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Chester A. Siuda

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Chet Siuda

Chester (Chet) Siuda grew up in South Glens Falls, raised by his mother, Ora, and father, Frank. Chet was a three sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) at South High, he was inducted into the National Honor Society, and he graduated in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1970, majoring in economics. His opportunity to attend Hamilton was dependent primarily on scholarship aid. He was a Regents scholarship recipient and, through the efforts of Bill Wetherbee, he received the Hamilton Adirondack Area Alumni Scholarship.

In 1970 he entered the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a Commissioned
Officer at Headquarters in Washington, D. C. until 1975. In 1971 Chet married Joy McLaughlin of Glens Falls, and they have four children: Kristen Rosenbaum, Andrew Siuda, Erin Pfeffer, and Jessica Siuda. To date they have ten grandchildren. Chet received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1976, majoring in finance, and joined Citicorp in New York. He founded Crown Advisors Ltd. in 1981 and Lighthouse Capital in 1999, both investment firms specializing in rapidly growing companies primarily in the information and health sciences. For three decades he was a successful investor on behalf of institutions, high
net worth individuals and families. He served on several Boards of Directors of public and private companies including Lotus Development Corp. and Ab Initio Software Corp.

In 1988 Chet became a trustee of Hamilton College, and he contributed to numerous committees of the Board. Most importantly he chaired the Admissions Committee for eight years, and he was Vice Chairman of the Board for six years until 2008. He remains an emeritus trustee. He also was a trustee of the Pingry School which his four children attended. In 1999 Joy and he created the Siuda Family Foundation to provide scholarship aid to enable high achieving students of need from smaller communities to become Hamiltonians. The Foundation has provided scholarship support to hundreds of Hamilton students who otherwise might not have been able to attend. Joy and Chet reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Lake George, New York where they enjoy golf, tennis, and skiing. They are members at the Club at Las Campanas and the Glens Falls Country Club.