NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem native Kurt Guldan has been named Person of the Year by the North Salem Chamber of Commerce.
“One of the members mentioned his name when we were discussing candidates at the Chamber of Commerce meeting,” said chamber President Michael McAnaw, “and everyone immediately agreed that he was the perfect choice.”
“In fact, last year when Warren Lucas accepted his own award, he spent five minutes praising Kurt’s involvement in Hurricane Irene. As a planner and responder, Kurt’s the guy who runs the show.”
The Person of the Year Award was established by the Chamber of Commerce in 1993, said longtime member Tim Purdy, as a way for the business community to thank a person who has made a positive contribution to the town.
“The town is extraordinarily lucky to have him,” said North Salem Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein. “He’s quiet and reserved, but he’s multi-faceted. A father, a businessman, coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management, and the glue that holds the Ambulance Corps together. He has great rapport with all the people in emergency situations, like the power company, the county government and Westchester Emergency Management. He’s a very dedicated individual and he doesn’t take his responsibilities lightly. He throws himself right in.”
Supervisor Warren Lucas pointed out that North Salem has more than its share of dedicated volunteers, but Guldan “has no qualms about telling me or Peter [Kamenstein] what we should be doing next. For me and Peter, who’ve never dealt with problems like Irene, Lee and Sandy, having Kurt there to lean on was very important. Running a town in a disaster was something none of us were good at, but Kurt loves it, and does it with a smile.”
Everyone is invited to the dinner to honor Guldan at Le Fontane Ristorante, 137 Somerstown Road (Route 100) in Somers on Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The $39 prix fixe dinner includes an hors d’oeuvres buffet, salad, choice of pasta, pork, fish or steak entree, dessert and coffee. There will be a cash bar.
To RSVP write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-669-8133.