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Albany Flint Rivergators Professional Indoor Football Coming Spring 2024

The Albany Flint Rivergators will play at the Flint River Entertainment Complex starting in Spring 2025. The team has joined the American Indoor Football (AIF) league in 2023 and will play on the road in Spring 2024. The team will play games in Cedar Rapids, IA, Corpus Christi, TX, Batesville, MS and Columbus, GA. To learn more about the team and G-Sport Edutainment Group, LLC go to the website at:

Exciting News: Jeretha Peters Named Chair of Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

 Albany – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Jeretha Peters as the 2024 chair of its Board of Directors. With a distinguished background as the Branch Manager and First Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, Peters brings a wealth of experience and commitment to the business community. 

As we stand at the beginning of a new year, many of us are inspired by the idea of change and the prospect of doing things differently to bring about better results, ” she said. “It is with immense gratitude and honor that I assume the role of chair of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. 

“Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.’ These words resonate deeply, not only with me, but within the spirit of the Albany Area Chamber as a collective of dedicated individuals and businesses on a journey to impact Albany positively,” Peters said. “We are not just an organization; we are catalysts for change, working to create a community that benefits us all – changing our world for the better. I am both excited and honored to serve our community through the Albany Area Chamber and invite you to join us as we navigate this journey to create a more thriving and prosperous community.” 

Peters is a longstanding member of the Albany Area Chamber and has served in various capacities. She served as chair-elect in 2023 and held a three-year role as chair of the Chamber’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, where she spearheaded the area’s first business-led initiative focused on fostering a welcoming environment for all. 

“We look forward to this year under Jeretha’s leadership and her focus of fostering innovation, transforming challenges into opportunities and collaborating with those who share a vision for Albany’s future,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber and its 51c3 affiliate, the Albany Area Chamber Foundation. “We believe that together with our members and partners we can turn collective resolve into tangible actions that positively impact our community.” 

Ben Maillette, plant manager of Albany’s Molson Coors brewery, is the 2024 chair-elect and will assume the role of chairman in 2025. Peters was preceded in leadership by Perry Revell, CEO of AB&T; the late Chandu Kuntawala; and Don Gray, facilities manager for the city of Albany. Jeff Wright, managing partner at Draffin & Tucker, serves as the Chamber’s treasurer. 

Peters will address the membership at the Chamber’s 114th annual meeting on April 25. 


The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance economic opportunities. With a diverse business community in our corner, the Albany Area Chamber works diligently to serve area businesses, develop strategies that help our community prosper and design the path of Albany’s future. Learn more at 

Albany Aces Soccer Club Pro Indoor Soccer – Tickets on Sale NOW!

Home Season starts February 2, 2024

All Home Games are at the Albany Civic Center


Friday – February 2 @ 7PM

Sunday – March 17 @ 3pm

Sunday – March 24 @ 3pm

Sunday – April 21 @ 3pm

Sunday – April 28 @ 3pm

Sunday – May 5 @ 3pm

VIP Seats $25

General Admission $15

Kids 10 & Under FREE With an Adult

Purchase Tickets at ALBANYACES.COM


Mauldin & Jenkins Announces Strategic Hire to Lead Transaction Advisory Services Practice

ALBANY, NOVEMBER 29- Mauldin & Jenkins, a Top 100 provider of assurance, tax and advisory services, proudly announces the appointment of Managing Director Tom Houlihan to lead the Firm’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice. With a career spanning over two decades, Tom brings a wealth of experience in corporate transactions, business combinations, strategic planning, financial reporting, dispute resolution and legal and regulatory proceedings.

Tom joins Mauldin & Jenkins after leading and providing support for clients on both the buy and sell side on over $3 billion of transactions across a broad range of industries. In addition to his advisory experience, Tom has provided expert testimony and litigation support encompassing a wide range of financial matters in federal & state courts as well as for FERC & state regulatory proceedings.

This strategic hire reflects Mauldin & Jenkins’ commitment to addressing the diverse needs of its clients and further positions the firm at both the forefront of industry excellence and client service.

“We are excited to announce a strategic addition to Mauldin & Jenkins as we welcome Tom Houlihan to lead our Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice,” shares Jeff Fucito, Partner and leader of the Firm’s Advisory Practice. “With over two decades of advisory experience, Tom brings a wealth of expertise that will undoubtedly elevate our TAS offerings. We are confident that Tom will play a vital role in furthering our commitment to meet our client needs.”

