To old friends, new blood at the Boyne Chamber of Commerce

EDITORIAL BY CHRIS FAULKNOR, PUBLISHER

I’d like to extend a big, warm welcome to our new Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, who was recently selected from what I would assume was a pool of well-qualified applicants.

Normally, I wouldn’t welcome a new staff member in this fashion. But, the reality is, I’m hoping to accomplish more than just that today.

Outgoing Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann and I have had a unique relationship over the past seven years that I’ve been working as half of The Boyne City Gazette team.

The first day I went out to sell advertising, I wandered into the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.

Meeting Jim Baumann and Deb Jason, the former assistant director, I received a few things.

I received a brochure on membership, a look like I might be a little crazy, and, most importantly, a lot of encouragement.

Over the years, we’ve worked together in hosting Business After Hours events, the Boyne Business Expo, and enjoying discussion when the chance comes up.

I’ll miss Jim’s sense of humor, I’ll miss his encouragement, and I’ll miss his ability to always see above the crowd—he’s seven feet tall; I mean that literally.

To the new director-to-be, you’re walking into one heck of a community.

If you haven’t already, you’ll soon meet the dozens of volunteers that help the chamber thrive.

You’ll meet business owners who have ideas—some will be from massive industrial operations, and some will be like me: half of a two-man show doing the work of at least five people.

My best advice to you is this: every person is a piece of the puzzle; every business does something to make Boyne City strong; every business owner has a story and a struggle, whether they need employees, more business, or just a word of encouragement.

You’ll find that people are welcoming and generally happy to be here.

The bottom line, I guess, is that I hope you receive everything I received when I walked into the chamber office and said, “I’m Chris, this is what your new newspaper is going to look like.”

I hope you get the same encouragement, advice, and kindness from the entire community, and I know you will.

And, I hope you’re ready to watch Boyne City grow and to grow with us as well because I’m certainly looking forward to working with you.

Retiring Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann is pictured at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and awards banquet.

Retiring Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann is pictured at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and awards banquet. PHOTO BY CHRIS FAULKNOR

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