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November 29, 2012

Chamber promotes two, hires new staff members

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has promoted Jennifer Cantwell to vice president and Susan Richard to finance manager.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the promotions.

Cantwell has worked for the chamber since 2007, starting out as an intern researching grant opportunities for small businesses. In 2008, she was hired as the administrative assistant, handling the chamber’s website and assisting in event planning and marketing. In 2009, she was promoted to event coordinator, organizing events and assisting the chamber’s committees with administrative support and organization. This job evolved in 2010, when she became the program and planning director, charged with organizing and executing all programming, events, marketing, and assisting the president with fundraising efforts.

Cantwell’s promotion to vice president will allow her to work with chamber President Sven Amirian on strategic initiatives and managing the organization’s staff. She will remain the lead organizer for all major events and marketing efforts for the chamber. Cantwell holds a bachelor of liberal arts degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and is a lifelong resident of Haverhill.

Richard, employed with the chamber since May 2012, has been responsible for accounting duties. As finance manager, she will work with the chamber’s finance committee to coordinate the budget and will oversee all financial responsibilities. She has a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Merrimack College.

Richard has more than 16 years of accounting experience in various industries, including manufacturing, consulting, hydropower, and property management. She is a lifelong resident of Methuen.

“The Chamber’s Board of Directors believes that the foundation to a strong organization is in the strength of the staff,’’ Amirian said. “Both Jen Cantwell and Sue Richard have gone above and beyond in fulfilling duties in their previous roles and we are excited to utilize their expertise to help propel the chamber to another level.’’

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