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Anaren to go private with $381 million sale to Veritas

 ON LEAVE The State University of New York (SUNY) on Nov. 5 announced that Dr. David Smith, president of Upstate Medical University, is on leave due to “an ongoing review of compensation issues” and “recent health issues.”

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DeWITT — Anaren, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANEN) will become a private company with its planned sale to a New York City private-equity firm, and Anaren leaders say that will offer the technology firm some competitive advantages. Veritas Capital, an affiliate of Veritas Capital Fund IV, L.P., is acquiring DeWitt–based Anaren in a cash transaction worth about $381 million, or $28 a share. Anaren on Nov. 4 announced the signing of the

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SUNY Upstate Medical president placed on leave for outside pay Dr. Gregory Eastwood named officer-in-charge BY ERIC REINHARDT JOURNAL STAFF

SYRACUSE — The State University of New York (SUNY) on Nov. 5 an-

nounced that Dr. David Smith, president of Upstate Medical University, is on leave due to “an ongoing review of compensation issues” and “recent health issues.” The system didn’t elaborate on either issue in its news release, but a great deal of information about Smith emerged in published reports. A report in the Albany Times-

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Union says Smith was close to becoming the next president of Penn State University. The Times-Union reports Isaacson, Miller, the search firm that Penn State is using to find its next president, discovered that Smith was receiving extra compensation from outside companies as-

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New York egg production drops 2 percent in August New York farms produced 109 million eggs in August, down 2 percent from the year-ago period, the USDA’s New York field office reported on Nov. 1. The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.44 million, increased 1 percent in August from a year earlier, while the rate of lay fell 3 percent, the field office said. U.S. farms produced 8.04 billion eggs in August, up 3 percent from 12 months ago, according to the USDA. The total number of layers during August averaged 346 million, which was 3 percent higher than a year prior. August egg production per 100 layers totaled 2,322 eggs, down slightly from August 2012, the USDA noted.

Hunter R. Rawlings III joins GiveGab board ITHACA — GiveGab, the Ithaca–based social network for volunteers, has appointed Hunter R. Rawlings III to its board of directors, effective immediately. Rawlings is the president of the American Association of Universities and past president of both Cornell University and the University of Iowa. In 1988, Rawlings was named president of the University of Iowa, a position he held until 1995. He then became the 10th president of Cornell University from 1995 until 2003, and served as interim president for one year between 2005 and 2006. Currently, he is a professor of classical history in Cornell’s Department of History and Department of Classics. Rawlings has been president of the Association of American Universities since June 1, 2011. He has served as chair of both the Association of American Universities and the Ivy Council of Presidents. Rawlings received his bachelor’s degree in classics from Haverford College, and his Ph.D. in classics from Princeton University. He began his career in academic administration at Colorado, serving as chairman of the classics department and later as associate vice chancellor for instruction. “Hunter Rawlings brings a wealth of higher education, government relations, and philanthropic experience and connections to GiveGab,” Charlie Mulligan, co-founder and CEO of GiveGab, said in a news release. “He will play a key role as we carry out our mission of making more, happy volunteers across the world.” Along with Rawlings, GiveGab’s current board of directors includes GiveGab’s two co-founders Mulligan and Aaron Godert, CTO, as well as Jennifer Tegan, partner at Cayuga Venture Fund. GiveGab is utilized by nonprofits, schools, and businesses to measure and promote the collective impact that volunteer efforts have on their communities, according to the news release. Basic services are free and include creating a nonprofit, school, or business profile, creating a personal volunteer profile, developing and promoting volunteer events, logging hours, compiling a volunteer resume and reporting of aggregate volunteer hours, GiveGab said. Premium services for volunteer managers include enhanced reporting features, upgraded analytics, and premium-level customer service and support.

Pathfinder Bancorp Q3 profit declines on higher labor costs

November 8, 2013

By Adam Rombel Journal Staff

OSWEGO — Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBHC), parent of Pathfinder Bank, reported that its profit slipped 21 percent in the third quarter, led by increased labor costs. Pathfinder announced on Nov. 1 that net income declined to $528,000 in the third quarter from $670,000 in the year-ago period.  The profit decrease “was principally due to the  $300,000 increase in personnel expenses driven, in part, by increased health insurance expenses,” Pathfinder said in the earnings report.  Earnings  per share fell to 20 cents a share in the third quarter from 22 cents a year earlier. Pathfinder’s net interest income increased to $3.9 million in the latest quarter from $3.7 million in the third quarter of 2012. The bank’s average balance of earning assets — particularly commercial real estate and commercial loans — rose, partially offset by a dip in its net interest margin to 3.45 percent from 3.46 percent a year ago. Noninterest income for the third quarter rose to $704,000 from $661,000 for the com-

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Pathfinder Bank’s Cicero branch. Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc., parent of Pathfinder Bank, reported that its profit slipped 21 percent in the third quarter. parable prior-year period on increased service charges on deposit accounts and net gains on the sales of loans and foreclosed real estate. Those income gains were offset by Pathfinder’s noninterest expense rising

to $3.7 million in the third quarter from $3.2 million in the year-ago period. Staffing expenses increased, driven by wage increases and benefit costs, including costs See pathfinder, page 6

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WCNY settles into new home on Syracuse’s Near West Side by eric reinhardt journal staff

SYRACUSE — WCNY, Central New York’s public-broadcasting company, on Oct. 30 formally opened its new, 56,000-square-foot broadcast and education center at 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse. WCNY moved into the new facility earlier this year after having previously operated at 506 Old Liverpool Road in Salina. “It was always my feeling that we, as a PBS station, really belong in the middle of a neighborhood,” says Robert Daino, president and CEO of WCNY. Its previous location on Old Liverpool Road is located on a busy, four-lane highway that made it difficult for people to “walk up” to the facility and “engage” with WCNY, he says. Daino believes that community engagement should be part of any public-broadcasting station. “We wanted to re-identify and reinvent ourselves, and what better place to be than an entire neighborhood [Near West Side] that had the same mission and goal,” Daino says. WCNY was also “running out of space” in its Old Liverpool Road location, where it had operated since 1965. The operation involves media that includes television and radio broadcasts, along with content production for print and social media. WCNY wants to continue expanding, growing, and delivering ser-

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The new WCNY building, a 56,000-square-foot broadcast and education center at 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse. vices, programs, and projects that people “demand and expect,” Daino says. “We really needed to be in a different kind of facility than the existing facility would allow us to be,” he says. Paula Kerger, president and CEO of Arlington, Va.–based Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and New York Education Commissioner John King spoke at the Oct. 30 ceremonies to mark the occasion, the

organization said in the news release.

