The United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Board of Directors has named Katonah resident Bud Hammer as its new chairperson. Hammer succeeds June Blanc, who was at the helm from 2018-2020. Hammer joined the United Way board in 2017 and co-chaired the resource development committee and annual golf event since 2018.
“I am honored to be selected as the new Chairperson on the Board of Directors for United Way of Westchester and Putnam,” said Hammer, President of Atlantic Westchester. “I look forward to leading the board of such a relevant and resilient organization in order to provide a helping hand to hundreds of thousands of our neighbors who are struggling to survive and giving them hope for a better tomorrow through its education, financial stability, and health initiatives.”
Hammer is the president and general manager of Atlantic Westchester, Inc., an award-winningcommercial and industrial HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) business located in Bedford Hills, NY. Atlantic Westchester offers a variety of HVAC solutions for businesses, institutions and government facilities across the NY metro area and assists clients with proactive maintenance, remediation and installation services based on their unique facility needs. The company holds HVAC licenses in Westchester, Connecticut, Putnam and Rockland Counties.
When COVID-19 caused New York State to pause, Hammer had his team ready to give back. The Atlantic Westchester staff, including Hammer, helped United Way with its Emergency Food Distribution in Putnam County and its Heroes and Homebound Hot Meals Delivery Program.
“Bud is stepping in as Board Chair at a transformational time for our organization, as the United Way has played an instrumental role in responding to the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. His leadership and support will be essential to the organization’s continued impact in the community and I look forward to working closely with him,” said Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of the United Way.
Over the years, Hammer and his team have received several awards and recognitions, including Westfair Communications’ “Family-Owned Business Award;” Westfair Communications’ “Milli Award;” Town of Bedford Conservation Board’s “Green Award; and “Outstanding Achievement in Transportation Award” from Westchester Green Business Challenge. Bud has been featured in several local and national publications, including The Associated Press; Inc. Online; TheStreet; New York Real Estate Journal; Westchester County Business Journal; 914INC. Magazine; and BUILDINGS Magazine. Hammer graduated from Pace University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing. He is a strong believer in giving back to the community and volunteers at organizations, including The United Way, Visions, and March of Dimes. Bud is an avid golfer and New York Rangers fan. He resides in Katonah with his wife and business partner, Lisa.