The following is a press release submitted to SOURCE
FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and MetroWest
Chamber Educational Foundation today, September 3, announced that Jim Giammarinaro of Ashland has accepted the position as President and CEO, to begin immediately.
Giammarinaro began his career at large area corporations including Raytheon Corporation, Gillette, and Avery Dennison. In 2001, he co-founded Freedom Printing in Ashland, named by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year in 2004. He sold Freedom Printing in 2018.
In 2014, Jim and his wife Marion also founded Putts & More Family Fun Center in Holliston. Jim earned a B.S. in Management from Bentley College, and an M.B.A. from Babson College.
He has been active in Business Networking International (BNI), serving four terms as Chapter President, and the board of The Barry Price Rehabilitation Center, where he served as Treasurer, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Metro West Work Opportunities Coalition.
“We cast a wide net in our search and thank the many outstanding candidates who applied. We were thrilled that Jim enjoyed his successful time as Interim Co-Leader and chose to throw his own hat into the ring. Jim’s contagious enthusiasm, his deep local relationships, and his experience in small and large business sectors, including success as an entrepreneur, made him a strong and unique choice for our new President and CEO. We couldn’t be happier,” said Katherine Garrahan, Chair of the Board of Directors for the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, and a partner at the law firm of Bowditch and Dewey. “The Chamber strives to improve the business and economic climate of greater MetroWest, while working cooperatively with other area associations and affiliates to provide resources and opportunities for success. Jim will focus on making an impact on the region as an advocate for the businesses and communities we serve, while maintaining and deepening our role with our members by
providing a central hub for the community to connect and flourish.”
Giammarinaro served several terms on the MetroWest Chamber’s Board of Directors, and was slated to serve as its Board Chair in 2020.
In early 2019, he took a leave from the Board to serve as the Chamber’s
part-time Interim Co-Leader along with Stephanie Hirshon of Boxford.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President and CEO of the MetroWest Chamber,” said Giammarinaro. “I’m committed to meeting the changing needs of the MetroWest business community and providing value for our entire membership.”
As his first order of business, Giammarinaro appointed Hirshon to a newly created part-time position of Deputy Director of the MetroWest Chamber.
Hirshon will continue her role as Executive Director of the MetroWest/495 Transportation Management Association, a program of the MetroWest
Chamber of Commerce which she has led since 2010.