Staff Spotlight: Billy Connelly, Member Engagement Manager
As our Member Engagement Manager, Billy is responsible for developing plans and managing activities that build and strengthen relationships with our community. He helps new members understand how to get the most from Chamber membership, and he works with members and partners to ensure the Chamber supports their work, understand their challenges, and helps them move forward. He is responsible for CRM, recruiting new members, and for advertising sales. Billy enjoys spending time with his busy family and their dog, reading, writing, hiking, and gardening. He is a Veteran of the Air National Guard.
What three traits define you?
Usually creative, typically interested, and frequently goal-oriented
What is your personal philosophy?
Be kind. Be humble. Be there for others. Be thoughtful. Be distracted. Be you. Remember we are all in this together.
What is one thing you could not live without?
What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Watching wildlife, especially birds
What is your greatest fear?
The climate crisis
Where is your favorite place to be?
What is your favorite thing to do?
Play, laugh, relax, and just be with family
Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?
The Grand Canyon; because it is awesome
What is the weirdest job you have ever had?
Construction laborer on a highway bridge hazardous lead abatement and repainting project
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Astronaut abroad the ISS
How do you define success?
Laugh often and much; win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; earn appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; appreciate beauty, find the best in others; and leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived (Bessie Smith, though often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)
What is the best book you have ever read?
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I ran the Boston Marathon in 4hrs, 29mins