New year brings new leadership to Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce board
AMHERST — A Hampshire College official who has been a longtime booster for the area business community is the new president of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.
Lawrence M. Archey, director of facilities and economic development at Hampshire College, was elected unanimously to the position by the chamber board at its Dec. 19 meeting.
Chamber Executive Director Tony Maroulis said Archey’s selection means stability and experience for the chamber and demonstrates a continued commitment from Amherst’s institutions of higher learning.
“He brings a keen business mind and a strong institutional presence to the position,” Maroulis said.
Archey said he is excited to assume the same position he held once previously, in 2003 and 2004.
“I very much appreciate the very good work our local businesses do,” Archey said.
Objectives include continuing to expand regional connections for businesses, promoting restaurants and shops in partnership with the Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) and offering brown bag educational programs for businesses.
Archey replaces Kathryn Grandonico of Lincoln Real Estate, who remains on the chamber board’s executive committee as its immediate past president.
Other directors elected to executive positions are Lyne Kendall of the University of Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, as vice president; Mark Ellsworth of the Center for Extended Care, as treasurer; Nancy Buffone of UMass University Relations, as secretary; and James Brassord, of Amherst College, as an at-large representative.
Maroulis said he is pleased that two of the four new board members, elected to three-year terms, are from Hadley-based businesses. They are Chris Blauvelt, the chief operating and chief financial officer at Innovara, and John Kokoski, owner of Mapleline Farm.
Kokoski brings a perspective of the farming community and its role in the local economy, Maroulis said.
The other two new board members are Julie Marcus, director of marketing at New England Environmental, and Youssef Fadel, a representative of New England Promotional Marketing.
“We look for a good mix and good number of voices who can represent the larger chamber membership” Maroulis said.
Other remaining directors are Meghan Gregoire of PeoplesBank, Jerry Guidera of the Center for Cross Cultural Study, Felicity Hardee of Bulkley Richardson, Aaron Jolly of The Pub restaurant, Molly Keegan of Davis Financial Group LLC, Niels la Cour of UMass Facilities, David Perlmutter of UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Reza Rahmani of Moti and Lit restaurants, Barry Roberts of EV Realty Trust, and Meredith Schmidt of the UMass Campus Center.