• Committees

  • Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Committees

    Please consider joining a committee. It’s a great way to promote your business and meet new people. For more information about our committees, email this years's Chamber President, Peter Vickery: president@amherstarea.com.


    Chair:  Chris Blauvelt, Innovara, AACC Board of Directors

    This committee is our new business welcome wagon! Members reach out to new and existing members to learn what they are looking for from Chamber membership. The group welcomes new members and hand-delivers New Member packets. Meets monthly. This is a great opportunity to meet new businesses and introduce your business, while serving the Chamber's mission to promote the business community!

    Our Current Chamber Ambassadors are:

    • Kim Alli, Greenfield Savings Bank
    • Chris Blauvelt, Innovara, AACC Board of Directors
    • Amy Bovaird, WRSI
    • Joan Dahl-Lussier, Hadley Farms Meeting House
    • Jessye Deane, Community Action Pioneer Valley/F45 Training Hampshire Meadows
    • Kyle Dumas, Greenfield Savings Bank
    • Lisa Eugin, Encharter Insurance
    • Youssef Fadel, NEPM
    • Tracy Faulstick, Steve Lewis Subaru
    • Jenicca Gallagher, Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank
    • Molly Keegan, Curran & Keegan Financial
    • Georgia Moore, Cooley Dickinson Health Care
    • Amelia Mosley, Comcast Business
    • Tom McRae, Edward Jones
    • Beth Pearson, Pearson Wallace Insurance, LLC, AACC Board of Directors
    • Trish Vassallo, Encharter Insurance

    After 5's

    Our After 5 events provide the opportunity for members to meet one another and build valuable business relationships, and serve to showcase our members' products and services. To find out more about hosting an After 5, email president@amherstarea.com.

    Annual Dinner

    The Annual Dinner committee plans the Chamber's annual A+ Awards dinner. Planning usually begins in November or December for dinner in early fall. Meets monthly November – March, then bi-weekly or weekly until event. One wrap-up meeting is held after the event. The A+ Awards is the largest networking event of its kind in Hampshire County, bringing nearly 300 people together each year to celebrate some of the best and brightest people in the Amherst area. Get involved in this community/business event, while promoting your business and your role, and have a great time planning the biggest party of the year!

    Golf Tournament

    Chair:  Heidi Flanders, Integrity Development & Construction, AACC Board of Directors

    The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is one of the area's best loved tournaments. Golfers and those with golf tournament experience are particularly appreciated, but golf experience is not required to help with this venture. Each year, over 120 golfers come out to support the Chamber and its contribution, along with Cooley Dickinson Hospital, of 2 scholarships to the Amherst Regional High School Business program.  

    Government Affairs

    Chair:  Peter Vickery, Attorney at Law, AACC Board of Directors, President

    One of the Chamber's most important committees. Reviews town meeting warrants, ballot issues, etc., and makes recommendations for Chamber endorsement. Meets on an as needed basis to address any issues, laws, and mandates that affect Amherst and local commerce. This committee gives you the opportunity to share your views, voice your opinion and help make a difference for local businesses in the Amherst area.

    Margarita Madness

    Chair:  Youssef Fadel, New England Promotional Marketing, Past AACC Board President

    Margarita Madness is held each March and is one of the Chamber's most profitable events.  The committee meets November through March in a casual relaxed atmosphere.

    Merry Maple Celebration

    This committee of holiday elves plans the annual holiday lighting of the Merry Maple tree on the 1st Friday in December. Meets from September through the event. This festive committee is looking for creative volunteers to help make Amherst's downtown festive during the holiday season.

    Taste of Amherst

    Chair:  John Thibbitts, Atkins Farms Country Market, Project Manager

    Is there anything better than food, fun, music, and sun? No? Then the Taste of Amherst committee is for you! Held every June, the committee meets monthly starting in December and more frequently until the event to discuss changes, enhancements, and upgrades to the event. This is a dynamic and regionally popular event with over 20,000 visitors each year. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the area's premier community/business event, while promoting your business.