November 4, 2013 12:14AM
By Mary Ellen Godin
The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce has named its executive director, one month after announcing an alliance with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the retirement of its longtime president.
Dee Prior Nesti, a former account executive with the Quinnipiac chamber, will manage the day-to-day operations, including membership services. She also leads the chamber in business development, events, and marketing, according to a statement announcing the appointment.
The Quinnipiac chamber serves Wallingford and North Haven and has more than 500 members.
“Since first joining the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce in 2006, Dee has been instrumental in the growth of the chamber and has consistently been a leader in membership recruitment and retention,” said Robin Wilson, former president and chief executive officer of the Quinnipiac chamber. “We’re looking forward to the continued value she will bring to the Quinnipiac chamber as we move forward.”
Wilson announced her retirement in the spring, sending executive board members on a search to replace her. When the chamber’s transition committee failed to find a qualified replacement, the board agreed to affiliate with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Wilson’s last day was Thursday, but she will stay on as a consultant until May 2014.
The agreement with Greater New Haven allows the Quinnipiac chamber to keep its name, along with the Wallingford office and support staff at its South Turnpike Road office.
“We want Quinnipiac to maintain its great status and reputation,” said Tony Resigno, president and chief executive officer of the Greater New Haven Chamber. “Dee is well-qualified to take care of the business community in Wallingford and North Haven.”
Resigno is now the Quinnipiac chamber’s president and chief executive officer. The two entities will maintain their respective boards of directors and create a super board consisting of representatives from each chamber.
Prior Nesti has experience in marketing, special events and sales, according to chamber leaders. She worked in sales at Bear Stearns and in the commodity markets on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and served as a special events coordinator at a country club. She was honored with a first-place award from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives National Sales Contest for 2012-13, according to a statement announcing the appointment.
Before joining the Quinnipiac chamber six years ago, Prior Nesti was co-owner and office manager of a clothing company with clients such as Lands End and Coldwater Creek. She is married to Michael Nesti and has four daughters.
“I am thrilled about our new venture with the Greater New Haven chamber and look forward to assuming the position of executive director of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce,” Prior Nesti said.
Maribel Carrion, who has worked at the chamber for 15 years, was named operations manager.