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April 10, 2014

Amirian to leave chamber

Business organization looks for new president

HAVERHILL — Sven Amirian is leaving the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, leaving the organization that supports local businesses looking for a new leader.

Amirian has announced he will leave the chamber in June. He has been president of the group for about two years. He was the successor to chamber President James Jajuga, who led leading the organization for the previous five years.

Amirian resigned his seat on Haverhill's City Council in July of 2012, part way through his second, two-year term in office, to become chamber president after Jajuga stepped down.

Amirian has submitted his resignation to the Chamber Board of Directors. In it, he said he has enjoyed his time as president, but is leaving to pursue other opportunities. His last day will be June 30.

“I am so appreciative of the time I have spent leading this great organization," Amirian said. "I have had the chance to work with some incredibly talented business and community leaders over my two year tenure and I would like to thank my staff, the board and our entire membership for their support. While it was certainly not an easy decision for me to leave, I am currently evaluating two job offers that present some incredible opportunities for my family and me."

Amirian told The Eagle-Tribune said he is still negotiating with the companies he is interested in working for and expects to make a decision by the end of the month.

He said that in the meantime, he is committed to completing the chamber's budget for the coming year and helping finalize the organization's upcoming two big events — KidsFest on May 16 and the annual dinner on June 26.

The chamber supports the efforts of businesses in Greater Haverhill and Southern New Hampshire.

Chamber officials said that during Amirian's tenure, the organization has enjoyed a resurgence in the business community, as well as forming successful partnerships with the Amesbury, Lowell, Newburyport, and Salem, N.H., chambers, with whom Haverhill has staged numerous joint events. Passionate about green energy, Amirian combined his love of the green movement with chamber member promotions and by creating a NASCAR-like promotional vehicle — an all-electric vehicle adorned with member logos. He was also instrumental in helping to obtain a cultural district designation for the city, chamber officials said.

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