Membership Elects Eight Leaders For LGA’s Board Of Directors

The Lake George Association, which has worked for more than a century to directly protect Lake George’s water quality, has six new community members on its Board of Directors and two returning community members.

The Board Members were elected at the LGA’s Annual Meeting in June. The online annual meeting – a first for the 135-year-old LGA – also featured staff discussion of projects and programs that the LGA has financed and performed to protect the Lake’s water quality, as well as dealt with member business like the election to the Board of Directors.

LGA Annual Meeting Presentations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-7rRu1Mutc

The entire meeting – staff presentations about current water quality and protective acts, polluted stormwater protection, member business, and video presentations – is available for the public to view on the LGA’s YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-7rRu1Mutc

Elected to new terms were: Jim Casaccio, of Diamond Point; Geoff Cook of Lake George; Dan Davies, of Cleverdale; Keith Ferguson, of Bolton and Mount Kisco; Ken Parlin, of Hague; and Bennett Van Wert, of Saratoga and Hague.

Charlie Crew, of Assembly Point, has been elected to a second term, and Ginger Henry Kuenzel, of Hague, has been elected to her first full term – she was appointed to fill the seat of Bob Case after he passed away.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an engaged slate of Board Members,” said Carla Burhoe, President of the Lake George Association Board of Directors. “There is a broad spectrum of talents in these new leaders, and a deep interest in protecting the Lake’s water quality, which will complement the current members and help support all of the water protection, monitoring, and education and outreach that the LGA does.”

“We are looking forward to having our new board members provide input and guidance as part of their service,” said Walt Lender, the LGA’s Executive Director. “Our Board Members are the LGA’s eyes and ears, as well as our strongest advocates and supporters.”

The Lake George Association Board of Directors are all volunteers, who are committed to the Lake George Association’s 135-year mission as guardian of the Lake’s water quality. Their membership on the Board of Directors continues the fulfillment of the pledge that the LGA’s founders made in 1885 to serve the Lake, the environment, the communities, the visitors and businesses, and their fellow members.

Each Board Member supports the direct actions of the LGA to protect Lake George’s water quality; supports our water quality monitoring; supports invasive species prevention and management, and supports our education and outreach programs, which are key components to ensuring current and future protection of the Lake’s water quality.

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.

JIM CASACCIO

Jim Casaccio returns to the LGA Board of Directors after a two-year absence. Jim has 18 years of experience in the human resource and software field, and is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, of Providence, RI. He is currently a real estate agent with Premier Properties.

Jim lives in Bolton Landing with his wife Tenee, who is the president of JMZ Architecture in Glens Falls. Tenee has lived in Bolton her entire life.

GEOFF COOK

Geoff Cook is the CEO/co-founder of The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET). He and his family are long-time summer residents of Lake George with a house near Usher Park.

Geoff is a serial entrepreneur, having sold 3 companies in the last 20 years. In 2020, he entered an agreement to sell The Meet Group for $500 million to the German media company that also owns eHarmony.

Geoff is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for the Philadelphia Region. He graduated from Harvard University in 2000 with a BA in Economics. Geoff writes weekly on entrepreneurship at https://medium.com/@geoff.cook

DAN DAVIES

Dan Davies also returns to the LGA Board of Directors after a two-year absence. Dan is the co-owner of Davies & Davies and Associates Real Estate LLC. He is in the eighth generation of his family to enjoy the Lake George region.

Dan graduated from Lake George High School and then Siena College in Loudonville before returning to Lake George. He has been actively selling real estate in and around Lake George since 1993.

Dan is the current president of Global MLS, a 4,200-member board that encompasses the Capital District and Southern Adirondack Region. He is the co-chairperson of Legislative Affairs for the New York State Association of Realtors.  He also represents the local real estate association board as a board member of the Southern Adirondack MLS.

Dan is an active member of the North Queensbury Fire Company, serving as chief for three years and first assistant chief for 21 years. Since 1990, he also has been an active member of the North Queensbury Rescue Squad.

KEITH FERGUSON

Keith Ferguson is a third-generation summer resident in Bolton. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and was a Founding Partner at TimesSquare Capital, LLC. 

Keith serves as Chairman of the Mount Kisco Economic Development Council. He is a graduate of Hofstra University and has an MBA from New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

KEN PARLIN

Ken Parlin is a financial planner and Registered Investment Advisor with Parlin Advisors LLC, a firm he founded in 2019.  Before that, he spent twenty years at JP Morgan in New York, where he was a Managing Director in the Private Bank. 

Ken served for six years on the Board of Silver Bay YMCA, where he was Chair of the Business Committee and Treasurer. Ken is a fourth-generation summer resident of Silver Bay, and now lives full time in Hague. He is a graduate of Hamilton College with an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

BENNETT VAN WERT

Bennett Van Wert is the Director, Sales & Development for DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions, a full-service solutions and construction provider for large retail, restaurant, grocery, and financial brands across North America. 

Ben grew up on the northern end of Lake George, in Ticonderoga.  His parents moved north after purchasing a lakeside motel from Ben’s grandparents. Ben grew up living, working, and playing on Lake George year-round, which led to a deep love and connection of the world-class beauty of the lake.

Ben and his wife, Hannah, live in Saratoga and spend most of their summers with Ben’s family in Hague, on Lake George. He is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University with his Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Business Administration. 

CHARLIE CREW

Charlie Crew is the retired President & CEO of SABIC Innovative Plastics and worked in GE’s Plastics Division for more than 30 years.

Currently, Charlie is a full-time Assembly Point resident and has a consulting practice located in New York.

He serves on the boards of the Double H Ranch (Treasurer), Unistress Company, A&R Logistics and the Council for Global Leadership at Villanova University.

GINGER HENRY KUENZEL

Ginger Henry Kuenzel is the fourth generation of her family to live on Lake George. She grew up in Hague, moving to Washington, D.C, after graduating from Syracuse University to work as a speechwriter and legislative assistant for a U.S. Congressman.

She spent 20 years as a journalist and translator in Germany, always maintaining her close ties to Hague. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked in corporate communications for multinational companies in Boston and New York City, while also writing a monthly column for a German magazine about U.S. topics.

 In 2010, Ginger moved back to Hague full-time, where she continues her work as a freelance journalist, editor and translator.

She has served as a member of the Hague Town Board and previously served on The Hague Chronicle Board. She continues to serve on the Hague Historical Society Board and the Hague Sewer Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Hague Water Quality Awareness steering committee.

For more information, please call (518) 668-3558 or see the wealth of information on our updated website at http://www.LakeGeorgeAssociation.org

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.

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