Renowned Speakers, Breakout Sessions at YP Summit Hosted by Greater Binghamton Chamber

Renowned Speakers, Breakout Sessions at YP Summit Hosted by Greater Binghamton Chamber


Binghamton, NY – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY 13901.


The YP Summit is the only young professional summit in the region, developed for and by young professionals. The summit focusses on what the next generation of professionals seeks in the workforce and what they need to succeed.


This content-packed summit will feature versatile and interactive sessions led by renowned nationally and regionally known speakers. Topics include workplace conflict resolution, building relationships, multigenerational communications, work and life balance for working professionals, board service, redefining wealth and transformational communication. The event’s schedule also includes free headshots, networking opportunities, meals and an after-hours party.


“Young professionals are the future of our workforce,” said Jennifer Conway, President & CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber. “As a community, it’s important we recognize and invest our time and resources into attracting and retaining them. And the YP Summit is one of those ways we can do that.”


The YP Summit is a great opportunity for companies and organizations to provide professional development opportunities geared toward millennials. Companies can take advantage of corporate pricing levels to send larger groups of young professional staff. Attendees can register for either the full day or half day of events.


We believe that young professionals are the future of our community’s growth, and we want to help them succeed. The YP Summit provides a space for like-minded millennials to discuss how their place in the Greater Binghamton business community can make a difference, and helps with the retention of young professionals in the Greater Binghamton region.


Event: 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit

Date/Time: Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.


Event Schedule


Morning Session:


Your Personal Brand

Josué Quiñones


9:45 – 10:30 A.M. – BREAKOUT SESSION I (3 CHOICES)

  • Leap and the Net Will Appear
    Keegan Evans & Nicole Bergmann, Dylan Gilligan, Kevin & Mandy Webb, & Erin Cody
  • Inclusiveness in the Multi-Generational Workplace
    Ron Crawford
  • Finding Your Passion
    Mark Pierce & Ariel Tunnell

10:30 – 11:00 A.M. -BREAK AND NETWORKING

11:00 – 11:45 A.M. – BREAKOUT SESSION II (3 CHOICES)

  • Networking Hacks
    Rachel Jenks & Dan Gannon
  • Demystifying Board Service
    Sean Britton
  • Workplace Conflict
    Debbie Morello

12:00 – 1:30 P.M. – LUNCH AND KEYNOTE

Isaiah Kacyvenski


Afternoon Session:



  • Finding Your Passion
    Mark Pierce & Ariel Tunnell
  • Smart Money; What YP’s Need to Know
    E.E.D Planning Group, Steve Campbell; Visions Federal Credit Union, Richard J. Barber; Chemung Canal Trust, Christopher K. Kelly
  • Never suffer from public speaking again. Lessons from a recovering introvert.
    Dan Mori



  • Work/Life/Family Balance
    Eb Tutora, Matt Feldman, Mary May, Rashuna Durham
  • Art of the Ask
    Nathaalie Carey
  • Transformational Communication
    Richard Orth

4:00 – 4:45 P.M. – WRAP-UP KEYNOTE

Call to Action
Jehmu Greene

4:30 – 6:30 P.M.AFTER HOURS



Isaiah Kacyvenski

Keynote speaker Isaiah Kacyvenski is the and Founder and Managing Partner at Will Ventures, a venture capital investment fund focused on sports technology and the massive, adjacent market opportunities that it opens up (human performance, health and wellness, media and entertainment, eSports, and more). Kacyvenski holds a Cum Laude Pre-Medicine Bachelor degree from Harvard University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program. He was also the subject of an Emmy-nominated NFL Films profile about his rise from poverty to the NFL, and was featured on an Oprah Winfrey show, “Why They Beat the Odds”.


Jehmu Greene

Jehmu Greene is a recent candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Heading into her eighth year as a Fox News Political Analyst, Jehmu unapologetically defends progressive values and policies on the network. She co-founded Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, an initiative that uses media and culture to elevate the immigration reform conversation and is a founding board member of VoteRunLead. She previously served as president of Rock the Vote, where under her leadership membership grew from 1,500 to over 1 million and young voter turnout had the highest increase ever recorded in between two presidential elections.


