Meet the 2017 Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
Cara Cipullo, Lead Ambassador, Marketing Director RE/MAX Spectrum
The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce new Senior Ambassador Cara Cipullo to lead their ambassador program. Her role will be to oversee the current group while bringing in new ideas, members and helping to restructure the current program.
Cara Cipullo’s position as marketing director for local real estate agency RE/MAX Spectrum, a chamber major sponsor, makes her a local community leader with the right tools. Her main role at the agency is to oversee the marketing efforts at their five office locations, 70+ agents and the Spectrum Magazine; she is based out of the Plymouth office.
Cara Cipullo previously won three awards for her marketing work and community involvement. These awards include the Plymouth Chamber Ambassador of the Year, BNI Rookie of the Year and Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 Award.
She graduated from Suffolk University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism with a minor in marketing and public relations. She grew up and currently resides in Plymouth, and has worked the majority of her career in the area.
Paul Crossman – Business and Executive Coach, Professional Business Coaches, Inc.
Paul Crossman works with successful businesses helping owners and executives achieve their vision. Clients become more self-aware of why their issues continue to occur and why their prior efforts have not led to success. Through regular sessions, Paul helps clients be accountable for their actions and guides them to practical solutions that they are committed to execute. Clients make steady progress and over time achieve the success they are seeking and overall improve both personal and business effectiveness. Focus areas include: becoming a better leader and manager, building team alignment, and long-term succession and exit planning.
In his training and meeting facilitation programs, Paul’s emphasis is on maximum impact and application of the material through proven adult learning methodologies. Participants read materials and watch videos on their own time prior to the live sessions and in the sessions focus on discussing implications, brainstorming new ideas, and role-playing real life examples.
Leon Lopes – Broker Salesperson, RE/MAX Spectrum – Plymouth
Leon Lopes has been a licensed real estate sales professional since 1994 specializing in helping both sellers and buyers in the sales, marketing, or purchase of a home in the greater Plymouth MA area. While his focus is primarily on residential property including single family, condominium, waterfront, new construction, The Pinehills and Redbrook, he’s also completed transactions for the sale or purchase of land and commercial real estate. His goal is a truly satisfied client who is confident in referring him to anyone needing the services of a professional realtor. Additionally, he is a member of the Town Advisor Network and is the real estate Town Advisor for Plymouth MA (www.plymouth.ma.townadvisor.com). Leon is the recipient of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award, is a Past President and member of the Rotary Club of Plymouth and a Trustee for the Pilgrim Society.
Patrick Flaherty – Founder of Guided Living Senior Home Care & President of Elder Life Care Network
Patrick founded Guided Living Senior Home Care after seeing first-hand the difficulties a family can have when trying to find quality in home care for a loved one. Through the journey of Guided Living, he co-founded the Elder Life Care Network, a one-stop shop for elders and families needing guidance by credentialed and expert professionals to gain clarity and assemble the medical, insurance and financial aspects of an elder’s unique and challenging situation.
After graduating from Brown University, Patrick worked for both large and small companies in Massachusetts and California prior to Guided Living & ELCN. In his national Product Management roles he maintained a passion for understanding his customers’ needs and carried his core values into Guided Living’s mission.
He has set the highest standards for care and emphasizes the importance of quality communication with clients, their families, caregivers, and staff.
Denise Maccaferri – Denise Maccaferri Photography
Denise is a Plymouth photographer who has been providing photos of the Chamber’s events since 2013. In additon, she is the photographer for the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Plymouth 400, the Spire Center for Perfoming Arts and a freelancer for Gatehouse Media Newspapers, including the Old Colony Memorial, Carver Report and Kingston Reporter. Denise’s business, Denise Maccaferri Photography also includes photographing life events, portraits, head shots, business promotions, real estate, and landscapes.
Nicole Long – Chief Executive Officer for Old Colony Elder Services
Nicole Long is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Old Colony Elder Services (OCES). She began her career at OCES in 2005 in the Family Caregiver Support Program and has worked with many programs since then including the Nutrition, Housing, Health Living, Volunteer, and Development Departments. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. Ms. Long serves as a State appointed Commissioner on the Board of Directors for the Plymouth Housing Authority and is an Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapist at Wildhearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater. Nicole believes in the innate resiliency that all individuals have and is passionate about empowering every person to reach their full potential. Nicole is grounded in strength based practice and is experienced in working with survivors of trauma, older adults, individuals with disabilities, as well as caregivers.
Patricia (“Pattie”) Piva, is Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings
BankPatricia (“Pattie”) Piva, is Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank’s Sandwich location. She has over 20 years of banking experience, including the past 10 years at Cape Cod Five. She is also a graduate of the Babson College of Financial Studies Program.Pattie grew up in Dartmouth, where she graduated from Bishop Stang High School. After attending Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland as a business and finance major, she began her banking career. Twenty years later, Pattie moved back to New England. She and her husband Phil reside in Sandwich. Pattie enjoys golfing, running and yoga in her free time.
