In this undated file photo, Jennifer Kilcoyne, then-president of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, is shown addressing members and guests during a chamber event held at the Normanskill Country Club. Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
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DELMAR — Jennifer Kilcoyne stepped down as the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce’s president last week after seven years of service.
“It has been a pleasure to serve the Bethlehem Community for nearly eight years as President of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce,” stated Kilcoyne, in a message to chamber members. “I have appreciated the opportunity to lead this organization and enjoyed the working relationships. I look forward to continuing to work with the local business community as I move forward to a new endeavor.”
Within the same statement, the chamber’s board recognized Kilcoyne as playing a “critical role” in its success. Kilcoyne had a particular focus in keeping chamber members informed. During her tenure, the chamber started publishing an annual directory to assist members with networking. The chamber also expanded its programming. She oversaw the implementation of the town’s Restaurant Week, Small Business Saturday promotion, and both the Shop Bethlehem and Holiday Shopping gift cards.The chamber celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017.
“It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announce Jennifer Kilcoyne’s departure as President of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce,” stated Shoham Piorentino, chairperson of the chamber’s board of directors. “Jennifer has played a critical role in the development and success of the Bethlehem Chamber. We will miss her and her inspiring leadership and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!”
The chamber is now in the midst of a broad search for Kilcoyne’s successor. Piorentino said the board’s search for a new president will take place over the next “few months.”
The chamber serves a wide breadth of businesses. Since 1957, the organization has served most of the hamlets within the town’s borders, including Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, Slingerlands, and North and South Bethlehem. It has also extended its reach into Ravena and beyond over the last 60 years.
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce provides its business members with networking, educational and advertising opportunities, along with business advocacy, regional outreach and economic development initiatives to promote business growth within the region.
Piorentino assured chamber members that there will be a smooth transition of leadership over the coming months. Erica Hogan, the chamber’s communications and programming associate, has been named interim president. Hogan has been with the chamber since 2015.
“We cannot thank Jennifer enough for her leadership, dedication, and passion that she has given the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce over the past seven years,” stated Piorentino.
Questions concerning the transition process can be directed towards Piorentino at [email protected]
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.