Join me in welcoming the 2017 Board of Directors for the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. These business leaders will work diligently to ensure the best interests of our business community, both locally and regionally. With a broad cross-section of backgrounds these chamber members will represent the chamber membership with integrity, energy and dedication.
Doug Miller (Edward Jones); Emma Leedy (Chamber Tourism Coordinator); Layli Lewis (The College Connection); Steve Hager (Port of Everett); Julie Martin (Chamber President); Paul Ellis (Ellis Wealth Management); Anna Rohrbough (AR Leadership); Matt Martin (State Farm); Phil Castillo (Retired); Janet Hammerman (Brand Builder Media). Not pictured: Sherri Bear (Accuracy Plus Bookkeeping)
11.23.16 Membership Appreciation
This year the Chamber focused on continuing the momentum of relationship building between our office and our members, but also business to business. We have been fostering a philosophy of collaboration and partnership, rather than competition among our members.
A place for this philosophy starts with thinking not only in terms of individual business success, but embracing the success of another’s business. When one prospers, in a boomerang effect we all prosper.
Last week, we held our annual Membership meeting. It was a full house with veteran members mixing and mingling with newer members and the chemistry was remarkable. To date this year, we have welcomed 47 new businesses to our roster and it is in large part a reflection of our business community. Whether a new start-up with a sole proprietor or a business with national reach, we have cultivated ways to mentor and support our new members into the professional community until they have created their own connections.
This year, we recognized business leaders who stood out in one way or another, who reflect the values and principles that our Chamber holds dear: Wade and Katherine Becher from Wicked Wraps received the Business of the Year Award for facilitating a crucial piece of marketing for the #MukilteoStrong campaign this past summer, as well as their involvement with Little Chief For A Day, They also offered leadership during the launch of Next Generation: Mukilto (young professionals with the Chamber). Amy Powell from Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse-Everett took home the Community Spirit Award. This business has been a powerhouse this year, hosting After Hours, donating time and talents during the Lighthouse Festival, lending support to service organizations, and partnering with the Chamber for various events throughout the year. Jim Voetberg from Mukilteo Water & Wastewater District received the Volunteer of the Year Award for his extensive volunteerism at this year’s events and programs. His support contributed to the success of our events throughout the year. Angela Sherman from McCarthy Home Remodel was our Ambassador of the Year for her outstanding service as a representative of our Chamber, both during our own events and programs and as an outreach spokesperson throughout the county. Each of these business professionals sheds a positive light on their respective businesses as well as the Chamber and its membership. We couldn’t be more proud.
We also introduced our 2017 Board of Directors: Doug Miller (Edward Jones); Janet Hammerman (Brand Builder Media); Sherri Bear (Accuracy Plus Bookkeeping); Phil Castillo (Retired); Matt Martin (State Farm); Anna Rohrbough (AR Leadership); Layli Lewis (Lewis & Associates); Paul Ellis (Ellis Wealth Management); Steve Hager (Port of Everett).
Our 2017 Ambassadors are: Kim Love (Heritage Bank); Bill Callahan (Windermere); Sam Freeman (Northwest Print & Design); Sarah Landsberg; Dawn Anderson (Tiny Stars Creative); Karen Koenig (Edward Jones); William Hamilton (SERVPro); Christi Trimble-Kreutz (Mukilteo Chiropractic Clinic), Marvella Black (The Scotsman Bistro); Angela Sherman.
As we continue to grow and build, we are energized and looking forward to continuing to serve our business community into the new year.
10.26.16 Everyone Communicates, Few Connect…
Are you a leader? If you answer “…yes, I am a leader” the next important question is this: Do others think you are a leader? An important quote comes, not from a company boardroom, but an industrial kitchen. TV personality and professional chef Mario Batali says, “One of the most important leadership lessons is realizing you’re not the most important or the most intelligent person in the room at all times.”
One of the more significant traits or skills a leader possesses is the ability to communicate, and that takes not only skill, but years of practice. Do not misinterpret the word “communicate” with “control.”
If you are a sharp leader you share details and expectations with clarity. At the same time, you recognize that if you foster creativity and curiosity among your co-workers, you garner much more buy-in for the task at hand. Delegating responsibilities to strong employees means you as a leader can step back, allow some breathing space and free yourself from governing the entire process. Otherwise, you may as well do it all yourself.
Experts tell us that in order to be a good leader, you have to know and understand what you are expecting your co-workers to produce. That maxim may work as long as you remember those same people may not approach the same task in the same manner you would. In fact, it may be healthier and indeed more efficient and effective if new ideas and strategies are included.
Communication skills involve many things, but a few stand out. Open and honest dialogue must top the list, with simple and transparent discourse. No ambiguity allowed. With that, a strong leader encourages and fosters rapport. This does not mean you have to be friends with all your co-workers but you should develop a connection that allows for positive interaction. Finally, great leaders invite and expect productive feedback. All of that however, hinges on effective communication.