Board Welcome's and Thank You's!
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Board Welcome's and Thank You's!
It’s change-over time at the chamber. Our board directors serve three year terms that begin every July 1; one third of the board turns over every year. So this week we welcome three new board members as three board members complete their terms. Retiring board members are Doug Corbin of Puget Sound Energy; Ann Taylor, The Blind Lady a.k.a. Eagle River Interiors; and Jim Flynn, Flynn Development, moves to Past-President; newly elected board members are Jeff McCann, John S. Realty; Bevel Hoffpauir, The Water Distillery; and returning to the board, Kevin Patterson of the Tahoma School District.
Retiring board member, Doug Corbin, was appointed to the board in 2008, going on to be elected for two terms, serving as board president for 2012-13. As a representative for Puget Sound Energy, Doug brought a corporate experience and broader perspective to the board. This community has certainly benefited from PSE’s (formerly Puget Power) long-time commitment to the greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond area. The chamber is especially appreciative of PSE’s Executive Level Membership and support of Doug’s time and talent to volunteer within our organization. Thank you, Doug, for your years of leadership!
Ann Taylor has served three years on our board focusing much of her time and talents on our many special events and activities. Her eye as an interior decorator and her knack for planning an event made for some fabulous and very successful President’s Dinners & Auctions – thank you so much, Annie!
The third term ending is Jim Flynn’s; however Jim will continue to serve on the board one more year as Past-President. Jim has served on the board since 2008, bringing a wealth of local knowledge and small business development expertise to the chamber. Jim made possible the chamber’s Small Business Development Center, the three incubator office suites co-located and managed by the chamber. Jim’s long relationship with the chamber began decades ago when his dad, Joe Flynn, founded the chamber in 1965.
New to the board is Jeff McCann. Jeff is a land use consultant and licensed real estate broker. He also holds a degree in Building Construction and a Master’s degree in Construction Management from the UW. In his nomination statement to run for the board, Jeff says “I look forward to working with other members of the chamber and being a part of a group that improves conditions in which small businesses can thrive. As a business and property rights advocate, I love to defend the rights of both.” Jeff also brings a keen sense of humor to this position that may come in handy at some of our board meetings: “Also, as a past team captain of a U.S. based adventure racing team, I’ve developed good team building skills in case we need to construct a bili-bili raft from bamboo or hunker down in a make shift snow cave to ride out an unexpected snow storm. “ (I’m looking forward to the adventure, Jeff!)
Bevel brings a wide range of experience to the board having worked for Boeing, Hitachi, and later starting his own distribution company specializing in import products and then Stone Products Inc, which introduced the interlocking wall block system to this area expanding into pavers and construction. Four years ago, Bevel opened The Water Distillery. Bevel is currently on the Planning Commission for the City of Maple Valley. In his nomination statement, Bevel says “I have a broad base of experience in business and entrepreneurship. Maple Valley needs a business presence and thru the chamber and my position on the Planning Commission, I can make a difference in helping Maple Valley advance into a more “business friendly” city. “
Returning to the board this year is Kevin Patterson. Kevin is the Public Information Officer for the Tahoma School District, the largest employer in the greater Maple Valley area with more than 800 employees. Kevin joined the school district in 1997, making a career change from journalism to public relations. In accepting his nomination for the board, Kevin stated, “I look forward to continuing and growing the close working relationship between the Chamber and the school district. Tahoma is committed to Future Ready, which prepares students for post-high school learning and careers. We need the Chamber and its members to help us identify opportunities for these students, who will shape the future for our community and our nation.” One of the many talents Kevin brings is his word-smithing of most of what I write in these weekly columns. If he was proofing this particular one, he would most definitely add he is a 1978 graduate of Washington State University.
As the executive director of this organization, I look forward to working with each and every one of our board members as we work to fulfill our mission of “Growing Business, Building Community.”