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Economic Development/Government Relations

Meets: 4th Wednesday of the Month, 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Purpose: Developing proactive agenda, monitoring all issues affecting living, working and doing business in the Greater Bethesda community
This Is For You If: You want to help shape the Chamber’s economic development and public policy roles
Chair: Jennifer Russel (Rodgers Consulting, Inc.)
Staff Liaison: Ginanne Italiano (gitaliano@greaterbethesdachamber.org)


Membership Development

Meets: 2nd Thursday of the Month, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Purpose: Targeting key companies, membership retention and recruitment, Walk-Arounds and Ambassadors program.
This Is For You If: This committee is for those who believe in the Chamber, its activities and mission and want to help make it stronger and grow by building our member network
Projects Include:
 •    Retention Calls and Visits
 •    Recruitment Calls and Visits
 •    Walk-Arounds
 •    Ambassadors
Chair: Hill Slowinski (W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors)
Staff Liaison: Ginanne Italiano (gitaliano@greaterbethesdachamber.org)


Real Estate

Meets: 4th Wednesday of the Month, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Purpose: Focuses on current and future real estate projects and issues, highlighting various new projects in the area. Organizes the Chamber’s Annual Real Estate Update
This Is For You If: You’re interested in learning about the ongoing changes in commercial, retail and residential real estate in the community
Co-Chair: Matt Gordon (Linowes and Blocher LLP)
Co-Chair: Greg Rooney (The Bernstein Companies)
Staff Liaison: Ginanne Italiano (gitaliano@greaterbethesdachamber.org)


NextExec (Young Professionals Group)

Meets: 4th Tuesday of the Month, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, happy hour following
Purpose: For young professionals in the Greater Bethesda community interested in engaging in business networking, professional development, and community service in order to position themselves for optimal career growth and to be community leaders tomorrow, while focusing on attracting and retaining young talent to the Greater Bethesda area.
This is For You If: You are a professional in your 20's or 30's looking for professional engagement and leadership
Projects Include:
 •    Executing networking events for all
 •    Lunch & Learn professional development series
 •    Supporting non-profit Chamber members
Co-Chair: Susanna Parker (Mark Leisher Productions)
Co-Chair: Ian Barry, IBI (Innovative Business Interiors, Inc.)
Staff Liaison: Ginanne Italiano (gitaliano@greaterbethesdachamber.org)


Senior Marketing

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Purpose: The Senior Marketing group strives to offer programs and information on how to better promote to the senior market and their families, as well as networking to members. It also offers information that is pertinent and timely and that will increase the senior’s awareness of health, safety and leisure offerings available to them while providing business opportunities for chamber member businesses. Benefits: Meet and network with those who provide services or information to seniors, while marketing your business to that target audience, other chamber businesses and to have the opportunity to stay current with the latest issues and ideas that affect that market in our area. Responsibilities: Attend meetings, offer your ideas, promote and support projects to those with whom you connect and assist with projects as needed.
Projects Include:
 •    Networking event for businesses targeting senior customers/clients
 •    Community Involvement and Outreach opportunities as they become available
Chair: Susan I. Wranik (Susan I. Wranik Associates)
Co-Chair: Mary Ann Buckley (LifeMatters)
Staff Liaison: Gloria Arnold (garnold@greaterbethesdachamber.org)


Special Events & Sponsorships

Meets: As Needed for Event
Projects:  Plans, develops and promotes special Chamber events throughout the year.  Events include:
 •    Annual Fall Legislative Event •    Mini Business Expo
 •    Spring Golf Classic / Tournament
 •    June Annual Installation & Awards Event
This is For You If:  You enjoy planning special events, helping to secure sponsors, door prizes and becoming involved in the marketing and promotion of these events.  Meetings are held as needed as are smaller outreach groups.
Staff Liaison:  Gloria Arnold (garnold@greaterbethesdachamber.org)