Lake Norman & Mooresville

Lake Norman Chamber to focus on young professionals in 2015

As the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ushers in a new leader, it also will introduce initiatives aimed at attracting and helping younger members.

Huntersville resident Mike Russell, the director of energy services at EnergyUnited, became chairman of the board of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce on Jan 1. After he’s in his new position, the decorated Navy officer said, he will focus on bringing added value to its 1,000-plus members of the business organization.

Russell, who has business degrees from Norwich University and DeSales University, spent two years on the chamber board of directors as the membership programs and services chair before taking his new position.

“I want to continue the … work of the 2014 Board Chair Hilary Broadway, who focused on our technology and membership programs,” Russell said.

“The chamber will shortly unveil our newly renovated website, which will allow our business members greater opportunity to promote their products and services, offer business-to-business discounts to … members and the public at large, and stay informed on our … seminars and events.”

The chamber also recently launched its Young Professionals initiative and also plans to bring back its business seminar series, BusinessWorks.

Bill Russell, president of the chamber and no relation to Mike Russell, said communication, programming and advocacy also will be a focus of the chamber in 2015.

“We’re very excited about our young professionals program, which will provide people ages 21-39 the personal and leadership skills they need as community and business leaders,” Russell said.

“We will also bring back BusinessWorks, a monthly seminar series (that offers) our business owners, managers and employees the management, marketing and sales tips and (best) practices needed to excel in today’s competitive market.”

Chamber leaders say they’re glad that business is growing again as the region rebounds from the years-long recession.

“While we have turned a corner on the recent recession, it is extremely important that we utilize technology to deliver meaningful programming and keep our members informed,” Mike Russell said.

The Lake Norman Chamber’s new board members in 2015 include Tim Gause, Mike Murphy, Sharon Simpson, Laura Temple and Tamara Williams.