Discover Schenectady Board Hires New Executive Director

Experienced Tourism Professional, Todd Garofano, to Lead Effort Promoting Schenectady County

January 7, 2021

Schenectady, N.Y. — The Discover Schenectady Board of Directors announced today that Todd Garofano will serve as the new Executive Director of Schenectady County’s tourism promotion agency.

A life-long Capital Region resident, Garofano brings nearly 25 years of hospitality and tourism
experience to Discover Schenectady. Mr. Garofano has worked in senior sales and marketing
roles at Amtrak and Carlson Hotels Worldwide before serving for 8 years as President of
Discover Saratoga. Among his achievements, Garofano received the 2018 Industry Leader
Award by Meeting Professionals International – Northeast New York.

“Schenectady County has so much to offer visitors and residents,” said Garofano. “There has
been tremendous momentum built in the tourism space and I am really excited to lead this
organization to build upon this momentum, support local businesses and attractions and have a
positive impact on our economy.”

“We are pleased to bring aboard an experienced tourism professional to lead Discover
Schenectady at this critical time and build upon the marketing organization we have built,” said
Jeff McDonald, Board President and Vice Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature.

“As the economy reopens, our goal is to lead the way in promoting Schenectady County as a
great place to live, work and visit.” said Cathy Gatta, Discover Schenectady Board Member and
Schenectady County Legislator.

Mr. Garofano will start work this month.

About Discover Schenectady. Discover Schenectady is a non-profit organization responsible
for promoting travel, tourism, conference and convention assets and opportunities in
Schenectady County. Discover Schenectady County’s board and staff work collaboratively with
businesses, destinations, County and local government to attract visitors to the region and
experience everything that Schenectady County has to offer. For more ways to Discover
Schenectady County all year long, visit

Contact: Kristina Cerrone
(518) 383-0390

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