New York Choral Society welcomes two Trustees, Gary Pai named Chair, Michael Colosi named Chair Emeritus

The New York Choral Society has announced the election of two new Trustees to its Board. Joining the board are Robert Carpenter and Christopher Wogas.  The Board of Trustees has also elected Gary Pai as its new Chair and Michael Colosi to the new position of Chair Emeritus.

The New York Choral Society’s new Trustees are:

Robert (“Bob”) Carpenter is the Founder and President of InSIght Management Development which helps clients achieve their visions faster, through a host of organizational-development consultations in leadership, interpersonal communications and people management. Bob has been recognized for his work in Asia, Europe and the United States, where each year he helps hundreds of Fortune 500 managers and technical professionals improve their operational effectiveness.  Bob helps people in authority make a difference at work. Honing people skills in the private, not-for-profit, trade union and public sectors for more than 20 years, he has worked throughout North America, Europe and Asia to much acclaim.  A nationally recognized authority on leadership and management practices, Bob’s background includes sales and management positions at IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation, senior positions at several management development firms and the launching of three start-up companies. Bob is an Associate with the Integro Leadership Institute and a senior Instructor with ESI International, the recognized leader in project management training and consulting. He also holds an MBA degree from Columbia University.

Christopher Wogas is Senior Vice President, Visitor Operations/Experience at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Through commemoration, exhibitions and educational programs, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, as well as those who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks. In his capacity as Senior Vice President, Christopher oversees Admissions, Retail, Café Services, Visitor Services, E-Commerce, and Volunteer Operations including all organizational volunteers serving a total visitor population in excess of 7 million people per year. Prior to joining The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Christopher  served as President of Bike and Roll New York City, one of the country’s largest bike hospitality organizations and in marketing and operational roles at Crunch Fitness and Live Nation. He holds an MBA degree from Adelphi University

The New York Choral Society’s Board of Trustees also announced that it has elected Gary Pai as Chair and Michael Colosi as Chair Emeritus.

Gary Pai is the owner of Pai Financial Technologies, which specializes in optimizing operations and technology in financial services. Prior to Pai Financial Technologies, Gary led strategy for the fund administration and prime brokerage product lines at Netik, a financial data warehousing software company (now part of IHS Markit). Gary sings with the New York Choral Society and has has chaired the Development and Annual Gala committees and has also served as a member of the Nominations & Corporate Governance and Personnel committees. He also volunteers extensively in Princeton alumni activities and is a recipient of the Service to Princeton Award.  Gary notes   “I am honored to be elected as chair of this board of talented and dedicated choral music lovers. I look forward to working with our board, staff, volunteers, and singers to continue to create compelling musical experiences that demonstrate that choral music is an essential, inclusive and innovative force in music.”

Michael Colosi, is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, WW International, Inc. and a singer in the chorus. He has served as a Trustee and as Chair of The Board of Trustees during an extraordinary period of organizational and artistic growth for the organization. The Board  elected Michael as Chair Emeritus in recognition of his exceptional leadership and his many years of exemplary board service.  “It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to serve as a Trustee and as Board Chair of this amazing chorus” says Michael  “I am particularly proud of the many artistic successes and organizational milestones we have accomplished in the past few years.  A true sign of organizational resilience and capacity is the ability to transition leadership for future growth and success.  I am confident Gary Pai will lead our chorus to do more great things. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees, staff and chorus members to continue building on our successes  as we  bring exceptional performances of choral music to our audiences.”