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New tourism director at FM Chamber

Anne Boles

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce this week announced the selection of lifelong area resident Anne Boles as the organization’s new director of tourism.

“We find that it’s a very important position because of the fact that it brings so many travelers to the area, it’s funded by the two counties and the state of New York and we work hard to get those travel dollars in here, last year it was just over $100 million and this position is responsible for bringing those travelers in,” said chamber President Mark Kilmer on Tuesday.

“[Boles] has lived here all her life and I think that knowledge of these two communities is very important, she’s experienced a lot of the great things she is going to be promoting. Along with her husband she has a child and they really want to build a future here,” Kilmer continued.

Kilmer went on to point to Boles’ professional work history and involvement with charitable organizations in the two counties as indicators of the success she will find in her new position.

“She has a passion for the area and she really wants to make a difference,” Kilmer said.

Boles most recently worked at Johnstown’s Community Health Center as the director of community relations where she developed marketing and advertising strategies, managed the organization’s online presence and organized fundraisers and events. She also served as liaison to customers and business partners in Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, Schoharie, Saratoga, Hamilton and Warren Counties.

Boles has served as a member of the St. Mary’s Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities in Fulton and Montgomery counties. She has volunteered as a business mentor for students in the HFM BOCES PTECH program and organized the Community Health Center Alzheimer’s Walk team from 2006-16. She has served the community as a Rotarian since 2009.

In 2016 the chamber named Boles the “Young Professional of the Year” at the organization’s annual event. In 2017 she was awarded the “Sok Nam Ko Rotarian of the Year” award and the prestigious “Paul Harris Fellow Award” by the Amsterdam Rotary Club. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Keene State College and an associate’s degree in marketing and public relations from Hudson Valley Community College.

Boles on Tuesday said she is excited to take on the new position she assumed about a week and a half ago previously held by Gina DaBiere-Gibbs.

“I have lived here all my life and thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new and promote tourism in our area to let other counties and the state know what we have here,” Boles said. “We have wonderful activities and events for people of all ages in every season of the year and I thought it would be a great opportunity to promote that for our area.”

Already Boles is laying plans to expand and develop new events for 2020 planning to add an event to lead into one of Fulton County’s biggest tourist attractions, the Annual Walleye Challenge, and expand offerings during March Restaurant Week, possibly growing that event into Montgomery County. In Fulton County Boles said she will focus on promoting events surrounding outdoorsmanship and the annual quilt show and in Montgomery County she plans to focus on marketing the expanding offerings surrounding the canalways and local businesses.

“Tourism in Fulton and Montgomery Counties has a great foundation, my goal is just to expand tourism from within the state and beyond to showcase our history and our cities and all that we have here,” Boles said.

“It’s important to promote tourism for local businesses, we want to support family and local businesses as much as possible,” she added. “They really are the heart of our area.”

In her new role, Boles will serve as project director for the administration of I Love NY Tourism Matching Funds, which provides a yearly award for the planning and execution of marketing programs for both Fulton and Montgomery counties. Additional funding for tourism promotion in the two counties comes from each of the county budgets, as well as the Chamber with the goal of stimulating and increasing the local economic impact of tourism.

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