Chamber picks Bristol Rising vet as its marketing and brand manager

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce announced the addition of Mark Walerysiak Jr. as its marketing and brand manager. In this new position, Walerysiak Jr. will develop and lead programs and activities that promote the Chamber of Commerce, its business members, the City of Bristol, and the Central Connecticut region.

The mission of the chamber of commerce is to represent and advance the interests of the business community to improve its economic strength and quality of life, said a release from the chamber. As such, the marketing and brand manager will work closely with chamber and city officials, including the Bristol Marketing Committee and Bristol Development Agency, as well as thousands of citizens across the city and region, to attract and grow businesses, jobs and people to our area, as well as improve the quality of life within the community, said the chamber’s release.

Born and raised in Bristol, Walerysiak holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University in New York. He has extensive experience planning and managing successful business and community development events and activities while leading Bristol Rising over the past four years. Through his efforts, the release said, he helped highlight and advance the many positive aspects of Bristol and the surrounding area, and “worked tirelessly to transform Bristol’s downtown into a more vibrant economic and cultural hub for the community. “

“Mark has shown great energy, enthusiasm and creativity leading an ‘army’ of people to improve the economy and quality of life in Bristol. He is among the very best Bristol has to offer and will do a tremendous job helping brand and market our city and region as a great place to work, raise a family, shop and play. He represents a new generation of Bristol leadership and I am very excited to see what he will do for our City” said Jim Albert, president of the Bristol and Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, in the press release.

“I am very humbled and thrilled to be selected as the first marketing and brand manager for the chamber and City of Bristol,” said Walerysiak Jr., according to the press release. “It is a tremendous opportunity for a Bristol kid like me to make a meaningful impact on our City and to make sure our community truly stands out and competes on a state, regional and national level. I can’t wait to tell the world the positive stories of ‘heart’ that emanate from the people of Bristol, to show who we are as a community, and develop an anything-is-possible culture that will help our city rise to new heights.”

Walerysiak will begin his new assignment with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 200 Main St. on Nov. 17.