A crowd of 80 gathered at Warwick Valley Country Club on Tuesday to honor Michael Johndrow as he retires from 15 years as executive director of Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce. In attendance were board members, current and past WVCC staff, Warwick residents and many local politicians.
“This is truly a night I will never forget,” said Johndrow, as he received six awards for his service. He is well known for increasing Chamber of Commerce membership and coining the phrase ‘the Biggest Little Chamber in Orange County’.
In her speech, WVCC Board President Elizabeth Cassidy recalled, “When I opened my law firm 10 years ago, my first call was to my mother. My second call was to Micahel Johndrow.”
Her sentiment was shared by many, aware of the critical role Johndrow has played in the success of local businesses. Speeches from Mayor Michael Newhard, Mayor Jesse Dwyer, Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Joe Coleman for Assemblyman Brabenec, and WVCC Board Member Garret Durland all noted that they will miss Johndrow’s leadership and kindness.
Mayor Newhard stated
“Johndrow has acted as an economic development champion and catalyst. Under his exceptional leadership, the WVCC has grown in both staff and membership, leading to a stronger sense of community.”