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December 27, 2012

Derry and Londonderry's top names for 2012.

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Bruzzese came to town to lead the Chamber in September, taking on the executive role and replacing outgoing director Gina Gulino-Payne, who left to pursue another opportunity.

Bruzzese said she was enjoying her new role in Derry, saying she often walks the Broadway sidewalks, greeting business owners and finding out what their hopes are for the town.

Bill Parnell, president of the Chamber board of directors, said Bruzzese stood out as the top choice for the job.

“Stacy just struck a nerve with everybody,” Parnell said. “She came highly recommended.”

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.

Janet Conroy

She is a woman of many “firsts” and has spent decades supporting her community.

Janet Conroy was named the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year for 2012.

Conroy was the first female elected to Derry’s Board of Selectmen in 1976 and became the group’s first female chairman. She was also the first woman to join the Derry Village Rotary Club, spent 12 years as a state representative and served as a library trustee.

Conroy also has a strong support system in place for the Marion Gerrish Community Center, recently celebrating its 40th anniversary in town.

She always liked to take chances.

“You take the opportunities life hands you and you build on them,” she said. “The road behind me is a lot longer than the road in front of me. The opportunities to serve always came at the right time, or I was in the right place at the right time.”

Conroy was honored by the Chamber for her accomplishments and received her honor at the annual ceremony in November.

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