It's these types of mentorship initiatives that Chamber Chair Tim Pehl said are some of his most important contributions.
"his mentorship of a significant number of Saratoga County's current community leaders who have learned from his examples and wisdom about how to transform businesses, organizations and communities. His personal leadership talents are evident in the extraordinarily low turnover of staff at the Chamber over the decades and he initiated numerous membership benefit programs for the Chamber, including health, dental, energy group purchasing plans along with the annual business trade show," said Pehl. "His retirement was totally his decision, which took us by surprise but which we honor and understand."
Dalton said he expects the transition in leadership to be "relatively easy" because of how much time the committee has to search for a replacement and he thinks the Chamber will continue to grow and fare just fine.
"When I first applied for the Chamber it was on a practice interview and I was impressed with the leadership and people in the community who had started to pull it [the community] out of a hole with local efforts and local money," said Dalton. "That tradition continues today and people in the community, from a cop on the street to a schoolteacher, are very involved."