August 2013 Word from the Chairman

Rollins_Brad-ChairmanFor nearly 40 years, your North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work advocating for business and education, providing professional development, delivering opportunities for you to make results-oriented business-to-business connections and recognizing deserving leaders. With staff and volunteers focused on these efforts daily, it’s my privilege to shift the focus to the staff and recognize their many accomplishments.

Chamber staff people are a special breed of individual, and it is a unique and personal calling each answers to serve. Not only does it take a “Jack-of-all-trades” person to wear the many hats of a Chamber executive – from fundraiser and event manager to volunteer coordinator and finance manager, it takes an amazing level of dedication to serve in this role for decades. And that is just what many of our staff has done.

Staff Tenure Awards

20-10yr anniversaries

This summer, four members of the Chamber staff were recognized by the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives for their commitment to serve business, our membership and the community as demonstrated by their tenure with the North Chamber. At the July board of directors meeting staff were recognized and presented with tenure awards including: Sr. Vice President of Operations, Chris Bugg – 20 years; Administrative Assistant, Marilyn White – 20 years; Vice President Leadership Programs & Lead SA, Yolanda Crittenden – 10 years; and Vice President IT & Finance, Debby Zucker – 10 years. I hope you will join me in congratulating and thanking staff for their service to the membership and for all they do to keep San Antonio and Bexar County strong.

Media Excellence Awards

TCCE Media Award

Additionally, I am proud to announce that the North SA Chamber now has an “award-winning” marketing approach, website and social media program. At the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in June our Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Renée Crittenden Garcia, accepted three Media Excellence Awards in the largest chamber size category. Judges chose the top three entries in seven media categories and the North SA Chamber received the following accolades: Second Place – Marketing Program; Second Place – Website; and Third Place – Social Media. Congratulations to Renée, her marketing staff and the many member companies – particularly Full Fusion, Texas Creative and Zukini Creative, who contributed to the marketing infrastructure re-development.

Social Networking
We are committed to helping our members succeed at doing business in the digital age. Join us for the Small Business How 2 Series on Wednesday, August 21, for How 2 share social media content on Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter at the Hilton San Antonio Airport. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8 to 10 a.m.

Finally, why not join the conversation online? Come “like” and “follow” the North SA Chamber on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – it’s a great way to stay informed of member, community and Chamber news. Want to get more visibility for your member business? Send the North SA Chamber your news and staff will share it to Chamber social media channels and/or blog (based on membership level).

Thank you for all you do to keep Bexar County strong and I hope to see you soon.