Change has become a norm in business, especially in the rapidly shifting and dynamic world we live in today. While some find change to be a difficult hurdle to clear, many thrive in a state of constant change and growth. To me, change is the start of a new beginning. An opportunity to value and carry on traditions while transforming heritage into new opportunities.
It is with mixed emotions that I share some important changes about CREW Detroit. After many years of dedicated service, Norma Beuter, our chapter administrator, has made the incredibly tough decision to retire from CREW and venture into her next journey.
As many of you have witnessed, Norma has been an anchor in our chapter and has been integral in the success of our operations, programs, sponsorship and relationships, both within the organization and with our partner companies. I cannot put into words our gratitude for everything she has done and given to our organization throughout her service. Norma, you will be greatly missed.
But as with many changes, there are often things to look forward to as well. After a lengthy process of recruitment, nomination and interviewing, we are pleased to share that Lynne McCarthy, a long-time CREW Detroit member, has accepted the position of chapter administrator. Lynne is a veteran within the organization and is a past chair of our Programs committee. She has worked to grow the quality of our speakers and content we offer to our membership and the Metro Detroit area, and we think she will do a fine job taking over the reins for Norma.
Lynne joins us most recently from Knoll, where she was the Architecture + Design Manager for Michigan and Ohio, responsible for building relationships and supporting the growth and design of projects in the region. Lynne is also incredibly active in the community, serving as chairperson of the Lapeer County Historical Courthouse Restoration, and is a volunteer with the Lapeer Master Gardner Association. An avid gardener, she holds a Master Gardner certification from the Michigan State University Master Gardner Association, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Lawrence Technological University.
Lynne will be working with Norma over the coming weeks to make the transition goes as smoothly as possible. Her business and marketing acumen will be a huge benefit to CREW Detroit and our Board of Directors as we work to evolve our strategic plan and grow the value of our membership over the coming years. We are so excited to have Lynne on board! Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her in her new role.