The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) announced that the 32nd Annual J. Walter Juckett Community Service Award will be presented to Mark Behan, president and founder of Behan Communications.
“Mark Behan exemplifies all that J. Walter Juckett stood for: community, charity and leadership. Mark has long been in the service of so many others in our region through his work on many boards as well as his volunteer commitment in so many other venues,” said ARCC President and CEO Michael Bittel.
The Juckett Award, named in honor of the longtime chairman of the Sandy Hill Corp., is the chamber’s highest award for community service.
Behan iounded Behan Communications 33 years ago. It serves clients across many industry sectors nationwide. Prior to founding Behan Communications, Behan worked in the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor and executive.
Behan serves on the boards of Arrow Financial Corp. and Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co., the Glens Falls Foundation, the E. Leo Spain Foundation and Kelly’s Angels Inc. For 18 years, he was a member of the board of governors of Glens Falls Hospital and in recent years served as vice chair. He also has served on the Albany Medical Center board of directors.
More recently, Behan has served as a member of Warren County’s Economic Recovery Task Force and as the leader of the Warren County Hospitality Communications Group, a public-private collaboration to strengthen the tourism industry in Warren County.
He is a former member of the board of trustees of The Hyde Collection art museum, the Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce, the Economic Development Corp. of Warren County, Crandall Public Library, the Chapman Historical Museum, and St. Mary’s-St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School. In 1988, he was honored with the Henry Crandall Award from Crandall Public Library.
Behan was born in Troy and moved to the Glens Falls area as a child. He graduated from Queensbury High School and Colgate University and completed executive development programs at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School.
The award will be presented at the ARCC annual dinner event on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Sagamore Resort.
Chamber officiuals said J. Walter Juckett had a remarkable business career and was a major community leader in his adopted home, the Village of Hudson Falls, and the entire region. His leadership and commitment spanned a wide range of civic, charitable, religious, political, business and educational activities. He was recognized with honors for his work and contributions to the Boy Scouts of America, New York Business Development Corporation, Salvation Army, Norwich University, Presbyterian Church, Hudson Falls Central School and many other organizations. He was a tireless supporter of the arts, having served as a director of the Lake George Opera and a major force in The Hyde Collection Capital Campaign.