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December 18th, 2013

Charles North and Terry Saturno Honored at Gala

From left to right: Charles S. North, president and CEO of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Terry R. Saturno, president and CEO of Orange County Trust; Joseph Bonura; and Mount Saint Mary College president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin.
NEWBURGH – Mount Saint Mary College recently honored Charles S. North, president and CEO of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Terry R. Saturno, president and CEO of Orange County Trust, at the college’s 4th Annual Gala Reception.

More than 200 guests attended the event, held at the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center. Honorees received the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence.
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of the Mount, said that funds raised at the event “will enable us to provide an affordable, values-based education to deserving students, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college.”

North, a graduate of The American Institute of Banking, began calling Dutchess County home in 1982, when he became vice president and business development officer of Norstar Bank.

 At the same time, he served as the chair of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce. 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.

Under North’s second term, membership increased to more than 1,500, resulting in the organization’s name change in 2008 to Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

North co-founded and chaired the popular March of Dimes Fundraiser, “Best of the Hudson Valley,” in 1990; chaired the United Way Golf Tournament for four years; was president of the Rotary Club of Poughkeepsie South from 1988-1989; was chair of the Dutchess County Arts Fund in 1989, was on the board of the Dutchess County Arts Council from 1995-2000, and served as chairman from 1997-1998.

“Knowing the previous recipients of the award, I was very moved and honored that the Mount chose me,” said North. “I was speechless.” 

Prior honorees include Joseph Kirchhoff, founder of Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management, and his wife, Andrea; Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, represented by Mary Madden, president and CEO; David T. Cocks, former president and CEO of Walden Savings Bank; John D’Ambrosio, president of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce; and David S. MacFarland, former president and CEO of Riverside Bank.

North added, “I’d like to thank my wife (Joanne), because without her support, I wouldn’t be here tonight.”

Saturno joined Orange County Trust Company in 1970. In June of 2006 she took on her current position as president.

She has continued a strong earnings trend at the bank, in addition to growing the organization to almost $700 million in assets. She played a large part in the establishment of the Chester, Goshen, Newburgh, and Fishkill branches, and, most recently, steered the acquisition of Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, Inc.

Saturno is a native of Middletown, N.Y. She is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Retail Banking and Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange). 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.

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.

“I was absolutely thrilled to receive this honor,” explained Saturno.

She thanked Fr. Mackin and all the members of the Mount family who made the Gala possible.

“I appreciate the excellent contributions the Mount makes to the community,” she said.

The Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence recognizes individuals whose professional accomplishments and approach to management reflect the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of Joseph A. Bonura. The restaurateur owns Torches on the Hudson in Newburgh, Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, and the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

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