The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC), our local business organization representing more than 23,000 people in the region, recently made two announcements that could have a significant impact on its future in 2016 and beyond.
Peter Aust Resigns As Chamber President & CEO
It was announced today that Peter Aust tendered his resignation from the Chamber after serving as President & CEO for the last five years in order to pursue new career opportunities.
“The ARCC is my hometown chamber and I’m thrilled to have played a role in its proud history, particularly leading the celebration of its 100th Anniversary in 2014,” Aust said in a statement. “At this point I have accomplished much of what I set out to do when I took the job five years ago, and I’m ready for some new challenges.”
In addition to the 100th Anniversary, Aust’s achievements include establishment of the Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail, creation of the Adirondack Nonprofit Business Council, Adirondack Health & Wellness Council, and collaborative efforts with the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition to privatize the management of the Glens Falls Civic Center, and with the Lake George Association and the Fund for Lake George to combat invasive species and other threats.
The ARCC Board of Directors will launch a nationwide search for Aust’s successor, and the search committee will be chaired by Robert Davey, Regional Vice President at TD Bank. In the interim, Board Chairman Thomas G. Albrecht, Sr., President & CEO of Hilltop Construction Co., will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chamber.
ARCC Announces 2016 Officers and Board of Directors
Last week, the Chamber released its list of officers and Board of Directors for 2016.
Albrecht was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors this year after having been a member of the Board since 2009 and Chair-Elect in 2015.
New members of the Board of Directors include: Marti Burnley (VP of Human Resources, Hudson Headwaters Health Network); Erin Coe (Executive Director, The Hyde Collection); Jared Humiston (President, Adirondack Technical Solutions); Sara Lindsell (Sr. Tax Manager, CMJ, LLP); Thomas Lloyd (Owner, Adirondack Studios); and Robert Sears (Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate).
Outgoing Board members include: Sheridian Aiken (Saint-Gobain Performances Plastics Corp.); John Aspland, Jr. (Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth PC); Richard Fuller (Richard Fuller CPA); L. Adam Gray (SheetLabels.com); and Christopher Scoville (Scoville Jewelers).
The following individuals were elected to serve as officers of the Chamber in 2016: Diane Shugrue (President/CEO, Glens Falls Hospital); Gregory Champion, Esq. (Managing Partner, Bond, Schoeneck & King); Dr. Kristine Duffy (President, SUNY Adirondack); Timothy Jansen (Owner; Wel-Dun Air & Water Systems); Eric Gilbert (CEO, Six Flags Great Escape); Michael D. Murray (Asst. VP Commercial Lending, Adirondack Trust Company); and Thomas Guay (General Manager, The Sagamore Resort).
“As we begin 2016, it’s refreshing to be the new chairman of the ARCC board, leading a group of phenomenal, professional leaders and working to make our community a better place to live and raise our families,” Albrecht said in a statement.