Fourth Annual Gala Reception

Biographies of Honorees

Charles "Charlie" North

President and CEO of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Charlie NorthOver the past three decades, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Charles “Charlie” North has built a reputation as a pioneer and leader in the Hudson River Valley business community.

Born in Port Chester, NY, on February 21, 1945 to Rae and Irving North, a hearing impaired couple, Charlie attended Port Chester public schools and is a graduate of The American Institute of Banking and the American Bankers Association Commercial Lending Institute.

Charlie’s role as a leader began early in his diverse career when he became the youngest officer in the Port Chester Volunteer Fire Department. He quickly moved up the ranks from sergeant to captain and became the youngest captain ever to serve the department. Additionally, Charlie spearheaded the Explorer Post 700, a group of Boy Scouts that were interested in fire service but were too young to become volunteer firemen. The formation of the explorer post gave the youngsters volunteer experience and helped them to become responsible volunteers and caring adults.

Charlie’s involvement with business membership organizations started at a young age, as he was active with chambers of commerce in Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Mount Kisco, and then later in Dutchess County. He was instrumental in forming the Mount Kisco Merchants Association that united the marketing efforts of a group of retailers.

Charlie began calling Dutchess County home in 1982 when he accepted the position of vice president and business development officer of Norstar Bank. He left banking in 1990 to pursue his interest in radio as vice president of public relations for WKIP and Q92.1 FM. While working at the radio station, he served as the chair of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce. This affiliation led to his appointment to the presidency of that organization in 1992.

During his first tenure as Chamber president, membership doubled, programs to enhance business growth and member activities increased, satellite offices for state and national business development organizations were instituted, and advocacy for legislation affecting business strengthened. True to his trailblazing spirit, Charlie oversaw the development of the organization’s website only two years after the launch of the World Wide Web in 1990. The website was a first for chambers in Dutchess County, as well as among chambers around the country.

In 1996, Charlie returned to banking as vice president of marketing, public relations and business development at Riverside Bank. In 2000, experiencing financial hardships, the board of directors of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce asked Charlie to resume his role of presidency at the Chamber.

Under Charlie's second term leadership, the Chamber became financially sound once again and membership increased to more than 1,500 throughout the Valley, resulting in the organization's name change in 2008 from Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce to Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Charlie remains a presence in the world of radio by hosting three popular shows each weekend featuring Chamber members.

The year 2002 marked the beginning of The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit educational organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Charlie and his staff helped shape the organization into a community pillar – one that now presents more than $50,000 in scholarship money each year to local students and runs Leadership Dutchess and Youth Leadership – two programs designed to foster the growth of the next generation of leaders in Dutchess County.

Today, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is stronger than ever due to the consolidation with the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce in 2011. Under Charlie’s guidance, the two business organizations have kept the best of both worlds by maintaining flagship events and programs of both institutions.

Charlie is proud of this alliance that provides more than 2,100 businesses with a vision to pursue a healthy economic environment and speak with one unified voice whether advocating at the local, state, or federal level and allowing all of the Chamber’s members to work together to expand Dutchess County’s business base.

He’s also pleased to be able to directly connect like-minded businesspeople to foster local-to-local commerce as well as the Chamber’s ability to build relationships between employers and employees. For more than 15 years, the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system. The Workforce Development staff works to increase business access to qualified workers, and ensure that income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities, and retention. This program is in cooperation with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services.

Charlie also believes in connecting the non-profit community with the business community. During his long career he has fostered many such partnerships, including helping to bring the 2005 Empire State Games to the Mid-Hudson region and joining with the Hudson Valley Coalition to Promote Tolerance in securing the Anne Frank in the World exhibit: 1929-1945 to stop in Dutchess County in 2006. The exhibit, which was located at Locust Grove, was open for one month and more than 3,000 students and 20,000 adults attended the event.

Charlie is a community activist, a volunteer, and contributor to area organization’s board of directors. He co-founded and chaired the popular March of Dimes Fundraiser, "Best of the Hudson Valley" in 1990; was chairman of the United Way Golf tournament for four years; served as president of the Rotary Club of Poughkeepsie South from 1988-1989; served as chair of the Dutchess County Arts Fund in 1989, and was on the board of the Dutchess County Arts Council from 1995-2000, and served as chairman from 1997-1998.

Terry R. Saturno

President and CEO of Orange County Trust Company

Terry SaturnoTerry R. Saturno joined the Orange County Trust Company in 1970, assuming the position of teller and shortly thereafter, Head Teller. Over the course of her career she was promoted to progressively responsible positions with authority in several areas of the Bank. In 1997 she was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2004, she was elected to the Bank’s Board of Directors. In 2005, she was named Executive Vice President and in June of 2006 assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Under her term as President, Terry Saturno has contributed to a continuing strong earnings trend at the Bank in addition to growing the organization to almost $700 million in assets. She also played a large part in the establishment of our Chester, Goshen, Newburgh, and Fishkill branches, and, most recently, she steered the acquisition of Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. She has enjoyed much success in growing Orange County Trust Company while keeping it an independent community bank.

Terry Saturno is a native of Middletown, NY. She is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Retail Banking, Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange), and various other banking schools and programs. She is a member of the New York Bankers Association Board of Directors and is a member of their Education Committee. She is also a Trustee for the New York State Bankers Retirement System. Mrs. Saturno serves as Treasurer of the SUNY Orange Foundation board and is Vice Chairman of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation board. She is a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Middletown and a member of the Middletown Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Orange County Partnership Board.

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