New leader named at North Warren Chamber

CHESTERTOWN - The North Warren Chamber of Commerce now has a new president - a woman experienced in motivating and organizing business leaders for positive change in their communities.

The change in leadership occurred recently at an annual meeting of the Chamber, a leading organization in Northern Warren County.

Barbara Thomas, who relocated to the Adirondacks from Virginia, previously served as an active member of the Board of Directors of a chamber that served over 800 businesses.

Also, Thomas twice received the award for Small Business Person of the Year and help to develop yearly plans for that chamber. Her new responsibilities for the North Warren Chamber include general oversight of the organization, membership goals, and direction of programs and committees, as well as planning new endeavors.

Originally from Oswego, Thomas is currently a Mary Kay Beauty consultant, and has been a member of the North Warren Chamber for three years.

Greg Beckler, outgoing president after eight years of dedicated service to area business development, will continue as proprietor of Stone Bridge & Caves Park, a local area attraction in Pottersville owned by his family for generations. Greg is also president of the Warren County Council of Chambers.

Under his direction, the North Warren Chamber moved to a larger building, membership increased significantly and yearly events such as Summerfest and the Pug Parade & Halloween Party became area-wide weekend attractions, according to community leaders.

Barbara Thomas plans to continue these events, as well as expand on his successes, she said this week.

"We have a great dynamic working for us in this area," she said. "Local residents as well as tourists enjoy taking part in the events we organize, and we are located in an area that has great natural resources for outdoor activities. This is a great place to live and I enjoy working with the people here."

The leadership changes in the local Chamber include Thomas Johansen assuming the role of Vice President for a one-year term.

One new board member, Kim Olden, will serve for a period of three years.

Continuing in their existing roles at the Chamber are Patti Stetson, Treasurer, and Trish Heckman, Board Secretary and Office Manager.

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