• Committees

  • Ambassador Committee

    Duties are to act as liaison to the community and at various Chamber events. The committee will personally contact new members and inactive members and invite them to upcoming Chamber Events. Oversee the fundraising for the Community and Scholarship Funds. Execute the Ton of Love Food Drive.

  • Laurie Labrecque (Chair)

    Lou DiRienzo
    Sage Solutions, LLC

    Kate Grotteberg
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Linda Buchanan
    BankNewport

    Ellen Correia
    James L. Maher Center

  • Nathan Hohlfelder
    Kahn Litwin Renza & Co., Ltd

    Tom O’Loughlin
    Town of Middletown

    Sarah Rivard

    Jairo Rugel
    Newport County Computers

    George Saurwein
    Best Practice Energy, LLC

  • Steve Senteio
    Edward Jones

    Sheryl Spanos
    Newport Beach Club

    Sam Sylvester
    OceanPoint Insurance Agency

    Rich Talipsky 
    Town of Portsmouth/ Business Development


  • Government Affairs Committee

    Monitors city and town council dockets and local legislation which could impact the business community. Chamber members have easy access to elected and appointed officials in Newport County, Bristol and Greater Rhode Island.

  • Joseph Pratt (Chair)
    Boys and Girls Club of Newport County

    Lloyd Adams
    Dewolf Tavern

    Glenn Almquist 
    Woodard & Curran

    Milton D. Baxter, Esq.
    Waldorf Capital Management, LLC

    Erin Donovan-Boyle
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Ross Cann
    A4 Architecture

  • Terri Cortvriend
    Oceanlink

    Sharyn Harrington
    Kirby Commercial, LLC

    Sandi M. Hennequin
    Emera Energy

    Jeff Karam 
    First Bristol Corporation

    Stephen Kirby 
    Kirby Commercial, LLC

  • Scott Kjellberg
    Emera Energy

    Ed Lopes 
    Balfour Beatty Communities

    Jack Maytum
    Firehouse Theater

    TR McGrath 
    McGrath Clambakes, Inc.

    Joe Moore 
    Newport Grand

    Pete Wilbur
    Roger Williams University


  • Marketing Committee

    Purpose is to grow membership through marketing strategies targeting underrepresented markets and groups while focusing on creating new programs for members, enhancing the current programs for members and to educate members on the services available to them, with the goal of increasing member retention by getting members involved and keeping them informed of our programs and services through strategic marketing campaigns.

  • Bonnie Gomes
    3G Broadcasting

    Lynn Abrams
    Newport Daily News

    Ivan Colon
    Atria Aquidneck Place

  • Erin Donovan-Boyle 
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    John Edick 
    Blackstone Caterers

    Jan Gordon           
    Visiting Nurse Services of Bristol
    & Newport Counties

    Kate Grotteberg
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

  • Sandy Kristiansson 
    Black Diamond Marketing Group

    Laura Pedrick
    Aquidneck Land Trust
     


  • Membership Services Committee

    Purpose is to grow membership while focusing on creating new programs for members, enhancing the current programs for members and to educate members on the services available to them, with the goal of increasing member retention by getting members involved and keeping them informed of our programs and services through strategic marketing campaigns.

  • Amy Martel (Chair)
    People’s Credit Union

    Erin Donovan-Boyle 
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Robyn Greene
    Community College of RI

  • Kate Grotteberg
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Rick Hodges
    Hodges Badge Company

    Laurie Stroll 
    Newport Hospitality, Inc.

  • Andrew Tavares
    Kahn Litwin Renza & Co., Ltd.

    Lois Vaughan
    Lois Vaughan Music

    Pete Wilbur 
    Roger Williams University
     


  • Chamber Connections Committee

    ‚ÄčTo develop strong personal and professional relationships with quality business people in your business sphere group and grow your business by word of mouth! Since its creation in the spring of 2011, Chamber Connections, our referral based networking group, has been growing at a steady pace annual through referrals among group members.

  • Cynthia Dziurgot (Chair)
    CD Advisory Services

    Erin Donovan-Boyle
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

  • Lou DiRienzo (Vice Chair)
    Sage Solutions, LLC

    Jo-Anne Gorton
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce


  • Emerging Leaders Committee

    Committed to growing member involvement while making available professional development opportunities for young professionals through networking, educational seminars.

