Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Executive Director

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have hired John T. Driscoll Jr. as the Chamber’s new executive director.  Driscoll, most recently Town Administrator for the Town of Northport, succeeds Janet Dutson who left the Chamber in October 2010.

“The Board is extremely excited to announce that Jack Driscoll will be joining the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce,” said current Board President Rob Constantine.  “Everyone who met Jack during the search process was enthusiastic about his candidacy.  He is a great fit for the Chamber and our members and we’re excited as a Board to write the next chapter of the Belfast Chamber with Jack.”

Driscoll will oversee all operations of the Chamber and work closely with the Board on determining and implementing strategic direction while interacting extensively with existing members and driving member growth throughout the Chamber’s extensive service area of Waldo County.  He will also work with municipal and community economic development organizations to coordinate and represent the region’s unique economic opportunities locally, regionally, and state-wide.

Prior to serving as the first Town Administrator for Northport, Driscoll was the Superintendant of Administration for the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office where he oversaw seven departments and a $41million budget.  A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1978, he also has significant legal experience including Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for the Massachusetts Highway Department and Boston Redevelopment Authority.  Driscoll has completed graduate work in dispute resolution and received Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Certification.

Driscoll received his BA from Boston College and his JD from Suffolk Law School.

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce serves the mid-coast of Maine and the inland communities of Waldo County.  The region includes a vibrant coastal economy and rich agricultural and creative sectors to compliment a wide range of manufacturing and service businesses.  Over the past several years the Chamber has grown from a volunteer organization to a fully-staffed center that focuses on regional promotion and business opportunities for members.  The Chamber annually produces Belfast Bay & Beyond, the area guide with a planned distribution of approximately 50,000 for 2011.  With 315 members it is the 20th largest Chamber in the state.    

“The Belfast Area Chamber has made tremendous strides over the past few years, and we are poised to move to the next level as a Chamber,” said Constantine.  “Jack Driscoll will be a tremendous asset as we look to continue and build on the positive momentum of the Chamber.”

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