The Boca Chamber just announced the Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce will be “folded into ours.” Boca Chamber president and CEO Troy McLellan talked to Boca Voice about what this means. And what comes next.
Q: Why is this happening now? A: In recent years, the Boynton chamber was experiencing some challenges. Credit goes to their leadership for recognizing this. They were actively seeking an option to keep Boynton Beach moving in the right direction.
Q: Will the Boynton Chamber keep its own web site, events, office and staff? A: They’ll keep some things in place. They will maintain their own web site. We committed to staying in their office space until the end of the year to smooth the transition. They’ll continue their Food, Wine and Brew Festival.
Q: Isn’t the Boca Chamber more expensive? A: We have a different fee schedule, so we’re doing a three-year phase in. Boynton Beach members won’t have to bump up the first year.
Q: What about their board? A: There is no more [Boynton] governing board. They’re an advisory council to help make the transition smoother. There’s an open back and forth. I met with them and we set the first meeting. We’ll continue as long as they want to continue.
Q: I see they had their own president and CEO. Does he stay on? A: Nobody lost a job. Jonathan Porges will stay with us.
Q: Your message to members said the merger will give businesses in both places a broader market and better growth opportunities. Is there anything else you want to say? A: At our February membership breakfast on Feb. 14, I’ll ask any Boynton members in the audience to stand so we can welcome them.
By Marci Shatzman