At its 134th annual meeting in August, the membership of the Lake George Association elected two new members to its Board of Directors: Retired Johnson & Johnson senior executive Roy Davis; and Glens Falls attorney Dennis O’Connor.
Both have joined the LGA Board of Directors for three-year terms.
“We are happy to welcome Roy and Dennis to the LGA Board, and look forward to their contributions over the next few months and years,” said Carla Burhoe, President of the LGA Board of Directors.
Roy Davis came to Lake George at age 12 and fell in love with the area, and after graduating from SUNY Albany he worked in the Capital Region as a microbiologist and later attended graduate school at RPI, where he sometimes volunteered at the Darrin Fresh Water Institute.
His talent for business, however, would prove to be the driving force in his life – a force that would drive him all over the world and lead him back to Lake George.
He joined Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Diagnostics division, which developed blood tests, such as testing to screen for Hepatitis C. He rose through the management ranks to become Managing Director of Northern Europe and then President of the Diagnostics businesses in Japan, chairing the J&J Japan Presidents Council.
Inside J&J, he founded Veridex, which produced cancer diagnostics that won awards from the Cleveland Clinic, Time Magazine and the United Kingdom for medical innovation.
In the mid-2000s, Davis held the concurrent positions of Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson, and Worldwide Franchise Chairman, Diagnostics. He was a member of J&J’s Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group Operating Committee, which oversees one of the world’s largest medical device businesses with over $25 billion in revenue and over 40,000 employees.
His last position at J&J was Corporate Vice President of Business Development for all of Johnson & Johnson and President of J&J Development Corporation, the corporation’s Venture Capital arm. Davis retired from J&J in 2012.
During his 28-year career with J&J, Davis came back regularly to Lake George, and has owned homes here for the past 20 years, currently residing on the west side in the Diamond Point area.
During his time as a corporate executive, Lake George was his respite – his opportunity for some down time in the hectic corporate life.
Following his career with J&J, Davis has served as a member of the Innovations Advisory Board for the Cleveland Clinic for 5 years; the Advisory Board for the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine for 3 years; Advisor to Innosight Consulting in Lexington, MA since March of 2012; Advisor to Innosight’s parent company, Huron Consulting since October 2017; Advisor and Board Member for Clinical Genomics since December 2017; and has guest lectured at Princeton University for the past 3 years in its Entrepreneurship program.
Davis is also co-Chair of the Rensselaer Greater NY Executive Council and a member of the Board of Trustees for RPI.
Davis and his wife, Louise, are lifetime members of the Lake George Association.
Dennis O’Connor grew up in Huntingdon, Quebec, (about 45 miles southwest of Montreal near the New York State border) and had family all throughout the region on both sides of the border.
As a child, he also came with relatives to visit Lake George, and was bowled over by the beauty and myriad activities of the region.
After graduating from McGill University in Montreal and getting his law degree from Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, he moved to Florida and got a second law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida.
After practicing in Florida full time for a few years, O’Connor sought to move back to upstate New York to get closer to Lake George and the North Country. With a home in Glens Falls, he spends summers on Lake George.
O’Connor is a partner in the Glens Falls law firm McPhilips, Fitzgerald and Cullum and is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida.
O’Connor’s professional practice is devoted to estates and trust matters and elder law, and offers legal advice and assistance to snowbirds owning property in both states. Having formerly practiced law in Canada, Mr. O’Connor is knowledgeable in Canada-U.S. cross-border estate planning issues, and is fluent in French.
Also at the LGA’s Annual Meeting, the membership re-elected Robert de Buys to serve a second term.
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association goes to projects and programs that benefit the Lake and the watershed, protecting Lake George water quality now and in the future.