The passion that the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Guy Occhiogrosso, has for his community and local business is evident simply in the way he approaches every conversation.

Guy Occhiogrosso shakes hands with Peter Cutbill of Skagit Bank at the 2016 Annual Awards Dinner. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography.
Guy Occhiogrosso shakes hands with Peter Cutbill of Skagit Bank at the 2016 Annual Awards Dinner. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography.

As an advocate for business and community, Guy appreciates the ability chambers have to truly interact with government, local business and the community. He enjoys creating partnerships and engaging all of these groups.

Family is what brought Guy to Whatcom County, but what he learned while he was living in Louisiana is what ultimately set the stage for a desire to work in the chamber of commerce world.

As an employee of a small business when he was in college and right after graduating, Guy got a behind-the-scenes look at the running of a small business from operations to sales and marketing to development.

Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce President Guy Occhiogrosso taking a selfie with the 2016 Leadership Whatcom participants. Photo courtesy: Bellingham/ Whatcom Chamber of Commerce.
Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce President Guy Occhiogrosso taking a selfie with the 2016 Leadership Whatcom participants. Photo courtesy: Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce.

When he first started with the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, he enjoyed learning about the Chamber, the community and its growth development. And, of course, it’s the people that make the community, making each day different.

It’s these connections and partnerships that keep Guy at the forefront of knowing what’s happening and what issues are impacting the community, allowing him to find opportunities to share this knowledge, getting others involved and making a difference.

Getting behind key community issues such as housing and jobs is what drives Guy in working with community leaders and businesses on finding solutions to set the stage for growth and quality of life in our community.

Guy Occhiogrosso serves as the emcee of the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography.
Guy Occhiogrosso serves as the emcee of the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography.

Those issues are what we all love about being a part of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce because we have the chance to turn challenges into opportunities.

“No other community has what we have,” Guy says of Bellingham. “We have the opportunity and the privilege to define success and prosperity for our community now and into the foreseeable future.”

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