EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 31, 2014

Top Chamber officials leaving for other jobs

Group looks for new president, vice president

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, which supports businesses in dozens of Greater Haverhill and Southern New Hampshire communities, will have a full change of leadership soon.

President Sven Amirian announced several weeks ago that he will be leaving. Now Vice President Jen Cantwell, who has been with the chamber for seven years, announced she is also leaving.

On July 1, Cantwell will join the Essex County Sheriff’s Department as director of inmate work release. Amirian is also leaving the Chamber on July 1 and said he will be joining MassAmerican Energy LLC based in Marlborough. He said he will run a satellite office in Haverhill.

The last big community social event that Amirian and Cantwell are coordinating as chamber employees is the annual KidsFEST event, which this year will be held at Kimball Farm on East Broadway on June 8.

Cantwell has worked for the Chamber since 2007. Her tenure began under the leadership of past chamber President James Jajuga. At that time, she was an intern researching grant opportunities for small businesses.

In 2007, Cantwell was hired as the chamber’s administrative assistant. She directed the organization’s website and assisted in event planning and marketing.

In 2008, she was promoted to eventS coordinator, organizing events and assisting the chamber’s various committees. This job evolved in 2010 when Cantwell became the program and planning director, charged with organizing and executing all programming, events and marketing, and assisting the president with fundraising efforts. Her most recent promotion to vice president was announced by Amirian in 2012.

“My position as Vice President of the Chamber has enabled me to work alongside Sven as an executive team; we have worked tirelessly over the past two years to implement strategic initiatives, create new and innovative programming and revenue streams, and build the Chamber staff and membership,” Cantwell said in a written statement. “I am grateful for the opportunities the current and past leadership have given me and look forward to implementing my skills and strengths in my new position with the Sheriff’s Department.”

Both Cantwell and Amirian will be leaving the Chamber at the same time, however, they are assuring the membership that the board of directors is committed to finding qualified candidates to fill the positions.

“Though it is a large task to fill two lead positions at the Chamber, the board will work to find the best replacements for both of us,” Amirian said. “In the meantime, the members are in good hands. Our Chamber staff will continue to deliver the same level of services and support to the membership.”

The chamber’s 98th annual dinner will be the final event that Amirian and Cantwell will host as chamber employees. They encouraged members to attend to say goodbye.

“In addition to our very deserving award winners, our amazing speaker Scott Brown, and our outgoing and incoming Chairperson remarks, we both look forward to celebrating our time at the Chamber with our valued members on the night of the dinner,’’ Cantwell said. “We invite all to attend.’’

The annual dinner will be held on June 24 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, N.H.

For more information about VIP reception tickets, general admission tickets, ad sales and sponsorship opportunities, visit online at www.HaverhillChamber.com or call 978-373-5663.