• Addison County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Retiring

    Adam Rainville, Chair of the board of directors of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, shared the following announcement, “It is with mixed emotions that we accepted the resignation of Rob Carter, Executive Director of the Chamber, effective September 25th, 2021. We will be sorry to lose Rob’s leadership and enthusiasm, but at the same time wish him the best in the next stage of his life.” Rob and his wife will be moving to Virginia in October to be closer to family.

    After leaving Soundview Executive Book Summaries to start his own marketing consulting company in March of 2017, Rob began providing member and sales support to the Addison County Chamber, taking on the role of interim president that November and becoming President in January of 2018.

    Rainville shares, “Rob was tasked by the board to provide support to current Chamber members, to grow the membership ranks, and to build partnerships with other community organizations in order to better serve the needs of Addison County businesses and non-profit organizations. Under his leadership the Chamber has added 112 new members to date and fully developed a benefit-based membership model launched in 2017.  Additionally, Rob has spent hundreds of hours meeting with members to assure that they are receiving the full value of their membership.”

    Carter has strengthened partnerships with area organizations, working closely with Fred Kenney of ACEDC (Addison County Economic Development Corporation) on the Addison County Development Council, and to start the Addison County Workforce Alliance and the Addison County Recovery Team. Carter is also on the board of the BMP (Better Middlebury Partnership), and on the Neighbor’s Together Committee, the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and the Vergennes PELS committee that begins meetings in June. He helped launch the KickStart Middlebury program with BMP and ACEDC, worked with the Vergennes, Middlebury and Bristol downtown partnerships on the 10-Day, $35K Giveaway campaign, and partnered with United Way of Addison County to start ELAC (Emerging Leaders of Addison County).

    Over the past three years the Chamber has passed the Vermont Gran Fondo and Middlebury Maple Run events on to new owners, and has grown Vergennes Day and the Bristol Harvest Festival to better serve those communities. Carter established the Chamber’s business seminars as a monthly series, and added nonprofit content to the mix. Most recently, he led the Chamber through the challenges of the Pandemic, supporting members through difficult times while keeping the Chamber financially stable.

    “Taking on the leadership role at the Chamber has been very rewarding”, Carter commented. “Coming from the business world, running a nonprofit organization has challenged my skills and broadened my experience. While leading through the pandemic has not been easy, we have worked hard to keep every member on board through grants and other creative methods. I think we and the community as a whole have grown stronger and more interdependent over the past 14 months.”

    The board of directors has opened a search for a new Executive Director to take on the role in September. Community members interested in the position can read the job description and send their cover letters and resumes to Adam Rainville at info@addisoncounty.com.

    About Addison County Chamber of Commerce

    The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial businesses and non-profit organizations, and supporting tourism in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at http://www.addisoncounty.com.