Construction and payment

The project’s construction and capital costs totaled about $20 million, according to a WCNY fact sheet on the project. The organization used both private and public funding to finance the project. The funding sources included a $4 million bridge loan from JPMorgan Chase &

Co. WCNY is starting a capital campaign to pay off that loan. It also used $6.2 million in equity from a federal new markets tax credit, which Daino emphasizes is “private-equity investment money.” WCNY also received a $2.5 million Near West Side Initiative grant. In addition, WCNY also used a $2 million Empire State Development (ESD) City-byCity grant and a $5 million ESD Restore NY grant to help pay for the project. “What we tried to do is leverage the use of some taxpayer investment from the state, such as the [ESD] City-by-City [grant] and the Restore New York [grant], which are economic-development dollars that are used as catalysts for projects like this,” Daino says. WCNY is funding the remainder of the project with foundation funds, individual gifts, and pledges. King + King Architects, LLP of Syracuse designed the building, and Hueber-Breuer Construction Co., Inc. of Syracuse served as the contractor on the project, according to WCNY. Subcontractors included the Syracuse location of Victor, N.Y.–based O’Connell Electric Co., Inc.; Century Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. of DeWitt; the Syracuse office of Milwaukee, Wisc.–based Johnson Controls, Inc., according to Daino. In addition, Burns Bros Contractors of See wcny, page 6


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Carrols Restaurant Group trims loss in Q3 BY ERIC REINHARDT JOURNAL STAFF

SYRACUSE — Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAST), a Syracuse–based Burger King franchisee, on Nov. 5 announced a net loss of $2.8 million, or 12 cents per share, during the third quarter that ended Sept. 30. The figure compares to a net loss from continuing operations of $6.3 million, or 28 cents a share, in the prior-year period, the company said in its earnings release.

The current net-loss figure included a charge of $1.1 million, or 3 cents per share after taxes, related to impairment charges, Carrols said. The net loss from continuing operations in the prior-year period included integration costs related to the acquisition and costs related to the EEOC litigation the firm settled in early 2013, which were about $5.3 million in total, or 14 cents per share after tax, according to the company. Carrols Restaurant Group generated sales of more than $168 million in the third

quarter, down slightly from more than $169 million during the same period in 2012. The company attributes the 0.7 percent sales decline in the third quarter to eight fewer restaurants generating revenue. Comparable restaurant sales increased 0.4 percent in the third quarter compared to a year ago. Carrols had posted a 6.2 percent increase in comparable-restaurant sales in the same period in 2012. Despite the slower sales growth, it marked nine consecutive quar-

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ters of positive comparable-restaurant sales growth, the firm said. Comparable restaurant sales increased 0.6 percent at legacy restaurants and edged up 0.2 percent at the restaurants acquired in May 2012, according to Carrols. Carrols’ increased restaurantlevel profitability and higher operating margins demonstrate the firm’s “progress” over the past year in improving operating performance at the acquired restaurants while continuing to maintain “strong” margins at its legacy restaurants, Daniel Accordino, CEO of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. said in the earnings release. Carrols has also lowered its full-year sales projection “slightly” to reflect its thirdquarter results, he added. “However, October sales trends have reaccelerated and we expect fourth quarter comparable-restaurant sales to increase 2 percent to 2.5 percent as we finish the year,” Accordino said. Carrols shares fell 2 cents to $5.63 on Nov. 5. The company issued its earnings report before the open of trading that day. As of Sept. 29, Carrols owned and operated 564 Burger King locations. It is the largest Burger King franchisee in the nation. 

SYRACUSE — The French women’s clothing store Jennyfer opened Nov. 5 on Destiny USA’s second level. “Jennyfer is the first of a few unique additions to our retail offering from the Retail Group of America,” said Rob Schoeneck, general manager of Destiny USA, in a news release. Schoeneck stated that this is part of Destiny USA’s expansion plan by offering European brands entering the U.S. market to Syracuse shoppers. “Fashion-conscious girls between the ages of 16 and 25 appreciate the wide range of designs at Jennyfer, which now has stores in more than 20 different countries,” the release said. Jennyfer offers casual wear including T-shirts, blouses, dresses, and skirts, as well as knitwear for the colder months. Jennyfer also has a denim brand with a range, of skinny, straight and boot-cut jeans, and jeggings. The Jennyfer brand started in France, where more than 60 of its stores are located, according to its website www.jennyfer.com.


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Cuomo announces farmlandprotection grants for farms in Onondaga, Tompkins counties BY ERIC REINHARDT JOURNAL STAFF

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ew York has awarded farms in Onondaga, Tompkins, and three other counties grant funding to complete projects to protect 2,200 acres of farmland. The funding for the farmland-protection implementation grants totals $4.6 million, the governor’s office said in a Nov. 5 news release. The purpose of a farmland-protection grant is to maintain the economic viability of the state’s agricultural industry and its supporting land base, while protecting the environmental and addressing landscape preservation issues associated with agriculture, according to Cuomo’s office. The grants included more than $2.1 mil-

lion for Hourigan Family Dairy in the town of Elbridge to protect nearly 1,300 acres. The dairy operation owns 1,000 milkingage cows and raises its own replacement heifers, the governor’s office said. It’s also one of the largest producers for LaFayette–based Byrne Dairy, Inc., selling more than 26 million pounds of milk annually to the milk processing plant located just 15 miles away, Cuomo’s office said. The state also awarded Jerry Dell Farm of the town of Dryden more than $528,000 to protect 419 acres. It is recognized as the “largest certified organic dairy farm in the Northeast,” the governor’s office said. The state also awarded grant funding to farms in Schuyler, Saratoga, and Suffolk counties, according to Cuomo’s office. The funding is provided through New

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New York has awarded farms in Onondaga, Tompkins, and three other counties grant funding to complete projects to protect 2,200 acres of farmland. York’s Environmental Protection Fund, which the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets administers. Since the program began, more than $128 million have protected about 51,000 acres of farmland on 220 farms across the state, the governor’s office said. The New York Agriculture and Markets Law authorizes a state agricultural and

farmland-protection program to provide both financial and technical assistance to counties and municipalities who are developing and implementing agricultural and farmland-protection plans, according to the governor’s office.  Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

Ephesus Lighting installs LED system at URI’s Ryan Center BY ERIC REINHARDT JOURNAL STAFF

SYRACUSE — Ephesus Lighting, Inc. of Syracuse announced it installed a new LED (light-emitting diode) lighting system at the Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., where the University of Rhode Island’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their games. The Ryan Center is “one of the first” major college-basketball arenas in the country to have the Ephesus system installed, the company said in a news release. James Cordeiro, director of facilities at the Ryan Center, and Michael Lorenz, CEO of Ephesus Lighting, Inc. made the announcement. The new Ephesus LED lighting system replaces a metal-halide lighting system that crews installed when building the Ryan Center in 2002, according to Ephesus. The new LED system, which exceeds all NCAA Division I basketball lighting standards, is projected to reduce power consumption at the Ryan Center by over 70 percent and provide “significant” savings in energy and maintenance costs over the next 10 years, the company contends. The lighting system will also improve the brightness on the court by more than 50 percent, according to Ephesus.

