With a fondness for Vermont acquired while a student attending Middlebury College in the 1980s, and practical business and marketing expertise learned in Colorado, Washington, and Arizona in the 1990s, the new executive director of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce began his duties Feb. 1 after the departure of Linda Stearns. Stearns retired after 24 years as the executive director of ACCC. Andrew Mayer of Anthem, Ariz., may have spent his formative career years out west, but he was happy to return to New England after more than 20 years away. He is committed to supporting and expanding Addison Countys chamber membership as well as making the area attractive for prospective business owners. A 1981 graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in American studies, Mayer played leadership roles at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Anacortes Chamber of Commerce in Anacortes, Wash. According to Beth Crosby of the ACCC, Mayers accomplishments at the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce included the development of a marketing campaign to increase hotel stays and traffic in the community, increasing membership in the chamber by 20 percent, as well as directing numerous highly attended events, just to name a few. According to Crosby, Mayer was praised for his work in a campaign that successfully stopped plans to close a popular ferry boat that would have negatively impacted the local business economy. Mayer is leaving behind his insurance company in Phoenix where he was recognized for high sales awards.