July Chamber Chatter

Change is a constant. To succeed in business requires acknowledging past challenges and victories, accepting and even welcoming change. Your board is redoubling its commitment to change as needed to provide our members with more opportunity to thrive.

On behalf of the Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce, I wish to thank Elisabeth Barton for her contributions during her tenure as president. Elisabeth brought thoughtfulness, professionalism, and discipline to the Board of Directors, putting us in a much stronger position to serve our members. Thank you, Elisabeth, for all that you accomplished to elevate the chamber to a higher standard of service. We will carry on to help everyone in our community prosper.
Other recent changes to your Board of Directors bring us so much more expertise, talents, skills, and enthusiasm, I can’t help but be excited by our prospects for the future.

First, the Board welcomed Christian de Ryss as our newest Member-at-Large. Nine years ago Christian founded Equinox Technology Partners, a big data and AI services company focused on the beverage alcohol market.  Christian spent decades in high technology and technology outsourcing leadership positions. He ran teams that pursued and closed multi-hundred million-dollar deals for HP and EDS. He also designed and then sold one of the early CRM software applications, pre-windows.

No stranger to adventure, he and his wife Anne Clark bought a home in Groveland in 2013 just in time for the RIM fire. He is an avid fly fisher, back country packer, wine-snob, cook and wanna-be musician.

Second, I’d like to reintroduce Shirley Horn as Secretary and Chair of the Communications Committee. Shirley has been on hiatus since February. In her true style, she is already up to her elbows in our chamber activities and programs. Shirley is supported on the committee by Patricia Epp, who joined in May. Patricia has owned and operated a PR consultancy for more than three decades. Get in touch with this dynamic duo of communications to promote your business, programs, and events through The Weekly e-newsletter and our social media reach.

My goal as your president is to make it easier to join our chamber and to take advantage of programs that bring you business. And our main focus for the remainder of this fiscal year is Groveland’s flagship event, the 49er Festival. September 18 is fast approaching and plans are in full swing to make the 2021 49er Festival the best. Ever.

To find out more about 49er Festival sponsorship and vendor opportunities and deadlines, and all the ways you can volunteer to be a part of this historical funfest, go to 49erFestival.org. To stay informed about our programs, member promotions, to notify us about upcoming events, or to ask us anything, send an email to info@groveland.org. 
See you around town!