CRAIG R. CLARK, CHAIRMAN
Craig R. Clark PE, PhD- Vice President for Economic Development at Alfred State College, Allegany County Economic Developer, and Executive Director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency is responsible for developing and implementing an economic and industrial development program for Alfred State College and Allegany County, with an emphasis on expanding and supporting current businesses and industries while attracting additional businesses and industries to locate within the county.
RICHARD ZINK, SECRETARY
Richard Zink is the Executive Director of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board. He also serves as President of the Cattaraugus County Business Development Corporation, President of Western Region Corporation, and Administrator of the Southern Tier Enterprise Development Organization.
R. DONALD BENSON, TREASURER
R. Donald Benson -- is the owner Benson Construction and Development, LLC,. which focuses on constructing on raw land, telecommunication towers, brownfield reclamation, and excavation work. He also owns Portville-Obi Stone, LLC, which mines and sells gravel products; and BFL Minerals, LLC which is an independent oil and gas producer in New York State. Mr. Benson is also a Cattaraugus County legislator.
SERVICE PROVIDER, APPALACHIAN INVESTORS ALLIANCE (AIA)
Appalachian Investors Alliance (AIA) provide specialized services to the Fund. AIA is an organization formed to organize, educate, and help to improve outcomes for community-minded investors that want to meaningfully increase the number of new businesses created and sustained in the Appalachian region.
AIA serves as the regional leader, providing their members with services and insights to help them solve the unique challenges of investing in startup and growth businesses to create meaningful capital inflows and promote sustainable economic diversity.
AIA was formed and is governed by angel funds and specialized investment funds focused on the region.