Mark Anderson Named to CONY Hall of Fame
Mark Anderson, owner and operator of Camp Chautauqua in Stow, N.Y., was inducted into the Campground Owners of New York (CONY) Hall of Fame, during the association’s 46th Annual Conference and Trade Show held at the Kaatskill Mountain Resort in Hunter, N.Y., on Oct. 31.
Anderson is a second-generation owner of Camp Chautauqua, a full-service campground and RV park located on the shores of Lake Chautauqua, now in its 41st year of business. He manages the campground with his family, including wife Cella, sons Donald, Matt and Roger, and daughter Kate. He took over the campground when his father, Roger Anderson (also a CONY Hall of Fame member), passed away in 2004. Anderson was selected for induction by CONY’s board of directors in part for his many years in leadership roles, including chairmanships of various committees concerned with legislative issues and campground marketing, and for previously serving as both vice president and president of CONY, according to a news release.
In addition to operating the family business, Anderson’s achievements and service activities include: CONY “Go Camping America” committee chairperson; New York representative to the national “Go Camping America” program; appointment to the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Council; and election as a Northeast delegate to the board of directors for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Anderson is the outgoing chairman of the ARVC board of directors, which includes over 3,700 privately operated campgrounds and RV parks across the United States in its membership.
During the conference awards banquet, Anderson was inducted into the CONY Hall of Fame by his close friend and fellow CONY Hall of Fame member Robert C. Klos Sr., former CONY executive administrator. Induction highlights included testimonials and personal anecdotes by colleagues including Robert Schutter, president/CEO of Leisure Systems Inc. (franchiser of Yogi Bear Jellystone parks), and fellow CONY Hall of Fame members. Anderson family members read letters of praise from friends and colleagues who could not be in attendance. A letter of congratulations from New York Gov. David A. Patterson was also presented to Anderson.
Mark Anderson is only the 13th person to be inducted into CONY’s Hall of Fame. Inductees are selected for their active involvement in the growth, promotion, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York state, as well as through involvement in local and state tourism entities and the promotion and advancement of the camping industry.