Josué Quiñones

Josué Quiñones is an international speaker, Career Champion, and Inspirational Young Latino. He is the founder of Just Quality Apparel and the Success Is a Lifestyle Program. Born and raised in the Hunts Point area of the South Bronx, JQ attended college as a way to escape and create a better life. A counselor and social worker by training, JQ is an educator and life coach. He has presented to over 20,000 students and professionals and is highly regarded as “deep, impactful, relatable, energetic, and humorous.”


Dan Gannon

Dan Gannon is a high energy professional speaker and motivator. Realizing he didn’t have the grades or family finances to go to college, Dan enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 18. After his time in the military, Dan accomplished his lifelong dream and became the first of his family to receive a college degree. While attending Long Island University, he became the Student Government President and was a fellow for The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Dan has been a key member for many small and start-up businesses, ranging from performance supplements to commercial locks and doors.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Hosts 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit

Binghamton, NY – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.
This content-packed summit will feature versatile breakout sessions, free headshots, a civic engagement project, extended networking opportunities and an after-hours party.
Keynote speaker Isaiah Kacyvenski and other nationally and regionally known speakers will lead over a dozen interactive sessions on workplace conflict resolution, building relationships, multigenerational communications, work and life balance for working professionals, and more. The event’s structure allows attendees to have meaningful conversations and make connections, as well as build business and leadership skills.
Attendees may register for either the full day or half day of events at
We believe that young professionals are the future of our community’s growth, and we want to help them succeed. The YP Summit provides a space for like-minded millennials to discuss how their place in the Greater Binghamton business community can make a difference, and helps with the retention of young professionals in the Greater Binghamton region.
Event: 2018 Southern Tier YP Summit
Date/ Time: Friday, September 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13901.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Eggs and Issues on Tapping into the Alternative Workforce

Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Eggs and Issues on Tapping into the Alternative Workforce


Binghamton – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host our next Eggs and Issues discussion with the focus on tapping into the alternative workforce on Friday, August 10 from 7:30-9:30 a.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton at 225 Water St., Binghamton NY.


Binghamton has a workforce problem. There are over 4,000 open jobs and not enough people willing or able to enter the workforce to fill this demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the past few months, Binghamton’s unemployment rates have been falling, but the size of its workforce has also been shrinking. As of 2016, New York State had a far lower workforce participation rate than the rest of the nation. According to a report by the State Comptroller’s Office, New York’s workforce participation rate was 60.4 percent, which was the 40th worst in the country. Unfortunately, the Southern Tier had an even lower workforce participation rate of approximately 54 percent. Factors come into play such as the age of the workforce and the number of retirees, but it is clear to see there is a segment of the population who needs meaningful work.


There is an opportunity for businesses to play a key role in reducing recidivism while also gaining access to a dedicated and qualified workforce. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities that go along with employing individuals with criminal convictions or struggle with addiction. In addition, they will explore ways that both the employee and employer can forge a beneficial relationship where the rewards outweigh the risks.


Confirmed Guest Speakers Include:

  • Vikrant Reddy, Charles Koch Institute
  • Stephen Cornwell, Broome County District Attorney
  • Sara Liu, Broome Tioga Workforce

According to Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, “The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is facilitating the dialogue to discuss the benefits and risks faced by employers when hiring an individual with prior criminal convictions or struggles with addiction.  Work not only reinforces an individual’s sense of pride, purpose and identity, but also contributes to strong communities and a thriving economy.  If we work towards discussing promising solutions, we can create new opportunities for people who are struggling against significant odds to turn their lives around.”



Event:             Eggs and Issues, Tapping into the Alternative Workforce

Date:              Friday, August 10, 2018

Time:              7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast; 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Program

Location:       DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton  |  225 Water St., Binghamton NY


About Vikrant R. Reddy

Vikrant P. Reddy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. Reddy previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he managed the launch of TPPF’s national Right on Crime initiative in 2010. He has also worked as a research assistant at the Cato Institute, as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Gina M. Benavides in Texas and as an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and he serves on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He is also an appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Texas State Advisory Committee. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas. Vikrant is an advocate to reform the criminal justice system.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Aug 1

Greater Binghamton Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Aug 1; Event Will Feature Keynote Speaker EJ McMahon, Roundtable Discussions with Elected Officials


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Binghamton – The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Event for business leaders on Wednesday, August 1 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton, 225 Water Street in Binghamton, NY.


As a key part of our mission, we work to make the business voice heard, and this is a way for businesses to get directly involved. We will pair business leaders with their representatives at each individual table. This is an opportunity for a small roundtable discussion with those who can make a difference for our business community.


