2023 Board of Directors
The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors is the principal governing and policymaking body of the organization. The board's membership is as diverse as our business community, with business leaders serving from a variety of business sectors and with representation throughout the Charlevoix area.
The Board of Directors meet monthly, on the second Thursday, with the exception of July & August. The Executive Committee, consisting of the Chair, Past Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer, may act on behalf of the Board in the interim between meetings.
Members may attend Board meetings as guests upon request and with granted approval; intent to attend must be given to the Chamber President with at least one weeks' notice.
Jennifer Haf, PAST CHAIR - BLOOM Floral Design
Jennifer Haf, Owner of BLOOM Floral Design, joined the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2020.
Growing from her love of sharing her own cut garden flowers from her northern Michigan backyard, she founded BLOOM in 2008. Since then, she has trained at the prestigious Flower School New York and School of Floral Design, Paris, and studied under some of the most celebrated designers.
Jennifer finds joy in offering her services all over northern Michigan, to destination clients, and to the Charlevoix community.
Ryan Deery, CHAIR - Charlevoix Public Library
Ryan Deery is the Director of the Charlevoix Public Library, and joined the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2021.
Ryan is a native of northern Michigan, growing up in Petoskey and graduating from Petoskey High School (with his high-school sweetheart, now wife). Before relocating back to the area, Ryan utilized his Masters in English and Masters in Library Science to serve as the youth librarian at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montepelier, VT, Director of the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library in Suttons Bay, MI, and Allegan District Library in Allegan, MI.
Ryan lives in Petoskey with his wife and two children.
Brett Binkley, VICE CHAIR - North Prime Real Estate
Brett Binkley, owner at North Prime Real Estate, joined the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2022.
Brett moved to northern Michigan in 1993 and started North Prime Real Estate and North Prime Rentals in December 2020. He graduated from Miami University, has been a licensed realtor since 2006, and earned his Broker's License in 2016. Apart from Real Estate, his career experience includes business ownership, marketing for a non-profit trade association, and insurance sales.
Brett has served on the Charlevoix County Housing Committee, coached Youth Baseball and Football and served on the Little League Board, served on church council, and served the Antrim-Charlevoix-Kalkaska Board of Realtors by being Forms Committee Chair, Director, Sec/Treasurer, Vice President, and President over his years in local real estate.
Corey Bascom, TREASURER - Kammermann & Bascom, P.C.
Corey Bascom, principal at Kammermann & Bascom, P.C., joined the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2021.
Corey was born and raised in Charlevoix, graduating from Charlevoix High School and earning a Bachelor's Degree and then MBA from Grand Valley State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and has worked for Kammermann & Bascom (previously Mason & Kammermann) for 17 years.
Corey is a graduate of Leadership Charlevoix County, and has served as the former treasurer of Leadership Charlevoix County and the Rayder Enrichment Foundation. In addition to serving the Chamber, he serves as the current treasurer and member of Rotary Club of Charlevoix, and board member of the Community Food Pantry.
Anora O'Connor, DIRECTOR - The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix
Anora O'Connor, venue manager at The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix, joined the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2020.
Anora came to The Boathouse with years of experience in venue management, after helping in the creation of local attraction and wedding destination Castle Farms. After Castle Farms she worked as the Executive Director of Char-Em United Way, where she gained valuable perspective on the needs of our communities.
In addition to involvement with the Chamber, Anora has stayed connected with United Way, volunteers on leadership of Thrive 45 Young Professionals, and enjoys giving time to her true passion, photography.
Kelly Romano, DIRECTOR - Grey Gables Inn Restaurant & Catering
Bio coming soon!
Abbie Hart, DIRECTOR - 4Front Credit Union
Abbie Hart is the Regional Branch Manager for 4Front Credit Union, and joined the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2022.
Abbie is native to the area, growing up on Beaver Island and moving over to Charlevoix in 2007. She worked as the Athletic Trainer for Charlevoix High School (Go Rayders!) before joining the team at 4Front Credit Union. Starting as a member services representative, then lender, then branch manager, she now oversees 8 of the 15 4Front locations.
Abbie also serves on the Rotary Club of Charlevoix Board, the Charlevoix Township Planning Commission, and the 4Front Foundation Committee; she recently completed over 6 years on the board of Leadership Charlevoix County.
Cody Crain, DIRECTOR - Charlevoix Insurance Agency
Bio coming soon!
Matthew Kavanaugh, DIRECTOR - Huntington National Bank
Bio coming soon!
Seth Arnold, DIRECTOR - Michigan Scientific Corporation
Bio coming soon!
APPOINTED DIRECTORS - SERVING 1 YEAR, 2022
Jeff Anderson - Chicago Summer Resort Co.
Kent Knorr - City of Charlevoix Recreation Department