Steve Lobel joined Anchor Agency, Inc. as Director of Sales and Marketing in January of 1997, and in 2006 he was promoted to Vice President.
Mr. Lobel’s Capital Region entrepreneurial activities span over three decades. He was the University at Albany’s Director of Marketing before assuming the Alumni position. However, he is best known as the founder of The Cheese Connection, which had its start in 1980 in Albany’s Robinson Square. In 1981, the business moved to Stuyvesant Plaza. In 1988 the business was expanded and renamed Cowan & Lobel. After selling his interest in this well-known and respected food emporium in 1991, Lobel purchased Impress Promotions in Saratoga, which he operated until 1993 when he joined UAlbany.
Lobel received a BA degree in English from the University at Albany in 1970. From 1993 to 1997 he served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching marketing in the Evening MBA Program at UAlbany’s School of Business. He also served as founding Chair of the Advisory Council for the MBA Program. Steve served as an Adjunct Professor at Union College, teaching two terms of Marketing Management for the MBA Program of the Graduate Management Institute.
Steve has been active in community affairs, serving as a director on the boards of the Albany Symphony Orchestra (chairman of the Marketing Committee 2006 – 2008) and currently Chairman of the Board, The Community Foundation (current), Albany Center Galleries, Albany Senior Services, Senior Services of Albany Foundation (current) United Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services of Northeastern NY (President, 1999-2001). He was the founding President of Tech Valley Healthy Kids, an organization formed to bring mobile dental care to needy children in the Capital Region. He has served on the United Way marketing and Hands On Capitaland committees in addition to his role as past President of Albany Rotary Club and founding co-chair of the Washington Park Lobster Festival which he co-chaired for 7 years. He has also served on the boards of the University at Albany Foundation, and Capital Chamber Artists. Steve is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the United Jewish Federation. In 2009 he was presented with the Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award (also known as “The Ebbie”) for “his exemplary commitment to improving the lives of individuals through community involvement” by the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce.
In 2004, 2005 and 2006 Steve followed his avocation and passion for socially conscious photojournalism and traveled to the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua documenting humanitarian health care missions with still photography and videography. His photography is featured in several short documentary films regarding those missions.
Mr. Lobel is a long time member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. He lives in Slingerlands with his wife Vivian. They have two adult children: Mia and Joshua, and five grandchildren, Ezekiel, Nikolai, Ali Rose, Maisie and Lila.