PUTNAM POSTING: Women Take Lead at Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Maher | June 2016

Jennifer-Maher_squarePutnam County’s largest local chamber of commerce became a showcase for the talents of strong female leadership this month as Faith Ann Butcher of Mahopac News-Halston Media, and Amy Sayegh of Putnam Community Cares, became Chairwoman and Vice Chairwoman, joining CEO & Executive Director Erin Meagher in key leadership roles. This marks the first time the chamber has seen so many women in these capacities.

Butcher has been an active member and board member of the organization for several years and her volunteerism in the community has made a major difference in not only promoting business, but also in cementing community spirit. “I think running a business-minded organization or being passionate about the issue of economic development is no longer taboo for a woman, thanks to women like Dr. Marsha Gordon, Meghan Taylor and Jennifer Maher. It is no longer the all-boys club. The fact that The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce has women in its CEO, chair and vice chair positions shows that what matters to the membership is that you are solution-oriented, driven and ready to roll up your sleeves and work.”

Likewise, Sayegh, whose very business embodies the sense of caring for the needy in our community, brings years of experience as both a local entrepreneur and a participating chamber member to her leadership role.

Meagher is pleased with the makeup of the entire board, male and female, as well as the election of her two chief bosses. “I’m proud to work with the great women in leadership of the Greater Mahopac Carmel Chamber of Commerce. For over 65 years, the Chamber has been the leader as a business advocacy group in Putnam County and I look forward to working with our local leaders to ensure Putnam County, and especially the Greater Mahopac Carmel area, is open for business for years to come.”

Women have been ascending to many key leadership roles in area chambers of commerce in recent years. Joyce Minard led the New Paltz Regional Chamber until her 2012 retirement, while Dr. Gordon continues to excel at the helm of the Business Council of Westchester.  Rose Aglieco serves as executive director over in Brewster, Lynn Cione took over the Orange County Chamber when longtime President Dr. John D’Ambrosio retired, and Kathy Prizzia is the executive director in New Paltz.

The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce continues to be an effective community business organization—now is the time to get involved and help shape our economic future!

Jennifer Maher
Jennifer Maher is chairwoman, the Putnam County Business Council and currently serves as the president of the Putnam/Westchester Chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors. She is also the Chief Operating Officer, Managing Broker and Partner of J. Philip Real Estate.