Plenty of Changes Happening at Chamber

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, Executive Director

by Dixie Johnson
Executive Director
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

 This article was published in the “Community Perspective” column
 of The Sheridan Press, October 5, 2011.

All one has to do to realize change is in the air is breathe in the cool crisp morning air or gaze at the trees displaying their palette of yellows, oranges and reds.  The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, too, is experiencing change this time of year, and we are looking forward in anticipation of the many changes to come. 

One such change occurred at our September Board of Directors’ meeting. We said goodbye to outgoing board member Randy Bomar, who served on the board for eight consecutive years. We also bid adieu to Ryan Franklin, who served for six years on the board and as Board President the past two years. As we wave farewell to Randy and Ryan, we also welcome our incoming board members, Tim Barnes and Jeff Feck.  Tim and Jeff join a dozen other engaged business people on the Chamber’s board, and we’re excited about the many changes on our horizon.  

Also at our September board meeting, Eric Brandjord was elected as Board President. Rounding out our officer list of Vice Presidents are Ken Thorpe, Jesus Rios, and Erin DeFries. Andy Kennah continues serving on the Board as Treasurer. The Chamber of Commerce is very fortunate to continue to have such outstanding leaders dedicated to furthering the economic prosperity of Sheridan area businesses. 

Another change will take place this week, when we host our first Chamber Coffee on Thursday morning at the Branding Iron Restaurant in Dayton. Everyone is invited to join us for a cup of coffee and an opportunity to visit with Chamber staff and board members. Plans are in place to hold this program on a bi-monthly basis in different locations throughout Sheridan County. We hope to have a great turnout at the Branding Iron in Dayton at 8:00am Thursday.     

Looking ahead to change in November, we will begin a series of bi-monthly training opportunities that will be kicked off with an in-depth look at the importance of Relationship Marketing on customer retention and satisfaction.  Laura Lehan of the Lehan Group gave an overview of Relationship Marketing at our Chamber Luncheon in July.  We received great feedback and had numerous requests from attendees wanting to learn more.  So, mark your calendars for November 10th and look for more information to be released soon on this and additional Chamber of Commerce training opportunities.

Finally, as we head into Autumn,  I’d like to recognize our membership who know that by investing in the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, they are investing in Sheridan County’s entire business community. If you are interested in learning more about our ongoing efforts to promote positive change for our business community or to learn more about our upcoming programs, please contact me at 672-2485.



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