MAHOPAC, N.Y. - There is a new chair at the Chamber of Commerce.

The Board of Directors of The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously last week to appoint Faith Ann Butcher, the production manager of Halston Media (the parent company of Mahopac News), to the helm. 

Butcher, who has been on the board of directors since 2011, was the treasurer for the past year.  She succeeds Vincent D’Ambroso of Hudson Valley Federal Credit, who was chairman for the past three years. D’Ambroso will remain on the executive board as treasurer. 

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“I am honored to have the confidence of my colleagues,” said Butcher. “I am passionate about the Mahopac-Carmel community, supporting our existing businesses and developing opportunities for the future.”

The 2016-17 theme for the Chamber is supporting the business community through promotion, education and advocacy.

“We (the board members) are committed to helping our members because each of us know how difficult it is to run a business,” said Butcher. “We want to provide resources and opportunities to our members.” 

The Chamber is in the process of scheduling new networking opportunities, such as a speed networking breakfast in September at Frankie’s Waffles and Burgers, according to Butcher. 

“I am working with the Chamber’s CEO Erin Meagher and administrative assistant Samantha Apicella to promote and highlight the achievements of the members on the Chamber’s website, e-newsletter, and social media profiles.” 

The Chamber will also team up with other organizations to offer structured educational sessions, as well as informal access to resources for its members on issues that affect the business community and topics that will help run a business more effectively and efficiently.  

“In addition, I would like to start a mentoring program in the fall that would have some of our seasoned members team up with some of our young professionals,” Butcher said. 

Last year the Chamber started the Legislative Advocacy Board.  The board focuses on the issues and projects that are being addressed by the local and county governments. This year, according to Butcher, the board will continue to address the needs of the business community and work with the town on issues such as beautification, zombie properties, and the revaluation process. 

“The Chamber is fortunate to have over 400 members choose to be part of this organization,” said Butcher. “It is not something that I take for granted.  It is my goal, as chairwoman, to have more members engaged with the chamber. I don’t want you to just be a part of the chamber, I want you to participate in chamber activities and have your voice be held.  Come to a meeting, volunteer on a committee and be part of the process.”

Butcher is an award-winning journalist, who has been honored as part of the 2013 Class of the Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Stars 40 under Forty, as well as the inaugural class of the Putnam Chambers of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 Trailblazers.
Butcher is also a Rotarian through the Lake Mahopac Rotary Club and a member of the Professional Women of Putnam. She is married to David; the mother of Josephine, Noah and Gregory, and stepmother to Elizabeth and Connor.

Joining Butcher and D’Ambroso on the executive board is Amy Sayegh of Community Cares as vice chairwoman, and James Pfiefer of M&T Bank and Pozzitiv Productions as secretary. The term of each position is one year.