Pittsford, New York – Donald G. Bennett, Jr., President and CEO of Campground Owners of New York (CONY), a trade association of privately owned campgrounds in New York State, announces the association has hired two new staff persons to round out the CONY office team.

Mike PappMike Papp of Poland, NY, immediate past chairman of the CONY board of directors, has been hired to fill the newly created position of Director of Member Services. In his position, Mike will execute programs for member recruitment and retention, facilitate and manage online reservation services, and assist in marketing activities.

Mike has over 30 years of experience working in the service and hospitality industry. His past experience includes over 17 years in the restaurant industry culminating as a multi-unit supervisor overseeing 10 restaurants. In the Outer Banks of North Carolina he was the VP of Marketing and Sales and the General Manager of Surf or Sound Realty for 7 years. His tenure saw growth from 210 vacation rental homes to 450 homes on Hatteras Island. In 2005, he and his wife Sandy purchased West Canada Creek Campsites in Poland, NY.

Mike had served on the CONY board of directors starting in 2007 as Region 6 Director, then moving up to 3rd Vice Chairman, and finally serving as Chairman from 2012 to 2014. While on the board of directors he worked on strategic planning and governance issues, and served on the conference committee.

Mike Papp’s email is mike@nycampgrounds.com.

Natalee KieslingAlso joining the CONY staff is Natalee Kiesling of Rochester, NY, as Executive Assistant to the association. Natalee comes to CONY from the world of print, where she was community editor for the Genesee Valley Parent magazine. Prior to that, Natalee worked as a marketing coordinator and center manager for an education company. While not having worked in the hospitality industry before, Natalee’s family are avid campers and have spent countless summers camping in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Natalee was selected from a pool over more than 500 applicants during an exhaustive search to fill the position.

Natalee’s email address is natalee@nycampgrounds.com.

According to Donald Bennett, Jr., the addition of these two new team members has been crucial to the association’s performance. “We’ve had a very busy and productive year so far at the CONY office, and Mike and Natalee have been important contributors to our success in tackling projects and meeting deadlines. With their participation, we look forward to better serving the CONY mission as an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State.”

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), founded in 1963 and headquartered in Pittsford, N.Y., is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. For more information about the association and its campgrounds, visit www.nycampgrounds.com and www.campcony.com, or follow @nycampgrounds on Facebook and Twitter.

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