By Danny Schrafel
A familiar face on the Northport Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead as the business organization’s newest president.
Robert Scherer Jr., president of S. Scherer & Sons on Waterside Avenue, has been on the Chamber’s board for about a decade and most recently served as first vice president. Now, he’s at the helm.
“This year, they were trying to find somebody to take over the reins,” he said. Debi Triola, owner of Fashions in Flowers on Fort Salonga Road, was president for two years; Scherer was elected at the Jan. 13 board meeting.
Triola, who was credited with steady leadership and a successful effort to secure funding for an information kiosk to be installed this year in downtown Northport, said the chamber is in good hands.
“He’s going to be perfect. He’s intelligent. He’s reasonable. He’s lived here all his life. His heart is definitely with Northport,” she said.
Getting involved with the chamber was a no-brainer – the family business, S. Scherer & Sons, a nursery and garden center on Waterside Road that specializes in aquatic plants like water lilies – predates the Chamber.
“My family’s had a business in Northport for 108 years,” he said.
In the upcoming year, Scherer said he hopes to continue the Chamber’s series of successful events, including its traditional holiday gatherings near Christmastime and its summertime events, including Thursday concerts in the park and Family Fun Nights on Tuesdays in August. The Chamber will also continue in its role as a resource for business owners looking to traverse an ever-changing climate.
Scherer said he’s looking forward to “getting to know everybody and bring people together” from all over Northport.
“My business is not on Main Street, and a lot of the Northport members are… from all over in Northport, even some in East Northport, but a lot of our events take place down around Main Street because that’s the crown jewel of the town,” he said.