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Paul Guzzi, president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, has worked 70-hour weeks for as long as he can remember. He is set to retire this summer.
- Mary Moore
- Reporter- Boston Business Journal
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Once Jim Rooney's name began circulating as the possible heir to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce throne, whoosh — Paul Guzzi’s name seemed to vanish.
In recent months, all eyes have been on Rooney, to be sure, but Guzzi remains the Chamber president until the end of June. And he’s still working long hours, including late on the Friday afternoon of a three-day weekend, when he spoke with me about his plans once he says goodbye to the Chamber for good.
To start with, Guzzi wants to relax a little bit, and who can blame him? He’s been working 70-hour weeks for as long as he can remember and, at 72, he wants slow the pace.
Guzzi and his wife have five grandchildren and they recently got a new dog – a labradoodle (hypoallergenic for one of the grandchildren) named Alie who is “not totally obedient, to put it mildly,” Guzzi said. Understood. Dog training is on the immediate horizon.
While he hones his skills as a dog whisperer, Guzzi is not leaving civic involvement completely behind. He has received calls from at least a dozen nonprofit organizations, asking him to join their boards. He hasn’t quite figured out which nonprofit boards, if any, he will join.
He’s also received a board invitation from one private company. And Guzzi plans to stay on the publicly traded Edgewater Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: EDGW) board, unless he’s asked to resign for age considerations.
What about the business news show he co-hosts on New England Cable News? Guzzi was hush-hush about that one. Plans are still being finalized, he said.
Guzzi's biggest new step will be taking on a significant role on the Citi Performing Arts Center’s board of trustees, where he will become chairman in June. Guzzi has been involved with Citi’s board since 1983, and the performing arts organization holds personal meaning.
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