Les Vail is the President and CEO of the The Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of the organization since it’s infancy in February 2001; from there he quickly became active, chairing the Ambassador & Donations Committee. Within a year he was appointed to the board of directors, there he served for 8 years. In 2007 Mr. Vail was elected to be the Chairman of the Board and served in this role till July 2010.
On February 1, 2013, our Chamber turned 12 years old. We surpassed the 600 member mark and in January 2013 we ranked 15 in NJ Biz, making your Chamber one of the largest in the State.
Realizing partnerships play a key role for our growth and development. We work with organizations like the SNJ Development Council, ELC and neighboring County Chambers to give us opportunities to expand resources and provide more value to our memberships with monthly events like the Cash Mob.
Adding to our partnerships, in November of 2012, we began working with a committee of woman business owners with the goal to: help build business beyond the gender barriers. In September 2013, we will have our first FOBulous event: Faces of Business.
In 2012, we also reformed our Education Committee and partnered with Rowan University & Gloucester County College. Through this committee of educators, members of The WIB and business community, we are working to expand and develop mentoring programs and in April of this year, we started a speaker’s series where business leaders share their life experiences with high school students.
One of the most important partnerships we have is with Gloucester County Economic Development office. Lisa, you and your staff (Michelle, Jessica, Tom) truly stand head over heels above all. In the fall of 2012, we partnered on the Shop-Dine-Go Local campaign and in 2013, the Best of Gloucester County.
As we move forward in 2013 the Gloucester County Chamber will continue to help our members build stronger relationships by continuing our personal introductions. We will also continue to strengthen partnerships, continue to listen to you and provide programming that provides value to our members on all levels.
In June 2013, we will have two milestones. The VOICE and our Executive Club will have their one year anniversaries. The VOICE was created to promote our members and spotlight Gloucester County. Our Executive Club provides the CEO’s of mid to large corporation with a forum to build relationships with their peers.
I would like to conclude by first thanking our membership for all the support they have provided the Chamber, we are here because of you and for you. I would also like to thank all the sponsors for their generous support in 2012; we cannot host events like this without you.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and myself we would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support.
So what are the advantages of doing business in Gloucester County?
Location, Location, Location… Gloucester County is situated across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA, and the half-way point between New York, NY and Washington D.C.
Gloucester County has been consistently ranked among the top counties for job growth, nationwide, since 2003.
Located in one of the nation’s largest biotechnology and pharmaceutical clusters. New Jersey is home to over 80,000 life sciences employees.
Gloucester County is home to one of the largest industrial parks on the eastern seaboard.
Superior infrastructure, with the potential for considerable development.
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