TICONDEROGA - A native son has been named to head the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. Joe Conway is the chamber's new executive director. He replaced Deb Malaney, who resigned in January after seven years on the job. "I look forward to getting out and meeting all the chamber members," Conway said. "I want to learn all about the people and businesses in Ticonderoga and find out what I can do to help them." Conway, who started March 20, is a 1999 Ticonderoga High School graduate and a 2003 graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Since graduation he has worked for a real estate investment firm in the Washington area and for an information technology company in New Jersey. "On behalf of the chamber board, I'm thrilled to welcome Joe to our chamber team," said Pamela Nolan, chamber president. "From computer IT to sales, he possesses a diverse skill set and, as an area native, he has an inherent understanding of the communities that TACC serves. I know that he will bring a great deal of experience and positive energy to this leadership role." Conway said he had been looking for an opportunity closer to home when he heard about the Ti chamber position. "I was looking for something interesting and challenging that would allow me to stay in the area," Conway said. "There's no better place to be than Ticonderoga." Conway is looking forward to "learning the ropes" at the Ti chamber. "I have a lot to learn, but I'm hopeful I can help foster economic development in the community," he said. Conway said he hopes the local business community can build on its summer tourism trade to create a more stable, year-round economy. "Ticonderoga is a very popular summer destination," he said. "I want to show people it can be just as nice in the colder months." All the pieces are in place for continued success at the Ti chamber, Conway noted. "We have a fantastic board and Bonnie (White, chamber marketing coordinator) is a real strength," he said. "The businesses all interact well and have an interest in the overall welfare of the community. I feel very fortunate to be here." The Ti Area Chamber currently serves more than 150 members from Ticonderoga, Hague, Crown Point, Lake George, Port Henry, Whitehall and Shoreham, Vt.