The Board of Directors of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce announce the retirement of Betty B. Newell, chamber President and CEO, who was hired in 1995 with the priorities of development of both organization and member marketing programs along with the establishment of increased interactions with local and regional government officials.
Throughout her tenure, Newell oversaw the creation of numerous tourism projects leading up to the Chamber’s highly successful Hamburg Visitor’s Guide which features the best of Hamburg to over 25,000 annual visitors. Another exceptionally successful marketing asset is the chamber’s interactive website which promotes the membership; chamber events and benefits, as well as, numerous community events.
In her role as a community leader Newell was a charter member and board president of both Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center and the Town of Hamburg Domestic Violence Advisory Board. For over 15 years Newell facilitated Hamburg Community Forum. Newell also served on the Hamburg Youth Services Consortium, Western New York Chamber Alliance and Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Who Does What? Initiative which studied the delivery of tax paid services throughout Erie County. This study spurned the Chamber’s 2001 Who Does What in Hamburg? Study, which analyzed the delivery of police, recreation and public works services in the town and its incorporated villages.
Most recently Newell initiated the development and branding of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Advocacy and Better Your Business speakers series. In addition to traditional business advocacy programs Newell is responsible for the growth and success of the popular Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Market which has operated in the Village of Hamburg since 1977. The Chamber now operates a farmers’ market on (in season) on Wednesdays in the Ilio DiPaolo parking lot in Blasdell.
When asked about her chamber experience which commenced as a volunteer in 1989, Newell remarked, “I will miss the many wonderful partners, associates and staff who have taught me so much and so generously shared an abundance of resources with the chamber for the good of the community at large.” Recognizing the dramatic changes in the business and governmental arenas, Newell hopes that area business owners and operators continue to support the chamber which is not only a vital resource but is also an exceptional advocate needed for a healthy business climate.
Newell retires to focus on her health and family. The Chamber Board would like to sincerely thank Newell for her tireless years of dedication and hard work to not only the Chamber but also the Hamburg area surrounding business community. The Chamber Board is confident in seamless, continued success and has appointed Cynthia Galley as Interim Executive Director. Cyndi has been Director of Administration of the chamber for two years.
Erin Erickson, has been appointed as Interim Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development and will serve as the Chambers Chief Marketing Officer and continue supporting the membership of the organization with her numerous skills and talents in business development and community leadership.