Welcome to the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, celebrating 30 years of supporting our residents and the business community in Schoharie County. At the heart of every local economy and the backbone of the nation’s economy, you will find a Chamber of Commerce. The Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce focuses on a broad range of events and programs that provide Advocacy,Education and Economic Growth to support its businesses and the community. When you are looking for information or a way to be connected in Schoharie County, look no further, because the Chamber has something for everyone. Together we can continue to make Schoharie County the best place to live, work and play!
The Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business people and other leaders working together to advance the general welfare and prosperity of our community through our endeavors with business, including agriculture, education, government, and tourism.
Board of Directors:
Jamie Casterlin, President
Executive Committee, Economic Advancement, Events Committee, Membership Committee
National Bank of Coxsackie
Jamie Casterlin is a business development officer with National Bank of Coxsackie. Jamie has 15 plus years’ experience in residential and commercial lending throughout Capital Region NY. Jamie is also a member of various community organizations including the Middleburgh Area Business Association, Middleburgh Rotary, West Fulton Arts and Albany County Rural Housing Association.
Milan Jackson, 1st Vice President
Executive Committee, Business Generators Chair
Milan H. Jackson, P.E. is Principal Engineer and Supervisor of Business Development for Lamont Engineers, P.C. in Cobleskill with over 19 years of civil engineering experience. Mr. Jackson received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University graduating with Honors. Prior to his position with Lamont Engineers, Mr. Jackson held positions with Chemung Contracting in Elmira, New York; ATCS, PLC in Waldorf, Maryland, and ABD Engineers & Surveyors in Schenectady, New York. Mr. Jackson’s civil engineering experience includes hydrologic computations, hydraulic engineering, environmental site assessments, design of stormwater facilities and reports for stormwater management, water treatment design for public and private facilities, site designs including layout, grading, roadways, water supply, sewer service/septic systems, lighting, landscaping, and applications and reports for proper permitting, structural design of wood framing, masonry construction, and concrete construction, with responsibility for cost accounting, project schedule, subcontractor scheduling, safety, material testing, supply and material acquisition, and overseeing personnel. Mr. Jackson is a Licensed New York State Professional Engineer and a certified Code Enforcement Official. He is a member of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honors Society), Rotary International, and Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Business Generator Group. Milan and his wife, Lisa, reside in Schenectady with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Alaina.
Georgia Van Dyke, 2nd Vice President, Executive Director
Executive Committee, Events, Economic Advancement, Business and Education Committee
Gobbler’s Knob Family Fun Park
Georgia relocated to Schoharie County from North Babylon, LI in 1986 when she worked for the New York State Nurses Association. She continued to work for the Association as a Nursing Representative and Organizer, and after 21 years of service Georgia retired in 2004. In March of 2005 SUNY Cobleskill recognized Georgia as one of six “Notable Women of Schoharie County”. Georgia is also active in the Town of Wright, Schoharie Valley Lions Club – President 2015, SALT – Co-chair, and Chair of Unmet Needs Roundtable.
In 2003 Georgia established “The Darryl West Van Dyke Memorial Fund” through the Community Foundation of the Capital District. This fund supplies AED’s (portable defibrillators) to businesses and churches throughout Schoharie County. To date the fund has donated ten defibrillators.
Since 2002 Georgia has been president of Van Dyke Enterprises Inc. which, oversees “Gobbler’s Knob Family Fun Park”. Gobbler’s Knob opened in 2001 with a Driving Range and Club house. By 2006 the family business had expanded to and 18-hole lighted miniature golf featuring “Schoharie County Landmarks”. Additionally in 2006 the Ice Cream Parlor/Snack Bar opened and Robert Strong opened the “Muscle Motors Speedway” Go-cart Track.
2009 brought a nine-hole Par 3 course named “D’s Tees” in memory of Darryl Van Dyke. 2011 brought a Bungee Trampoline. The trampoline was replaced by a “Bounce House” in 2014.
In 2009 the County reclaimed Tourism from the Chamber. Shortly after that in early 2010 the Chamber experienced many internal changes. The Chamber’s Executive Director left unexpectedly, thus as Chamber Board President, Georgia stepped into that role for the next three years. At the end of Georgia’s term as Board President, she was then hired as part-time Executive Director in 2014. During this time period the Chamber membership grew with 40 new members, a new more user friendly website, a revitalized Business EXPO.
Georgia looks forward to supporting businesses in Schoharie County and the continued growth of the Chamber.
