A newsmaker you should know: Robinson businesswoman fills leadership post at chamber

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Representing more than 1,100 businesses in the airport corridor, the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest suburban chambers of commerce in Pennsylvania.

Governing the organization is a 26-member board of directors, which represents large and small businesses, minorities, women and nonprofit organizations throughout the 31 communities that make up the airport corridor and beyond.

On Jan. 16, the chamber formally welcomed its 2014 board of directors and executive committee at its Annual Celebration of Excellence at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.

Alisa Faulk of Robinson was elected chairwoman of the 2014 executive committee. This will be her third year to serve on the board.

“I think we have a great chamber and I’m excited to be a part of it,” she said.

Ms. Faulk has served as general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Settlers Ridge since it opened in September 2010, and in October, she celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Concord Hospitality Enterprises, which manages the property.

Through her work with the hotel, she said, she can see the value of being a member of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.

“They’re very involved in the community and in regional development, and I think that meshes well with what we do for a business,” she said. “Being a hotel here, we want the region to be successful and prosperous.”

To better serve its members, the chamber is developing a new resource center that will be off Ewing Road in Moon. The project is still in the design phase, with plans calling for it to be completed by late 2015 or early 2016.

Originally designed to be an incubator for potential new business owners who needed office space to get their business off the ground, Ms. Faulk said it has evolved into a business resource center that will house the chamber’s offices, provide meeting and conference space, and enable out-of-town business people to rent desk space.

“It’s exciting to be a part of,” she said. “I think it’s heading in the right direction, and I think we as a chamber want to see it bloom.”

In addition to providing networking events, legislative functions, and educational and professional development programs, the chamber works to help business people get to know each other and learn how they can refer business to each other.

When a new company joins the chamber, ambassadors make sure the new member is aware of all of the resources that are offered and help select the programs best suited for the company.

Membership is diverse and includes businesses that have two employees to those with thousands of workers, she said.

Serving as chairwoman for the executive committee is a new role for Ms. Faulk, and she said she looks forward to putting her business expertise to use.

“It’s being a part of something bigger than yourself,” she said. “I want to represent the chamber the best I can.”

In addition to her role with the chamber, Ms. Faulk serves on the board of directors for the Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association and is a member of Skal International, an international travel and tourism organization.

Shannon Nass, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

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