Message from Dan BatesJune 30, 2017
Well I am six months into my role as President and CEO of this organization and just had to share some thoughts. First of all, I want to thank the staff and members of the Greater Hamilton Chamber for their support these first six months. I also want to express my thanks to the City of Hamilton for welcoming me as a partner in the incredible journey of this great City.
Last night at the realtors’ tour I was reminded of how far this community has come and all that is has to offer. The most exciting thing though, is our future. The current path will eventually lead to a future that is incredibly exciting and powerful for the business community and the residents. The theme last night at the event was a “view into the future.” The attendees had the opportunity to “feel” what it’s like to be in Hamilton and actually be able to “see” where this community is going.
One of the things that is hard to describe is what is feels like to be part of this community. The tangible changes are benchmarks of exciting success but the most outstanding thing about Hamilton is the people who live and work here. I am so proud to be able to be in Hamilton and relish the opportunity I am given when someone asks me how I like living in Hamilton. My enthusiastic words begin to flow and I just can’t stop bragging about all that is here. But, as a relative newcomer I have been most amazed at how I have been welcomed and embraced by the people. This community brings new and old, tradition and creativity all together, in an environment that is engaging and supportive. That is what it feels like to be in Hamilton. It is incredibly empowering.
The Chamber is a reflection of the community and the businesses members it serves. So, as an organization we too have to embrace change, be creative and still respect and honor certain historical traditions. As the city changes and evolves so will the Chamber. We can’t wait to react to the needs of the future, we have to anticipate them and be a leader of resources and information. I “see” the future and it is dazzling. Thank you for embracing me to be a part of it!
Contact:Dan Bates, President/CEOdan@hamilton-ohio.com, 513-844-1500
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