Niagara Gazette — Deanna Alterio Brennen of Lewiston, the president and CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as a 2014 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction,” state Sen. George Maziarz announced Thursday.
Maziarz called Brennen a leader in the Niagara County business community. In addition to growing up in a family business and being a small business owner herself for many years, Deanna has provided professional leadership in helping other businesses succeed throughout her career, Maziarz said.
“I have had the pleasure and privilege of working closely with Deanna for many years in promoting businesses activity in our region,” Maziarz said in a statement. “She is a respected leader and she goes out of her way to be a positive agent for change in Niagara County. She fully deserves this mark of distinction.”
Brennen owned and operated Quote & Quill and Arbor Tree & Land Care, before spending 13 years working for the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center by assisting small business owners. Brennen served as associate director of Economic Development and International Trade and she was certified as a business advisor by the New York State Small Business Development Center in 1999.
In July 2007 Deanna was named president and CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber, the largest business advocacy organization in Niagara County.
Brennen has served on a number of boards of directors and important decision-making panels such as the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, the Greater Lockport Development Corp. and many others.
Brennen was honored at a reception Tuesday in Albany, where her photograph and biography were on display during a special public exhibit at the Legislative Office Building.
The Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program was created in 1998 to honor women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity, or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers. One woman from each Senate district is typically recognized.