What type of information do you provide on the Chamber’s social media sites?
We give information on political and legislative topics as well as business news. We also like to celebrate the accomplishments of our members and any big announcements that they may have. It’s really fun to work with our social media sites because the Chamber is involved in so much.
How do social media serve as a valuable tool in keeping the Chamber connected to the business community?
It’s important that our members see what we’re working on and what we support as an organization so that they know their membership dollars are being put to good use. Our social media sites allow us an avenue to display this information. It is also extremely beneficial to us because it allows us to engage with future decision makers. Someday soon those people will be making the decision of whether to join the Chamber or not so we can prove our value to them right now.
Social media is also critical because it helps us clarify who we are. A number of people believe that we are associated with government when they hear the words “chamber of commerce.” Other times, they confuse us with other chambers.
What are some recent projects you’ve been working on in publications?
One large project is the mandatory posters we provide for employers. We also consolidate state and federal postings into laminated sets. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) posters were just updated very recently so we have been busy with that. We have sold over 3,600 of them and more are still being ordered on our web site.
Two other projects I’ve been busy with are the popular Indiana Employment Forms, which is for human resources employees, and the new Indiana Guide to Labor Relations.
What are some of your favorite restaurants?
I’m a little bit of a chili enthusiast so I love to get chili at Old Point Tavern in Indianapolis, which also has good nachos. I get takeout fairly often from Puerto Vallarta, which is a Mexican restaurant in Indianapolis.
What are three things you cannot live without?
March Madness. As an IU grad, this year has been particularly exciting. I also closely follow Butler because my dad was Brad Stevens’ eighth grade coach.
My extracurricular activities. I’m involved with the Conner Prairie Horizon Council and a group called Trusted Mentors. I sometimes write articles for the Benjamin Harrison Home newsletters and I like supporting historic preservation in different ways.