The Springfield Regional Chamber is the voice of business for our members. We work together to create a shared vision for our region, strengthen and improve our economy, develop the region’s workforce and provide legislative advocacy. For more than a century, the Chamber has promoted, supported and enhance the economic health of the region.
The Greater Springfield region is a leader for innovation and prosperity.
The Springfield Regional Chamber drives the economic vitality of business communities and regions through leadership, advocacy and partnerships.
We’ve embarked on a three-year strategic plan to promote our strengths, expand the region’s existing businesses and emerging opportunities, and significantly improve the economic future for all who call the Springfield region home. We’re excited to work with our members and the business community on important and innovative initiatives that will lead our region toward a productive and prosperous future.
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Nancy brings nearly 25 years of strategic alliance building, communications, public relations, media relations and government and community outreach to her role. Prior to becoming president, Nancy served as the Chamber’s vice president of marketing and communications. This is her second stint at the Chamber, serving as its communications director from 1999-2001 before joining Western Massachusetts Electric Company as its manager of corporate communications and corporate spokesperson where she achieved the #1 ranking in the Eastern Region in the communications component of the annual JD Power & Associates Business Customer Satisfaction Survey. Nancy remained at WMECO until 2007 when she established N.F. Creed Communications, a strategic communications and public relations consulting firm. She rejoined the Chamber in 2012 and was named president in 2016.
Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, is certified in nonprofit organization management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management and is a 2000 graduate of the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Leadership Institute.
She’s also a Parrothead, Citizen of the Conch Republic, and an animal lover with soft spot for Cocker Spaniels especially those that no one else would give a home to. She says she will retire to a tiny island in the Caribbean with her two blind dogs, cat, and maybe her husband...
Director, Membership Development
As the director of membership development, Jim is responsible for ensuring the continuous and steady growth of the Chamber’s membership by building and maintaining a comprehensive and aggressive membership recruitment, retention and service program with the ultimate goal of growing member businesses.
Jim comes to the Chamber with a successful background in business development, strategic partnerships, alliance and channel management, and sales and sales management. Most recently, Jim served as the director of business development and partnerships for Blackboard, Inc., a national education technology and services company. He also served as a Registered Investment advisor for TD Banknorth/MassMutual/MetLife, owner and principal of The James Edward Group, and served in several human resources capacities for The Hartford, Barnes Group, Inc. and TiteFlex Corporation/Con-Test, Inc.
Jim earned his master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in statistical psychology from American International College.
He is a recent convert to fly fishing for trout in our local rivers (don’t worry the trout are indeed safe from his skills), a longtime golfer (again don’t worry, the greens are safe from his renowned mediocrity), and won’t retire until after Tom Brady does (probably another 10-12 years at least). Rumor has it he has never been known to turn down a good Caesar salad.
Manager, Events & Programs
As manager of programs and events, Grace Szydziak develops, plans, coordinates, and executes Chamber events and programs to maximize the value and benefit to members and create a positive experience for participants. She also serves as the liaison to the Professional Women’s Chamber division and is the right hand to the Chamber President.
Grace is a creative event planning professional with extensive hospitality experience, most recently serving as the assistant general manager for the iconic Student Prince Café and Fort Restaurant, where she was responsible for all general operations, new business development, social media and customer outreach and satisfaction. Prior to that, Grace served as the assistant general manager where she was the initial point of contact for event sales and customer service, and previously served as the office administrator for Century 21.
Grace is a graduate of Elms College with a degree in business management and a former member of the Elms College Law Society.
She is an avid New England sports fan, has to drink an Orange Monster every day, and calls oatmeal cream pies her guilty pleasure. She also admits that she loves to sing, but has a terrible voice.