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Saratoga Springs, New York—The Adirondack Trust Company announced today that it has appointed Marc Conner, Ph.D., and Brian Straughter, Ed.D., as new members to its Board of Directors.


Dr. Conner is President of Skidmore College. He previously worked for more than 24 years with Washington and Lee University as the longest-running provost, is a well-published English professor, and an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Dr. Conner attended the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature in 1989. He earned a Master of Arts degree in English literature in 1991 from Princeton University and became a Doctor of Philosophy in English literature in 1994 from Princeton University.


Dr. Straughter is President of Turf Hotels, a local hotel management company in the Capital District. As President, he is an active owner/operator of five local properties: Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown, Homewood Suites by Hilton Saratoga Springs, Hampton Inn Western Avenue, Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany and Staybridge Suites Albany. Dr. Straughter is actively involved in a number of charities and organizations. He and his wife co-founded Jake’s Help From Heaven in 2011, a nonprofit that is dedicated to supporting individuals with complex medical needs and disabilities resulting from congenital or childhood-onset diseases. Dr. Straughter also serves on the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Regional YMCA, the University at Albany Foundation, is a Past Chair of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, and has been the Chair of the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund’s Advisory Committee since 2020.

“I am pleased to announce Dr. Conner’s and Dr. Straughter’s appointments to our Board of Directors,” said Chairman Charles V. Wait. “Both will bring not only a wealth of experience, but also fresh perspectives to the Board that will be beneficial for everyone.”

The Adirondack Trust Company Board of Directors consists of Charles V. Wait, Chairman, The Adirondack Trust Company; Guy Alonge, III, President, Amsure; Marc Conner, Ph.D., President, Skidmore College; Susan Law Dake, President, Stewart’s Foundation; Mary Gavin, Principal and Certified Public Accountant, Gavin and LaVigne, Inc.; John T. Hedbring, President, Fort Miller Group; Douglass M. Mabee, Vice President (retired), The Adirondack Trust Company; Douglass T. Mabee, Project Environmental Specialist, Quanta Services, Inc.; J. Thomas Roohan, Jr., Owner/Broker, Roohan Realty; Stephen F. Sullivan, President, Longfellow’s Hotel, Restaurant & Conference Center and The Olde Bryan Inn Restaurant; Stephan R. von Schenk, Immediate Past President and CEO (retired), The Adirondack Trust Company; Brian Straughter, Ed.D., President, Turf Hotels; and Charles V. Wait, Jr., President and CEO, The Adirondack Trust Company.

The Adirondack Trust Company is an independent, locally owned and operated, community bank offering a wide variety of business and personal financial services. The bank has more than $1.4 billion in assets and 13 branch offices. The bank offers banking, trust, insurance, and wealth management services, and originates real estate mortgages, both residential and commercial, and commercial business loans throughout its primary market area. The bank is a Bauer 5-Star Rated Superior bank. The bank’s website is AdirondackTrust.com.

Image 1: Brian Straughter, Ed.D /Image 2: Marc Conner, Ph.D.



Adirondack Trust Company

473 Broadway

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(518) 584-5844


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