Brian Straughter, Ed.D. (Chair)
Board Member since: 2016
Brian serves as President of Turf Hotels, a local hotel management company in the Capital District. As President, he is an active owner/operator of five local properties: Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown, Hampton Inn Western Avenue, Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany, Staybridge Suites Albany and Holiday Inn Resort Lake George.
He is actively involved in a number of other charities and organizations. He and his wife co-founded Jake’s Help From Heaven following the death of their four-year old son in 2011 to support those with multiple medical challenges living within 100 miles of Saratoga Springs, NY. Brian also serves on the Board of Directors of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Saratoga Springs YMCA and the UAlbany Foundation.
Prior to his work in hotel management, he was principal at the Mission Hill School in Boston, MA. He relocated to Saratoga Springs in 2006 to be closer to his wife’s family and has very much enjoyed his career change.