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Albany Ambassadors & Volunteers

Each year, a very special group of volunteers bring their association, sports, and group meetings to Albany and the Capital Region, with the help of the ACCVB. These volunteers care about the Albany community and devote many hours to assure that their meeting is successful and that Albany is well received. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, click here.

To honor their efforts, they are named as Albany Ambassadors. The 2014 Albany Ambassadors are:

  • Mr. Richard Cole, Marimar Lopez, Ph.D. & Sridar V. Chittur, Ph.D., Northeast Regional Life Sciences Core Directors
  • Reverend Dr. Edward B. Smart, Pastor, First Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Mr. Karl Oestreich, RPI Reunion - Class of 1979
  • Ms. Lisa Kissinger & Mr. Alfred Sive, New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS)
  • Ms. Pat Miller & Ms. Sharon Putney, Sweet Adelines International- Greater NY/NJ Region #15
  • Ms. Jane Sanders, Women of Reformed Judaism (WRJ)
  • Mr. Rob Salkin, American Mensa Society/Mensa of Northeastern NY
  • Ms. Beverly Plowucha, NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region X and XI Bi-Regional Conference
  • Captain Neely Jennings, New York State Police - East Coast Women's State Police Charity Softball Tournament
  • Mr. Richard McNeal, New York Council of Deliberation
  • Ms. Heather Courtney, Babe Ruth Middle Atlantic Region
  • Mr. Joseph Marturano III, Navy MSO Association Reunion
  • Mr. Bill Kearsing, American Legion Department of New York State

The ACCVB Albany Ambassador program began in 1993. A committee comprised of members developed criteria and initiated the program with the first class of honorees in 1994. Since then, more than 100 dedicated volunteers have provided the Capital Region's economy with a tremendous impact and been honored as Albany Ambassadors. Their combined efforts have already brought over 100,000 delegates to Albany.

You can be an Albany Ambassador! If you belong to a club, association, business group, or religious organization, are involved in planning a sporting event or activity, or are affiliated with a military or reunion group and decide to hold your meeting/event in Albany, contact the ACCVB for complete meeting planning assistance. From arranging hotel and meeting facilities to registration and welcome materials for delegates, the ACCVB staff has the experience and knowledge to host a successful meeting/event and will help you become a great Albany Ambassador.

Albany Ambassador status is achieved if the meeting/event planned generates more than 100 room nights (one room night = one hotel/motel room occupied for one night) and after the meeting has occurred. Awards are presented to Albany Ambassadors at the ACCVB Annual Dinner.

For more information about meeting planning and how to become an Albany Ambassador, or to host a meeting or event in Albany, contact ACCVB.

Albany Volunteers

Why should you become an ACCVB Volunteer?

To support our great city and become an Albany Ambassador! The ACCVB was incorporated in 1976 to promote the New York State Capital as a destination for visitors and convention delegates. ACCVB volunteers play an integral part in welcoming guests to the Capital Region at local events, national conferences, sporting tournaments, and more.

Volunteer job duties include:

  • Greeting visitors at Albany information tables at various locations - local hotels and Albany attractions, such as the Empire State Plaza and Times Union Center
  • Answering conference attendee questions about Albany and handing out Albany Visitors Guides, maps, restaurant guides, and attraction information
  • Assisting conferences with their event registration and other tasks as assigned
  • Welcoming fans and families at major sporting events such as the NYSPHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
  • Assisting the ACCVB staff with mailings and other administrative tasks

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Complimentary training
  • Invite to our Annual Volunteer Luncheon (volunteers are to have volunteered at least twice)
  • Receive a copy of our Quarterly Volunteer Newsletter
  • Learn about Albany County events, attractions, arts & entertainment, sporting events, and more

Become an ACCVB Volunteer Today!

Click here to download an application.

Megan Howland, Convention Services/Volunteer Coordinator, is responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and communicating with ACCVB volunteers as opportunities become available. For more information email Megan Howland or call (518) 434-1217 x104.


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