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Ephesus Lighting, Inc. of Syracuse announced it installed a new LED (light-emitting diode) lighting system at the Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., where the University of Rhode Island’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their games. LED is the “natural evolution” of arena and stadium lighting, providing an “optimal stage” for events, players, and fans, Lorenz said in the news release. “LED makes sense for the owner who

wants the payoff from a long-term investment; the facility operator who wants flexibility and reduced maintenance and operating expenses; and the team who wants reliability and the optimal venue for

their fans,” Lorenz explained. Ephesus also installed a similar system at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena last year, making it the first U.S. sports venue to light its playing surface with LED lights, the company said. The arena is home to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition to the Ryan Center and War Memorial Arena, four additional arenas with AHL teams switched to the Ephesus LED lighting systems for the 2013-14 season. They include the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena & The Forum Theater, home of the Binghamton Senators; Webster Bank Area in Bridgeport, Conn., where the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play their games; the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill., home ice for the Rockford Ice Hogs; and the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ont., home of the Toronto Marlies, according to Ephesus. Ephesus Lighting, which is headquartered at the Syracuse Technology Garden, designs LED lighting products to meet the “challenging” environments of the industrial and sporting industries, according to the company news release.  Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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Legislation Helping Veterans

sion. It passed unanimously in the Assembly and I’m glad it went into effect last month.

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Earlier this year, the State Legislature passed a bill that requires the State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to provide better access to services concerning suicide prevention, peer outreach, and other support services. This bill was signed into law in June and created portals along every page within the State Veteran’s Affairs website. This builds on last year’s legislation which created an “interagency plan” to address the needs of returning veterans. I was pleased to support both in the Assembly. On every Division of Veteran’s Affairs webpage, there is a crisis hotline number to call. I recognize that this is a small step in helping veterans, but having the ability to find help at someone’s hour of need can save lives and pain for families. Combat-related mental illness has been and still is a critical issue for American war veterans. According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, at least one in three Iraq veterans and one in nine Afghanistan veterans will face mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Multiple

  eteran’s Day is a time we honor our   veterans and thank them for their   service. We pause to reflect on their lives and appreciate how their sacrifices keep us safe and protect our country and our freedoms. I’ve always believed that New York State should do more for our veterans. We can’t VIEWPOINT rely solely on the federal government’s benefit structure to honor our state veterans’ service. This year the State Legislature enacted a number of bills. Many seek to provide better access to services, education, and jobs. I wanted to highlight a few that recently became effective or were signed into law that I supported in the Assembly.

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Hire a Vet Tax Credit

This year’s budget created a tax credit for employers who hire veterans. Beginning in 2015, those who hire a veteran who has been discharged on or after Sept. 11, 2001,

will receive a tax credit equal to 10 percent of each veteran’s salary or $5,000, whichever is less. The credit increases to 15 percent for the employer if the veteran is disabled. A Veteran’s Employment Portal was added last year. This offers a one-stop career priority service to veterans and their eligible spouses, which can be accessed at http://www.veterans.ny.gov/.

Driver ID Mark

The Department of Motor Vehicles now provides a special mark on a driver’s license or non-driver identification card indicating that the holder is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, as long as veterans provide proof, such as Form DD-214. This law came about because it is sometimes difficult for veterans to carry original paperwork to obtain health services, or discounts that businesses offer to veterans, for example. With this mark, if the veteran has his license, he can easily receive a discount at a restaurant or through a service provider. I was pleased to support this during our last ses-

Mental Health Portal

tours have increased the stress of combat. Having quick access at a critical time can help save a life. More information on any of these services can be found at the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs at http://www. veterans.ny.gov. While legislative changes and state programs can assist veterans, so can individuals by showing appreciation. Veterans deserve our respect and admiration for all they have done. Whether it’s just saying “thank you” to one that you know or meet, or joining a more organized effort, it all helps the sacrifices seem more worthwhile. Locally, a group called Thank a Service Member was created to do just that. Since its inception in 2006, it has held a number of locally based events and has grown to a national organization. To learn more, visit http://www.thankaservicemember.org/. William (Will) A. Barclay is the Republican representative of the 120th New York Assembly District, which encompasses most of Oswego County, including the cities of Oswego and Fulton, as well as the town of Lysander in Onondaga County and town of Ellisburg in Jefferson County. Contact him at barclaw@ assembly.state.ny.us, or (315) 598-5185.

WCNY: The facility also includes WCNY’s 10,000-square-foot education center Continued from page 3

Syracuse was in charge of the plumbing work; Sposato Floor Covering Co. of Salina handled the flooring work; the Syracuse office of Morristown, N.J.–based Schindler Elevator Corp. worked on the facility’s elevators; and Sedgwick Business Interiors of Syracuse supplied the furniture for the new facility, he adds. King + King designed the building to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) platinum status, Daino says. The U.S. Green Building Council is currently considering WCNY’s application for platinum status.

“We haven’t yet been approved. That’s going through that process. We feel comfortable that we will achieve that because it was designed and built with all those constraints,” Daino says. The building’s roof includes solar panels, which are intended to help WCNY lower its energy costs. Its new rain gardens also capture 95 percent of the rain runoff, according to the WCNY fact sheet. Two buildings make up the campus, including the refurbished 30,000-square-foot former Case Supply building, and the new 26,000-square-foot technology building that includes studios and the space leased to Centralcast, LLC that provides television content for nine PBS stations in New York

and New Jersey. The facility also includes WCNY’s 10,000square-foot education center, which occupies the third floor. The center features education programs including Enterprise America, described as a hands-on learning program for high-school students to learn about entrepreneurship in a “simulated city,” the organization said.

About WCNY

WCNY is a private, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization and member-supported PBS affiliate. The organization employs more than 70 people, according to the WCNY fact sheet. Its broadcast area encompasses about

one-third of upstate New York and reaches more than 1.8 million people in 19 counties, the organization said. WCNY broadcasts five digital television channels, including WCNY, Create, World, Plus, and HowTo, the fact sheet says. It also broadcasts three primary radio channels, including Classic FM (91.3 in Syracuse, 89.5 in the Utica–Rome area, and 90.9 in Watertown and the North Country). Its Jazz and Oldies formats are available on high-definition (HD) radio and in streaming audio, according to the WCNY website. q Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

