Leadership Through Service Award


2015 Leadership Through Service Honoree:
Paul Guzzi, The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

This year, Cradles to Crayons will be introducing the first annual “Leadership through Service” award. This award is an opportunity to honor a leader within Massachusetts who embodies the importance of corporate engagement and leadership in the city of Boston and surrounding communities.This individual demonstrates commitment to our communities and through their leadership, engrains long lasting value of service within their company.

“The Leadership through Service Award is a fitting tribute to Paul Guzzi whose life work is informed by the idea of helping others. The proof of this is his many accomplishments ineconomic development, job creation and public service. Paul has truly lead by example, and we are so proud to honor him at the Presidents’ Day celebration of service in thepresence of so many Greater Boston business leaders.”

– Sharon Reilly, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons

Paul Guzzi Biography: 

Paul Guzzi is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, one of the region’s leading business associations.

Mr. Guzzi brings extensive experience in both business and government to his work at the Chamber.  A former Massachusetts Secretary of State and Chief Secretary to the Governor, as well as a member of the management teams of two Fortune 500 companies, he is a leading advocate for economic development and job creation.

Prior to leading the Chamber, Mr. Guzzi was Vice President of State and Community Affairs for Boston College.  Previously, he was a consultant for Heidrick & Struggles, an international recruitment and consulting firm.  Mr. Guzzi also served as a Vice President at Data General Corporation and as a Senior Vice President at Wang Laboratories. During his tenure at Wang, he worked closely with Dr. An Wang to oversee the restoration and transformation of what is now the Wang Theatre.

Mr. Guzzi began his public service career as a state representative from Newton in 1970. He was elected Massachusetts Secretary of State in 1974.  Mr. Guzzi served as a Chief of Staff for Governor Edward King and Chief Administrator of the Board of Regents of Public Higher Education.

A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Guzzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government, and he completed Harvard Business School’s Management Development program. He was also an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

In addition to his leadership at the Chamber, Mr. Guzzi is co-host of This Week in Business, a weekly television program on NECN.  He can also be seen and heard on various media programs throughout the region as a frequent commentator on business issues.

Among his civic activities, Mr. Guzzi serves as a trustee of the Citi Performing Arts Center; is a director of Edgewater Technology; and is Vice Chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  He is also a member of the advisory boards of The Partnership, Inc., the Boston Club, and the Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government.  Mr. Guzzi lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Joanne, and has three adult children and four grandchildren.