A Message from the 2016-17 Chair of the Board

Greg Bakamis: Great American Casino


As the 2016-17 Chair of the Board of Directors, I am honored to serve the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce along with outstanding Board Members, a dedicated staff and many other volunteers.


The Chamber movement, both locally and regionally, is a powerful force for positivity ~ and here at the Lakewood Chamber, we pride ourselves on being “in business for business.”


This year, we have decided to take this mantra one step further, adopting a proactive stand and committed to changing the collective mindset across our broad Membership base.


You are undoubtedly aware of all of the invaluable benefits and activities that this strong and vibrant Chamber has brought to our economic and social fabric.  And our Board has committed even more this year ~ by taking positive and achievable steps that will kick start a conversation about a vibrant new beginning.  


The Board of Directors is committed to assisting our Member businesses’ forward momentum through expanded influence and visibility in the community at-large.  The wide range of programs, events and lobbying on behalf of the business community are specially designed for all of our Members ~ whether it’s in the morning, lunch hour of after hours ~ we have something for everyone.  Each event is designed to help you reach a wider audience. 


Remember that taking an active role in Chamber functions raises your visibility in the business community and provides you with a myriad of relationship building opportunities.  Regardless of how high tech our world has become, face-to-face contact is more critical than ever.


The Chamber has long been at the center of positive change in Lakewood and the South Puget Sound and it is because of our Members and their support that we have continued to progress where we are now regarded as one of the most dynamic Chambers in our region.  This has only been possible because of the work that the Board, our Ambassadors, Committee Chairs and the Staff of the organization have done to make sure that Lakewood and the surrounding region remains a positive place in which to be in business.


I wish you great success for the coming year and thank you for your support and participation in the Lakewood Chamber.


Greg Bakamis
2016-17 Chair of the Board of Directors