Current Business & Job Title: Business Development Specialist, North Country Chamber of Commerce
Hometown: Rosemere, Quebec
Age: 34
Education: Degree in Tourism & Hospitality Management, LaSalle College of Montreal

To create a “text book” candidate to work for the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce, you would search no further than Adriana Favreau. A Quebec native, Adriana came back to the North Country after working in the event planning field in the Canadian-New York corridor from Montreal to Albany since 2007. Known to be easy to work with, Adriana captures the spirit of “get-it-done’!

How do you contribute to the culture of your company?
I do my best to provide a positive team spirit. Each person at the Chamber has a wealth of knowledge and so much to contribute; I think it is so important that we continuously work as a team, which is how we are able to offer the level of service and resources to our members.

What is the single most important characteristic for success?
Determination. Some say I am stubborn but without determination I wouldn’t have achieved my personal goals. When I want something, I really push and do my best to obtain it.

What is your biggest professional success?
My biggest professional success was when I managed the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, a week-long conference with 5,000 attendees and over 60 events in New York City. It took a year to plan and a great team to make it all come together. I absolutely love the adrenaline that comes with planning events, solving the issues that come up and finally seeing it all come together.

What important lesson have you learned in your career?
Prioritize, compartmentalize and manage your time wisely.

What is your dream job?
I love my job at the Chamber, it has allowed me to combine my passion for helping our members and the community and my love for meeting/event planning. However, my dream job is to own a business with my husband Chris. We continuously dream about different ideas… so you never know!

How has COVID-19 impacted you personally and professionally? What are you doing differently?
I think COVID has shown us the importance of community support. We are all in this together and we need to help and be able to rely on each other to get through these tough times. I am enjoying building relationships with our members of the community and being the connection or resource that they might need.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
I would have to say moving here and starting my job at the Chamber. That meant my husband, our four-year-old daughter and I had to drop what we had in Albany, sell our house, find a new home and school and start a new job. It was stressful but all worth it! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our family.

What is something that no one would guess about you?
I am extremely competitive; although I’m sure my coworkers have figured this out already. It is usually against myself and wanting to beat my own personal records, however some of my family members refuse to play board games with me because of my competitiveness!

Write a note to your younger self…
Enjoy life, make memories and cherish your family and friends.