Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chamber creates new position to help manage Social Media

As the year ends, the Chamber staff is evolving, and we wanted to share the news with you all.  As part of our shift into a more technological world, the Chamber has created a new position.  The position, Assistant Vice President of Technical & Community Management, will be responsible for Social Media in the Chamber world, both in terms of running the Chamber's various initiatives and training small businesses in how to take advantage of this rapidly expanding medium.  The position will also be responsible for Member Retention initiatives, supervising the Borough Business Revitalization Program and assisting in the production of Business Matters.

Mike Schlossberg will be filling this new role (yes, that's me, your resident blogger!). 

The press release itself is below.  You can also read about the promotion in a story in the Express-Times.

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Chamber promotes Mike Schlossberg to role of Assistant Vice President of Technical & Community Management



New position reflects a fundamental shift in communications and networking

Lehigh Valley, PA – December 28, 2009: Tony Iannelli, President & CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, announced today that The Chamber has created the new position of Assistant Vice President of Technical & Community Management.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on being an organization that is ahead of the curve when it comes to communications and assisting our businesses succeed and thrive,” said Iannelli. “The fact is that the Chamber has to continue to evolve in order to be in a position to help our members prosper. This isn’t your father’s Chamber anymore.”

Filling the position will be Mike Schlossberg, who currently works for the Chamber is Borough Business Revitalization Coordinator. Schlossberg’s first date on the new job will be January 4, 2010.
Schlossberg’s job responsibilities will include managing The Chamber’s various Social Media initiatives, providing training to Chamber members on how they can use Social Media to help their businesses and assisting the multiple Chamber Councils in enhancing their presence in Social Media. Furthermore, Schlossberg will work in the Chamber’s Member Relation team on increasing member satisfaction; he will also continue to supervise the Borough Business Revitalization Program, The Chamber’s award winning urban revitalization effort.
“What I hope our members understand is that Social Media is not the trend of the future; it is the trend of right now,” said Schlossberg. “It is a fundamental shift in the way that we communicate with each other and represents a golden opportunity for companies to increase their bottom line. One of my top priorities will be to show our members how to use Social Media to help their businesses grow.”

Schlossberg comes into this position well prepared; he has, on a part-time basis, operated The Chamber’s Social Media initiatives for many months. In 2009, Schlossberg was named the Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s Main Street Manager of the Year. He was also named as one of the “Top 40 under 40” staffers by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard there were a number of other personnel changes at the chamber. Do tell.

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

Like any business, The Chamber makes personnel changes when the need arises, and clearly this has been one of those times. Our goal remains to ensure that our staff capacity meets and exceeds our member’s expectations.

Anonymous said...

What a BS response. What changes were made???! Where is the public announcement for these other changes? Chamber members deserve to know, since we pay the salaries!

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

Sorry, but I'm a bit confused. The changes that were made were in the press release that we just posted.

This, unfortunately, is one of the problems with communicating via blogs - what someone is talking about isn't always clear. I'm certainly happy to answer any questions - please feel free to call me (Mike Schlossberg) at the office at 610-841-5809 or E-mail at MikeS@lehighvalleychamber.org. I'm more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Anonymous said...

I understand there were more changes than what was in the release.

The release basically talks about your position.

A Chamber employee told me there were other position changes. My question is why is the Chamber so secretive about it? On one hand they are touting your position, which is great, but on the other they are "hiding" the fact there were several other personnel title changes made.

This is not the first time something like this has transpired. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks it may have something to do with Iannelli's political leanings.

Anonymous said...

I understand there were more changes than what was in the release.

The release basically talks about your position.

A Chamber employee told me there were other position changes. My question is why is the Chamber so secretive about it? On one hand they are touting your position, which is great, but on the other they are "hiding" the fact there were several other personnel title changes made.

This is not the first time something like this has transpired. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks it may have something to do with Iannelli's political leanings.

Answers????

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

Like I said before, I'm really not sure what you exactly are referring to. Clearly nothing has been hidden - all you have to do is check out our staff page to see everyone's updated titles: http://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/default.aspx?id=244&ekmensel=fb5d653b_16_18_244_12

I can't even imagine what you are referring to about Tony's political leanings and what they might have to do with staff changes at The Chamber, but a look at our staff will an array of political opinions, including Elected Officials from both sides of the aisle.

If you have any further questions, you can certainly feel free to contact me directly at 484-809-1796.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link. I was unaware the webiste was changed. It appears several employee's titles changed.

I'd like to make a suggestion for the website:
A brief description of what each person does would be nice.

I am impressed at how responsive you are on this blog.

As for the Iannelli comment, I was just being playful.

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce said...

Well, thanks. That really is one of many purposes of this blog - to be responsive, transparent and more open. It goes to the power of this medium as a whole