GLOVERSVILLE - The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired its first vice president as a merged chamber, chamber President Mark Kilmer announced Friday.
Kilmer said Terry A. Swierzowski of Johnstown was hired as the chamber's vice president and director of communications and member services after numerous applications and multiple interviews of potential candidates.
"We are so happy that Terry has joined our team," said Kilmer. "She has a great background and knowledge of our region's businesses, and we are looking forward to her ability to 'hit the ground running.'"
Swierzowski previously served as the director of communications at Lexington, the Fulton County chapter of the New York State ARC. Before going to Lexington, Swierzowski worked at the former Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 10 years. Among her roles at the chamber, she worked as interim president and vice president.
Swierzowski serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Counseling Center of Fulton County, on the Advisory Board of Directors of ASAPP's Promise and on Lexington's Guardianship Committee. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Marist College and a certificate in non-profit management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Kilmer declined to specify how much Swierzowski will be paid in her new role as vice president.
"I went through about 50 resumes and interviewed over a dozen people for the position, and she was the best candidate after the search," Kilmer said. "Her experience, energy and knowledge of the chamber world and communications really made her stand out. She had experience here before going to Lexington and was just really the best person we could have found for this position."
He said Swierzowski will be the first vice president of the recently merged Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber's Board of Directors previously named Kilmer the first president and CEO after a nationwide search in January.
Swierzowski said she is thrilled to be in the new position and looking forward to meeting all the members of the merged chamber.
"This is an opportunity that came along and I couldn't pass it up," Swierzowski said Friday. "I worked here previously for 10 years and I hope to get to know the membership better because it has changed since I was here. I'm happy to be a part of this team that is going to move the chamber forward."
She said after meeting everyone, she will look at what she can do to improve the chamber for the community and its members.