• Leadership Commits to Future Growth

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    February 01, 2016

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    hosted the first EACC board meeting of 2016. Under Chris Knueven's leadership as EACC Board President, the elected 2016 board voted on significant changes to the EACC bylaws to position the organization for future growth.

    Following the recommendations of a board committee, the board unanimously voted to end term limits, remove the limit on the number of board members (to allow any EACC members who have met the membership criteria for a board position to be eligible), and to create an executive committee that will identify the key issues to be placed before the board for discussion and vote and recommend any structural or procedural changes.

    Invited to participate at the board meeting were representatives of EACC member companies eligible for a board position (Sustaining Partner level membership or above) who have confirmed their candidacy for the 2017 EACC board, which will be elected at the EACC Annual Meeting on Thursday November 17, 2016.  Confirmed candidates for 2017 represent the following EACC member companies: Apex Supply Chain Technologies, Festo, Fifth Third Bank, GKN Aerospace, Greater Cincinnati Foreign Trade Zones, HSBC Bank USA, Nordic Industries Development, OPTIS, PNC Bank, REDI Cincinnati, Turnbull-Wahlert Construction, and Vocalink Language Services.

    In the second part of the board meeting, Chris Knueven introduced the topic of discussion: how the EACC can increase the engagement of inbound and outbound companies (attracting new companies and engaging both new and existing inbound and outbound member companies). Anne Cappel, Executive Director, briefly presented the current make up of EACC membership and the organization's aim to increase the proportion of inbound and outbound companies to have a stronger impact on the EACC's mission of stimulating business and networking relations between Europe and the Cincinnati tri-state region. Participants gathered in small groups for an engaged brainstorming session to formulate three recommendations.

    The session closed with each participant ranking their top priorities.  The resulting prioritized recommendations will be allocated to the appropriate EACC Strategic Pillars and provide leadership guidance to the EACC team on improved ways to attract inbound and outbound companies.

    The next EACC Board Meeting will be held on April 28, 2016.

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