Miranda Polmanteer to lead Geneva Chamber

The Board of Directors of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce and its President, John T. Hicks, are pleased to announce the hiring of Miranda Polmanteer as its next Executive Director/Vice President.Polmanteer, a Finger Lakes native, will be transitioning from the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce in Seneca Falls, where she has served as Director of Communications and Tourism Promotion. Originally hired in 2011 to develop the chamber’s membership and community relations outreach she was later appointed to oversee Communications and Tourism activities for Seneca County’s local, regional and state-wide advocacy efforts. Polmanteer’s professional experience within the Chamber of Commerce realm has also included the role as Director of Marketing and Tourism for the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce where she managed Schuyler County’s exposure efforts from 2008-2011.  In both organizations Polmanteer was responsible for restructuring and implementing programs and projects while focusing on quality assurance during times of transition.In the past decade prior to Chamber of Commerce work, Polmanteer has also held positions that ranged from not-for-profit organizations managing fundraising and development, to business and banking with regional financial institutions. A graduate of SUNY Oswego she received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and holds a minor in Economics.  Polmanteer will officially come on board with the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce team in early January.  Currently consisting of a collaboration between the Chamber and City’s Downtown Business Improvement District (Geneva BID), the two organizations, located in neighboring suites at One Franklin Square, will continue to operate under a shared services arrangement that began in early 2014, and allows for better utilization of the strengths and talents that each provides.  In 2015, Polmanteer will lead the Chamber of Commerce while working alongside John Hicks, President of the Chamber and Executive Director of the BID.  This partnership will primarily represent a team of four full time staff, also consisting of BID Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator, Amanda Airth, and Chamber Executive Assistant, Abigail Wandell.  Dee Isaacs, former Executive Director for the Chamber will also remain actively involved in between family commitments and personal obligations, which had recently required her to step down from her full time role with the organization. “Polmanteer’s appointment was met with high praise,” said Hicks.  “A well-known and respected professional throughout the region, she comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the industry.  That experience combined with her local, regional and state connections will allow her to step into this role nearly seamlessly to continue towards building better relationships and program opportunities for the Chamber and our local businesses.”   Hicks added the importance of supporting the Chamber and BID during this exciting time.  “We would encourage our community and business members to stop in to the office and meet Miranda if they haven’t already done so, or, to join us at our Chamber’s Annual Dinner Celebration, where we will also be awarding our Business of the Year recipient. The Chamber’s 2015 Annual Dinner will be held on Friday, January 30 at Club 86. For reservations or more information please call the Chamber office at (315) 789-1776, or the BID office at (315) 789-0102.

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