President’s Message – April 7th, 2015

This is a bit of a divergence for me and this space, but I’m compelled to share this. We are blessed to have within our ranks many people that volunteer their time and experience to our working committees, the success of which you benefit from every day that you’re a CFBC member. I want to share with you the strategic mission of each of those committees, so that you will know what and why we’re doing the things that we do. It’s good for all of us to know what’s fueling our actions. Each of these statements is found within the Members-Only section of the CFBC website along with the minutes of each committee meeting. Next time you’re curious about our direction, I invite you to spend a few minutes within those files.

CFBC Mission
The CFBC exists to help family businesses and other closely held companies achieve their business goals through a unique peer support system and related educational programs that provide growth strategies for chief executives, their employees, their families and their businesses.

Finance Committee Mission
The mission of the Finance Committee is to safeguard the Chicago Family Business Council through auditing, planning, and advising the First-Vice President and the Executive Director in preparation of the quarterly and year-end financials. The committee has a fiduciary responsibility to the organization and the members of the council regarding all funds.

Marketing Committee Mission
The Marketing Committee is dedicated to developing and implementing marketing initiatives to increase awareness of the CFBC which will in turn attract new members. The committee is responsible for developing the yearly marketing plan, strategies to achieve objectives identified by the Strategic Planning committee and work in cooperation with the events planned by the Program Committee and the initiatives of the Membership Committee. All marketing activities will be in accordance with CFBC marketing standards for branding.

Membership Committee Mission
The Membership Committee is devoted to the expansion of the CFBC through recruitment of new members and the retention of existing members.

Programming Committee Mission
The Program Committee plans educational and social events for members, guests and prospective members that are timely, educational, and relevant to the diverse interests of the CFBC community.  In collaboration with the Marketing Committee, the Program Committee will set the focus (tone) of each program by identifying topics, speakers, formats and venues.

Young Leaders Committee Mission
The mission of the committee is to engage members of the CFBC community that identify as next gen leaders through educational and social events. The committee will identify program topics, speakers, venues, and the event structure that will appeal most to young leaders. With the support of the CFBC staff, the Committee Chair and co-chair will oversee the planning and implementation of the events while adhering to the approved annual budget. The committee will draw on the requests of the membership and consult with other CFBC committees in developing educational workshops, program sessions, panel discussions and social events. 

“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.  CFBC, 20 Years Deep”

Bob Carmody President Signature 2014

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