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Chamber Announces 2017-2018 Slate of Officers and Candidates

Installation Ceremony To Take Place at 2017 Annual Meeting

NEWPORT, RI (April 6, 2017) – The Newport County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 26th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at picturesque OceanCliff (65 Ridge Road, Newport).

Sponsored by Savings Institute Bank & Trust, this year’s Annual Meeting will feature a presentation from Scott Gibbs, President of the Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island, on the Innovate Newport at Sheffield School project, and will also recognize the 2017 Excellence in Business award winners. Additionally, the Chamber will also announce its Board of Directors’ Slate of Officers and Candidates for the 2017-2018 year.

The following candidates have been put forth by the Nominating Committee and approved by the 2016-2017 Board of Directors: Officers; Peter Wilbur, Roger Williams University (Chairperson); Amy Martel, People’s Credit Union (Vice-Chair); John Edick, Blackstone Catering (Secretary); Bonnie Gomes, 3G Broadcasting (Treasurer); Glenn Almquist, Woodard & Curran (Chair Ex Officio).

The Chamber will welcome new Board Members: Terri Cortvriend, Ocean Link, Inc.; Jason Hill, Systems Engineering Associates Corp.; Milton Baxter, Waldorf Capital; and Kristin MacMannis, U.S. Trust Bank of American Private Wealth Management. Returning Board Members include: Rick Hodges, Hodges Badge Company, Inc.; Keith Tavares, Child & Family; and Jairo Rugel, Newport County Computers.

In addition to the Installation of new Board Members, the Chamber will also recognize the support and contributions of departing Board Members: Rich Talipsky, Systems Engineering Associates Corp.; Jay Lasky, Music Box; and Ed Lopes, Balfour Beatty Communities.  For a complete listing of the full Board, please visit our web site at

This event would not be made possible without the support of our event sponsor Savings Institute Bank & Trust; Excellence in Business awards’ sponsor Carey, Richmond & Viking; as well as our media sponsors, 1540 WADK, MIXX 99.3, and The Newport Daily News.

The Annual Meeting is a free event open to members and non-members alike. A variety of hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Those interested in attending should RSVP by visiting


The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations. With over 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees, the Newport County Chamber’s goal is to find solutions for quality jobs, quality growth and quality of life. As a trusted and reliable source of information for nearly 100 years, the Newport County Chamber connects members with success while encouraging the development of the community.


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