January 29, 2013
New president, a handyman, sets tone for chamber’s year
By Joann Mackenzie Staff Writer
“This is not your father’s chamber of commerce,” said Bob Heidt of the 230-plus revellers who rocked Cruiseport Gloucester’s ballroom Saturday night for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s 91st annual dinner dance.
It was, literally, a stand-up crowd, leaping to its feet repeatedly to applaud, whoop, holler and hail what emcee Joey Ciaramitaro called an “outstanding year of turnaround” under Heidt, who took over the reins as chamber CEO last January with, by Heidt’s account, a negative deficit of more than $60,000. This December, Heidt finished his first year in office “with a net recorded profit in excess of $90,000.”
Of the “$150,000 positive swing,” Chamber Chairman of the Board Mark Grenier told the cheering crowds, “respect is earned, not given, and we chose the right person in Robert Heidt … he listens, he learns, and he implements for the chamber.”
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