MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Putnam 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 and executive director Erin Meagher in key leadership roles.
This marks the first time the chamber has seen so many women in these capacities.
"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,” said Butcher. “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."
Sayegh, whose business embodies the sense of caring for the needy in the 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," said Meagher.
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 2012, Marsha Gordon continues to excel in the Business Council of Westchester, Rose Aglieco serves as executive director in Brewster, Lynn Cione took over the Orange County Chamber and Kathy Prizzia is the executive director in New Paltz.
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