Chamber of Commerce
New Board of Directors Elected

June 1st, 2010
by Jennifer Mathews

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Charles George, Edda Borjas, Mary Monterroso, Clinton Everett, Ana Sovboda gather for a photo on election day. Ana gives an interview to Canal 27.

Charles George, Edda Borjas, Mary Monterroso, Clinton Everett, Ana Sovboda gather for a photo on election day. Ana gives an interview to Canal 27.

On Saturday, May 22, the Chamber of Commerce held its Board of Directors elections at Plaza Mar. Lic. Ana Svoboda received an unexpected win by three votes as the prevailing winner on the docket. “I was out of the country when I was initially approached. I had two weeks to put together a plan,” she said.

Svoboda is no stranger to public service or public relations and is currently operating G&S Industries, S.A., business with her husband. She has been a driving factor in public relations and networking on the Bay Islands, particularly in her new role as PR Director in the newly formed Rotary Club of Roatan. She is a member of G&S Industries S.A.-General Construction Co.; Roatan REALTOR-Island Properties; and Members of the National Association of Realtors; Honduras Chamber of Real Estate-CANABIRH Board of Directors; Bay Islands Chamber of Real Estate-CANABIRH/RRA Board of Directors; Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Member of Bay Islands Chamber of Tourism Board of Directors; Member of The Rotary Club of Roatan Member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish-Roatan; Christmas Concert for the Angels; Roatan Animal Rescue; Member of Roatan Women’s Club; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Newly elected uneven Board of Directors that have been elected are: President: Ana Svoboda; Fiscal: Charles George; Secretario: Edda Borjas; Pro-Secretario: Darnell Bodden; Vocal I: Gustavo Isnardi; Vocal I Alternate: Elmer Rene Flores; Vocal III: Mary Monterroso; Vocal III Alternate: Delzie Jackson-Rosales.

Even appointees remaining until 2011 are:
Vice President: Jack Clinton Everett; Pro Secretario: Darnell Bodden; Pro-Tesorero: Litia Moradel; Fiscal Suplente: Carlos Fernández; Vocal I Suplente: Elmer René Flores; Vocal II Suplente: Mitch Cummins; Vocal III Suplente: Delzie Jackson de Rosales; Vocal IV Suplente: David Bonilla.

Members in the even category are carried through from the previous year and will retain their posts through 2010.

Through conversations with Svoboda, plans for the Chamber include modernizing the Chamber system, bringing it up to date through a website, Facebook, and Twitter. I’m a “tweet,” she said. “It’s the way of the future.”

Svoboda has plans to modernize the way the Chamber works, from networking meeting to online presence. The first collective Board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 27, and will focus on connecting members with the executive director, Albina Solomon.

“We’re in the modern era; things are changing so fast; and we have to let the world know that we’re here,” said Svoboda. “It’s a responsibility we have to our members,” she said.

“I have to do this for the members, as everything is exploding.”

The benefits of membership are to receive training seminars. Svoboda would like to tap into the resources of the varied and individual talents of the Chamber. “Maybe they can offer courses,” she said. She aims to form a Special Events Committee which will meet every two months for networking. [/private]

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