Scarlette Merfeld has been elected president and Starr Pinkowski treasurer of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. From left are Pinkowski, past treasurer Starr Pelerin, Matthew Courtight, chamber executive director, past president Pam Nolan and Merfeld.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has a new leader and a new mission.
The chamber board has elected Scarlette Merfeld as its 2014 president and adopted a new mission statement.
Merfeld, Times of Ti general manager, has served as a chamber vice president.
“It is my pleasure and my honor to serve the business community of Ticonderoga and the surrounding area by working with the board of directors and staff of TACC,” Merfeld said.
Beth Hill of Fort Ticonderoga is a new vice president. Starr Pinkowski, Glens Falls National Bank branch manager, is the new chamber treasurer. Kristin Thompson, director of clinical operations/chief nursing officer at Inter-Lakes Health, and Susan Barber, business unit manager from International Paper Company, have been elected to the chamber board of directors.
“I’m excited for a very productive and positive 2014,” Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, said. “I am honored to welcome our new board president and treasurer as well as our newest board members. The chamber has an amazing team that is truly dedicated to its members, the business community and the Ticonderoga area as a whole. We have amazing TACC members and partners who truly allow us to all we do through their support.”
Holdovers on the chamber board are vice presidents Susan Rathbun of Rathbun Jewelers, Karen Hennessy of Sugar Hill Manor B&B and Allison Kaupelis of Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites along with directors Joe Hoell of Lake Champlain Inn B&B, Shana Macey of Bridge Point Communication/CPTELCO, Joe Orta of Christopher Chevrolet, Robin McGrath of Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe and Jan Trombley of Wal-Mart.
Pam Nolan of Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union is the past president and Starr Pelerin of Upstate Agency the past treasurer.
“I would like to give my sincere thanks to both Pam Nolan from the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union and Starr Pelerin from the Upstate Agency for their tremendous commitment and guidance that they have provided to the chamber for many years,” Courtright said. “Without them the chamber would not be headed in a positive direction for the future.”
Merfeld said she looks forward to working with Courtright and chamber members.
“Matt Courtright has brought our chamber to a new level of success and I look forward to working closely with him this coming year on building our memberships and outreach to the business community,” she said.
Molly Bechard, visitor and member services representative, joins Courtright on the chamber staff.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce also enters 2014 with new mission and vision statements.
The chamber board held a strategic planning session in 2013 with Bruce Tamlyn from Leadership For Life, LLC. That gathering resulted in a new mission and vision for the chamber, Courtright said.
The new misison statement reads: “To initiate and provide programs, services and leadership which will enhance a cooperative business community and create a vibrant economy; making the Ticonderoga area an exceptional place to live, work and visit.”
The new vision statement reads: “The TACC will be the leading advocate for business, serving as a driving force in the economic vitality of the greater Ticonderoga area; uniting communities and maximizing resources.”
Those statements will guide the chamber, Courtright said.
“Key areas of focus were also outlined,” he said. “Work on the strategic plan with the key areas of focus, as well as short term and long term goals for the chamber will continue. The chamber will be working on numerous events, projects and initiatives throughout 2014.
“The chamber has gone through great change and growth over the last several years,” Courtright said. “We plan to continue to grow and expand our services and programs, offer expanded benefits to our members, as well as our marketing efforts by retaining and increasing membership, maintaining, strengthening and creating new partnerships and continuing to create a committed chamber team with staff, board members, ambassadors and volunteers to serve, market and promote our members and the Ticonderoga area as a whole.”
Assisting the chamber in 2014 will be ambassadors Maria Burke of Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties, Tiana Childs of Adirondack Employment Opportunities Mental Health Association in Essex County, June Curtis of Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, Nicole Gijanto of Super 8 Motel, Meaghan Kroner of Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga, Amy LaVare of Bridge Point Communication, Andrew Rasmus of Libby’s Bakery Cafe, Lena Robetoy of Champlain National Bank, Alexander Shmulsky of Alexander Shmulsky Attorney at Law and Tammy Smith of Inter-Lakes Health and volunteers Lori Ross of Silver Bay YMCA and Ann Morette.
Information on the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is available by calling 585-6619, going online at www.ticonderogany.com, on Facebook and at TiconderogaADK on twitter.