Noticias — May 28, 2002
Meet your JCI Officers?JCI Vice President Matt Hutcheon
Let's meet JCI Vice President Matt Hutcheon, assigned to Area D. Pictured at the European Development Council (EDC) meeting in Moscow, he is wearing his "trademark" Viking helmet. Matt Hutcheon was born on April 28, 1972, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree, and owns and operates a bookkeeping and income tax consulting business. He resides in Kingston, Ontario. Hutcheon was inspired to join Junior Chamber by a mentor who attributed his success to Junior Chamber. A community leader who owned two thriving businesses, this mentor told Hutcheon that his prosperity was due to his active membership in Junior Chamber, an organization where he had learned countless lessons and made many contacts.
Hutcheon joined Junior Chamber in 1994, and participated in various local and national activities, serving as president of his chapter in 1997, as regional president in 1998, and as national president in 2000. At the international level, he has served as Treasurer of the American Development Council (ADC), Chairman of the JCI Business Academy, and Executive Assistant to the JCI President for Area C (The Americas) in 2001. He has attended two JCI Area Conferences and three JCI World Congresses. He is a PRIME Graduate and a JCI Senator (No. 60917). During 2002, he is serving as JCI Vice President assigned to the national organization members (NOMs) of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. Hutcheon indicated that the organization has contributed to his business and personal success. ?I have no doubt that had I not been a member of Junior Chamber, I would not be in business for myself?, he said. ?Junior Chamber is where I learned the ?soft? skills of confidence, networking and leadership I have applied in my business life. Above all, Junior Chamber has provided me with experiences I could get no other way, and lifelong friendships that span my community, my country, and indeed the globe.? When referring to his goals in Junior Chamber, Hutcheon pointed out that, initially, they were to build his skills and make business contacts. However, once he had achieved those goals, he wanted to ?continue to maximize the benefit I get from membership as an individual and to try to repay what I have received by serving the organization any way I can.? He would like to share with others the ?incredible opportunities and experiences? he has enjoyed. His advice for members aspiring to become JCI officers is ?Take advantage of every opportunity this organization provides you by being active and involved.? He feels the organization will help members succeed as long as they are involved locally, nationally or internationally.