Chamber boss to step down

Jennifer Zinzi will step down as executive director of the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Friday, Aug. 3.

She told The Press that she plans to take a sales director position with the Regional Hospice Center in Danbury.

“Ridgefield will always hold a special place in my heart,” she said. “I was fortunate to return to town and join the chamber after my career in banking, and I’m fortunate again that in my new role with Regional Hospice that I will get a chance to be back in the community. … Ridgefield makes me want to be a better person and that’s what I will miss most about being chamber director — that sense of spirit, that collaboration between individuals, and the philanthropic values of the town.

Zinzi said she will also miss the interactions with Chamber members and our business owners.

“It’s hard to pick a favorite memory,” she said. “There are many good ones, and a lot of them have to deal with the people who we serve on a daily basis.”

Zinzi joined the Chamber three years ago after working in the banking industry for two decades.

"This new job is a great opportunity for me, and it gets me back more on a career path like I was on when I left banking," she said. "I will definitely be taking lessons with me that I learned as Chamber director. It's important to know how to interact with people when you're in a sales role."

She said working for Regional Hospice will give her the opportunity to work in a field where she can see a tangible difference being made.

"Hospice helps people in a difficult time and I think that was attractive for me in my search," she said.

She wrote a letter to Chamber members that was published earlier in this week. She told them the career choice was done with "mixed emotions."

“Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for your friendship and camaraderie,” she said. “It has been an honor and privilege to work with you. I look forward to our paths crossing again very soon.”