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  • Board of Directors

  • President
    Rence Meredith, Grand Valley State University

    Vice President 
    Mark Schmidt, BizStream

    Kristi Roelofs, Sietsema Farms


    Rich Houtteman, Consumers Energy
    Nick Lillie, Allendale Family Vision
    Craig Derks, Star Crane and Hoist 
    Greg Evans, Trail Point Brewery 
    Amanda Murrary, Lakeshore Advantage
    Alka Bhargav, GV Party Store 
    Greg Thomsen, Chemical Bank

    Executive Director
    Janessa Smit, Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Mission: 
    The Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce serves our members by advocating for business growth through leadership, collaboration, and strategic partnerships.
    Sell Allendale as a hotspot for business growth and investment.
    Be the place to go for quality business information, access to resources and trusted to referrals. 
    Provide meaningful membership benefits. 
    Commit to a professionally run and financially sound organization.
    Organization & Governance: 
    The Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501c-6 non-profit organization. The Chamber is not a government agency. The Chamber is governed by a set of bylaws which is carried out by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members typically serve two three year terms.   
    Member Benefits: 
    The main pillars of services provided are: Access to Information and Resources, Advertising and Marketing, Educational Programming, Networking, Referrals and Community Leadership. 
    Board Meetings: 
    The Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets for 1.5 hours every other month. Dates to be determined by Board Chair, directors and executive director. Attendance at additional strategic planning sessions are required as is attendance at Chamber events when available. 
  • The AACC Board Provides Four Functions: 
    1. Governance: Through the authority granted in the articles of incorporation and bylaws. The board is responsible for governing the organization. Governance is a broad oversight and is not considered a function of management or administration (staff roles).
    2. Policy and Position Development: The board reviews and adopts policies and positions to guide the organization and its stakeholders. Policies are adopted for reoccurring and critical issues that arise, in the form of a motion, to guide future boards and staff. Positions tend to relate to governmental platforms.
    3. Visionary: The board sets the course for the organization well into the future. Though there are term limitations, board members need to think beyond terms in order to guide the organization and community it represents. Evidence of being a visionary is reliance on the strategic plan, including a clear mission and vision.
    4. Fiduciary: The fiduciary duty is a relationship of confidence or trust between two or more parties. The board has a responsibility to protect the organization and its resources.

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