David Stevens, Decked Out Apparel and Promotions
Dave has been in apparel and marketing for more than 30 years. He has consulted for Nike, Reebok, Joseph Abboud, LL Bean and many others in both apparel manufacturing and embroidery applications. He has been responsible for the development of 2 products for the embroidery industry. Dave’s experience in yarns, fabric, and construction, uniquely qualifies him to pick the right products specific to you. In addition he has worked with companies as large as 300 million dollars, helping them pick the right products and image, to get the best ROI from their trade shows.
Dee Davidson, Simply Soothing Sanctuary
I am a licensed Kriya massage therapist, reiki shamballa master and yoga instructor. I work out of my home in Kingston, Ma where my husband and I have created an environment that works on the premise that we heal from the “Inside Out” and we help people to bring themselves to this place from a point of relaxation. I came into this field of work after 911, when I took a look at my life and asked myself the ? “If you died tomorrow, do you feel you have served your soul’s purpose?” Shortly after that I ended up with some recovery time so that I had to stay home and do little to nothing after a surgery. At this time I found out about a massage school nearby and my journey began. I started school in January 2002 and graduated in 2003. My business “Simply Soothing Sanctuary” is my Gift and I try to give back when possible. I have a 7-circuit classic labyrinth in my backyard for walking and sacred space for yoga and meditation. We like to say that once you come to visit you keep coming “Home”.
Bonnie Templeman, Embrace One Change
Bonnie has been in the health and wellness business for over 40 years and her passion is to help people live healthier longer.
She worked in the operating room and later as a private O.R. nurse for a general surgeon. The transition from dealing with the effects of lifestyle choices working as an operating room nurse to beginning a health and wellness business in 1977 was an exciting change! Her business name is ‘Embrace One Change’ which reflects her passion to make one healthy change at a time and create a lifelong habit for healthier daily choices. As life has unfolded, a major change has become a door for new beginnings.
‘Embrace One Change’ reflects who she is.
Bonnie is also a Certified Health Coach and offers a complimentary session to her clients along with an elite line of products that help stay healthier longer.
Her ideal client is someone who knows good health really matters most. People who want to do everything they can to give themselves and their families every option for a dynamic, healthy life now. So they can age with style and look to the future with confidence and vitality. They like the convenience of shopping online 24/7, and they’re committed to using safe clean products at home and on their body.
Bonnie has been a member of the Plymouth Chamber since 2009 and voted ambassador of the year in 2015. She loves being part of such a wonderful group of inspiring people and connecting with them weekly.
Bonnie also hosts Healthy Living Events – with a goal to inspire & help others live better & stay healthy longer.
Meg Murphy Garfield, Owner of Plymouth Open Doors Yoga Studio, ” Free Your Body, Free your Mind” Located in West Plymouth Plaza
Taking her first yoga class seven years ago changed Meg’s life. At first it was finding more strength and flexibility in the physical sense, but as her practice grew, Meg realized the overall value of “Free Your Bogy, Free Your Mind”. Through breath and postures, one experiences a feeling of overall balance, tranquility and kindness. This starts from within, so you can then share this experience with others. Yoga will improve your physical strength, release toxins, increase your energy and help you live healthier everyday! Following her heart and love of the ocean, Meg moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts from Rochester, New York. The business community was extremely welcoming, with The Chamber of Commerce providing opportunities to be actively involved.
Plymouth Open Doors has the best qualified instructors with unique personalities that shine when they guide you through a class. We offer classes for beginners through advance and heat from moderate to HOT!! All first time students enjoy 3 classes for $20. Visit our website at Open Doors Yoga, click Plymouth, pick a class and come visit! Our hearts and doors are always open!
Susan Crameris, Area Community Liaison for Northbridge
Susan Carmeris has lived in Plymouth for over 10 years and has been active in the community since she joined the team at Stafford Hill Senior Living soon after moving to the area. She has served as marketing director at Stafford Hill as well as their sister community, Laurelwood at The Pinehills and is currently Area Community Liaison for both Northbridge properties. Susan understands the value of connecting with other businesses in the area and values the benefits of belonging to the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce.
Caroline D. Quinn is the Founder and Chief Marketing Strategist of Quinnovative Marketing LLC, a marketing company based in Plymouth MA.
