Skip to main content
Enter search terms below…

Member News

A Note from Board Chair Katie Doran



I have some bittersweet news to share with you: After nearly six years in the role, Chamber President Kate Manley is stepping down from her position in order to concentrate more fully on her young family. As many of you know, she and her husband, attorney Ryan Manley, have two young children, Charlotte, who is nearly four years old, and Joshua, who is just seven months old.

Although I and my fellow board members are sad to lose Kate, we are very supportive of her decision and understand that she is doing what she knows is right for her family. In her time as president, she has led this organization very capably and will leave us in a position of strength. She has proven herself to be an innovative and creative leader and has shown that she understands the complexity of serving a diverse membership.

With Kate at the helm, the chamber has been remarkably stable, both in terms of membership numbers and financial position, despite the challenges resulting from the pandemic. In addition to achieving the 2020 Business Council of New York State Chamber of the Year Award, we have continued to grow our membership, which has surpassed pre-pandemic levels, and have sufficient resources to continue our unique programs and provide value to members.

Chamber Chair-Elect Brian Williams said, “I commend Kate for putting her family first and recognizing what is best at this point in her life. She has tirelessly served our members and our community very well, has been a Chamber champion for workforce and economic development, and now it’s time for her to focus more on the personal side. I wish her much happiness!”

Kate began her tenure with the chamber in 2009. Prior to serving as president, she was our director of member engagement and business development. She will continue as president until October 14 and during that time will help ensure a smooth transition to a new chamber president.

The chamber’s board is in the process of forming a confidential search committee that will identify qualified candidates and select the organization’s next president. We have an exemplary staff and board of directors, and I am confident that our membership will continue to be served well during this transition period and into the future.

"Serving as chamber president has been a remarkable honor and a wonderful experience, but as anyone who has ever worked for a chamber of commerce can attest, the job is extremely demanding and time consuming,” Kate shared. “I believe it’s really important to devote more time to my children. They will only be little for a short while, and I want to share as much of that time with them as I can.”

Please join me in sending Kate your best wishes for much happiness!

 

Katie Doran

2022 Board Chair

Furthering its mission of ‘Helping Kids be Kids,’ Pioneer’s Charitable Foundation has now invested more than $1.2M in nearly 400 local agencies that enhance the health and welfare of children Albany, NY – Pioneer, a leading financial institution in New York’s Capital Region, today marked the national celebration of Giving Tuesday by making $2,500…
With Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season around the corner, it’s even more important to look for red flags and stay cyber safe when shopping online. The planned spend on gifts and other holiday items is expected to be $832 per person this year, according to National Retail Federation. Berkshire Bank Chief Information Officer Ryan Melle…
CEO Nitin Mhatre stated, “We’re proud to celebrate the anniversary of our NYSE listing and our long history of purpose-driven, values guided community banking. We believe that where you bank matters, and we’re building a better approach to banking while delivering steadily improving results to our communities and our shareholders. In 2022, our…
Dec
04
Join us as the streets of historic downtown Troy come alive with Victorian “Gilded Age” magic!  Enjoy the region’s premiere free holiday event that has…
The Region's Premiere Free Holiday Event
Dec
05
We hope you can join us on December 5th to celebrate and cut the ribbon for Red Dog Realty in their new office on Hoosick Street in Troy!  Red Dog Realty…
Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
Dec
15
As a benefit of your Chamber membership, you are invited to attend the Annual Holiday Networking Luncheon.  This provides a great opportunity to close out…
Lunch and Networking