GGCC has four primary standing committees, plus a number of supporting subcommittees and/or task forces. These committees are Chaired by members of the Board of Directors and supported by Chamber staff. It is critical to the health of the Chamber that members have input into the programs and activities, therefore, all GGCC members are encouraged to become involved in the committee(s) of their choice. Additionally, the Chamber has several member-led Direct Connect groups, each with their own personality and meeting requirements.
Economic Development & Legislative Affairs
Vice Chair: Henry Bernstein, Scheer Partners, Inc.
Through the Gaithersburg-Germantown Economic Development & Legislative Affairs Committee, the Chamber will proactively work with City, County and State Leaders to support the Economic Development of Gaithersburg, Germantown and surrounding jurisdictions, and represent the GGCC and its members in a pro-active manner in the formulation of state and local legislation and policy affecting the business community. The committee will work towards the implementation of the Germantown Sector Plan, the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan, and the Shady Grove Sector Plan. The primary goal is to bring more jobs to area. Additionally, we will survey the membership to determine the critical issues facing our GGCC members on Gaithersburg, Germantown, Upcounty and State Legislative issues, which have an impact on our Membership and the communities we represent and to develop the GGCC Annual Legislative Agenda; to monitor any legislative issues being considered by our elected officials in state, county, and local governments, and to participate in the process where and when needed; to respond to, and take part in, discussions of issues that may have an impact on our member businesses, including the issue of local governance in Germantown and Gaithersburg.
Membership Attraction and Retention Committee
Vice Chair: Steve Barber, Supporting Strategies
The Membership Attraction and Retention (MAR) Committee is charged with: maintaining a strong growth in membership through targeted new member recruitment activities that effectively communicate the value of membership to community businesses; Promoting the ongoing value of membership to member businesses through personalized contacts with member business representatives and other initiatives that monitor member needs, member satisfaction, and their perception of Chamber Value; communicating the Return On Investment to Members and engaging them in GGCC activities.
Member Programs (Events) Committee
Vice Chair: Heather Madison, Peterson Companies
The Vice Chair of Member Programs oversees the development of the GGCC Calendar of Events; monitors and evaluates networking events; oversees GGCC Special Events and Golf Tournament.
Celebration Dinner Gala SubCommittee
This annual event is our year end celebration of membership. It is our premier event and it is a great committee to work with.
Golf Tournament Subcommittee
Chair: PJ Horan, Highlander Financial Group
This annual event is a fun networking, fundraising opportunity for members and guests. This event brings the fun of golf and networking together in one outstanding tournament with great prizes. Held annually in September.
Young Professionals Group
Chair: Eric Ashmont, Edward Jones
The Young Professionals Group is a program offered by GGCC to give the emerging leaders of our community opportunities to connect, to be mentored, to serve, and to rise to the next generation of chamber and business leadership. YPG provides business and social networking and discussions on topics to meet the needs of this group. The average attendee is between 21 and 40 years of age and brings a wide range of business experience.