When they first open in 2022 on Monday, a few chambers of commerce that serve the tri-state area will have new presidents.
This is because Tricia Maple-Damewood, who has held this position at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce for the past seven years, and Debbie Puskarich, longtime leader of the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce, have decided to step down. of their posts.
Both approached their jobs with passion, ensuring that members of the local business community always knew they had a place to turn for help.
Maple-Damewood has been involved in the Jefferson County Chamber for approximately 30 years, serving as Special Events Coordinator, Chair of the Special Events Committee, and Chairman of the Board of Directors prior to serving as President.
Puskarich, meanwhile, has been active with the Follansbee chamber for 21 years. During this time, she has been a member, general manager, vice-president and president.
They plan to stay active in the community, working in their own business and spending time with family and friends. Puskarich plans to remain on the board.
Chambers of Commerce are called upon to fulfill many different roles, but they all share common goals: they champion business, they seek to help businesses succeed, and they strive to improve the lives of those who live in them. communities they serve.
This can only be accomplished if there is strong leadership at the board and management level, characteristics that Maple-Damewood and Puskarich have demonstrated over the years. Their organizations have always been willing to take the lead in improving our communities. Whether it is working with elected officials at all levels, offering resources to new or existing businesses, organizing seminars or round tables, interacting with schools and educators, organizing from local promotions, attending dinners and events in the tri-state area and planning their own events, there is plenty for House officials to do.
Maple-Damewood and Puskarich have been successful in assuming these responsibilities and have left a solid foundation for their successors, Kate Sedgmer of the Jefferson County Chamber and Eric Fithyan of the Follansbee Chamber, on whom to rely to continue serving the business community. .