For Immediate Release: September 29, 2016
Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new directors to its Board, George Morris and James W. Wolitarsky.
“We are very excited to have Jim and George join our Board,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown. “Both bring to the LGLC strong leadership skills, a commitment to our mission, and a rich and deep connection to Lake George. It’s been great getting to know these two new Directors, hearing about their ideas, their stories about time spent on the lake, but mostly their enthusiasm for protecting the land that protects this special place. We extend a warm welcome to our newest Directors and look forward to the impact that they will make on LGLC and the lake.”
George Morris recently finished his 31st year with Oliver Wyman, the international management consulting firm and part of Marsh and McLennan, where he is a Partner in the Financial Services group based in New York City. His consulting career began after graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1985) and an AB from Dartmouth College (1980). In 2016 he co-authored a paper on risk management for non-profits based on financial analysis of charities in New York State. Now, he is semi-retired and leads the firm’s Social Impact initiative out of the New York office and contributes to developing future generations of world-class management advisors.
Mr. Morris resides in Pilot Knob, NY, and is a third generation lover of Lake George. His lake experience began at his parents’ house, also known as “Flower Down”, in the Town of Lake George. Mr. Morris is a hiker and forager, loves sailing, early morning boat rides, and kayaking. He’s a second generation member of the Lake George Club and raced sailboats there for many summers.
James (Jim) W. Wolitarsky is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a major U.S. east coast full-service financial services firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Jim joined the company in 1991 as its Chief Financial Officer. He was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2000 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2001. He also served as Chairman of its Executive Committee.
Jim received a B.A. degree in 1968 from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA and earned a M.B.A. degree in 1973 from New York University. He served in the United States Army as a sergeant from 1968 to 1970 with service in Vietnam and was decorated with a Bronze Star and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Mr. Wolitarsky is currently a board manager of Pennsylvania Hospital, a core member hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; a director of D.A. Davidson Companies, a full-service regional securities broker-dealer doing business in the western United States and a director of Pennsylvania Trust Company. He has served on many boards, including as Vice Chairman and Treasurer for the FUND for Lake George, and has lectured nationally and participated in a wide array of financial conferences and forums.
Mr. Wolitarsky first came to the lake when he was 5 or 6 years old and then spent every subsequent childhood summer for 2 or 3 weeks with his family at a rented lakeside cottage on Black Point Road in Ticonderoga. He and his wife, Nini, bought their current home on the lake in 2006. Jim and Nini live in Villanova, PA, and have four children.