EJ McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center, will be speaking on what can be done to make NYS have a better business climate. His talk will focus on clearly defining the challenges our region faces. He will then draw distinctions between what we can and can’t control. His talk will focus on what can be controlled at the local, state and federal levels. He will provide specific examples of issues that will affect NYS businesses within the next year.


Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, remarked, “Our businesses and employers do their daily part contributing to the economy and growth of New York. They face unique challenges and opportunities based on where they have decided to operate their business. It is important that they are able to work hand in hand with elected officials to mitigate obstacles and capitalize on strengths offered by the community. This event will foster conversations and relationships that will ensure we work on the business climate of our region together.”


Just a few of our confirmed elected officials in attendance are: Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, County Executive Jason Garnar and Mayor Rich David.


Other positions that are confirmed to be represented include Village Mayors, Town Supervisors, City Council Members and Village Trustees.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Welcome Center Bid

Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Welcome Center Bid


The New York State Department of Economic Development has awarded the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce a five-year contract to continue operating the Southern Tier Welcome Center on I-81.  The Chamber has provided oversight of the center since it opened in 1995 and throughout the renovations and expansion that took place in 2017.


“We are pleased that the NYS Department of Economic Development has acknowledged our experience and our fantastic staff in awarding us another 5-year contract.  We have the right team with many years of industry experience and passion for promoting the great assets New York State has to offer, both in destinations and products,” president and CEO Jennifer Conway stated.


In moving forward with the new contract, Conway has appointed Judi Hess, Director of Visit Binghamton, to the position of Vice President of Tourism for the Chamber. Visit Binghamton is a department of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce that is focused on increasing tourism in Broome County. Visit Binghamton is the official tourism promotion agency for Broome County.  In this new role, Hess will work closely with the Director, David Stockhauser, and staff of the Southern Tier Welcome Center on training and marketing the center to the Group Tour industry.  Hess has over 35 years of experience in the tourism industry.


Hess said, “I am excited to take on this expanded role and to help increase traffic and awareness of this beautiful facility.”  The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce will also continue their strong partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension in operating the Taste NY store, which features a rotating selection of the highest quality foods and beverages that represent the diversity and creativity from across the state. The new contract will run from 2018 through 2023.


About the Southern Tier Welcome Center:

Located on I-81, the Southern Tier Welcome Center is an official I LOVE NY Tourism Welcome Center. Open 362 days per year, trained and knowledgeable travel advisors assist hundreds of thousands of visitors each year by distributing NYS travel literature, maps, and other publications. In addition, A TasteNY Store with the center features a rotating selection of the highest quality foods and beverages that represent the diversity and creativity from across the state. In 2017, the Center attracted 230,000 visitors, distributed 197,584 brochures and sold 34,820 TasteNY products valued at $220,760.00. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County partners with the Chamber on the operation of the TasteNY Store.

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Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Communications Excellence Award

Greater Binghamton Chamber Wins Communications Excellence Award



The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce has been named an “Award of Excellence” winner in the Communications Excellence awards program presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE, an Alexandria, Va.-based association, represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.


ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence, sponsored by Golden Openings, Inc., 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 organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year.


The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce received an Award of Excellence for its Rebrand Bash Campaign in February 2017.


Jennifer Conway, Chamber President and CEO, made rebranding a primary project after assuming leadership of the business organization in April 2016. The Chamber hired a local, full-service creative studio, Idea Kraft, to reevaluate the focus of our chamber and create a dynamic brand strategy. Using feedback from surveys, focus groups and roundtable discussions, the Greater Binghamton Chamber launched the following at a Rebrand Bash on February 3, 2017: new logo, new tagline, new printed materials, new website, new Facebook page, new signage/banners, new video, new slogan (We’re here to build a Greater Binghamton) and three new focus areas (economic growth, advocating for businesses and promoting a vibrant and healthy community). This event attracted over 300 attendees and had an organic Facebook engagement of 19,359 just for posts related to that event on one single day!


Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Conway, reflected, “We are extremely honored to be recognized by ACCE as an Award of Excellence winner among some of the best chambers of commerce in the country. Since we have launched our rebrand, there has been an unbelievable amount of renewed energy, excitement and collaboration with our Chamber and we are so proud of the momentum we have built to carry us forward as we continue to work on new projects and initiatives in our community.”


