MaryWardDirector ofCommunicationsLake Champlain RegionalChamber of Commerce& GBIC60 Main Street, Ste.100Burlington, VT05401p 802.863.3489ext. 209f 802.863-1538www.vermont.org(link is external) A. Wayne Roberts, President of LakeChamplain Regional Chamber of Commerce AnnouncesRetirementExecutive Search Process Will Begin inMarchKaren Marshall, chair of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber ofCommerce (LCRCC), announced today that A. Wayne Roberts, long-time president ofthe Chamber, would retire from his post at the end of the year. Roberts has beenat the helm of the LCRCC since 1986.”In 20 years, Wayne Roberts transformed our Chamber fromsupporter of the business community to the leading advocate for public policythat creates sustainable economic development in the State of Vermont,” saidMarshall. “He brought small and large business experience to the role, andpursued a vision to create a dynamic Chamber of Commerce that representedmultiple interests, and created leadership capacity among its citizens. Hisimpact on the economic welfare of the businesses and citizens in the ChamplainValley is profound. He has forged strong alliances for our business sector withstate and federal policy makers that will benefit our communities for years tocome. As we begin our search for a new President, we will look to find thetalented individual who can build on this strong foundation. “Prior to coming to the Chamber, Roberts was an account managerfor IBM. He then owned and operated three successful hospitality businesses inVermont and was an assistant professor of Business Management at Johnson StateCollege. In 1980, Roberts served as White House deputy personnel director, andwas subsequently appointed by the president to serve as U.S. deputyunder-secretary of Education.During his tenure at the Chamber, the organization has becomeone of the largest non-profit business membership organizations in Vermont,serving over 2,000 member businesses and 60,000 employees throughout thestate.Roberts successfully developed four divisions within theChamber, including Leadership Champlain, the Vermont Convention Bureau, the LakeChamplain Regional Marketing Organization, and Education & Training.Leadership Champlain works to identify, nurture and engage theleadership potential of community members to support a healthy economicenvironment. Since its inception in 1988, more than 700 community leaders havegraduated from the program.Roberts brought The Vermont Convention Bureau (VCB) into thefold in 1988 as a regional organization responsible for marketing Vermont as apreferred meeting and convention destination. In 1994, the VCB expanded to astatewide organization. Today, the VCB successfully promotes Vermont throughoutthe U.S. and internationally, generating hundreds of meeting and conventionleads with a nearly $10 million economic impact annually.The Chamber also administers the Lake Champlain RegionalMarketing Program (RMP), a program of the Vermont Department of Tourism andMarketing. Through the RMP, the Chamber publishes and distributes numerousaward-winning publications aimed at marketing the region as a tourismdestination. The Chamber’s public relations efforts include working with travelwriters, attending consumer shows and maintaining the organization’s web site,which receives over one-million visits annually. The Chamber’s public relationsefforts have garnered national attention for the region in major media outlets,worth millions of dollars.Among the Chamber’s many accomplishments is a successfuleducation and training division. The Chamber’s early efforts to focus oneducation and training in the region began in 1990 with Project Assist, aprogram that encouraged partnerships between schools and area businesses toimprove learning and career opportunities for youth.In 1997, the Chamber partnered with GBIC to develop theWorkforce Investment Board (WIB) in an effort to identify and develop qualitytraining programs that would address the workforce development needs of localmanufacturers. The WIB focuses on developing and sustaining business andeducation partnerships for youth and adult learners with an emphasis onstrengthening and enhancing the delivery of technical education in theregion.The accomplishments of the Chamber and GBIC in the education andtraining arena are extensive. In the last decade, the Chamber and GBIC have beenresponsible for the development of the Vermont Learn to Earn Initiative, thedevelopment of School-to-Work programs and School-to-Work Resource andCurriculum Guides (which became state models), and the development of LinkingLearning to Life.Roberts also developed four successful Chamber programs,including government affairs, communications, marketing and member services.Each of these programs help the Chamber achieve its mission of promoting andsupporting a healthy environment that makes the region the ideal place to live,work and do business. The government affairs and communications programs arealso shared with GBIC.Today, the Chamber employs 32 full-time staff that operate inseven locations. The Chamber’s headquarters are at 60 Main Street in Burlington,with satellite locations in Rutland, Montpelier, Boston, the BurlingtonInternational Airport and the North and Southbound I-89 Welcome Centers inWilliston.The Chamber’s Executive Committee has formed a search committeeto begin a search for a new president. Dawn Francis will serve as a staffliaison for the committee. For more information about the search, please contactDawn Francis at 863-3489, ext. 210 or visit the Chamber’s web site atwww.vermont.org(link is external).-30- This information may beprivileged or confidential and is intended for use solely by the person(s) namedabove. Review, of this communication by anyone other than the intended recipientis strictly prohibited; and distribution or duplication of this communicationmay not be made without the prior consent of the sender.