The Greater Watertown-North Country (GWNC) Chamber of Commerce was established in 1903 by Watertown's leading businessmen, and since that time has grown to be the largest business association in the North Country. The GWNC Chamber represents the business interests of over 22,000 employees throughout Jefferson County and the region, and has representation from every business sector as well as government and the military within it's membership base.

The Greater Watertown Chamber maintains a Visitor's Center, and provides local and travel information to visitors, members, and the general public. We are recognized as the source of information (accessible online, by phone, mail, and in-person) for the county and the region. We have a staff of highly trained employees focused on membership development and retention, benefits, services, events and programs, who are also actively involved on committees and Boards throughout the County.

We present over twenty-seven annual events, including the North Country Business Expo, Job & Career Fair, and Athena Award and Shapiro Award Dinners. Our Business After Hours events average over 200 North Country Professional attending monthly to make meaningful connections. The Chamber's Farm & Craft Market, has a following in the thousands, and the Jefferson Leadership Institute is recognized as the premier leadership training program in the region.

Members benefit from many of the programs and services that we offer: money savings plans, customer building programs, advertising benefits, etc. A complete list of benefits and services is available online. Along with many networking events, we provide a number of advertising opportunities for members to get the word out to potential customers about their products and services.

There are so many ways to get involved with the Chamber, and to take advantage of all of the programs that can help your business succeed. Contact the Chamber to get more information on how the Chamber can help you!



GWNC Chamber Staff


President & CEO
Kylie S. Peck
Director of Membership Development
Karl Ahlheim
Director of Events
Kayla Perry
Director of Marketing
Jessica Piatt
North Country PTAC Program Manager
Amber Stevens
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President & CEO
Kylie S. Peck
Director of Membership Development
Karl Ahlheim 
Director of Events
Kayla Perry
Director of Marketing
Jessica Piatt
North Country PTAC Program Manager
Amber Stevens




Board of Directors



Executive Committee

Chairman of the Board
Tom Carman
Samaritan Medical Center
(315) 785-5768
1st Vice Chairman
David Males
WWTI ABC 50 & North Country CW
(315) 785-8850
2nd Vice Chairwoman
Laurie Podvin
Bowers & Company, CPAs, PLLC
(315) 788-7690
Bryon Perry
Knowlton Technologies
(315) 755-2638
Immediate Past Chairman
Michael Colello
Rainbow Restoration of Watertown
(315) 786-7269


2018 Board of Directors


Megan Klosner
Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes
(315) 955-6810

Ron Quartulli
Westelcom, Inc.

(315) 785-3926

Charlotte Waterson
Holiday Inn Express

(315) 779-1234

Rebecca Mabry
AmeriCU Credit Union

(800) 388-2000, ext. 6321

James Wright
Development Authority of the North Country

(315) 661-3200

Cindy Lawrence
Watertown International Airport

(315) 786-6005

Allison Crossman
Crossman Towing & Recovery

(315) 785-5768

Steve Bradley
Abbey Carpet of Watertown

(315) 782-4261

Doug Dier
AT Matthews & Dier Insurance

(315) 782-2020

Sonja Draught
Fort Drum

(315) 772-8263

Don Alexander
Jefferson County Economic Development

(315) 782-5865

Dr. Ty Stone
SUNY Jefferson
(315) 786-2404