December is a month of change for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, as the organization welcomes new leadership on its Board of Directors while also thanking the outgoing directors for their contributions to the organization.
Among those changes is a new Chamber Board President, as 2017 Board Chair Bonnie Alfonso of Alfie Logo Gear (pictured) on Tuesday passed the Chairman’s gavel to 2018 Chair Kevin Schlueter of Kalkaska Screw Products. Bonnie enjoyed an incredible year at the helm of the Chamber Board, assisting in its leadership transition, helping develop new professional development programming, assisting in strategic and communications plan implementation, bolstering member engagement and much more.
“Bonnie provided a clear focus for 2017,” Executive Director Max Anderson told Alfonso. “You’ve left behind an impressive legacy, and we thank you for your efforts.”
Kevin Schlueter is a familiar face at the Chamber. His company was honored as the Chamber’s Hagerty Small Business of the Year in 2013, and he’s escalated his involvement in the organization as a way to give back to his community.
“Being the chair of this board is the highlight of my career,” Schlueter told the board at its year-end meeting this week. “My goals involve helping other business leaders understand the Chamber’s relevance, and to get them more involved.”
The Chamber also deeply appreciates the service of its departing directors, including former Board Chair Mike Meindertsma of Northwestern Mutual, Tammy Tarsa of Holli Home Health Care, outgoing Young Professionals Chair Lauren Harris, Justin Mortier who represented TC Tourism, and Bill Golden of Golden Shoes, a former chair of the Chamber’s Government Relations Committee.
Trevor Tkach, President/CEO of TC Tourism, will replace Mortier as the organization’s Chamber representative, while Rachel Johnson of Cherryland Electric Cooperative takes over as the 2018 Government Relations Chair from Russ Knopp. Good luck to all our new directors and thanks to our departing directors for their service to the organization.