New Haven, CT (May 22, 2017) – After 17 years of service as the President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC), Anthony Rescigno announced today his plans to retire on December 31, 2017.  A search committee of Chamber board members and community business leaders has been formed to identify a successor.

“As someone who has been involved in local business affairs for the better part of my career, I am so proud of what we have accomplished over the years,” said Anthony Rescigno, president of the GNHCC. “It has been a true privilege to serve with and for some of the best and brightest in our region and to be blessed with an extraordinary staff throughout my tenure at the Chamber. While I will absolutely miss those interactions every day, I have decided that the time is right for me to retire.”

Rescigno was appointed President of the GNHCC in 2000 following a national search. A former First Selectman of North Haven, Rescigno built a reputation as someone well acquainted with local and statewide politics and transformed the Chamber into the greatly respected organization that it is today.

Under his leadership, the New Haven Science Fair program was revitalized with 8,000 students in 22 schools now participating annually. New programs such as the PULSE young professionals group and the highly successful Real Estate Forum were formed. In 2013, Rescigno led the integration of GNHCC with the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, forming one of the largest regional chambers in New England.  In 2014, working with the board of directors, Rescigno launched a broad strategic planning process that delivered a comprehensive roadmap for the Chamber for future growth. Last year, the GNHCC was honored with a four-star accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on its communities. It is the only Chamber in Connecticut to achieve this national recognition.

“We have been truly fortunate to have someone with Tony’s business and political acumen as the leader of our Chamber for nearly two decades,” said Jennifer DelMonico, Esq., managing partner of Murtha Cullina and board chair of GNHCC. “Tony is a consummate professional who truly understands and appreciates the needs of all businesses, from small shops to large organizations.  He retires safe in the knowledge that he will pass on a Chamber that is financially strong, vibrant and growing. We will truly miss his insight, guidance and keen appreciation for the economic landscape.”

DelMonico announced that a search committee has been formed and will be chaired by Michael Schaffer, head of commercial leasing for CA White, Inc., and a long-time member of the Chamber’s executive committee.  After a request for proposal process, the search committee selected Chamber partner United Personnel to assist with the search. United Personnel offers recruitment and staffing services throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

“A true testament to Tony’s leadership is his willingness to continue to serve and lead the Chamber for the next seven months while we conduct a thorough search for his replacement, and to spend 2018 working on special projects that will bring value to the Chamber and its members,” said DelMonico. “Our board is dedicated to hiring our next leader with the leadership to take what Tony has achieved and help move the Chamber and our member organizations to greater heights.”