Chamber Committees

Committees for Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Bylaws: Article VI (Committees) – The Chairperson of the Board, by and with the approval of the Board of Directors, shall appoint all committees and committee Chairmen for the following standing committees; Finance/Audit, Economic Development, Tourism, and Ambassadors.  The Chairperson of the Board may appoint such ad hoc committees and their chairmen as deemed necessary to carry out the program of the Chamber.  Committee appointments shall be at the will and pleasure of the Chairperson of the Board and shall serve concurrent with the term of the appointing Chairperson of the Board, unless a different term is approved by the Board of Directors. It shall be the function of committees to make investigations, conduct studies and hearings, make recommendations to the Board of Directors, and to carry on such activities as may be delegated to them by the Board.

The standing committees for the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce are:

Membership Committee

An Ambassador for the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer who is focused on promoting Chamber membership, programs, benefits and services.  He/she will also provide assistance with the preparation and implementation of special events hosted by the Chamber.  Tasks are assigned as needed by the Chamber staff. Committee Members are:

Lisa Fitzgerald(Chair)
ITT Goulds Pumps 

Emily Hilimire (Chair)
The Lyons National Bank

Mackenzie Green (Staff Lead)
Seneca County Chamber

Deb Robinson
Seneca County Chamber

Jeff Shipley
Seneca County Chamber

Brittney Tennies
Hillside Family of Agencies

Cyndi Park-Sheils
Waterloo Library &  Historical Society

Diane Janes
Community Bank N.A.

Gail Warrick
Generations Bank

Maggie Heinen
Generations Bank 

Mary McDonald
Seneca Housing

Montana McDonald
Finger Lakes Radio Group

Tyema Harris
Hampton Inn Seneca Falls

 

Public Policy & Advocacy

A committee person  for the Chamber’s Economic Development work-group is a volunteer who takes an active role in advocating business-friendly policies and programs for the benefit of Chamber membership and the community’s overall business climate.  He/she will help advance program recommendations and priority legislation to the full board for discussion. Committee members will also  provide assistance with the promotion and awareness of Chamber programs that help spur economic development and business-friendly initiatives. Tasks are assigned as needed by the Chamber staff. Committee Members are:

Mark Benjamin (Chairman)
Seneca Meadows

Jeff Shipley (Staff Lead)
Seneca County Chamber

Debbie Robinson (Chamber)
Seneca County Chamber

Audie Gillon
Holiday Inn Waterloo/Seneca Falls

Ann Heizmann
Seneca County Farm Bureau

Ave Bauder
Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Bob Aronson
Seneca County IDA

Derek Simmonds
Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Jane Shaffer
Sessler Wrecking 

Jeff Kostick
Cayuga Lake Creamery 

Joe McNemara
Seneca Falls Central School

Ken McConnell
Barristers Bed & Breakfast 

Kathy Russo
Cayuga Country Cottage

Kyle Black
Seneca Meadows

Rhonda Jasper
United Way of Seneca County

Tom Murray
Muranda Cheese Company

 

Finance

Members of the Seneca County Chamber Finance Committee are volunteers who provide oversight of the Chamber’s financial management, advance policies and recommendations to the full board for consideration and establish financial goals and objectives consistent with the Chamber’s overall mission. Finance committee representatives are typically comprised of Chamber board members and leadership — the Chairman of the Board retains the right to appoint at-will members for specific tasks such as the audit committee. Committee Members are:

Gene Pierce (Chairman)
Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant 

Jeff Shipley (Staff Lead)
Seneca County Chamber

Justin Hausner
Fuzzy Guppies

Emily Hilimire
Lyons National Bank

Mark Benjamin
Seneca Meadows

Tourism

Tourism Committee representatives are volunteers that help the Chamber promote tourism assets and events, consistent with the Chamber’s mission to be a leading agent of change and spur development in the greater Seneca County community. Volunteers are engaged in helping raise awareness of the people and places of the Central Finger Lakes region — responsible for making tourism among the region’s leading industries. Committee representatives are tasked with helping identify and advance priority tourism initiatives to the Board of Directors. Tasks are assigned as needed by the Chamber staff. Committee Members are:

Ken McConnell (Chairman)
Barrister’s Bed & Breakfast

Richard Newman (Staff Lead)
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Shipley
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

Deb Robinson
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

Mackenzie Green
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

Audie Gillon
Holiday Inn Waterloo/Seneca Falls

Cassandra Harrington
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Chris Lajewski
Montezuma Audubon Center

Dawn Lamitie
Finger Lakes Times Newspaper

Dennis Money
Seneca White Deer

Jeff Kostick
Cayuga Lake Creamery

Jessica Griffin
Fairfield Inn & Suites

Kathy Chase
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Kay Irland
Seneca Falls Historical Society

Montana McDonald
Finger Lakes Radio Group

Sandy Ferrara
Generations Bank

Siearah O’Brien
Hampton Inn Seneca Falls