• Leadership Adirondack Program


    The ARCC is excited to announce that our Leadership Adirondack Program is coming back! We have partnered with Catamount Consulting to offer a robust program consisting of leadership training class time, paired with industry tours throughout our region.
    Catamount Leadership Training believes that understanding human behaviors and valuing relationships are the pillars on which highly engaged cultures are built upon. With Gallup reporting that nearly $500 billion dollars is lost annually in the United States due to unengaged teams, it is Catamount’s mission to provide the young leaders of our community with not only the knowledge, but the tools necessary, to develop compassionate, emotionally agile and high performing teams within their organizations.
    This program is designed for individuals who demonstrate a potential for community leadership and a sincere commitment, motivation and interest in serving the community in which they live or work.
    “The ARCC is thrilled to introduce the revamped and elevated Leadership Adirondack program for the Fall of 2022 facilitated by our partners at Catamount Consulting. After putting the program on pause during the pandemic, we are excited to offer a full, in-person program for this year’s participants.
    Leadership Adirondack has been a staple of our organization for over 30 years and has been a vital part of shaping leaders in our region. The emphasis of our updated program will be on Servant Leadership. The skills and knowledge imparted during the Leadership Adirondack training program will help those future leaders have a greater community impact with the aim of shifting our business culture to incorporating an attitude of service in leadership roles across the region. I am a proud graduate of the program and still cherish my experiences with my fellow classmates.
    Good luck to all of the participants of this year’s class!”
    - Marc Monahan
    Regional Executive SVP, NBT Bank
    Chair Elect, Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Adirondack (LADK) Logo - A community leadership program of the ARCC
  • Thank you to our Leadership Adirondack 2022-23 Sponsors




  • About the Program About the Program

    Leadership Adirondack is a dynamic, interactive program that provides skill development and community immersion experiences that enables participants to grow personally and professionally as they explore issues and opportunities in Warren & Washington County.

    Through a combination of class time and industry tours, Leadership Adirondack develops the leadership potential of participants and builds a solid foundation of informed, action-orientated, productive employees and citizens.

    For the 2022-23 program, the ARCC has partnered with Catamount Consulting to offer a comprehensive program on leadership development.

    Your Catamount Consulting Leadership Adirondack Team

    SCOTT MCKENNA- President, Catamount Consulting of New York Scott McKenna is the President of Catamount Consulting. He is a certified instructor with the Mine Safety Health Administration, and an OSHA Certified Construction Trainer. He has over 24 years of experience in the mining and construction industries and is active in multiple organizations. He has authored or contributed to several published articles and lectures on a regular basis to a wide variety of business and safety professionals. The Catamount Team provides expertise in all facets of construction, manufacturing, mining, firearms and all facets of business. Scott is the head assistant varsity wrestling coach at Warrensburg Central School and has been for nearly 21 years. Over the last 7 years, the team has compiled over 150 wins and five consecutive years of Championship Seasons, as well as qualifying multiple wrestlers for the prestigious New York State Championships. McKenna believes that we are all coaches within the People Business. Regardless of your team, you must have high levels of emotional intelligence to assure everyone around you is coached to their particular level of high performance. Scott’s sport psychology approach to leadership training provides strategies to take you and your team’s performance to the next level.

    STACY SPECTOR- Catamount Leadership Super Trainer Stacy Spector is the primary content and curriculum developer for Catamount Consulting’s Leadership Programs. Stacy is also a practicing attorney in Lake George, New York for over 20 years. She has spent over 15 years, along with her teacher husband and fellow Catamount team member, Jason Spector, in the areas of Empathy and Social Emotional Support in the education world. Stacy now uses the empathy space as a foundation for her work in leadership training for all organizations. Stacy's unique background and experience offers a broad range of value to many individuals and groups in relation to employee engagement, culture building, and mindset mastery. Stacy regularly presents to National Conferences and Organizations on the topic of “Engaging Leadership”. Stacy's mission is to help people develop stronger, more connected, human relationships, in the work environment.

    JASON SPECTOR- Catamount Leadership Super Trainer Jason Spector is a 25-year veteran educator and coach. Jason has extensive experience in Social Emotional Support, Culture Building and Mindset Coaching. Jason’s work for the past two decades has connected to all facets of society around empowerment, human connection and peak performance. Jason has a master's degree in Coaching, he is certified as a Mindset Mastery Coach, as well as a Culture of Care Trainer. Jason’s unique knowledge and experience offers a broad range of values to many individuals and groups in a wide variety of spaces. Along with his favorite role of being a father and husband he is also extremely passionate about Performance Psychology, Teaching, Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts, Bodybuilding, Emotional Agility and Empathetic Conditioning. His mission is to teach others how to wake up energized, show up ready for anything and drive home fulfilled.


    Leadership Adirondack unites individuals from diverse fields and backgrounds to learn more about themselves as leaders and how to best serve their organizations and community where they live, work and play. The ARCC is proud to continue the legacy of the Leadership Adirondack program.

    Advisory Council Advisory Council

    A volunteer Advisory Council contributes each year to the direction of the program. In addition, each application is reviewed and approved by the council before the candidate is selected to participate. The council is made up of the Chamber President/CEO and program Alumni. 

    2022-23 LADK Advisory Council Members
    Name Business
    Russ Antonacci TD Bank
    Christina Blanchard NBT Bank
    April Boucher Community, Work & Independence (CWI) Inc.
    Ryan Haig Amsure
    Bridget O'Neill The Queensbury Hotel
    Chris Ristau The Park Theater

    Eligibility/Commitment Eligibility/Commitment

    Eligibility: Leadership Adirondack is for individuals who demonstrate a potential for community leadership and a sincere commitment, motivation and interest in serving the community in which they live or work. They show potential for advancement to top leadership positions within their organization, which may result in significant influence on important issues and challenges facing the community. In addition, the participant has the time to fully complete the program with the full support of their organization and intends, upon program completion, to seek roles on community boards or committees, key volunteer leadership positions, or public office.

    Commitment: In order to receive the full benefits of the Leadership Adirondack Program, participants are asked to attend the Get Acquainted event in September, two introductory leadership classes in late September, as well as the majority of the classroom sessions and industry tours that will run on select Mondays late September - December 2022. In addition, a graduation ceremony will be held for qualifying participants in February 2023.

    Benefits Benefits

    Participant Benefits

    • Increased understanding of the critical issues and opportunities affecting the community/region.
    • Gain new and lasting friendships from a network of participants who come from different backgrounds and diverse interests.
    • Gain access to top leadership in the region.
    • Achieve the inspiration to address community challenges and produce change.
    • Strengthen leadership skills and management techniques through personal development training.


    Employer Benefits

    • A more informed employee with enhanced business opportunities via broadened community/region exposure and networking.
    • Awareness and appreciation of diversity in the workplace.
    • A new camaraderie with community leaders with access to decision making circles.  


    Community Benefits

    • Informed and enlightened citizens.
    • A talent pool of trained leaders who can be called upon for collaborative decision making.
    • Citizens who are motivated to serve and make a difference.  

    Application & Tuition Info Application & Tuition Info

    How to Apply: Please click here to download application. Application deadline is July 31, 2022.

    Program Tuition: ARCC members and their employees pay $3,000 to participate in this comprehensive leadership program. A deposit of $500 is required with your completed application. If your application is not accepted, an application processing fee of $75 will apply and a refund of $425 will be made. Upon acceptance, the balance of your tuition payment is due before September 9, 2022.