Founder & President
Deanne Healey & Co & Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce
Deanne has a passion for small business, community and collaboration. She is an advocate for the National Main Street model which provides a clear format for a community to help small business owners while working to revitalize their downtown districts. She led the way to establish the Peabody Main Street program in Peabody, MA and provides guidance to other communities looking to do the same. The Main Street program led her to connecting with Jon Schallert and becoming a facilitator of the Destination Creation. This unique course gives businesses tools they don’t have now to grow their sales and customer traffic. Deanne is one of just a handful of certified facilitators and the only one in Massachusetts.
Deanne Healey (aka Dee) has spent the past 20+ years working with and being an advocate for small business owners. Her journey has taken her from the Fortune 500 world of the international hotel industry to the local business community. As Divisional Director of Reservations & Marketing Analysis for Sheraton Hotels & Resort, Deanne trained hoteliers across the globe on how to increase revenue from the airline's global distribution systems. Having spent 16 years as the Executive Director for the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, she worked to create opportunities for business owners. She even spent time in the banking industry, gathering knowledge on business lending programs.
Deanne grew up on the Northshore and after age 6 was raised by an incredibly resilient woman in a single parent family after the sudden death of her father. She currently resides in Lynnfield with her husband of 35 years, John. They are the proud parents of Tyler and Paige who have both taught them that everyone marches to the beat of a different drummer. There is also a slight obsession with a West Highland Terrier named Fergus.
Deanne attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is a graduate of the four-year Institute for Organization Management program having received the IOM recognition, signifying 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. She has been recognized as Salem News Person of the Year 2019; YWCA Tribute to Women 2019; Salem 5 Bank Community Partner of the Year 2018; Northeast Arc Community Partner of the Year 2014 as well as YMCA of MetroNorth Community Champion.