New chamber chair says she's looking forward to the challenge

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2018 Chamber Chair Keith Newton of D.F. Richard Energy passes the gavel to incoming Chamber Chair Anne Brown of Daystar, Inc., at the chamber's Annual Meeting held on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - Anne Brown of Daystar, Inc., was introduced as the Chamber's 2019 Chair of the Board at the Chamber's Annual Meeting held Thursday at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Community Education & Conference Center.

Following her thanks to previous year's Chair of the Board, Keith Newton of D.F. Richard Energy, Brown said, "I stand before you with gratitude and eager anticipation for the year to come. I am excited and honored to serve as the Chairman of the Board. It goes without saying that I have great respect for the Chamber and its work to support our members' growth and enhance the quality of life in the city I grew up in."

Brown also recognized past chairs of the Board, adding, "Your leadership has made an impact on the success of our chamber and the business community it serves. Thanks to you, an amazing staff, and past board members, the chamber has a strong foundation."

She said she expects this year will be a year of growth and evolution for the chamber and cited the exciting developments happening and that Rochester is growing and evolving with diverse businesses in terms of industry, interests, and size.

"The chamber's challenge is to remain relevant to the business community and stay connected to their needs so that it can we provide the programs and services they value," Brown said.

She also indicated an upcoming survey of chamber members and Rochester businesses will be conducted to gather feedback on their challenges and in what ways the chamber can best serve them. In conjunction with the survey, the board will also work in tandem with the staff to review programs and services to evaluate which programs are working well and which have served their purpose.

"Furthermore, we will work to identify any gaps between the needs of our members and the services we provide to develop initiatives that will support our current and future members," Brown said. "Our members are our reason for being, and our business community is our lifeblood. The success of our Chamber depends on the participation of our members."

Brown also invited members to share their ideas and feedback and encouraged members to take advantage of their chamber membership to help their business grow.

"Whether you're a small yoga studio, a local law office, a bank, an educational institution, non-profit, large manufacturer, or something else... the Chamber has services that can help you promote your business, connect you with others, educate you on new initiatives, and advocate for you needs," she said.

Lastly, she encouraged members to do business with other chamber businesses. She expressed her excitement to work alongside a group of people who are passionate about our Chamber mission and dedicated to doing right by its members and introduced the 2019 Board of Directors and Chamber Staff.

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