Rochester Chamber Elects Rob Sands Chairman of the Board

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce members elected Constellation Brands Chief Executive Officer Rob Sands chairman of the board for the 2016-2018 term.  Along with Sands, members also elected Bank of America President John Pitton as vice chair and Nixon Peabody Managing Partner Brian Flanagan second vice chair, secretary, and treasurer.

Sands said, “Rochester’s unique history and strong entrepreneurial spirit have long attracted families and businesses seeking economic prosperity and quality of life. As a local business leader, I know the value of Rochester’s talent, resources, and collaborative partnerships. As chairman, I look forward to working with leaders across our region to further our economic prosperity and make Rochester the standout choice for long-term growth and opportunity.”

Rochester Chamber President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “Rob’s leadership, which is recognized internationally, along with his business acumen, his attention to detail, and his relationships will bring great benefit to our organization and its membership.  His main areas of focus are both on advocacy and to engage all of our chamber membership business leaders to work together toward common goals.  Rob is quite aware that the collective influence that we have in our region often goes untapped.  He wants to ensure that we use these relationships for the success of our entire region.  Rob Sands serving as our chairman of the board sends a powerful message of his commitment.”

Sands succeeds current Rochester Chamber chairman, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman, whose term expires at the end of this year.  Braveman remains a board and executive committee member.

Duffy said, “Daan has been a great partner, a great friend, and a great leader assisting my transition into the CEO position earlier this year.   He deserves tremendous credit for his vision, his leadership, and his heart.” 

At a news conference introducing Sands as chairman, Duffy and Sands also unveiled the new Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce logo and mission statement as the organization rebrands from Rochester Business Alliance.  The logo, designed by Rochester Chamber member Dixon Schwabl, symbolizes both the urban and rural nature of the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.  The vertical lines represent the Rochester skyline but also call to mind the horizontal rows of the region’s farmlands. The curved elements are the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes and the waterfalls that powered Rochester’s first businesses. The region’s abundant freshwater is represented by the rippling line of the river and streams and the placid line of the many lakes.

The mission statement, “Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce passionately serves, promotes, and advocates for its members in order to secure economic prosperity for our Finger Lakes region” solidifies Rochester Chamber’s service to the entire nine-county Finger Lakes region.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce thanks the following departing board members for their service: Donald Bain, St. John Fisher College; Paul Deering, Time Warner Cable; Dave Fiedler, ESL Federal Credit Union, and Wayne LeChase, LeChase Construction.

Rochester Chamber welcomes new board members Eric Bieber, Rochester Regional Health System; Vilma Burgos-Torres, Rochester Hispanic Business Council representative; Ken Glazer, Buckingham Properties; William Goodrich, LeChase Construction; Paul Kaiser, Sr., Genesee Regional Bank; Michael Kane, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group; Wende Knapp, Women’s Council representative; Faheem Masood, ESL Federal Credit Union; Mark Meyerhofer, Time Warner Cable; Deana Porterfield, Roberts Wesleyan College; Gerard Rooney, St. John Fisher College; Gregory Soehner, Council of Agency Executives representative; and Michael Zimmer, Xerox Corporation.