The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce just completed a membership event like no other. From September 18-20 the Chamber held a membership drive, bringing together nearly 300 Chamber members who volunteered their time to work against the clock and against each other to sign up new chamber members and create a greater awareness of the important role the chamber plays in the business community. The three-day effort brought in 153 new Chamber members and generated more than $66,000!
Sylvia Haines, Senior Vice President of Organizational Development for the Chamber, said, “The Chamber thanks all of the dedicated and hard working volunteers who called on their contacts and ‘sold’ the Chamber’s benefits. Bringing in this many new members in such a short amount of time is a tremendous accomplishment. We are thrilled with the outcome and know that adding these new members will help strengthen our Chamber.”
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce partnered with national organization Your Chamber Connection (YCC) to conduct this high energy, out of the box membership event. Motivated by YCC’s Jimmy Cusano, teams volunteered in shifts at the Chamber’s office on September 18 and 19. The event wrapped up at 3:27pm on September 20 and a final celebration party for the volunteers took place that evening at Dominion Towers.
The black team, chaired by Neal Crawford (Monarch Bank), brought in the most money and new members. With 26 new member businesses, the black team generated $11,828. James Sherwood (Bon Secours Virginia Health System) brought in 8 new members, the most of any individual, earning Sherwood the “Big Dawg” award. Susan Blackman’s (Willcox & Savage) purple team, which finished second, bringing in $11,257 with 27 new members. During the celebration event, Blackman earned the “Godmuddah” award.
Be sure to attend the Chamber's Monster Mega Mixer & Business Showcase on October 30 to network with some of these new Chamber members. Learn more.