Monday, December 17, 2007

Coleen Fabrizi joins Gaffer District as Executive Director

The Gaffer District Board of Directors has named Coleen Fabrizi as its new Executive Director effective January 15, 2008. This appointment fills the leadership role at the District which has been vacant since February 2006. Chris Sharkey had been assuming director responsibilities with the help of the Executive Committee during the interim period.

Coleen comes to the Gaffer District after five years with the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce, the last two as its president. She will be a familiar face to most in the District!

Tom Blumer, chair of the Gaffer District Board, cited her track record with the Chamber in building relationships, her ability to develop a strong team, and her knowledge and experience with Corning and its downtown as key factors in the Board’s choice. “As you know, we’ve had a tough time finding the right person for this role since we launched the Gaffer District in 2004. We’ve taken our time finding the proper combination of expertise, local knowledge, experience, and a collaborative style. We also strongly knew we had to stay within our immediate vicinity, and Coleen fit all those needs perfectly.”

Coleen and Chris will be working closely together over the next several months with the Gaffer District staff to ensure a seamless transition for all.

We’re looking forward to having the leadership model in place that we’ve always felt is needed.

Please join us in welcoming Coleen to her new role!


Congratulations, Coleen!