By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The Greater Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has a new leader.
Stacey Bruzzese was named the Chamber’s executive director, replacing former director Gina Gulino-Payne, who left the job earlier this year.
Bruzzese begins her new job Sept. 1.
“I am extremely excited to be joining this organization,” Bruzzese said. “There are countless economic development projects, growth opportunities for businesses and initiatives within each of the communities which will tie in nicely with new offerings within the Greater Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.”
William Parnell, president of the Chamber’s board of directors, said Bruzzese will serve as a full-time leader, bringing a wealth of experience to the job including more than 15 years of marketing experience and a strong background working with local chambers of commerce.
“We are very happy about it,” Parnell said.
He said the Chamber received about a dozen applicants. The final two came before the board, with Bruzzese coming out on top in the end for the $45,000 a year job.
“Stacy just struck a nerve with everybody,” Parnell said. “She came highly recommended.”
Parnell said Bruzzese also had the necessary qualities that will be a good fit for the Chamber including a strong attention to market trends, problem-solving talents, and creativity when it comes to event planning and program creation, all part of the local Chamber’s plan for the years ahead.
The Chamber currently has approximately 260 members representing Derry, Londonderry, Manchester, Windham, Chester, Auburn, Atkinson and Hampstead.
The organization hosts many economic development forums, special events, and community activities throughout the year, including an annual Citizen and Business of the Year prize and the holiday parade in Derry.