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Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce welcomes new and returning board members

Members of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors posed for a picture at the chamber's annual Christmas dinner this past December. Included are new members Tom Grant, second from left, and Rita Trenti, far right. Also pictured, from left: Sue Dove, Susan Greenfield-Murphy, Sandi Mulconry, Alain Castel, Anne Bishop, Pam Schoener, Sarah Wiles, Joe Panzarella, Elaine Slater Kogler, Rita Drake and Tracie Barnes.

Members of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors posed for a picture at the chamber's annual Christmas dinner this past December. Included are new members Tom Grant, second from left, and Rita Trenti, far right. Also pictured, from left: Sue Dove, Susan Greenfield-Murphy, Sandi Mulconry, Alain Castel, Anne Bishop, Pam Schoener, Sarah Wiles, Joe Panzarella, Elaine Slater Kogler, Rita Drake and Tracie Barnes.

— The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed two new members and two re-elected members to its board of directors at the first board meeting of the year on Jan. 18.

Thomas J. Grant, of Welch Allyn, and Rita Trenti, of the Inn at the Finger Lakes, have joined the board for three-year terms, succeeding departing members Rita Drake, of the Whispering Winds Motel, and Mary Jane Fogerty, of The UPS Store.

Sandi Mulconry of Group M Communications and Elaine Slater-Kogler have been re-elected to the board of directors, each for a second three-year term.

Thomas Grant returns to the Chamber board of directors as vice president after a three-year leave of absence, during which time his job as director of marketing operations with Welch Allyn took him to Geneva, Switzerland. He previously served for one year on the board.

“I feel great about coming back home, and am very excited to see that the village of Skaneateles is still the same as when we left basically — some things are good when they don’t change,” Grant said. “I have only one meeting under my belt so far, so I’ll be in learning mode for the first few months, of course. Since I left, the board has accomplished a lot.”

Grant, who has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, will co-chair the board’s marketing committee, which he said he hopes to leverage to help the Chamber continue to market itself and its member businesses effectively.

“The board has a great group of individuals that are passionate about Skaneateles and are always looking to constantly improve. It’s a good situation,” he said.

Rita Trenti, marketing director of Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn, will be representing the lodging industry as well as Auburn businesses. She will co-chair the board’s Membership Council.

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