Meet the 2018 Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
Cara Cipullo, Head Ambassador, Marketing Director RE/MAX Spectrum
Cara Cipullo, a local Plymouth resident, is the Marketing Director for real estate agency RE/MAX Spectrum. Her main role is to oversee the marketing efforts at their five real estate office locations, as well as the 60+ agents and Spectrum Magazine. She is based at their Plymouth office.
Her current role as head ambassador for the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce made the step to the PCC Board of Directors a natural one, which she will now serve a three-year term. Cara will also serve as the Membership Chair on the BOD.
Cara also sits on the Board of Directors for the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless.
In 2015, Cara won three awards for her marketing work and community involvement. These awards included the 2014 Plymouth Chamber Ambassador of the Year, BNI Rookie of the Year and the 2015 Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine 40 under 40 Award.
Cara graduated from Suffolk University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism with a minor in marketing and public relations. She grew up in Plymouth and is a part of the Plymouth North High School Class of 2004.
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.
Melissa Merritt, Travel Specialist at Mickey Adventures by Melissa Merritt
The process of vacation planning is stressful. So stressful that many vacation plans are never made. Melissa’s passion is researching vacation destinations and providing clients with options that are best fit to their preferences and specific needs. In turn, clients enjoy personalized and memorable vacations with a seamless, stress-free planning process. Each client is different and with so many amazing destinations throughout the world, Melissa is a certified travel specialist in not only Disney destinations, such as Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Aulani and the theme parks, but also several cruise lines, all-inclusive resorts and more.
Before focusing on her travel business, Melissa began her career as a management intern at New England Dragway where she focused on event planning. Building on her event experience, Melissa was a Marketing Manager at Verizon Wireless, Executive Briefing Program Manager at the Verizon Innovation Centers and the Northeast Retail Operations Senior Manager for Fios. In all of her roles, she focused on gaining insight into the customer’s needs and expectations, ensuring that she delivered a high level of customer satisfaction to each one.
Melissa graduated from Salem State College with a degree in Business Administration. She is originally from Andover, MA and currently lives in Carver, MA with her husband and two Siberian Huskies.
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.
Gabriella Gray Guimaraes – Brabo Payroll & Benefits – Relationship Manager
Gabriella recently joined the Brabo team as a Relationship Manager for payroll and benefits. Thrilled with the recent move, Gabi is passionate about providing resources and solutions to hard working small businesses.
The UMass Amherst graduate earned both a BBA in Marketing and a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Isenberg School of Business. Gabriella’s approach to business has always focused on hospitality. A firm believer that outstanding customer service is the most lucrative and sustainable competitive advantage, Gabi feels right at home with Brabo.
Previously, Gabi worked for Eastern Bank throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod while finishing up her dual degree. It was at this time she became involved with community initiatives. The Carver native is an advocate for the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce and credits such organizations with a large portion of her success at Eastern Bank. Currently, Gabi is the Vice President of her BNI group and a member of the South Shore Chamber, but is always looking for more ways to get involved.
During her time at Eastern Bank, Gabi focused heavily on small business banking and became close with the owners of Brabo, Kevin Hennessey and Scott Hokanson. Brabo’s business model and dedication to concierge-level service for local, small businesses won her over instantly and she officially made the jump in December of 2017.
When she is not entrenched with work, Gabi enjoys playing tennis, traveling, collecting wine and attempting to golf. Her favorite industries to work with are Restaurants, Contractors, and any small business that is truly passionate about fulfilling their dreams.
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.
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.
Will Shain, Certified TAB Facilitator and Executive Business Coach
Will is the Founder & Owner of The Alternative Board serving clients as an executive business coach on the South Shore, South Coast and the Cape.
He brings considerable experience working with companies that range in size from start-ups through Fortune 500, but his focus today is primarily in small companies with less than 100 employees and $10 million in sales.
Will is also the President of Peer Group Advisors, Inc., a private firm that consults in matters related to leadership development, team building, sales, marketing, operations and strategic planning. He has partnered with a NY firm to offer continuous improvement programs for companies that wish to improve the efficiencies of their business through the Lean Six Sigma methodology.
He was recently re-appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to another 5-year term to the Board of Trustees for Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable where he serves as board Secretary and is a member of several committees including Audit and Evaluations. He is also a trustee for the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay for which he leads strategic planning activities, he remains committed to the Plymouth Lions, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce.
Jamie Brids is the Customer Relations & Sales Support Associate at My Generation Energy.
Growing up in Boston, Jamie graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. After working in sales and customer relations in Newton, MA, Jamie discovered that her passion and commitment to her customers are the most important aspect to her career. Jamie is friendly and outgoing and will strive to help her customers in any way possible.
Active in the community, Jamie is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is paired with a fun and outgoing 12 year old girl from Falmouth. She has also assisted in the build of multiple Habitat for Humanity projects around the Cape. With a passion for the ocean, Jamie moved to Cape Cod to be close to her favorite fishing spots and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Steven Feldman, Keller Williams Real-Estate Agent
Steven Feldman works as a real-estate agent and consultant for Keller Williams, the largest realty firm in the US. He and his wife, Beth Davis, form the Beth and Steve Team under Plymouth Area Home Realty, an affiliate of Keller Williams, working from the new Plymouth office. Steven’s long-term ambition: Making hip Plymouth a music destination. Before becoming a Realtor, he headed Internet Marketing for several Boston-area tech firms, serving him well in today’s real-estate business. Since 1983, Steven has been buying and selling properties in the Boston area and South Shore, urging Chamber members to learn from his mistakes and successes. You can find this sports junkie working out at Exit 5’s Planet Fitness. Steven enjoys telling the woman ahead of him in the 12-items-or-less line that each one of her grapes constitutes an item.
