AMHERST, Mass. – Tony Maroulis, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and co-director of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council has been named director of community relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, effective March 3.
“Tony’s reputation as a strong leader of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and his breadth and depth of knowledge of the issues in town-gown relations will be a tremendous boost to our team,” said Nancy Buffone, executive director of external relations and university events. “He has great relationships with civic, political and business leaders in the region and I am confident that his fresh perspective will be a great asset for the university.”
Maroulis will serve as the liaison with local communities, civic groups and neighbors and advise the campus administration on community relations issues. In his new role, he will use his strong ties with local businesses to strengthen the relationship between the campus and the business community.
Since 2008, under Maroulis, the 500-member Chamber of Commerce expanded its role as a leader in the region’s economic development, cultural tourism, and quality of life efforts; enhanced its working relationships with municipal, regional and state government officials; and improved delivery and value of services, resulting in strong membership and the creation of budget surpluses. He was also involved in a successful re-branding of the chamber and was instrumental in the planning and launch of the Amherst Business Improvement District and the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council, which he has co-directed since its formation in 2010.
“Over the past five-plus years as the chamber’s executive director, I’ve sought to forge a strong bond between the university and the Amherst area community, and I think we’ve achieved that,” said Maroulis. “I’m proud of the connections and our successes together. The Chamber has been a key player in creating a culture of cooperation and dialogue among businesses, the Amherst area community and the University. I am thankful for the opportunity to help continue this important progress, and looking forward to my new role with the university.”
Maroulis previously owned and directed wünderarts, a commercial art gallery in Amherst and was a project coordinator at Museums10 from 2006-08 and development and marketing coordinator for the Emily Dickinson Museum from 2004-07. He also worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from 1997-2002.
Maroulis is a member of the Friends of the UMass Fine Arts Center and the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking. He also sits on the board of directors of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, on the advisory board of the University Museum of Contemporary Art, and serves as treasurer for both Amherst Media and MassCreative, a statewide arts advocacy organization.
Maroulis was a 2009 BusinessWest Forty Under 40 and a graduate of the inaugural Leadership Pioneer Valley Class in 2012.
A 1994 graduate of Rutgers University, he lives in Pelham with his wife Nora and two children, Sofia, 13, and Mickey, 9.