Inform. Inspire. Spark! A series of Six 5-Minute Lightning Talks presented by Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative on Tuesday, November 29 at 5 PM

REGISTER FOR FREE TODAY!

Inform. Inspire. Spark! is a series of 5-minute talks sharing momentum-building work happening on greater Cape Ann in the areas of community celebrations, investment, arts and culture, decarbonization, coastal resilience, and design. The lightning talks will be followed by short, interactive breakout sessions where you can learn ways to get involved.

TOPICS & SPEAKERS

  • 400+ Years in 12 Months: Isabel Pett, Events Manager, Gloucester 400+
  • The Future of Gloucester’s Downtown: David Fields, Community Development Director, City of Gloucester
  • Supporting Arts Now: Karen Ristuben, Program Director at Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative
  • Electrify Greater Cape Ann: Maureen Aylward, Director, TownGreen, Inc.
  • Demonstrating Coastal Resilience: Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station
  • Design in Everything: David Minogue, President of Spade Graphic Design

Light appetizers and cash bar will be offered. Registration is required for this FREE event. To register, please visit bit.ly/InformInspireSpark or contact Michelle at michelle@capeannchamber.com.

What is the Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative?
An initiative of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, CAIC is a collaborative of innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, artists, designers, developers and producers dedicated to supporting people from all walks of life in their endeavors to create lasting, innovative change, with the ultimate objective of growing the economy and creating new jobs. The CAIC Forums are designed to Inform and Inspire.

Inform. Inspire. Spark! A series of Six 5-Minute Lightning Talks presented by Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative

Inform. Inspire. Spark! is a series of 5-minute talks sharing momentum-building work happening on greater Cape Ann in the areas of community celebrations, investment, arts and culture, decarbonization, coastal resilience, and design. The lightning talks will be followed by short, interactive breakout sessions where you can learn ways to get involved.

TOPICS & SPEAKERS

  • 400+ Years in 12 Months: Isabel Pett, Events Manager, Gloucester 400+
  • The Future of Gloucester’s Downtown: David Fields, Community Development Director, City of Gloucester
  • Supporting Arts Now: Karen Ristuben, Program Director at Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative
  • Electrify Greater Cape Ann: Maureen Aylward, Director, TownGreen, Inc.
  • Demonstrating Coastal Resilience: Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station
  • Design in Everything: David Minogue, President of Spade Graphic Design

Light appetizers and cash bar will be offered. Registration is required for this FREE event. To register, please visit bit.ly/InformInspireSpark or contact Michelle at michelle@capeannchamber.com.

What is the Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative?
An initiative of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, CAIC is a collaborative of innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, artists, designers, developers and producers dedicated to supporting people from all walks of life in their endeavors to create lasting, innovative change, with the ultimate objective of growing the economy and creating new jobs. The CAIC Forums are designed to Inform and Inspire.

We are thrilled to announce Stephen Buckley as incoming CEO of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The Board and I are very excited to announce that Gloucester resident and Boston area business executive Stephen Buckley will succeed Ken Riehl as the organization’s chief executive officer.

Steve was selected following a four-month search that attracted more than 50 candidates from across the U.S. The search committee presented its recommendation to the Chamber’s Board of Directors last month, and his appointment was approved by a unanimous vote.

Steve impressed the Chamber’s leadership with his passion for Cape Ann, his extensive business management experience, and his track record of community involvement. We reviewed a number of extraordinary candidates for his position, and he emerged as the clear choice to advance the Chamber’s mission to support our businesses and the entire Cape Ann community.

Steve has more than 20 years of business leadership experience, most recently as Executive Director of Winchester Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 121-bed facility with 200 employees. In this role, he oversaw strategic marketing, financial management, community and business partnerships, and relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials. He previously held management positions at health care facilities in Saugus, Stoneham, Haverhill, and Gloucester.  He also brings a personal understanding of small business, having owned and operated a Melrose-based physical therapy practice.

A Cape Ann resident since 1999, Steve has been active with the Gloucester Friends of Seacoast and Gloucester Education Foundation. He also served as a vice president with the Winchester Chamber of Commerce and president-elect of the Winchester Rotary.

“I thank the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for this opportunity to put my experience to work in an organization that supports  an important part of our community,” said Steve. “I am proud to call Cape Ann home for me and my family, and I am excited to be able to give back to the community as the Chamber’s CEO. I look forward to extending the Chamber’s extraordinary work focused on making greater Cape Ann an amazing place to live, work, and visit.”

Steve’s first official day will be December 5, replacing Ken Riehl, who is retiring in December after nine years as the organization’s CEO. Over the next month, Steve will work alongside Ken and the Chamber staff, Executive Committee and Board while transitioning into the CEO position.

“As we looked ahead to this transition, I was committed to making certain that the Chamber continued to be a strong and active force across the Cape Ann community,” said Ken. “In Stephen, we have found a passionate, skilled, and visionary leader who will build on the foundation we’ve established and ensure an increasingly brighter future for greater Cape Ann.”

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is the fifth largest Chamber in the commonwealth, with more than 1,000 members. In recent years, the Chamber has marked a number of milestones, including the creation of the Cape Ann License Plate and  the Cape Ann Community Foundation, which has granted almost $100,000 back to Cape Ann non-profits and schools; the Chamber’s relocation to new offices on Gloucester’s Harbor Loop; informing and supporting the community through the pandemic; and a merger with the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce,

Ken and I were part of a search committee that included the Chamber’s Executive Committee, as well as past board presidents and longtime Chamber CEO Michael Costello. The search committee was co-chaired by Past Chamber Board President Sal Frontiero and Chamber Treasurer Mike Luster.

Steve’s appointment follows the addition of Bernie Romanowski as Chief Operating Officer, a new position on the Chamber staff. Bernie, who joined the Chamber last month, will report to Steve and be responsible for day-to-day operations. Bernie brings a track record in operations leadership, most recently as Chief Program Officer for Pathways for Children.

Caitlin Pszenny
2022 Board President
Manager, Cape Ann Lanes and Laneside Pub & Brewery

Just 3 Days Remaining to Bid on Auction Items! Great Deals Still Available!

The Online Only portion of our Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is almost over! Only 3 days remain to bid. Auction will close on Sunday, November 13. View all available items at one.bidpal.net/onlinelovegca22.

There are 92 great items to bid on, ranging from boat charters to travel to gift cards and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to score great deals!

Proceeds will help the Chamber build for this special place where we live, work, and play! Bid now and bid often to show your love for Cape Ann!

Online Love Greater Cape Ann Auction is Now Live!

The Online Only portion of our Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is now live at one.bidpal.net/onlinelovegca22!

There are 91 great items to bid on, ranging from boat charters to travel to gift cards and more. The auction will run through Sunday, November 13, so register to bid today.

Proceeds will help the Chamber build for this special place where we live, work, and play! Bid now and bid often to show your love for Cape Ann!

Only a Few Tickets Remaining! Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Win up to $10,000 – Buy Your Ticket Today!

Call us at 978-283-1601 or come by the Gloucester Chamber office to buy your tickets today! Cost is $100 per ticket.

Official drawing is Thursday, October 20 from 5 to 7 PM at the Gloucester Elks.

$25K Game tickets are available for purchase at the Chamber office. There are 12 chances to win with a total of $25,000 being given away. Cost is $100 per ticket, with a limit of 500 tickets being sold. 

  •  Grand Prize: $10,000
  •  Second Prize: $5,000
  •  Third Prize: $2,500
  •  Fourth Prize (6): $1,000
  •  Fifth Prize (3): $500

In addition, 50/50 Raffle tickets are also available for purchase. A Body Length is $20 and an Arm Length is $10.

Reservations are required to attend the official $25K drawing. Please Email michelle@capeannchamber.com to Reserve Your Seat Now!

Love Greater Cape Ann Silent Auction Now Open to All!

The Silent Auction portion of the 35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is now open to ALL! Simply go to bit.ly/lovegca22 to register and start bidding! Bidding will be open until 6:55 PM on Thursday, September 29. You do not need to be at the Live Auction event to win Silent Auction items! Check out all the great Silent Auction items at bit.ly/lovegca22 – there are some sweet deals to be had! You can also set your maximum bid for any item to give yourself a better chance of coming out on top! Bid today!! Bid often!!

35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction

Please register in advance at bit.ly/lovegca

You are invited to join us for the 35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction on Thursday, September 29 from 5 to 10 PM at Cruiseport Gloucester. The night will feature:

  • Live Auction and Silent Auction
  • Fund the Future Paddle Raise
  • Heads & Tails Game
  • Passed Hors d’Oeuvres, Plated Dinner, Cash Bar

We Love Greater Cape Ann and work hard to help support our Community in many ways.  Your generous bidding will help the Chamber build for the future of this special place where we live, work and play. Join us and share your love for Cape Ann. 

  •  compete for great gatherings & trips
  •  take home your next piece of art
  •  experience a South Africa photo safari
  •  bid high with our professional auctioneer
  •  meet up with old friends & make new friends
  •  help us fund the future of the greater Cape Ann region

Live and Silent Auction Items may be previewed at: https://one.bidpal.net/lovegca22

Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s work to support Greater Cape Ann through business and regional promotion, economic growth, educational enrichment and community events.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • GOLD: Beauport Hospitality, Institution for Savings, Johnson & O’Connor
  • SILVER: Cape Ann Savings Bank, Coastal Windows & Exteriors
  • BRONZE: Applied Materials, BankGloucester, Brookline Bank, Carroll K. Steele Insurance Agency, Inc., Cazeault Solar, Works by JD

35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction

Please register in advance at bit.ly/lovegca

You are invited to join us for the 35th Annual Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction on Thursday, September 29 from 5 to 10 PM at Cruiseport Gloucester. The night will feature:

  • Live Auction and Silent Auction
  • Fund the Future Paddle Raise
  • Heads & Tails Game
  • Passed Hors d’Oeuvres, Plated Dinner, Cash Bar

We Love Greater Cape Ann and work hard to help support our Community in many ways.  Your generous bidding will help the Chamber build for the future of this special place where we live, work and play. Join us and share your love for Cape Ann. 

  •  compete for great gatherings & trips
  •  take home your next piece of art
  •  experience a South Africa photo safari
  •  bid high with our professional auctioneer
  •  meet up with old friends & make new friends
  •  help us fund the future of the greater Cape Ann region

Live and Silent Auction Items may be previewed at: https://one.bidpal.net/lovegca22

Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s work to support Greater Cape Ann through business and regional promotion, economic growth, educational enrichment and community events.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • GOLD: Beauport Hospitality, Institution for Savings, Johnson & O’Connor
  • SILVER: Cape Ann Savings Bank, Coastal Windows & Exteriors
  • BRONZE: Applied Materials, BankGloucester, Brookline Bank, Carroll K. Steele Insurance Agency, Inc., Cazeault Solar, Works by JD