continued Chamber Board of Directors Chairwoman Jenni Bliven said Burbank was “excellent” at leading the organization and brought “fresh ideas,” along with an outgoing personality.
“The chamber is what it is because of Kathy, so she is going to be missed,” Bliven said. “She has been the staple of the chamber. I don’t think there is anybody that can fill her role because she’s done such a great job, but hopefully we can find somebody comparable to her.”
Troy Miller, owner of CM FOX Real Estate, said Burbank got to know chamber members on a personal and business level.
“I found her to be very engaging and helpful and someone you could go to if you needed something,” Miller said. “It seemed like every function was well attended and everyone respects her.”
Miller said Burbank is a “community person,” so whether she is at the chamber or Community Caregivers, she will do a good job.
Burbank said she worked with Community Caregiver Executive Director Tom Tipple previously, so once she heard he was looking to retire she jumped at the opportunity.
“I had thought about the position before because the organization was appealing to me, because it was a community based organization and right up my alley of what I did before this,” she said.
The most challenging thing for Burbank at the chamber was dealing with the recession and new business climate facing local businesses. She said there are good business opportunities in Guilderland that are only growing.
“Overall, we are doing well. There is a lot of new businesses opening and coming in and all the little plazas are doing improvements,” she said. “A lot of the smaller businesses … need to understand that the economy of 2007 is not ever coming back, where everybody had a lot of money to spend and you didn’t have to compete so much.”