Inspiring Speaker at Ulster Chamber Breakfast

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May 08, 2017
Internationally renowned corporate speaker and Kingston native Jay Rifenbary will look to motivate and empower members of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce at the May Breakfast Meeting. Rifenbary will address the Chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting from 7:30-9 a.m. on May 25 at the Best Western Plus in Kingston. The sponsor is Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

From being a former qualified Airborne/Ranger, Military Commander, Sales Professional, Corporate Manager and Entrepreneur, Jay brings a unique background of interpersonal skills and business experience to his speaking engagements.

Reflecting on his youth, Jay has fond memories of growing up in Kingston. His father, Dr. George Rifenbary, was a prominent dentist. His mother, Dorothy, was involved in several community organizations, including the Kingston Hospital Auxiliary and Wiltwyck Golf Club. “It’s always a pleasure to come back,” said Rifenbary, a 1975 Kingston High School graduate.

Rifenbary, who went on to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1980, now lives in Saratoga Springs and is president of Rifenbary Training & Development.

He has spent the last 20 years providing expertise in the areas of personal and professional development, leadership and communication training. “Everything will be geared toward servant leadership, core value development, personal honesty and organizational culture,” Rifenbary said of his breakfast remarks. Rifenbary said his message to business leaders will be that “you’re there to serve others.”

Rifenbary has authored three books, including “No Excuse!—Incorporating Core Values, Accountability and Balance into Your Life and Career,” which was awarded “Book of the Year” by the North American Book Dealers Exchange. He also is the author of “True To Your Core—Common Sense Values for Living Life to Its Fullest,” and his new release, “Return To Your Core—Principles for a Purposeful and Respected Life.”

 “My desire to do speak at events like that is just to give back and it’s always nice because part of my heart and soul is in Kingston and always will be,” Rifenbary said.

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at

Ward Todd, President/CEO
(845) 338-5100