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December 7, 2016

JA of Northeastern New York (Albany, NY) New Area President

Derek MartinThe Board of Directors for JA of Northeast New York, Inc. is pleased to share that Derek Martin, former District Executive Director of the Capital District YMCA, has been selected as their President effective December 1, 2016.

“We are excited about the appointment of Derek Martin,” stated Richard Ferro, Board Chair of the Junior Achievement of Northeast New York Board of Directors.  “Derek’s passion and commitment to JA have been clearly evidenced by the number of appointments and commitments he has already garnered from new sources-even prior to his official start date.”

Derek was a Retirement Planning Specialist with AXA Advisors for eleven years, where he was a nationally recognized advisor, grew sales revenue by 500% and managed assets of $80 million and insurance of $200 million. For the past six years Derek was with the Capital District YMCA. For the first three years he was Executive Director for the flagship Bethlehem branch where he grew revenue and expanded an annual budget of $3.5 million to $4.1 million. For the past three years Derek served as the District Executive Director overseeing three branches with a $10 million operating budget. During his time at the YMCA, Derek grew the annual campaign by 200%, expanded the Circle of Champs program and led the YUSA employee resource group for emerging leaders.

Derek received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Brockport and received his executive education in financial planning from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Derek resides in Guilderland with his wife and twin daughters.

I am sincerely humbled and honored to join a prominent organization like Junior Achievement with such an impactful mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy,” commented Derek.

Please join the Junior Achievement of Northeast New York board in welcoming Derek to his new role with Junior Achievement. His email address is

Financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness are the 3 pillars of JA programs