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The Telegram
  • Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce names three new directors

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  • UTICA — The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce recently named three members to its board of directors.
    Elected by the membership and serving their first three-year-term commencing Jan. 1 are Daria Helmer, Dan Kalil and Julieann Sylvester.
    Helmer is a strategic business advisor at Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy Insurance, headquartered in New Hartford. As a strategic business advisor, she is responsible for developing new relationships for the agency along with working with clients to identify risk and devise solutions that promote the customer’s security and success. She has over 17 years of experience encompassing the areas of risk management, benefits administration, human resources and project management. She began her professional career in 1996 with Curtis Circulation Company in Pennsauken, N.J. After her return to Central New York, she worked for CONMED Corporation in Utica as a human resources representative and later as project coordinator for the Mohawk Valley Manufacturers Consortium. Thereafter, she worked locally for Takeda Pharmaceuticals before joining Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy.
    Helmer holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a concentration in international business management from Utica College. She holds a NYS license for property and casualty as well as life, accident and health insurance. She is involved with local organizations such as ProConnect, Mohawk Valley SHRM, Mohawk Valley Safety Professionals Consortium, Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Toastmasters and the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce. She is also a recent graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley. Helmer resides in Trenton Falls with her husband, Adam, and two children.
    Kalil is an operations manager at Assured Information Security, headquartered in Rome. Since 2012, he has overseen AIS’s newly created commercial division and is responsible for developing business partnerships. Prior to that, Kalil led AIS’s investigative systems program area for over seven years. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Utica College and Mohawk Valley Community College, instructing computer forensics and cyber security courses.
    He holds a bachelor of science degree in economic crime investigation from Utica College and a master of science degree in cyber security, also from Utica College.
    An employee of Key Bank for four years, Sylvester currently holds the position of associate vice president and branch manager of the Kellogg Road Key Center. She has held various positions at several area financial institutions spending most of her career at the former Fleet Bank. She holds a state life insurance license, a Series 6 securities license and is a notary public.
    Sylvester resides in New Hartford with her children.

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