A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category based on the chamber’s annual budget and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. With more than 150 entries submitted in 2018, judges recognized 13 entries as Grand Award winners and 41 as Award of Excellence winners. Three Best in Show awards will be announced July 18 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.


About the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, founded in 1914, serves more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce or similar organizations, around the world. ACCE’s members come from nearly each of the largest 100 metropolitan regions in the United States. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the mission of ACCE is to support chamber professionals so they can lead their communities. Learn more about us by visiting


About Idea Kraft

Idea Kraft specializes in helping organizations create innovative campaigns that include branding, direct marketing, web design and print media. They transform their clients’ businesses into strong, unique brands that stand out in a densely crowded marketplace and create long-lasting relationships with customers. Learn more at

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Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Awards Winners

2017 Community Advocate of the Year

Tiger Ventures, Union-Endicott Central School District


Accepted by: Joshua B. Ludzki, Operations Director; Nick Rubenstein, Creative Director and Tice Lerner, Research Director
Presented by: Cathy Maliwacki
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 mission of the LUMA Projection Arts Festival is to create a “world-class” festival in Binghamton, to generate unprecedented tourism to the region and restore a sense of community pride in what our area has to offer.
In its three short years, it has accomplished that and so much more! What is LUMA exactly? If you have not been in downtown Binghamton to experience it, this is what you have missed.
LUMA is a projection arts festival, focused primarily on projection-mapping which is the art of using a 3D model of a large structure to create the illusion that the structure itself is transforming.
In addition to the local creative geniuses of Joshua Ludzki, Nick Rubenstein and Tice Lerner, the festival engaged local artists, international animators and student programmers so they could build an event far beyond what our community has ever offered in terms of entertainment.
In year one, LUMA attracted 20,000 people to downtown Binghamton; this past September 30,000 people attended the Festival!
Visitors came from Rochester, Albany, Philadelphia, Ithaca and beyond.
Artists from all over the world took part in LUMA this year; they hailed from Barcelona; Budapest; San Francisco and New York City. These artists in turn share information and media from the event to their contacts. The social media posts for LUMA have reached into the hundreds of thousands!
One of LUMA’s goal is to showcase Binghamton as a city offering cutting-edge entertainment and lifestyle options. With media mentions from a diverse cross-section of the population, it serves as evidence that LUMA is indeed a “game-changer” in terms of the way outsiders view Binghamton. We look forward to seeing what is next for LUMA!

2017 Non-Profit Executive Leadership Award

Mary Jo Thorn, CEO of ACHIEVE

Presented by: Jon Sarra
This inaugural award recognizes an Executive of a Non-Profit organization who exemplifies the knowledge, skills and leadership necessary for effective non-profit management; this award must be endorsed by the organization’s board of directors.
Mary Jo Thorn became CEO in 2005.
ACHIEVE’s mission is to advocate for an enhanced quality of life through skill development, inclusion and integration and independence of persons with intellectual developmental and other disabilities. Back in 2005, the organization provided services in only Broome and Tioga Counties and had a budget of approximately $12 million; since then, they have expanded to include Chenango County as a result of a merger with Chenango County ARC. The operating budget is now at $33 million and they are a major employer in the three counties it serves with 550 employees. Under Mary Jo’s direction, the individuals served has grown to over 2,200 individuals.
ACHIEVE prides itself on responding to community needs. When the Sheltered Workshop closed in 2012, ACHIEVE stepped in to transition 80 individuals into their employment center who may otherwise have lost services.
ACHIEVE partners with Binghamton University, SUNY Broome, Marywood University, SUNY Cortland and many businesses throughout our area. Mary Jo takes an active role in our community, serving as a member of the Excellus Regional Advisory Board and she is a board member for the New York State Industries for the Disabled.
In 2013, Mary Jo was chosen to be the New York State Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Libous. This award was created to recognize the historic contribution of New York women who exemplify personal excellence, courage, selflessness, integrity and perseverance and serve as an example to all New Yorkers. This award Mary Jo said was “humbling, yet also a challenge to live up to the standards of the award through a journey of continued hard work.”
There is so much Mary Jo has accomplished, a quote from a letter from Ellen Feldman, President of the Board of Directors of ACHIEVE says it best: “Mary Jo is an excellent CEO, leader and spokesperson for ACHIEVE. She is recognized as an outstanding professional having the highest integrity. She significantly enhances the public image of ACHIEVE and those we serve”. She is “extremely effective in a highly regulated, fiscally challenged and extremely dynamic industry.”

2017 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

IBM Endicott

Accepted by: Mary O’Malley Trumble
Presented by: Jon Sarra
This award recognizes a company that has made not only a financial commitment to the Greater Binghamton area, but has also demonstrated leadership and hands-on employee participation.
IBM Endicott has a proud tradition in this area, serving as the birthplace of IBM Corporation. Though IBM Endicott has changed throughout the years, what has not changed is the commitment of their executive leadership, employees and retirees to this community. They remain one of the top ten major employers in Broome County and salaries of their employees are higher than the median household income. As the Committee read through their nomination paperwork, it was a unanimous decision to honor IBM Endicott with this award.
The breadth and scope of their charitable contributions and their active involvement in all facets of our community is difficult to explain in a short period of time—I will give you some of the highlights.
IBM Endicott annually gives $500,000 to our community through funding, in-kind services and volunteer hours. The annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign, which includes retirees, enables employees to specify a monetary amount to be donated to local charities of their choice. $210,000 was donated to local charities including the United Way of Broome County, the American Cancer Society, CHOW, Tioga United Way, Life Choices Center, Mom’s House, American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
In 2016, IBM Endicott donated over $225,000 which included everything from signs for Little League baseball fields to major sponsorships for organizations like the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, the Broome County Arts Council and the American Red Cross, to name a few. This year, IBM was the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Engineering Week at the Watson School of Engineering at BU and was the Major Corporate Sponsor for the 2017 Hyperloop competition, which challenges university teams to design and build the best transport Pod. Only 24 teams were invited to participate in this competition!
Canstruction is a relatively new event in our area, sponsored by the BLI Alumni Association. Since its inception in 2014, IBM Endicott has consistently been one of the large corporate participants. This annual event benefits CHOW and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. This year IBM Endicott received the “Go Big or Go Home” award for their consistent supersized displays – utilizing 9,000 cans, plus bottles of water to create this year’s display.
I think LoriAnne Welch, Interim Director of the United Way of Broome County and her Board Chair, Suzanne McLeod, summed it up best in their letter of support: “The accomplishments of IBM Endicott are appreciated and will continue to be important to the growth of our community. Their innovation and vision for excellence as well as strong community partnerships are reflective of a successful company with core values that exemplify what it means to “Live United”.

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Congratulations to our 2018 Building BC Awards Winners

2018 Innovative Award

Tiger Ventures, Union-Endicott Central School District

Accepted by: Dr. Susan McLeod, Superintendent of Union-Endicott Central School District
Presented by: Anthony Paniccia, Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors
The Innovative 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.
The Tiger Ventures project was born out of a challenge competition called “XC: The Super School Project”, established by Steve Jobs’ widow. The essence of Tiger Ventures is the creation of a real-world contextual-based environment, not so much job-training as it is character-building. By placing high-risk students, those would not complete a traditional high-school, in an environment that is exciting to them, they will become motivated to learn and develop persistence and lean that failure and hard work can lead to success.

2018 Transformative Award

Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra

Accepted by: Brittany Hall, Executive Director and Maureen Wilson, Board President
Presented by: Marc Newman, Newman Development Group, LLC
The Transformative Award can either recognize a project that impacts the entire community and fosters growth of those around it or it can be awarded to a product or service that has influenced an industry in a cutting-edge way.
Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra has been an important factor in the region’s arts culture for over 60 years, promoting access to live music for all residents. “Cutting-edge” truly describes what BPO is doing within their industry. They have transformed their business model; the variety, breadth and scope of their concerts are attracting “non-traditional” Philharmonic goers. Their annual fund-raiser, the Mac & Chees Fest, now in its third-year is the perfect outreach to patrons not already familiar with the Philharmonic and it also helps to showcase the community’s diversity of restaurants, breweries and vendors. And it has sold out the last two years!

2018 Restorative Award

The Riverdale Banquet Hall

Accepted by: Steve Anastos and Leon Anastos, Owners
Presented by: Mandy Webb, KW Fitness (On behalf of Carolyn Mancini, Andrew R. Mancini Associates, Inc.)
This Award is given in recognition of a project that brings new life into an aging historical building.
The Anastos family had the vision to understand that a restoration of the former Brothers 2 building would encourage their commercial neighbors to update their own facades, entryways, parking lots and lighting. All of this would encourage new customers and new businesses to the area. They took and old Endwell Landmark and restored it into what they hope will be a new Endwell landmark.

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Congratulations to our 2018 Spring Award Winners

2018 Entrepreneur of the Year

Adam Sabol, Co-Founder

Key Branding Labs

Entrepreneur of the Year award is given to an individual who exemplifies leadership and entrepreneur skills, shows willingness to take risks, demonstrates exceptional vision that contributes to business success, and exhibits personal drive, focus, innovation, and business acumen.
Adam Sabol believes that to be successful as an entrepreneur you need to find something you love doing; find something you are really good at; and find something that others see value in. The key is to find that magical area where they all interact. That is exactly what he has done. He started his first company in 2011 with four friends right out of college, Binghamton University – CommuniKey – aimed at incentivizing college students to frequent local restaurants and businesses.
Then in January 2015, Key Branding Labs was launched after CommuniKey clients were asking for help in putting together a digital marketing strategy.
Adam has the ability to build lasting, meaningful relationships with others and that has been the driving force that has built Key Branding Labs growth. Entrepreneurs need to be flexible and ready to adapt their strategy to the market rather than expecting the market to adapt to them. As he says of he and his partners in creating Key Branding Labs, they dove in head first, failed a lot in the beginning, learned some painful lessons but never got down nor discouraged. They listened and learned and got better each day. In 2018, they added two full-time employees and moved into their new office in Gorgeous Washington Street and serve over 22 full-time clients!
Eric Cole, Vice President of Java Joe’s Roasting Company, Inc. says: “I cannot think of another individual that embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and passion more than Adam.”
Laura Holmes, Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships Binghamton University says “Adam has also been a great resource to student entrepreneurs, naturally mentoring them when he doesn’t even realize it. As a customer of his business, his level of service is a standard that many other vendors should aspire to.”

2018 Young Professional of the Year

Kyle Nedlik, Mechanical EIT


The individual selected for the Young Professional of the Year award has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and initiative as an emerging leader in their business or profession, serves as role model for his peers both personally and professionally, and provides a valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
Kyle Nedlik’s position with Stantec involves the design of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling and refrigeration systems in commercial buildings and was chosen to participate in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program for the company’s US East Division, a six-month program. With the skills learned, Kyle is emerging as a leader in the building engineering profession. He has been the Community Engagement Coordinator for his office; since 2016 a position he truly embraces.
His role is to organize and coordinate the office’s engagement in community events like Canstruction, Feed the Need and the Annual “Stantec in the Community Day.”
Kyle is the current president of STYP – Southern Tier Young Professionals, an organization whose mission it is to provide social and professional networking opportunities that are specifically geared towards local Young Professionals. He served as the Vice President and Civic Committee Chair from 2015 – 2017 which involved spearheading volunteer participation in the CHOW Garden, OurSpace in Recreation Park, Riverbank Clean-Up, staffing at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and Spiedie Fest and a host of other events. These STYP volunteer efforts aim to improve the quality of life for Young Professionals in our area and to assist in retaining young talent here in our community.
A graduate of BU, he is also an active member of the BU Alumni Association where he has served a site leader for the Alumni Global Day of Service for all four years of the project. He is also an active member of the Young Professional Alliance of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professional Summit Committee, the planning arm of the full-day innovative conference for the Southern Tier’s Young Professionals. Having grown up here and graduated from Binghamton University, Kyle feels a deep sense of commitment to our local community.
Stuart Shrauger, Senior Associate at Stantec says this of Kyle: “Both inside and outside of work, Kyle maintains a strong engagement with the community. Kyle cares about his community and the people in it and works hard every day to make sure he is giving his best effort to make the community stronger.”

2018 Volunteer of the Year

Fred Simmons, Marketing/Management Specialist and Business Owner

Safeguard Business Systems

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the dedication of one of our many Chamber volunteers. The individual singled out for this award is an active and consistent supporter of the Greater Binghamton Chamber and its programs and services, as well as a role model for the community as a whole.
Fred Simmons is a fixture in our community. He joined the Greater Binghamton Chamber in 1985 and has been volunteering ever since. Fred is truly and “ambassador” for the organization and for greater Binghamton. He has been serving on the Membership Committee for most of his years with the Chamber.
In his role on the Committee, Fred attends Chamber events and ensures that new members feel welcomed and are introduced to others. He helps connect people to others that will need their services and products. Fred always steps up to volunteer for any task the Chamber asks—from delivering hundreds of “welcome packets” to Chamber members each and every year, to encouraging new Chamber members to join and showcasing the benefits of Chamber membership. He is a “cheerleader” for our community and our organization and always has a smile on his face.
Fred is an accomplished jazz musician; he plays saxophone. His band—the Fred Simmons Jazz Trio—can be seen and heard throughout the area performing at many events, including the cocktail reception for the Chamber’s 2018 Annual Dinner. Ask Fred about his music and you will see his face light up.
As Jim Trevitt says: “ I loved it when Fred stops by my office….always a grin on his face and a helpful, positive attitude.”
Sharon Sunness(a former co-worker) says: “Fred is the quintessential professional…he builds strong professional relationships. I have always admired his inexhaustible energy and positive demeanor.”

2018 Small Business Person of the Year

Mark Berghorn, President

Healthwear Rental, Inc.

The Small Business Person of the Year award is given to an individual whose business shows evidence of growth in the number of employees, growth in sales for the past three consecutive years, innovation of product or services, and who is active in community – oriented projects.
In 2005, Mark started Healthwear Rental, Inc. with himself, a driver/salesperson and two part-time production employees. Healthwear Rental provides medical linens – scrubs, lab coats, patient gowns, sheets, pillowcases, surgical linens, massage linens and walk-off mats – to medical and dental offices in the Southern Tier, Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania.
In 2009, Mark expanded his facility on North Street in Endicott to double the production area. Healthwear Rental has seen significant growth in sales each and every year. At the end of the 2017, they had grown to 26 employees with sustained growth of 20% over 2016.
Healthwear Rental, Inc. only services private practices and surgical centers and thus, are able to use higher quality gowns and linens; their focus is to help strengthen the patient/provider experience with their customers. They are the only service provider in the area to focus solely on private medical practices; they focus on a single niche in the industry.
Mark is also very active in the community. He has been a Youth Sports Coach from 1997 – 2015. He has volunteered as the football announcer since 1997 and is an original member of the Binghamton Baseball Booster Club. He has served a s a Cub Scout leader and this past fall, Mark participated in the Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and exceeded his fundraising goal.
Robert Potoshiniak, Exit Reality Homeward Bound says: “To rise to the level of success that he (Mark) has is something many aspire to, but few achieve. But, more important than Mark’s business achievements are the traits he offers as a person.”

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2017 Greater Binghamton Job and Career Fair Participants

  2. Adecco
  3. Ambit Energy
  4. Amrex Chemical, Inc.
  5. Binghamton City School District
  6. Broome-Tioga Workforce/NYS Department of Labor
  7. Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference
  8. Community Options
  9. Custom Systems Integration, Inc.
  10. DoubleTree by Hilton
  11. Elmira Business Institute – Vestal Campus
  12. ENSCO Avionics, Inc.
  13. Epilepsy Pralid, Inc.
  14. Equinox Broadcasting
  15. Family and Children’s Society
  16. Global Receivables Solutions, Inc.
  17. Good Shepherd Fairview Home, Inc.
  18. Green Conveyor & Machine Group
  19. Greater Binghamton SCORE
  20. Harding Brooks Insurance Agency
  21. HCA (Helping Celebrate Abilities)
  22. Integrated Wood Components
  23. Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP
  24. Link Simulation & Training, L3T
  25. Lourdes Ascension Hospital
  26. Maines Paper and Food Service, Inc.
  27. Masonite International
  28. Mirabito Energy Products
  29. New York State OCFS Finger Lakes Residential Center
  30. New York State Unified Court System, Sixth Judicial District
  31. NG Advantage LLC
  32. NYS Army National Guard
  33. NYS Veteran’s Home at Oxford
  34. Opportunities for Broome
  35. The Partners Insurance Agency
  36. Raymond Corporation
  37. Reality USA
  38. Security Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York
  39. Spectrum
  40. Springbrook
  41. Stafkings Personnel Systems
  42. Staffworks
  43. SUNY Broome Community College
  44. SUNY Delhi
  45. Tioga Downs Casino
  46. Tioga State Bank
  47. UHS Senior Living at Ideal
  48. United Health Services, Inc.
  49. United Healthcare Community Plan
  50. United Methodist Homes
  51. Visions Federal Credit Union
  52. Weis Markets
  53. Willow Run Foods
  54. Worldwide Sport Supply


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