Just a few nights ago, the Chamber offices were once again filled with hundreds of our friends, family, long-time Chamber members, and staff for our annual Holiday Open House. As I walked through the rooms and mingled with guests, I was struck by the love and camaraderie that always seems to permeate these gatherings, but also at how quickly time flies.

Much like a family holiday gathering, this special Chamber event allows us to unwind, see each other outside the hustle and bustle of the workday, and cherish the years worth of memories we’ve created together. I take great pride in the impact our collective efforts have had on this community and the state as a whole.

As we reflect on the many wonderful memories we’ve made here at the Chamber, it’s important that we also celebrate our recent successes, and boy do we have a lot to celebrate. 2017 has been quite an extraordinary year for us.

This year the Salt Lake Chamber celebrated our 130th anniversary; we held our first cybersecurity conference; honored Utah immigrants at our inaugural ‘New Pioneers: American Dream Award Luncheon;’ engaged our board members with the new Blueprint process; took our thought leadership to new heights with our Water Champions and Clean Air Champions programs; created greater connections with our tech community through a new partnership with Silicon Slopes; saw great strides in economic development with our partners EDCUtah, GOED and WTC Utah; and continued building upon our latest signature event with the announcement of Governor Mitt Romney as the 2018 Keynote Speaker for the Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit.

The importance of the Salt Lake Chamber’s work — serving as a trusted thought leader, framing important business issues and producing actionable ideas — would not be possible without you, our great members, our thoughtful legislative leaders, and the support and engagement from Utah’s outstanding business community. It is especially true during this time of reflection that we recognize, once again, that our strength as an organization, as a community and as a state is found in our ability to work together and collaborate.

Thank you for your continued support of the Salt Lake Chamber. To you and yours, I wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.