Staneski named new Milford Chamber director

Former State Rep. Pam Staneski has been selected as the Milford Chamber of Commerce’s new executive director, succeeding Gary Mullin.

Staneski will start as executive director on Feb. 4.

Chamber officials said they believe Staneski will be a big asset to the Chamber.

“I am excited to have Pam join the chamber in this leadership role,” said incoming board chairman Michael Grande. “Pam’s experience, expertise and vision align with the mission of our chamber and will provide a direct benefit to our chamber members. The Board of Directors looks forward to working alongside Pam, and continuing to emphasize the exceptional and unique qualities that Milford provides to its residents and businesses.”

Staneski said she fell in love with Milford over 20 years ago when she and her husband, Paul, chose to make it their home. Since then, she has served the city in many roles, including as a member of the Board of Education, Board of Alderman, and most recently as the state representative for the 119th House District.

“As a legislator she sponsored the protection of Connecticut’s coastal shellfish beds and spawning grounds, helping to preserve a significant contributor to our local economy,” according to a press release from the Chamber of Commerce, “and, Milford has fast become a craft-brewery hub in part because of the farm brewery bill that she supported which fueled partnerships between farms and breweries, and created jobs. She has also been a leader in Milford’s non-profit community. Pam co-founded the Milford Prevention Council, worked for United Way of Milford, was President of Milford’s Promise, supports the Boys and Girls Club of Milford, and volunteered for the Rape Crisis Center.”

Before moving to Connecticut, she spent over 10 years as a cost accountant for Kransco, the manufacturer of the hula hoop and Frisbee. In that time, she earned a bachelor of science in elementary education from Old Dominion University.

“I am honored and excited to be the next executive director for the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce,” Staneski said. “The Chamber is a community connector and I welcome the opportunity to work with our outstanding membership, committees, and legislative leaders in not only continuing what the Chamber already offers its members but also in finding new and innovative ways to promote our businesses and the communities we serve.”