Committees

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Chamber of Commerce. Elected to three-year terms, the directors are nominated by the general membership as well as by the Nominating Committee (a sub-committee of the Board). The Nominating Committee presents its slate at the Annual Meeting. The slate is then voted on by the Chamber membership.

The Nominating Committee presents a slate of officers to the entire board and the board then elects the officers. The officers of the Board of Directors comprise the Executive Committee. Members include: the Chamber President, the Chairman of the Board, the Vice-Chairman of the Board, the Assistant Treasurer, the Secretary, and the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board. The Executive Committee meets monthly prior to the full Board meeting.

Sub-committees of the Board of Directors are established as needed. Sub-committees have included the Strategic Development Committee and the Nominating Committee.

For more information on the Board of Directors, contact JoAnn Ryan, the Chamber President & CEO at 860-482-6586 or e-mail joann@nwctchamberofcommerce.org.

Government Relations Committee


The Government Relations Committee of Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Chamber offices. The Committee works closely with the Chamber’s lobbyist, Marshall Collins, following the activities of the State Legislature.

The Committee develops an annual Legislative Agenda which is furnished to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for their approval and then presented to the State Legislative Delegation from the Northwest Corner. The Agenda reviews those issues that are priorities to the business community of Northwest Connecticut.

The Government Relations Committee also works with the Chamber staff to host the Candidate’s Forum, Legislative Reception and the Connecticut Business Day.

For more information on the Government Relations Committee, contact JoAnn Ryan, Chamber President & CEO at 860-482-6586 or email joann@nwctchamberofcommerce.org.

Membership Committee


Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Committee is a group of dedicated individuals who assist the Chamber staff throughout the year. Under the Membership Committee umbrella, there are three distinct groups: Member Ambassadors, Hospitality and Community Representatives.

Our Member Ambassadors work with the Chamber staff to welcome and acquaint new members to the organization. It is their role to reach out to an assigned member once a month and assure they are informed of upcoming events, are introduced to fellow members at the events and have any questions they may have answered by the staff. In addition, the Ambassadors are in touch with renewing members in order to support member retention.

The Hospitality group is visible at each Business After Hours event assisting with registration, greeting members and manning beverage tables. They also make it a point to welcome the newest members of the Chamber at the networking events. Additionally, the group assists the staff annually with the distribution of the Chamber’s Business and Membership Directory.

Our Community Representatives communicate upcoming happenings and promote Chamber programs and events in their towns. The Community Representatives report, a list of community highlights, is included in the newsletter and online each month.

For more information on the Membership Committee, contact Anita Rosa at 860-482-6586 or e-mail anita@nwctchamberofcommerce.org.

Insurance Committee


The Insurance Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Chamber office to review issues pertaining to those in the industry as well as to support the Northwest Connecticut Benefit Center and the Chamber Insurance Trust. The Benefit Center, established in 2004, allows the Chamber to market the insurance products available to members through the Chamber Insurance Trust. Products include: Group Health Insurance, Group Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance; Section.

The Chairman of the Insurance Committee (currently Tim Pusch of Brooks, Todd & McNeil Insurance) is a monthly contributor to the Chamber’s newsletter. Topics of interest to the entire membership are addressed.

For more information on the Insurance Committee or the Northwest Connecticut Benefit Center, contact the Chamber at 860-482-6586.

Celebration of Success Committee


Nominations for the annual awards are submitted by the general membership. The Celebration of Success Committee is responsible for reviewing those nominations and ultimately determining the honorees for the annual awards. The Committee also plans the evening that honors the awards recipients. Members of the Celebration of Success Committee include past recipients and representatives from the membership at large.

For more information on the Celebration of Success Committee, contact JoAnn Ryan at 860-482-6586 or e-mail joann@nwctchamberofcommerce.org.