation in ribbon cuttings, business after hours, and other Chamber events and functions.
Business Councils including
Broadway-Timberville, East Rockingham and Greater Ashby - met throughout the year to provide businesses opportunities to connect through informational and educational meetings, promoting the economic vitality and quality of life throughout the community.
holding Diversity in Business; Diversify Your Workforce to strengthen your business sessions, partnering with Shenandoah Women’s Alliance on Equality in the Workplace panel discussion. with representatives of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel association and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Public Policy met monthly to identify,
evaluate and monitor social, political and environmental trends, as well as issues and concerns affecting the business community.
Shenandoah Women’s Alliance met
throughout the year at various Chamber member locations. Participants learned about the importance of health and wellness and successful financial strategies for today’s woman to name a few.
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Chamber Mission Since 1916, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce has been influencing public policy on behalf of the business community and helping the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area become a thriving and dynamic marketplace of opportunities. Through leadership, advocacy, networking and promotion your Chamber offers the tools to help your business succeed and grow. BY THE NUMBERS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
BUSINESS SMARTS EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
BUSINESS AT BREAKFAST NETWORKING
LEADERSHIP HARRISONBURGROCKINGHAM GRADUATES
BY THE NUMBERS
PARTICIPATING SHOP LOCAL BUSINESSES
MEMBER NEWS RELEASES AND EVENTS PROMOTED
PLAYERS IN ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS
PARTNERSHIP & COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES
MEMBER JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
LEAD The Chamber is the voice of business in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and plays a vital role in building future business and community leaders. In June, your Chamber graduated 27 local leaders from the Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham program. Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham is designed to expose current and aspiring leaders to the many different aspects of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, educating them about the community’s past, present and future, including our strengths and opportunities that will help us build a better tomorrow. BOLD - Building Optimal Leaders by Design- is an advanced leadership program established by the Community Leadership Development Board of Vision 2020 to provide mentees an opportunity to work with and interact with preeminent leaders in our community. It also provides an opportunity for mentors to “develop” our community’s future leaders. In May, seven mentees graduated from the BOLD program.
Above: BOLD Graduating Class of 2017-2019
Above: Leadership HR graduating class of 2018-2019
PROMOTE The Chamber is a proven way to increase your visibility in the community. Many Chamber members took advantage of the ample opportunities to promote their business through event sponsorships, advertising opportunities, and enhanced listings through our online business directory. In 2019, your Chamber promoted your products and services through a variety of programs and initiatives. Highlights include: • Chamber website tools such as Community & Chamber Events Calendar, Member News Releases, Job Postings and more. • Community Profile & Membership Directory. • A quarterly Chamber update featured in the Daily News-Record Business Journal to coincide with the release of The Advocate digital publications. • Member2Member Discount Program continued with discount purchases and free consultations valued over $2,000. • Promational coasters advertising upcoming Business After Hours could be found at all major events throughout 2019.
ADVOCATE Your Chamber worked as a unified voice on issues that affected the business community. In 2019, we were actively engaged with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels to represent your business interests and to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in our area. Throughout the year, we kept you informed of our efforts through: • Pre- and Post-Session Legislative Breakfasts that offered an overview of the General Assembly Session. • Annual Economic Outlook with Barry DuVal, President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Stephen Moret, President of Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Bernie Niemeier, President of Virginia Business magazine. • Annual Presidential Address that brought together an impressive panel of all four University and College Presidents. Each President gave an update on enrollment, construction, economic impacts of higher education and more. • Monthly Public Policy Committee Meetings where our advocacy committee identified, evaluated and monitored policies that could potentially impact business. Photo on left is of the Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast. ••• Photo on right is of Virginia Chamber Executives Lunch
NETWORK Through networking events, educational programs and committees, we built community relations and offered members a variety of ways to make new customer contacts and network with fellow Chamber members. Members networked at Chamber events such as the Annual Banquet, Business After Hours, Business Smarts Educational Series, and celebrated the new beginnings of fellow Chamber members at ribbon cuttings and ground breakings.
Photo on the left is of a ribbon cutting with Governor Ralph Northam for the new cold storage at InterChange Group, Inc. ••• Photo on right is of Beards & Broads ribbon “Axing”.
In October, over 175 Chamber Members attended the reorganized Connections event where attendees were able to choose from educational sessions that included “The Future of Retail and Commercial Development,” “Workforce - Issues, Trends and Staying Out of Trouble” and “Marketing Trends”. The event concluded with an interactive and fun Business Resource Fair and Reception featuring Chamber member businesses and door prizes that included two SkyWest Tickets. pg. 7
2019 MAJOR EVENT SPONSORS ANNUAL BANQUET
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Burkholder & Associates Appeal Production Blue Ridge Bank Blue Ridge Community College Bluestone Vineyard Capital Ale House CrossKeys Vineyards
DuPont Community Credit Union Dynamic Aviation Farm Credit of the Virginias First Bank & Trust Company Gaines Group Harman Construction, Inc. JS Replogle & Associates, LLC Lantz Construction Company
McClung Companies MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery Perry Engineering Company Pioneer Bank Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport The Reserve at Stone Port Virginia Poultry Federation Atlantic Union Bank
Appeal Production Blue Ridge Beverage Blue Ridge Community College Cargill DuPont Community Credit Union
Hammond Insurance Services Massanutten Resort MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery Pioneer Bank
Queen City Creative Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport The Reserve at Stone Port Valley Honda
Atlantic Union Bank Blue Ridge Community College Bridgewater College DuPont Community Credit Union Massanutten Resort Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center Virginia Poultry Federation
GOLF TOURNAMENT AT&T Blue Ridge Beverage Carter Bank & Trust Daily News-Record Dick Myers Chrysler Dodge Jeep PRE & POST-SESSION LEGISLATIVE BREAKFASTS
DuPont Community Credit Union Massanutten Resort Nielsen Builders Shentel Skyline Roofing, Inc. AT&T First Bank and Trust Company GreeneHurlocker