Westfield Chamber adds new position

By Anna Skinner

Jack Russell, a resident of Westfield, will now work part time as the chamber of commerce’s director of sales. (Submitted photo courtesy of Emily Horkay)

Jack Russell, a resident of Westfield, will now work part time as the chamber of commerce’s director of sales. (Submitted photo courtesy of Emily Horkay)

With the growth of Westfield, the chamber of commerce has expanded to add a new position for director of sales and marketing, and Westfield’s own Jack Russell will take on the part-time role.

“My new position with the chamber is director of sales and marketing,” he said. “My role is to promote events and get sponsorships along with finding new members. Along with that, I’m creating a different perspective of the chamber. We’ve seen a lot of growth. We want to become more innovative in the chamber, think of different ideas and concepts to help businesses get to where they want to be. My biggest goal is to help businesses with their problems.”

With the addition of Russell, there are now three staff members at the chamber. Russell’s current big push is to gain sponsorships for the golf outing June 6 at the Bridgewater Club.

Russell said with Westfield’s growth, he is an advocate for entrepreneurship and businesses that encourage that, such as the Union.

“We have tons of companies in Westfield that have started with entrepreneurship. They started with an idea, so as they grow, they grow with us, so that’s huge to me,” he said.

The chamber discovered Russell through Westfield Young Professionals and realized he had a background in sales and marketing. Russell announced his new position March 8.

Any businesses with membership or sponsorship inquiries can contact Russell at jack.russell@westfield-chamber.org.

“The big reason why any business in Westfield should join the chamber is we are growing so much. During this time in the chamber, we are really trying to connect with businesses, help solve the problems they have and help them grow,” Russell said. “If you start with one person and one idea, the chamber can help you. As you grow to five or 10 people, we want to grow with you and keep you here. I love Westfield, so to feel like I’m making a difference in the city and helping businesses get to where they want to be. That’s huge.”