ARCC Announces New Board Members
The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) announced the addition of four new members to their Board of Directors – the new board members are F. Raymond Agnew (Ray), Bill Moon, Paula Traina, and Daniel W. Washburn.
F. Ray Agnew, CFRE, is Vice President for Hospital & Community Engagement at Glens Falls Hospital. He took on the role at the hospital in 2020, after having previously served as Vice President for College Advancement at Paul Smith’s College since 2011. Ray has previously served as Vice President of Community Relations of Glens Falls Hospital, and Executive Vice President of Glens Falls Hospital Foundation. He joined the Glens Falls Hospital Staff after spending 18 years with the State University of New York (SUNY) as Vice President for College Advancement at SUNY Potsdam. Other credits include Assistant Vice President for development at SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, and development work at SUNY Binghamton and at Geneseo in both residential life and institutional advancement. He received his CFRE credential in 1996.
Ray graduated from the Crane School of Music, and is a member of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). He is a member of Rotary International, and was named Rotarian of the Year by the Glens Falls Rotary Club in 2008; he was also named Humanitarian of the Year by Rotary District 7190 in 2008. Ray was also the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Recognition Award, and has been named faculty “Heavy Hitter” for his presentations to both the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.
Ray’s community involvement also includes currently serving on the Board of Directors of High Peaks Hospice, and he served as past Chairman of the Board of Adirondack Medical Center (serving on the Board from 2012-2020), along with serving on the Board of The Adirondack Health Institute (2016-2019), and a previous holding of the President role at the Rotary Club of Glens Falls. Ray has been on the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) Board and the Saratoga County Arts Council (now called Saratoga Arts) Board, and he is currently serving a temporary assignment on the Warren County ARPA (American Recovery Plan Act) committee.
Ray lives in Glens Falls, and has two children – Mary Victoria and Zane.
Bill Moon has been the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks since 2015. Bill is also a local rest estate agent, assisting clients in both residential and commercial real estate transactions. Bill lives in Fort Ann with his wife, Bethany, and their two boys Jason and Colby. Bill holds a degree in humanities and social services, a BA in Psychology, and a master’s degree in Human Resources – strategic alignment.
Bill enjoys working closely with other agencies and businesses to provide local families with the resources that they need to be successful. He believes the key to organizational success includes a strong sense of strategic alignment and sustaining an effective team.
Paula Traina is the CEO of Traina Insurance and Financial Services Incorporated, with two Warren County agencies specializing in providing insurance and financial services products offered by State Farm. Paula is a transformative leader known for building teams who execute at a high level – she has led multiple start-ups and cross functional teams.
Paula was professionally groomed by a Fortune 500 Company, and has benefited from one of the top leadership and development programs in the corporate world. She holds an MBA in Organizational Leadership, and is currently pursuing FINRA investment advisor licensing.
Paula and her family call Queensbury their home, and enjoy all of the activities that the Adirondacks have to offer. Paula Looks forward to serving the business community as an ARCC board member.
Daniel W. Washburn is the Vice President of Commercial Operations and Shareholder of Hilltop Construction Company; he has been a part owner of Hilltop Construction since 2006. Dan helped to diversify the company with a strong focus on the commercial construction side of the business. He served as an ambassador for the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as a councilman for the Town of Kingsbury. He is a commissioner at the Washington County Sewer Department, and was president of the Hudson Falls Girls Softball Organization from 2009-2014.
The ARCC extends its gratitude to the board members whose terms were completed in 2022: Ash Anand of the Lotus Group Company, Jared Humiston of Adirondack Technical Solutions, and Zach Moore of French Mountain Commons.
The ARCC would also like to announce the appointment of Mark Yrsha, EVP, Director of Relationship Banking of Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company, as the ARCC Board Chair.
“The ARCC plays a critical role in our region by championing the needs, ideas and goals of our business community. I am very appreciative of the opportunities to chair this great board of highly engaged volunteers and work alongside the tremendous team at the ARCC. Together, we will continue to be the local leader supporting, educating, advocating and delivering for the members of the ARCC and our business community. Thank you to all the members of the ARCC: we really appreciate you” said Mr. Yrsha, EVP and Director of Relationship Banking at Glens Falls National Bank.
“The ARCC is so fortunate to have a board that is dedicated to the organization and our business community. We are grateful for past board members’ service and excited to welcome our new board members. We can achieve so much together” said ARCC President and CEO Tricia Rogers.
The ARCC was founded in 1914, and is 100% membership funded. The mission of the ARCC is to serve the members and business community through advocacy efforts, educational opportunities, and the power of connection and collaboration. To learn more, visit www.adirondackchamber.org