Murphy named new Saranac Lake chamber executive director

Patrick Murphy

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has appointed Patrick Murphy as its new executive director.

“The board’s decision to appoint Patrick Murphy comes with the fullest confidence that he will provide operational leadership within the chamber and stewardship of the organization’s mission,” Board President Keith Braun said. “Patrick brings to us a mix of nonprofit and economic development experience and a passion for the greater Saranac Lake community that will lead to great things for the chamber, its members and the surrounding community.”

Murphy, who will start in his new position in mid-October, comes to the chamber from The Wild Center, where he has served as community outreach coordinator and group sales coordinator. In addition to his professional experience, Murphy has served on the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees since April of this year and is currently working to obtain his master’s degree in community and economic development from SUNY Empire State College.

“I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at The Wild Center and I am grateful for the community building experience gained through my positions there,” Murphy said. “Combined with my community and economic development background, I am eager to start my work with the chamber board and the membership to hit the ground running and advocate for our local businesses.”

“Our board recently developed a strategic plan for the organization, and the new director will work with us to finalize and implement that plan,” Braun said. “We also extend our heartfelt thanks to Danielle Delaini, who served as interim administrator through the transition to Murphy’s appointment. Her contribution has been immeasurable, and we’re grateful for her great work.”