As a Plymouth resident with more than 30 years experience in marketing, Caroline launched Quinnovative Marketing in 2015 to help small and medium-sized business owners achieve their goals. As a Certified Marketing Director (CMD), Caroline has expertise in developing and implementing strategic marketing plans that include digital/content marketing and analytics, public relations, special events, sales promotions, market research, visual merchandising, customer and retailer relations, advertising strategy and copywriting, and community outreach. Prior to Quinnovative Marketing, Caroline worked for 3 mall owner/management companies, including Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), Equity Properties & Development Company, and Simon Property Group. Most recently with PREIT, she was a Regional Marketing Director overseeing the marketing programs and personnel at 15 malls in the eastern U.S., including the Dartmouth Mall. She was responsible for managing the company’s website program, as well as the their award-winning sales promotion campaigns. Caroline also worked on redevelopment and grand reopening campaigns at several malls in her region. Caroline is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Journalism/Communications. She grew up in Los Angeles and has also resided in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, and Plymouth. In her free time Caroline enjoys watching the Patriots, Celtics, and Wolverines, working-out, and spending time with her family.
Laurel J. Hartman, Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine
Laurel Hartman is a graduate of Nauset Regional High School, has a B.S. from Northwestern University and an MBA from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Her 20+ year career in the hospitality industry with leading organizations including Hilton, Marriott and Starwood has taken her from Chicago to NYC to Boston and back to her home on Cape Cod. In conjunction with the completion of her MBA, Laurel joined the team of Cape & Plymouth Business Publishing as their Director of Sales and Content Marketing. In her role, she is delighted to work with business owners in the region to craft customized marketing messages that showcase their brand and their brains. She is a certified meeting professional (CMP), certified sommelier and certified meditation trainer with extensive experience in human resources, training, food service and event planning. Active in her community, Laurel serves on the board of directors and a number of committees of the YMCA of Cape Cod, is a member of both Cape Cod Young Professionals and South Shore Young Professionals, is a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute of the Cape & Islands, co-founded the Cape & Islands Wedding Group and is a past president of the organization, and is a member and past board member of the Lower Cape Business and Professional Women. Laurel resides in Brewster with her husband, mother and two daughters. She loves to cook, knit, take walks on the beach and spend time with her daughters.
Sarah Bramhall,Mirbeau Inn & Spa
I am a Sales Manager at Mirbeau Inn and Spa at the Pinehills. I joined the team six months after their grand opening in June 2014, and I am celebrating my one year this January. I plan the corporate and social events for the hotel as well as help our guests coordinate room blocks and spa groups. I am actively involved in the community though the Chamber, South Shore & Cape Cod Young professionals, and Meeting Professionals International. I graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2013 with a degree in Communications and Management. Before starting at Mirbeau, I was the manager & function coordinator at Southers Marsh Golf Club. I also bartend at 42 degrees north on the weekends.
Ambassador Program Information
What is an Ambassador?
An Ambassador is an official representative of the Chamber of Commerce, a front-line volunteer.
Who can serve as an Ambassador?
Any current Chamber member in good standing may apply to serve as an Ambassador.
Where are these events located?
Event locations will vary, as most functions are held on-site at Chamber member places of business.
Why Serve as Ambassador?
Allows you to become more involved in your business community. This results in increasing networking opportunity, enhanced visibility of your business, and numerous opportunities to market and promote your products and services.
- Promotion of the value of Chamber membership within the Community
- Active recruitment of new members and retention of existing members.
- Attendance at Chamber functions including ribbon cuttings, networking events, and annual events.
- Support the Chamber functions as an official greeter, good-bye host or crowd host.
- Assistance in the promotion of Chamber activities and events in the community.
- Contacting membership to inform of and invite to upcoming Chamber events.
- Serving as a source of information on Chamber programs, products, services and event.
These responsibilities shall be carried out by:
- Staying well informed of Chamber policies, procedures, events and services
- Establishing a personal relationship with assigned members through ongoing phone calls, written messages and personal contact.
- Conducting goodwill calls and alerting Chamber staff of new business in the community.
- Serving as a liaison between the Chamber, its member and the business community.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
There are a variety of networking, fundraising, and general Chamber events that Ambassadors are required to attend throughout the course of the year.
- Ambassador Committee meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM at the Chamber.
- Networking Events (Mixers, Luncheons, After Hours) are held at Chamber member places of business. Ambassadors will be responsible for supporting Chamber staff by serving as a greeter, goodbye host, or crowd host at the event. A sign-up sheet will be rotated at monthly committee meetings for Ambassadors to volunteer at upcoming events.
ELIGIBILITY & MEMBERSHIP
All Ambassadors shall be current members of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce in good standing, and adhere to the following stipulations.
- Term of service shall be one (1) year. Upon completion, a new Ambassador Commitment form must be submitted.
Serving as Ambassador provides you with a greater level of visibility and promotion than standard Chamber membership. As an Ambassador of the Chamber you will receive recognition throughout the year in a variety of different ways:
- Listing on the Ambassador page of the Chamber Website
- Introduction in the Chamber’s newsletter
- Introduction and recognition at Chamber events which you volunteer
- Official Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Ambassador name badge.
If you are interested in serving as an Ambassador for the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, please contact the office to request an application form. Once your application form has been reviewed you will need to attend one training class, and upon successful completion you will be recognized as an official member of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee.