George Szondy, president of Abbey Tent and Party Rental, has been named the next chairman of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce board. He will be installed at the chamber's annual meeting tonight at the Brooklawn Country Club.

Szondy is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School and Boston College, and several years after joining he party rental business started by his parents, he oversaw its move from Westport to the current headquarters on Commerce Drive in Fairfield. He then helped to expand the business to include tenting, dance floors and related items.

After playing football at Fairfield Prep and soccer at Boston College, Szondy later became a youth soccer coach in Fairfield and a basketball coach at the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. He joined the club's board of directors in 2002.

In 2008, Szondy became a member of the Fairfield Chamber Board of Directors, and in 2010 was elected a vice chairman, which led to his position as incoming chairman. Szondy is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Tent Renters Association.