The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has hired an executive director with a background in the arts, business and law. Patrick Siler will be the chamber’s first executive director, starting the job April 14.
The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has hired an executive director with a background in the arts, business and law.
Patrick Siler will be the chamber’s first executive director, starting the job April 14.
“Exciting times,” Tony Kostecki, chamber board president, said. “This is great news. I know I speak for all the members of the board when I say ‘Welcome, Patrick.’ Patrick’s experience with and passion for his favorite place on earth, Schroon Lake, in addition to his professional experience with non-profits and unique skills as an attorney, have convinced the board that he is the ideal candidate to take our chamber into the future.”
Siler is excited about his new position.
“I see great potential for the Schroon Lake region’s economic development in the coming months and year,” he said. “Schroon’s core businesses and attractions, the fresh crop of new businesses run by talented and energetic entrepreneurs, and the development of exciting new projects like the restoration of Wood’s Lodge and the installation of fiber-optic and wireless broadband all point to a period of strong growth for the town and surrounding region.
“There is so much happening in the Schroon Lake region — camps, restaurants, farms, concerts, breweries, opera, musicals, plays and more, all surrounded by the natural beauty of the Adirondack Park,” he said. “I look forward to working with the chamber’s membership to strengthen both the area’s seasonal and year-round economy. I will work with members to increase access to available state and federal resources, and to attract a wider visitor base in the summer and year-round by developing a 21st-century marketing plan to share with the world everything the Schroon Lake region has to offer.”
Siler is the founder of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company. He also has a law degree.
“I fell in love with the Adirondacks at an early age,” Siler said. “My family has owned property on the shores of Schroon since the early 20th century and I have always considered Schroon Lake my home.
“I earned a fine arts degree from the conservatory program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in New York City,” he said. “In 2009, I formed the not-for-profit Adirondack Shakespeare Company and returned professional performances to the Amphitheater at Scaroon Manor, formerly Taylor’s Point, for the first time in half a century.”
Kostecki said Siler will help the chamber preserve, enhance and advance business, tourism and community in the Schroon Lake area.
“We are delighted to bring aboard a person of Patrick’s abilities and love of Schroon Lake to fill this role,” Anthony Ruiz, a chamber board member, said. “His vision for the chamber will serve us well as we continue in our efforts to better serve the interests of our membership, the overall Schroon Lake community, and our area’s visitors.”
The Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is made up of member businesses and associate and supporting members committed to the improvement of the quality of life for the residents of Schroon Lake and the surrounding communities. Information is available online at www.schroonlakechamber.org or by calling 532-7675.