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“Two Cities, One Business Community” - The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce represents both business communities in Farmington and Farmington Hills. The GFA Chamber is the hub and your connection to these two amazing communities.  Our staff is dedicated to making the most of your membership through quality events, outstanding promotional and networking opportunities, and superior customer support, all while being your primary tie to the business community. We believe a strong chamber is an essential element in creating and maintaining a vibrant business community.

“Two Cities, One Business Community”
ABOUT OUR Community

Known as the Fraternal Twins, Farmington and Farmington Hills offer an atmosphere that fosters business growth and progress as well as an exceptional standard of living for its 95,000 residents.

Known as the Fraternal Twins, Farmington and Farmington Hills offer an atmosphere that fosters business growth and progress as well as an exceptional standard of living for its 95,000 residents. It is obvious when driving through Farmington and Farmington Hills, that much thought went in to developing a community that is both rich in history with a focus on progress. To consider one community is to consider the other. Farmington Hills, Oakland County's largest community, is perhaps best known for being home to major corporations such as the Robert Bosch Corporation, Nissan Research and Development and ACN World Headquarters as well as for its progressive approach to developing the community. The City of Farmington is best known for its charming historic district, downtown shopping district and its quaint, picturesque main street. The two communities share not only a top-notch school district, but also a variety of services that enable our residents to experience the highest standard of living. Location, Location, Location! The Cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills make up a total of 36 square miles, consisting of a unique balance of historical charm and a sense of high-energy business growth and progress. Situated in the heart of southeastern Michigan, the Farmington/Farmington Hills region offers accessibility to major thoroughfares. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 696 and 275, our corporate and residential communities find access in and around Southeast Michigan to be easy.

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OUR TEAM

We have an experienced, talented and dedicated team that is made up of diverse, enthusiastic, results-driven individuals who play an integral role in GFA Chamber’s success. 

Mary Martin Executive Director

 Mary has been a resident of Farmington/Farmington Hills since 1997.  Mary has participated in many facets of the community starting her volunteer experience as a religious education teacher at Our Lady of Sorrows.  She continued to serve the community as a volunteer in the Main Street Organization Committee and served as the interim Downtown Development Authority Director for Farmington in 2005.  Mary was instrumental in developing the concept of the very first Harvest Moon Celebration, now over 10 years running.  There is currently a namesake Community Leadership Award in her name, The Mary Martin Service Award, which has been awarded every year since 2005.

 Mary’s professional experience stems from an 18-year history with the IBM Corporation.  Her most recent position as Internal Auditor included assessing process risk across global locations in North and South American, Europe and Asia.  Mary’s current position is that of Executive Director of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, which is both challenging and yet rewarding as she takes on this new adventure in public service.

 Mary has four children and two grandchildren and is often shopping and volunteering at the Farmington Farmers and Artisans market on Saturdays. 

Marcia Rodeheffer Director of Membership Development

Marcia Rodeheffer joined the Chamber in October  2015 as Director of Membership Development.  She was an Ambassador with the Chamber for the past 5 years and comes with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience.  People are her passion, and she makes it no secret in her work approach.  She never shies away from a business challenge and is always eager to roll up her sleeves and find a solution.   She holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication and passionate about connecting people and businesses to meet their needs.  In her free time, Marcia enjoys outdoor activities, soccer, reading and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Cheryl Zajdel Office Manager

Cheryl Zajdel, Office Manager for the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, has been a resident of Farmington for 18 years and raised her family here. Cheryl has been with the chamber for 16 years and brings superior customer service to our organization and our members. Cheryl is passionate about our members and enjoys serving both Farmington and Farmington Hills area businesses.

Kate MacEwen Event Coordinator

Kate MacEwen joined the Greater Farmington Chamber in February 2017. She brings 14+ years of fund development experience, including major gifts, grant writing, special events, capital campaigns, social media, marketing and annual fund campaigns. After 14 years in fundraising, Kate decided to switch careers and started working for her family's business, ezbake technologies, a company that produces ingredients for large scale bakery food manufacturing. While she enjoys working for her family's company as the VP of Business Development, she missed doing events and interacting with the public. Kate was excited when she found a part-time job at the Chamber that allowed her to do both. Kate has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in voice performance and political science, and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in Arts Administration. Kate lives right outside Ann Arbor, is the proud owner of a pack of Sptizes, and enjoys spending time with her family's horse, a 19 hand Percheron draft.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors for the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce is comprised of local business leaders, civic leaders and community volunteers. These individuals assist in providing vision and direction for your Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Each Board of Directors seat is a two-year term.

  • Annette Compo Home Team
    Chamber Executive President
    Keller Williams
  • Karen Blazaitis
    Chamber Past President
    Mid American Studios
  • Leigh A. Byrd
    Chamber Executive Secretary
    Bright House Networks
  • Rachel Minikel, CPA
    Chamber Executive Treasurer
    Rehmann
  • Barry Brickner
    Barry L. Brickner, Attorney
  • Greg Cowley
    City of Farmington
  • Jerry Ellis
    Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder & Lazar, P.C.
  • Geno Grabinski
    The Print House
  • George Heitsch
    Farmington Public Schools
  • Mary Martin, Exec. Director
    GFACC
  • Ken Massey-Mayor
    City of Farmington Hills
  • Ken Paulson
    Paulson's Audio & Video
  • Duane L. Reynolds
    Wright Beamer, PLC
  • Gene Richards
    Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
  • Narendra Sanath-Kumar
    Beaumont Hospital-Farmington Hills
  • Jan Sherman
    The Benefits Edge
  • Jerry Weinfuss
    Phil Klein Insurance

BOARD AMBASSADORS

An Ambassador is a very important role in the chamber. It is an honored position that is earned by being a good steward of the chamber and a good citizen of our community.  These tenured chamber members welcome new members and mentor them to get active and involved in chamber activities.  Our Ambassador’s serve as a “Goodwill” Ambassador’s that promote the chamber to non-members when attending community activities and events outside of the chamber.  The role of Ambassador is to welcome new members, assist the chamber in retaining members, and build relationships with fellow Ambassadors.

  • Diane Bauman
    Farmington Public Schools
  • Steve Chang
    Edward Jones
  • Andrea Fields
    Salvation Army, Farmington Corps.
  • Andrea Harris-Peguese
    LegalShield
  • Tenisha Jenkins
    Flagstar Bank
  • Colleen Kashawlic
    Botsford Commons Senior Community
  • Vita Kawashima
    Custom Advantage Marketing
  • Maria Kruse
    The Farmington Press (C & G Newspapers)
  • Alan Osterdale
    Michigan Community Insurance Agency
  • Ray Randolph
    E‐Commerce Franchising
  • Brian Toro
    JT Productions
  • Debbie Robbins
    RE/MAX Classic
  • Dragan Tosic
    Z Painting, LLC
  • Sherri Vaughn
    Farmington Community Library
  • Chevez Vincent
    Financial Architects
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