Sam Kandel is an Advanced Certified Business Advisor with the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center. Since 2002 he has spearheaded the outreach efforts in the Catskill Region as the primary advisor for clients within the Catskill Watershed. In 2005, 2010 and 2012 he was the recipient of the top honor of New York State Business Advisor of the Year award, in 2006 he received the national and prestigious ASBDC Star Performer award, in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 he was recognized as one of the top 5 counselors in the State. In his 12+ year tenure with the SBDC, he has counseled 2,000+ clients who have generated over $86,000,000 in economic impact and have in turn saved or created almost 1,900 jobs. Sam is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Spectrum Services serving people all across the autism spectrum in centers in Kingston and Ellenville, NY.