The following is an e-mail sent to Greater Boston Chamber members on July 1:
I wanted to send you a short message to let you know that, with a tremendous sense of excitement, I have reported for duty as President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. I am eagerly looking forward to working with our Chairman Nav Singh, the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, the entire membership of the Chamber, and the outstanding staff in the coming years.
The past 36 hours has been a period of emotional transition for me at the MCCA and I know for Paul Guzzi here at the GBCC. I again congratulate Paul on his 19 years of service to the Chamber and decades of leadership in Boston and Massachusetts. Paul is truly a “Distinguished Bostonian” who has earned the highest levels of respect in our business, government, and civic communities. I know we all wish Paul well in his future endeavors.
I am grateful and honored to have been selected as the new Chamber CEO. I know many of you already and I look forward to creating new relationships. How can you help me? In the coming days, weeks, and months, I want to hear from you and learn “How can the Chamber help you?” and “What would it take for you to be an even more engaged member?”
The Chamber is well positioned to effectively represent the interests of its members, provide useful and meaningful solutions to issues affecting regional growth and competitiveness, diversify and expand its membership base, and be a trusted and credible voice for the business community. Perhaps most importantly, the new Chamber is poised to be a resource for Boston’s entire 21st Century, innovation-driven economy.
The loud and clear message I received from Chamber leadership during the search process for a new CEO is that we are a “stable” Chamber and we want to move on to become a “dynamic” Chamber. I welcome the opportunity to work with each of you toward that future.
Happy Fourth of July, and I look forward to seeing you at the Summer Reception at the Aquarium on July 29.
James E. Rooney
President & CEO
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce