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Congratulations to our 2021 Fall Award Winners

2021 Non-Profit Executive of the Year Award

 

Presented to: Marybeth Smith
Accepted by: Marybeth Smith, Executive Director, Boy & Girls Club of Binghamton

 

This award recognizes an Executive of a Non-Profit organization who exemplifies the knowledge, skills and leadership necessary for effective non-profit management. This individual demonstrates best practices in their field and takes an active leadership role in supporting the development of greater Binghamton.

 

Marybeth has been leading the Boys and Girls Club as Executive Director for twenty-three years and has been with the organization for thirty-eight years! Their mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. And what a mission it is!

 

Throughout the years, over 115 of them – the Boys & Girls Club has been a second home for many of their members—a supportive, loving, caring and structured place for them to be – a home away from home. The opportunities and experiences the Club provides open up a whole new world for the children it serves—this world is filled with success, security and happiness. It is no easy task, but the motto of Marybeth and her team and her Board is to do “whatever it takes.”

 

To ensure their mission is met, Marybeth has a team of highly skilled and trained professionals. She provides on-going training, and leadership opportunities and provides a safe environment that supports diversity, creativity and professional development.

 

The importance of working together collaboratively with community leaders and agencies to create great futures for her children cannot be overemphasized. Marybeth is adept at bringing together those in our community who believe in the mission of the Club and who can help move that mission forward.

 

A strong and diverse financial base is equally important to a successful organization, and she works hard with her financial team and her funders to see that the organization remains fiscally sound now and into the future. She keeps in touch with all of them, not just asking for money but to check in and let them know how everything is going and to let them know how appreciated they all are.

 

One of her most important times in her career was when she cut the ribbon for their brand-new building. Raising five million dollars for the build was an overwhelming and scary challenge. But to know that a brand-new Club for the children they serve would bring joy and happiness to them and let them know that she and her team cared enough to work hard for them and that they were worth the effort—that made the obstacles easier to surmount. It also spoke volumes to the children who appreciate everything the Club does for them.

 

You would think Marybeth’s role would take all her time, but no. She has been a member of the Binghamton Sertoma Club for over 23 years. She has been involved with the Security Mutual Life Jim ”Mudcat” Grant All-Star Tournament-Black Aces for the past 18 years. She is proud that her organization is one that is supported by this wonderful event and grateful to see great things happen for the Club because of it. Bruce Boyea says this of Marybeth: “I have seen her skills and ability and her passion to make a difference for the youth in our community. I have been inspired by the work she has done and the difference that she has made.”

 

Marybeth also actively works with the Binghamton Police Department, more so before Covid. She implemented a program to encourage and to increase a mutual respect for our local Law Enforcement Officers and to help youth feel comfortable around them and to trust them, and it has worked!

 

Sometimes the best way to know the impact a Non-Profit Executive Leader has had is by the words of another Executive Leader. LoriAnne Welch, Executive Director of the United Way of Broome County says this: “Marybeth is a courageous visionary who is regularly called upon to lend her expertise and provide input on many emerging and evolving issues across the community. Time and again, Marybeth had demonstrated her ability to tackle the most challenging situations and arrive at a solution that results in positive outcomes for all.”

 

2021 Community Advocate of the Year Award

 

Presented to: Greater Good Grocery Store
Accepted by: Rev. Dr. Joseph Sellepack, Executive Director, Broome County Council of Churches

 

This Award is given in recognition of a grass-roots organization, event, or festival that has made an extraordinary contribution to the improvement and/or enrichment of the neighborhood that it serves within the Greater Binghamton community.

 

The Greater Good Grocery Store is located on the North Side of Binghamton, long-known as a “food desert.” It is within the newly-built Canal Plaza on State Street. Opened in January of 2021, the Greater Good Grocery Store offers affordable, healthy, and good-quality food to people in Broome County. This store was a natural out-growth of the food insecurity programs of the Broome County Council of Churches—namely CHOW and Broome Bounty. The store is currently serving over one thousand customers a month. About half of their customers are from the North Side, the other half are from all over Broome County and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.

 

That neighborhood has been without a grocery store for twenty-five years. The population numbers a little over twelve thousand according to the latest census and the median income is about twenty-two thousand dollars a year. Before the Greater Good Grocery Store, if public transportation was used to shop in the nearest store, it would take up to one and a half hours to reach! This lack of accessibility to food was a major impetus for building on the North Side.

 

The food is secured through a partnership with Bargain Grocery/Compassion Coalition located in Utica. Through their supply chain, the Greater Good Grocery Store is able to get good quality fruits, vegetables and perishable items at very large discounts that are then passed on to their customers. These sales offset some of the items not in their supply chain which must be bought wholesale. The result is that people leave with more groceries than allocated in their food budgets.

 

The need for emergency food in Broome County is over seven million pounds! The Council of Churches’ research determined that hunger relief programs were not enough to meet this need and thus they needed to shift and undertake something radically different to meet this need. Enter the Greater Good Grocery Store with healthy, good quality and affordable food.

 

This undertaking involved collaboration with the Broome County Council of Churches, the City of Binghamton and many partners and organizations. To say it was a labor of love for Joe Sellepack and Jack Seman and their team is an understatement! All of this would not have been accomplished without the collective effort between so many who believed in the vison and mission of the Greater Good Grocery Store.

 

Brian Jester, President of the Binghamton Noon Rotary, (whose members are here today), explained in his letter of support that Rotary was presented with the opportunity to support this project. He says: “Without hesitation, our Club believed in the purpose and intent of the Greater Good Grocery Store project. The Club supported the construction by raising revenue with internal fund-raising measures and by applying for Rotary District International grant money. Our Club would not have been as effective in gaining financial support without the purpose, intent and commitment built into the project by the Broome County Council of Churches.”

 

There are other benefits of the Greater Good Grocery Store. The store employs 3 full-time and 4 part-time people. Property values and business opportunities have improved in the area. The profits from the store will be rolled into services that will benefit people living with food insecurity, transportation issues and those living with unsafe access to their homes.

 

2021 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

 

Presented to: M&T Bank
Accepted by: Peter Newman, Regional President, M&T Bank

 

This award recognizes a company that has made significant contributions and commitments to the greater Binghamton area through active involvement with events and community organizations.

 

M&T Bank is a community-focused bank whose heritage dates back to 1867. They are headquartered in Buffalo with seventeen regions that each have local leadership. The Southern Tier region is based here in Binghamton and covers ten counties from Corning to the west, Ithaca and Cortland to the north and Norwich to the northeast. Peter Newman is the Regional President for the Southern Tier.

 

Their financial commitment to the region has consistently exceeded half a million dollars for each of the past ten years.

 

Their commitment to the local arts community is hard to miss from the M&T Bank Broadway in Binghamton Season to the flagship Sponsor for Endicott Performing Arts Center to the Classical Sponsor for the Binghamton Philharmonic and to funding the community gallery for the Broome County Arts Council. Nancy Barno-Reynolds, Executive Director of the Broome County Arts Council, has a humorous story about convincing Peter to financially support this new concept of a community art gallery. She says, “I am thankful that the enthusiasm I felt for the project contaminated Peter—in a good way!”

 

It is not only the arts that M&T helps; they are involved with human service agencies like the United Way of Broome County, the YWCA and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Their donations also extend to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference and the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton.

 

But it is not only money that they give; their employees are hands on with many organizations. When the community rallied to build a playground, M&T Bank was there with money and their hands. They had a “team build day.” When that beautiful playground was destroyed in 2020, M&T Bank was one of the first groups to volunteer to help rebuild it. And they challenged others to financially support the rebuild.

 

We would be remiss if we did not talk about M&T Bank’s support of UHS. Peter Newman currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Health Services Hospitals after completing years of service on the UHS Foundation Board of Trustees. M&T employee Joe Moran is now completing his first year on the Foundation Board.

 

Over the last fifteen years, M&T Bank has contributed close to a quarter million dollars to UHS. They stepped up to renovate the Intensive Care Unit at Wilson Medical Center and to support New Horizons, the addiction treatment program as well as provided funding in pediatrics for vision screening equipment and an early literacy program. Their generosity did not stop there. Early this year, M&T approved a grant to aid in the UHS covid-19 efforts.

 

In addition, a generous grant of $20,000 provided the ultra-cold storage freezers and supplies needed to store Covid-19 vaccines. As Cory Jacobs, Executive Director of the UHS Foundation says: “M&T is one of the most generous businesses in our community.”

 

To advance initiatives on diversity, equity and inclusion, M&T Bank formed a local committee in 2020. Their commitment is to share with others how to be focused and take action to increase awareness of social inequities, and ways to be more inclusive and to demonstrate their public commitment to this endeavor. Peter Newman supported and participated in the Chamber’s first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference this past September. The Bank has instituted, along with Chamber leadership, a scholarship program whereby they fund a year of Chamber membership for up to ten minority or women-owned businesses, thus giving them the
opportunity to experience the value of involvement in the Chamber.

 

One final quote comes from Michael Grasso, Executive Director of Roberson: “It’s clear to me as an M&T customer, funding recipient, neighbor and community member that M&T Bank cares about this community’s success and is actively engaged in seeing it realized.”

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2021 Greater Binghamton Job & Career Fair

2021 Greater Binghamton Job & Career Fair

Thursday, September 9, 2021

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Binghamton

 

 

Confirmed Companies (as of 9/7/21)

 

      • A.L. Burke, Inc.
      • ACHIEVE
      • AMETEK PDS
      • Amrex Chemical Co., Inc.
      • Auchinachie Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
      • Bates Troy, Inc.
      • Broome-Tioga Workforce
      • Buckingham Manufacturing
      • Children’s Home
      • Community Options, Inc.
      • Crothall Healthcare
      • D & R Technical Solutions, Inc.
      • Eastern Staffing & Recruiting
      • Express Employment Professionals
      • Family Enrichment Network
      • GHS Federal Credit Union
      • Good Shepherd Fairview Home, Inc.
      • Greater Binghamton Health Center
      • HCA (Helping Celebrate Abilities)
      • Helio Health – Binghamton Evaluation Center
      • Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP
      • iA
      • LaBella Associates
      • Lourdes Hospital
      • Magic 101.7/102.5 The Vault
      • McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.
      • Mirabito Energy Products
      • National Pipe & Plastics, Inc.
      • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 112
      • The Raymond Corporation
      • Southern Tier Independence Center Inc.
      • Springbrook, NY Inc.
      • Stafkings of Binghamton, Inc.
      • Tioga Downs Casino
      • TravelCenters of America – Binghamton
      • Trivium Packaging
      • UHS Ideal Senior Living Center
      • United Health Services
      • Vestal Army Career Center
      • Visions Federal Credit Union
      • WBNG-TV & Binghamton CW
      • Willow Run Foods, Inc.
      • WIVT-TV

 

JOB SEEKER INFORMATION:

View the job seeker packet here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your company hiring? Register now for the 2021 Greater Binghamton Job & Career Fair.

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NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Webinars

The Chamber will be hosting a series of webinars in partnership with CANYS (Chamber Alliance of New York State)on the NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program.

 

WEBINAR DATES:

Click the links below to register and receive the Zoom link

10/12 at 12:00 pm

10/19 at 12:00 pm

10/26 at 12:00 pm

 

ABOUT THE RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM:

The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant rewards will be calculated based on a business’ annual gross receipts for 2019. The grant amounts range from $5,000 up to $50,000 per business.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Small businesses, Micro-businesses, and For-profit independent arts and cultural organizations must be currently viable and have begun operation on or before March 1, 2019, and continue to be in operation as of the date of application (maybe shuttered due to COVID restrictions).

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Awards 10 Young Professionals at HYPE Awards Event on July 15th

Title Sponsor:

 

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and title sponsor, IBM, recognized and celebrated this year’s young professional award winners at the third annual HYPE Awards event on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

 

The HYPE Awards recognized 9 young professionals who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession. In addition, there was an award added for a Mentor to a YP for someone any age, who intentionally develops relationships with and invests in young professionals. Finalists were chosen based on their industry leadership as well as their service to the community outside of their jobs.

 

This year, the award categories were: Business, Creative, Education & Training, Health & Wellness, Law & Government, Non-Profit, Service Industry, Skilled Trades, STEM and Mentor to a YP. The winners were chosen by a selection committee made up of a diverse group of young professionals.

 

Additional Sponsors include: Gold Sponsor, The Agency, Silver Sponsor, Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors & Landscape Architects, DPC and supporting sponsor Stephen Donnelly & Associates.

 

 

 

 

 

2021 HYPE AWARD WINNERS:

 

BUSINESS:

 

Kelcie Guccia
Human Resources Coordinator
Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, & Landscape Architects, DPC

Kelcie Guccia is a lifelong resident of Endwell, NY. She is a 2006 graduate of Maine-Endwell High School, a 2008 graduate of SUNY Broome with a Business Degree, and a 2018 graduate of Excelsior College with her MBA. She has also earned her designation as a Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management. Kelcie joined Delta in 2011 as a member of the Accounting Group. Through her interest in working with others, Kelcie became the Human Resources Coordinator in 2016. While Kelcie continues to fulfill her HR duties and stay up to date in the ever-changing world of HR (particularly during COVID!), she also has taken on numerous other responsibilities to assist in the operations of the company.

 

Kelcie says:
“I am always trying to develop myself as a leader, and more specifically, in the HR world, with my most recent achievement being my SHRM-CP Certification.
Outside of work, I have had the opportunity to be involved in various organizations within Broome County. I am currently on the Executive Committee for the Southern Tier Association for Human Resources, named as the Communications Chair. I have had the opportunity to learn and grow within this role and assist with programs and conferences. In the past, I have been a part of the Emerging Leaders Society as the Board Secretary. This was a wonderful role, getting the opportunity to network with and work alongside some really great young professionals, while also getting the chance to help organizations within the community. I have also served on the United Way of Broome County’s Impact Council. When I can, I like to hop into any volunteer opportunities that may pop up. I am most proud of having the wonderful title of “Momma.” Even more so- how that important title weaves itself in with my professional world.”

 

What others are saying about Kelcie:
“Kelcie has that rare “it” factor. You only have to work with Kelcie for a short time to see that she has an unusually strong dedication to improving not only her own abilities, but the capabilities of the Delta’s Human Resources function as well.”

 

CREATIVE:

 

Jessica Petrylak
Art Enrichment Coordinator
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Jessica Petrylak graduated from Chenango Valley Central School, and went to both SUNY Broome and SUNY Purchase where she graduated with an Associates in Visual Communications and Bachelors in Fine Arts. Jessica was employed by the Discovery Center in 2017 as a Teaching Assistant in their aftercare program, Kids Club. From then, Jessica has taken on many hats at the children’s museum – teaching Pre-K and summer camp, before finding her perfect fit as the Art Enrichment Coordinator for DC’s school programming. Jessica’s philosophy for the Art Enrichment Program is to give the children hands-on experiences through the arts. She has successfully and safely collaborated with countless local artists and organizations even in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as created a child-friendly gallery space where children are able to view displayed artwork at their eye level. Jessica is dedicated to being an advocate for children in our community, and feels that engaging and experiencing the artistic process builds fierce, creative leaders.

 

Jessica says:
“Outside of the workplace, I created, coordinate and maintain the Facebook group “Binghamton Artists”. I post weekly about opportunities, both local and non-local, that are specific to artists and artists’ needs. This page currently has 477 members and was designed to be a central communication point for local art online. I also have looked over portfolios and given advice to emerging artists in our community, and am often in communication with businesses who are looking to showcase art. I am a member of many galleries and museums in Binghamton, and often attend events that uplift/support the arts and my artist colleagues.”

 

What others are saying about Jessica:
“She bring diversity, culture, creativity and positivity to whatever she does and encourages her students to be creative, respectful, empathetic and artistic. The students and staff all love her and she truly makes the world a better place.”

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING:

 

Tamika Gordon
Assistant Professor for Engineering and Physics
SUNY Broome Community College
Tamika Gordon completed her BS in Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. After working a couple years in quality assurance and education, she moved to the Binghamton area to pursue her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Tamika earned her MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and is currently a PhD candidate at Binghamton University. Through her experiences working as a Teaching Assistant, Robotics Coordinator and Assistant Residential Coordinator at Binghamton University, she learned she enjoyed sharing her knowledge and working with students. Tamika is currently an Assistant Professor at SUNY Broome in the Engineering Science department where she serves on several committees and as a mentor to students. In her committee roles, she is accountable and takes initiative. Tamika encourages all students to keep an open mind, take advantage of opportunities to try new things and tackle each challenge thrown their way.

 

Tamika says:
“I am most proud of the work that I have done as the high school Robotics Coordinator. This has given me the chance to work with a group of amazing students, that always impress me! It also allows me to act as a mentor and make an impact on the STEM pipeline particularly for underrepresented students in STEM. Many of the high school graduates have started or plan to pursue a career in Engineering!”

 

What do others say about Tamika:
“Tamika is currently a PhD candidate in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Binghamton University and is an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics at SUNY Broome. As a woman of color in a traditionally male-dominated profession, Tamika has taken advantage of many opportunities to contribute to her field and her community. Tamika developed curriculum and materials for a hands-on learning experience in Engineering for Upward Bound Math/Science students. She also contributed to the development of the Graduate Engineering Distance-Education Program by capturing and recording course lectures. She completed a prestigious summer internship with the RAND Corporation. She is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers.”

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

 

Karina Martinez
Owner
Binghamton Metro Doulas
Karina Martinez graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Business Management & Marketing and a BA in Studio Art & Graphic Design. She discovered her passion for helping expectant and new parents while she was growing her own family. This passion led her to create Binghamton Metro Doulas, LLC. Karina is now a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and Childbirth Educator. Binghamton Metro Doulas empowers families through comprehensive classes and perinatal support services. Karina’s commitment to the community inspired her to create an annual product drive that benefits RISE in Endicott. She also holds a position on the Board of Directors for Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network and a leadership role for the local chapter of La Leche League International.

 

Karina Says:
“I have organized an annual menstrual product drive to benefit RISE – 5 years running. Served on the Board of Directors for Mothers and Babies. And volunteered with La Leche League International as a Leader for the Greater Binghamton Chapter, to make breastfeeding support accessible to every family in our community.”

 

What do others say about Karina:
“Karina is a kind, genuinely helpful person whose passion for empowering families to be their best birth advocates is evident in every smiling interaction. Our first birth course with her was virtual, because she pivoted her business to offer online services during the pandemic in an effort to continue to support new families in these unprecedented times.”

 

LAW & GOVERNMENT:

 

Jessica Haas
Executive Director
Broome County Land Bank Corporation

Jessica Haas graduated from Vestal High School in 2012 and earned an AAS in Paralegal Studies from Broome Community College in 2014, a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Law in 2016 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2017 both from Binghamton University. In her Master’s program, she specialized in Local Government Management and graduated with high honors thereby admitting her to Pi Alpha Alpha – the National Honorary Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Jessica began her career in Public Service immediately after graduating with her MPA as an Administrative Assistant at the Danielle House – a healthcare hospitality home. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed as the City of Binghamton’s Deputy Clerk by the recommendation of the City Clerk and support of City Council in mid-2018. Jessica worked alongside the City Clerk as support staff to City Council and managed the Clerk’s Office staff who provided various services to the general public and residents of the City of Binghamton.

 

In January 2020, she was appointed as the Executive Director of the Broome County Land Bank Corporation by the nine-member Board of Directors. With the support from the Board, Jessica led the Land Bank through the COVID-19 pandemic and was able to complete several capital projects in 2020 as well as the first half of 2021. She is looking forward to continuing the great work of the Land Bank and pursuing more grant opportunities in the future. Jessica credits her success as a young professional to all those who have advised and mentored her along the way.

 

Jessica says:
“Outside of the workplace I’ve assisted in organizing and participating in neighborhood cleanups throughout the City of Binghamton. These events are incredibly important in assisting the Department of Public Works keep our neighborhoods safe and clean. I have also recently joined Rotary Club of Endicott. Our club is 100 years old this year and continue to add members each year.”

 

What do others say about Jessica:
“Jessica’s work ethic reflects her desire to go above and beyond in everything she does. She tackles projects right away, striving for high quality outcomes, and seeking to be as efficient with time and resources as possible. She collaborates with others and works collectively to accomplish shared goals with those she works with.”

 

MENTOR TO A YP:

 

Sara Scott
Director of Membership Engagement
Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways

Sara Scott, a graduate of Whitney Point Central Schools, earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in school counseling from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

 

She began her present tenure at Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways (GSNYPENN) in 2004 as part of the membership team. Over the last 17 years at the regional Girl Scout council, Sara has been fortunate to work on a variety of operations teams including membership, program, volunteer services, and customer service. Her experience, skillset, and years of dedicated service to the council helped her move into her current role. Serving as Director of Membership Engagement, Sara leads GSNYPENN’s customer engagement and membership engagement teams which serve thousands of girl and adult members across 24 counties in New York and two in northern Pennsylvania. Through her background in social work and counseling, she leads her team, colleagues, and council membership with empathy, compassion, and a dedicated listening ear. Sara loves people, learning their stories, and building relationships that last a lifetime.

 

She is proud to be on the Junior League of Binghamton Board of Directors as the President Elect, where she is surrounded by fellow women leaders in the local community. Sara loves working and volunteering to support all forms of female leadership development through sharing kindness and positive determination. Sara currently resides in Endicott with her husband, Timmy, and pups Levi and Abraham.

 

Sara says:
“I always live by the motto of working hard so we can play hard. I am truly lucky to the work with the teams that I do! The best part of Girl Scouts is that we build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Who wouldn’t want to be a leader in an organization that believes that!”

 

What others are saying about Sara:
Sara is an amazing supervisor, she truly emphasizes the meaning of being a Leader. She cheers her staff to reach their full potential to be successful in their jobs.

 

Sara has all the qualities an amazing leader should have – kindness, believe in her people, affirming their accomplishments, holding herself accountable, coaching to their strengths of her people and leading by example.

 

What makes Sara exceptional is that she truly cares about her staff. She wants all of us at the council to be great at what we do and she believes in all of us. Sara will advocate for her team and fight for what is right and fair for all.

 

Creative. Supportive. Innovative. Dedicated. These are words I would use to describe Sara.

 

Sara loves our community. She will always be a champion for positive change for the Southern Tier and encourage and engage young professionals into avenues to make change for the good. Her positive attitude is contagious and I would love to see Sara recognized for her commitment to helping young professionals grow both professionally and personally.

 

NON-PROFIT

 

Alexis Savidge
Director of Development
Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc.
Alexis Savidge graduated from Maine-Endwell School District and went on to Wells College where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Bachelor’s in Women’s and Gender Studies.

 

Alexis began her not for profit career right after graduation as a temporary Fundraising Specialist with the American Cancer Society, working on Binghamton’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. From there, she joined the United Way of Broome County where she served as the point of contact for nearly 30 community organizations, leading them through the grant funding process to support critical programs working for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Broome County.

 

In 2019, she was hired as Director of Development at Family Planning of South Central New York where she leads the organization’s grant writing and fundraising efforts, working to provide access to affordable reproductive medical care and comprehensive sexual health education to all in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego counties. Even during a global pandemic, she developed innovative ways to raise funds and share the organization’s mission, by finding new grant opportunities, revamping the annual solicitations, and creating a new monthly donor program.

 

Alexis added that “In my role as Director of Development, I lead Family Planning of South Central’s individual fundraising and local grant-writing efforts, totaling nearly $400k annually, to ensure that all individuals in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego counties have access to quality, affordable reproductive medical care and comprehensive sexual health education. Most importantly, I led these efforts through a global pandemic, helping us to secure more in both individual donor gifts and grant funds than in the previous year.”

 

What others are saying about Alexis:
Alexis is an out of the box thinker, strategizing for the “big picture” while also ensuring all details are thorough and accurate. Her presentations are persuasive, articulate and innovative, in all venues, in person, in print or social media. For Alexis, success is more than getting in a timely grant application or ensuring a productive fundraising campaign. It is working with her coworkers and other nonprofits to meet the vital needs of our communities.

 

Alexis puts in the time, effort and due diligence necessary to produce consistently excellent work. She is a team player who helps out all departments and staff, always supportive and encouraging. Alexis understands that she not only represents Family Planning, but also serves as a voice for those underserved and marginalized in our community. Alexis understands that success as a development director goes beyond the walls of our medical centers and reaches into the communities we serve, by securing funds to help us ensure and expand access to vital medical care and comprehensive sexuality education.

 

SERVICE INDUSTRY

 

Alisha Fisher Swietzer
Director of Sales & Marketing
Red & White Catering

Alisha Fisher Swietzer graduated from Chenango Valley Central School district, and went to SUNY Broome where she graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree from the ‘Hotel Restaurant Management’ program and a Bachelor of Science degree in ‘Recreation Services Management’ from East Stroudsburg University.

 

The summer that Alisha graduated from college, she landed a full time position as a Wedding Coordinator at ‘The Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake,’ a premier wedding venue located in the Poconos. After guiding hundreds of wedding couples through their special day, and learning how to make each wedding truly unique, she gained a passion for marketing in the wedding industry and was promoted to ‘Director of Marketing & Sales.’

 

In 2014, Alisha returned home to her roots in Binghamton, back in the Chenango Valley area, joining the ‘American Food & Vending’ corporation, as the ‘Director of Marketing & Sales’ at one of their wedding venues, ‘The McKinley.’ During her time with AFV, she managed an event staffing team, partnered with chefs, and worked closely with executives on company account projects, proposals, and the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

 

Currently, in Alisha’s role, as the ‘Director of Marketing & Sales’ for Chenango Bridge Red & White LLC., Guiseppe’s and Red & White Catering, she still remains passionate from marketing and sales to community engagement as she enters her 15th year in all things, events and weddings!

 

What others are saying about Alisha:
Alisha is someone who makes you believe in yourself and in the power of collective effort to do good in our community! She organizes fundraisers, plans events, and spearheads volunteer initiatives because she believes that investing our time and energy in the right places will strengthen our community and help us build a place we can all be proud to live.

 

Alisha is dedicated to learning and growing as a leader and a professional. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Binghamton for several years, Alisha can always be found at professional development conferences and meetings. She has a servant leader mentality– digging in the dirt right beside you, literally! Her passion for the League’s new partnership with VINES and the Nate Andrus Memorial Community Garden propelled her to take the lead on chairing the committee to organize, fundraise, and ultimately help build the garden on the South Side of Binghamton.

 

“As a former colleague, I have experienced first-hand, Alisha’s leadership and drive to succeed in the workplace. Working with Alisha on large scale events, like the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Alisha portrayed the drive to organize and motivate coworkers and employees to deliver the best possible hospitality services to our clients, customers and guests of the PGA and Broome County. Her business acumen in the sales, marketing and hospitality services is a benefit that will continue to benefit employers in the Southern Tier for years to come.” -Mark J. Leo. Director of Auxiliary Services Pennsylvania College of Technology. Past District Manager, American Food & Vending.

 

SKILLED TRADES:

 

Eddie Thomason
Owner
ET Woodworks

Eddie Thomason is a bestselling author and entrepreneur who has been featured in ABC, CBS, & FOX news affiliates. Eddie grew up in the inner city of Baltimore, MD which was named one of the top 5 most dangerous cities in America. He escaped poverty and danger by leveraging the principals he teaches to students across the country to excel in athletics, life and academics. Eddie played four sports in High School while graduating at the top of his class and still actively participating in student leadership roles. He became the first male in his family to graduate High School and College. He earned a full ride scholarship to a Division 1 college because of his academic and athletic prowess.

 

After graduating college, Eddie worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies to improve their revenue and was named one of the top business professionals by the Chamber of Commerce. Through his academic and professional career he has learned to balance a busy workload and still make it work including playing sports, working a job from the age of 9 and being actively involved in leadership roles. Eddie hosts the popular “Curse Breaker Podcast” that teaches young adults how to break self-limiting beliefs so they can pursue a life they’re passionate about living! Eddie believes that students either can focus on what’s wrong with their situation or figure out what actions they can take to make them right.

 

When he’s not delivering presentations to students across the country he can be found creating highly sought after cutting boards and wood furniture with his passion project ET Woodworks.

 

Eddie hopes to inspire the next generation to realize that the only limits are the ones we put on ourselves. The only thing Eddie loves more than impacting lives through his speaking engagements and work is spending time with his wife and two sons.

 

 

In the community, Eddie serves as the Professional Development Chair of the United Way Emerging Leaders Society and an Ambassador for the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. Eddie has shared his expertise and experiences as a podcast host, author, and youth speaker, also having spoken at local conferences such as the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Summit.

 

What others are saying about Eddie:
Eddie is a true craftsman. Working with Eddie to plan my custom island countertop for my dream kitchen has been just plain FUN! He’s knowledgeable, friendly, and patient, and his enthusiasm for artfully producing the perfect woodwork for his customers is evident in our planning interactions and the care and craftsmanship of his final delivered product.

 

His ability to listen, and the care with which he responds and directs. Eddie is very purposeful in his interactions, and clear in his communication. I have been a VERY difficult customer for our countertop project–I can’t make up my mind, and I have a vision that’s hard for me to articulate! Eddie has patiently shared his knowledge and expertise to help bring that vision to life. Bringing this style of leadership into the community when working with marginalized groups to promote economic empowerment is a recipe for success.

 

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Jacob Gagnon
Advisory Software Developer
IBM

Jacob Gagnon is a product of the north country who has slowly been making his way downstate, first stopping in Homer, NY to finish up high school and ending up in Binghamton to complete an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The name Watson had a ring to it so he started his career in the area with IBM Endicott in 2015.

 

He has spent the last 6 years working as a software developer for IBM’s mainframe virtualization platform, z/VM. Jacob regularly speaks at conferences and other events to help educate others on the platform and help to demystify the mainframe. He has also stepped into a team lead role, leading an effort to keep the organization’s software development process up to date with the latest industry standards and practices. Outside of the office he can often be found with a guitar in hand, performing locally whenever he is able.

 

For the last several years Jacob has been the focal point and lead for IBM’s local new hire group where they try and foster camaraderie and a support system for new hires that are entering a career they may know little about.

 

What others are saying about Jacob:
Jacob has quickly become one of the leaders of our “young professionals”. He’s the type of person who will always make time to listen or help others, and he does it with a positive attitude.

 

From the beginning Jacob has seemed wise beyond his years. He is very well-respected, maintains a calm demeanor, never seems to get rattled, has a “can-do” attitude, and has the rare ability to see projects from a high level and comprehend minute details. He works very well on diverse teams throughout the organization. He communicates clearly and provides input to peers and managers, most of whom have many more years of experience in the business world. He captures and holds the attention of others in meetings (which isn’t always easy when we’re all working remotely!). He’s willing to take on new tasks, even when they’re outside his “wheelhouse” and he already has a full workload. He’s humble, open to constructive feedback, and enthusiastic about improving himself. Some young professionals are timid about speaking their mind but Jacob isn’t; he does so respectfully, and often sparks feedback from his peers.

 

Jacob is an extremely competent, humble, talented, caring, generous and inspirational person and leader.

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Broome-Tioga Workforce NY Grand Slam Job Fair

Broome-Tioga Workforce NY Grand Slam Job Fair

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Mirabito Stadium

 

List of Companies Attending:

 

ACHIEVE
Army National Guard
Atkore
BAE Systems Endicott NY
Baillie Lumber/Wagner Lumber
Birnie Bus Inc.
Bricklayers Local No. 3
Bridgewater Center
Broome County Transit
Buckingham Mfg.
D&R Technical Solutions, Inc.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Distribution Center
Eastern Staffing & Recruiting
EMT Metals
Express Employment Pros
Family Enrichment Network
FedEx Ground
Frito Lay
Good Shepherd Communities
Greenlight Networks
Helping Celebrate Abilities
Lineage Logistics
Lourdes, a member of Ascension
Manpower
Masonite
Mirabito Holdings, Inc.
Monro Muffler/Mr. Tire
Nationwide Credit, Inc.
Oneonta Job Corps Academy
OPWDD-Broome DDSO
Paper Alternative Solutions
Remedy Staffing
Rost Construction
Samscreen
Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York
Southern Tier Insulations
Speedway
Staffworks
Stafkings Personnel & Healthcare
STCR
TCMF/CH Thompson
Tioga Downs Casino Resort
Trivium Packaging
U.S. Army
United Health Services
V&S New York Galvanizing
Visions FCU
Volunteers of America Upstate NY
Wedding Gown Preservation Co.
Willow Run Foods

 

Broome-Tioga Workforce NY will be hosting a Grand Slam Job Fair at Mirabito Stadium on Tuesday, July 6th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM (*Rain date: 7/8).

 

Free and open to all job seekers. Enter at Parking Lot Entrance: 211 Henry Street, Binghamton, NY.

 

 

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Announces Young Professional Award Finalists; Winners To Be Announced at HYPE Event on 7/15

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The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will be revealing this year’s HYPE Award winners in a live event on Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Riverdale Banquet Hall in Endwell. The HYPE Awards highlight professionals under age 40 who demonstrate success in their career and industry and are making a positive change in the Greater Binghamton community.

 

Nominations were submitted by a mix of colleagues, supervisors, businesses, and organizations. Three finalists were chosen from each category including: Business Services, Creative, Education & Training, Health & Wellness, Law & Government, Non-Profit, Service Industry, Skilled Trades, and STEM.

 

The last category, Mentor to a YP is a special category where the honoree does not need to be a young professional but must influence and help establish YP’s in their professional journey.

 

The winners will be chosen by a chamber committee made up of young professionals as well as previous HYPE Award Winners.

 

“This is a dynamic group of 29 young professionals. They demonstrate outstanding leadership and represent the best of the best within their own industries as well as in our community,” said Amy Shaw, COO of The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. “As part of our next generation of leaders, they will help to shape our community’s future and we are proud to recognize their contributions with a HYPE Award on July 15.”

 

Additional Sponsors include: Gold Sponsor, The Agency and Supporting Sponsor, Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, & Landscape Architects, DPC.

 

 

 

 

Business:
• Ely Rooney, Owner/Operator, De Colores Cookies y Mas
• Jason Aurelio, Director of Business Development, Sentry Alarms
• Kelcie Guccia, Human Resources Coordinator, Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, & Landscape Architects, DPC

 

Creative:
• Alaina Gardner, Head of UI/UX Development, IDEA KRAFT
• Alicia Grunder-Laughlin, Art Therapist, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Tangible Arts and Wellness
• Jessica Petrylak, Art Enrichment Coordinator, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

 

Education & Training:
• Colleen M. Barton, CCUFC – Financial Wellness Officer, Visions Federal Credit Union
• Erin Marulli, Staff Associate for Student Retention, SUNY Broome Community College
• Tamika Gordon, Assistant Professor for Engineering and Physics , SUNY Broome Community College

 

Health & Wellness:
• Bryon Palmer, Lead Facility Trainer/Trainer Mentor, Synergy Athletics
• Karina Martinez, Owner, Binghamton Metro Doulas
• Marissa Knapp, Public Health Practitioner, Broome County Health Department

 

Law & Government:
• Alyssa Congdon, Associate Attorney, Jackson Bergman LLP
• Aviva Friedman, Council Member, Binghamton City Council District 4
• Jessica Haas, Executive Director, Broome County Land Bank Corporation

 

Mentor to a YP:
• Michael Koch, Operations Manager, Residence Inn Binghamton
• Sara Scott, Director of Membership Engagement, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
• Susan Flynn, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Chemistry, Binghamton University

 

Non-Profit:
• Alexis Savidge, Director of Development, Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc.
• Aubrey Baker, Rapid Rehousing Case Manager, YWCA Binghamton and Broome County
• Meggan Taylor, Vice President Programs, ACHIEVE

 

Service Industry:
• Alisha Swietzer, Director of Sales & Marketing, Red & White Catering
• Jade Deluca, General Manager, Lost Dog Cafe
• James Howard, Founder, Owner, Direct Details

 

Skilled Trades:
• Eddie Thomason, Owner, ET Woodworks
• Matthew Schyndler, Region Manager, Mirabito Energy Products

 

STEM:
• Emanuel Bernard, Web Developer, Gearcor
• Gabrielle Wayman, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation
• Jacob Gagnon, Advisory Software Developer, IBM

 

EVENT: Greater Binghamton Chamber’s HYPE Awards Event

 

DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm
5:30 – 6:00 pm Reception
6:00 – 7:00 pm Awards Program

 

LOCATION: The Riverdale Banquet Hall – 2901 Watson Blvd., Endwell, NY

 

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Congratulations to our 2021 HYPE Awards Finalists!

The 2021 Awards will recognize young professionals and a mentor who demonstrate success in their career, industry and in making a positive change in the Greater Binghamton community. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists!

 

Business:
Ely Rooney, Owner/Operator, De Colores Cookies y Mas
Jason Aurelio, Director of Business Development, Sentry Alarms
Kelcie Guccia, Human Resources Coordinator, Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, & Landscape Architects, DPC

 

Creative:
Alaina Gardner, Head of UI/UX Development, IDEA KRAFT
Alicia Grunder-Laughlin, Art Therapist, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Tangible Arts and Wellness
Jessica Petrylak, Art Enrichment Coordinator, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

 

Education & Training:
Colleen M. Barton, CCUFC – Financial Wellness Officer, Visions Federal Credit Union
Erin Marulli, Staff Associate for Student Retention, SUNY Broome Community College
Tamika Gordon, Assistant Professor for Engineering and Physics , SUNY Broome Community College

 

Health & Wellness:
Bryon Palmer, Lead Facility Trainer/Trainer Mentor, Synergy Athletics
Karina Martinez, Owner, Binghamton Metro Doulas
Marissa Knapp, Public Health Practitioner, Broome County Health Department

 

Law & Government:
Alyssa Congdon, Associate Attorney, Jackson Bergman LLP
Aviva Friedman, Council Member, Binghamton City Council District 4
Jessica Haas, Executive Director, Broome County Land Bank Corporation

 

Mentor to a YP:
Michael Koch, Operations Manager, Residence Inn Binghamton
Sara Scott, Director of Membership Engagement, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
Susan Flynn, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Chemistry, Binghamton University

 

Non-Profit:
Alexis Savidge, Director of Development, Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc.
Aubrey Baker, Rapid Rehousing Case Manager, YWCA Binghamton and Broome County
Meggan Taylor, Vice President Programs, ACHIEVE

 

Service Industry:
Alisha Swietzer, Director of Sales & Marketing, Red & White Catering
Jade Deluca, General Manager, Lost Dog Cafe
James Howard, Founder, Owner, Direct Details

 

Skilled Trades:
Eddie Thomason, Owner, ET Woodworks
Matthew Schyndler, Region Manager, Mirabito Energy Products

 

STEM:
Emanuel Bernard, Web Developer, Gearcor
Gabrielle Wayman, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation
Jacob Gagnon, Advisory Software Developer, IBM

 

Winners will be announced at the HYPE Awards on July 15, 5:30 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.

Visit https://business.greaterbinghamtonchamber.com/events/details/2021-hype-awards-8087 to register to attend in-person or join us virtually at 6 P.M. on the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

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Congratulations to our 57th Annual Dinner Award Winners

2021 Co-Entrepreneurs of the Year

 

 

Kathy Pagnani, President and Eric Cole, Vice-President
Java Joe’s Roasting Company, Inc.

 

The Entrepreneur of the Year exemplifies leadership and entrepreneurial skills. They show a willingness to take risks and demonstrate exceptional vision that contributes to business success. This person exhibits personal drive, focus, innovation and business acumen.

 

One of the successful characteristics of entrepreneurs is to take adversity and turn it into advantage. In the aftermath of nine-eleven, 2001, Kathy and Dave Pagnani discovered that the shipping lanes for their coffee to supply their successful café were closed. They were determined to not be in that predicament ever again. So, they decided to roast their own coffee! In 2002, partner Eric Cole was brought on board and Java Joe’s Roasting Company was created!

 

They were one of the first in their industry to take their high-end customized specialty coffee to the fundraising market through their Fundraising Junction division. They soon had a national footprint with distributors in the Midwest and the West! With the onset of Covid, they again innovated and created a new and safe contact-free way of fundraising!

 

As the company now focuses on getting their coffees directly to consumers, they are experiencing a rebirth.

 

A lot of innovation has gone into Java Joe’s and continues to be a part of their growth and success.

 

Some of the examples of innovation include: the creation of original in-house sales and production software; the creation of innovative gas controls for the roasting process and the creation of flavor mixing tools that improve efficiency. They use chemical-free, natural processes when roasting and their packaging is environmentally friendly. Over the years, they have formed working relationships with local companies to create new and exciting products with their coffees and to provide additional revenue streams for everyone involved. These products include coffee-infused chocolates, fudge, ice cream and even coffee-infused honey!

 

If you visit the Broome County Regional Farmers Market on the weekends, you know that Java Joe’s is a cornerstone vendor and they have brought customized specialty coffee to farm stands throughout the region. Kathy and Eric are strong community advocates and very visible supporters of the greater Binghamton area.

 

Kaitlyn Sirna is the Program Manager at The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship and she sums it up very well: “Java Joe’s is a charismatic, service-based entrepreneurial company dedicated to lifting others up as they continue to expand and build their longstanding businesses which have exemplified resilience and dedication.”

 

 

 

2021 Small Business Person of the Year

 

 

David G. Kipper, Owner
Chenango Supply Company, Inc.

 

The Small Business Person of the Year shows evidence of growth in the number of employees; the business must have a minimum of 5 full-time employees and growth in sales with an emphasis of the past 3-5 years. They must show innovation of their products or services and contribute to their community.

 

Chenango Supply Company is a family-owned warehouse on Susquehanna Street that has been in Binghamton for three generations! Irving and Josephine Kipper, David’s grandparents, started the business in their garage and the trunk of Irving’s car! In 1962, they purchased a garage on Susquehanna Street and that’s where Chenango Supply is still today.

 

Let’s fast forward to 2015 when David inherits the business, which is in a decline. The building had major structural issues, inventory was low with limited product lines and there were no cash reserves. With only five employees including himself, David set out to restore the company and make it viable in the twenty-first century. And he did!

With his experience as a tour manager for Feld Entertainment which involved managing employees and inventory for the equivalent of a small village that had to pick up and move one to three times a week, he was well-equipped to take on the challenge of invigorating Chenango Supply Company!

 

His first step was to establish a strong online sales presence, and he increased their lines of product and depth of inventory. David’s goal was to have a store where contractors could find everything they needed with a knowledgeable sales team. And it worked. The sales force now stands at twenty; the building has received much-needed improvements; the showroom has doubled in size; there is now a company fleet that can make deliveries to customers and seventeen new product lines were added. Five years ago, the sales were $650,000; last year’s were just shy of $4 million!

 

There is no success without excellent employees. At Chenango Supply they are treated like family. A brightly painted Children’s Room, equipped with a homework table, television and dress up area was built so if childcare falls through or there is a snow day, which never happens in Binghamton, their employees know they can bring their child to work. With all the improvements, Chenango Supply is still committed to their community.

 

Every year they organize a spring clean-up on Susquehanna Street involving all the residents. Afterwards, there is a cookout for everyone involved. They collect toys for children and food for CHOW during the holidays. And they recently matched funds with the American Legion to build two new visitation booths in a local nursing home, so families had a safe way to visit during the pandemic. They are always happy to donate baskets and money to many local charities. I think their motto sums it up nicely… they are “small enough to listen..big enough to deliver.”

 

2021 Distinguished Chamber Volunteer of the Year

 

 

Alexa Langeland, Owner
Alexa Langeland – State Farm Agency

 

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the dedication of one of our many Chamber volunteers. The Chamber is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers who deserve recognition. Without them, we would not be able to accomplish our mission.

 

Alexa jumped into volunteering for the Chamber from the get-go; so much so that we can’t remember a time when she wasn’t volunteering for us!

Alexa loves the fact that she was able to start her own business in her hometown at the age of twenty-seven!

 

While running your own business might be all-consuming for most people, it’s not for Alexa! She gives so much of her time and talents to the Chamber and many community organizations and events!

 

She is an engaging and enthusiastic Planning Committee member for the Chamber’s annual Young Professional Summit which is now in its fifth year. She sponsored the 2020 HYPE Awards, an event dedicated to celebrating our outstanding local YP’s and she helped as a Master of Ceremonies for this all-virtual event.

 

She volunteered with SPARK in early 2020, which was a day-long interactive career experience for local eighth-grade students-nearly two thousand of them- and she is a Junior Achievement volunteer for Kindergarten students.

 

She has taken on a new role with the Chamber’s Young Professional Alliance as the Chair of the Marketing Committee with the United Way of Broome County’s Emerging Leaders Society. She and her team enjoy participating in the United Way’s Day of Caring helping the Phelps Mansion Museum and Tri-Cities Opera in recent years.

 

You can always pick out Alexa and her team at the Chamber’s Annual Clambake–they always proudly wear the State Farm red shirts! We are grateful to Alexa for sponsoring last year’s event even if it did run differently with two shifts of attendees!

 

Outside of work, Alexa volunteers to coach the Vestal Youth Cheer Team. She serves on the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Planning Committee and she has been a Color Run volunteer and a volunteer for the Children’s Home.

 

Alexa really enjoys helping around the holidays too! She has helped Synergy Athletics with their Trunk or Treat and the Santa and Mrs. Clause Drive Thru! What fun!

Over 2300 years ago Aristotle said that “the essence of life is to serve others and do good.” I cannot think of a more appropriate quote about Alexa Langeland. We are grateful to her commitment to serve not only our Chamber but our community as well with her upbeat, and enthusiastic attitude and her resolve to do good!

 

2021 Civic Leader of the Year

 

 

Mark Gorgos, Esq. Managing Partner
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP

 

The Civic Leader of the Year shows evidence of having had a long-term beneficial impact on the community. They demonstrate civic engagement by using a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in our communities.

 

Mark is the Managing Partner for Coughlin and Gerhart and has been practicing law in our community since 1980. As the Managing Partner, Mark’s responsibilities involve overseeing and coordinating the firm’s donations, sponsorships and public service events in the community. In 2019, Coughlin & Gerhart received the NYS Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Award in the mid-size firm category. Pro bono work has always been an important cause for Mark.

 

Arlene Sanders, Director of Pro Bono Programs for the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, said “Under Mark’s leadership, Coughlin & Gerhart makes pro bono service a strong priority within the firm.” Mark and his firm have been supporters of Legal Aid’s annual fundraiser, the Race for Justice 5K Run/Walk which has raised over $50,000 to benefit its programs.

 

A large part of Mark’s time is dedicated to the community; he has served as Roberson Museum and Science Center’s Board President since 2017. Sometimes as Board President, unusual issues arise as in 2019 when, over a Holiday weekend, a pipe burst! Mark was there to lend a hand with clean up and restoration. As trustees from the Roberson Board move on to serve other organizations, they bring the examples Mark sets for Board service and thus Mark’s positive impact and influence continue throughout the community.

 

Beyond work, for more than thirty years, Mark has been a fixture in the area’s local youth sports leagues. He has coached soccer, baseball, softball and basketball. He was recognized for his accomplishments in youth soccer by being one of four finalists for the National Youth Soccer Coach of the Year.

 

Elizabeth Woidt, Director of Parks, and Recreation and Youth Services for Broome County talks about “Broome Bands Together”, a free summer concert series presented by Coughlin & Gerhart which takes place at Otsiningo Park. Started in 2013, it is a safe, free and family-friendly event for residents and visitors. She says: “Mark is an outstanding ambassador for Coughlin & Gerhart as well as Broome County Parks. He has a burning desire to promote the quality of life in Broome County.”

 

Mark has been a member of the Community Foundation for South Central New York Board of Directors since 2016. He is chair of their Planning Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee. Diane Brown, Executive Director jokes that being a member of their Board is a “lifetime commitment”. She says Mark is exactly the person she looks to for leadership…”he is knowledgeable, thoughtful and unflappable.”

 

Thank you to all of our annual dinner sponsors including: Title Sponsor: Visions Federal Credit Union; Wine Sponsor: Sam A. Lupo & Sons, Inc.; Award Presentation Sponsors: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Security Mutual Life Insurance Co., of NY, Spectrum Reach.

 

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GREATER BINGHAMTON CHAMBER WINS TOP AWARD FOR COMMUNICATIONS

Binghamton, NY (April 29, 2021) — The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce has been named one of 12 Communications Award of Excellence winners by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), an Alexandria, Va.-based association that represents over 8,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world.

 

ACCE’s Awards for Communications Excellence program, generously supported by Facebook, is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the competition, which is now in its thirty-sixth year.

 

“Chambers of commerce are the storytellers and megaphones for their communities,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Their innovative efforts to help drive engagement and change in the regions they serve are inspiring. Creative communications that spur action are what earned them this well-deserved recognition.”

 

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce was named an “Award of Excellence” winner for our Economic Outlook Guide, an entry under the Print & Electronic Publications category.

 

The Broome County Economic Outlook Guide, designed by a local agency, Idea Kraft, directly advances the organizational mission by providing our membership with a detailed economic outlook for our area in addition to beneficial market research. This data helps our businesses make informed choices that will grow our local economy. We also conduct a Business Leaders Outlook Survey which is published in the booklet that helps other business leaders better understand how their peers feel about the current and future economic climate in our region, as well as for their industry. This is our fifth year conducting this survey and have begun to map out year over year trends from the data.

 

”We are honored to be recognized by distinguished industry professionals and our outstanding national association, ACCE. Our Economic Outlook Guide provides vital information to employers, investors and critical decision-makers about the work we are doing to create economic vitality in our region. It is a ‘go-to’ document for many. We appreciate ACCE’s continued leadership and support of our efforts.”

 

A panel of communications and marketing professionals from sixteen U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated 173 entries submitted for this year’s competition. Entries were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual revenue — and entry type: campaigns, digital media, event marketing and print and electronic publications.

 

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About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is the professional society supporting the women and men who lead local, regional, statewide and international chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations. Our membership includes more than 1,600 business/civic organizations worldwide. We provide our members with information resources, thought leadership, education programs, original research, benchmarking, retirement security, and access to a network of peers.

 

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Understanding Battery Tech & The Current Industry Ecosystem Recording

Did you miss the webinar on 4/9?

 

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