Congratulations to all of our returning and new board members who were recently installed to serve you, our community, through the Chamber. With that on the top of my mind, this week we would like to share some remarks of our newly installed 2016 Chairman of the Board, Bret Kolman, during our recent installation luncheon. As CEO of Lakeview Regional Regional Medical Center, Bret brings to the board table a wealth of knowledge and experience that will no doubt be a driving force and inspiration to the rest of our leadership.
During his opening remarks, Bret commented that since relocating here from Kansas City, he and his family have come to love the Northshore because of the neighborhoods, the schools, the business community and the emphasis on faith and family. “The chamber of commerce is a key component in this quality of life. The chamber members represent the DNA of our community,” stated Bret. “Look around the room and you see churches, schools, government, finance, hospitals, energy, construction, retail, real estate, etc. We are the building blocks that a great quality of life is made up of.”
This year is off to a great start thanks to our board of directors who work hard and want to see our member businesses grow. We do our work through committees, to make sure we are the voice of business and not the voice of a few people. With that, Bret concluded his remarks to the 220-member audience by inviting and encouraging all present to get involved.
“In closing, let me challenge you. I love what the bible says in Acts 17:26: ‘…and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.’ To summarize, we are living in the exact time and exact place where we were meant to live. You aren’t in St. Tammany in 2016 by accident. You are the DNA of your business, and your business is the DNA of our community. You are part of what makes this parish great. You are ‘quality of life.’”
With these inspiring remarks in mind, it’s never too late to get the most from Chamber membership by getting involved with your fellow members, building relationships, all while making a difference. It is an exemplary way to spend a small amount of your time, together with others, to make a big difference.
Or, if you are like a large percentage of our 1,000+ members who invest and support but are not inclined to gather at events or join a committee, consider Bret’s insights, consider being among the member investors who support the Chamber’s mission and work financially.
Our board and staff are grateful for Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s offering and investment of their CEO’s servant leadership, and we are looking forward to continuing the tradition of great quality of life in our Parish.