Being the Chamber president has given me the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., speak at a ribbon cuttings attended by congressmen and the Governor, and co-moderate a candidates’ forum for our local Statehouse representative candidates, among so many other events. I have been fortunate enough to experience the most groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings of any Grimes Chamber president to date, and this year we’ve seen our membership grow to the highest level it has ever been.
From an economic development standpoint, Grimes is in great shape. From the Chamber’s perspective, it’s the organizations best year to date. Although I take a lot of pride in GCED, I can’t take the credit. The real reason the Chamber has done so well can be narrowed down to two of the most dedicated people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. While there are many who contribute to the overall success of our Chamber, by far, the most credit goes to Brian Buethe and Dini Anderlik.
Brian and Dini are our executive director and Chamber administrator, respectively. They help attract new businesses to Grimes and assist existing businesses as they grow… and they are very good at what they do. They are usually missing from the normal ribbon cutting and groundbreaking photos simply because they are the ones who are snapping the pictures. Their hard work and dedication to GCED is matched only by their modesty, which is why I feel it is important to write about both of them in my last article — you simply won’t hear about it from them.
It has been a pleasure working alongside both of them this year, and I look forward with anticipation at the prospect of participating in Grimes Chamber and Economic development for many years to come.