Pete Reihm, President, SWMCC
Folks, it has been a very busy wonderful two years, but this is my final President’s message. Despite a crazy 2020, your chamber is healthy and thriving; and we have accomplished a lot the past two years. Our area has seen robust growth in all areas. Think of all the new stores and eateries just in Tillman’s Corner and our industrial sector has been growing and expanding constantly. Even with COVID, businesses are either recovering or already growing again.
We have enhanced and reformatted many events and worked to increase membership value. Our membership was less than 150 but now we are over 200 heading to 250. That is tremendous growth, thank you all for your efforts. We have expanded our annual awards dinner into a gala event with several awards; and we moved and improved our Business Expo into a very successful event. Our community events like the First Responders Breakfast, Kid’s Day, and our Christmas Events are smashing hits and have become the hallmark events in our community.
All this is possible because we literally have the BEST chamber staff in Alabama! Our Executive Director, Tina Poiroux, is the relentless driving force behind our success. Her drive and talent are unmatched! Bringing aboard Gloria Poché this year was a huge blessing; she has really rounded out our office with her excellent skills in every area! They really are our dream team!!! I will be forever grateful to them for their hard work and making me look good.
Now we are still in our Fall membership drive, so please remember we need your help recruiting about 30 more new members this year to make our goal of 250! We will have a membership push at 7:30 am on Tuesday December 1st. Come to the chamber for coffee and we will then fan out across the area to deliver member packets to potential new members. Please join us or at least send us who you think should join; we will get them!
Our area and our members are richly blessed. We have good businesses and infrastructure, but most of all, we have good people! We work well together because we know and respect each other; and we love our community! We have enjoyed great success, but there is so much more we can achieve. Your new president Tiffany Ginn will take us to new heights!
It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be your president. Thank you all so much for the opportunity and the support. I pray for many more blessings and successes for this incredible family. God bless you all! Merry Christmas!