Minnesota native Mariah Miltier, has been promoted to executive director of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, replacing former director Jennifer Fowkes. Ms. Miltier originally joined the chamber in September 2022, and previously served as the assistant executive director.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Ms. Miltier holds a degree in hospitality and tourism management. Previous experience includes working for a chamber of commerce and a destination marketing organization while in college, as well as time in fine dining and events as an intern with the Walt Disney Company in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. For the past decade, she has been involved in an array of event management roles including weddings and private events.
Having an opportunity to speak with Mariah, she told me how grateful she is for her staff, and President Leo Daunt and the entire Board of Directors. She hopes that the example of having many younger board members and staff working alongside more experienced members will bring new ideas to the community while also encouraging the next generation to get involved.
Mariah’s husband of five years, Christopher Miltier, is in the Coast Guard. His being stationed in various coastal communities has allotted her the perfect opportunity to learn specific needs of each, while also discovering common trends. She brings this first-hand experience to our community, working hard with her staff and board to build on the existing programs while also envisioning changes to create a chamber experience unique to our needs here in Montauk.
New this year to the chamber staff is Jessica Dye-Assistant Executive Director, and Kaitlin Cavell –Visitor Services & Marketing Coordinator. Mariah is excited about what her staff brings to the table. Ms. Dye will be dealing with finances as well as learning the ins-and-outs of all aspects of the chamber, while Ms. Cavell is handling the front desk as well as upping the marketing efforts for the chamber. Mariah explained that her strong marketing experience will be invaluable as they continue to advocate for local business; highlighting what Montauk has to offer and why it’s so fun to come visit and spend time here. In addition, she’s very happy to have Stacey Kramer staying on part time; Stacey has been with the chamber since 2012. “She’s fantastic, and was previously a teacher. Her knowledge of local history and characteristics about the make-up of the community is priceless.” Commented Mariah.
Talking about what she is planning for the new year and job title, Mariah told me she wants to get to know members better and to work to bring new and exciting things to the table. I wanted her to expand on how she thought she could do this so she mentioned relying on her competent staff so she can venture out of the office to meet with members face to face, allowing her to hear their needs and thoughts first hand. Another focus will be to revitalize the chamber ‘Mixers’, encouraging networking among members.
After her first busy season, I was wondering if Mariah was looking forward to a quieter January and February. But as she explained, now is the time they are very busy preparing for the next season, mid-season is lighter because all of the planning is done and they’re implementing and supporting businesses in their high season.
Speaking of events, the last event of the year is the Magic of Montauk Holiday Fair. Mariah said it was developed with the intention of giving the residents something to look forward to while also helping to make Montauk a destination in the winter. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s winter fair has received rave reviews with visitors from far and near.
Looking ahead to spring chamber happenings: March will bring the Soup Sale during the Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as the 8th Annual Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt coordinated with the Candied Anchor and the Montauk Fire House Ladies Auxiliary.
Emerging throughout our conversation is her excitement about being here, how grateful she is for being welcomed by the board professionally and as a citizen, and how wonderfully helpful and professional her staff and board is.
Welcome Mariah, we wish you well.