Staff

Rebekah Carroll
Rebekah Carroll, IOM
President/CEO

Rebekah E.B. Carroll, joined the Chamber 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 President/CEO 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 with her new husband and their four children. Rebekah is actively involved in the community and serves on Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) and Finger Lakes Wine Country’s boards of directors. Rebekah is a member of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club. 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.

 

 

Mary Beth Hollenbeck
Mary Beth Hollenbeck
Membership Services Manager

Mary Beth Hollenbeck is a dedicated Event Planner with 11+ years of experience in scheduling and managing event reservations, logistics and space management, and creative vision.  She is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, planning, and execution.

Mary Beth grew up in the Finger Lakes region, spending every summer on Keuka Lake.  After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Canisius College in 2006, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she resided for 10+ years.  Working as a freelance Event Planner, she was responsible for creating exciting, memorable and successful events.  Weddings, anniversary parties, non-profit fundraisers are just a few of the notable events for which she was responsible.

In January of 2016, Mary Beth began working for the University Of North Carolina Charlotte Center City as a Meeting and Events Coordinator where she was responsible for scheduling and managing event reservations throughout the 11 floor 143,000 sq. ft building.  These events ranged from small conference room meetings to large 300+ high profile events.

After spending the majority of her adult life in North Carolina, Mary Beth returned to where she has always called home; the Finger Lakes.  While in the Finger Lakes she has worked as an Assistant Wedding and Events Coordinator at Glenora, as well as VP of Experience and Social Engagement at Hollenbeck Film + Experience, and serves on the board of the Seneca Film Festival.  Not only has experience as an Event Coordinator provided a creative outlet, but has also allowed for her to utilize her abilities to sell event space, book clients, and fundraise.  Now as the Membership Services Manager, she brings years of experience, creative vision, and talent to the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce in creating meaningful relationships with members and local businesses in and around the Finger Lakes.

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Paul Thomas
Tourism & Marketing Manager

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. 

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Liz Salamendra
Events Manager

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.”