MYSTIC — Four new members have joined the board of directors of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. They are Matt Beaudoin, owner of Mystic Knotwork; Moira Deasy, executive director of Train Worldwide; David Labbe, owner of Bridge Marketing; and Angela McGuirk, branch manager of Navy Federal Credit Union in Groton. They were elected at the board’s Dec. 28 meeting and will serve three-year terms.
Four other directors were elected to the board’s executive committee: Al Valente of JetPay, chairman; Ashley Polo of Foxwoods Resort Casino, vice chairman; Rex Buettgenbach of Thames Valley Communications, second vice chairman; Bill Smith of Always Home and the Rotary Club of Mystic, treasurer, and Terri Almond, of Distinctive Hospitality Group (Hilton Mystic), secretary.
“We are grateful to these local leaders for their ideas and energy,” said Peggy Roberts, chamber president. “We have much to do in 2018 and we will need their help. In 2017, we opened the new Welcome Center for area visitors, celebrated 60 years of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival and introduced our new Youth Workforce Development Program. This year, we will continue our work in tourism but will focus anew on small business support as well.”
Others on the board are Bob Briere, The Day; Mary-Jane McLaughlin, Yale-New Haven Lawrence + Memorial; Paul Lapides, People’s United Bank; Mary Hartmann, Mystic Shipyard; Rita Rivera, Love and Pop Designs; Dan McFadden, Mystic Seaport; Penni Harlow, Chelsea Groton Bank; Ainslie Seeber, Mystic Aquarium; Chris Regan, Olde Mistick Village; Tom Vignato, Fields of Fire; and Stephen Clemente, the outgoing chairman, Extra Virgin Oil Store/Sticky Situations.
Paige Bronk, manager of econonomic and community development with the Town of Groton, and Jason Vincent, Stonington director of planning, are as ex-officio board members.