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We are the volunteers who have been elected by the Chamber's membership to ensure that the Chamber is a visible and vocal advocate for our members and all of the communities within Saratoga County. We believe that every member deserves equal support and respect. Each year we help to support and improve the communities where we live, work and play. We're leading the way to a successful future for our members and our county. Come to us with your ideas and concerns. 

2023 Executive Board

Amy Smith
Saratoga Arms Hotel
Chair of the Board

Chad Kiesow
Stewart's Shops
Chair Elect

Randy Metevier
Applied Materials
Vice Chair

Eric Hennessey
UHY Advisors

Tara Anne Pleat
Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC
Immediate Past Chair of the Board

2023 Board of Directors

Heath Ames

Tom Bellhouse
West Point Thoroughbreds


Sue Commanda
Hudson River Community Credit Union

Jacqui Conrad
Skidmore College

Johanna Friedman
Saratoga Springs City School District

Maggie Fronk


Nil Ghoshal

Alexandra Gutelius
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Kim Ireland
National Grid

Melissa Johnson
Target Distribution Center

Dennis Kiingati
Hamlet and Ghost


Vince Laurenzo
Quick Response

Paul Loomis
Gilbane Building Company


Chris Lyons
AIM Services

John Rogan
Saratoga Eagle

David Rosenberg
Brix Wine and Liquor

Terri Stripling
Ten80 Education, LLC

Najja Thompson
New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Jill Van Kuren
Saratoga Hospital

Charlie Wait
Adirondack Trust Company

Melissa Ward
NewWard Development

Andy Wise
Saratoga National Bank


Amy Smith Makes History with Election to Chair Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Smith will lead the Chamber's board, comprised of 27 volunteers, throughout 2023


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Amy Smith, owner of the Saratoga Arms Hotel, located on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, became the new volunteer Chair of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2023. Her mother, Kathleen Smith, held this same leadership position in 1998, becoming the first mother-daughter combination to lead the Chamber’s Board in its 105-year history.

“My family is grateful to live in and serve this incredible community,” said Smith. “We believe the Chamber played a key role in the city’s turnaround, especially during the recent pandemic. Numerous local businesses, non-profits, local leaders, and residents count on the Chamber to be a visible and vocal leader. I’m honored to take on the responsibilities of this position as we look to move forward – from surviving to thriving once again.”

Joining Smith in leading the Chamber’s Board of Directors are: Tara Pleat, of Wilcenski & Pleat, as immediate past-chair; Chad Kiesow, of Stewart’s Shops, as chair-elect for 2024; Randy Metevier, of Applied Materials, as vice chair; and Eric Hennessey, of UHY Advisors, as treasurer and secretary. As chair, Smith, appointed three local leaders to serve one-year terms on the 2023 Board, including: Najja Thompson, of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association; Maggie Fronk, of Wellspring; and Johanna Friedman, of the Saratoga Springs City School District.

The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Board has a total of 27 members. Those who were newly elected to begin a three-year term starting January 1, 2023, include: Paul Loomis, of Gilbane Construction; Alexandra Gutelius, of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library; Tom Bellhouse, of West Point Thoroughbreds; Chris Lyons, of AIM Services; Jill Van Kuren, of Saratoga Hospital; Terri Stripling, of Ten80 Education, LLC; Nil Ghoshal, of Polyset; and Jacqui Conrad, of Skidmore College.

The remaining  members of the 2023 Board of Directors includes: Dennis Kiingati, of Hamlet and Ghost; Charlie Wait, of the Adirondack Trust Company; Melissa Ward, of New Ward Development; Andy Wise, of Saratoga National Bank; Vince Laurenzo, of Quick Response; David Rosenberg, of Brix Wine and Liquor; Kim Ireland, of National Grid; Melissa Johnson, of Target Distribution Center; Heath Ames, of Cantina; John Rogan, of Saratoga Eagle; and Sue Commanda, of Hudson River Community Credit Union.

“In 2023, our Board’s focus will be maximizing member engagement, while also expanding programming for our impact sector,” Smith added. “We look forward to continuing the WNYT collaboration of its Upstate of Business segment, shining a spotlight on local businesses. We are proud to, once again, be Saratoga County’s tourism promotion agency. In addition, we will open participation to our Saratoga County Restaurant Week in March to all local restaurants at no charge, along with the return of the Chamber’s award-winning Love Our Locals $20.23 campaign set for next November and December.”

With offices in Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce has an annual budget of approximately $1.8 million and employs nine full-time staff members. The mission of the Chamber is to help local organizations and communities across Saratoga County succeed, grow, and thrive.

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