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Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Hires Membership Manager, Announces New Economic Advancement & Member Relations Manager

The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the recent hire of Elizabeth (Liz) McGarry as membership manager and the promotion of Maureen McGuinness to economic advancement and member relations manager.

McGarry’s responsibilities include reaching out to prospective Chamber members, assisting with membership retention and acting as a resource for existing members. She will also oversee the Chamber’s Ambassador Program to enhance current member relations. 

“I am very pleased to have someone with Liz’s professional background and expertise join our staff,” said Chamber President Kate Manley.  “She understands the importance of Chamber membership and will introduce regional businesses to the customized marketing, businesses development and networking opportunities available through membership, among many other member benefits.”

Prior to her position with the Chamber, McGarry spent nearly 20 years working in student engagement and leadership development in higher education. She is an active parent volunteer at St. Pius X School in Loudonville and also serves on the board of the Junior League of Troy. 

McGuinness, who previously served as the Chamber’s membership manager, will now be responsible for implementing economic and workforce advancement strategies, serving as a resource to members and coordinating sponsorship and marketing opportunities for the Chamber.

 “Maureen’s appointment is a sign of our continued commitment to foster a business environment that stimulates diversified job creation and economic investments and supports member’s goals in our community,” said Manley. “She has proven to be an asset to our diverse membership, helping businesses sustain and grow to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in Rensselaer County and the greater Capital District.”

McGuinness has spent 25 years in development and public relations in the Capital Region of New York. Prior to joining the Chamber, she served as family service manager at the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Office, director of recruitment and advancement at the former St. Helen's School in Niskayuna, director of development for the Catholic School Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, and as a reporter.

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