‘The World Is Our Market’ – Palmieri to chair Chamber of Commerce
Speaking at the “ABC’s of Business in Alexandria” event on January 26, 2012, Partner Andrew F. Palmieri, incoming Chair of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, spoke about his vision for the Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m very excited about my new role,” said Andrew, who previously served as the chair of the Chamber’s government relations committee. “My goal is to continue to grow the Chamber as an advocacy force in the city and the region.
“I’d like to see the Chamber grow through a combination of membership numbers as well as demographics. The world is our market here. The world does business here and while the small businesses are the backbone of our economy, it’s the larger businesses that can support us economically so that we have the resources to help the small brick and mortar shops.”
Andrew stressed that the Chamber is not a political organization. “We are definitely a non-partisan organization. We don’t get involved in politics, we get involved in issues and sometimes those issues, like the waterfront, are hard decisions to make.”
Andrew will officially become Chairman on February 11, 2012 at the traditional Chairman’s Gala at the Westin Hotel