• West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
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    Board of Directors and Staff


    Board of Directors

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    First Row (Left to Right): 

    Chip Janiszewski- Happiness and Success GPS

    Kate Kobs - West Hartford Chamber of Commerce

    Christopher Conway - West Hartford Chamber of Commerce

    Jessie Bouclier - West Hartford Chamber of Commerce

    Bob Kulakowski - Cedar Hill Home Inspection

    Aaron Bohegian - Webster Bank

    Robyn Rifkin - Blue Back Square

    Amy Babich- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

    Michael Thibodeau - BlumShapiro

  • Second Row (Left to Right):

    Amy Boulton - Noah Webster House

    Jason Jakubowski - Foodshare

    Margery Piccini - ImageWorks

    Karen Fillian - EDENS

    Kristen Gorski - Town of West Hartford 

    Dave Caliby - BigThunk

    Gina Mariano-Bunch - Daley Moving & Storage 

    Melissa Harhay - Mandell JCC

    Nancy Brecher - People's United Bank 

    Tony Leesha - Computer Repair & Upgrade

    Christine Looby - The Mercy Community

    Marty Smith - Turnpike Motors Autobody

    Not Present

    Daryl Jackson- Chick-fil-A

    Jack Phelan- Bouvier Insurance

    Kenneth Sklodosky- Simsbury Bank

    Tom Hickey - WH Media

    Jeff Brine - Kurien Ouellette Law

    Chuck Coursey - Coursey & Company

    Diane Thomas - University of St. Joseph

    Armen Manukyen - Armen Custom Jewelry Design

    Nat Mardoc - Comcast Business

    Steve Hunt- Thomas Fahey Insurance Agency

     

     

  •  Executive Director

    Christopher Conway

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    Christopher Conway was named Executive Director of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce in December of 2018.  Prior to this, he served as Membership Director of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, where he managed an overall growth in Membership of the organization.  This included the introduction of several new recruitment and retention initiatives.  He worked with the team there to enhance the value for existing members with the introduction of new networking and marketing opportunities.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce.

    Prior to his Chamber career, Conway spent 19 years with Barnes & Noble in a variety of management roles.  He spent the years between Barnes & Noble and the Chamber profession in the insurance industry.  It was then that he was introduced the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Due to the myriad of businesses he encountered, he formed the opinion that ANY business could benefit from Chamber membership.  He spent several years as an active member and volunteer. He became the recipient of a 2016 Spotlight Award for his work on the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament.

    Christopher is excited to return to West Hartford to combine his business experience with his Chamber experience to support the Members and enrich the community.

    He resides in Southington with his wife Colleen and their son Desmond.

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  • Member Services Coordinator

    Jessie Read Bouclier

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    Jessie Read Bouclier is the West Hartford Chamber Member Services Coordinator. She supports the Chamber in a variety of ways including the website, social media, administrative support and events management.  Since relocating to Connecticut from Massachusetts in 2010, Jessie has been an active member of the West Hartford community.  She previously worked at We Care Computers, The Association of Personal Photo Organizers and at The Green Teahouse.  Jessie enjoys learning about businesses and assisting them in thinking ‘outside the box’ on how to grow their business.

    Jessie is renowned for her every changing hair color.  Stop by the office or attend an event to see where she is on the rainbow.

    She lives in New Britain with her husband Tim, two children, 3 cats and dog.

  • Outreach and Development Coordinator

    Kate Jacobson Kobs

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    Kate joined the Chamber as the Outreach & Development Coordinator in 2019. Her primary role involves business development in the form of new memberships and sponsorship opportunities for existing members. She serves as the Chamber’s liaison to some of our strategic partners, including the Elmwood Neighborhood Association and the Park Road Association. Kate also works closely with the Chamber’s young professionals organization – FLOW (Future Leaders of West Hartford).

    Her background is in sales and marketing, working in cable, radio, and internet advertising for Comcast, iHeartMedia, and WCCC. She also has extensive experience in the nonprofit realm as both an employee and a volunteer. As a life-long resident, she brings a passion for and understanding of West Hartford and its neighbors. Her children are the seventh generation of her family raised in the area.

    Kate lives in West Hartford with her husband Graham, 2 children and a dog. When she’s not networking around town, you can most likely find her hiking the regions beautiful trails, at concerts, or playing trivia.