“Mauldin & Jenkins excels in offering clients comprehensive accounting services and advice,” expressed Tom in an interview. “The Firm’s collaborative approach, which consistently delivers outstanding results, presents a compelling opportunity. I am thrilled to become part of the team and contribute to the growth of the firm while leading the Transaction Advisory Services and Valuation practice,” he added.

Tom’s extensive background in successfully navigating complex transactions makes him an asset to prospective investors, capital providers, business owners, and executives who are seeking a strategic partner in their financial endeavors. For more information about our Transaction Advisory Services and how we can help, please visit our website.

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Albany Area Chamber Foundation hosts THRIVE!

Albany – The Albany Area Chamber Foundation Thursday hosted its inaugural and highly

successful THRIVE program, a dynamic talent development initiative aimed at preparing

students for the professional world. THRIVE empowers students with a range of employability

skills crucial for success in the workplace. Through engaging sessions and interactive activities,

students gain insights into effective communication, networking and professional growth.

For the Thursday event, held at Albany Technical College, the Albany Area Chamber

Foundation partnered with the Dougherty County School System and local employers to present

skills training, business connections and local opportunities to students with disabilities who will

seek employment after graduation.

“The No. 1 growth inhibitor for our employers is talent – work force – and it’s a challenge faced

by employers across the country. In Albany, the business community is working closely with our

educational partners to design a modern, adaptive talent pipeline that is sustainable and relevant

to our marketplace,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area

Chamber and the Albany Area Chamber Foundation. “Through programs such as THRIVE,

we’re in the schools working one-on-one with students on the key employability skills that the

workplace demands and connecting students to local employers. We want all members of our

community to have opportunities to thrive.”

The Chamber Foundation, the 501©3 affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, leads

the community’s comprehensive work force efforts via the Albany-Dougherty Talent Strategy

2.0, a public-private effort in which strategic partners, employers and educators participate.

Other Chamber Foundation talent development programs include PROPEL+, targeted at female

high school students, and implementation of the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline Management

framework. The Chamber Foundation’s efforts amplify the primary business organization’s

programs in the areas of talent and innovation and are a direct response to employer and

community needs.

“There’s significant demand for this programming – we hear it from the students, from the

educators and from the employers,” Holmes said. “We’re encouraged by feedback from the

students and our partners about the impact of our work force programs and look forward to

scaling this work to continue building our community’s talent infrastructure.”

Representatives from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, the Albany Area YMCA and Albany

Technical College participated in Thursday’s program, sharing with students the diversity of

available jobs at their organizations, the skills required for those jobs and training pathways to

obtain those skills.

During THRIVE students practiced their public speaking skills through mock interviews with

volunteers from businesses who offered valuable feedback and guidance to the students. While

students were taking turns participating in the one-on-interviews, other students were practicing

networking with peers and adults as they answered ice-breaker prompts facilitated by community


The program also featured a unique segment highlighting appropriate professional attire where

business community members served as models, showcasing the “DOs” and “DON’Ts” of

dressing for success in the workplace.

“This event will help these students have more confidence, flexibility and adaptability with

individuals that they don’t know in speaking with them and sharing information about

themselves,” said Gordina Porter, director of the Exceptional Students Program (ESP) at the

Dougherty County School System. “It was a great event.”

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October 2023 Business After Hours hosted by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready to Mix It Up at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s October Business After Hours! Join us for a thrilling evening sponsored by the Albany Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at the unsinkable Albany State University on October 10 at Eula Lovett Hall starting at 5:00 PM.
It’s HOMECOMING WEEK for the Rams so that makes this an event you absolutely won’t want to miss! Expect an electrifying atmosphere with the ASU March Rams Show Band setting the stage for an immaculate evening of networking and celebration. The vibes will be nothing short of extraordinary.
Don’t leave home without your business card! You’ll want them for a chance to win our $100 cash prize, graciously sponsored by The UPS Stores of Albany, and other prizes.
Business After Hours extends a warm welcome to all. Feel free to bring along a friend or colleague to share in the fun! After all, who says networking can’t be an absolute blast?
We can’t wait to see you there as we celebrate Albany State University’s homecoming and take business networking to the next level.
Please take a moment to register for this remarkable evening here: