Jeffrey Hamilton of Rockport was elected as Chair for the Board of Directors of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. He was elected at the board’s annual business meeting Jan. 21.

Hamilton replaces Garry Schwall of Pine Grove Cottages in Lincolnville, as the Chamber’s Board Chair. Schwall served as chair for the past year and did not seek reelection to the post, although he remains on the board.

Hamilton owns JA Hamilton Consulting, a business consulting firm based in Rockport. Hamilton was first appointed to the Chamber board in 2017 to fill the unexpired term of a departing board member, then elected to a full three-year term which began in 2019. Hamilton served as treasurer on the Chamber board in 2020.

Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Hamilton led a nearly 40-year career in leadership in the manufacturing sector, recently as plant manager for DuPont Nutrition USA (formerly FMC) in Rockland. Hamilton also currently serves as a member of the Select Board for the Town of Rockport.

Other Officers elected to one-year officer terms at the Chamber board’s annual meeting include Vice Chair Sheila Lowe of Aflac, Secretary Sandy Cox of The New England Real Estate Company and Treasurer Steve Matteo of Camden National Bank. Schwall will also serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair.

The Chamber board members also welcomed four new members to their first meeting, after being elected to the board last fall. New members include Chris Austin of Ardiah Managed Services, Diane Lebson of Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, Charlie Page of Maritime Energy and Laura Tracy of Bangor Savings Bank.

These new board members replaced four members who ended their terms in 2020, including Lisa Dresser of Cates Real Estate, Bob Fernald of Down East Magazine, Sarah McLean of Global Packing and Shipping, and Shelby Riley Gray of the Hampton Inn and Suites.

Nine additional board members continue their terms on the 18-person Chamber board in 2021, including Jodie Heal of Heal Accounting; Zach Herrick of Edward Jones Investments; Celia Knight of Knight Marine Service; Joan LeMole of New Hope For Women; Richard Lyon of Coastal Healthcare Alliance; Rick Manning of LCI; Dan Pease of Rock Harbor Brewing Co.; John Viehman of United Midcoast Charities and Lisa Weiss of Hawthorn Inn.

The Board of Directors of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is comprised of 18 business and community leaders, each elected to three-year terms by the Chamber’s membership and board. The board sets the strategic vision and provides governance to the Chamber’s activities.

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce serves as a business conduit for the Camden-Rockland Region, which encompasses 27 municipalities within and surrounding Knox County.

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