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Saturday, September 20, 2008

After 30 years, new leadership for Albany Roundtable

Colleen Ryan succeeds Paul Bray as President of Civic Lunch Forum

ALBANY, September 10, 2008 -- The board of directors of the Albany Roundtable has elected Colleen M. Ryan of Albany as its President. Ryan will succeed Paul Bray, who has served as President since founding the group in 1979.

The Albany Roundtable, Inc. is a non-profit civic lunch forum that presents speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects relating to the Albany region. It is supported by the Friends of the Albany Roundtable.

“Paul’s visionary leadership of the Albany Roundtable has enriched our civic life for three decades by providing a venue for the exchange of ideas and information among people active in business, arts, not-for-profits, governments, neighborhoods and other urban activities,” said Ryan. “I’m looking forward to charting a course for the future by incorporating social media and other technology tools, while continuing the spirit of the Albany Roundtable as a professional networking opportunity.”

According to Bray, “the strong civic interest of Albany residents and neighbors and the willingness of leaders in the community to be Albany Roundtable speakers” have contributed to the success of the forum.

“In addition to being a Friend of the Albany Roundtable for many years, Colleen has experience in not-for-profit, government and business communications and new media,” said Bray. “She is well suited to take this organization to the next level, and I’m looking forward to participating in upcoming Albany Roundtable events.”

Bray will remain on the board of the Albany Roundtable as Founding President. Vice President Mary Alice Leary, GRI, of Roberts Real Estate and Treasurer Mark Patten of Wilber Bank were re-elected to their posts. Lori Harris of the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal was elected Secretary.

Ryan will preside over the first Albany Roundtable meeting of the 2008-2009 season on Wednesday, October 8, when the featured speaker will be Robert Altman, President and General Manager for WMHT Educational Telecommunications. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon, and is held in the 3rd floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. For more information, visit the Roundtable’s website at .

A lifelong resident of Albany County and a graduate of the College of St. Rose, Ryan is Director of Public Relations for the Preservation League of New York State. Previously, she was Director of Communications for Malkin & Ross, an Albany lobbying firm; Executive Director of the Capital Region’s first not-for-profit Internet provider, CRISNY; and has held positions with the New York State Senate and Assembly. She served as President of the board of Historic Albany Foundation from 2002-2004.