Remembering a Great Business Leader

It is with deep sorrow that we received news of the passing of Harold E. Vogt, an extraordinary business leader, who left this world on September 28, 2023, in Boca Raton, Florida.

Harold dedicated thirty years of his life as President and CEO of the former Westchester County Chamber of Commerce, laying the foundation for the immense success of the Business Council of Westchester. His visionary leadership expanded the organization’s reach, becoming the bridge that connected thousands of members across Westchester County.

Not only did Harold altruistically share his time and expertise, guiding numerous entrepreneurs and small business owners to achieve greatness, but he also facilitated the growth of countless global corporations into the heart of Westchester County.

Harold’s influence extended beyond the business realm. As the esteemed host of the revered WFAS-AM radio talk show “Business Talk” for a decade, and the Editor-in-Chief of Westchester Commerce magazine, he captivated audiences with his wisdom. Throughout his illustrious 50-year career, he was sought after for interviews and featured in various esteemed media outlets.

Community service held a special place in Harold’s heart. He sat on multiple Boards of Directors, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New York, Westchester Junior Achievement, and Westchester Community College. Even after retiring in 2000, he continued to serve as the president of the boards for St. Tropez at Boca Country Club and Boca Golf & Tennis Country Club.

Born in Clifton, NJ, Harold was the beloved son of Harriet and J. Ernest Vogt. He obtained his B.S. and Master’s degrees from Montclair State College, in addition to an organizational business management certification from Notre Dame.

Harold leaves behind his cherished wife, Toni, and their three children, Jenifer, Lynn, and Glen. Sadly, his son Greg predeceased him.

Family and friends remember Harold as a highly esteemed, magnanimous, honest, and compassionate individual. A private memorial service will be held in Boca Raton, Florida. For those who wish to honor Harold’s memory, contributions can be made to the American Red Cross/Ukraine Relief, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, Iowa 50037-0839.

I will always fondly remember Harold Vogt as both a dear friend and a trusted mentor. Our paths crossed in 1987 when I first became involved with Chambers of Commerce. At the time, he held the prestigious position of President at the County (Westchester) Chamber, which had emerged from the White Plains Chamber of Commerce. This distinguished organization was strongly committed to advocating for businesses and educating them about the latest developments from local, state, and federal governments. It was an invaluable and cherished experience, especially for the growing number of ambitious business leaders seeking opportunities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley Region.

Bill Nulk

Putnam County Business Council

(c) 845 721-9216

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