• EACC Behind the Scenes - November 2016

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    November 29, 2016
    EACC Behind the Scenes offers a snapshot of EACC staff activities that may not yet be widely visible to our membership base, but nonetheless, contribute to the EACC's mission and enhance benefits for our members and the region. Below, please find updates from the EACC team.

    A Message from 2017-2018 EACC Board President & Interim Executive Director Doug Moormann

    Warren Buffet once said, “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”  Today is our opportunity to plant trees.
     
    On behalf of my fellow EACC Board Officers: Vice President Yannick Schilly and Treasurer Mukesh Patel, thank you for the opportunity to lead the EACC as we open a new chapter for our organization in 2017. Next year is one filled with opportunity: opportunities to select new leadership, identify new directions and re-energize existing efforts. 
     
    As you are well aware, we are in the process of hiring a new Executive Director for the EACC. We are evaluating candidates who have an ability to develop strategic relationships, possess some level of European experience, someone who will be an authentic and passionate ambassador of the EACC brand and an individual with a record of business or member development. While this seems a tough order to fill, I am pleased to report that we have a solid pool of candidates.  We look forward to onboarding a new staff leader in early 2017.
     
    With new leadership will come new ideas; ideas from staff and ideas from members. Your thoughts and feedback are welcome as we take advantage of this transition to recalibrate our Chamber’s work.
    The EACC won’t, however, abandon its important existing work. We recognize the solid foundation the EACC has in place. Our three pillars were carefully selected and continue to be recognized by the Board and members alike as important. The opportunity is to refresh and re-energize.
     
    The EACC is a closely-knit organization that relies on its members to accomplish its work.  As we move forward together into 2017, we will be looking to you, as a valued member of this organization, to pick-up the proverbial shovel and help us plant the trees that will provide shade for others in the future.
     
    - Doug Moormann
     
    Doug was elected EACC Board President for 2017.  He is currently serving as Interim Director of the EACC while maintaining his economic development practice at Development Strategies Group.  He can be reached at dmoormann@devstrategeisgroup.com


    2016 Beaujolais Nouveau Premiere & Upcoming Stammtisch

    I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the sponsors, silent auction donors, attendees and volunteers for making the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau Premiere a success. We deeply appreciate your support.

    The EACC has already started to look ahead to the 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau Premiere, so please mark your calendars for Thursday, November 16, 2017.

    If you attended the Beaujolais celebration this year, there is still time to provide your feedback via our brief event survey (click here). Be sure to also view pictures from the event via the EACC Facebook page (click here).

    Please don't forget to join members of the Austrian-Swiss-German Committee and members of the EACC network at the final Stammtisch of 2016 set for this Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (click here to register). We look forward to seeing you at Hofbräuhaus Newport!

    -Dayna O'Brien
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