Business Beat: Commerce Chenango to Host State Legislators at Roundtable | Economic news

Commerce Chenango will host its second annual legislative breakfast on October 14 at The Silo restaurant in Greene.

Guest speakers will be Ryan Silva, executive director of the New York State Economic Development Council, and Ken Pokalsky, vice president of the Business Council of New York State. The two are sharing legislative updates and insight into their work with respect to their respective organizations, according to a press release.

State lawmakers who have accepted an invitation to attend and be a part of the roundtable include Senator Fred Akshar, Assembly Member Joe Angelino, Assembly Member John Lemondes Jr., and Senator Peter Oberacker.

“I am very pleased to offer the legislative breakfast again to Commerce Chenango companies and partners,” said Kerri Green, President and CEO of Commerce Chenango in the statement. “Advocacy is a big part of the work we do and providing the opportunity to dialogue with our elected officials, to share our ideas and concerns is always time well spent. “

The legislative breakfast is open to members and non-members; however, participants must register by calling 607-334-1400 or by going online at prior to the event. Payment is required before the event or at the door. Participants are encouraged to send their questions for the panel to [email protected] by October 12.

Recognized local breeder for the Angus cattle herd

Mark D. Welytok of Richfield Springs was ranked second in registering the most Angus beef cattle in New York City with the American Angus Association in fiscal year 2021, which ended September 30, according to a press release from Mark McCully, CEO of the association. officer.

Angus breeders across the country in 2021 registered 313,138 head of Angus cattle, the statement said. “Our association members are industry leaders in embracing new technology and raising the least problematic livestock for their customers,” said McCully. “Cattle ranchers across the country continue to find registered Angus seeds to be the most cost effective option for their herd. “

The American Angus Association is the country’s largest bovine organization, serving nearly 25,000 members in the United States, Canada and several other countries, the statement said. For more information, visit

Cooperstown room to get together

The Cooperstown 2021 House Members Meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 at the Ommegang Brewery. on st, de, for.

Lake ‘N Pines Motel will be honored as a 2020 House Hall of Fame recipient and Lake View Motel will be honored as a 2021 House Hall of Fame recipient.

Admission is $ 20.00 per person, payable in advance or at the gate. A cash bar will be available. Registration is compulsory. RSVP to the room by October 19.

The event will take place outside on Ommegang’s covered patio at 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown.

Preferred mutual

appoints new leaders

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company recently announced that it has promoted R. Benedikt Sander to President and CEO and Jeffrey M. Lopata to COO and Executive Vice President, effective January 1, 2022 Current PMIC CEO Christopher P. Taft will retire but will become chairman of the company’s board, replacing Robert A. Wadsworth, who will continue to serve on the board.

Sander, who joined PMIC in June 2019, has served as Executive Vice President of Insurance Operations and has over 20 years of leadership experience in the insurance industry. While at PMIC, “he championed strategies to improve the growth and profitability of the company as well as initiatives that foster strong relationships with employees, agents and business partners,” said a press release. .

Lopata, who served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, “has been a driving force behind PMIC’s strategic planning initiatives and a visionary in several key areas of the business during his 17-year tenure, including information technology, business project management and the development of many business strategies and services, ”the statement said.

“As we position PMIC for its next chapter, we have identified an opportunity to strengthen our corporate structure by promoting two people who will lead PMIC in the future,” Taft said in the statement. “My new role as Chairman of the Board will allow me to continue to focus on shaping the culture and strategic direction of PMIC in partnership with our leadership team. “

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