Chamber charting course for future
During the next few weeks, the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce will be charting a new direction.
Bill Grant, the new president of the business group, is hopeful that the organization's board of directors and members can set some long-term goals.
"It seems to me that this is an excellent time to sit down and assess what we've been doing and what we need to be doing," the 38-year-old Grant said.
The new president admits he doesn't have a lengthy experience with the chamber, but he doesn't view that as an overwhelming obstacle. Grant has served one year on the board.
He was named the new president earlier this month, replacing Pat Albert, who had led the chamber for the past four years.
"I think change helps everything," Albert said. "I enjoyed all the time I did it."
Albert, who owns a auto parts retail business and serves as a city council member, said he won't shrink into the background.
"I'll continue to be active," he said. "And I've got plenty of other things to do."
As Tonganoxie and its business community grow, Grant hopes to help promote the organization's members, both in the city and outside of the city.
"It's time for us to sit down and take a hard look at what the members of the chamber want the chamber to do on their behalf," said Grant, who has worked for the past three years as general counsel at First State Bank and Trust in Tonganoxie.
Before moving to Tonganoxie, the Columbus, Kan., native, worked as general counsel to the state banking commissioner in Topeka. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and a law degree from Washburn University in Topeka.