The Chamber Alliance of New York State (CANYS), a statewide association of over 70 Chambers of Commerce, has elected Heather Bell, President and CEO of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, to its Board of Directors.
Bell brings with her over 25 years’ experience through her work in Corporate Community & Government Relations for an international brewer, where she acted as the Chamber Liaison Corporate Partner. She then witnessed her own small business excel because of a Chamber Membership and finally landed in the non-profit world, still crediting success to the Chamber affiliation. She is a staunch proponent of advocating for small businesses and feels they can thrive with the support of large businesses.
“I’m extremely pleased to have Heather serve on our Board to help further the work of the Alliance in providing professional development, valuable resources and strong advocacy insights to our Chambers of Commerce throughout New York State,” stated Peter Aust, Executive Director of CANYS. “Heather’s passion for chambers is effusive, her experience extensive and I’m confident our association will continue to grow with her involvement.”
“I am so honored to be able to serve CANYS in this way and to be able to share my passion for business, economic development and advocacy on behalf of my colleagues across the state,” noted Ms. Bell. “The work that Chambers of Commerce do is critical to the survival, growth and innovation of the communities that we represent. What we do makes a difference and I am pleased that I can pair my passion with that of CANYS, and help to grow this association in New York State.”
“Heather’s election to the Board of Directors is a testament to her work ethic and commitment to Orange County’s business community. Heather has done an outstanding job at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and is well respected by her peers. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future on a variety of projects,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus.
The Chamber Alliance of NYS is an association of Chambers of Commerce dedicated to providing members with education and insight into the latest trends and issues facing its chambers, member businesses and communities, in addition to providing a forum to connect and collaborate with peers throughout New York State.