Executive / Planning Committee

The Executive Committee is formed to provide an effective leadership role in shaping the direction and fulfilling the mission of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. The Committee consists of Officers that sit on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Executive Committee oversees high-level functions, such as overseeing the Chamber’s strategic plan, financial and investment stability, budgets, and internal human resource functions. The Committee also assists in funding the KV Transit functions.

Executive Board meets on the 3rd Friday of the month at 8:00 AM in the Chamber’s board room.

Board Members meets on the 4th Friday of the month except July at 7:30 AM in the Chamber’s board room.

Committee Chair: Brandi Meisner

E-Board Members:
1st Vice Chair: Heather Thorne
2nd Vice Chair: Michelle Joler-Labbe
Treasurer: Bruce Harrington
Past Chair: Joy Mckenna
Director-at-Large: Gary Levesque
President & CEO: Kimberly Lindlof

Board Members:
Rick Hopper, Rick Whalen, Linanne Gaunce, Rick Barry, Shawn Michaud,
Mike Guarino, Brian Bowman, Bill Layton, Greg Zimba, Martha Wentworth, Ken Walsh, Mark Bradford, Dr. Melik Petr Khoury, Larissa Larrabee, Garvan Donegan (ex officio).

2021 Executive/Board Program of Work

MISSION: To provide effective leadership in shaping the direction and fulfilling the mission of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.

• Include membership receivables/other accts. receivable in monthly reports or as needed.

• Review candidates for board and executive board positions to present to members by August/September.

• Explore and develop programs to address workforce/labor issues including the perfect attendance program with the Albert S. Hall School. Work with local schools: PreK-12, JMG, higher education and Adult Ed. Identify specific actions to link business and education for a “work ready” workforce. Investigate Job Posting promotion.

• Fund KV Transit.

• Assist with programs designed to support local businesses and the local economy, including but not limited to: Waterville Public Library Business & Career Services, Central Maine Tech Night, Thomas College’s Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and Colby College business incubator. Actively seek ways to reduce duplication of efforts and to create appropriate linkages.

• Work with KVCOG on its Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

• Continue contractual oversight & support of the Central Maine Growth Council. Nominate/elect new CMGC board members, as necessary.

• Work with businesses on professional recruitment as needed.

• Plan annual retreat for board of directors in October.

• Purchase children’s books for regional early education/reading initiatives.

• Oversee and administer KV Connect Steering committee activities/initiatives.

• [MORITORIUM FOR 2021: Keep 6-mo. reserve in Balance Sheet for emergency or catastrophic circumstances, and at yearend, add minimum of 1% of current year’s surplus to the building maintenance fund. Project 2% surplus as percent of gross revenue, not to include CMGC income or earnings on investments.]

• Discretionary budget for advancing workforce needs in our region to include coordination of workforce practitioners’ group 2 times annually.

• Continue employee Workplace Wellness program.

• Explore opportunities to collaborate with KV Chamber and other regional orgs. to illustrate cooperation and support.

• Aid the Central Maine Growth Council, as needed, in the development of information/materials for business attraction/retention purposes. Assist with business recruitment efforts of CMGC and/or other ED orgs. Assist with marketing initiatives if needed. Integrate Community Branding where appropriate. Assist with the Foreign Trade Zone initiative. Monitor and participate in unanticipated economic development opportunities when it is economically viable for the Chamber.

• Work with area partners including SBA and Waterville Business & Career Center to plan, promote and implement Small Business Waterville during Small Business Week through a sub-committee. Secure sponsor to promote if warranted. Launch a Small Business Saturday campaign.

• Budget for discretionary use.

Meeting Place: Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce boardroom
E-Board Meeting Time: Third Friday – 8:00 AM – January through December
Board Meeting Time: Fourth Friday of the month except July at 7:30 AM; October full day board retreat; 11:30 in Dec. for luncheon.