Monday, June 28, 2010

The chamber's working hard to ensure a bright future

I have to admit it was a little strange for me to sit down and write this column for the BirminghamEccentric. But the same could be said for many experiences I have had since being appointed president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber on June 1.

You see, I have considerable history with both organizations and to have my life once again intertwined with both is, well, a bit strange. But it also is very exciting and rewarding, and I am absolutely thrilled to be working with, and on behalf of, the greater Birmingham-Bloomfield community once again.

Having been associated with the Chamber since the early 1990s as a volunteer, committee chair, booster and board member, I have had a front-row seat to its remarkable growth and success. Today's Chamber is a dynamic, vibrant, full-service organization dedicated to enhancing the business opportunities of its members and the quality of life of the communities it serves.

What really excites me about my new job is the opportunity to serve an area I've considered my second home for 20 years. I have come to know the “Five Bs and an F” as communities filled with decent, caring residents served by dedicated public servants supported by outstanding local businesses. Not only is there a real sense of community in our slice of Oakland County, but the folks who live here have a fierce pride in their hometown.

Having worked for nearly two decades for the area's local newspaper, I had the good fortune to meet countless residents, public officials and local business operators who helped me understand the unique character of the area. Many of these folks who started out as sources or interview subjects I now count as treasured and trusted friends.

To read more, click here. Joe Bauman is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. He welcomes feedback at

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