DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Chamber of Commerce has selected longtime resident Susan Cator as its new executive director.
Cator will officially join the Chamber of Commerce on May 5, but residents and business owners will have a chance to meet her during the Darien Going for Green Business Mixer on Wednesday, April 23, at TD Bank in Darien.
“Susan has a remarkable background in media and marketing to the Darien Community," said Chamber of Commerce President Carol Wilder-Tamme. "In her own business, she has had her hands on the pulse of both the business and residential sides of the Town, commented John Lundeen, a member of the Darien Chamber Executive Board and Search Committee."
Cator said she is "thrilled" to join the Darien Chamber of Commerce. In her new role, she will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the chamber. She has lived in Darien for more than two decades.
"Having lived here for 22 years, I think our town looks the best it ever has," she said. "We now have more restaurants with terrific fare and service, larger retailers and smaller boutiques, we have small courtyards to gather during the day or for a concert at night, and we still have our own movie theater. It wasn’t like this when I moved here. Our residents are enjoying themselves locally and those from other towns are coming here. Our housing market is vital with more and more young families moving to Darien. Our YMCA, DCA, YWCA-Newcomers, Library, Weed Beach, DAC, Darien Historical Society and others have expanded their programs to service the younger and older members of our community."
Cator spent most of her career in advertising and marketing and has recently done work for New Neighbors, a welcoming marketing service.
"(Darien) is a wonderful community with so many dedicated, generous, creative and caring individuals," she said. "It is a pleasure to share the many wonderful things about Darien with these new families. I look forward to working with each and every member of the Chamber."
Residents and business owners are asked to bring business cards to the mixer on April 23.
Registration, which is required for the event, can be completed on the Darien Chamber of Commerce website.