Two weeks ago, the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) announced that Peter Aust had resigned from his position as President & CEO. While the national search for Aust’s permanent replacement is underway, the Chamber announced today that it has appointed an interim president.
The appointee is George Ferone, a longtime Glens Falls-area business leader and community volunteer who retired last year after 44 years with Tribune Media Company. Mr. Ferone served 14 years on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, including two terms as chairman.
“George’s experience as an executive and his deep ties to the Adirondack Region and the ARCC will ensure a smooth leadership transition at the Chamber,” said Thomas G. Albrecht, Sr., chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, in a statement. “On behalf of the Board and the ARCC staff, I want to thank George for making this commitment to the Chamber, its mission, and most importantly, our 1,000 members.”
Mr. Ferone currently serves on the Board of Governors of Glens Falls Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition, and is a member of the Planning Board in the Town of Queensbury.
“This is an exciting time for the Chamber and our region’s business community as ARCC searches for its next leader,” said Ferone in a statement. “I will be working closely with the staff and Board to carry on the mission of the Chamber. Our programs and services will continue uninterrupted. And with the legislative session in Albany underway, we are moving ahead with our advocacy efforts, focusing on the issues that will affect our local business community and quality of life.”