Chamber Installation Set for June 5

The East Boston Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Installation of Officers and Board Members on Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 100 Boardman St., East Boston.

Back in December the Chamber held its elections and members elected Jim Kearney as the group’s new president. Elected as the Chamber’s First Vice President was Marita Palavicini of Vilma’s Boutique while Veronica Robles of the Veronica Robles Cultural Center was elected as the Chamber’s Second Vice President and Shirley Fabo of Massport was elected Third Vice President.

Kim Altschul of East Boston Savings Bank was elected to another term as the Chamber’s Treasurer while Joanna Cataldo of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center was elected as the Chamber Secretary.

Aside from electing Chamber Officers, members also elected several people to the Chamber’s Board.

Elected to the board were Margaret Farmer, Amanda Donis of East Boston Beauty Academy, Paul Scott of Going Clear Interactive, Kathy Orlando of Sulprizio Real Estate, Aldo Callejas of La Hacienda Restaurant and Vincent Qualtieri of NOAH.

Kearney said his vision for the Chamber going forward will be ‘reinventing the Chamber.”

“We want to get back into the business community and create a vibrant atmosphere where the residents of East Boston can wholly support our businesses–both in the restaurant and service industry,” he said.

Kearney would like to bridge the gap between the business community and developers. With Eastie in the midst of an economic and development boom, Kearney said the time is now to connect businesses with big development.

“I want to meet with developers on a regular basis,” said Kearney. “I think it can be positive for the business community that when they open up their new residential development the Chamber is partnering with them to offer a welcome package to new residents that showcases all of businesses from restaurants to local corner stores to other services.”

Kearney said, that this will not only help new retail that may be tied to a given development but some of the more established businesses that have called Eastie home for decades.

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