The Midstate Chamber of Commerce, founded in Meriden, Connecticut in 1896, is an independent, private, not for profit membership service organization providing 124 years of service to the greater Meriden community. We are more than 520 members strong and growing and invite every business in the greater Meriden area to join the Midstate Chamber of Commerce.
Meet the Chamber Staff
Rosanne P. Ford, Chamber President
Rosanne Ford has been with the Chamber since 2001 after enjoying successful careers in the hospitality, tourism and insurance industries. She graduated from O.H. Platt High School in Meriden, then went on to University of New Haven to receive a BS degree in Hotel / Restaurant Management. In 2005, Rosanne was promoted to her past position of Vice President, Membership Services. In 2006, Rosanne was recognized with the prestigious Charlotte Marshall Prothero Staff Award from the CT Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 2007, Rosanne was honored with the Women and Families Center, Women in Leadership Award (Business Category). In 2008, Rosanne successfully completed a rigorous four year Chamber executive leadership program at the Institute of Organizational Management at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA. And, in 2010 she was the recipient of the Girls Inc. Strong, Smart and Bold Award. In 2019, she was named Interim President after Sean W. Moore re-located with his wife Kelley, to Nashville, TN. In early 2020, Rosanne accepted the permanent position of Chamber President. Her hobbies include calligraphy, cribbage, beach time, spending time with friends and family and anything Red Sox. Rosanne, born and raised in Meriden, still resides here with her husband Darren and their cat, Stanley.
Rosanne currently serves or has recently served with the following organizations:
- United Way of Meriden & Wallingford of Board of Directors
- Past Member of the St. Joseph School Board
- Member of Meriden AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) Club
- Past Member of Women and Families Center Board of Directors
- Member of Meriden Bicentennial Marketing and Publicity Committee
- CT Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE)
- New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (NEACCE)
- 2016 co-recipient of the Meriden Rotary Club Howard Houston Citizen of the Year Award with Sean W. Moore
Victoria Pasion, Membership Services Specialist
Victoria joined the Chamber in the summer of 2020 and has recently taken on the full-time role of Membership Services Specialist. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Strategic Communication. Born and raised in Meriden, Victoria has found joy in being a part of the community. Growing up, she was a part of the Meriden YMCA and was a staff member for 5 years, prior to being a part of the Chamber. Within the Meriden YMCA’s Mountain Mist Day Camp, she earned the 2020 Art Barber Award for Counselor of the Year. Victoria’s hobbies include reading, running and traveling! Her favorite thing to do is visit and support the local businesses of Meriden, both large and small!
Tristan Sayah, Intern
Tristan joined the Chamber in 2021 as an intern. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2019 with a BFA in Theater Studies, and is currently working on a Certificate in Digital Marketing at Middlesex Community College. Tristan has family in Meriden and greatly appreciates all that the community has to offer. In his spare time he enjoys playing music, watching films and being active.