WWCC Hires Mandell as New Executive Director
The Westport-Weston Chambers of Commerce is pleased to announce that long time Westport resident and RTM member Matthew Mandell has taken over the helm of the organization as its Executive Director and President.
"Matthew has shown a rare ability to advocate and lead," said Jonathan Baron, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber. "He's imaginative and processes the right social and technical skills to break new ground in the changing landscape of business in our community. Matthew caught our eye with how he created the Slice of Saugatuck Festival to promote local businesses and his influence to promote what is now a new restaurant district on the west side of the river, downtown."
"Westport sells itself," said Mandell. "I love this place, and I believe this is a great opportunity to continue my work to make it even better. It's time to revamp what a Chamber of Commerce is and embrace new technology, innovation and adopt new practices to bring our businesses and community together." He elaborated, "It's all about building relationships and getting people out to experience and know what our businesses have to offer, everything else will fall into place from there."
Mr. Mandell 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.
He is married and has two children attending StaplesHigh School.