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Parker to postpone retirement as RBA chief

Rochester Business Journal
October 21, 2013

Rochester Business Alliance president and CEO Sandra Parker has decided to delay her retirement, nearly five months after she announced plans to step down at the end of the year.

Parker cited her desire to help the organization address looming issues facing RBA members and the Rochester community.

"I foresee 2014 as a year of major change and transition in our community," she said in a statement. "The repurposing of Eastman Business Park, progress on major economic development projects in the city of Rochester and throughout the Finger Lakes region, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on RBA members and our health care systems are all factors that led to this decision."

Susan Holliday, Rochester Business Alliance board chairman and Rochester Business Journal publisher, said the RBA board "is delighted that Sandy Parker has decided to delay retirement and lead the organization through several significant transitions in our community."

Added Holliday: "Sandy has been an exemplary leader and we look forward to continuing to benefit from her expertise. Sandy’s experience as well as her business and community connections will serve RBA well."

Parker has been the RBA's top executive since becoming CEO in January 2005. For two years prior to that, she served as president and chief operating officer of the RBA, formed in 2003 with the merger of the Industrial Management Council and Chamber of Commerce.

As RBA chief, Parker has helped convene the Fair Share Coalition to seek parity in state aid for Rochester--an initiative that grew into the Rochester Community Coalition. She also is a leader of the Unshackle Upstate coalition, which she helped launch in 2006.

After Parker's announcement in May, a committee headed by Home Properties Inc. president and CEO Edward Pettinella began a search to replace her. Succession planning will be a focus of the RBA board in the coming months, Holliday said.

10/21/13 (c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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