by Robert Kimmel –
The two newly elected co-presidents of the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown (SH/TT) Chamber of Commerce see the organization increasing its commitment to both communities it represents. The two, Philip Johnson and Glen Taylor, were elected to their leadership roles at the Chamber’s January meeting.
Johnson is Executive Director at Education First (EF) in Tarrytown, overseeing its International Language Center and EF Academy since 2012, and has been serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. He brings to the Chamber senior managerial experience gained in both Europe and Asia working with EF. Speaking about the Chamber’s goals, Johnson said, “What we would like to do is to expand the membership, so we have a broader representation from both villages, and we want to support and work toward the growth of both villages.”
“We should be looking at the Chamber’s board and ensuring that, as we recruit membership, we are getting representation and support, from across all of the businesses we have in the villages.” Johnson stated. “We ought to strengthen our relationship with the Merchants Council to make sure that the Chamber and the Merchants’ Council are working hand-in-hand.”
Johnson noted that he had lived in many large cities, but that he liked living in “this much smaller community, and one of the reasons we chose to live here in Tarrytown is the access to stores by walking around. I think that is one of its charms and its strength, and we should work hard to retain that character.”
Taylor is Vice President of Support Services at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. His supervisory position is defined as “overseeing the departments of facility services, environmental services, food and nutrition services, information technology, pharmacy services and telecommunications,” at the Northwell Health Hospital. He came to Phelps in 2015 following an administrative position at Greenwich Hospital.
“From what we have been hearing in our communities, from the Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown administrations,” Taylor stated, “is the excitement about the building that is happening on the riverfront and the comprehensive plans being developed in both villages. It seems we are in a very interesting and innovative period. So the work that we are looking to do is to support all of those efforts and get the business community aware of everything that is going on so we can get everyone involved to support and participate in the events that make these communities thrive.”
Also elected at the Chamber’s January session was Annie Cauthren, Co-Vice President, representing Tarrytown. The Co-Vice President for Sleepy Hollow position remains open. Directors elected to two-year terms were Cheryl Fladung, Andrew Monachelli, and Burns Patterson. Kevin Kaye, who had been a Co-President with Niel Ricchuiti, will serve as Interim Treasurer. Stephanie Rodnick is the chamber’s new Executive Director, replacing Tina Zagrobelny.
We should be looking at the Chamber’s board and ensuring that, as we recruit membership, we are getting representation and support, from across all of the businesses we have in the villages.”