PATHFINDER: Expects to open a 2,600-square-foot office in the Pike Block development in downtown Syracuse Continued from page 2

under Pathfinder’s self-insured health-insurance program, according to the earnings report. The banking company said it also faced higher miscellaneous other expenses comprised of a write-down on a repossessed asset, fraud losses, office supplies, and travel and training. Pathfinder had total loans of $338.1 million as of Sept. 30, 2013, up 1.3 percent from $333.7 million as of Dec. 31, 2012. “Year over year earnings have been relatively flat as reductions in net interest margin and higher operating expenses offset the benefits of organic loan and deposit growth,” Thomas W. Schneider, president and CEO of Oswego–based Pathfinder, said in the earnings report. “We have a healthy loan pipeline and look forward to the benefits of our continued growth and expansion into the Greater Syracuse market. However, we remain highly cognizant of the risks inherent in an environment of uncertain monetary and fiscal policy.” Pathfinder now expects to open a 2,600-

square-foot loan office in the Pike Block development in downtown Syracuse next March, Schneider says in an interview. The bank has executed a lease agreement for the space with developer VIP Development Associates, Inc., and a completed design is being converted into drawings. Pathfinder had previously hoped to open the Syracuse office this fall in the 130,000square-foot mixed-use retail and residential development that encompasses four restored historic buildings. But construction on the Pathfinder space has not yet begun and city approvals still need to be obtained, Schneider says. Pathfinder’s leader says the bank — which has had a retail branch in Cicero since 2011 and started making loans into the market well before that — is generating some of its best growth in the Onondaga County market. And, he’s confident that will be boosted further by the opening of the downtown Syracuse office. “There is growth [in the Greater Syracuse area.] It’s really driven by the colleges and the hospitals,” Schneider says. “It’s not a

sharp upward trend, but I think it’s a nice, gentle, sustainable, positive slope.” Pathfinder’s planned Pike Block branch office will primarily focus on making small business, commercial real estate, commercial term, and industrial loans, and accepting commercial deposits. The bank may also eventually turn it into a full-scale retail branch office, accepting consumer deposits.

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Pathfinder produced a return on average assets of 0.43 percent for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, 2013, compared to  0.57 percent in the same quarter in 2012.  The bank’s return on average equity was 5.25 percent for the quarter ending Sept. 30, down from 6.59 percent in the year-prior period. Pathfinder recorded a provision for loan losses of $216,000 for the third quarter, compared to $275,000 in the year-earlier quarter as loan losses fell. The banking company’s total assets in-

creased to $492.5 million as of Sept. 30 from $477.8 million last Dec. 31. This increase of $14.7 million was largely centered in investment securities and, to a lesser extent, gross loans, Pathfinder said. The rise in total assets was largely funded by increases in municipal, retail, and business deposits in support of the banking company’s organic growth objectives, it said.  Total deposits as of Sept. 30, 2013, were $401.3 million, up from $391.8 million as of Dec. 31, 2012. Pathfinder’s stock price closed at $13.50 on Nov. 4, which is up 31 percent year to date. Pathfinder shares are thinly traded, with an average of just over 1,000 shares trading hands daily during the last three months, according to Yahoo Finance data. On many trading days, either no shares or just 100 shares trade, the data shows. Pathfinder Bank is a New York state chartered savings bank that has eight branches — seven in Oswego County and one in Onondaga County.  q Contact Rombel at arombel@cnybj.com


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National Electrical Systems moves to new Rome office By Traci DeLore contributing writer

ROME — National Electrical Systems, Inc. (NESI) started and has a long history in Boonville, but the company also has some roots in Rome. That’s part of what made Rome the perfect choice as the site of the company’s new headquarters. On Aug. 28, NESI moved from its 4,800square-foot former headquarters facility on Route 12 in Boonville to 7,200 square feet of space at 1501 E. Dominick St. in Rome, where the company leased and renovated the former O.J. Gulla Pools & Spas, Inc. building from property owner David Gulla. Lease arrangements were not disclosed. “It gives us room to expand and grow,” NESI President and CEO Edward Stratton says. The old building, he explains, just didn’t have enough room to accommodate all its growth over the years and didn’t have a layout that was conducive to expanding. Neighboring business Lee Buick/GMC purchased the Boonville building for an undisclosed sum, Stratton adds. NESI got its start in Boonville in 1973 when Stratton’s father opened Allen Electrical Supply. The business expanded over the years and began marketing to the farm industry, incorporating as Dairymens Industrial Supply Co. in the early 1980s. In 2006, the company opened a Rome retail branch under the Disco Electrical Supply moniker. Stratton says the company started seeking federal contract work around 1989, bidding on, and winning, electrical supply projects. That division of the business, based at the Boonville headquarters, continued to grow, and the company incorporated as National Electrical Systems, Inc. in 1990 to reflect better the federal-contracting business it had become, he says. In 2004, the company sold its Disco location, which eventually closed, to the employees. The financial arrangements were not disclosed. “We do turnkey projects as prime contractors for different levels of government,” Stratton says. Currently, NESI is working on a project in Texas for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to upgrade the electrical grid at the federal prison in Seagoville. NESI works with numerous federal

“It’s difficult to hire the level of expertise we need when we’re outside a metro area,” Stratton says.

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National Electric Systems, Inc. (NESI) employees work on a job for the company. On Aug. 28, NESI moved from its 4,800-squarefoot former headquarters facility on Route 12 in Boonville to 7,200 square feet of space at 1501 E. Dominick St. in Rome. agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, the Department of Defense and all branches of the military, the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Projects include generators, transformers, substations, switch gear, SF6 breakers, and service contracts, while on-site services include field testing, training, inspection, repairs, equipment removal, and equipment relocation. NESI has supplied and installed multiple emergency power systems for various states at locations including hospitals, federal prisons, and railroads for organizations including the Texas Transtar System, Virginia Rocky Gap Tunnel System, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. NESI has also worked on several wind-power projects. The company performs a lot of highly technical work, Stratton states, and he hopes the move to Rome will help attract

the caliber of employee the company needs to continue to grow. “It’s difficult to hire the level of expertise we need when we’re outside a metro area,” Stratton says. The new location’s close proximity to Griffiss Business and Technology Park, home to many government entities, should also be a benefit, he adds. The new structure features office areas for the company’s various departments, including estimating and project management, as well as a conference room and a break room for the firm’s staff. NESI has about 15 full-time employees, Stratton says, but employment figures fluctuate because some project employees are part of the company’s payroll while others are subcontractors. NESI is already looking to expand its employment numbers as it searches for a full-time electrical estimator, Stratton says. He expects to hire more employees over time as the business continues to grow.

He declined to share revenue figures, but says the company has generated continued growth over the past five years. Stratton hopes to boost that growth by networking with large federal contractors such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. As that growth continues, he will consider opening additional locations around the country to better serve and support NESI project teams at job sites around the nation. NESI (www.nesi-ny.com) is an engineering, procurement, construction, and management company that serves as a prime contractor for the federal government primarily, but also works with state, county, and local governments across the United States and around the world in locations including the Antarctic, Egypt, France, and Africa. q Contact The Business Journal at news@cnybj.com


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The Vision Center builds new Horseheads office By Traci DeLore contributing writer

HORSEHEADS — By next spring, The Vision Center will move to a new location that will give the growing eye-care practice more room and allow it to serve its patients better. “We’re just growing and expanding and running out of space,” says practice owner Dr. John Plow. The Vision Center has operated from 2,400 square feet of space at 3345 Chambers Road in the town of Big Flats, near Horseheads, since 2005. But it has run out of room as the practice size has tripled in the past six years, Plows says. He declined to provide specific patient numbers, but says the current location suffers from a shortage of exam rooms and even a lack of waiting-room space. “We’ll have more space to do more things,” he says of the move to nearly 4,400 square feet of space currently under construction at 298 Colonial Drive, just around the corner from the existing office. Plow purchased 2.3 acres and is building on half of the property. He hopes to lease the other half of the parcel out to others and is even willing to build to suit on the site if necessary. The eye-care build-

