Message from New Board President Kristen Smith
Greetings, Members and Friends of Portland Buy Local:
It is a deep honor for me to accept the Presidency of the Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance (PIBCA), one that I accept with nervous excitement. On behalf of our current Board of Directors and our nearly 400 members, I wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the departing founders and Board members who established PIBCA and created such a vibrant movement in our special city (Chris Busby, the Bollard; Bill Duggan, Videoport; Nancy Lawrence, Portmanteau; Stacy Mitchell, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Susan Tran, Tsunami Tattoo). Portland is in their debt for their long-term commitment to its independent businesses and their ongoing mission to educate the community about the value of supporting independent and locally owned businesses.
As we bid our founders a fond farewell, our current slate of Board members, officers and committee chairs look forward to continuing their momentum and strengthening the organization. Our Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 year is:
Kristen Smith, Planet Dog – President*
Danielle Marks – Vice President*
Joe Gervais, University Credit Union – Treasurer*
Brianna Courneya – Secretary*
Mary Marsh, Marsh Agency – Chair, Membership Committee*
Melissa Rivera, lalo Boutique – Chair, Marketing Committee*
Allen Baldwin, Strongpaw Productions
Will Cary, Portland Museum of Art
Stuart Gersen, Longfellow Books
Doug Johnson, Grandview Window Cleaning
John Rooks, The SOAP Group
Michelle Smith, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
Elliott Teel, Law Office of Elliott R. Teel
*Executive Committee Member
Our committees are poised to strengthen the value PIBCA provides to its members, creating new opportunities for members to network, strengthening member benefits, increasing our publicity and marketing efforts, solidifying our online presence through social media and an enhanced web presence, and continuing to lead the nationally growing commitment to independent and locally owned businesses. We invite our members to be actively engaged in the work of Portland buy Local- join our committees, attend our events, volunteer to distribute directories, help us recruit new members, or consider joining the Board. We all look forward to expanding our collaboration with our members, and invite your ongoing feedback, suggestions, thoughts and ideas.
We are a community-based, (almost) all-volunteer organization that thrives because of the dedication of our membership. We have tremendous shoes to fill as our founders leave PIBCA to their energized replacements. I invite you to join us as we make the next chapter in PIBCA worthy of the legacy our founders have left us.