Westport, Connecticut

Matthew Mandell, Executive Director and President

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Matthew Mandell is a long time Westport resident and community leader. He is in his fifth two year term on Westport's Representative Town Meeting representing District One. He Chairs the RTM Planning and Zoning Committee as well as serves on five others. He is a Trustee at Earthplace, the NatureDiscoveryCenter, since 2007.

Mr. Mandell is probably best known for his grassroots advocacy for open space and historic preservation. He has been integral in saving the 22 acre Partrick Wetlands in Westport as well as six acres at the White Barn Theater and 11 acres at the Norden property in Norwalk. Most recently he's championed the preservation of the Terrain House, the Geiger Barn and most notably the Kemper-Gunn House with its innovative move to town property and its adaptive reuse to promote local incubator retail businesses.

In 2011 he created and organized the Slice of Saugatuck Festival, a wine, food and retail experience to promote commerce in the Saugatuck Center section of town, in his district. Matthew was also integral in creating what has become a new restaurant district on the west side of the river in downtown Westport.

Matthew went to Boston University where he received a BS in Film and Communications and went to get an MFA from New York University in Film. He is married and has two children attending Staples High School.





2017 Officers

  • Peter Harrington, Secretary

    People's United Bank

  • Paul Lebowitz

    Paul Lebowitz founded Westport Mortgage in 1994 to give Fairfield County homebuyers the best possible rates and terms from the universe of mortgage lenders.

    Paul knows the mortgage business inside-out from years of experience in every kind of market as well as every kind transaction, from first-time home purchase to corporate relocation to refinancing.  Always looking out for the borrower’s needs, Paul explains each step in your mortgage in plain English – so you know what to expect.

  • Barbara Reynolds, Chairman

    By Ana Mitra Popuri / WWCC/ May 3, 2018, 10:00 AM

    Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Barbara Reynolds as the Chairman of the Board

    Westport, CT – May 3, 2018 – Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC), with its mission to support and foster businesses of the Westport-Weston community announced January this year the appointment of Barbara Reynolds as the Chairman. This follows previous Chairman Mr Paul Lebowitz’s decision to step aside after he was elected as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

    Barbara, a Realtor with Halstead Real Estate in Westport, is a 25-year resident of Weston and has been a Board member of the Chamber for over 2 years. Her appointment as the Chairman- provides continuity in the WWCC Board and grows the spotlight to Weston.

    The new Board has fully endorsed the Chamber’s existing businesses and is looking forward to continuing the economic development of Westport and its shoreline hugging sister city Weston that has a population of about 10,000 and was proclaimed by Connecticut Magazine as the No. 1 town in the entire state.

    Weston, an hour from New York City, has about 20% of its residents commuting to Manhattan daily. The town has nearly a quarter of it preserved as open space besides holding a minimum 2 acre zoning area and boasts of an exceptional educational system. Weston’s Center has a local food market, a bank, pharmacy, dry cleaners, real estate office, post office, spirits shop, hardware store, restaurant, and gas and service station offering all amenities in this quiet and wooded suburb.

    Barbara currently serves on the Weston Board of Assessment Appeals (alt), Weston Panel of Moderators and has served in many volunteer roles. Barbara was the chair of the Real Estate Sub-Committee for Weston’s Strategic Planning Committee 2017. Formerly, she served as Vice-Chair of the Weston Board of Education, President of the WMS PTO and Chairman of the Board of The Weston Racquet Club.

    Barbara is a member of the Greater Fairfield County CMLS, National Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors and Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors.

    For Further Information please contact

    Barbara Reynolds

    Realtor, Halstead Real Estate

    Westport CT 06880

    +1 (203) 216-2591

    Media Contact

    Ana Mitra Popuri

    +1 (203) 227-9234

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    About Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce

    The mission of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) is to support businesses and the Westport-Weston community at large to develop to their full potential by promoting economic development.

    The Chamber organizes and hosts multiple programs and events year round including Business after Hours, Seminars and Multi Chamber Expo. WWCC also runs sponsors and supports many community-oriented events, such as Legislative Updates, the Slice of Saugatuck, Restaurant Week, Mini-Maker Faire, the Westport Dog Festival, Blues Views and Barbeques, Chowdafest, and more.

    Members of the Chamber benefit through promotion and exposure, networking, education and training, advertising as well as insurance options and discounts.

2017 Directors

 
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