The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce is and always has been focused on growth, support and enhancement of the Fauquier business community. The arrival of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on local businesses. The Board of Directors recognizes that proactive and decisive changes must be made to ensure the continued long-term financial health of the Chamber, so our membership and the Fauquier business community can continue to grow and thrive. To that end, the Fauquier Chamber Board of Directors has voted to temporarily eliminate the Executive position and assign duties to staff, board members, and volunteers.
Joe Martin has led the Fauquier Chamber for the past 10 years with a sparkling wit, determination and constant attention to developing the business community. His devotion to the Fauquier Chamber membership is well known. Joe said, “It has been my extreme pleasure to be a part of this chamber and this community for the past 10 years. I look back on all the positive changes we have made and the energy we have brought into the Fauquier Business community. Looking back I am very proud of the way we have brought the businesses and community together.”
The Board of Directors sends him forth with respect, gratitude and best wishes in his future endeavors. Chris Coutts, Fauquier Chamber Board Chair, adds, “Through his hard work, Joe has made a lasting impact on our community. We honor and thank him for all he has accomplished during his time with the Chamber.”
The Chamber leadership is focused on meeting the needs of its members safely and effectively. A series of exciting events are planned in the coming months created to offer fun and socially distant networking opportunities as well as occasions designed to educate, participate fully in our community, and provide value to our members. Sylvia McDevitt, our always cheerful and busy membership coordinator, continues to meet in person regularly with Fauquier businesses to listen, encourage, and share all the ways they can benefit from the business-enhancing activities and resources the Chamber offers.
Chris Coutts states, “Moving forward, we remain intensely focused on supporting and assisting businesses in our region, and look forward to creating and building new partnerships.”