Rios takes chamber’s helm
As the newly elected Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce president, Jorge Rios is looking forward to helping local businesses achieve their goals.
“I’ll mainly be overseeing all of the committees, keeping the financials looking good through the year and acting as an ambassador for the chamber,” Rios said. “We want to reach out to our members.”
A Quincy resident for 15 years, Rios was 16 years old when his family moved here. A graduate of Quincy High School, Rios started working as a teller at Wheatland Bank’s Quincy branch while he was in college. That position turned into a career. Rios is now a service manager and loan processor there.
A chamber member since 2013, the new president aims to retain current members while adding new businesses to the rolls. The chamber strives to be affordable for every size of business and offers its members great benefits, such as listings in the annual Business Phone Directory and Quincy Valley Relocation Guide, promotion in weekly chamber e-mails and listings on the chamber’s new website.
“The business directory is great because it goes to every home,” Rios said. “It’s quick and easy for people to grab.”
When shopping locally, people are greeted by name, which is a different level of customer service, Rios said. He added that money spent in the community stays in Quincy.
The chamber mostly recently unveiled its new website, which is more attractive and user friendly, Rios said. It will be a tool in marketing Quincy businesses to neighboring communities, he added.
Rios said he is looking forward to all of the annual events the chamber puts on. Business After Hours resumes in February. The monthly get-togethers are an opportunity for members to get to know one another and showcase their businesses, Rios said.
One change planned for this year is Women’s Day will be moved from May to July. Rios said they hoped the switch might increase participation.
Rios will play a hands-on role with the George Rock and Ride, mentoring QHS students who will organize the event as their senior projects. Rios worked with Todd Wurl, past chamber president, on the 2014 event.
“It was fun and I’m looking forward to taking on that mentor roll,” he said.
The best part about being involved in the chamber has been getting to know other members, Rios said.
“There is a good feeling you get in a small community,” said Rios, who with his wife Anilu has a young daughter. “We are all here working toward the best for Quincy.”
He added the chamber looks forward to welcoming new businesses to town and, hopefully, to the chamber.
“We are growing year by year,” he said. “It’s a good thing for Quincy and all of the businesses in town.”
— By Rebecca Young, QVPR contributor