Banker, barber bringing back turkey giveaway – Times Union

Kris Roglieri, right, CEO and founder of Prime Commercial Lending, hands food boxed to a volunteer as they distribute turkeys and other food to those in need on in November 2020. Roglieri and his partner in the effort, the Albany barber and serial entrepreneur William “Tragedy” Yager, have committed to giving away 1,000 turkeys and sides on Sunday, Nov, 21, 2021.
The flier for 2021 Albany turkey giveaway by banker Kris Roglieri and barber and serial entrpreneur WIlliam “Tragedy” Yager/.
ALBANY — In the days before Thanksgiving last year, Kris Roglieri, CEO and founder of Prime Commercial Lending, and barber and serial entrepreneur William “Tragedy” Yager gave away more than 300 turkeys.
This year, the pair have committed to 1,000 free turkeys and sides, to be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, from 1 to 3 p.m., or while supplies last, on Sunday, Nov, 21. They will be distributed in the parking lot of the former Department of Motor Vehicles office at 224 S. Pearl St.
Prime Commercial Lending has offices in Albany and Rochester. Roglieri also co-founded Durham Commercial Capital and is CEO of The Finance Marketing Group and Commercial Capital Training Group. He founded and chairs The National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers, a finance industry association.
Yager’s holdings include barbershops, tattoo parlors, a laundromat, a pink hearse, The Bull & Bee meadery and tasting room and the Fuze Box nightclub, all in Albany. 
Steve Barnes has worked at the Times Union since 1996, served as arts editor for six years, and since 2005 has been a senior writer. He generally covers restaurants, food and the arts, and is the Times Union’s restaurant columnist and theater critic. Steve was also a journalism instructor at the University at Albany for 12 years. You can reach him at or 518-454-5489.


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