Amherst Area Chamber to Present Networking Breakfast Sept. 18

HADLEY — The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will host a networking breakfast featuring UMass Amherst Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 423 Russell St., Hadley.

Bamford has an extensive background in college athletics and served on the senior leadership teams at both Yale and Georgia Tech prior to arriving at UMass in April. Since then, he has strived to create energy within the Department of Athletics and build excitement in the community around the athletics programs.

“We’re delighted to have Ryan speaking at our chamber event and look forward to hearing his vision for UMass athletics,” said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Don Courtemanche. “This breakfast will be a sellout as excitement continues to grow about Ryan’s leadership and the start of the UMass football season.”

Added Tom McElroy, UMass senior associate director of Athletics, “we are pleased to be working so closely with the chamber and to have this opportunity to share Ryan’s vision with the business community.”

The breakfast is sponsored by Valley Community Development Corp. Tickets are $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members, and can be obtained by contacting the chamber office at (413) 253-0700 or online at

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