Changing of the guard at Flamborough chamber
The Flamborough Chamber of Commerce has appointed Matteo Patricelli as its new executive director.
Patricelli, 35, took the reins Nov. 1 from Arend Kersten, 71.
Patricelli said he hopes to “focus on the new and expanding Flamborough.”
Patricelli, a Hamilton resident, is also the part-time executive director of Volunteer Hamilton, a role he will continue.
Kersten will remain with the chamber in a consulting role.
Patricelli immigrated to Hamilton from Italy at age six and grew up on the Hamilton Mountain. He holds a political science degree from McMaster University and has experience in management and government relations, including working for an engineering firm in North Africa and the Persian Gulf.
More recently, he has worked as a management and government relations consultant for clients in not-forprofit, law and political sectors.
Patricelli was also named one of the 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award winners in 2013, an award recognizing Hamilton and Halton’s next generation of business leaders and, in 2012, was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“I like finding creative ways to solve problems and I love community building,” Patricelli said. “That’s my passion and that’s what really attracted me to the role.”
He noted that meshes well with the chamber’s mandate to build and defend the local business community and economy.
“My skill set is making those connections and bringing people to the table. Working together to find solutions to better everybody.”
Kersten’s final day as executive director will be Dec. 31. He said it was time to pass the torch. “I’m 71 years old, I’ve been here for 14 years. This is the right time.”
A self-described political junkie, Kersten said his policy and advocacy role as a consultant to the chamber will be a good fit.
“I will continue to cover city hall, share what’s happening there and provide that to the FCC,” he said. “Hopefully, that will be a new and additional membership benefit that I can focus on.”
Flamborough Chamber of Commerce executive director Matteo Patricelli, left, is taking over from Arend Kersten.