• Chairman's Message

  • Jane Gandee, Chairman

    It's Been a Very Good Year

    December 2017


    To quote Frank Sinatra, “It’s been a very good year!”

     The Chamber brought in a record number of new members, thanks to Josh Toth and his terrific Membership Committee. We had one of the most concise, well written and aggressive legislative agendas in recent memory thanks to Gavin Carter and his committee. With direction from the legislative committee, we wrote letters to our elected officials on a regular basis and expressed opinions that were representative of our business community.

     Stan Koussis and the events people have done an excellent job and added some new and edgy variety to our Business Breakfasts and Drinks & Deals.  The Economic Summit was its usual big hit! Thanks to SFDC for their partnership. This year’s Police & Fireman’s Tribute was one of the best!  We raised enough money in our golf tournament to continue to provide needed scholarship money to our local high school seniors.  

    Our relationship with Ft. Belvoir continues to thrive and we look forward to even more coordination on issues that matter to both the civilian community and Ft. Belvoir. Our Finance reporting is pristine, thank you Treasurer, Chris Reddick and our Board minutes impeccable, thank you Secretary, Phyllis Sintay. This year’s Chamber Board has been active, vocal and engaged.  I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with to lead the Chamber. 

    We have enjoyed coordinated events with The Springfield Chamber and the Alexandria Chamber and look forward to more synergy.

    Our Supervisors, Mr. Jeff Mckay (Lee District) and Mr. Dan Storck (Mount Vernon District) took time from their busy days to meet with Chamber leadership quarterly.  I cannot thank them enough for their interest in our Chamber, their concern for the people and their issues.

    The leadership for 2018 is superb under Chairman, Scott Stroh, President, Sonja Caison, and Vice President, Stan Koussis.  Although I will miss the daily interaction of the Chamber Board, it is a great satisfaction to know these fine people will lead our Mount Vernon- Lee Chamber in the coming months.

    It is impossible to express enough gratitude for the incredible amount of work produced by our Executive Director, Mrs. Holly Dougherty. The incredible part is that the quantity is only bested by the quality. She has been a delightful person to work with and her integrity, keen mind, work ethic, and kindness made my job a piece of cake!

    So last, but certainly not least, my hat goes off to all the people who make up our Chamber.  Thank you for investing your time and resources, thank you for your willingness to serve on committees, attend our events and be an active member of our business community, taking time away from your individual stressful and daily demands to give back!

    My deep and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for allowing me to serve. It has been an immense honor and pleasure.




    Jane Gandee
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