Chambers Announce IntegrationJuly 01, 2019
At separate meetings held on June 27, the Boards of Directors of the Bristol County Chamber and the SouthCoast Chamber agreed to integrate under a single corporate umbrella, effective January 1, 2020. With these votes, the two chambers have declared a goal of establishing a (yet unnamed) non-profit corporate entity with both existing chambers as affiliates.
Kim Perry, Chair of the SouthCoast Chamber Board, said, “This integration has always been about impacts, not efficiencies. While we knew that efficiencies would emerge, the staff and leadership of each organization are its most important assets. Each organization has a long and storied history supporting the communities each serves, and in building this new model, we needed staff and volunteer leadership to know that their continued service was necessary to the organization’s success. All companies represented on the Board will continue that service.”
With combined memberships of nearly 1,600 businesses, representing tens of thousands of employees in the South Coast region, the new chamber will become the second largest in the Commonwealth in number of member companies. Once brought together, the new chamber will serve the entire South Coast region – from Wareham to eastern Rhode Island. The new chamber will maintain existing offices and staff, but new efficiencies will emerge along with a series of superior value propositions for all sized businesses, especially the small and micro-businesses that make up the vast majority of every chamber’s membership base.
Read the full release here.
Members of the integration taskforce (L-R), Bill Perkins, Catherine Dillon, Douglas Rodrigues, Rick Kidder, Kim Perry, Brian LeComte, Michael O'Sullivan, Curt Nelson, Carl Sawejko, Rose Lopes, Ron Ellis. Michael O'Sullivan, CEO of the Bristol County Chamber; Kim Perry, Chair of the Board, of the SouthCoast Chamber; Brian LeComte, Chair of the Board of the Bristol County Chamber; Rick Kidder, CEO of the SouthCoast Chamber