MERIDEN — The Midstate Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that Rosanne P. Ford, vice president of membership services, has been named interim president.
Ford replaces outgoing chamber President Sean Moore who retires from a 20-year career this week.
“This appointment will allow for a smooth transition until the permanent president position can be filled,” Moore said in a chamber statement. “Rosanne was the logical choice and I’m pleased that the Board of Directors has made this appointment.”
Ford joined the Midstate Chamber of Commerce in March 2001 after careers in the hospitality, tourism and insurance industries. She graduated from the University of New Haven with a bachelor of science degree in hotel/restaurant management.
In 2005, Ford was promoted to the position of vice president. In 2006, she was recognized with the Charlotte Marshall Prothero Staff Award from the Connecticut Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 2007, Ford was honored with the Women and Families Center Women in Leadership Award (business category). In 2008, Ford completed a four-year chamber executive leadership program at the Institute of Organizational Management at Villanova University. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Girls Inc. Strong, Smart and Bold Award. She has served on local non-profit boards and currently sits on the board of directors of the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford.
“I’m looking forward to working with Rosanne Ford as she fills the role as interim president,” said Nathaniel Bottone, chairman of the chamber board of directors and owner of Salon Nathaniel. “I have full confidence that she will do an excellent job and continue the great work that the Midstate Chamber brings to members.“
Richard Pendred of A & A Office Systems and past chamber board chairman cited Ford’s 18 years of experience and leadership.
“She has been involved in leadership with several organizations throughout the community.” Pendred said. “She has the passion for growth for the Midstate Chamber as well as economic growth for Meriden and surrounding communities. I look forward to working with Rosanne as the Midstate chamber moves forward.”
The Midstate Chamber of Commerce on South Broad Street in Meriden was founded in 1896, and serves more than 550 active members, according to the statement.