Manlius chamber elects new president, directors

The Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce has a new president for 2011. Sole nominee and former president Marc Baum was elected to serve again at the Jan. 12 annual meeting. He is succeeding Barbara Barnell, who held office for two one-year terms.

Additionally, three out of six candidates vying for a three-year term on the Board of Directors were also elected: former town supervisor Mark Tetley, former chamber board member Heather Graham and newcomer Tim Buckles, owner of The Wine House. Other nominees included Beth Engle, assistant manager of the Holiday Inn Express; Dr. Joseph Rosney of TLC Chiropractics and Heidi Tyler, sales manager at Eagle Newspapers.

"As supervisor, I was always a big proponent for development in the village and town of Manlius," Tetley said. "Some say it may have cost me the [re-] election. But I firmly believe the survival of CNY and our community here cannot be based on continued reliance of residential property and sales taxes. We need to get some development going and as a board member on the Chamber, I will work towards that."

Buckles, who has worked for corporations such as Linens n' Things and Toys R Us, said he looks forward to utilizing his corporate expertise and bringing new business initiatives to the local community.

Graham's involvement with the Chamber dates back to the summer of 2005; she was elected as a board member in 2007. Her experience is all encompassing, working events and functions including parades, and trade shows, as well as being a member of committees such as the Chamber's Spring Auction Dinner, which is one of its biggest fundraisers.

Baum addressed the crowd with a can-do attitude, specifically referring to the Chamber's Shop Local project and how it can make a difference.

"The reason you should shop local is because the money stays local, it helps our local community," he said. "There's 12,335 households in Manlius according to the last census. If every household spent $50 during the year at three local businesses, it would add $1.85 million into our local economy.

"I think we have an opportunity," he added. "Especially in this economy, to point out that hey, this helps everyone. I'm excited. I think we have a great year to do it."

Other elections

Cheryl Schotz remains first vice president; Jeannine Masucci replaces Rob Richardson as second vice president; Donna Goyette is secretary and new treasurer Gary Rein replaces Mary Dunaway. All candidates ran unopposed.

For more information on the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce, visit manliuschamber.com.

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