By John Lynds
In front of a packed crowd at the Hilton Garden Inn last Thursday, longtime neighborhood civic leader, Albert ‘Buddy’ Mangini, was administered the oath of office by Rep. Adrian Madaro to become the East Boston Chamber of Commerce’s president for the next two years.
After taking the oath Mangini addressed Chamber members and business leaders at the dinner.
“Welcome to the 2017 Chamber Board of Directors and Officers’ installation ceremony,” Mangini began. “I am both humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve as president of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. I am thankful for the support and confidence that you have placed in me as your Chamber president. I fully promise that I will give all my energy, strength, time and support to continue what my predecessors have established as we move forward.”
Mangini said that the strength of the Chamber lies with the business community.
“For you have the wisdom, thoughts and ideas to make it all happen and transpire,” said Mangini. “As I look out into the audience this evening I can see such great talent and knowledge. With these great members we can and we will grow, respond and connect. I strongly encourage our members and potential new members to come forward with your concerns so we can join together and help each other to achieve our goals and expectations. We need your help and I’m not ashamed to ask for it.”
Mangini said the Chamber is already started in the right direction
“Our Facebook page has been updated and will continue to be for news, events and information,” said Mangini. “For that we thank Veronica Robles for outreaching and putting it (Facebook page) together. We also have a new website that has been established for the Chamber and we will continue with the website’s transformation and we thank Paul Scott for this invaluable service”
Mangini added, “Our new membership directory is being revamped and we are finding new ways to make the Chamber more user-friendly we will continue to showcase our members and our businesses to show the advantages of being a Chamber member.”
In the end Mangini said he wants more community involvement as the Chamber moves forward under his leadership.
“Please get involved,” said Mangini. “We have many committees and events and we are always looking for new ideas and volunteers to help. Some of our benefits we offer are networking, economic development, ribbon cuttings, and we will continue with special events and promotion services like speaker seminars and grant development.”
Mangini ended by saying, “I want to thank you all for being here this evening and your continued support and we look to join together as working as one so we can accomplish our goals.”
Also sworn in during last week’s ceremony were Jim Kearney from the Boston Public Schools as First Vice President; Kim Altschul of East Boston Savings as Second Vice President; Veronica Robles of VROCC as Third Vice President; Marita Palavicini of Vilma’s Boutique as Kim Treasurer; and Joanna Cataldo of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center as Secretary.
Marisa DiPietro will serve as the Board’s Chair and Immediate Past President.
Board Members sworn in for a two-year term was Shirley Fabbo of Massport, Maggie Lopez of First Class Hair Salon, Adnai Mendez of East Boston Savings Bank and Jose Torres of La Cancun Restaurant.
Directors that are returning to the Chamber board are Vinny Qualtieri of NOAH, Margaret Farmer of North Suffolk Mental Health, Lila Kanj of First Priority Credit Union, Alex Rhalimi, of Viridian, Mass Energy and Paul Scott of GoingClear Interactive.
Albert ‘Buddy’ Mangini is sworn in as the new Chamber President by Rep. Adrian Madaro.