Chamber awards community leaders at annual dinner

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Members of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce heard some breaking news last night at the organization’s annual dinner meeting, its leader is leaving.

Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Conway announced her resignation, effective in 6 weeks, because she’s been recruited for another position out of town.

Conway, a Texas native whose husband is from this area, says it was a difficult decision as she’s been welcomed by the local community.\

During her 3 years in the position, Conway oversaw a major rebranding of the Chamber as well as its move into a new economic development hub that also houses the Industrial Development Agency.

She expects the Chamber to continue to focus on workforce development issues as well as broader community concerns such as poverty and the opioid crisis.

“I’m thankful that I was able to be able to take the Chamber where it is, and be a part of that. But, I know that we’ve built a team that’s going to take it to the next level, and that next leader will be the one who can build upon what we’ve laid as that foundation.”

The Chamber also bestowed awards on 5 local individuals for their accomplishments.

Visions President and CEO Ty Muse was honored as the Civic Leader and Joe Hashey, President and founder of Synergy Athletics as the Small Business Person of the Year.

Muse says, “We believe it’s one of our pillars to help this community be the best version of itself.  If we give of our talent, our resources, our energy, our name, we believe it’s a lot more likely to be successful.  We just want to see success breed success.”

Hashey says, “There’s been so many companies in the area where their staff and their owners have reached out to us and helped us learn along the way. It’s so easy to work with each other in this community. A large part due to the Chamber of Commerce, a large part due to the nature of just small business in the area.”

Other honorees included Upstate Shredding CEO Adam Weitsman as Entrepreneur of the Year, ICS CEO Kevin Blake as Distinguished Chamber Volunteer and Levene, Gouldin and Thompson attorney Carrie Wenben as Young Professional of the Year.

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