The Board of Directors of the European American Chamber of Commerce met from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the offices of Gilman Partners. Julie George of Gilman Partners welcomed the group after Board President Yannick Schilly called the meeting to order and a quick round of introductions. The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the April Board meeting, and then the board unanimously appointed Chris Flaig of MCM CPAs as our new Board Treasurer filling the unexpired term (through December 2020) of former Treasurer Patrick Rathbun who has moved back to Chicago.
Board President noted the departure of a few Board members (including Patrick Rathbun of RSM, Chris Knueven of Miller-Valentine Group, and Robert Mancini from Fifth Third Bank), and pointed out that we are working with each of these companies to determine replacement board representatives.
The Board reviewed financial statements for the second quarter as well as quantitative and narrative “dahsboards” tracking EACC performance through the first half of the year. There were no new developments to report on the “European Investment Map” project, and efforts to secure funding and address other issues are ongoing.
The Board also received updates on the status of the French American Business Alliance and progress in exploring a possible “Italian Committee” within the EACC.
The Final Agenda item was a further follow-up to implementing the Voice of the Customer study completed last year. Executive Director Schwartz laid out a timeline for a review of EACC programs, services, membership levels and benefits; and Board President Schilly put this into the larger context of building out and more deeply integrating the EACC network for the benefit of our members here in Cincinnati and across Europe and the United States.
A complete set of the meeting minutes will be available for review by EACC members once they have been approved at the October 2019 Board meeting.