Eric Efthimiou – Treasurer
Agricultural Business Representative
Farm Family Insurance
Sherwood Veith, Secretary
Executive Committee, Membership Committee Chair
Sherwood, Veith; Certified Public Accountant
Chris Guldner, Tourism Chair
Bull’s Head Inn Cobleskill, Inc.
Christopher J. Guldner is an experienced restaurateur and an independent management consultant and with a particular passion for developing US manufacturing capability. While serving in the US Navy as a reactor operator and electronics technician, he earned a B.S. in Human Resources Management, then entered the civilian world working in various industries throughout North America as an instructor, training manager, maintenance manger and workplace performance improvement consultant. Over the last two decades, Chris’ industry experience includes manufacturing, investment banking, health insurance, federal government agencies, food processing, aerospace, construction, and national defense. He founded and then operated a chain of three restaurants throughout Saratoga County and is now leading a team to restore and reopen the Bull’s Head Inn, a full service restaurant in Cobleskill, NY.
Shannon Almy – Secretary
Fenimore Asset Management
Shannon Almy was raised in Schoharie County and currently resides in Sharon Springs with her husband, Keith. She enjoys volunteering, and is actively involved in her local church. Shannon is an alumni from the Cobleskill Central School, and SUNY Cobleskill, and having completed an MBA from the University at Albany. Shannon is the Client Relationship Manager at Fenimore Asset Management, Inc. and has been with the company since 2002.
Business & Education Committee
Noble Ace Hardware
Andrew Noble has been working at his family owned hardware stores, part-time and full-time, for over twelve years. Born in Oneonta, NY, across county lines, in 1984, his family moved to Vermont in 1996 to East Corinth. In 2002 he graduated from Oxbow High School in Bradford, Vermont, and from there, attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks where he earned two degrees in Forestry and Urban Tree Management.
In 2007, Andrew was working full-time in the family hardware stores in Rutland, VT, South Glens Falls, NY, Johnstown, NY, and Watertown, NY. In December of 2008, when the family purchased the Selkirk family hardware store, Andrew was prepped and ready, and moved to manage the store in Cobleskill because of its long-standing reputation, position and potential to serve the larger Cobleskill community.
Andrew and his store staff are committed to helping Schoharie County residents and assisting in any way possible to bettering this wonderful community.
Andrew met his wife Brittany here in Schoharie County and were married in 2011. They built a home in Warnerville with live there along with their two dogs Ruger and Maddie. Brittany also works for all seven Noble Ace Hardware stores as the Training Coordinator.
Andrew also serves on the board for CPI (Cobleskill Partnership Inc.). If you know Andrew, you know he enjoys the wonderful, recreational opportunities gifted to Schoharie County…..so if you don’t find Andrew in the Noble Ace Hardware store, he may be found snowmobiling, skiing, hunting, fishing, or golfing close by. To reach Andrew at the store is 234 3518 or email email@example.com
Economic Advancement, Membership Committee
Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT)
Graduate of University of Georgia, BS in Home Economics; moved to NY State upon marriage to husband, David, in 1969, and have lived in Dewitt, East Greenbush, Cazenovia, and presently a country property in the Town of Wright since 1988. Have two daughters, one son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. A long time community volunteer through Church affiliations, Girl Scouts, and public schools, etc; presently on Consistory of Schoharie Reformed Church and Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; held numerous positions of leadership through volunteer work.
New York Power Authority
Mario Roefaro is the Manager of Community & Government Relations for the New York Power Authority’s central region. He has been with NYPA for four years and is a graduate of Binghamton University, class of 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law. Mario is married to his wife Christina, a school teacher, together they have a son Gabriel.
LeeAnn is a Branch Manager for NBT Bank. With 19 years of banking experience, starting her career as a teller with Central National Bank in 1998. She is a lifelong resident of Schoharie County and serves on several boards in the Schoharie Area, including the Schoharie Community Development and the Schoharie County ARC Foundation.
Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce
Bobbi is an advertising and marketing specialist whom, over the last 15 years, has been an active member in committees and business groups throughout Schoharie County. Bobbi’s passion to make the community she loves successful has grown in to a business providing consulting, branding, strategic event planning, marketing plan development & implementation, image development and social media optimization services. In addition, she successfully branched out to assisting clients with large attendance fundraising and corporate events. She has an extensive background in both for-profit and non-profit businesses.
A fourth generation Middleburgh Central School graduate, Bobbi finds ways to give back to the community she loves including her 2013-2016 appointment to Director of the historic site, The Dr. Best House & Medical Museum.