The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce (MWVCC), hosted its 110th Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 18th, 2022 at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.
This event provides an opportunity for the MWVCC to review its past year with its members as well as its 2022/2023 plans. It hosts an open meeting to approve the previous year’s annual meeting minutes and financial reports; vote on incoming board members; touch on upcoming programs and strategies put in place by the MWVCC and its partners; award the Steve Eastman Community Spirit Award, White Mountain Treasures, Employer of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year; as well as thank the chamber’s sponsors.
The MWVCC Annual Meeting is sponsored by its Premier Sponsor, Chalmers Insurance Group and Patriot Insurance; its Silent Auction Sponsor, Settlers Green; Its White Mountain Treasures Awards Sponsor, Memorial Hospital; as well as its Supporting Sponsors, Northway Bank; Eastern Propane and Oil; Mt. Washington Valley Radio Group; The Valley Originals; Northeast Delta Dental; Designed Gardens Flower Studio; and The Buyer’s Guide to Real Estate.
A few exciting points presented in the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 - 2023 plan include its focus on its three signature programs Hire a Guide; Learn from a Local, Live Like a Local; and the MWV Pledge and how they will influence the digital marketing campaign the MWVCC is collaborating on with Drive Brand Studio and Pressed. The MWVCC is also heavily highlighting challenges and successes with the valley’s workforce and affordable housing through media and advocacy programs, and continues to build out its digital proficiency with high quality media and content that focuses on photography, content writing, and video. The high standard and consistency of the content published by the MWVCC reflects in last year’s earned advertising equivalency of $85,662,750, which is a 20.3% increase from 2021, and was led and monitored by Drive Brand Studio.
The MWVCC is proud to be a part of the community with year’s winners. It congratulates Lisa Dufault of Valley Promotions and Lloyd Jones of the Conway Daily Sun, recipients of the White Mountain Treasure awards which were presented by Memorial Hospital’s President Art Mathisen. This award recognizes a lifetime of achievement in outstanding community service and commitment to the Valley - attributes that are second-nature to Dufault and Jones, who tirelessly support community initiatives through their work, and personal time.
Jonathan Goodwin was recognized as Employer of the Year. Owner of Gemini Sign and Design, and in business for over 25 years, Goodwin recognized that his business would not be where it is today without the support of his hard-working staff. He touted the importance of understanding that empowered employees are at the helm of every successful business.
The three-man team behind Cheese Louise won Entrepreneur of the Year. Young leaders, Bryce Harrison, James Gaudreault, and Ian Lubkin were recognized for their innovative approach to business. Opening a grilled cheese focused food truck in 2018, the group thanked the community for letting them set-up shop at various businesses throughout the valley. Since then, the food truck has grown into two locations - one in the Mt. Washington Valley, and another in Portland, Maine; multiple food trucks, and a catering company. The three owners employ roughly thirty employees, and see no signs of slowing down any time soon!
Dr. Marianne Jackson was presented the Steve Eastman Community Spirit Award. Jackson, a retired gynecologist and now the Executive Director of the Gibson Center for Senior Services has spent a lifetime giving back to the MWV community through healthcare initiatives. She has run her own practice, as well as working for 900-bed hospital departments, and now has implemented many programs at the Gibson Center that works to keep senior citizens engaged with their community.
Thank you to all who joined the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce for its 110th Annual Meeting. The support of its members and community is what makes the work of the chamber possible. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the next After Hours, coming up on November 15th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at The Glen House Hotel.