I open my address to you with an apology for the mysterious anonymity. The extensive regulation of my industry places oversight and record-keeping responsibilities upon firms for broad distributions and social media that would impair my ability to reach you in a timely manner. So, for the foreseeable future, my e-mails to our membership and occasional ACG Portland Blog posts will be faceless, nameless offerings, “from the Chair of the Communications Committee”. We can at least chuckle at the irony.
I first became acquainted with ACG on the east coast in the mid-1990s finding it a wonderful means for knowing and being involved with the broad business community. At the time I was a founding shareholder and President of an independent commercial finance company serving small to middle-market, rapidly growing businesses. Activating a company succession plan and pursuing a different environment for my family, I moved to Portland in 2006. My positive experience with ACG back east naturally turned me to the organization to engage and learn about business in my new home. I am in a very different part of the financial industry now and I am involved more than ever with ACG.
ACG Portland enjoys a talented, diverse and activist Board of Directors. In the board’s quest to meaningfully enhance value to members, sponsors, and community, it has demonstrated a remarkable openness to experimentation and change. All recognized the importance of getting out the word of positive changes and in January of this year, The Communications Committee was launched.
In its infancy, the new committee has just three new members. We have commenced a program of regular blog posts to recap presentations by CEOs and other notable business speakers at our monthly Peer Growth events and we are exploring expanded use of social media, community outreach, and website functionality to better reach you and other business leaders.
One of our agenda items for this series from the committee chairs is to share an amusing or different thing about our experience with the chapter. When I first joined the board in January of 2015, we were planning an event to feature three of the early chapter leaders, Cordell Berge, Lee Koehn and Spencer Brown. I suggested effort to produce an amateur video featuring each of the three that we could use to promote the event. It worked! It was a fun project, the video was amusing and effective, and I came to know three terrific business leaders I know I can turn to when I need them.
I strongly believe that membership offers its greatest rewards through involvement. As human beings, we come to understand and trust each other most quickly and deeply when we are engaged with each other to common, valuable purpose. If you share that belief or would like to explore it, if you have expertise and/or interest in Marketing and Communications, I encourage you to become involved by joining our committee. We meet once monthly for 60 to 90 minutes and members should expect to invest another three hours per month on committee activities. Please contact any board member to learn my name and reach me. I look forward to working with you.