Theresa Agresta, owner of Allegory Studios and CultureTalk in Saratoga Springs, will be the chair of the board of directors of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in 2019.
She will be recognized at the Chamber’s 101st annual dinner 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
The night will start off with registration and a cocktail hour from 6-6:45 p.m., and will be followed by the program from 7-7:30. Dinner, catered by Mazzone Hospitality will follow.
Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, Chamber officials said.
“I believe this Chamber changes things especially for small businesses like mine who benefit from the many programs and initiatives this Chamber leads,” said Agresta. “It is an honor to have this opportunity to work with so many people I admire who volunteer their time serving on our board of directors. This is an exciting time to be a part of our Chamber as we launch the Saratoga County Institute for Management and other new initiatives that make membership even more valuable. Plans underway for 2019 will also result in better promotion of county events in collaboration with a range of partners.”
The Chamber will also honor Brian Straughter, president of Turf Hotels and a co-founder of Jakes Help from Heaven, who served as board chairman in 2018 He will continue to serve on the executive board as the immediate past chair.
The board of directors will also present the Joseph Dalton Community Service Award to Tom Roohan of Roohan Realty, recognizing his more than four decades of volunteer service to the local community.
The chairman-elect for 2019 will be Kevin Hedley of Hedley & Co. He will become the board chairman in 2020. The 2019 vice chair of the board is Skip Carlson of Saratoga Casino Hotel. The treasurer and secretary will be Tara Pleat of Wilcenski & Pleat, LLC.
Members elected to serve a three-year terms on board starting Jan. 1 include: Shelly Amato of the Wesley Community, Raj Ghoshal of Polyset, Christianne Potts of DesignSmith Studios, Melissa Johnson of Target Distribution, Chad Kiesow of Stewart’s Shops, Amy Smith of Saratoga Arms Hotel, John Rogan of Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service and Pleat.
Two members were appointed to serve one-year board terms. They are Valeri Muratori of Saratoga Bridges and Chris Martel of Druthers Brewing Co.
Members who will continue to serve on the board of Directors in 2019 include David Collins of D.A. Collins, Kevin Soukup of GlobalFoundries, Cassie Fox of N. Fox Jewelers; Peter Goutos of CA Smith, John Bove of Bove Fuels, Theresa Skaine of Amanus Consulting, Marianne Barker of Impressions of Saratoga, David Cummings of The Run at Saratoga, David DeMarco of Saratoga National Bank, Dr. Adam Favro of Turning Point Chiropractic, Art Johnson of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, Dan Wagner of State Farm Insurance; Charles Wait Jr. of Adirondack Trust Co., Kim Ireland of National Grid and Carlson.
The Chamber has 2,000 members. Board members all live in Saratoga County and are employed by firms with operations in Saratoga County. The volunteers represent small and large operations in the retail, manufacturing, finance, hospitality, environmental, accounting, distribution, health care, energy, marketing, legal, insurance, agricultural, government, restaurant, media and construction sectors.