Brian Scantlebury. Made a life member in 1994.
Brian Scantlebury’s “extraordinary contribution…and valuable and meritorious service to the region “ were officially recognised 10 years ago. Brian was awarded Life Membership following 16 years with the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce. He was an executive member for all of that time and served as President in both the 1980s and 1990s.
During early years he initiated a much applauded “Buy Local” campaign; the campaign was a New Zealand first and preceded national campaigns to generate buyer support for NZ Made. Brian was involved in introducing the Young Enterprise Programme (a NZ-wide initiative to educate senior college students about good business practice) to Tauranga.
In 1984 the Chamber promoted a seminar on tourism development. This sewed the seeds for the establishment of a Kiwifruit Coast Promotion Board, with Brian at the helm as chairman. This was the forerunner of the present council-supported tourism board.
Brian was later involved in the establishment of Mainstreet Tauranga, Innovation Awards, which evolved into the present day Tauranga Business Awards.
In 1986 he was elected to the NZ Chambers of Commerce Board for a two-year term.
Roger Loveridge. Made a life member in 1997.
Tauranga’s Young Enterprise Scheme, trade shows, and business awards all owe plenty to Roger Loveridge’s many hours of voluntary work. Roger joined the Chamber in 1987 when he moved to Tauranga. He spent 11 years on the Executive, including a few stints as Vice President.
He considers the Enterprise Scheme his biggest success story. Roger dedicated 10 years to this scheme, which operated in only two schools when he joined the Chamber but over time swelled to include all Western Bay of Plenty secondary schools. The long and effective contribution Roger made to the development of Young Enterprise has left a successful, lasting legacy.
He was also heavily involved with the Tauranga Business Awards that were run by the Chamber, the Business Development Board, BOP Times and Radio BOP. He spent three years on the awards’ organisation committee, then three years as an award judge, including one year as chief judge.
Also during the 1990s he was instrumental in setting up trade shows where businesses exhibited. These provided a great publicity vehicle for many local businesses. Former Chamber President and long-time member Bruce McCutcheon says Roger has been a very active member who has taken a strong interest in the Chamber.
Ross Harris. Made a life member in 1984.
Ross Harris can lay claim to bringing Tauranga’s Chamber of Commerce back to life and revitalising it. In the space of only 18 months he raised the Chamber from an organisation with 18 members to an enthusiastic squad of 160.
He considers this a principal accomplishment during his six years with the Chamber. Ross was a Chamber member and President between 1976-1982. In that time he set the foundation and pace that motivated future Presidents to drive further forward with the Chamber’s core role and philosophy.
He was the man who moved the initial resolution to construct the Tauranga Harbour Bridge and he actively promoted the establishment of the Waikareo Expressway. He played a significant role in the formation of the then Bay Building Society. Ross was involved with local government politics for 22 years and was the Chamber’s representative within that arena during those years.
“An essential issue I promoted and drove was the introduction of a user pays philosophy into Council. This enabled Council to start running like a business rather than a bureaucracy.”
“Council therefore needed to become accountable and have a business ethic which is what the Chamber is all about.”