By Emily Jaycox
For the Independent
The Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development voted in its new board of directors at its annual general meeting Feb. 12.
The new president is Dave Goodwin. Serving as the vice president is Justin Tanner.
Goodwin is the owner of Phoenix House Bed and Breakfast and was the vice president for the last two-and-a-half years.
“I think it’s important to support local businesses as much as possible,” said Goodwin.
“I do have some visions and goals for the board of trade.”
Those goals include increasing participation in the board, especially among retailers in the strip mall and other locations, and to encourage people to shop locally and increase local business, says Goodwin.
Goodwin says he was willing to serve in any position needed and was chosen for president unanimously by acclamation.
Tanner is a partner at Gitzel and Company accountants.
Goodwin has worked him on the board for a number of years and says “I think that Justin will do just fine.
“We seem to have the same philosophies when it comes to business.”
“We welcome him into the vice president role,” said executive director Stacey Benjamin in an email.
The board works together to make decisions, says Goodwin.
The remaining board members are Kurt Baker, Brenda Barritt, Matt Dorsett, Kelly Hicks, Ryan McNeil, Brandi Page, Don Parsons, Ritesh Patel, Chris Raab and Rebecca Strause.
The majority of the directors are returning members, with the exception of Patel (Tim Hortons) and Hicks (Stettler Dodge).
Ex‐officio members are Mayor Sean Nolls, Coun. Gord Lawlor, Coun. Scott Pfeiffer and alternate Coun. Wayne Smith.
The Stettler Board of Trade is an organization of business owners and municipal representatives that is committed to fostering economic, civic and social growth in the Stettler region.
All local businesses with a business licence receive a free membership and are encouraged to participate in board activities.