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About Michael D. Metzger
A Rochester native, Mike, and his wife, Marge, moved to Chautauqua County when he was assigned to Bauch & Laumb’s Jamestown office. What was only supposed to be a temporary assignment turned into a 38-year residency that allowed his passion for community service to grow.
One of his first volunteer roles was as a write-in candidate for the Bemus Point Central School District Board of Education. Since then, he has served as a leader for several local organizations including, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, American Red Cross of Chautauqua County, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and The Resource Center.
Currently, Mike is a Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees member, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Investment Committee member; County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors chairman; and Western New York Regional Economic Development Council member.
Most notably of all Mike’s volunteer roles has been his involvement with Junior Achievement of WNY. For over 25 years, he has taught the Junior Achievement Economics for Success program to eighth-grade students at Falconer Central School. He has arranged tours of local businesses for students, helped students develop resumes, and even staged mock interviews between students and employees of local businesses.
In 2013, Mike was named to the Junior Achievement of WNY Chautauqua County Advisory Committee, to help create strategies to engage more local schools, volunteers and funders.
Professionally, Mike has worked for more than 30 years in the private sector. He currently serves as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Fredonia. Previously he was Vice President and Strategic Advisor for Blackstone Advanced Technologies LLC, President of Blackstone Business Enterprises, Chief Financial Officer for Acu-Rite Companies and Comptroller for Bauch & Laumb.