A construction worker works on the new building that will house the new headquarters of The Vision Center, located at 298 Colonial Drive in the town of Big Flats.

ing is a design-build project by Picarazzi Construction, Inc., located in Horseheads. Between purchasing the land and constructing the building, Plow is spending about $1 million. He declined to discuss the financing details of the project. Along with being energy efficient, the new building will contain two exam rooms each for Plow and the other doctor on staff, Michael O’Connor. The new building will also have a large waiting area, as well as ample space for the necessary pre-exam testing. The construction project broke ground in August, and Plow expects to move into the new building by March 1. He anticipates once the practice is in the new space, he’ll need to hire two new employees — a frame stylist and an optometric assistant. Currently, Plow employs 10 people. “We want to be the premier eye-care center in the area,” he says of his growing practice, which draws patients from as far away as Bath and Mansfield, Pa. Plow says with the new building, he’ll have space to continue building the practice, with an eye toward someday expanding to additional locations in areas where he has larger numbers of patients. The practice opened in 2005 as a National Vision, Inc. chain location. Plow,

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who holds a doctorate in optometry from the State University of New York College of Optometry in Manhattan, purchased the practice in 2007 and renamed it The Vision Center. Plow is a member of the American Optometric Association, the New York State Optometric Association, and

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High Point Chiropractic Wellness moves office to Syracuse’s west side By Adam Rombel Journal Staff

SYRACUSE — Dr. Irum Tahir recently moved her growing chiropractic practice, called High Point Chiropractic Wellness, to Syracuse’s west side from its former location on Onondaga Hill. Tahir bought the 4,200-squarefoot freestanding office building at 1732 W. Genesee St. for $238,000 from Pureenergy Property Management, LLC, according to a news release from JF Real Estate, which brokered the sale. Paul Myles of JF Real Estate represented Tahir, and George Lee of Pyramid Brokerage Co. was the listing agent for the building, according to the news release. The property, which is a converted residential structure, is currently assessed at $172,000 and has a full market value of nearly $210,000, according to the website of the Onondaga County Office of Real Property Services. Pureenergy had bought the property for $175,000 in January 2003, according to the site. High Point Chiropractic Wellness serves Syracuse and the surrounding communities with

chiropractic care for those suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, or muscular tightness and tension, according to its website (http://highpointsyracuse. com). High Point was formerly located at an office on West Seneca Turnpike in the town of Onondaga. Tahir earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. She has worked with public and private organizations in inner-city New York and rural Pakistan to improve health conditions through education, according to her bio on the website. Tahir has worked in the countries of Madagascar and India, serving as an  extension  faculty member of Palmer College of Chiropractic in bringing chiropractic care to thousands of individuals who are less fortunate, according to the site. In November 2011, Tahir was honored as one of the top 100 Entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in the U.S. by the Kauffmann Foundation, her bio states. She was honored at the White House and was chosen to speak on entrepreneurship.  q Contact Rombel at arombel@cnybj.com

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Payment-Bond Claims: An Alternative Way to Ensure Contractors are Paid A

  ll too often, unfortunately, many   construction subcontractors do not   get paid for labor or materials. In order to receive payment, most subcontractors resort to filing a Mechanics Lien. The governing statutes contain a thicket of requirements that are strictly construed by the courts and must be followed to the letter, and collection efforts may be frustrated if the defaulting contractor posts a separate bond, commonly referred to as “bonding off� the lien. The subcontractor may also file a lawsuit against the defaulting viewpoint construction contractor, claiming breach of contract and diversion of trust funds. The diversion claim is based on a law providing that funds received in connection with an improvement to real property, or for public improvements, are the assets of a statutory trust. They are to be held for the

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purposes set forth in Lien Law §71, including payment of subcontractors, laborers, and building-materials suppliers. Although diversion of trust funds is a larceny, the harsh reality is that sometimes the money has been spent elsewhere. A sometimes-overlooked third option is a payment-bond claim. It should be investigated and pursued if available, either solo or in conjunction with liens and a lawsuit against the defaulting contractor. A payment bond is a three-way contract between the owner (the obligee), the bonded contractor, and the surety. The surety is typically an insurance company. The payment bond protects the owner in the case of claims made by unpaid subcontractors and materials suppliers. The contractor and the surety are signatories to the agreement. They bind themselves to the owner to pay for equipment, materials, and labor provided in the performance of the contract.

Early steps — Investigation and notice

Private projects On private projects, the contract documents describe any bonding requirements. The general contractor should promptly fur-

not to delay; sitting back on an unpaid invoice may cause the demise of a claim.

Public-improvement projects

nish a copy of the bond to any potential claimant upon demand. If the contractor delays, contact the owner or owner’s representative. Claims on private construction projects are governed by the terms of the paymentbond document and any referenced provisions in the underlying contract. Claim rules differ depending upon whether the claimant has a direct contract with the bonded contractor. Typically, direct claimants must give written notice (claim and the amount) to the surety with a copy to the owner. Claimants who do not have a direct contract with the bonded contractor usually have additional requirements. This is logical when you realize that a general contractor may not know that a sub-subcontractor or materials supplier has not been paid. It is essential to obtain a copy of the bond to determine the notice requirements in your particular case. Typical additional requirements include written notice of nonpayment to the general contractor with a copy to the owner within a time period defined in the bond. If the claim is rejected in whole or in part, or the contractor fails to respond within a defined period — often 30 days — usually the next step is written notice to the surety, again with copy to the owner. It is important

New York State Finance Law §137 requires payment bonds for all but the smallest public improvement contracts. If your company is providing labor or materials on a public project, chances are there is a payment bond. You can obtain a copy from the head of the department or bureau having charge of the public improvement, comptroller, or other appropriate official. The bond is open to public inspection. The same statute governs claims on public-improvement projects. The courts have held that its provisions are a minimum standard to be read into any public improvement bond. The bonding company cannot dilute the statutory protections. A direct subcontractor not paid in full within 90 days after its last labor performed or materials furnished, has the right to sue under the bond. A sub-subcontractor must give an additional written notice to the bonded contractor within 120 days after claimants’ last labor was performed or materials furnished. This notice must be delivered personally to the contractor or mailed by registered mail. It is important to understand that 120 days is not the same as four months. The notice requirements must be followed precisely. They are a condition to a suit under the bond. Sending the surety a copy of the notice may spark negotiations. Bond claims can place significant pressure on the contractor See mertell, page 12

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“Right now, New Yorkers say that real estate is a winner. How long will this period of strength and stability last? Will the pendulum swing in favor of sellers as inventory lessens and interest rates make it tougher for CONSTRUCTION/REAL ESTATE of the buyers’ position relative The Central New Yorkbut Business buyers? Certainly New Yorkers see a weakening to sellers, for Journal now, • 11 after four years of hoping to see these positive numbers and widespread optimism about real estate, we are going to trumpet this moment. The lessening of some numbers – the decline in the projected rate of improvement of the overall market and especially buying - could be balancing rather than busting.”

Siena survey: New Yorkers find real-estate market ‘strongly positive’ BY ERIC REINHARDT

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ew York state consumers’ view of the real-estate market is “strongly positive” for the second straight quarter, and the expectation is that this market is “here to stay.” That’s according to Donald Levy, director of the Siena (College) Research Institute (SRI), which released its latest survey report of consumer real-estate sentiment in the Empire State on Oct. 23. SRI’s numbers indicate that real estate is squarely in the “thriving zone” in which consumers see steady growth in real-estate values and both buyers and sellers are coming out ahead today and tomorrow, Levy says. Property values have rebounded, so it’s a good time to buy, and the anticipation among consumers is that buying a home is a smart investment, he adds. “It’s a fair transaction, sellers are getting a fair price, buyers are paying a fair price, so that’s what we’re describing as a thriving zone,” Levy says. Any advantage that buyers previously held over sellers is now gone, he says. The survey indicates New Yorkers see the statewide real-estate market as a “win-win,” Levy says. The overall current real-estate sentiment score among New Yorkers in the third quarter of 2013 is 17.7, up 4.2 points from last quarter, according to the SRI data. The figure is also above the point where equal percentages of citizens feel opti-

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Current scores report recent change in consumer sentiment while future scores measure consumers’ projected change in sentiment as they approach the coming year. In reviewing the Sentiment Scores look first at the relationship within each category – Overall, Sell, and Buy – between current and future. Current scores measure sentiment towards the present relative to the recent past while future projects change in sentiment from the current to one year from now. An increase from a current score to a future score denotes a positive change in sentiment From pre-construction through final relative to the present. In every case when considering any of the six sentiment scores, a net positive number we have the indicates that the collective sentiment is such that people sense improvementoccupancy, while a negative netexpertise score predicts or measures a collective recognition of worsening. Today’s six scores are demonstrative a strong real estate to guide evenofthe most challenging market that is currently situated within the ‘thriving zone.’ projects to completion.

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SURVEY: The future projection is down a little bit from where it was a quarter ago Continued from page 11

from the second quarter. The future projection is down a little bit from where it was a quarter ago, but it still positive, Levy notes. The figure indicates a “leveling out,” he says. The research for the sentiment survey has always aimed to find a situation in which sellers are no longer are sitting at a disadvantaged position relative to buyers. “It is encouraging that people are say-

ing, whether it’s upstate or statewide, that selling conditions have improved, and anticipate that they’re going to be better in the future, but the rate of improvement for sellers is modulating,” Levy says. Levy acknowledges the positive feeling about the New York real-estate market remains “subject to conditions.” For example, a boost in interest rates could negatively affect the current sentiment. And, any decisions from the federal government that affect the economy or the ongoing re-

covery could also have a negative impact, he adds. In the survey calculations, a sentiment score of zero (0) in any category reflects a breakeven point at which the survey measured equal levels of optimism and pessimism among the population relative to the overall market, or buying or selling real estate, according to SRI. Scores can range from an absolute low of -100 to a high of 100, but scores below -50 or above +50 are both rare and ex-

treme, SRI said. SRI conducted the survey of consumer real-estate sentiment throughout July, August, and September by random telephone calls to 2,175 New York state residents age 18 or older. As the sentiment scores are developed through a series of calculations, “margin of error” does not apply, SRI says. q Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

MERTELL: If the required notice(s) are served and payment is not made, a lawsuit against the surety is the remedy Continued from page 10

to resolve the dispute. In addition to paying the premiums on the bond, the principals of the bonded contractor have often signed personal guarantees, or company assets may have been pledged. Once the surety pays claimants, it will demand reimbursement for the claim(s) and associated legal costs.

Next Steps if Still Not Paid

If the required notice(s) are served and

payment is not made, a lawsuit against the surety is the remedy. The statute of limitations on a public bond is one year from the date when the public improvement is completed and accepted. In the case of a private bond, the document terms govern. Typically, there is a one year statute of limitations, commencing as defined in the bond. The date of claimant’s last labor, or materials provided and/or the date of notice are common factors. On a public improvement bond claim,

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When appropriate, a payment-bond claim is an important tool that can be used to secure payment to a subcontractor or materials supplier. A payment-bond claim should be investigated promptly if an invoice is not paid within terms. q Lorraine Rann Mertell is a litigation attorney and partner at Mackenzie Hughes LLP, with a variety of experience in civil-litigation matters. Contact her at (315) 233-8282 or email: lmertell@mackenziehughes.com

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Officials break ground on the Finger Lakes Viticulture Center in Geneva BY ERIC REINHARDT JOURNAL STAFF

GENEVA — Construction of the Finger Lakes Viticulture Center is set to begin soon on the campus of the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park (also called The Technology Farm) in Geneva, adjacent to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. On Oct. 24, about 150 guests gathered at the Technology Farm to break ground on the new Viticulture Center, which will house Finger Lakes Community College’s (FLCC) viticulture and enology program, the only program of its kind in the Northeast, according to a news release on the Technology Farm’s website. New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio (R–Fayette), State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R–Canandaigua), and Regional Director of Empire State Development, Vinnie Esposito, joined Dr. Tom Burr, director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and Dr. Barbara Risser, president of FLCC for the event, according to the release. Nozzolio, working with Kolb, helped secure the $3.25 million state investment for the construction of the Finger Lakes Viticulture Center. “As the art of winemaking continues to gain in popularity, we are witnessing an unprecedented growth in the number of

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wineries here in the Finger Lakes region and the construction of the Viticulture Center will support the continued growth of this important, job-producing industry. The new Viticulture Center will enable our state’s future winemakers to study at the same site where some of the most innovative agricultural research in the nation is taking place every day,” Nozzolio said in a joint news release with Kolb. Viticulture is the science, production, and study of grapes. Currently housed in the Flex Tech build-

ing, FLCC’s viticulture and enology academic program has grown so quickly that it is” bursting at the seams” and welcomes a larger space, the Technology Farm release stated. FLCC believes the center will create jobs and economic opportunities in a “variety” of fields related to tourism and the wine and grape industry. The venue will include a winemaking lab, a grape-crushing pad, rooms for storing and aging wine, classroom space, and a teaching vineyard. The groundbreaking is a “culmination” of

hard work, vision, and a commitment to investing in an emerging industry here in this area, Kolb said in Nozzolio’s news release. “The Finger Lakes region has distinguished itself as a world-class area for its wineries, tourism and agriculture, and the new Viticulture Center will expand on that progress. This is an investment in our community, in job-creation, in education and in the future of our area,” said Kolb. Additionally, Nozzolio and Kolb secured a $4.7 million state grant, for the reconstruction of new greenhouse and research labs at the Agricultural Experiment Station. It’s “one of the largest” state grants to ever benefit the facility, the lawmakers said. The research and innovation in these facilities will help to “enhance and support” the agricultural needs of the area, they added. “Having the Viticulture facility adjacent to our main campus at the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park will stimulate a strong Cornell-FLCC partnership for training of viticulture students who will be essential to the New York wine and grape-industry workforce. Our faculty and staff look forward to working with students and faculty from FLCC,” Burr, the Agricultural Experiment Station director, said in the news release.  Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com


