Staff

Michael J. Hardy
Michael J. Hardy
Executive Director

Michael is a native of the Finger Lakes region. He was born in Rochester, NY but enjoyed an early childhood upbringing in Newport, RI (“America’s First Tourism Town”) to which he attributes his passion for hospitality.

Over his thirty-five year career he has had the pleasure and honor to serve as a Convention Sales Manager, Director of both Convention Services and Visitor Services for Visit Rochester (twice), sell and market to domestic and international groups for the Corning Museum of Glass, Top of The Rock at Rockefeller Center and as a VP for Group Sales Box Office/Broadway.com (both in NY, NY). His earliest accomplishments as a Patient Unit Secretary at Strong Hospital, Front Office Supervisor for Stouffer Hotels and Event Manager for Casa Larga Vineyards are where he believes his desire to serve, delight and exceed expectations for guests, people, peers and friends-alike was crafted.

Recently, Michael continued his two-decade long consulting business offerings to museums, attractions, municipalities, artists, and other family-owned and corporate clients as a resident in Chicago, IL. Just last year, in  2019, he went back to complete his Bachelor’s Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology finishing on the Deans List with 10 A’s for 5 in-class subjects and 5 on-line, a feat he is extremely proud of and happy to have finished (as were his mom and RIT friends, favorite faculty members and fellow alum).

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Liz Salamendra
Events Manager

Liz was raised in Dundee, New York. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management from Paul Smith's College in 2013. In 2014, Liz returned to the area and began working for the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in several positions during her five years there. Liz returned to the area in May, after spending the winter in Florida.

Liz is looking forward to once again being deeply invested in the community, both on a personal level and through her role as Events Manager. She shares, “I am so happy to have been able to return to Watkins Glen and leverage my knowledge of events and Schuyler County from my past positions.”

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Katherine Jack
Office Assistant
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce

Katherine was born and raised in Schuyler County. Katherine then moved to Florida where she attended Orlando College and earned a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. After graduating, Katherine moved to Hawaii for five years then back to Florida for ten more years. Katherine is joyful to have finally returned back home with her family, living happily with her rescue dog and cats.

Katherine is looking forward to once again being invested in our community, both on a personal level and through her role in the Visitor Center. She shares, “I am so happy to have been able to return to Schuyler County and apply my education, and professional experiences, to help my home region continue to grow and prosper.”