5 Questions With Delray Chamber President And CEO Jeb Conrad

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I hail from Indianapolis, Indiana originally, growing up in the capital city of now about 850,000. My father was a state elected official and thus grew up around politics and community service. I am a graduate of the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University. I have held many positions in the private sector prior to engaging in Chamber and economic development profession, including Simon Property Group and the Indianapolis Water Company. I have over 20 years of Chamber engagement both as a professional and as a member. I have 6 children, including a set of triplets, and a granddaughter.

  1. What attracted you to Delray Beach and the chamber position?

Upon leaving my previous post as President and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber in Indiana, I began my search for an opportunity to bring my experience and knowledge to a new community that has the assets and structure of an organization to be successful. Delray Beach exudes a great quality of life, which was an important part of my search as well. Not only did I immediately become a fan of the community, but also was impressed by the Chamber leadership, board, and structure. I was very specific with my geographic search as well, targeting areas that have characteristics that were important to me personally and Delray Beach met those needs.

  1. What are your top three goals for the chamber?

First and foremost goal for me is to evaluate our operating structure, consider efficiency and management processes, to ensure our foundation is in place for success as a Chamber. This includes operating policies, organizational structure, and strategic areas of focus.

Secondly, we must develop a forward, progressive strategic plan. An opportunity for the Board, staff and members to set a vision for the future of Chamber initiatives and strategies to help retain, grow and support local businesses and members.

Third, continue to evaluate, grow and support membership through relevant information, advocacy and services that are in line with our local business interest and needs. This means ensure that we are “playing” in the proper and important areas that will engage and drive membership.

  1. Why should a local business owner join the chamber?

Our Chamber provides many support programs, services and opportunities for our members.

A member of our Chamber will be connected to a large network of other businesses and leaders, have access to information that impact their business, and get the visibility and engagement for their business. As the voice of business, membership in the Chamber ensures that important and impacting business policies are being tracked, communicated and acted upon as needed on their behalf. The voice of many is more impactful than the voice of one.

  1. What can we look forward to from the chamber as 2018 winds down?

During 2018, expect to see the Chamber evaluate our business model to be more effective operationally, seek new and progressive opportunities to lead and partner in strategic economic development and become more strategically focused on how to support our members. We will operate with integrity and honesty, be an excellent local partner on behalf of the membership and add new programs that are relevant, while maintaining those important to our members.