Jessica Sylver, President & CEO
Jessica Sylver is a rarity these days—a native Cape Codder.
Jessica was born and raised in Dennis. She attended local elementary school and D-Y High School, graduating in 1996, after which she attended Cape Cod Community College until 1999. Jessica was then assistant bookkeeper at Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce from 2001, thereafter joining Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce as operations manager in 2006. Concurrent with her tenure at Hyannis Chamber, Jessica earned her Bachelor’s and, subsequently, Master of Business Administration degrees at Curry College in Milton. Jessica became President and CEO of the Hyannis Area Chamber in 2011
Married to Kevin and mother to two sons, Benjamin and William, Jessica and her family reside in West Barnstable. After hours, Jessica is an avid photographer and self-proclaimed beachcomber; she enjoys hiking, cycling and anything that can be done outdoors on the Cape she has loved all her life. Jessica finds the ever-changing Cape enigmatic and is constantly exploring new byways and the peninsula’s endless beaches, nooks and crannies.
Jessica also volunteers extensively, primarily as:
• A director of the Cape Cod Charitable Funraisers
• Member of the Pops by the Sea committee;
• Member of the Career Connect Committee of Cape Cod Young Professionals;
• Member of the Cape Cod Baseball League advisory committee; and
• Member of the Grants Committee of the Cape & Islands United Way.
Ann Marie, Operations Coordinator
Summer residents for more than thirty years, my family and I moved into a new home during the summer of 2014 and began life as year-round Cape Codders – Cape and Islands license plates and all!
After an admittedly rocky start (the idyllic summer of 2014 was followed by the record breaking winter of 2015), I gradually adjusted – embracing all four seasons on this beautiful peninsula and starting a new job with the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce in August of last year.
Early in my career, I held progressive positions in the corporate human resources field; working predominantly in the Financial Services industry for Boston Financial Data Services, State Street Bank and Trust and The Prudential. Several years in the south followed (Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC). As my husband and I raised our family, I honed my skills as a chef, nurse, chauffeur and relocation specialist – never quite putting a newly minted MBA to practice – but loving almost every minute. Just prior to joining the Chamber, having returned to my native Massachusetts, I worked in the hospitality industry.
Today, I’m happy to call Cape Cod home. I’m enjoying my role as a member of the GHCC and working with the individuals who make our unique corner of the world so special and vibrant.
Maureen Harris, Information Specialist
I was born in Norwich, Connecticut but grew up in Albany, New York. Attended Catholic School in Albany and Regis College in Weston, MA majoring in Fine Art. For 24 years I worked at Goodwin Procter in Boston, a major law firm with offices not only all over the US but also Germany, London, and Hong Kong. The last few years my focus was training personnel in two of the five California offices. I’ve been married for 43 years have two sons, one residing in Oregon, and one married with three children and living off Cape. I have traveled extensively and volunteer at the Cotuit Arts Center and Mashpee Senior Center.
Nancy Gold, Information Specialist
Nancy washed ashore at the tender age of 2 and considers herself a “True Cape Codder”! She attended Barnstable public schools and graduated from Barnstable High School in 1969. Nancy had the traveling bug in her after graduation and packed her duffle bag, grabbed a friend and hiked her way through Europe for a year. She returned to the Cape and settled into her family run business on Main St, Hyannis for the next 30 years or so. They say life is all timing and indeed it was! There was one vacant table in her station at work and little did she know that her future husband, Walter would be the one to occupy that table!
Being brought up in the restaurant business she quickly found out that besides having knowledge of food and wine she also had to have knowledge about Cape Cod, especially her home town of Hyannis. Hyannis was thriving in the 60’s and many visitors came to see the Kennedy Compound hoping to get a glimpse of one of the Kennedy’s while visiting. She bought herself a little station wagon and would drive some of her customers around the Cape and narrate as they drove along the beautiful shores of Cape Cod. Many wonderful memories were made along the way as well as many wonderful relationships! Later on she became a silent working partner in a seasonal thriving clothing store on Main St, Hyannis. She continued her tradition of making visitors feel welcome at her store by suggesting many of the fine restaurants, beaches, shops, galleries and all of the points of interest that Hyannis and surrounding villages had to offer, as far away as “Providencetown”!! It truly was her passion!