We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Richard Wylie, President of Endicott college.
Dr. Wylie served as President of Endicott for 31 years. Leadership, commitment to higher education, commitment to community service, vision and his very optimistic attitude are just a sample of the legacy “Doc” leaves.
Dr. Wylie’s commitment to the City of Beverly during his tenure at Endicott has been nothing short of amazing. Among his many roles on Boards of higher education schools and Universities and other education based organizations “Doc” also served on the Board of Directors at Beverly Bank, North Shore Innoventures, Beverly School for Communication Disorders and the Deaf. He also shared his creativity and concern for the betterment of Beverly while serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Beverly Main Streets for many years. Doc was also a long time very loved member of The Beverly Rotary Club.
This commitment to our community was very evident with his commitment and support of the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Wylie’s support has been crucial to our growth over the years. The GBCC proudly recognized Doc earlier this year with our most coveted Luminary Award. Doc was just the second person to be recognized as a Luminary. In addition we asked Doc to participate in our speaker series program in April. As he always did he wowed the crowd with his wit and humor along with some details of his incredible story.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff and members we send our thoughts and prayers to the Wylie family and we thank them for sharing such true greatness with us.
The Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Leslie Gould will be joining the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director. Leslie has been the Director of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce for ten years, and prior to that, she was Director at the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce.
As the new GBCC Executive Director, Leslie says her mission is to continue to connect and unify people; to design events and programs that speak to the individuality and needs of the Greater Beverly area, and create new opportunities to promote and market their businesses.
Leslie is a native of Swampscott and graduate of Boston University, College of Communications with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. She currently serves on two Governor appointed committees: The MA Commonwealth Corporation and the MA STEM Advisory Council and is a member of the Swampscott Rotary Club.
She received a certificate in non-profit organizational management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management. She is an award-winning cable television producer, was awarded a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow as a member of the Marblehead Rotary Club, served as Commissioner for the Essex National Heritage Area, served on the Board of Directors for the North of Boston Visitor and Convention Bureau and many other Town and City committees.
We welcome Leslie and look forward to her joining us on June 4th.
As you know, our Executive Director, John Somes will be leaving our Chamber to embark on the next stage of his outstanding career. John joined us about 8 years ago at a time when this Chamber was in dire need of strong, smart and affective leadership. John brought that leadership and is now leaving our Chamber stronger than it has ever been.
As President it is my responsibility to see this transition through. We now have a search committee who will soon be in process of building a game plan and a timeline.
Our objective will be to find the very best person we can from, what I expect, will be many interested people. Though it would be best to have our new Director ready to go when John begins his new opportunity we may not have a decision by then. Robin Foster, Assistant Executive Director, has agreed to serve as interim Director if need be.
It is important for you to know that our Chamber is very strong with several programs already lined up for 2018. Our budget, due to great management, from John and Robin is strong and our membership continues to grow.
As soon as we have made a decision I will get the word out to all our members.
When you see John in your travels please thank him for the outstanding job he has done!!!!!!