The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Board of Directors has selected Ed Welsh as CABVI's new President and CEO, effective November 4th.

Welsh has served as board chair for the CABVI board of directors for several years and has been involved with various facets of the agency since 1994.

“After seeking out many strong candidates across the country, we decided Ed was the best, most qualified choice for president and CEO,” CABVI board chair Jim Turnbull said. “Ed’s longstanding knowledge about CABVI and rich relationship with both our team and our local community are unmatched. We are ecstatic to welcome him to this position.”

Welsh will replace retiring President and CEO Rudy D'Amico.

Welsh has served as AAA Northeast Regional General Manager for the past 12 years and recently announced his retirement from that organization after 34 years.

He's also been a member of the Oneida County Board of Legislators since 2002, but will not be seeking re-election in November.

CABVI’s vision rehabilitation programs provide for more than 1,800 people who are blind or visually impaired in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Lewis, Montgomery, Jefferson and northern Otsego counties.