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CAP COM's John Shartrand Appointed Board Chair of Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Photo Available

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, April 1, 2011

John M. Shartrand John M. Shartrand, chief investment officer for CAP COM Financial Services, was recently appointed chairperson of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board.

Shartrand has been a member of the board for five years, most recently as vice chairperson, and was appointed at a March meeting. He is a registered principal for CAP COM Financial Services and chief compliance officer for the firm's Registered Investment Advisory. He is a member of the CAP COM Federal Credit Union senior team and the CAP COM Board of Managers.

"It's an honor to be named chairperson and a privilege to work with my fellow professionals on the Foundation board. It's also an honor to help Hudson Valley maintain its margin of excellence in the community. At CAP COM, we believe in our community, and now more than ever our community needs Hudson Valley," said Shartrand of his work on the board.

The 32-member board, made up of community, civic and business leaders, serves as the administrative body for the independent, not-for-profit Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission, using gifts from alumni, corporations and friends to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

Shartrand is a member of the Society of Financial Professionals with a professional interest in retirement and estate planning. He has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designations. A graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, Shartrand holds a bachelor's degree in finance, and has been active in the financial services industry since 1983.

"John is a tremendous leader who brings passion, energy and humor to his role as board chair. John gives 110% to his Foundation responsibilities, serving as a model volunteer for fellow Foundation directors and for the entire non-profit community," said Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.