Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — Thursday, October 9, 2003


ALBANY - Heidi A. Nauleau, chairman of the Aarque Companies based in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, has been elected chairman of The Business Council of New York State for the next 12 months. Paul S. Speranza Jr., secretary and general counsel for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., has been re-elected vice chair for finance.

Nauleau is the first woman to serve as chairman of The Business Council.

In addition, the Board of Directors of The Business Council has elected three other business leaders to terms on the board, and has re-elected four others to the Board of Trustees of The Council's research affiliate, The Public Policy Institute of New York State. The elections took place Wednesday, Sept. 17, at The Business Council's Annual Meeting in Bolton Landing, Warren County.

The top board officers of The Business Council are:

>The Council's new directors are:

The Business Council board has also re-elected seven members:

The re-elected trustees of The Public Policy Institute are:

The Business Council is New York's largest broad-based business group, representing nearly 4,000 member companies large and small across the state. The members of The Business Council represent well over 1 million employees in all regions of the state and in all sectors of the economy. Based in Albany, The Council lobbies for a better business climate and offers cost-cutting services to its members.

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