In remarks accompanying the release of the agenda, President/CEO Mark Eagan made a point of stressing that the chamber embodies the uniquely American viewpoint that sets us apart from so much of the world: “Let there be no question where the Capital Region Chamber stands: business and the free enterprise system is the most effective and proven way to create widespread opportunity and prosperity for all who call the Capital Region home."
Topics covered in the Advocacy Agenda include taxes/government operations/regulations, education/workforce development, economic development, employment, transportation/infrastructure, healthcare, energy, and government accountability. The text of the Advocacy Agenda can be found at https://capitalregionchamber.com/advocacy/.
The Chamber has added a new teammate, Rick Marchant, as Membership Executive. Rick is a veteran marketer with expertise in business development/sales, account management, public relations, media planning, event planning and public speaking experience. Before coming to the Chamber he spent 12 years at Mannix Marketing, one of the region’s premier marketing agencies, where he worked with businesses in digital marketing, social media management/consultation, web design, search engine optimization, email marketing, content development, project management, training, and more. Rick joins veteran Membership Executive Sabrina Heilmann and Member Engagement Manager Rich Palmer as the first point of contact for businesses seeking to get involved with the regional Chamber and its affiliates. Expect more staff announcements in the future as the team grows to accommodate the needs of the ever-changing business landscape.
A job posting has also been made this week for the position of Director, Member Services: https://members.capitalregionchamber.com/jobs/Details/director-member-services-91919
On a personal note, I’m eager to work with Rick, Sabrina and Rich, since I have added the responsibilities of leading the Membership team to my current Community Advancement duties. It is a privilege to bring together these two dynamic departments to better serve the businesses of Saratoga County and beyond, and despite the hurdles of the Pandemic and other related challenges, I’m looking forward to a really great year ahead!
Written by Pete Bardunias, Senior Vice President, Membership and Community Advancement, Capital Region Chamber