I feel privileged for the trust you’ve placed in me as Chair of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. Let me assure you of my eagerness to work alongside the talented staff at the Chamber who do so much to support and advance the causes of business, and manage almost daily events on behalf of our members and business partners.
As I assume the Chair of this respected, long-standing and influential business organization, let me take a moment to acknowledge Rosanna Meyer, outgoing Chair. Rosanna, I have witnessed and experienced the high level of attention and care you have given the Chamber and under your leadership, we are finishing up one of the most challenging years ever due to the global pandemic but successful in demonstrating our ability to communicate effectively with our members and the community. Thank you, Rosanna, for your untiring dedication.
To the Executive Committee—Thank you in advance for your partnership and counsel. Please accept my gratitude for your leadership of the Chamber cause.
To my fellow Trustees—Thanks for your tenacious support of our mission. We’re here to serve the needs of our members and the success of their businesses. You’ve done that well. And together, over the next 12 months, we will continue to positively advance the interests of businesses in Pompano Beach, Margate, and Lighthouse Point.
To the many Chamber Members and Community Leaders here today — I admire your steady drive to move our vibrant economy forward on a daily basis. Thank you for your entrepreneurship, leadership, and engagement.
And to Jean McIntyre — I want to offer you my personal congratulations on mastering the art of pivoting that has helped us overcome hardship and carry us forward. Through your vision and leadership, the Chamber continued to grow and be one of the most relevant business organizations not only in Greater Pompano Beach but in Broward County.
The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce has always been in the middle of it all. It is where big thinkers have been combining their efforts and making things happen for decades. It’s where we support small business, ensure a strong pro-business climate, build consensus and shape our community.
Today marks a new season for the Chamber. Our 2021-2022 game plan will involve first and foremost the Pompano Beach, Margate, and Lighthouse Point business community. We are the Chamber for all businesses – both Large and Small!! The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce belongs to you, our members and our number one priority is representing you.
Our brand is strong. Our voice is independent. And our legacy of standing up for this community and our members is unmatched.
The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber will be hyper-focused on supporting small businesses. Much like the community we serve, our organization is comprised mostly of small businesses, and rest assured we’ll work continuously to make sure their needs are met. Our Team cannot win unless small business succeeds and has the resources and wherewithal to grow, innovate and hire.
In the next several months, we’ll be launching the Small Business Task Force. Its mission will ensure the Chamber continues a full-court press in support of the benefits, expertise, and resources needed by small businesses to grow and thrive.
We will also be launching Mini-Expos that showcase small businesses to the community so they can get valuable market exposure and attract new customers.
Finally, our Greater Pompano Beach Team needs strong leadership at every level. No community can truly thrive unless it develops its leadership capacity. For more than 20 years, the Chamber has been cultivating strong community leaders through Leadership North Broward.
My personal vision for the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber is
ACT NOW. BE BOLD. STAY TRUE.
We will ACT NOW under the leadership of Jean McIntyre as President and CEO.
We will BE BOLD in our thoughts and actions to ensure a business climate that fosters growth and economic diversity.
And we will STAY TRUE to the mission of the Chamber to help both small and large businesses succeed, create jobs through educational opportunities and offer expertise designed to help business owners make smarter decisions, expand their purchasing power and boost their brand and visibility in South Florida.
Let’s come together as players, coaches, managers and cheerleaders to ensure the ongoing success of our Chamber and the prosperity of our members.
The future is bright!
2022- 2023 Chair, Board of Directors,
Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce serving Margate & Lighthouse Point.