Amesbury Chamber of Commerce annual meeting
Business leaders and residents attended the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation's 14th annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Amesbury Sports Park. Secretary Gregory Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, delivered the keynote address at the dinner and business meeting.
Accepting her second term as chairwoman of the board of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Anne Bonaventura of The Provident Bank, began by recognizing former executive director Bill Piercey and thanking him for his leadership and many accomplishments over just nine months. She added that a search to find a replacement is under way. She then gave an overview of the chamber's past accomplishments and future goals, acknowledging the organization's challenges and its successes.
Bonaventura highlighted new and continuing initiatives, including developing creative ways to draw shoppers to retail businesses; building on the success of the Fall Business Expo to connect members with each other and residents; and creating industrial and nonprofit committees to share resources and best practices on their unique business challenges.
Board Treasurer Paul Gagliardi presented Bonaventura with the Board Member of the Year Award for her dedication and numerous hours spent on behalf of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce over the past year.
During the business meeting, the following individuals were elected as officers of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation, the Alliance Charitable Foundation, and Amesbury Industrial Foundation for a period of one year: Anne Bonaventura, The Provident Bank, chairwoman; Barbra Vogel, Ovedia Artisan Chocolate, vice chair; Paul Gagliardi, Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, treasurer — Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation/Alliance Charitable Foundation; Rick Bartley, Bartley Machine Company, treasurer — Amesbury Industrial Foundation; and Tom Streep, Edward Jones, clerk/corporate secretary. Serving three-year terms as members of the corporations are: Wayne Barbaro, Amesbury Chair Company; Anne Bonaventura, Barbra Vogel; and Dave Mansfield, The Provident Bank. Serving a two-year term is Paul Gagliardi; and serving a one-year term is Peter Corrigan, Shaheen Bros.