New CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Reblogged from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

We are thrilled to announce Stephen Buckley as incoming CEO of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The Board and I are very excited to announce that Gloucester resident and Boston area business executive Stephen Buckley will succeed Ken Riehl as the organization’s chief executive officer.

Steve was selected following a four-month search that attracted more than 50 candidates from across the U.S. The search committee presented its recommendation to the Chamber’s Board of Directors last month, and his appointment was approved by a unanimous vote.

Steve impressed the Chamber’s leadership with his passion for Cape Ann, his extensive business management experience, and his track record of community involvement. We reviewed a number of extraordinary candidates for his position, and he emerged as the clear choice to advance the Chamber’s mission to support our businesses and the entire Cape Ann community.

Steve has more than 20 years of business leadership experience, most recently as Executive Director of Winchester Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 121-bed facility with 200 employees. In this role, he oversaw strategic marketing, financial management, community and business partnerships, and relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials. He previously held management positions at health care facilities in Saugus, Stoneham, Haverhill, and Gloucester.  He also brings a personal understanding of small business, having owned and operated a Melrose-based physical therapy practice.

A Cape Ann resident since 1999, Steve has been active with the Gloucester Friends of Seacoast and Gloucester Education Foundation. He also served as a vice president with the Winchester Chamber of Commerce and president-elect of the Winchester Rotary.

“I thank the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for this opportunity to put my experience to work in an organization that supports an important part of our community,” said Steve. “I am proud to call Cape Ann home for me and my family, and I am excited to be able to give back to the community as the Chamber’s CEO. I look forward to extending the Chamber’s extraordinary work focused on making greater Cape Ann an amazing place to live, work, and visit.”

Steve’s first official day will be December 5, replacing Ken Riehl, who is retiring in December after nine years as the organization’s CEO. Over the next month, Steve will work alongside Ken and the Chamber staff, Executive Committee and Board while transitioning into the CEO position.

“As we looked ahead to this transition, I was committed to making certain that the Chamber continued to be a strong and active force across the Cape Ann community,” said Ken. “In Stephen, we have found a passionate, skilled, and visionary leader who will build on the foundation we’ve established and ensure an increasingly brighter future for greater Cape Ann.”

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is the fifth largest Chamber in the commonwealth, with more than 1,000 members. In recent years, the Chamber has marked a number of milestones, including the creation of the Cape Ann License Plate and the Cape Ann Community Foundation, which has granted almost $100,000 back to Cape Ann non-profits and schools; the Chamber’s relocation to new offices on Gloucester’s Harbor Loop; informing and supporting the community through the pandemic; and a merger with the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce,

Ken and I were part of a search committee that included the Chamber’s Executive Committee, as well as past board presidents and longtime Chamber CEO Michael Costello. The search committee was co-chaired by Past Chamber Board President Sal Frontiero and Chamber Treasurer Mike Luster.

Steve’s appointment follows the addition of Bernie Romanowski as Chief Operating Officer, a new position on the Chamber staff. Bernie, who joined the Chamber last month, will report to Steve and be responsible for day-to-day operations. Bernie brings a track record in operations leadership, most recently as Chief Program Officer for Pathways for Children.

Caitlin Pszenny
2022 Board President
Manager, Cape Ann Lanes and Laneside Pub & Brewery


This Week in thye Artd 2022/11/14-20

Rocky Neck Art Colony Festive Public Community Feast and Members Meeting

Wednesday, November 16,  Feast: 6:30 – 9 PM, Member Meeting: 6-6:30 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Rocky Neck Art Colony invites all to gather in creative community to celebrate the season and the artists of the current exhibitionFeast: The Art of Dining Together.Please bring along an artful plate of finger food or a food sculpture! Beverages will be offered by RNAC. Music provided by DJ Tracy Sousa.

Meeting for RNAC Members (6-6:30PM, followed by a Community Feast that is free and open to all (6:30-9 PM).

New Book Celebration of two major Cape Ann Poets:

The Gloucester Writer’s Center and Windhover host poets Jay Featherstone & Martha Fox at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts for a reading, book signing and gathering

Sunday, November 20, 4:00-6:00pm located inside the stained glass CHAPEL (which is heated), on Windhover’s campus

Critics have hailed Martha Fox’s poems as “evocative” and “strikingly beautiful,” and Jay Featherstone’s as “incisive and often shattering.” Join us to celebrate the release of new poetry collections by Fox and Featherstone with a reading, book signing, and wine/cheese reception in Windhover’s historic Chapel. Copies will be available for sale (cash/check). 

Jay Featherstone lives in Gloucester. His chapbook, Vermeer Paints My Mother, is now out through Fenway Press. Two previous full-length collections are Glass (Fenway Press) and Braces’s Cove (New Issues). A Harvard graduate, he served as speechwriter for anti-Vietnam War presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy; as editor of the New Republic; and as headmaster of the Commonwealth School. He has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Michigan State and is well-known for his pioneering work on teacher education. His writing and poems have appeared in the New York Times Book ReviewThe AtlanticHarvard Education ReviewPloughsharesHarvard Review, The Nation, and elsewhere. 

Martha Fox lives in Rockport. Her new book of poetry, This Arc of Assurances, was released in October by Grayson Books. Previous volumes include the chapbookTides/The Land Sighted, with poet Thomas Lux, and the book If the river’s this high all summer (both Pym-Randall Press). Her poems appear widely in literary journals, including PoetryThe Atlantic, and Ploughshares. After completing an MFA at UC Irvine, she served as an NEA Poet in the Schools and continued to teach young writers for decades. 

The event is free but rsvp’s are welcome at

For questions, please contact Lisa Hahn at or by calling 978-546-3611

Wednesday, Nov 16, from noon- 2pm T Max will be back at the Whale’s Jaw spinning up a whale of a time with John Hicks and Mark Chenevert.

Whale’s Jaw – 17 Railroad Ave, Rockport MA

T Max  🎵

Cape Ann Veterans: Don’t Miss The Open Door’s Thank You for Your Service Mobile Market!

Cape Ann Community

The Open Door will hold a Mobile Market this November thanking Cape Ann veterans for their service, in honor of Veterans Day.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16 from noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Cape Ann Veterans Services at 12 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester MA

WHAT: All those on Cape Ann who have served in the military are welcome to stop by The Open Door Thank You for Your Service Mobile Market. A selection of fresh, delicious fruit, vegetables, and eggs will be available for veterans to choose from.

Questions? Contact The Open Door at 978-283-6776.

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