Chamber makes room for new leadership

September 4, 2012 by  

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, with headquarters in St. Paul, has announced its new chair for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Joe Maher, of Grand Rapids, will assume leadership of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. He is currently the general manager of a paper mill in Grand Rapids that produces coated magazine paper for print companies. UPM, Blandin Paper employs about 500 people in Grand Rapids, which has a population of 8,000. The paper mill has been in business in Minnesota since 1902.

When the Minnesota chamber had its annual retreat in August to plan for the coming year, Maher was present with the other incoming officers and current directors. The board is comprised of volunteers, representing a cross section of businesses across the state. The men and women who sit at the table develop and administer policies for member businesses, while also acting as advocates for Minnesota businesses in the State legislature. It provides a voice to ensure the fiscal health and sustainability for businesses of all types. There are 2,300 members in the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, representing half a million workers.

Maher said:

“The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce offers business solutions to help companies advocate, connect, and grow.

“We represent and advance the interests of all sizes and types of businesses across the state.”

Officers and managers from other Minnesota businesses, including Wells Fargo & Co., RTP Company, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, United States Steel, Mall of America, and Tierney Brothers of St. Paul, were also present at the August retreat.