Manchester says farewell to Chamber executive Sue O'Connor
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Jul. 19, 2013
Friends, family and members of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce converged at Carrabba's Italian Grill in Manchester on Thursday, July 18, to give their well wishes to Sue O'Connor, who has retired from her position as president of the Chamber of Commerce.
The party came sooner than expected – at the time the GMCC announced O'Connor's intent to retire on May 20, O'Connor anticipated staying on until the end of August. But a change of plans, where “retirement life came quicker than expected,” brought well-wishers en masse to the earlier good-bye gathering.
O'Connor has been involved with the Chamber since 1994, and has been president for nine years. She will be moving with her husband Jerry, to Antioch, Tenn.
“Susan has consistently shared her time and talent with the town of Manchester, serving on the Redevelopment Agency, Economic Development Commission, Downtown Special Services District Board, and the Workforce Development Agency, and was an integral part in forming the LIFE (Low Income Family Earners) Program,” said Mayor Leo Diana, reading from an official proclamation from the town.
The GMCC's April DiFalco has taken O'Connor's place as president. Thomas Machuga, chair of the GMCC executive board, points to DiFalco's smooth transition into her new position as evidence of O'Connor's leadership. “It's a sign that Sue was doing a good job. April was able to step in with no training,” he said. “It's always a tough transition, but she's hit the ground running.”
After accepting farewell gifts from Machuga, DiFalco and Amy Belske, the newly-appointed director of member services at the Chamber, O'Connor addressed the crowd. “Thank you all for being here tonight,” she said. “It's been a great run with you guys and we've made some great friendships. Keep in touch.”