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Dr. Eastwood is currently a member of the Upstate Medical University faculty, designated as a university professor and teaching in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, the school said. Before his 13-year stint as president of Upstate Medical, Eastwood served as the dean of the Medical College of Georgia between 1989 and 1992. Following his departure from Upstate Medical in 2006, Eastwood served as interim president of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where his term ended in July 2007, SUNY said. Eastwood also was director of Case Western’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and as an adviser to the new school president until June 2008, according to SUNY. ď ą Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com


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November 8, 2013

PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS

THE LIST

Ranked by Total Disbursements in Most Current Fiscal Year

Research by Nicole Collins ncollins@cnybj.com (315) 579-3911 Twitter: @cnybjresearch

Rank

1.

Park Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 550 Ithaca, NY 14851 (607) 272-9124/parkfoundation.org

$17.6M

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2.

Triad Foundation, Inc. 15 Ascot Place Ithaca, NY 14852 (607) 257-1133

3.

November 15

Banks

November 22

Document-Management Companies

November 29

Tax Preparers

December 6

Oldest Businesses in CNY

December 13

Truck, Equipment, and Logistics Companies

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Name Address Phone/Website

Total Fiscal Year disbursements Net Assets awarded Revenue

Year Estab.

CNY recipients

Executive Director

12/31/11 $335.42M $61.92M

Ithaca College - $3.4M Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County $220,500 Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga - $45,000

Jon M. Jensen, Executive Director

1966

$10.43M

12/31/11 $249.07M $54.87M

Cornell University - $3.7M Paleontological Research Insititution - $46,300 History Center in Tompkins County - $20,000

Joanne V. Florino, Executive Director

2003

Central New York Community Foundation, Inc. 431 E. Fayette St., Suite 100 Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 422-9538/cnycf.org

$8.34M

03/31/13 $133.47M $14.97M

Cazenovia College - $626,527 Redhouse - $573,200 Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo - $184,250

Peter A. Dunn, President & CEO

1927

4.

Fred L. Emerson Foundation, Inc. 5654 South Street Road Auburn, NY 13021 (315) 253-9621/emersonfoundation.com

$3.54M

12/31/11 $74.86M $3.13M

Seward House Museum - $296,500 Music Theatre Fesitval - $150,000 Auburn Community Hospital - $124,500

Daniel J. Fessenden, Executive Director

1943

5.

Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties 1222 State St. Utica, NY 13502 (315) 735-8212/foundationhoc.org

$2.19M

12/31/12 $94.81M $7.88M

Utica College - $127,090 Herkimer Area Resources Center - $90,639 John Bosco House, Inc. - $84,000

6.

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York 431 E. Fayette St., Suite 250 Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 671-0057/hfwcny.org

$2.05M

12/31/11 $104.62M $6.04M

7.

Northern New York Community Foundation 120 Washington St., Suite 400 Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 782-7110/nnycf.org

$1.55M

12/31/11 $33.87M $969,722

Food Bank of CNY - $55,000 Hospice of Jefferson County - $50,000 Lodge at Ives Hill - $50,000

Rande S. Richardson, Executive Director

1929

8.

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. 301 South Main St. Horseheads, NY 14845 (607) 739-3900/communityfund.org

$1.38M

06/30/12 $34.57M $2.45M

Capabilties, Inc. - $110,000 Chemung County Dept. of Human Services - $64,421 Clemens Center - $57,450

Randi Hewit, President

1972

9.

Allyn Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 22 Skaneateles, NY 13152 (315) 685-5059/allynfoundation.org

$1.25M

12/31/12 $27.66M $1.23M

Housing Visions Unlimited-$125,000 Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area -$79,000 ProLiteracy Worldwide - $50,000

Margaret G. Ogden, Interim Executive Director

1954

The Decker Foundation 8 Riverside Drive Binghamton, NY 13905 (607) 722-0211/thedeckerfoundation.com

$1.25M

12/31/12 $32.15M $1.53M

Broome Community College Foundation -$500,000 ACHIEVE - $350,000 AVRE - $100,000

Gerald E. Putman, Executive Director

1979

.

Peggy O'Shea, President & 1952 CEO

Onondaga County Dept. of Aging & Youth - $125,000 Ann F. Monroe, President Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County - $100,000 Health Advancement Collaborative of CNY - $65,000

2002

11.

Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York 5655 Thompson Road DeWitt, NY 13214 (315) 445-2040/jewishfoundationcny.org

$976,511

06/30/12 $4.36M $882,662

Temple Society of Concord - $101,726 Jewish Federation of CNY - $101,038 Syracuse Jewish Cemeteries - $83,059

Linda Alexander, Executive Director

2001

12.

George & Margaret Mee Foundation 80 Exchange St., Suite 3 Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 722-0181/meefoundation.org

$913,555

12/31/11 $19.37M $1.11M

Lourdes Hospital Foundation - $100,000 Binghamton Boys & Girls Club - $100,000 Catholic Charities of Broome County - $50,000

Deborah S. Manley, Administrator

2003

NOTE:

13.

$811,124

12/31/11 $15.27M $684,234

United Way of Broome County - $145,000 ACHIEVE - $100,000 Roberson Museum and Science Center - $65,000

Judith C. Peckham, Executive Director

1957

This list is limited to private and community foundations in the CNY region. Information came from the most recent Internal Revenue Service 990s filed by the foundations and the foundation’s websites

Conrad & Virginia Klee Foundation 84 Court St. Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 722-2266/kleefoundation.org

14.

The Gorman Foundation 447 Kinsley St. Sherrill, NY 13461 (315) 363-0170/gormanfoundation.org

$798,171

12/31/11 $13.48M $1.94M

Cazenovia College - $240,000 Oneida Healthcare Center, $100,000 CAP for Madison County - $76,935

Amanda Larson, President 2003

15.

The Gifford Foundation 126 N. Salina St., 3rd Floor Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 474-2489/giffordfd.org

$795,040

12/31/11 $18.97M $1.09M

ADVANS - $349,776 IDEAS Collaborative - $69,265 Neighborhood Initiative - $68,160

Dirk Sonneborn, Executive 1954 Director

16.

Community Foundation for South Central New York 520 Columbia Drive Johnson City, NY 13790 (607) 772-6773/donorswhocare.org

$627,178

12/31/11 $16.19M $1.67M

Old Village of Union Historical Society - $82,795 Boy Scouts, Baden-Powell Council - $30,400 YMCA of Binghamton/Broome County - $30,000

Diane L. Brown, Executive 1997 Director

17.

