Bob Nolet '08 - Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce


As Director of Communications and Events at the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Pembroke native Bob Nolet '08 markets a chamber comprised of seven hundred and fifty members and servicing nine towns on the south shore - Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth, and Plympton.

Nolet is responsible for over sixty different events each year, from morning mixers, legislative luncheons, and business after hours, to monthly networking events and annual meetings.

In addition to his responsibilities as an event planner and networking liaison, Nolet is responsible for media relations, publications and the Chamber's social media sites. "I'm a social person," says Nolet, "and this job is just a perfect fit."

But his path to success was not so perfect, especially after starting out in his his post-Curry College career as the Director of Communications with the now-defunct Plymouth Rock Studios.

The proposed studio would have included sound stages, back lots, a multipurpose theater, a hotel and offices. The project was dubbed "Hollywood East."

"It was a whirlwind. After I was hired for my new position, the next thing I knew I was on a plane to L.A. going to the Producer's Guild of America awards. I was on a red carpet. I had private tours of Hollywood studios. It almost seemed surreal."

Nolet found himself with a tremendous amount of responsibility, including dealing with the news media, sitting across the table from folks from the Boston Globe and working with Fox 25 and other broadcast stations covering the project.

"The responsibilities I was given, the situations I was put in, and what was asked of me was amazing for someone that was right out of school," says Nolet. "I was thrown into situations that I really hadn't experienced before on such a level. I grew so much as a person, and was growing into that professional that I wanted to be. It seemed like it was happening awfully quick."

What didn't happen quick enough was the project's funding and the construction. The studio had hoped to start construction in July 2009. In September it announced that it had received financing from a Florida based lender. But the funding fell through in November just weeks before the planned groundbreaking, and construction was delayed indefinitely leaving the project looking for new investors. The financial backing was never secured, and the project never materialized.

"It was devastating. We had put our heart and soul into it, everyone that worked there. We were almost like a family; we would all have dinners together, go out together. We were all working for the same goal, to bring Hollywood here and to build this film studio, and make it the best film studio in the world.

But Nolet dusted himself off, and through the contacts he had made networking in Plymouth, garnered a position as the Director of Corporate Travel and Tourism at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth and subsequently his current position at the Chamber.

"I've grown to love Plymouth. I've been a part of this town for five years now through my work, and I live here now as well. I recently became a member of the Plymouth Lions Club, and I love it because the Lions are the largest service organization in the world. It's very rewarding to give back to a community that has given a lot to me so far in my career. I sit on the Plymouth Cultural Council, as well, which is a branch of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

"I believe all things happen for a reason. Because I responded to that Craigslist ad for Plymouth Rock Studios, it launched my career here in Plymouth and I couldn't be in a more happier spot that I am in now."


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