It is truly an honor to be the new President and CEO of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce!
I love Bremerton. I love its rich diversity, its industrial edge and its strong sense of community. Bremerton is the anchor of Kitsap County, an emblem not only tied to its size but to its role as home to both Naval Base Kitsap and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Bremerton’s industrial edge is in large part thanks to these two industries as well as the Port of Bremerton and other entities that attract major industry.
The socio-economic, ethnic and the myriad of other diversity of Bremerton enriches our perspective of both the challenges and opportunities of a diverse community. We use that broadened perspective to come together as a community to enrich the lives of everyone who lives here.
Local business is a force in our community. Whether it’s large business or small, retail or industrial, education or social service, local business works to meet the needs of our community. It employs, provides services and products and pays taxes to support our local infrastructure. It drives our economy and enriches the lifestyle we enjoy here in Bremerton and Kitsap County.
Our local Chambers of Commerce play a vital role in our community. We bring businesses together through membership to strengthen local business and our economy through education, advocacy and support.
The Bremerton Chamber of Commerce has a rich history, beginning in 1907. The world has certainly changed since that time but we remain as committed to local business as we were over 110 years ago.
To those of you who are members of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce, I thank you for your continued investment in our local business community. I’m going to be reaching out to many of you over the next few months as our Board of Directors and I begin to forge a path of revitalization and re-engagement of our local chamber and its membership. I look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns and encourage you to join us as we work to continue to make Bremerton as economically vibrant as our diversity!