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Business & Education Committee

The vision of the Business & Education Committee is to support current and future business people through: 1. Networking and business-related educational opportunities; 2. Providing organized forums to discuss business issues and, as appropriate, assist in developing ideas for resolving those issues; 3. Exposing young adults to life skills intended to enhance their chances for success in the work environment; and 4. Providing young adults the opportunity to meet and socialize with area business people.

Meeting Time: 3rd Friday of the Month at 9:00am

Members of the Committee:
Chairperson: Chris Karam, Fagan Engineers
Deb Harrington, GST Boces
Chris Karam, Fagan Engineers
Father Michael Hartney, Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity
Kaz Popovich, Watkins Glen School
Kellie Christopher, CSS Workforce New York
Joann Kowalski, Elmira College-Continuing Education & Graduate Studies

Support Staff: Events & Visitor Center Manager

Donald Brubaker Annual Golf Tournament

This event takes more than just players, it needs planners too! If you have event planning experience, golf tournament experience, or just a passion to help - this committee is for you!

Meeting Time: TBD

Members of the Committee:
Chairperson: Steven Klemann, Recommunity
Brett Brubaker, Seneca Lodge
Chuck Franzese, Hunt Engineers
Kate Fuller, Grist Iron Brewing
Support Staff: Events & Visitor Center Manager and Visitor Center & Resource Coordinator

Executive Committee

Chairperson: Christopher Karam, Fagan Engineers
First Vice Chair: Anne Welliver-Hartsing, Schuyler Hospital
Treasurer: Jeffrey Dill, J.R. Dill Winery
Secretary: Peter Honsberger, Great Escape and Everything Ice Cream
Immediate Past Chairman: Carolyn Guyer, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Support Staff: President/CEO

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Jeffrey Dill, J.R. Dill Winery

Carolyn Guyer, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

Christopher Karam, Fagan Engineers
Peter Honsberger, Great Escape and Everything Ice Cream
Thomas Merrill, Professional Land Surveyor
Anne Welliver-Hartsing, Welliver

Support Staff: President

Membership Committee

The purpose of the Membership Committee is to promote the Chamber to potential investors and encourage continued participation from present members. Activities include continual membership recruitment and an open ear to concerns and wishes of Chamber membership.

Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the Month at 8:30am

Members of the Committee:
Chairperson: Bonnie Scott, Joyful Adornments
Caryl Sutterby, Watkins Glen Promotions
Frank Zgola, All-Mode Communications
Bill Sitzman, Patron
Debbie MacDonald, Catholic Charities Schuyler County
Kathy Quinn, New Perspectives Coaching Studios
Dena Carrigan, Chemung Canal Trust Company
Michel Ray, Visions Federal Credit Union

Staff Support: President and Membership Services Manager

Small Business Think Tank

The Small Biz Think Tank was created in 2013 as an open forum to allow our business community to discuss new ideas, address concerns, ask questions, or seek advice in an informal setting over lunch.

The dates for Small Biz Think Tank are below. Think Tanks are held in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room from 12-2pm:

April 4, 2016

June 6, 2016

October 3, 2016

December 5, 2016

Tourism Committee

Mission Statement: To promote, develop, and coordinate year-round tourism/visitation to the Watkins Glen area, and create awareness and understanding of tourism's effect on, and enhancement of the local economy and resident's quality of life. Are you a tourism business that is looking for an opportunity to work with other tourism businesses to increase the number of visitors in the county and spark interest in the area? 

Meeting Time: TBD

Members of the Committee:
Angie Franzese, The Villager Motel
Carmella Hoffman, Sunset View Creamery
Christine Peacock, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Ronald Roney, Watkins Glen State Park
Bill Sitzman, Chamber Patron
David Hertel, The Blackberry Inn Bed & Breakfast
Rose Ann Simpkins, Cool Lea Campgrounds
Jennifer Swain, Finger Lakes Wine Country Rentals
Erica Miller, Tioga Downs Casino
Chelsea Guererri, Fulkerson Winery
Support Staff: Tourism & Marketing Manager

Winter Gala Planning Committee

Help us plan The Annual Celebration - our biggest event and best party of the year! 

Meeting Time: TBD
Members of the Committee:
Krista Matia, Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Lorraine Hollenback, New Image Hair Network
Michel Ray, Visions Federal Credit Union
Carolyn Guyer, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Anne Klingensmith, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Linda ConferElmira Savings Bank

Support Staff: All Staff