New chamber president hopes to reach out to everyone

Steve Saltis 1By Jaime Thomas

The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce appointed a new president last week, and he’s hoping to improve community outreach.

“Creating communication between the community and the chamber of commerce is a great resource for feedback,” Steven Saltis said.

Saltis, who is also the assistant manager at TD Bank in Granville, became a member of the chamber just under two years ago, and has since worked his way up to vice president and then president.

“I was quite honored to be approached as a new member to the community,” Saltis said.

Saltis grew up nearby on a dairy farm in North Poultney and said he has been involved in the community for all of his life. He thinks previous experience with other chambers will help him in his current endeavor.

Brian Roche, an elected chamber director, is confident in Saltis’ abilities in his new role.

“He’s young, he works in the area, he’s from Poultney so he knows the area and I think he’s got some great ideas to get things moving in Granville,” Roche said. “(Former Presidents) Kerri Thomas and Charlie King did an excellent job before, and I think he will too; he’s got ideas to get everyone together in the community.”

Saltis said his biggest goal this year is to create more awareness of what the chamber does.

“We’re here to support area businesses that are members, and we’re always looking for new members,” Saltis said.

The chamber supports these individuals and groups through fundraising efforts, advertising and promotion. He thinks the board will review their current advertising strategies and think ways to create new events that might be as successful as the car show in the fall.

He also wants to make several quick and easy fixes that will make a big difference in communication through social media, such as Facebook, and the chamber’s website.

Additionally, Saltis is hoping to formalize a set, quarterly mixer schedule to allow everyone to mingle and connect. Other initiatives he would like to see would include a business trade show that would allow area entrepreneurs to show what they offer to the community.

Saltis is also glad to be working with what he considers to be a “great group that’s still fresh.”

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , ,

95 graduate from Granville High School

marianna

By Krystle S. Morey Ninety-five Granville High School students capped off their high school careers with a ceremony last Friday […]

Developers discuss future of subdivision

Properties that were part of the former Mettowee Fields LLC subdivision were auctioned off at a Washington County tax sale June 10, 2017.

By Krystle S. Morey The two buyers of a majority of the unfinished former Mettowee Fields subdivision in Granville have […]

Fire company, village at odds over loan

Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company

By Matthew Saari Brian Brooks Sr., president of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company, asked the village board last week whether […]

52 graduate from Whitehall High School

Whitehall Class of 2017

By Matthew Saari Remembrance and looking forward to new horizons – those were the themes of Whitehall’s graduation last Friday […]

Northshire Freepress – 06/23/17

North Country Freepress – 06/23/17

Lakes Region Freepress – 06/23/17

Lakes Classifieds – 06/23/17

518 Wheels – 06/19/17

Alumnus tells school board: Whitehall falling short

John Diekel

By Matthew Saari Newly minted Air Force Lieutenant John Diekel made an appearance before the Whitehall Board of Education Monday […]

Berke wins Granville School Board runoff

Philip A. Berke

By Krystle S. Morey Philip A. Berke won the ninth and final seat on the Granville Board of Education Tuesday […]

Waters wins Whitehall School Board runoff

Roxanne Waters won the final seat on the Whitehall School Board in a runoff election June 20.

By Matthew Saari Roxanne Waters claimed the ninth and final Whitehall Board of Education seat Tuesday night, garnering 145 votes […]