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 Secretary, Mr. John Edick! John is the Owner and CEO of Blackstone Caterers.
1. What was your primary motivation for becoming a member of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce?
Blackstone Caterers was a member of the Chamber of Commerce when I started working for Newport Harbor Corporation. When we purchased the company in 2010 it was part of our annual marketing budget. The Chamber was a great way to meet the business people of our communities as well as many of the board members. Not long after that I was asked to become a board member myself. It seemed a great way to participate and give back to the organization and the community.
2. What do you find most interesting about your business or industry?
I have been in the food industry my whole life, starting out at a dairy bar in upstate New York while in high school. I later went to college and studied Hotel & Restaurant Management. I loved the hospitality business because it was fun. I know it seems like working night and day and very long hours may be hard, but it has always been very rewarding as well. Now with Blackstone Caterers, the idea of executing events and making people happy is just what I have always wanted to do. It is still extremely rewarding.
3. How has your membership with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce helped to advance your business or industry?
I am often asked how has the Chamber helped me, but I joined to help them and my fellow industry partners in Newport and Rhode Island! I feel as though I am an ambassador for our city. I was not born here, but moved here in 1980. It wasn’t until 2010 that I was able to really live in Newport and work here. Joining the Chamber strengthened my relationship with the entire business community as well. Promoting Newport, promoting our industry and the wonderful gifts we have to offer is a pleasure. The relationships have truly helped the Blackstone Caterers brand.
4. What is your favorite Newport County Chamber of Commerce event or program?
The Chamber does so much, for so many different businesses and people it is difficult to single out one event. Having said that, Blackstone Caterers is proud to be a sponsor for “Women in Business”. We have the pleasure of employing some amazing women at Blackstone and they do lead our company. Personally, strong women leaders have been important in my life as well. I always like to remember some that helped me grow. My grandmother taught me to cook, my mother taught me to dance and my wife taught me everything else!
5. What do you hope to bring to the Newport County Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member in 2017?
I am in my second term as a board member. I am proud to serve on several committees, Executive, Strategic Planning and Marketing committees keep me busy. I am hopeful that while I am here I can help make to chamber meaningful and impactful. Providing leadership for the next chamber members as well and future board leaders. I have enjoyed my time!