Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductees Lisa Ferris and Steve Zarrella. Screen captures from the chamber's annual meeting on April 29
Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductees Lisa Ferris and Steve Zarrella. Screen captures from the chamber's annual meeting on April 29
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NORTHWEST CORNER — Two new names were inducted to the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame during their annual meeting on Thursday, April 29.
The mission of the chamber, as listed on its website at nwctchamberofcommerce.org, is to promote economic growth while enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Connecticut.
This year’s inductees to the chamber’s Hall of Fame have served the organization for many years and have volunteered to help with many of its programs.
Inductee Lisa Ferris is the manager of Brooker Memorial’s Pediatric Dental Center and also manages the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts.
She started her involvement with the chamber ten years ago when she joined the WOW [Women In the Workplace] advisory committee.
She has also chaired the WOW forum from 2018 to 2020 and was instrumental in planning an International Women’s Day event at Five Points Gallery in 2019 to promote both the WOW forum and the Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala.
Ferris is also an ambassador for the Chamber’s membership committee and is a co-chair for the chamber’s LEADS-1 group.
In the community, she is involved in the United Way and was named a member of the Building Healthier Communities Fund Advisory committee.
“She has volunteered at almost every chamber event,” meeting host John Seagrave from the Barron Financial Group LLC said about Ferris. “Many of her positions with the chamber she has decided to do herself, and there are a few others that she has been ‘voluntold’ to be involved with. She has been a fantastic sport. If you ever see her at a chamber event, you are welcomed by her smile and her bubbling energy.”
“My involvement with the Northwest Chamber of Commerce has been such an influence not just on my professional life, but also my personal life as well,” Ferris said in accepting the honor. “Not only have I made great business connections in the chamber, but I have developed many lifelong friendships along the way. The members of the chamber are a stellar group of people who believe in this community and in helping one another. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the chamber as it continues to stand strong as a valuable resource to unite the community.”
The second inductee, Steve Zarrella, joined the chamber in March 2012.
Zarrella is currently the chief lending officer at Northwest Community Bank.
He has 35 years of experience at various banks in the state, and he started with Northwest Community Bank in April 2011 as Vice President and commercial lender.
During his time as a member of the chamber, he has served as treasurer, vice-chairman, and from 2017 to last year he served as the chairman of the board.
He has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the Torrington Police Activities League, the Torrington-Winsted Rotary, and St. John the Evangelist School in Watertown.
“For the last three years, Steve has led this chamber through some pretty challenging times while remaining calm and positive,” Seagrave said. “I remember when I started with the chamber Steve was one of the first people to reach out to me to offer guidance on how to connect to chamber members. He has given me words of wisdom that have helped me greatly over the years.”
“I’ve often looked at the photos on the walls of the chamber’s office of others who have been inducted, and I am humbled to be joining this group,” Zarrella said. “I would like to thank Steve Riley, president, and CEO of Northwest Community Bank for allowing me the flexibility to spend many hours working with the chamber. During the time I have been with the chamber, I have worked with some of the finest, hardest working, and most loyal people I have ever met. The past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone and the chamber has been no exception. However, the chamber has risen to the challenge and continues to perform at an astonishing level. While in-person meetings are still troublesome, the chamber didn’t miss a beat. They mastered virtual events such as this one and continue to bring together everyone. Isn’t that the goal of the chamber? To bring everyone together.
While I may be receiving the award today, it is an honor to be working with such a committed and dedicated group of people.”
For more information about the Northwest Chamber of Commerce go to their website at nwctchamberofcommerce.org

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