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President's Report - January 2022

Joe Catrambone, Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO


New Year!

We begin 2022 steadfast in our mission to inform, unite, and promote the Martin County business community. However, with every new year, comes a new resolution. At the Stuart/ Martin County Chamber, we are determined to enhance efficiencies and expand our service model in 2022. Like many small businesses, we count on the talent within our organization to accomplish our goals.

By now most are aware that our long time V.P. of Operations, Cindy LaConte, retired in December 2020. Lucky for us, Cindy has agreed to stay involved as our LEADERship Martin County Coordinator. LEADERship is one of our most important programs and one that is near and dear to Cindy’s heart. By brining together decision-makers from all professions, the program unifies a “class” of leaders as they tackle projects, and challenges while learning about and serving their community. 

In October, we welcomed Angela Hoffman as Director of Operations and Workforce Development. Angela has found her sweet spot with the Chamber, coming to us with more than 15 years of experience in business development, association management and government affairs. With her vision and tenacity, we recently secured a landmark grant with the Martin County Board of County Commissioners to build-out Career Connect Martin, a program designed to help businesses competitively recruit, train, and retain employees. It targets residents who are underemployed or unemployed and negatively affected by the pandemic. The goal is to help them secure stronger futures through professional coaching, education, and on-the-job training.

We invited Gina Masters to join the team to lead Career Connect Martin as the Program Coordinator. Gina comes to us with experience as a social worker and as a career and internship coach. Gina and Angela will collaborate with partners across the county to ensure success; all five Martin County chambers of commerce, Business Development Board, the Economic Development Council of Martin County and many social service agencies.

As final shift, we promoted Amy Pearlstine to Membership Director in January. She is still responsible for membership recruitment and retention, but we added the monthly member events and the Ambassador Committee to her portfolio. With her knowledge, creativity and diligence, Amy raises the bar for our professional membership and events. Additionally, we contracted with long-time chamber member Debbie Greer of Sensible Solutions, to organize our special events including the Health & Wellness Show, Holiday Trade Show, Business Expo and Annual Auction. We will also seek and consider hosting other business-related events. 

There is no shortage of talent here at the Chamber, from our dynamic board of directors to our talented staff team. Sue Hedgepeth, Marketing Consultant, leads our print and digital publications, providing countless opportunities for brand awareness, product placement and increased visibility. Her creative eye is second to none. Bunny Helvey serves as Administrative Assistant, my right and left hands. Bunny manages the backbone of the chamber; the database, communications tools and the conference center.

I am incredibly proud of our efforts to provide good service and care to our members. I look forward to offering more opportunities for networking and special events. Our team is ready to serve the business community and improve the local economy.

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1650 S Kanner Highway
Stuart, FL 34994

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