A funny thing happened on my way to stepping away as the 2018 President of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, I got re-elected. Not only that, I’m also back for another 3 year term on the Board of Directors. So much for taking a step back and enjoying life and collecting my Social Security. So with that, I’ll hit the pause button on my plans of spending my afternoon’s lounging around the house watching Oprah.
Retirement is overrated, or so I’ve been telling myself for the past few years as I have watched my friends and colleagues dance off in their RVs to relish the fruits of their many years in business. Truth be told, it’s still rewarding to be involved in the business world and representing the chamber and the local business community.
As with any membership organization, it’s incumbent on the members to participate to fully receive the benefits available to them. You can join a gym to get in shape, but if you stay home and never even walk through the door to take advantage of the “equipment” available, you’ll still be sucking wind at the next 5k event you enter. Engagement and participation with your Chamber of Commerce will not only provide you the means to take advantage of the programs, networking opportunities and various “gym equipment” to strengthen your business, it may just introduce you to a member who has walked a mile or two down the same path as you.
These are exciting times to be involved with the resurgence of Lake County. What excites me the most about where the Chamber is heading in 2019 is the current blend of the Board of Directors. At our recent Board of Directors planning retreat, I couldn’t help but look around the table at the mix of Directors representing a vast range of business types, backgrounds and personalities. Each one sitting at the table are not only leaders in their respective industries, but strong, experienced personalities that have much to offer our Chamber of Commerce and its members.
I encourage all our members to get to know your Board of Directors. Keep a watch out in the Chamber News for a series of articles to be published monthly featuring each Director. Beginning in February, each member of our Board of Directors will publish an article introducing themselves and providing insights on the challenges they have faced guiding their Lake County business. There is no time like the present to get involved and become the locomotive guiding your business down the tracks of success, rather than the caboose that is forced to follow wherever the tracks lead. Let the Chamber of Commerce provide the fuel for that journey.

Joe Casteel

2019 President, Lake County Chamber of Commerce
Owner, North Bay Merchant Services

Joe Casteel is a 20 year veteran of the Electronic Payment industry and moved his business to Lake County in 2006. A proud member of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and current President, Joe and his wife Jacie have called Lake County their home since 2001.