Gravenhurst Chamber Members Meet for AGM
Business organization AGM reports on 2015 fiscal year while planning for the future
April 4/2016- On Thursday, March 31st, the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce hosted their AGM at the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre. At the meeting, members received an overview of the priority services provided by the Chamber, reviewed the 2015 financials and elected an incoming Board of Directors.
Over 60 guests attended the AGM which was followed by an After Hours Social. After the meeting, the newly passed board elected the executive for the coming term.
Bob Collins was elected to continue serving as president, a position he has held since 2013. Robbie Irvine has served on the Chamber Board since 2014 and was elected to the Vice President Seat. Continuing the role as Secretary/Treasurer is John Gordon who stepped into the role last year.
The 2016 Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is comprised of:
- Bob Collins, Home Building Centre Gravenhurst elected President
- Robbie Irvine, The Oar & Paddle elected Vice President
- John Gordon, Gravenhurst Curling Club elected Secretary/Treasurer
- Sandi D. Allan, Sandi D. Allan Planning Consultant
- Rob Engman, Sawdust City Brewing Co.
- Mary Gauthier, Gauthier Development Group
- Peter Hayle, Giant Tiger
- Paul Kelly, Town of Gravenhurst Council Representative
- Jon Massey, Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf
- Marv McCabe, Individual Member
- Bob O’Brien, Frosty Pint Pub
- Tim Webb, Gypsy Market Mews
“The business of Chambers of Commerce is changing, significant time and resources was invested last year to develop a strategic plan that would best serve the community,” commented Chamber President Bob Collins. “As a Not for Profit, we will continue serving the community while ensuring the organization’s stability and financial sustainability.”
The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce recently completed a strategic plan, launched a new website and updated its logo. Currently over 60% of the local business community are members of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, an increase from 2011 when 46% were members.
“Moving forward, we are looking to increase our member engagement and assist our important, but sometimes less visible, service-based businesses increase their exposure,” says Collins. “We’ve experienced significant growth over the past few years, and will continue to pursue opportunities.”
The Chamber operates with six service areas and the organization’s strategic plan was built with the members priorities in mind. Members elected that future operations are prioritized in the following order, Tourism Marketing & Visitor Information Services, Community Business Development, Membership Services, Community Engagement and Special Event Coordination.
“We conducted an extensive service review last year which was integral to developing our strategic plan,”says Collins. “The survey showed that Chamber members prioritize the organization’s contributions to building the community as a whole, over the specific benefits to their individual businesses.”
Information on The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, the AGM, Strategic Plan and Service Review Survey can be found at gravenhurstchamber.com. As Gravenhurst’s leading representative of local business owners and employers, The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that supporting the business community ensures Gravenhurst’s continued growth and vitality.
For additional information or to coordinate an interview with Bob Collins, please contact:
Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce