Al Silverstein, who is retiring at the end of this year after 20 years of serving as President and CEO of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and also as Executive Director of the Chesapeake Leadership Foundation is now a Strategic Partner at the Easton based Gladstone Group.
The Gladstone Group is a consulting firm whose team members provide counsel and services exclusively to not – for – profit organizations on strategic planning, strategic thinking “Good to Great” Initiatives: and strategic advice on addressing challenges and opportunities in governance, leadership and management matters.
Silverstein said “This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to use my 38 years as a chamber executive/not for profit executive to help not for profit organizations not only survive but thrive in a VUCA world; a world with extreme volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.”
Silverstein has served on the Talbot County Economic Development Commission, the Talbot County Office of Tourism, Eastern Shore Heritage, as a board member and executive committee member at the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and as a board member at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He has been honored by his peers as a Chamber Executive of the Year. Silverstein also currently serves as a member of the Easton Town Council.
Silverstein is a graduate of Northern State University in Aberdeen SD, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management, the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (the nation’s premier economic development program) and the Shore Leadership Program.
In welcoming Silverstein to the Gladstone Group; David Reel, Gladstone’s Managing Partner; lauded Al’s superb skills in executive leadership, strategic planning, quality improvement, communications, mentoring and financial management that he used in managing, leading and transforming four chambers in four states, in addition to serving as a volunteer leader at numerous other not for profit organizations in those states. Reel also noted Silverstein’s keen understanding of the proper and best roles of professional staff and volunteer leaders based on his serving as in both capacities throughout his career. As is the case with every Gladstone team member, Reel noted Silberstein embraces Gladstone’s guiding principle from Peter F. Drucker’s observation that “not – for – profit organizations need management even more than business. Good intentions are no substitute for organization and leadership, for accountability, performance and results.”