CHEAP SEATS: Raycroft a good choice to lead Chamber of Commerce
While you can never be completely sure until a person has done the job for a while, at first glance it looks like the Belleville Chamber of Commerce has made an excellent choice for its new Chief Executive Officer.
Jill Raycroft looks like she has all the skills to not only keep the Chamber on the path it has been following under Bill Saunders, she may even be able to take it beyond.
First, she has the business background and experience to deal with business people on their own terms, not just because of her marriage to one of the city’s top business people, but because of her own training and experience.
In fact Raycroft’s experience could potentially open new ideas and approaches to the Chamber rather than simply doing things the way they have always been done.
Just as importantly though, Raycroft has shown, through her efforts at the Children’s Safety Village, that she is far from a one-person show.
And her campaign for the mayor’s seat in 2014 shows she is more than capable of being the public face, and voice, of business in Belleville.
Of course, the proof is in the pudding, and the Chamber is one of the most successful organizations in the city in many ways, so Raycroft will certainly have her work cut out of her.
But, at least for now, it looks like the Belleville Chamber of Commerce is in pretty good hands
I’m Bill Glisky and that the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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