BEAVERTON, Ore. (Sept. 24, 2021) – Leaders and the Board of Directors of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce unanimously chose Alicia Bermes, M.A. as the Chamber’s new President/CEO. Bermes, a longtime executive with Chamber expertise, is taking over from interim President/CEO Stephen Smelley and stepped in last week.
“After an outpouring of interest, an extensive national search and many interviews with some very talented people, we are excited to welcome Alicia,” said the Chamber’s 2021 Board Chair, Keith Wright, who owns Century 21/Wright & Associates Realty.
Bermes takes the helm from serving as executive director at the Chamber of Commerce in Niles (Illinois), a growing suburb of Chicago. Prior to her work at Niles, Bermes headed up the Frankfort (Illinois) chamber. “At both Chambers, Alicia brought tremendous membership growth and a focus on strategic planning along with execution to deliver member value for her local business communities,” noted Wright.
“She is an enthusiastic and engaged supporter of Chamber members and wherever she goes, picks her businesses to trade with through local Chamber member lists.”
“This is an extraordinary opportunity here with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, its staff and leadership,” said Bermes. “Our business community here and around the country has been challenged over the past 18 months, but I believe whenever there is change there is opportunity. We see this as an important time for implementing a strategic change to better serve our members and to grow the local voice of commerce for our regional businesses, organizations and leaders here in the western Washington County community.”
Throughout the past one and a half years, hundreds of businesses were surveyed which showed immediate and serious impacts to firms in and around Beaverton, including current and future revenue impact, staff/coverage concerns, and disquiet to overall operations.
During this time, Chamber leadership and staff have integrated closely with the City of Beaverton economic development team fortify the Chamber’s Impact Beaverton program and launch the local Business Recovery Center.
“We’ve also worked closely with other Chambers in Washington County to help each other and to collaborate so south and west metro area firms and organizations could get the support they needed to stay strong during the pandemic,” added Wright.
Bermes comes to a financially sound and stable organization, with strength in its financial base and loyalty in its membership rolls. Recent membership growth and financials show the Chamber is operating with strong revenue and positive returns.
Local businesses can discover resources and programs for support and success at the Chamber’s Website, https://beaverton.org/. Business can also access the area’s Business Recovery Center at the Chamber at (503) 644-0123 or by emailing the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
The BACC’s 6,363 members and 392 partners represent more 132,000 employees. The chamber is a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers and a champion of our community. BACC strategically leads business development and retention, advocates sound public policy and provides innovative member services to sustain and enhance our vibrant and diverse community. http://www.Beaverton.org.
For my last eNews article I would like to say thank you to the wonderful Chamber community that has been my family for almost 5 years!
How do I say an appropriate thank you to everyone who has had such an enormous impact on my life? If someone would have told me how much I would grow and my life would change by accepting my role with the Beaverton Chamber I don’t know that I would have believed them. Until you work for a chamber you do not know everything this small team does to support a community. The passion that lies within these walls to make our community better is contageous.
First and foremost I would like to thank my co-workers. You embraced me from day one, allowed me to try new ideas and see if they would work, jumped in to support me when I needed it, lended many an ear and shoulder over the years, supported me with the beer festival, enthusiastically celebrated all the victories and lifted me up during the falls. You pushed me to grow, try new things, get outside my comfort zone and see what I could accomplish, encouraging me every step of the way. You taught me. In the end you became family.
To the Board and City of Beaverton colleagues, thank you for your constant support and cheerleading. It has been a priviledge to witness the vision you have for our community and to be surrounded by so many community leaders. I will miss the friendly banter and heckling as well as the support and guidance you provided.
To the Ambassadors, thank you for the passion you have for the businesses in our community. To see you welcome new people with such enthusiasm is a wonderful site to see. I have watched you mentor a new business owner and help them grow tremendously in their first year. To go from not understanding a thing about networking to being a pro at it and succeeding! Not many people get to watch the passion and support you all have for Beaverton. I am one of the lucky ones. Thank you for your support of me in my role and for doing what you can to make the Beaverton Chamber the best chamber there is.
To our Partners, thank you for choosing Beaverton. The absolute best part of my job is meeting and talking with you. I get to learn about new businesses every day. You provide products and/or services that benefit our whole community. It’s because of where you are in your business that I get to grow in my role. We state that we are a chamber who needs to meet you where you are and help you grow and we grow right along with you. We can’t do that without having a great relationship with you.
To say I will miss everyone is an understatement. I will remain in Beaverton and hope that our paths cross again. Thank you for an unforgettable 5 years!
Some fun facts:
To my college business advisor who I swore I would never have anything to do with economics…….I was wrong
To my 37 year old self who thought networking events were a waste of time…….I was wrong
To my 39 year old self who didn’t understand the difference a Chamber of Commerce could make…….start going to advocacy meetings from day one instead of waiting 15 months and you would have learned a lot sooner the different a Chamber could make
To the trainings and conferences I was lucky enough to go to……THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything!
LeTip of Beaverton Appoints Gantenbein as New President and Johnson Vice President for 2017-18
Beaverton, Ore., June 18, 2018 – LeTip of Beaverton recently announced the appointment of its new president, Eric Gantenbein and Vice President, Bonnie Johnson. Gantenbein is a representative with Country Financial in Hillsboro and Johnson is principal broker with Urban Pacific Real Estate in Portland.
The announcement was officially made at a recent LeTip meeting. Janna Lewis, outgoing president and former branch manager at Bank of the West in Beaverton stepped down as president because of a promotion and travel conflicts. Joann Miller replaced Lewis as branch manager and is a new member of the LeTip group.
“I’m very pleased to have been named president and privelged to work with such an exceptional and committed group of business owners and professionals,” said Gantenbein. Johnson added: “I’m excited about serving on our dynamic board and being part of the future growth of our chapter.”
Members of the LeTip of Beaverton board serve a one-year term. In addition to Gantenbein and Johnson, other members of the board include: Secretary, Dee Henson, Deeters Delectables, Beaverton; Treasurer, Becky Ellison, Superb Hair and More, Portland; Membership Chair, Brian Merritt, Movement Mortgage, Hillsboro; Karen Davis, Bon Vivant Health and Wellness, Tigard.
About LeTip of Beaverton
The Beaverton LeTip chapter is a dynamic group of business owners and professionals who are dedicated to the LeTip mission of sharing qualified leads with each other. Members represent leading businesses throughout Beaverton and the Greater Portland Metro area. Each business category is represented by one member and conflicts of interest are disallowed. The chapter meets from 7:01am to 8:31am at the Beaverton City Hall Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way, 3rd Floor, Beaverton, OR 97005.
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