REBEKAH CARROLL, IOM
Rebekah E.B. Carroll, joined the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce’s team in February of 2008. Unbeknownst to her, during those first cold, snowy Upstate New York days she fell in love with Chamber work and found herself whole-heartedly supporting the mission of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. As she moved from Contract Bookkeeper to Director of Operations & Finance to Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer, she continued to learn the intricacies of Chamber programs, events, and activities. Rebekah is committed to supporting the Chamber members, constituents, partners, and team. In May of 2010, by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, she was named Executive Director of the Chamber and is ready to lead this Chamber forward!
Rebekah’s professional career began at Schuyler Hospital (a rural, big-hearted hospital located in Montour Falls, NY) in the accounting office, where she worked for seven years. In 2005, when Rebekah resigned from the hospital to stay at home with her young children, she was functioning in the capacity of Assistant Director of Human Resources and Junior Accountant. For the next three years, Rebekah was the sole-proprietor of two different businesses – a registered group daycare (REBEKAH’S PLACE DAYCARE) and a consulting business. While wearing her “consultant” hat, she contracted with Corning’s Gaffer District (Corning, NY) as its Interim Director of Operations, performed all billing services for two small medical offices, performed Sales Tax Recovery Projects for local non-for-profit organizations, and prepared small business and personal income tax returns.
Rebekah is proud to say that she has lived in the area since she was eleven. She currently lives in Montour Falls with her husband (Rick) and their children Ruby, Ryanna, Erin, Ali, Alicia, and Adam. Rebekah is actively involved in the community and currently serves on Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED), Finger Lakes Wine Country, League of Women Voters of Schuyler County, and Watkins-Montour Rotary Club boards of directors. She graduated from Chamber Institute in 2015 receiving her degree in Organizational Management, from Leadership Schuyler in 2010 and from Corning Community College in 2009 where she earned her Business Administration (A.A.S.) degree.
Paul Thomas is primarily responsible for helping promote both our many excellent member businesses and organizations, and our entire county, doing his utmost to bring more visitors to our communities.
Paul was raised in nearby Corning, New York, and while he spent several years early in his career living in a variety of states while working for companies like Sunbelt National Mortgage, American Express, Bonanza.com, and others, he has spent the past several years living back in Corning near family, and prior to the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, worked for over 14 years helping lead the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
Having served on the Chamber Board for several years, and collaborating with the Chamber often during his tenure at the Wine Trail, Paul is deeply committed to the Chamber's continued success and growth, and helping contribute to the overall health of the towns and county the Chamber serves.
Liz was raised in Dundee, New York. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management from Paul Smith's College in 2013. In 2014, Liz returned to the area and began working for the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in several positions during her five years there. Liz returned to the area in May, after spending the winter in Florida.
Liz is looking forward to once again being deeply invested in the community, both on a personal level and through her role as Events Manager. She shares, “I am so happy to have been able to return to Watkins Glen and leverage my knowledge of events and Schuyler County from my past positions.”
Katherine was born and raised in Schuyler County. Katherine then moved to Florida where she attended Orlando College and earned a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. After graduating, Katherine moved to Hawaii for five years then back to Florida for ten more years. Katherine is joyful to have finally returned back home with her family, living happily with her rescue dog and cats.
Katherine is looking forward to once again being invested in our community, both on a personal level and through her role in the Visitor Center. She shares, “I am so happy to have been able to return to Schuyler County and apply my education, and professional experiences, to help my home region continue to grow and prosper.”