Becky Daniels, formerly Schenectady County’s tourism director, has been hired by CAP COM Federal Credit Union as its director of community engagement, the credit union announced.
Daniels, who started at the credit union on July 8, was the first executive director of Discover Schenectady, which was formed in 2017 to promote tourism in Schenectady County, with the county expecting to receive new attention due to the opening of one of the state’s few casinos, Rivers Casino & Resort.
Discover Schenectady announced in late April that Daniels would be leaving for another opportunity, but Daniels wouldn’t say at that point what her plans were.
When and whether Daniels will be replaced is unclear. Expectations for the county tourism program took a severe hit in March when the novel coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy, including Rivers Casino.
The hospitality industry has been hard hit by the national recession caused by the shutdown, and Discover Schenectady relies for its funding on income from the hotel room occupancy tax. Priot to the disruption caused by the pandemic, the tax was expected to bring in nearly $1 million this year, with about three-quarters of that going to Discover Schenectady.
Rivers Casino remains closed indefinitely, since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has not given any indication when facilities that draw crowds from across the region will re-open.
County Legislator Jeffrey McDonald of Schenectady, president of the Schenectady County Convention and Visitors Bureau board, did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
At Albany-based CAP COM, Daniels will oversee community relations efforts consisting of CAP COM School Banking, [email protected], public relations and the CAP COM Cares Foundation, according to an announcement from the credit union. She will serve as vice-chair of the foundation.
Before her stint at Discover Schenectady, Daniels, a native of Schenectady, was digital marketing leader for General Electric Renewables in Schenectady, founder and CEO of Little Pond Communications, and a community outreach specialist with the Center for Donation and Transplant at Albany Medical Center.
“Becky’s strong background in the hospitality, non-profit and business sectors in the Capital Region will be a great addition to our team,” said Susan Rosko Fogarty, CAP COM’s chief relationship officer. “We’re looking forward to having her lead our community at this time of growth for CAP COM.”