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 Chairman Ex Officio, Mr. Glenn T. Almquist! Glenn is the Sr. Vice President, Senior Principal, at Woodard & Curran.
1. What was your primary motivation for becoming a member of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce?
My primary motivation for becoming a member and remaining a member has been business advocacy in Newport County and working with the Chamber to address challenges that our member businesses are facing.
2. What do you find most interesting about your business or industry?
Woodard & Curran is a diverse national company with clients in the industrial, commercial, and government sectors. These clients are constantly presented with technical challenges to their businesses. Working with the incredibly talented people at Woodard & Curran we assist our clients solve these problems using our science, engineering, and operations skill sets. What I find most interesting is working with a diverse set of clients and staff to address technical problems, specifically as they relate to water and environmental issues.
3. How has your membership with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce helped to advance your business or industry?
Becoming involved with the Chamber has provided a vehicle for networking and developing relationships that provide insight into business opportunities in Newport County and beyond.
4. What is your favorite Newport County Chamber of Commerce event or program?
There are numerous activities that the chamber organizes throughout the year that are all different, yet I find them important from a business, educational, or enjoyment perspective. Annual Meeting is always special and one that I look forward to each year. Also, I really enjoy the Economic Updates and Politics & Pancakes series that take place throughout the year, and of course the annual golf event should not be missed, even if you’re not a golfer (just watch me!)
5. What do you hope to bring to the Newport County Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member in 2017?
As a Chamber Board member, I intend to work with our dedicated and talented staff and fellow Board members to understand the needs of our members, continue our successful programs, and develop new initiatives to ensure the Chamber remains relevant and focused on programs that are important to our members. I also intend to remain active in our Government Affairs Committee which continues to become more active with state and local regulatory issues important to members.
Also, I am excited to continue working toward the start-up of the Chamber led initiative to develop a Regional Economic Development Division. When successful, this Division of the Chamber will fill a gap and serve as a resource to community leaders and the entire business community.