Sandra Smith – Realtor at RE/MAX Spectrum
I’ve lived in many states throughout my years and have been in Plymouth for the last 16 years. Having grown up with a father in real estate and owning his own firm, I decided to become a licensed REALTOR in 2003 and in 2005 obtained the SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) Designation.
I’ve worked with seniors in the home care field for 10 years and understand the difficulty in selling the family home. I’m compassionate and understanding of this life transition. This has helped me gain a passion for helping seniors and I’m currently the CO-President of the Plymouth Networking Group that raises funds for seniors of Plymouth County. I’ve also been on the committee for The Walk to End Alzheimer South Shore chapter for the last 8 years. I enjoy volunteering at the Center for Active Living and helping deliver Meals on Wheels to residents of Plymouth.
Having moved from several states and into many homes over my lifetime. I know the joys and pains of it all and how to stage your home to sell quickly. I enjoy helping people write their story, be it their first chapter with a new home, closing a chapter by downsizing or just changing it to find the right home!
I have three sons who are the joy of my life and enjoy traveling, golfing or the beach!
Michael D. DeChiara, CIC – Atlantic Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
Bridget Hindle Torres – BTRANSFORMED Coaching & Consulting
Bridget Hindle Torres is an accomplished speaker, change leader, human resources professional, and certified integrated wellness and life coach. Before pursuing her true passion, Bridget worked in Corporate America, most recently, as a Senior Vice President in Human Resources in a global organization responsible for US operations.
Bridget has been engaging employees, developing leaders, promoting positive change, and helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential for over twenty-five years. January 2018, BTRANSFORMED Coaching & Consulting formally opened its doors in the Village Land Marketplace at 170 Water Street, Suite 10 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Today, Bridget is transforming lives and organizations through a new way of thinking as a Certified Integrated Wellness & Life Coach and Human Resource Consultant.
Joan Lyons – 3 Daughters Jewelry, Apparel and Gifts
In September 2014 we started a retail business on Water Street in Plymouth, 3 Daughters Jewelry, Apparel & Gifts strives to meet the needs of our customers by providing stylish options at a variety of price points. We enjoy offering a relaxed shopping experience for customers to de-stress, and escape the hustle and bustle of their busy lives for a while. We take pride in working with local artists and authors offering them a platform to share their wonderful talents with our local customers, as well as, the many visitors who come to Plymouth each year. We chose to open our business in Plymouth because of the deep connection her husband’s family has to Manomet. Joan is a Lesley graduate spending years as an educator prior to opening the business.
Lisa B. Reilly – Cape Cod 5 Mortgage Loan Officer
Lisa B. Reilly joined Cape Cod Five as a Mortgage Loan Officer in 2017, bringing with her fourteen years of experience in the mortgage industry. Lisa specializes in first-time homebuyer programs and has been nationally ranked for sales in home equity lines of credit and loans. As a longtime resident of the South Shore area, she has an excellent understanding of the market.
Prior to joining Cape Cod Five, Lisa worked as a marketing director in the restaurant industry in Boston. Additionally, she has held a number of positions with mortgage companies in Southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA.
Lisa is very active in her community. She currently serves as President of the Cultural Committee for the Town of Plympton and has volunteered and held board positions for the Rotary Club of Plymouth, the Silver Lake Regional Schools PTO, ALS Family Charitable Foundation, and the Old Colony Chapter of Business Network International.
Melissa Green – Michael Green Painting and Home Improvements
Melissa Greene is a life-long resident of Plymouth and the VP of Business Development for Michael Greene Painting & Home Improvements. With a background in graphic design, marketing, HR and sales, she works with her husband’s company to support and assist their continued growth by implementing and streamlining backend processes as well as spearheading various marketing and communication efforts.
Having owned several small businesses, ranging from retail to service and ecommerce, Melissa has a wide range of business acumen and understanding of the needs and challenges small business face. Her passion is finding creative ways to help businesses succeed, whether it be her own or supporting the efforts of other local small business.
Michael Greene Painting & Home Improvements has been serving Plymouth and the surrounding towns for 12 years, providing exceptional quality, value and customer service. From fine interior/exterior painting and staining, to custom built-ins and kitchen & bath remodeling, customers can trust Michael Greene Painting & Home Improvements for all their residential and commercial painting and improvement projects.
Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, two daughters and son, her granddaughter and their English retriever. She has great appreciation for the immense growth Plymouth has experienced over the years, yet is still a closely-knit community in which she feels grateful to be part of.
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!
Dana A Mahoney, RP®- Client Service Administrator at GAGE-WILEY & CO. INC.
Giselle Crowell – First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union
Let Giselle Crowell help you to your new home. Giselle Crowell is a Mortgage Originator with First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union in Plymouth County and throughout the South Shore. In addition to participating in the Plymouth Chamber, Giselle is also an active member of South Shore Realtors where she serves on their Community Service Committee. A mortgage and loan professional for more than 17 years, Giselle has the knowledge and experience to help you through the loan process, find the terms that are right for your budget, and make sure all the legalities are competently handled so that the closing goes smoothly and you can take possession of your new home. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, looking to trade up or build a new home, deciding to downsize, or simply wishing for a change by using the equity on your current home, Giselle can help. She will sit down with you and look over your budget, income and savings, helping you get a clear picture of what type and amount of loan is realistic. There are many factors to consider when getting a home loan; interest rates are only one element of the complete package. Giselle will help you consider all your options so you can concentrate on making the best decision for your needs. The financial aspects of home buying can be stressful and overwhelming—but they don’t have to be, not with a trained and caring professional in your corner.
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.