By Christopher Roberson
The Board of Directors of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) has selected Jenna Coccimiglio as the Chamber’s new executive director, replacing Deanne Healey, who stepped down in December 2017 to become a vice president with Salem Five Bank.
Coccimiglio has been the executive director of the Malden Chamber of Commerce for the past four years. Prior to that role, she held guest service positions at the Pheasant Lane, Liberty Tree and Northshore Malls. In addition, Coccimiglio has owned her own business, Garnet Marketing Solutions, since she was 22 years old.
“We’re pleased to welcome Jenna to the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce team,” said PACC Board Chairman Christopher Feazel in a written statement. “With her years of chamber and management experience, we’re confident that she will have a positive impact in shaping the growth of our business members.”
As the executive director, Coccimiglio will supervise the chamber’s day-to-day operations, which include financial management, event organization and acquiring new members.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to be instrumental in promoting business growth in the greater Peabody business community and look forward to fulfilling the needs of our current membership while contributing some fresh ideas,” said Coccimiglio. “As a current business owner myself, I believe passionately in the mission of the Chamber and its capacity to enhance the economic and business climate of its community. I’m confident the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to grow and exceed the expectations of our membership in the coming years.”
As she makes the transition from Malden to Peabody, Coccimiglio said her top priority will be to familiarize herself with her new surroundings. “The first task, and the most important in my role as the new executive director, will be to get to know the Peabody Area Business Community, including the PACC members, current Chamber initiatives and programs and the PACC Board of Directors and staff,” she said.
In addition, Coccimiglio said she learned of Healey’s work and accomplishments during her tenure at the Northshore Mall. “I knew that the PACC would be a great organization to work for and the City of Peabody a great community to be a part of,” she said. “Some people have that one job, that if one day became available, they would go for, and this was that job for me.”
PACC Event Manager Maria Terris said she is thrilled to have Coccimiglio leading the PACC. “She has a proven track record at the Malden Chamber,” said Terris.
During Coccimiglio’s first 100 days, Terris said, one objective will be to relaunch the website Peabodyareahasit.com. Another goal will be to combine the Chamber’s event-planning software with its billing software.
Coccimiglio will officially take the helm on March 1.