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Tourism board elects reps

The 2011 slate of officers includes Chairman Justin Smith, Northwoods Inn and Prestige Hospitality Group; Vice Chairman Ed Finnerty, Champlain National Bank; Second Vice Chairman Joe Kelly, Glens Falls National Bank; Treasurer Mike Beglin, Beglin's Jewelers; and Secretary Jenn Webb, Golden Arrow Resort.

New directors include Hill as the Lake Champlain Region representative and Bob Hockert, owner of Little Peak Chalet and Clearwater Camp vacation rentals, as the Whiteface Region's board representative. Joe Kelly was re-elected to a second term, and is the Schroon Lake Region representative.

Other directors include Deborah Fitts, Lake Placid Sinfonietta; Mary Ann Hawley, Parajax, Inc.; Kate Fish, Adirondack North Country Association; Deb McLean, the UPS Store, Jamie Rogers, energy program coordinator at ANCA; Charlie Cowan, financial consultant with Janney Montgomery Scott; and Carol Brown, president of North Country Community College.

"With representatives from diverse facets of the business community, including lodging, retailers, financial institutions, attractions, the arts and educators, the board of directors represents a broad range of perspectives and expertise," said James McKenna, CEO of ROOST. "Our board commits a lot of time on behalf of the work that we do to promote our destinations."

The ROOST chairman is optimistic about 2011.

"I'm proud to be part of this great team of dedicated volunteers, and excited and optimistic about 2011,"?Smith said. "With the upcoming opening of the new conference center at Lake Placid, and other positive momentum such as the destination planning projects throughout the county, it promises to be a terrific year for our organization and the destinations we represent."

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