Executive Director, John J. Smolinsky
John’s training and professional experience is in the field of banking. Before coming to the Chamber, John served as Senior VP for Business Development at the Webster First Credit Union and, prior to that, as President and CEO for the Saugus Federal Credit Union. Throughout his career, John has served in leadership capacities with local and regional civic organizations.
Executive Assistant, Marie Smith
Marie comes to the Chamber with hotel sales and event planning experience. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the office including accounting, handling inquiries and correspondence, and especially enjoys organizing events. Marie is available to help Chamber members and prospective customers.
Co-President, Christopher M. Barrett
Chris is one of four partners at Christopher J. Barrett, Realtors, which just marked its fiftieth year in business. The company consistently supports and participates in local organizations. Chris served over a decade as a Director of the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors, including a term as President. Additionally, Chris is Sponsorship Chair of one of Wakefield’s marquee events, Blossoms at the Beebe.
Co-President, Janice M. Casoli
Janice is in the trust and wealth management field as Senior Vice President & Trust Officer of First Financial Trust, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Savings Bank in Wakefield. She is a member of Lynnfield Rotary and a member of FAST, Financial Abuse Specialist Team of the Northern Mass Region of Elder Protective Services.
First Vice President, Robert Sardella
Bob started his sign business 46 years ago from home in his parent’s garage right after graduating from Wakefield High School. During the company’s early growth he also attended The New England School of Art & Design in Boston. Sardella Signs & Graphics has since occupied a number of Wakefield locations in order to accommodate the company’s growth and to service local and national based clients.
Second Vice President, Suzanne Bowering
Suzanne has thoroughly enjoyed her job as a travel agent at Holiday Travel for the past 35 years. Although not a Wakefield resident, she spends considerable amounts of time volunteering for a variety of town activities and organizations.
Along with being the past Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce president, she is the current president of WCAT’s Board of Directors. Suzanne is a past president of the Wakefield Rotary Club and has been the club secretary since 2003. She enjoys giving back to the community that has given so much to her.
Treasurer, Joyce Grasso
Joyce advanced through various positions with the Wakefield Co-operative Bank, where she currently serves as Vice President for Human Resources. She has been affiliated with the Chamber since 1991.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chris Barrett, Christopher J. Barrett Realtors
Suzanne Bowering, Holiday Travel
Cheryl Carroll, Mary Kay Independent Sales Director
Janice Casoli, First Financial Trust
Terry Giove, Lahey
Ann Hadley, JC Marketing Associates
Ally Houghton, The Savings Bank
Catherine McDonald, Beebe Library
Cyndi Newell, Greenwood Wine & Spirits
Catherine Nigro, Lakeside Inn
Bob Sardella, Sardella Signs
Robert DiBella, The Savings Bank