Chamber of Commerce Will Be Closing Its Enfield Office, Sources Say

Chamber leadership refuses to answer questions about the rumored closing.

The beleaguered is apparently planning to close its Enfield office and be operated by a Massachusetts-based chamber management firm.

Chamber president Sandy Zukowski refused to confirm the pending closure of the office at 585 Hazard Ave., but several sources connected to the board of directors acknowledged the office would close by the end of September.

Patch contacted Zukowski via email on Aug. 2, asking her to confirm if the office would be closing, and to clarify a seemingly contradictory article which appeared on masslive.com on Aug. 1 that the chamber was searching for a new executive director.

Zukowski replied, "We will have changes that should be very good for our Chamber coming up and we are putting it all together to inform members."

A week later, on Aug. 9, a letter was emailed to chamber members informing them of "a new relationship with Chamber Management Services, an organization that specializes in providing leadership and support to Chambers of Commerce in Massachusetts and Connecticut."

The letter continued, "Chamber Management Services is a locally owned and operated company run by Debra A. Boronski, who brings us 25 years of proven leadership with Chambers of Commerce."

An Internet search found no listing whatsoever for Chamber Management Services in either Connecticut or Massachusetts, but Boronski is listed as being founder and president of the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Massachusetts Chamber of Business & Industry).

Addresses and phone numbers for the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce are listed in both East Longmeadow and Boston. Boronski did not return an email from Patch seeking comment.

Patch emailed Zukowski a third time on Aug. 14, again asking for confirmation of the pending Connecticut office closing; that email went unanswered.

The chamber has been in flux since the Feb. 2011 retirement of longtime executive director .

Kim Wiezbicki Trudeau replaced Tracey in March 2011, but after just six months on the job. Ed Lamontagne took over as executive director, but left in July 2012 to become executive director of the Simsbury Housing Authority.

The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce serves Enfield, Somers, Suffield and East Windsor.

Sean August 21, 2012 at 05:34 PM
So why did they recruit my daughter away from her now previous employer of three years just two months ago?


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