  • Amelia Ahlborg
    International Tennis Hall of Fame

    Blakeley Andersen
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Debbie Cardi-Neves (Chair)
    Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina

    Erin Donovan-Boyle 
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Lucas Barry 
    Barry’s Auto Group

  • Amanda Baker
    Boys Town New England

    Brigid Behan
    ADP

    Stacey Carter
    Salve Regina University Center for Business Outreach

    Joshua Daly
    Small Business Development Center

    Joshua Furtado
    Tower Hill Associates/Spire Space

  • Jessica Holden
    People’s Credit Union

    Amanda Linder
    Newport Life Magazine

    Christopher Martens
    The Martens Group | Shoff Darby

    Katherine Ross
    Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina

    Adam Thayer
    Sayer, Regan & Thayer, LLP


  • Retail & Hospitality Committee

    Dedicated to promoting and increasing retail business with the Newport and Newport County Communities. Our efforts are to harness the unique talents and resources of Newport County to develop a stronger economy and to promote real growth. By working in collaboration with a broad base of local retail businesses and organizations the Retail Committee supports and builds awareness for the THINK LOCAL campaign. Our goal is to make Newport County a destination shopping location. 

  • Kathryn Farrington
    Discover Newport

    Cynthia O’Malley  (Chair)
    Preservation Society of Newport County

    Abigael Alvarez
    Marc Allen Fine Clothier

    Danielle Anderson
    Swipe For A Cause

    Dolores Bauer
    3G Broadcasting WADK-AM 1540

    Jason Carboneau
    Jason and Company

    Lynn Ceglie
    Newport City Council

    Diana DeNoia
    Brahmin Handbags

    Erin Donovan-Boyle 
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Liz Drayton
    Newport Opera House

    Mimi Dowd
    Bowen’s Wharf Company

  • Jo-Anne Gorton
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Kate Grotteberg
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Chrissy Harrington
    Kiel James Patrick

    John Hirschboeck
    Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County

    Cindy Koehler
    J. McLaughlin

    Jay Lasky
    Helly Hansen Newport

    Jean Lewis
    Newport Life Magazine

    Amanda Linder
    Newport Life Magazine

    Samantha Lynch
    Kiel James Patrick

    Kelly McNally
    Bannister’s Wharf Realty

    Karl Nurse
    Broadway Merchants Association

    Martha Parker
    Team One Newport

  • Annette Raisky-Leiderman
    Michael Hayes

    Laurie Ruttenberg
    Lucky Dog Resort

    Naomi Sauro
    FatFace

    Philip Senecal
    Preservation Society of Newport County

    Jacqueline Siefert
    Charlotte Kellogg

    Kathy Staab
    Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center

    Adam Stadel
    Sole Desire

    Rowena Sullivan
    Helly Hansen Newport

    Robin Tosto
    Castle Hill Inn – Relais & Chateaux

    Betsy Tremblay
    Gingy’s

    Trixie Wadson
    Bowen’s Wharf Company
     

  • Honorary Members

  • Lauren Carson
    House District 75 Representative

  • Lilly Dick
    Washington Square Advisory Commission


  • Strategic Planning Committee

    The purpose of the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce is to develop, on behalf of and in consultation/collaboration with the staff and Board of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, a 2016 Program of Work, defined with SMART goals. The function of this committee is higher level; developing the SMART goals and working with the other committees within the Chamber for the execution of the Program of Work with the goals included. In doing so, the SPC will evaluate the Chamber’s mission and vision, as well as identify key strategic goals and actions that should be the focus for the Chamber’s 2016 Program of Work.

  • Erin Donovan-Boyle
    Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Erin Littlewood
    Newport Hospital

    Glenn Almquist
    Woodard and Curran

  • Joseph Pratt
    Boys & Girls Club of Newport County

    Pete Wilbur
    Roger Williams University

    John Edick
    Blackstone Caterers

  • Deborah Proffitt
    Purvis Systems Incorporated

    Ed Lopes
    Balfour Beatty Communities

  • Chamber Events