Chamber President Roger Adams has announced his retirement from the Chamber of Commerce, Inc. /Windham Region effective on September 1. Adams has served with the Chamber since 1975 and is the longest serving Chamber CEO in Connecticut.
In his tenure with the local Chamber, the organization more than tripled its membership and has become the primary source of business and economic information in the multi-town Windham Region. As President of the Chamber, Adams represented the business group on several local non-profit boards as well as on the Governor’s Rail Advisory Task Force, Natchaug Hospital’s board of directors and on the executive committee of the Connecticut Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives including as their chair in 2003-2004.
Adams noted his pleasure with the organization’s decision relative to succession in its choice of a longtime Chamber professional to be its new CEO, Diane Nadeau, most recently the Chamber’s Vice President of Development. Nadeau has worked with Chambers of Commerce since 1993 and since 2008 with the Windham Chamber.
Adams concluded in a statement that “This move places the Chamber in an excellent spot to continue to expand our services to small business and to support job growth and retention in the region.”
The Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that has been providing support, services, education and mentoring to businesses in the Windham Region for over 126 years. They work with legislators to increase business opportunities in Connecticut, work with educational institutions to better the region’s workforce and provide networking opportunities for business owners and professionals.