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Board of Directors

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in supporting small and large businesses in the region for many years. Over the last few years, I have seen firsthand the passion and commitment to success for ALL members through
the efforts of our remarkable chamber team and dedicated board members. From small and large events, to pivoting with the ever evolving business practices and retail and dining landscape, to providing educational and advocacy resources for members in every facet, you can’t help but feel inspired.

Inspired to be better community members. Inspired to be better partners with our business community and neighbors. Inspired to celebrate success wherever possible, especially during trying times. Inspired to both hear and be heard as our chamber advocates for all members and contributes to their success.

I have been inspired by the chamber and their tenacity to shift gears on a moment’s notice.  Advocates for policy changes and providing resources to support small businesses help our businesses navigate muddy waters, every day. It is both an honor and a privilege to support the chamber’s mission as they are a strategic business partner, and always in your corner.

— Lynn Gray, Current Board President

Executive Committee

Lynn Gray, President
General Manager, Hampshire Mall
Pyramid Management Group, LLC

Michael Gay, Vice President
Banking Center Manager, Amherst
PeoplesBank

Robin Brown, Interim-Treasurer
Director of Sales
Inn on Boltwood

Maura Guzik, Secretary
Vice President Commercial Loan Officer
Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank

Nancy Buffone
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Sean Cleary
Owner
Amherst Copy & Designworks

Heidi Flanders 
Owner and Principle Designer
Integrity Development and Construction, Inc.

Board of Directors

Jim Brassord
Chief of Campus Operations
Amherst College

Elizabeth Craun 
Director of Facilities and Business Operations
Hampshire College

Alex Laguerra Sierra, CAPS
Director of Property Management
Amherst Innovative Living

Kathleen Plante
Relationship Builder
Business West

Kishore Parmar
Vice President
Pioneer Valley Hotel Group 

Beth Pearson
Owner
Pearson Wallace Insurance, LLC

Steven Prothers
Project Manager
Amherst Landscape & Design Associates, A MountainView Company 

Hannah Rechtschaffen
Director of Placemaking
W.D. Cowls, Inc. 

Barry Roberts
Owner
EV Realty Trust

Aelan B. Tierney, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
Kuhn Riddle Architects 

Sherri Willey
Project Coordinator
Hampshire Hospitality Group

Lynn Gray, Hampshire Mall
Maura Guzik, Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank
Alex Laguerra Sierra, Amherst Innovative Living
Beth Pearson, Pearson Wallace Insurance
Michael Gay, PeoplesBank
Nancy Buffone, UMass Amherst
Jim Brassord, Amherst College
Kathleen Plante, BusinessWest
Aelan Tierney, Kuhn Riddle Architects
Robin Brown, Inn on Boltwood
Sean Cleary, Amherst Copy & Designworks
Elizabeth Craun, Hampshire College
Kishore Parmar, Pioneer Valley Hotel Group
Sherri Willey, Hampshire Hospitality & Jones Group Realtors
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