The Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce daily operations are run by a three person office totaling over 35 years of Chamber experience.
Leslie Gould, President/CEO
Gould brings 19 years of non-profit management experience to the LACC. For almost a year Gould has held the Director of Development position at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead. Prior to that, she was the executive director at the Marblehead, MA Chamber of Commerce for nine years.
Gould, has a proven track record of building Chambers from its infancy to a professional, respected and relevant powerhouse in the community by focusing on quality customer service for both Chamber members and community; cooperative advertising; creating and organizing member and community events, programs and initiatives; collaborating with non-profits, businesses and tourism development and solid image building.
Gould is a native of Swampscott and graduated Boston University, College of Communications with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. She received a certificate in non-profit organizational management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce institute for organizational Management. She is an award winning cable television producer, was awarded a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, served as Commissioner for the Essex National Heritage Area, and served on the Board of Directors for the North of Boston Visitor and Convention Bureau.
“The Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce continually challenges me. It’s diversified both in membership and in the communities we represent. The opportunities here are limitless and we are constantly growing with the needs of the members. I have found LACC members to be proactive on all fronts, serious about networking and promoting their business and community oriented. It’s a pleasure to work with such a progressive and diverse area.”
Sandra Lewis, Membership Manager
Sandra Lewis has been the Membership Manager at the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 16 years. Moreover, Lewis is the “super woman” of sponsorship and is the organization’s secret sales weapon!
Lewis is a proud lifelong Lynn resident. She graduated from Lynn Vocational Technical Institute in 1997 where she was a captain of the women’s basketball and softball teams.
Lewis also attended North Shore Community College. Lewis is married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Lynn with their three children, Makayla, Leana, and Eddie Jr.
“Working at the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce gives me the opportunity to work with so many different types of people, from bank presidents to the retail shop owner. I love helping them promote their business. We work on a variety of programs and events to help the business community. Everyday is different at the LACC and that is why I love my job.”
Christine Neals, Communications/Marketing Manager
Neals is a native of North Reading and a 2014 graduate of Salem State University, receiving her B.A. in Communications and Graphic Design.
Neals graduated Cum Laude and is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official Honor Society at four-year Colleges and Universities.
Neals has been able to combine her passion for art and design with her knowledge in marketing and communications and apply it to her current position, making her an invaluable asset to the LACC Team.
“The LACC provides me with an opportunity to build relationships with many different business owners and learn about their businesses, while challenging my creative design abilities,” says Neals. “The LACC is in constant motion with programs, events and emails that there’s never a dull moment and always an opportunity to push my designing boundaries.”
“Christine has been able to hit the ground running,” says LACC president and CEO Leslie Gould. “The LACC is a fast paced environment and information hub. She is able to multitask at a demanding pace while effectively understanding and presenting member and event information. Her artistic flair allows her to continue to present a positive image for our organization.”
Neals looks forward to getting to know each and every member.