Gramercy Communications Adds To Leadership Team
Gramercy Communications announced today two senior staff additions to the firm. Al Bellenchia and Wallace Altes have joined the growing Tech Valley strategic communications firm. Bellenchia will serve as Managing Director, overseeing client management and the ongoing development of the firm’s staff and services. Altes will serve as Executive Counselor with strategic oversight of new business opportunities.
“Gramercy Communications continues to grow and we’re at a critical point in our evolution,” said Tom Nardacci, Gramercy Communications President & Founder. “We’re expanding the range and depth of skills and capabilities. Finding the right mix of talent is key to continuing to capitalize on the opportunities we have, and more importantly, in generating excellent results for our clients. We are excited and energized by having individuals with the breadth and depth of experience that Al and Wally bring to our team.”
Bellenchia comes to Gramercy Communications with more than 30 years experience in communications, marketing and business development. He has provided strategic insight and counsel at the highest levels of some of the world’s most recognized companies and organizations, including AT&T, DuPont, ExxonMobil, First Albany, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mechanical Technologies, The Procter & Gamble Company, Visa USA and Yahoo!, among others.
For nearly a decade, Bellenchia was with FleishmanHillard, one of the world’s largest communications consulting firms, where he rose to Senior Partner and head of the firm’s financial communications practice. He was responsible for the New York City office’s corporate and business communications group. Familiar to the Capital Region landscape, he later established Fleishman’s operations in Albany, N.Y. Bellenchia is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. For 2013-2014, Al is the chair of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Program Committee and leads the Chamber’s Business Resource Forums.
Wally Altes is well known throughout Tech Valley and New York State for his work in the business community and with many educational and cultural organizations. He is the former President of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure as President, the Chamber became the third largest in the state; received national recognition for its administrative and programmatic activities; and, was honored as being among the three best Chambers in the country. In 1998, Altes was credited in part with the naming of the ten-county area of New York’s Capital District as “Tech Valley.” Wally has more than 30 years of strategic business development experience, including leading his own human resource consulting firm and directing large and complex business associations.
Wally has served on the boards of many local and regional organizations, including the Center for Economic Growth; the Albany Institute of History and Art; WMHT Public Television and Radio; the Community Foundation; Southern Vermont College; the United Way of Northeastern New York; and the Regional Food Bank.