Chamber & Economic Development’s Committees support the work of our staff. Our Committees also help develop initiatives and programming to move our organization forward.
The Finance Committee is the decision-making body for our loan fund. The Committee approves action items that impact the organization financially. Our Treasurers chair the Committee and provide guidance and oversight to staff in preparation of our financial statements.
Co-Chairs: Karen Garrow, Heritage Family Credit Union, and Russ Marsan, Carpenter & Costin
Regional Marketing Committee
The Marketing Committee is responsible for devising and overseeing the organization’s marketing plan as well as the “Real Rutland” regional marketing campaign.
Co-Chairs: Steve Costello, Green Mountain Power, and Mary Ann Goulette, Town of West Rutland
Business Development Committee
The Business Development Committee focuses on real estate, entrepreneurship, and other business growth and development initiatives. The Committee manages the organization’s current real estate holdings such as the Quality Lane building. Additionally, it evaluates potential acquisitions to help grow the business community and provides basic guidance to developers. This Committee also looks for innovative ways to support and develop the entrepreneurs in the region.
Chair: John Russell, Russell Construction Services
The Membership Committee focuses on membership growth and retention. This Committee is also responsible for developing member benefits.
Chair: Laurie Mecier-Brochu, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
The Policy Committee monitors and weighs in on legislation that could impact the business community.
Chair: Andrew Smith, GE Aviation
The Events Committee helps develop, plan, and execute the organization’s signature events, including Winter in August, Real Rutland Feud, the Rutland Business Show, and more.
Chair: Eric Mallette, Paramount Theatre