Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July letter from Barry Fisher, the new Chair of the Chamber's Board of Governors

By Barry Fisher, 69-WFMZ-TV & wfmz.com; Chair, Board of Governors, 

I’ll begin by recognizing Steve Patterson for his service as Chair of the Board of Governors for the past 2 years.  Thank you Steve for your outstanding dedication and leadership. Steve will serve us well as Immediate past chair for the next two years.

Leadership opportunities at this chamber exist for dedicated business women and men from Phillipsburg to Emmaus and from Nazareth to Coopersburg and this year we had record interest in service to the Chamber Board of Governors.  Each new board member brings a unique skill set and focus to The Chamber, giving us a wide variety of talent and experiences from which to draw. 

As we look to the future, it is with great pleasure that I welcome the following distinguished professionals to their new positions on the board. Please note the diversity of backgrounds, crucial for creating exceptional ideas and refreshing our operations.  I look forward to serving with them and the rest of The Chamber Board.

Dorota Kozak, partner attorney at King Spry Law Firm has filled the Vice Chair position and will succeed me as Board Chair at the end of my term.  And we are blessed to retain Bruce Palmer, CPA with Buckno Lisicky as our treasurer.

Newly selected to serve on The Chamber Executive Committee are Adams Outdoor General Manager, Tony Cioffi and CPA Sue Jarvis.

New chamber or council chairs attaining or retaining seats on the board of governors are Bethlehem Chamber and Southern Lehigh Chamber Chair,  Scott Babashak - Emmaus Main Street Partners Chair, John Hayes - Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber Chair, Nancy Treskot - Hellertown Lower Saucon Chamber Chair, Thomas Rieger - Nazareth Business Council Chair, Megan van Ravenswaay - Phillipsburg Area Chamber Chair. Jim Swick - Western Lehigh Chamber Chair, Ron Eichenberg - LGBT Council Chair, Liz Kleintop - Women’s Business Council Chair, Laura Azzalina and Small Business Council Chair, Barry Diehl.

Newly elected at-large members of the Board of Governors are Paul Anthony - IBEW, Lou Fromm - Fromm Electric, Murtaza Jaffer - Express Business Center, Darlene Pors - HT Lyons, Dr. Michael Rossi -  LVHN and Laura Haffner, Wells Fargo.

Thank you to all our current and new board members for your continued dedication and support.  This organization depends on high profile, community focused volunteers, who give their time and experience, and actively contribute to develop and achieve our collective goals, ensuring the success of The Chamber and all our communities and On Every Main Street!

A complete listing of The Chamber’s officers and board members can be found at www.lehighvalleychamber.org/board.

I look forward to serving as your Chairman of the Board!

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