• Chamber annual meeting coming up
    January 27,2014

    Every business is subject to attack from many directions ó internal and external ó and most are far more vulnerable than they realize. Security requires constant attention.

    Keynote speaker Doug Babcock of Cygnus Security in Jeffersonville will provide business owners and managers attending the annual breakfast meeting of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Feb. 5, an overview of key vulnerabilities. His real-world experiences will demonstrate the importance of thinking and planning ahead to improve security in todayís workplace.

    During the Chamberís business meeting the membership will elect six directors to the board, and board members will install a new slate of officers. Leslie Sanborn of R&L Archery and Asterisk Typography will accept the gavel from outgoing board chairwoman, Susan Kruthers, of Central Vermont Medical Center.

    Babcock brings a lifelong commitment to public safety, a working knowledge of Vermont law, a masterís degree in business administration, and years of experience in law enforcement to bear on his analysis of business risk. His presentation is an opportunity to glean advice on security issues, discover unknown risks, and get tips on securing the investment of dollars and years invested in a business.

    In addition to Sanborn, incoming officers are Mike Woodfield of First in Fitness, Curtis Ostler of ReSource, and Cody Patno of Noyle W. Johnson Insurance. Kruthers will continue to serve on the Chamberís executive leadership team.

    After more than two decades of service as committee volunteer, director and two-term chairman, Steve Gilman of rbTechnologies will retire from the board as the new directors are elected. Patno will be elected to a second term as a director. He is joined on the slate by newcomers Ed Larson of the Barre Granite Association, Lindel James of the Center for Leadership Skills, Sonya Endreva-Cisar of Comcast Business Class, Kevin Beal of Norwich University and returning former director Mike Donovan of WSNO-Frank-Froggy radio.

    Kruthers guided the organization through the challenge of the Vermont insurance exchange, brought the four-year municipal study of regional public safety to positive votes by Barre and Montpelier councils, and initiated a technology upgrade and launched a facilities renovation reserve.

    The public is invited to attend the celebration of a successful year, welcome the new leadership team, and pick up a security idea or two that more than covers the price of registration.

    Meeting registration includes a buffet breakfast in the Governorís Ballroom of the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, the business meeting and the speaker.

    Reservations can be made by email to cvchamber@aol.com, by phone at 229-5711, or online at the central-vt.com home page.

    George Malek is the executive director of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

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