Ridge­field cham­ber welcomes new lead­er­ship

The News-Times - - BUSINESS - By Chris Bosak The writer may be reached at cbosak@hearst­medi­act.com; 203-731-3338

“I was an en­tre­pre­neur for 10 years be­fore mov­ing to Ridge­field, so I know what it’s like to be a small-busi­ness owner and wear all those hats. I’m in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to work with mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity. I’ve got­ten to know a lot of peo­ple through my work with the non­prof­its.” Kim Bova, in­com­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ridge­field Cham­ber of Com­merce

Kim Bova has been an en­tre­pre­neur as well as the leader of non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, giv­ing her a unique per­spec­tive as she takes over as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ridge­field Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“I was an en­tre­pre­neur for 10 years be­fore mov­ing to Ridge­field, so I know what it’s like to be a small-busi­ness owner and wear all those hats,” said the nine-year Ridge­field res­i­dent. “I’m in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to work with mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity. I’ve got­ten to know a lot of peo­ple through my work with the non­prof­its.”

Bova was for­merly the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at the Ridge­field Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and the di­rec­tor of the West­ern Con­necti­cut Youth Or­ches­tra. She took over at the cham­ber last week and said there are many ini­tia­tives she wants to im­ple­ment as she set­tles into the role.

“There are so many (goals),” she said. “I’m look­ing to re­vamp the cham­ber’s of­fer­ings for its mem­bers. We want busi­nesses to say: ‘This is some­thing we need.’ There are some ex­cit­ing things we’ll roll out.”

Bova re­places Jennifer Zinzi, who stepped down as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor this sum­mer. The Bethel Cham­ber of Com­merce also changed ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors re­cently as Bradley Koltz re­placed Heather Hansen-O’Neill this sum­mer.

Ridge­field cham­ber board chair­elect, Theresa San­toro, led the search com­mit­tee to find a re­place­ment for Zinzi.

“We were very pleased at the re­sponse for this po­si­tion as well as the qual­ity of the can­di­dates,” she said. “The search com­mit­tee was look­ing for a re­sults-ori­ented in­di­vid­ual with a vi­sion to move the cham­ber for­ward. The per­fect can­di­date had to be fa­mil­iar with Ridge­field’s busi­ness com­mu­nity as well as its res­i­dents. We are so pleased to have Kim join­ing us.”

Jill Maguire, the cur­rent chair of the cham­ber, added: “Kim brings rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence, in­tegrity and en­thu­si­asm.”

Bova said she wants to “tai­lor of­fer­ings” to meet the needs of busi­ness-to-busi­nesses, busi­ness-to-con­sumer and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in greater Ridge­field.

“I look for­ward to work­ing closely with cham­ber mem­bers and the Ridge­field com­mu­nity to sup­port the town’s re­tail­ers, ser­vice providers and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in new ways that rec­og­nize and best ad­dress their dif­fer­ent busi­ness needs,” Bova said. “It’s an ex­cit­ing time to be part of the cham­ber.”

Chris Bosak / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Kim Bova, new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ridge­field Cham­ber of Com­merce, stands in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s of­fice in Ridge­field on Thurs­day.

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