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Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber Elects New Chairman of the Board

CONTACT: Paula Monaco, (518) 431-1434 or
or Dennis Kennedy, (518) 629-8071

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Andrew (Drew) J. Matonak, Ed.D, president of Hudson Valley Community College, has been elected to Chairman of the Board for 2013. He succeeds outgoing Chair, Alan J. Krafchin, president and CEO of the Center for Disability Services.

“I am honored to serve as chair of the Chamber’s board of directors which includes so many talented, community-centered leaders,” commented Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College. “In partnership with the Chamber’s dedicated staff, we will continue a tradition of exceptional service to the broad range of businesses and organizations that make up our diverse membership. I am thrilled to be able to share my energy and enthusiasm to advance our shared economic well-being and quality of life.”

“Drew’s vision, business acumen and leadership extend beyond the college’s campus into the community. Through his words and actions, Drew is a champion for all sectors in the Capital Region working in tandem through the Chamber to drive economic and community prosperity,” said Mark Eagan, president and CEO of the Chamber.

Newly elected to the Board of Directors: John C. Dandolph, president of Momentive Performance Materials; Bernadette B. Fuller, principal of Bradley Agency LLC; Annmarie Lanesey, president of Greane Tree Technology; Michael A. Russo, Gov’t Relations & Regulatory Affairs at GlobalFoundries; Paula A. Stopera, president & CEO of CAP COM Federal Credit Union; Rory P. Whelan, regional VP, Government Relations for Times Warner Cable; and Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, superintendent of the City School District of Albany.

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber represents 2,300 businesses and organizations of all types and sizes and from throughout the region, who employ more than 110,000 local residents. The Chamber is committed to being a catalyst for the growth and prosperity of its members and the Capital Region by providing leadership, advocacy and services. For more information, visit: