The Raymond Corporation Announces Award Winner

The Raymond Corporation proudly announces Dave Micha, a welder at Raymond, has won gold in the international Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG) Skills Competition, beating competitors from China, France, Italy and Sweden, as well as additional U.S. participants. Raymond’s internal welding competition began in 2015, with the goal of helping promote friendly competition and enhancing skills and knowledge among its welding teams. Since then, Raymond welders have earned invitations to compete in the TMHG Skills Competition.

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PYRAMID Business Systems Welcomes New Service Coordinator

PYRAMID Business Systems, a locally owned provider of IT Consulting, Support and Security for over 32 years, is pleased to announce and welcome Ryan Vincenec as our new Service Coordinator.  Ryan has extensive customer service experience working for several large companies over the past 14 years including Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporate Office in Florida where he achieved many awards.  He has also worked for Holiday Inn Club Vacations, SunTrust, a large bank in Florida, and most recently for NYSEG. Please join us in welcoming Ryan to our team.

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2022 Greater Binghamton Job & Career Fair

2022 Greater Binghamton Job & Career Fair


2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.




  • Amrex Chemical Co., Inc.
  • BAE Systems
  • Binghamton City School District
  • Broome County Department of Social Services
  • Broome OPWDD
  • Broome Tioga Workforce
  • Buckingham Manufacturing Co., Inc.
  • CFE, Inc./Evans Roofing Company
  • The Children’s Home
  • Community Options New York, Inc.
  • Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP
  • EMT Metals
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Family & Children’s Counseling Services, Inc.
  • Ferrellgas
  • Five Star Equipment
  • Gearcor, Inc.
  • Good Shepherd Communities
  • Greenlight Networks
  • H&R Block
  • HCA
  • Helio Health
  • Holiday Inn Binghamton
  • homePLUS
  • iA
  • Keller Williams Greater Binghamton
  • Lourdes Hospital
  • McIntosh Labs
  • Mirabito Energy Products
  • New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • New York State Veterans Home Oxford
  • North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Rapid Response Monitoring Services
  • Rural Health Network of SCNY, Inc.
  • Scorpion Security Products, Inc.
  • Security Mutual Life Ins. Company of New York
  • Southern Tier 8 CREST
  • Stafkings Personnel and Stafkings Healthcare
  • Susquehanna Home Care Agency
  • Susquehanna Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC
  • The Raymond Corporation
  • Tioga Downs Casino Resort
  • TownSquare Media
  • Triple Cities Metal Finishing
  • Trivium Packaging—Carousel Ballroom
  • Unity House of Cayuga County Inc.
  • Vestal Army Career Center
  • Visions Federal Credit Union
  • Volunteers of America Upstate New York
  • Walmart
  • Willow Run Foods, Inc
  • WIVT-TV/News Channel 34
  • YMCA of Broome County

Is your company hiring? Register now for the 2022 Greater Binghamton Job & Career Fair.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Awards 8 Young Professionals and 1 Mentor to a YP at HYPE Awards Event on July 14th

Greater Binghamton Chamber Awards 8 Young Professionals and 1 Mentor to a YP at HYPE Awards Event on July 14th


Title Sponsor:


 The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and title sponsor, IBM, recognized and celebrated this year’s young professional award winners at the fourth annual HYPE Awards event on Thursday, July 14, 2022.


The HYPE Awards recognized eight 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, 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, Supporting Sponsor Matco Electric Corporation, Supporting Sponsor Riger Marketing Communications and Creative Sponsor Idea Kraft.



See below for Award Winner Bios




Jamie Jacobs

Managing Partner

Riger Marketing Communications

Jamie leads her clients and colleagues as Managing Partner at Riger Marketing Communications, an established advertising and PR firm in downtown Binghamton. She is particularly proud when she gets the chance to work alongside her agency’s non-profit clients, helping them achieve their goals and improve the lives of others. Alongside her husband Nate, she also leads the worship team band at Living Hope Church in Endicott.


During the global pandemic, Jamie and her business partner, Steve Johnson, made some very difficult decisions, secured PPP loans, and completed a strategic acquisition of another local agency, protecting jobs and keeping them local.


Jamie currently chairs the Kids CAN Build (formerly Canstruction of the Southern Tier) committee through the Broome Leadership Institute Alumni Association and the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, raising money for CHOW and engaging with local students and teachers. She has also served on the boards and held various PR/marketing positions with Binghamton Salvation Army and Binghamton Sertoma Club. She served as a Faith in Action volunteer through Broome County Council of Churches and as both a deacon and fundraising advocate at her church.



Matthew Ebbers

Staff Associate for Video & Photography, Marketing & Communications – SUNY Broome

Owner – Side Room Sounds

Matthew Ebbers is both the Staff Associate for Video & Photography, Marketing & Communications, SUNY Broome Community College and the Owner of Side Room Sounds. In 2020 he was at the forefront of developing the campus’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony. He has utilized an unused space at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator to begin leading monthly content & social media strategy meetings with his co-workers. Matt runs his own small business, focusing namely on sound engineering, mixing, mastering, video production and photography.


From 2016 to 2019 he founded and operated a passion project artist discovery platform called “True Folk TV”. Through this platform he collaborated with musicians to create multimedia content that was representative of their work and their role as cultural contributors. He also dedicates a large amount of his time to the local musical act, Tom Jolu, where he plays drums and records all the band’s music. They’ve also been known to play charitable events for free as a band.


Matt is proud and humbled to be able to craft spaces of safety and progress with individuals spanning every demographic. The bonus for him is when the resulting art or media goes on to benefit the client/student/collaborator’s journey.



Dr. Lisa Fisher

School Psychologist

Binghamton City School District

As a mental health professional in Binghamton City School District today, Dr. Lisa Fisher’s skills are used daily with a team of people to help support students and their families. In her role, she helps classroom teams identify and address academic struggles, evaluate to determine Special Education Disabilities, intervene in behavioral, emotional, or mental health crises, as well as provide support to students and families experiencing trauma.


Dr. Fisher has contributed to the Greater Binghamton Community by serving the Binghamton City School District at the building and district levels for over a decade. Her contributions have supported the success of hundreds of students who have graduated and gone out into the community to serve others. She works to organize a raffle that brings together her church and school community to raise money for the school.


She is most proud of her family: her children, her husband, as well as her parents and siblings. Professionally, she is proud of the work she does daily to help make the lives of the students she works with just a little bit better.



Bryon Palmer

Head Fitness Trainer

Synergy Athletics

Bryon started with Synergy Athletics in 2014 as an intern and has worked his way up to Trainer Mentor and currently oversees the training staff to ensure the service Synergy is providing its members is top notch utilizing the most current training methods. Bryon has coached an incredible 50,000 adult workout sessions. That’s nearly unheard of in a full career, let alone their first decade in health & wellness.


Bryon has volunteered his knowledge at teacher’s conferences, local schools, non-for-profits, business engagement videos during remote work, and at Achieve. This summer he is scheduled to have 5 additional volunteer teaching events.


He is most proud of the relationships he has built along the way between past friends, family, and new friends. He’s also proud of climbing the ranks in a small local company and taking a leadership position to help others get to where they want to be.



Kristin Saunders

System Director of Procurement

United Health Services Hospitals

Kristin Saunders is the System Director of Procurement at United Health Services Hospitals where she has worked for 15 years. Of those 15 years, she is most proud of her response to the COVID pandemic. She led a team through uncharted territory that ranged from PPE Sourcing to setting up an emergency daycare for their staff and everything in between. They never ran out of PPE or any other critical medical supplies and also helped source PPE for the local school districts that were having difficulty finding products on their own.


Kristin is an active member of the community through her work as the Vice President of the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier board. Kristin also pushes her staff to do their absolute best and never ceases to encourage their advancement. She is a trusted leader and advocate and will dedicate her time to anyone who may be struggling or needs some guidance. She pushes for both professional and personal growth including through nominating one of her staff members for the Young Professional Mentorship Program. She has been said to personify the definition of mentor.


Kristin shares that none of this could have been possible without the love and support of her family. They inspire her every day to go out there and give her very best and impact this community in a positive way



Nicholas Matyas

Senior Counselor Student Support Services

Binghamton University Liberty Partnerships Program at Binghamton High School

Nicholas is the Senior Counselor for Student Support Services for the Binghamton University Liberty Partnerships Program at Binghamton High School. In this role he provides direct support to BCSD Academic Counselors. He also supervises Liberty Academic Counselors at BCSD implementing student support services and assist in the case management monitoring of NYSED’s education standards and regulations.


For the past 15 years Nick has served on the Board of Education (and is currently President) for the Johnson City School District and a number of its committees including Policy, Campus facilities, Tenure, Instruction/Curriculum, Culture and Climate, Audit, and Negotiations. He is also a Board Member of the Johnson City Teachers Center, the Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Education, and the Board of the Binghamton City School District Chapter of Dollars for Scholars and a past Trustee for St Michaels Church in Binghamton.


As a proud area native, Nick is thankful for the opportunities that have been provided to him here both personally and professionally. He views our area students as our most important community asset and works to support their growth and development while striving to ensure that equitable opportunities are available to them.



Fig McAndrews

Pastry Chef

Parlor City Vegan

Fig is the Pastry Chef at Parlor City Vegan. They lead their coworkers by creating a safe and inclusive environment in the workplace. They provide 1:1 training to staff, and as an individual with ADHD, Fig understands the need for an individualistic approach. For some of the LGBTQ+ staff, Fig provides resources to assist them in the work environment.


Fig volunteers to work during Parlor City Vegan’s Farm to Table dinners to raise donations for local organizations such as VINES and the Broome County Humane Society. They have been able to work with Animal Care Council in catching stray cats to receive any necessary treatment from a veterinarian, including neutering or spaying. Fig also connects with other local LGBTQ+ members to be a resource and provide a space where someone will listen and understand.


Fig is most proud of the work they have put towards allowing themselves to live as authentically in who they are despite the obstacles that coincide. Through discovering their love of baking and creating unique plant-based desserts and baked goods for our local community and connecting with other LGBTQ+ staff members to be a resource and mentor for them, Fig has found the courage to exist proudly in all parts that complete their identity.



Kyle Smyder

Director of Estimating Department

Matco Electric Corporation

Kyle Smyder is Matco Electric Corporation’s Director of Estimating Department. For eight years he served as a project manager for an electrical contractor where he was responsible for contract management, change orders, coordination and to ensuring a clean project was completed and turned over to the owner within an appropriate timeline. Currently, as Matco Electric’s Director of Estimating, Kyle supervises the estimating department and teaches his team on questions and issues that arise during the bidding process.


Kyle assists the community by leading and coordinating Matco Electric employees in the annual Healthy Heart Walk and he coordinates, purchases and delivers turkeys donated by employees and Matco Electric. He also volunteers as a Youth Wrestling Coach at Chenango Forks School District.


Professionally, Kyle is most proud of his career at Matco Electric. He has been working here for 17 years. He started off as a summer helper out of high school, and worked his way up in the warehouse, 3D Modeling/BIM, estimator, Project Manager, and now Head of the Estimating Department. He says that construction is a unique industry, and he has been fortunate to be a part of the whole construction life cycle (pre-design, budgeting, estimating, construction, completion).



Matt Sheehan

Director Center for Career and Technical Excellence

Broome-Tioga BOCES

Matt Sheehan has been an educator for 17 years in the STEM fields. He continued as an assistant principal, principal, and currently as a director in the Broome-Tioga BOCES Center for Career and Technical Excellence (Btboces Ccte). In his current role, he develops and oversees programs such as Career and Technical Education, New Visions, Evertech, and P-Tech. Matt was on the steering committee for the creation of summer programming such as Summer STEAM and 5th grade Career and Tech Education Elementary Camp. He has a passion for both STEM education and project-based learning.


Matt participates on various committees including: SPARK Steering Committee, BLI Alumni Board Member, GBEOP Board, STEAMFest Steering Committee, WSKG Education Advisory Committee, Kids Can Build Steering Committee. He volunteers his time as a Chenango Forks Track Coach, Chenango Bridge Civic President Partners with SUNY Broome and SUNY Binghamton through various BT-BOCES programs (P-Tech, New Visions, SPARK).


When asked what he is most proud of, Matt said my family, my wife and two amazing boys; the growth of the P-Tech program, the BT- BOCES Signing Day which lead to 95 kids this year and more than 200 over the past 3 years entering the workforce.




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Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Hosts Second Annual Women’s Conference & Expo “Be Empowered 2022”


Presenting Sponsor M&T Bank and the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce successfully hosted the second Annual Women’s Conference Be Empowered 2022 on Thursday, June 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Last year’s inaugural event was received with enthusiasm and excitement and was described as “powerful, motivational and phenomenal.” This year’s event built on that enthusiasm and delivered an even more exciting experience for attendees! Be Empowered 2022 was designed by women for women and featured both personal and professional development programs in the form of twelve innovative breakout sessions led by inspiring, powerful female leaders. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from women in our own community on the challenges they have faced and the resources and resilience among other attributes needed to not only overcome, but to excel.


This year’s conference started off with our Ice Breaker Speaker, Veronica McFall, the Associate Director of Alumni Relations for Affinity and Identity Programs at Colgate University and children’s author. Veronica spoke on female empowerment and creating a seat at the table when one was not readily available to her, citing the creation of her own publishing company Knowledge is Capital when other companies turned her children’s book, A Visit to The Bahamas from A to Z, away. The day continued with a dozen powerful breakout sessions led by local female leaders and the opportunity to visit the business expo highlighting local businesses owned by and catered to women. Breakout session topics ranged from “Women and the Art of Risk” and “How to Spark Innovation” to “Managing Obstacles and Overcoming Adversity” and “Reducing Burnout”. Additionally, new this year, an entire track of sessions was dedicated to self-care and featured sessions on Sound Healing, Meditation, and Journaling, all sessions thoroughly enjoyed by attendees.


Leadership Alliance CEO Stacey Duncan led the impactful keynote presentation at lunch, a conversation with Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Nonprofit Partnership for New York City. Kathryn shared with Stacey and the crowd her inspirational story of coming from humble beginnings to growing into an influential key player in New York City economic and community development and the key lessons she learned as a woman in the workplace over the years. Attendees walked away with the knowledge that they are not alone; they have other women such as Veronica and Kathryn, but even those in their own communities, to learn from and draw upon for inspiration to grow both personally and professionally.


The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is already hard at work planning the 2023 Annual Women’s Conference. An annual conference like this would not be possible without the enthusiastic support of our amazing sponsors including: M&T Bank; IBM; Toyota; Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP; Excellus BlueCross BlueShield; Millennium Pipeline Co., LLC; The Agency; Koffman Southern Tier Incubator; Ad Elements, LLC; Syracuse Technologies; Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors; Elderwood Village at Vestal.

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What Is BLI and Why Should You Apply?

The Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program (GBEOP), a non-profit affiliate of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting the Broome Leadership Institute (BLI) Class of 2023 Recruiting Event and BLI Alumni Association Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 9, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Traditions.


The Broome Leadership Institute has brought together hundreds of professionals from a wide range of industries for 35 years to provide critical instruction and foster a network of leaders committed to improving the quality of life in Greater Binghamton. The Broome Leadership Institute is an immersive six month community leadership program; each BLI class is comprised of 20 selected candidates that reflect the diversity of the community and represent a cross section of business, government, education and non-profits. BLI affords participants the opportunity to form invaluable connections while deepening their understanding of the region. Throughout the program, class members will meet with key stakeholders and decision makers from several industries, such as education, agriculture, healthcare, and more, as well as receive critical leadership training including sessions on emotional intelligence, current issues, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Each session provides a behind the scenes look at our community, how it works, who makes it work, what problems we face and learning how and where we can help. Participants gain an increased knowledge of the resources, services, and issues that affect the larger community, and utilizing their collective networks & experiences, work together to identify and pursue an impactful community service project.


At the recruiting event on Thursday, June 9, prospective BLI members will have the opportunity to hear from BLI Alumni firsthand. The Broome Leadership Alumni Association is an incredibly active group in the region, continuing their community development efforts through programs such as Kids CAN Build, formerly known as Canstruction, an annual fundraiser focused on raising awareness surrounding food insecurity while also promoting STEM education which provided both monetary and food donations to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). Alumni often credit the Broome Leadership Institute program for helping them develop a new perspective when approaching issues at work or within the larger Broome County community as well as facilitating lifelong personal and professional relationships. Prospective candidates are invited to attend the BLI Annual Alumni Meeting immediately following the recruiting event at 6:00 PM to see how alumni further their commitment and the long term benefits of joining this highly acclaimed program.


BLI Class of 2022 Alum Mark Ropiecki, Execuitive Director, Care Compass Network, said this about the program, ““BLI is a great program that helps display and highlight our community. Leaders in our region are very proud of their work and mission and were extremely generous with their time to share their stories with us. I enjoyed the hands on approach which allowed us to get immersed at each session
and really get to know the local businesses. I will walk away from the program with many new friendships and contacts as well as a much deeper understanding and awareness of our community – which has already helped me professionally and personally.”


Gary Gates, the Operations Manager at Coughlin & Gerharp LLP, (BLI ’22) said, “BLI opened my eyes to the incredible potential that Broome County has to offer. Not only do I have a new outlook on the community I live in, but I was also privileged to meet and become close with my fellow classmates in a way that will continue long after the program ends!”


Employees that go through the Broome Leadership Institute not only work more effectively within their own office and industry, but are more prepared to pursue innovative and collaborative solutions to the issues they may face in their professional, personal, civic, and/or community roles. Those interested in attending the recruitment event can register here. Applications for the BLI Class of 2023 are due on August 1, 2022; more information on the application process can be found here. Any questions regarding the program should be directed to GBEOP Director, Rose Olsen, at

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Congratulations to our 58th Annual Dinner Award Winners

2022 Entrepreneur of the Year



Jacob Kumpon
KLAW Industries


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.


As we enjoyed New York State wines last night, have you ever thought what happens to those all those bottles?


Jacob did. Jacob discovered that glass isn’t recycled because it gets mixed with paper, plastic and metal, making it unusable for bottle manufacturers or anyone else. As a true entrepreneur, Jacob identified a problem in the recycling industry, now he needed to find a solution.


He started cold-calling, gathering valuable information and digging through research papers to discover that glass could be used as a reactive material in concrete. He brought a plastic “baggie” of powdered glass to concrete plants and received a great response that they wanted to pour concrete with the material right away! Jacob then knew he and his co-founders, Jack Lamuraglia and Tanner Wallis were on to something!


At KLAW Industries, they process waste glass into a cement replacement for concrete called “Pantheon”. They sell this trade-marked material to ready-mix concrete plants to increase the compressive strength, lower the cost and decrease the carbon impact of their concrete!


They have performed nineteen concrete projects, which have validated Pantheon. They have raised over a half million dollars in funding and have purchased a production facility on Griswold Street. They are looking to fulfill a letter of intent for twenty-five tons per month of Pantheon!


In 2021, KLAW Industries was the winner of the Binghamton Local Development Corporation’s 2021 Business Plan Competition. As Mayor Jared Kraham said, “…they have gained national recognition for their success, shining a light on Binghamton as a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.”

They won first place at the University of Oregon New Venture Competition which gave them another twenty-three thousand dollars and just recently, they were the first place winner of 100 thousand dollars in the recently completed Heartland Challenge at the University of Arkansas!



2022 Small Business Person of the Year



Patrick Snyder, President


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.


Logowise is a marketing company—as they call themselves—a “melting pot” of creative “go-getters” who produce apparel, promotional products, signage and offer social media management services for schools and businesses.


What started in 2012 with Patrick and one staff person is now a team of ten who have tripled in size, space and sales with a record-breaking year in 2021 surpassing well over two million dollars!


Patrick is described by John Karedes, Executive Director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open as always the optimist who supports our community through numerous charitable endeavors including the Open. And, thanks to Logowise, the last pre-Covid Open ranked number one across all tournaments for social media reach and growth!


Joe Mirabito says Patrick provides outstanding customer service and leadership…and is committed to being the best at what he does.


Patrick is a huge supporter of ACHIEVE as a corporate sponsor and was one of the first “platinum partner sponsors” which recognizes an organization who sponsors all four of their signature events. He is instrumental in identifying and soliciting new corporate sponsors for them.


We would be remiss if we did not mention Patrick’s support of youth hockey by sponsoring several programs within the league and generously providing banners, gear and giveaways in support of their tournaments and fundraising efforts.



2022 Distinguished Chamber Co-Volunteers of the Year



Don Entwistle, Broome-Tioga BOCES
and Joe Julian, SUNY Broome


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.


The Chamber is so very fortunate to have so many members who step up to volunteer and become, in essence, an extension of our staff. With the Bridge Run in its twelfth year, it is fitting that this year we honor two individuals who have tirelessly recruited their students in their own criminal justice programs to volunteer to work as road marshals each and every year of the Bridge Run. Their students also support other events in the community which gives them real-world, hands-on experience as they pursue their degrees.


Don Entwistle, Broome-Tioga BOCES and Joe Julian, SUNY Broome have both unfailingly ensured we have volunteers from their schools and they also worked alongside their students at each of the events they volunteered for. We could not be more pleased than to honor these two long-time Greater Binghamton Bridge Run supports this year.



2022 Civic Leader of the Year



Ellen Feldman
Retired, IBM Endicott


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.


Broome County has been Ellen’s home for over forty years. She started her career at IBM in 1978 as an entry-level programmer and retired in 2013 as a Global IBM Vice President. Utilizing the skills she developed throughout her professional career, Ellen also followed her passion to volunteer for a variety of non-profit organizations. Ellen has focused on those non-profits who serve vulnerable, marginalized or underserved populations and those that advance the academic and social achievements of people of all abilities. And what an impact Ellen has had!


Having a son with intellectual and developmental disabilities ignited her passion to serve on the ACHIEVE Board in a variety of roles. As President of the Board for five years, Ellen worked to ensure the successful merger of Broome-Tioga ARC (ACHIEVE) with the ARC of Chenango County. As a result of the merger, ACHIEVE now serves over two thousand individuals with a staff of over three hundred employees and a budget of over 30 million dollars. Ellen expanded her role to serving in multiple leadership roles with ARC New York in addition to Central New York and Broome County. ARC New York supports a workforce of sixty thousand who provide services to over one hundred thousand individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Since her retirement from IBM, Ellen has served as a certified SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) counselor to work with non-profits to help them build realistic implementation plans for sustainability.


In 2017, Ellen joined the Board of Animal Care Sanctuary, one of the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelters in the United States. She now serves as President and has led a successful capital campaign; achieved record level of adoptions, grew their revenue base and rescued more animals than in any other time in the shelter’s history.


Ellen’s enthusiasm for education is evidenced in the program she initiated that leverages the human animal bond by using rescued animals and the animal world as a context for applied learning for students in kindergarten through grade 12 in the Union-Endicott and Johnson City school districts. This program encourages kindness, teamwork, structured decision-making and research and will be expanding into other local school districts.


Kelli Krieger, Union-Endicott English Teacher sums it up nicely: “Ellen embodies every positive attribute that we want to see in our Civic Leaders…smart, kind and tenacious, Ellen is the leader who sees an idea through to fruition ensuring that all parties are better for having participated.”



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; Theme Sponsor: Toyota; and Creative Sponsor: IdeaKraft.

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Congratulations to our 2022 Building BC Award Winners

The Greater Binghamton Chamber is pleased to congratulate and recognize the Chamber’s 2022 Building BC Award Recipients:


2022 Innovative Award

Accepted By: Shailesh Upreti, Chairman and Founder


This award recognizes a project, product or service that “thinks outside the box” and continues to stretch the boundaries and has proven to be a leader in innovation.


iM3NY is part of the green revolution with a focus on clean energy lithium-ion batteries. They are the first major battery manufacturer to locate to this part of the country proving that our area is well-suited for a supplier of high-tech products.


Their “outside the box” thinking looked at non-traditional battery materials that could provide greater heat management in a lithium-ion cell. Their unique formula will produce a battery with a 20% higher capacity while providing a longer cycle life, higher safety and a low environmental impact. Coupled with the fact that there is no Cobalt and no Nickel, their batteries are truly a major step forward in creating a greener planet.


We welcome iM3NY to the area as they join other innovative, high-tech companies poised for growth in the energy sector.


2022 Restorative Award

SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center
Accepted By: Dr. Kevin Drumm, President


The Restorative Award recognizes a project that brings new life into an aging building.


The Carnegie Library in downtown Binghamton was constructed in 1903 and was charted as “The Peoples’ University”. The library shut down in 1999 and was left abandoned for over a decade. It was purchased in 2012 by SUNY Broome Community College and they broke ground on the $21.5 million renovation project in 2016.


The conversion of the library into a culinary arts facility started with an exchange of ideas between SUNY Broome President, Dr. Kevin Drumm and Hospitality Programs Chair, Dr. Rey Wojdat. Binghamton’s resurgence as a culinary destination, fueled by the expanding local restaurant scene downtown, gave the college on opportunity to capitalize on that industry which plays such an important role in our local and state economy.


Today, this historical and much-loved building experiences new life as a cutting-edge facility that provides an educated labor pool for an expanding hospitality industry. The SUNY Broome Culinary and Event Center is a perfect example of restoring an aging, historical building and revitalizing it in a modern and purposeful way.


2022 Transformative Award

National Pipe & Plastics, Inc.
Accepted By: Dave Culbertson, President and CEO


This award recognizes a project that impacts the entire community and fosters growth of those around it.


This particular project involved the purchase of the former Endicott Johnson Shoe warehouse in 2001 with an eye on the company’s future growth. The adjacent EJ factory was purchased in 2018 to make room for their new headquarters.


Work began that year with the demolition of an old six-story building and clean-up of a hazardous waste site which took a year to complete. The next step was building a modern state-of-the art office building with a park-like yard to beautify their corner of Endicott. In the process of the new build, National Pipe and Plastics expanded portions of Page Avenue and Maple Street and donated land to provide extra parking spaces for the children’s park across the street. The total cost for the new building was seven million dollars.


To mitigate truck traffic through a residential neighborhood, National Pipe built a new road to connect directly to Route 17C and constructed one mile of railroad track for the delivery of raw materials. This allowed immediate rail and highway access inside the urban core of Broome County.


This economic development project has certainly transformed the Endicott community in a positive way.



2022 Individual Award

Naima Kradjian, CEO, Goodwill Theatre, Inc.


This award recognizes an individual whose investment positively impacts the quality of life and job growth to ensure the success of the region’s communities and economy.


Since 1987, Naima Kradjian has devoted her efforts to making a difference in the greater Binghamton arts community. For those who don’t know, she is the CEO of the Goodwill Theatre Incorporated which operates the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Naima had a vision for a Performing Arts Center Complex in Johnson City born when the 1920 National Register historic Goodwill Theatre was put up for sale due to delinquent taxes. Believing strongly in collaboration, Naima involved local partners in her Goodwill Theater Project—nearby UHS hospital, the Village of Johnson City and area cultural partners and, in 2011, the Johnson City Health and Cultural District was created.


In the beginning, people said that no one would come to Johnson City; Naima proved them wrong.


Seven blighted properties surrounding the theater were demolished. As her project moved forward, others joined. Binghamton University chose the former EJ factory site for their Pharmacy School and the Pioneer Shoe Box Factory for the Decker School of Nursing. UHS is expanding their footprint and other partners are advancing their own projects in the surrounding area. The lights from the Schorr Stage parking lot and their day and evening activities-sixty-five shows a year– have helped to change the neighborhood. And Naima did not let the pandemic slow down progress. In May of 2021, the Summer Performance RestArt Tent was erected in the Schorr Stage parking lot to continue to bring entertainment to all in a safe environment.


Naima says they are “shovel ready” and hope for the completion of the Performing Arts Center Complex in the next five years. As Naima says: “We are here for keeps”

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2021 Project Homecoming Job & Career Fair

2021 Project Homecoming Job & Career Fair

Thursday, December 30, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Oakdale Mall



Confirmed Companies (as of 12/22/21)


Amrex Chemical Company Co., Inc.
BAE Systems
Bates Troy
Broome Tioga Workforce
Century 21 Sbarra Real Estate Services
Children’s Home
Community Options New York, Inc.
D & R Technical Solutions, Inc.
Dimon & Bacorn Co. of Binghamton
Eastern Staffing & Recruiting
Express Employment Solutions
Good Shepherd Communities
HCA(Helping Celebrate Abilities)
Lourdes Hospital
Magic 101.7/ 102.5 The Vault
Maine-Endwell Central School District
McIntosh Labs
Mirabito Energy Products & Convenience Stores
National Guard
New York State Department of Corrections
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 112
Susquehanna Nursing & Rehab Center
Tioga Downs Casino Resort
Trivium Packaging
United Health Services
United Methodist Homes
U.S. Army
Visions Federal Credit Union
WBNG-TV & Binghamton CW
Weistman Shredding, LLC
Willow Run Foods


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

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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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