Your Board of Directors is an elected body of twelve Chamber members representing the membership as a whole. The Board of Directors sets Chamber policies and direction, using our mission as our compass. The mission of the Seward Chamber is to promote and support our members in maintaining a diversified economy and positive business and living environment in the greater Seward area.
Elections occur each November, with members casting votes for those individuals they wish to represent them. Directors serve on the Board for three years, at which point they may run for reelection.
2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Carole Tallman – President - Hertz of Seward
- Melissa Schutter – Vice President - First National Bank of Alaska
- Von Terry – Treasurer - GCI
- Geri Nipp - Kenai Fjords Tours
- Stephanie Millane - Sunny Cove Kayaking & Millane's Serenity By the Sea Cabins
- Scott Reierson - Alaska Surf Guides & The Seward Adventure Station
- Laura Schneider - 60 Degrees Adventure Charters & Exit Marine
- Jena Petersen - Mountaintop Cabin
- Hillary Bean - Seward Brewing Company
- Randy Wells - The Tufted Puffin
- Matt Cope - Salted Roots Alaska
- Elle Zernia - Mermaid Grotto Cafe & Boutique, Captain Jack's Seafood Locker & Seward Mermaid Festival
SEWARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DESCRIPTION
The Board of Directors is composed of twelve (12) members elected by the membership. Directors representing various sectors of private enterprise, government, and the community, and each industry sector may be represented by a maximum of two (2) representatives unless a Director has an affiliation with more than one business in different industry sectors.
The Board of Directors sets Chamber policies and direction, using our mission as our compass. The mission of the Seward Chamber is to promote and support our members in maintaining a diversified economy and positive business and living environment in the greater Seward area.
The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing procedures and formulating the policy of the organization. Board members will attend Board meetings (approximately 1 1/2 hours, once monthly) to consider, advise and act upon business before the Board. Board members are expected to attend regularly.
Board members attend membership meetings as scheduled (the second and fourth Fridays of each month, except for June, July, August, and December which are the second Friday of the month only) and assist in suggesting speakers or topics that will contribute to the membership and meet the strategic goals of the organization.
The Board of Directors plans for the future of the organization through long-range (strategic) planning and establishing short-term goals. Board members (in-coming and out-going) participate in an annual strategic planning session, reaffirming the organization’s mission statement and reviewing and refining the long-term plan and goals for the upcoming year.
Board members participate actively on one or more Chamber committees by attending meetings and creating and/or executing ideas with the approval of the Board of Directors.
Board members advocate for the organization and encourage potential members to join and participate in Chamber functions. Board members lobby funding sources and communicate with the community and members about the Chamber’s needs.
Individual board members contribute their professional and personal expertise by advising the President, Board, and staff of areas in which the Chamber can better represent the business community. Board members attend as many of the Chamber’s functions as possible to ensure good visibility of the Board and facilitate interaction with the membership.
Board Agendas and Minutes
Board business meeting agendas and minutes are maintained at the Chamber office and available upon request.
Chamber Strategic Plan
The Chamber Board reviews and updates our strategic plan annually, ensuring that we are still on track to meet goals and objectives that meet our mission of promoting and supporting a diverse economy. View the latest version here.
Chamber Policies & Procedures
The Chamber’s policy and procedures manual is a large document, updated as new programs are implemented or in response to changes in state or federal law related to business practices.
For more information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.
Declaration of Candidacy
Elections occur each November, with members casting votes for those individuals they wish to represent them. Directors serve on the Board for three years, at which point they may run for re-election. If you are interested in running for a position on the Chamber Board of Directors, you must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Download a Declaration of Candidacy or use this Google Form to submit your Declaration today.