President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike Elmendorf was named President and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS), New York's leading construction industry association, in February 2011.
Previously, Elmendorf had served as New York State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York's largest small business advocacy association, where he lead a resurgence of the organization, establishing it as one of the Empire State's most powerful and effective business organizations.
Prior to joining NFIB, Elmendorf spent 11 years in the administration of New York Governor George E. Pataki.
Elmendorf has extensive experience in government, having served as Special Assistant to the Governor and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
In that role, he was a member of the Governor's senior staff and served as the Governor's advisor on state-federal, regional, state-to-state and international relations.
was responsible for a broad range of policy initiatives, and worked with officials from across New York on the local, state and federal levels.
was also the lead negotiator for New York State
on the historic Great Lakes-St.
Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, which was approved by all eight Great Lakes states' governors and legislatures, the United States
Congress and the President of the United States
, protecting the water resources of the Great Lakes region while balancing the need for economic development and growth.
A longtime community leader, Elmendorf serves on a number of boards and is a founder of the nationally recognized Colonie Youth Court program.
Small business roots run deep for Mike Elmendorf
grew up in a family of small businesspeople and saw firsthand the challenges and rewards of running your own business.
mother and stepfather own and operate Fritze Jewelers
in Colonie, New York, a family business that has been in operation in New York's Capital District for more than 60 years.
father spent many years in the bar and restaurant business in the Albany area.
Elmendorf is a native of the Town of Colonie, and received his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Union College in Schenectady, New York.