Kay replaces Chris Teachout who has completed his two-year term and will remain on the executive board as immediate past chair.
“It’s a great honor to be leading this organization, particularly because I grew up in Newton and I’ve lived in the area my entire life,” said Kay. “This is the community I’m most connected to.It’s where my business is. It’s where I know the most people. And it’s where I believe I can do the most good.”
The chamber board also reelected, Michael St. Peter, president and general manager at NBC10 Boston as vice chair. Samantha Sherman, chief development and external relations officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham and Mark Sokoll, CEO at Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, were elected as vice chairs.
Dan Brent, vice president of finance and operations at William James College was reelected treasurer. John Spino, a founding partner at Dwyer, Spino and Goncalves will serve as clerk and chair of the chamber’s governance committee.
Five local business leaders are also beginning three year terms as members of the chamber’s board of directors in January: Christopher Allen, general manager of the Boston Marriott Newton; Jay Kim COO at the Foundation for MetroWest; Tamara King principal with the Boston Ballet School in Newton; John Rufo, principal of Form + Place; and Maggie Smith vice president, head of marketing for WS Development,
“I’m so excited to be working with this impressive group of local business and nonprofit leaders who make up our executive team, our board and our overall membership,” Kay added. “Our chamber is filled with individuals who look beyond their own business and share a common commitment to our region’s success.”
Century Bank is a 50-year-old regional bank with 27 branches in greater Boston and one that is about to open in Salem, NH, and over $5 billion of total assets.Kay also serves on the board of advisors for Newton-Wellesley Hospital; the board of the Back Bay Association; member of the Corporation, Partners Healthcare System; member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee of Boston University College of General Studies; member of the Advisory Board of Hebrew Senior Life; and is on the President’s Council at Cambridge College. She has been instrumental in the successful annual fundraising initiatives for the Dimock Community Health Center, Cardinal Cushing Centers, Regis College and Catholic Charities, among others.
“I’m very grateful to Chris Teachout for his leadership and friendship as our board chair for the past two years and I’m excited to work with Linda and our new executive board and directors as we continue our efforts to take this chamber to the next level,” said Greg Reibman, the chamber’s president.