We are excited to announce that our 2017 Board of Directors has officially been instated. To help members learn more about our Board, we have added a new component to our monthly e-newsletter. Our “5 Questions with the Board” feature will profile a different Board member each month!
This month, we welcome and introduce our new Board Vice Chair, Ms. Amy Martel! Amy is the EVP & Chief Operating Officer at People's Credit Union.
1. What was your primary motivation for becoming a member of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce?
People’s Credit Union is a community-based organization grown from cooperative roots of people helping people, which is similar to the Chamber’s member-focused foundation. Like the Chamber, the Credit Union has a vision to support, grow, and strengthen the communities we serve through education, advocacy, and general cooperation. This shared vision was my primary reason for wanting to be part of the Chamber.
2. What do you find most interesting about your business or industry?
Banking and financial services overall are very dynamic, and I enjoy watching the industry evolve year after year. Today, people have so many ways to interact with their bank or credit union, including online, mobile, and in-branch channels, and these options continue to expand. I am excited to see how People’s Credit Union will be able to serve our members with new technologies and services tomorrow and beyond.
3. How has your membership with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce helped to advance your business or industry?
In order to better serve our membership and the community overall, People’s Credit Union requires opportunities to meet and interact with members and local business and civic leaders. By being part of the Chamber, we are given occasions to network with people that provide input on how we can improve and how we can continue to enhance our communities. These interactions are invaluable to us.
4. What is your favorite Newport County Chamber of Commerce event or program?
There are almost too many to mention, but if I have to narrow down my choice, I would select the events related to the Women in Business series. More than 70% of the leadership team at People’s Credit Union is female, so being able to attend events with like-minded peers in leadership roles helps to create a network that encourages growth and provides positive role models for all groups. I also enjoy the economic update luncheons, which the Credit Union sponsors. These events focus on local issues impacting our business community and the overall economic welfare of Newport County, and I find these events to be timely and educational.
5. What do you hope to bring to the Newport County Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member in 2017?
The Chamber has launched quite a few great new programs over the past few years and has some exciting plans on the horizon that should establish Newport County as a thriving business innovation center, creating and sustaining economic well-being for years to come. As a board member and as the vice chair, I hope to provide support and guidance to the Chamber to propel these great initiatives forward in a successful manner.