New Chamber of Commerce president has deep Milford roots

Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce President Christine Matthews Paine.

Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce President Christine Matthews Paine.

Contributed photo / Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce

MILFORD — The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce has a new president at the helm.

Christine Matthews Paine has been selected as the Milford Chamber of Commerce’s new president, succeeding Pam Staneski. Paine will officially begin on June 1, 2021. Paine, a Milford native, said she was honored and a bit humbled at her new role.

“As someone who has grown up in Milford, I was honored (to be considered),” said Paine. “I did (seriously consider) taking this role because it meant a serious commitment for me, but also from my husband and children.”

Board Chair Paige Miglio said Paine’s deep roots and history with the community made choosing her to replace Staneski easier.

“Christine’s extended family has called Milford home for generations, and she brings excitement and passion, along with a vision for our future and benefit for our members,” she said.

Paine said one of her goals is to provide business leaders with the tools to succeed by ensuring the chamber continually evolved to meet the changing demands of the business community.

“I feel it is the chamber’s responsibility to strengthen business relationships through networking and shared interactions,” she said. “Now is the time to support our members in recovering and excelling through the impact caused by the pandemic.”

She said she viewed the chamber presidency as more than a step on the career ladder.

“This is by no means a ‘career’ choice for me. It’s about helping to create a strong community for all of our families,” Paine said. “I’m excited to help our business community continue to grow. I look forward to a collaboration with all our members.”

Paine has almost three decades of experience in corporate sales and nonprofit leadership, including marketing, communications, public relations, donor partnerships, fundraising and business relationships, Miglio said. She is a member of the Devon Rotary and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, among other professional and charitable organizations. Additionally, she has served on several local boards, including the Milford United Way.

In addition to her business experience, Paine has a degree in marketing from the University of Rhode Island, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Haven. Locally she graduated St. Gabriel School and Lauralton Hall in Milford.

The variety of experience will be a benefit in working with the chamber’s varied membership, she said.

“I understand that this position is not based on emotions but on numbers — they never lie,” Paine said. “The decades I have spent in the non-profit arena have given me the ability to understand that both members and donors may come to the chamber for different reasons. Our responsibility is to pay attention to what those reasons are. The chamber should continue to celebrate our members for being a part of our community’s success.”