Harborfest names new director

The Board of Directors for Harborfest has announced that Tom Van Schaack has been named the new executive director for Harborfest.

Board member and Chairman of Harborfest's Personnel Committee Ed Proto said he was happy that Harborfest was able to fill the position with such a talented individual.

"Tom, who is a native of Oswego, comes to us with more than 20 years of experience. Having worked in professional baseball at a number of levels including general manager, Tom's extensive experience in marketing, promotions and sponsorship procurement will serve him well in his new role as executive director of Harborfest," Proto said. "I feel confident that we have a new member on our team that has the energy, ideas and enthusiasm to successfully lead the biggest annual event in Oswego County -- Harborfest. We welcome Tom on board and look forward to working with him as plans for Harborfest 2009 are quickly taking place."

John Scardella, president of the board of directors for Harborfest echoed those thoughts. "Tom knows his way around Oswego and is excited to be taking on the challenge of executive director of Harborfest," Scardella said. "He is a motivated professional and has already hit the ground running and is looking to make Harborfest 2009 a memorable event."

A graduate of Oswego High School, Van Schaack holds a bachelor's degree in communications/broadcasting from SUNY Brockport and has spent the past 23 years working in professional baseball for a number of minor league teams including a stint as assistant general manager with the Syracuse Chiefs and most recently as general manager of the Huntsville Stars.

Having grown up in Oswego, Van Schaack saw the chance to become director of Harborfest as the perfect opportunity to return home and be part of a festival that he remembers well.

"Harborfest means a lot to this community," Van Schaak said. "{Q}I have many fond memories of the festival and look forward to the challenge of keeping Harborfest the great family festival that it is and making it even better in the future.{Q} It gives me an opportunity to utilize the marketing, management and leadership skills I obtained through my 23-plus years in professional baseball management and put that experience and knowledge to work for Harborfest."

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