Young Professionals to be Recognized by Chamber of Commerce


Article Contributed by
Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
& Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

Two local women who have helped to spearhead Young Professional movements in Chautauqua County will be honored with this year’s Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  Monica Kemp-Simpson of Dunkirk and Simone Sellstrom of Jamestown will jointly receive the award during the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Friday, December 7 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel.  Ms. Kemp-Simpson is Incubator Program Manager at the Fredonia Technology Incubator. Ms. Sellstrom is an Assistant Professor and Director of Media, Visual, and Performing Arts; Communication Coordinator at Jamestown Community College. They have each worked diligently to organize young professionals to build networks and professional relationships to enhance their communities.  

Guest speaker for the event will be David P. Hart, President and CEO of Hart Hotels. A privately owned company based in Buffalo, Hart Hotels has more than 30 years of experience developing, operating, and managing hotels and restaurants. Its Harbor Hotel Collection features a portfolio of award winning hotels in Portland, Maine; Watkins Glen New York; and Clayton, New York. The Inn at Diamond Cove is located on the historic site of Fort McKinley on Great Diamond Island in Portland, ME. Working with the Krog Group, Hart Hotels recently completed and opened the new $38-million Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron. This world-class destination hotel and conference facility is located on and pays tribute to the former Celoron Amusement Park, which closed decades ago leaving a vacant nine acre site on the lake shore.  Mr. Hart will be talking about building successful partnerships, such as the Hart and Krog alliance for the Celoron project, as well as trends in the hospitality and tourism industry and the economic and environmental factors that go into consideration before a development.

This luncheon event will be held at noon on December 7 and is sponsored by DFT Communications.  Chamber members and non-members are invited to attend. The cost is $24 for members or $26 for non-members. Advance registration is required.  You can sign up online at or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.