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  • Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce
  • 15311 Three Oaks Rd
  • Three Oaks, MI 49128
  • 269-469-5409

Our Chamber

Executive Director

Viki Gudas

Viki Gudas took over the reigns as Executive Director of the Chamber in January 2011. She brought a wealth of talent and experience to this new position with a varied background in marketing, economic development and non-profit management. As former Executive Director of the Harbor Country Convention & Visitors Bureau, Viki was instrumental in the successful efforts to market Harbor Country as a premier tourist destination. She has also held senior-level marketing positions for companies and non-profits in Chicago, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, and Valparaiso. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from De Paul University and is a certified Business Solutions Professional by the Michigan Works! Association.

A Chicago native, Viki’s first visit to Harbor Country was in 1962. She became a part-time resident in 1983 and relocated full-time in 1995. Viki resides in Union Pier with her husband Ray and their four-legged children Cassie and Crabby.

Robin Quackenbush

Robin Quackenbush

After moving to Harbor Country in the summer of 2011, Robin joined the Chamber in May of 2012 as a volunteer because of her love for the area. She quickly became a part-time Administrative Assistant and took on the role of Office Manager & Bookkeeper in 2015. She is the friendly voice that greets you when you call the Chamber.

Robin grew up in Grand Rapids and has lived in Springfield Illinois, Kansas City and Naperville, IL  where she spent over 20 years as a classroom teacher. She attended Michigan State University for 2 years and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Moving back to Michigan after a 30 year absence, she and her husband reside in Grand Beach with their 20 pound orange tabby Otis. Her son and daughter-in-law live in Chicago and her daughter lives in Iowa. Robin loves being a Michigander again and is thrilled to be a part of the great community of Harbor Country.


 Message from the President

Rich Kochanny

November 9, 2016

These are exciting times in Harbor Country. Our communities are growing, many businesses new and old are seeing great success, and we have more volunteer/non-profit groups than ever working hard to make a difference. All of this progress, while great for the area, brings with it new issues, and raises complex questions, about how the community wishes to see itself, and how to progress forward.

When I look at the challenges that face our communities, my business mind brings be back to one word… leadership. To move forward in any situation, it takes strong leadership.

Here at the Chamber, our board is a cross section of business leaders who have committed their time and talents to something beyond themselves. We continue to take the leadership role on behalf of the business community and along with our talented staff, will continue to work within the community to help grow Harbor Country into the wonderful place we all know and love.

We welcome the challenges that lie ahead, and look forward to working with other community leaders. Together we can shape an exciting future!

Rich Kochanny, President

Email: president@harborcountry.org

Board of Directors

Board of Directors is an elected body of volunteer officers, each serving a 3 year term, with a two term limit. Representing a diversity of business diciplines, they are the acting body of trustees for the membership of the Harbor Country Chamber, collectively represening the eight official towns that make up the Harbor Country region.

2016-17-board

Rich Kochanny, President
Harbor Country Storage
19601 W US Hwy 12
New Buffalo, MI 49117
269-469-7556
Rick Scanlan, Vice-President
Always There Cottage Care
Union Pier, MI 49129
269-612-7358
David Aaker, Secretary
Whole Nine Yards
15412 Red Arrow Hwy
Lakeside, MI 49116
269-612-0290
Becky Gloe, Treasurer
Advantage Accounting
12825 Red Arrow Highway
Sawyer, MI 49125
269-426-3330
Cathi Rogers, Director
Fusion Design
30 N. Barton Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
269-469-8226
Tim Adams, Director
Four Winds Casino
11111 Wilson Road
New Buffalo, MI 49128
269-926-5357
Becky Thomas, Director
Your Property Management
120 E Water St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
269-469-3536
Dick Sauerman, Director
New Buffalo Savings Bank
45 N Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
269-469-2222
Tom Hemingway, Director
ReMax Harbor Country
10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
269-469-0468
Chuck Garasic, Director
Sweethaven Resort
9517 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
269-469-0332
Sandra Thompson, Director
Acorn Theater
107 Generations Dr
Three Oaks, MI 49128
269-756-3879