The role of the Chamber CEO is a busy one but it is also very rewarding. The day-to-day running of the organisation allows me to meet with many of our members both in a formal and informal capacity and really get a feel for what is going on on the ground.
Our year so far has been packed with activity including a successful trade mission to Panama opening up new doors and opportunities for our members. The new direct flight route between Panama and Cayman recently launched by Cayman Airways is at least in part due to the relationships built and nurtured through similar trade missions since 2006. We view this as a successful outcome that broadens our trading options and choices, which has traditionally been somewhat limited.
Earth Day saw a huge turn-out, including a number of businesses that have never participated before. Due to the overwhelming support we were able to add a water bottle and reusable bag to our giveaway items this year bringing more awareness to our environmental conservation message. The more than 1,500 volunteers made a huge impact as they swept along our roadsides and beaches removing garbage and debris.
Our Charity Golf Classic proved great fun for the 30 teams that signed-up to play. Thousands of dollars were raised collectively for a number of local charities by sponsors of the event as they tried to outdo each other with creative money making games at their respective holes. This is a great day that offers our members a chance to combine a bit of business with pleasure at the stunning venue of North Sound Golf Club.
It has also been a great few months for welcoming new members to the Chamber, many in the form of new businesses. Cayman Conference Centre celebrated their grand opening with a Business After Hours event, which they say has lead to lots of interest and bookings for their new conference space. We are also pleased to welcome Kirk Supermarket and Pharmacy on board as a long-standing business but a new Chamber member.
Some of you may have seen a new face around the Chamber in the form of our newly appointed Membership Relations Coordinator Miss Delisia Ebanks. We are very pleased to welcome her to our team and if you haven’t heard from her already I’m sure you will soon. Delisia is a great resource to our members as she can guide you through the many benefits of your membership and help you make the most of your hard earned marketing dollar.
We have also had two BE INFORMED presentations dealing with the issues of the new Customs Tariff Codes and the proposed changes to the National Pension Bill. Both of these presentations were full to capacity as members sought clarification on these topics from the experts.
We are very proud of these presentations that offer an unbiased and factual perspective on the hot topics of the day. They are always free to our membership thanks to our sponsors SteppingStones Recruitment, which is now in its second year of sponsorship of these popular events.
This is only a slice of the Chamber’s activity over the last couple of months but whatever we do it remains in support of our current strategic plan. Divided into the three categories of Membership, Business and Community the 2012 -2014 plan can be found and downloaded on the Chamber website www.caymanchamber.ky under Reports and Publications.
For more information on how you can get more involved in the Chamber contact me on
[email protected] or 949-8090 ext. 122