HomeRecap: 2022 SBN Annual Members Meeting

At this year’s Annual Members meeting, SBN introduced its new Executive Director, Devi Ramkissoon, announced new Board leadership, and discussed the road ahead and what it means for local values-driven independent businesses in our region.

On February 3, 2022, local values-driven independent business owners, industry leaders, stakeholders, and the general business community of Greater Philadelphia gathered online for SBN’s Annual Members Meeting.

A yearlong tradition, SBN’s Annual Members Meeting brings together our highly engaged and committed members to celebrate accomplishments over the past year, share plans for the year ahead, weigh-in on governance items such as the election of new Board Members, and connect with members of the triple bottom line business community.

“No one can change the world alone. It has to be a collaborative enterprise. There has to be a lot of experimenting, trial and error, vision, and connection. None of us can reinvent the wheel by ourselves, and nobody can do this alone. SBN is the one organization that really loves to facilitate that.” 

– Stephanie Jackson of Practical Sanctuary

In addition to providing a year-end review of SBN’s work in 2021 and saying goodbye to SBN’s leadership, Chief Operating Officer Allegra Derengowski, Executive Director Anna Shipp, and Board Member and Former Treasurer Heather Hanowitz, this year’s program included heartfelt testimonies from members. Jean Brillman of White Horse Coffee Roasters, Chantelle Todman of Franny Lou’s Porch, and Stephanie Jackson of Practical Sanctuary shared insights from their business and their sustainability practice, as well as their appreciation for and why they find value as an SBN member. 

The evening also celebrated SBN’s next leader, our new Executive Director, Devi Ramkissoon, and congratulated our newest Board members. These leaders exemplify the triple bottom line, and we are grateful that they choose to commit their time and talents to the SBN community. Those who joined SBN’s Board included: 

  • Shandor Szalay of SJS Consulting
  • Rebecca Davies of Remark Glass
  • Tess Hart of Triple Bottom Brewing
  • Mike DeVuono of Arcadis

At the event’s close, guests participated in virtual breakout room sessions to network with other members. SBN thanks all of the community members, Board Members, and staff who made this year’s virtual Annual Meeting possible. 

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