The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) has selected Jonathan Riegel, MAS, for induction into the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, the highest honor the regional association can bestow upon an individual.  

Riegel, executive director of The Premier Group, has been a long-time member of and volunteer for SAAGNY, including serving on the Board of Directors from 2001-2010.  He rose through the ranks, eventually serving as SAAGNY President in 2009 and then chair of the Council of Past Presidents in 2010.  During his volunteer career, Riegel also chaired the SAAGNY Government and Legal Affairs, Membership Services, Programs and Meetings, the Promotions East Committee and Trade Show, Transportation, Planning, and Show subcommittees. Riegel also served as the Regional Association Council (RAC) delegate 2008 -2009 and as SAAGNY’s executive director from 2010-2017.

SAAGNY Past President Brett Schaffer, MAS, says, “Jon has personified SAAGNY’s mission since his earliest days of volunteerism and has played an influential role in shaping the SAAGNY of today through his involvement with the association, both as a volunteer and executive director. In my book, Jon is one of a kind. He is the guy you want behind your cause. He is the guy you want on your team. He is the guy you want to work with on your board.”

SAAGNY President John R. B. Cudahy adds, “I have had the honor of working with Jonathan throughout my entire SAAGNY career. His dedication to the association, as a volunteer and an employee, has played an integral role in shaping the association to what it is today. The Hall of Fame distinction was created for members like Jonathan who dedicate so much of their time to the betterment of the association.”

Riegel will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on December 6 at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, New York.