Chamber holiday party honors retiring DiMatteo

Published on Thursday, 7 December 2017 21:43
Written by Lorenzo Burgio

STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL - Nuchie’s Restaurant was filled Thursday for the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce and United Way of West Central Connecticut’s annual holiday party that also celebrated the career and retirement of Linda DiMatteo.

About 150 people attended the festive event that showed appreciation for all the chamber members, but a special focus was put on DiMatteo, a 21-year veteran chamber employee that is retiring at the end of the year.

“This year is very special because we are also celebrating Linda DiMatteo,” Susan Sadecki, chair of the board of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, said to the elected officials, community members and business owners at the event.

“As we reflect on 2017 and wish every one of you a great 2018, we notice a lot has changed in the chamber world in the past year,” said Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the chamber, adding that one of those changes is DiMatteo’s bittersweet retirement.

Bombard recognized the positive impact that DiMatteo has had on the chamber and the Bristol community.

“She has touched many of us. She has assisted four chamber presidents. She has done it all and has dedicated a good portion of her life to the City of Bristol,” she said. “It’s been a pleasure working with Linda for over 14 years. She is a dear friend to me. It’s been a great journey and now she heads off to another journey in life.”

“The walls in the hallways of the chamber of commerce will not be the same without your laugh,” she added.

The spotlight was then on DiMatteo when Bombard called her to the front of the room and put a tiara on her while special guest, Santa, walked into the banquet hall to greet the guest of the hour.

“I’m so humbled and honored to have you all here tonight,” DiMatteo said. “Twenty-one years, just really flew by for me.”

“All in all, the chamber has been great to me. I thank my chamber family - get over here,” she said while signaling for all the chamber employees to join her at the front of the room. “I don’t think you all realize how hard all these girls work at the chamber. I hope the chamber goes in the direction it is going right now, and I’m sure it will with all you girls.”

John Leone, former president of the chamber, then took to the microphone and spoke about hiring DiMatteo.

“For 21 years Linda made her impact on the chamber, and let me tell you, she did a lot of things,” he said. “The chamber has grown quite dramatically over the years …. And it was because of the hard work of Linda and others, but I’ll specifically say Linda today. We appreciate everything you did for Bristol and the chamber.”

“Linda has always been the go-to person matter what the project,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. “There’s no better embodiment of what Bristol is then all of you here tonight, but especially Linda.”

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-973-5088 or by email at lburgio@bristolpress.com. Follow Lorenzo Burgio on Twitter @burgioBP.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Central CT Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, 7 December 2017 21:43. Updated: Thursday, 7 December 2017 21:46.