By CHRISSY PRICHARD
For the Express
OLD FORGE - Kelly Noonan-Greene will lead the Central Adirondack Association this year and next.
She was chosen as the group’s new president when members elected their 2013 board of directors Wednesday, Jan. 23, at The Old Mill Restaurant here.
Nick Bankert was elected first vice president, Gary Staab second vice president, Chip Kiefer treasurer and Deb Carhart secretary. Barb Criss was also re-elected, to another three-year term on the board of directors.
Noonan-Greene has been part of the CAA for the past 17 years. She served as vice president several years ago, and as first vice president for the past two years. Her term as president runs through December 2014.
She became involved in the CAA after returning to Old Forge to be part of her family business. For years, her family has been a big part of the local business community, owning and operating Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Calypso’s Cove, Old Forge Camping Resort and Water’s Edge Inn and Conference Center.
SHE’S A NATURAL
Serving as the group’s president is a good fit for Greene. She strongly believes in the goals and mission of the organization, which are to promote, foster and develop the Central Adirondack Region.
“The CAA does so much for the region, by putting on events and marketing the area to a varied visitor base,” she says.
The various events the CAA sponsors throughout the year are the backbone of the group’s success. Greene knows it’s important to make sure the different events work toward the CAA’s mission and are viable events.
MORE EVENTS WANTED
On top of signature events like Snodeo, Snofest and Thunder in Old Forge, the group is planning to come up with some fresh ideas and ways to attract visitors during the slower months.
“We would like to create a few more events that will continue to showcase all the wonderful things this area has to offer year-round,” Kelly said. “Increasing the number of visitors during our shoulder seasons is a goal as well as a challenge facing our organization.
“We have so many dedicated, creative business people as part of our organization, I’m sure it is a challenge we are all capable of accomplishing.”
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Greene knows serving as CAA president will be hard work, and says one of her biggest challenges will be finding a good balance between her family, her businesses, and putting in the hours the position requires.
As president, she knows she’s just one piece of the puzzle and that everyone else in the organization is just as important when it comes to getting the job done.
“Because of the large amount of time this position does take these days, I plan to rely heavily on the other officers and members of the executive committee and board to help keep the organization moving forward,” Greene said.
Interested business owners and individuals are invited to attend one of the CAA’s meetings. The next will start at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Town of Webb Meeting Room.