William G. Pomeroy Foundation P.O. Box 3327 Syracuse, NY 13220 (315) 476-3000/wgpfoundation.org

$604,820

12/31/11 $17.06M $3.08M

CNY Community Foundation - $491,759 Fabius Historical Society - $6,474 Frontenac Historical Society - $3,192

Paula Miller, Executive Director

N/A

WHAT CONSTITUTES THE CNY REGION?

18.

$464,750

06/30/12 $10.06M $278,106

Binghamton University Foundation - $37,000 Kopernick Observatory Science Center - $20,000 Community Foundation of South Central New York $5,250

Martha J. Gahring, Office Administrator

1953

Central New York includes Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Tompkins counties..

Link Foundation 127 Court St. Binghamton, NY 13902 (607) 771-6369/linkfoundation.org

19.

Community Foundation of Tompkins County, Inc. 309 N. Aurora St. Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-9333/communityfoundationoftc.org

$419,863

12/31/12 $10.8M $3.17M

Editih B. Ford Memorial Library of Ovid - $41,394 Planned Parenthood of Southern Finger Lakes - $34,200 US-RILM Office - $27,830

George P. Ferrari, Jr., Executive Director

2000

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20.

Stanley W. Metcalf Foundation, Inc. 120 Genesee St. Auburn, NY 13021 (315) 253-9321

$417,350

12/31/12 $9.48M $639,637

Faatz-Crofut Home for the Elderly - $50,000 United Way of Cayuga County - $35,000 Auburn Sports Boosters - $20,000

Walter M. Lowe, Executive Director

1962

21.

Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation P.O. Box 89 Owego, NY 13827 (607) 687-0225/mftf.net

$378,711

08/31/12 $6.95M $411,480

Village of Owego Fire Dept. - $53,166 Tioga Opportunities - $40,000 Town of Tioga - $30,345

Stephanie Carrigg, Grant Executive

1983

22.

Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation 70 Front St. Binghamton, NY 13905 (607) 772-0780/hoytfoundation.org

$364,346

12/31/11 $19.09M $842,921

Broome County Arts Council - $105,000 Lourdes Hospital Foundation - $75,000 Boys & Girls Club Foundation Binghamton - $50,000

Catherine A. Schwoeffermann, Executive Director

1968

23.

Utica National Group Foundation P.O. Box 530 Utica, NY 13503 (315) 734-2000/uticanational.com

$248,220

12/31/12 $5.8M $326,060

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area $100,000 Thea Bowman House - $15,000 Utica Boilermaker - $15,000

J. Douglas Robinson, Chairman

1989

24.

Roger Kresge Foundation Inc. P.O. Box 910 Binghamton, NY 13902 (607) 786-0968 /rogerkresgefoundation.org

$183,800

12/31/12 $2.88M $365,379

ACHIEVE - $25,000 BCC Foundation - $15,000 Children's Home - $12,000

Carol Kresge, Executive Director

N/A

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november 12 n Fink Institute (IMPARA) and SUNY Oswego Public Forum on Geriatric Mental Illness from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Syracuse Crowne Plaza Hotel. All are invited to the forum entitled “Aging in Focus: Geriatric Mental Health,” which is part of the Geriatric Mental Health Community Action Initiative presented by the Rodney S. and Marjorie Fink Institute of Research on Aging at Menorah Park and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center Active Aging and Community Engagement Center. National geriatric expert Dr. Stephen Bartels from Dartmouth University will be keynote speaker. For more information, or to register for this free event, contact Judith Huober, at (315) 446-9111, ext. 236, or email: jhuober@ menorahparkcny.com n Working with Social Styles Workshop from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SUNY Center for Professional Development, 6333 Route 298, East Syracuse. This CNY ASTD workshop will help you understand and work through differences between people and how to work together in a more productive way. The presenter will be Ken Steiger of Steiger Training & Development. The cost for ASTD members is $40; for nonmembers, it’s $60. To register, visit www.cnyastd.org

november 13 n Spirit of American Women Event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Syracuse, 1305 Buckley Road, Liverpool. Presented by the YWCA Syracuse and Onondaga County, the event is celebrating the “strong, smart, and bold” women in our lives. The keynote speaker will be Ellen Griffin, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse. Lunch is complimentary. You will be invited to make a confidential gift at the event to support the women and girls served through the YWCA programs. To RSVP and receive more information, visit www.ywcasyracuse.org or contact the main office at (315) 424-0040, or email: ywcaadmin@cnymail.com

november 14 n Workplace Wellness Awards from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the SRC Arena & Events Center. The awards will honor companies who show exceptional dedication in creating a work environment that encourages healthy living among its employees. The cost to attend is $35. For more information or to register, visit www.BizEventz.com, call Joyl Clance at (315) 579-3917 or email: jclance@bizeventz.com n Thinking Forward - Powerful Ideas to Transform Your Community from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Redhouse Arts Center at the Café, 201 S. West St., Syracuse. Early bird price is $25, general admission is $35. The program fee includes lunch. Register online at thinkingforward.eventbrite.com n The Seward House Museum, as a part of The Elsa Soderberg Distinguished Speaker Series, presents Cokie Roberts at the Auburn High School Auditorium. Tickets for the lecture are $50. A special VIP event and book signing will be hosted at the Springside Inn. There is limited availability for the VIP event; tickets are $75 and will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Tickets are available for sale through the Seward House Museum.

november 19 n NEXT: The Event for Technology, Manufacturing & Innovation from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Syracuse – Liverpool, 445 Electronics Parkway. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Neil deGrasse Tyson, internationally renowned astrophysicist, science policy

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expert, and media personality. The morning keynote, “Making It In America: Shifting Economics Create New Opportunities,” will be presented by Harry Moser, president and founder of the Reshoring Initiative. Visit www.next-syr. com for more event and program details. n Social Media for Nonprofits Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Finger Lakes Grants Information Center, 2 State St. Auburn. The cost is $20. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest — in this ever-changing world of social media, it may feel impossible to keep up. Join Syracuse University’s Kim Brown to learn how to use these tools effectively. Register before Nov. 15. For further information or to register, email ginnykent@ cayugacountychamber.com n Social Media & Internet Tools Group from 9 to 10 a.m. at SUNY Center for Professional Development, 6333 Route 298, Ste. 102, East Syracuse. CNY ASTD hosts an informal group for discussions on social media and Internet tools in a research, experience sharing, and learning environment. The topic will be “News Feeds.” For details, call (315) 546-2783 or email: info@cnyastd.org

november 20 n 40 under Forty Awards from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oncenter. This event recognizes 40 ambitious, hard-working, civic-minded individuals under the age of 40. The cost to attend is $65. For more information or to register, visit www.BizEventz.com, call Joyl Clance at (315) 579-3917 or email: jclance@bizeventz.com n Business of Women Networking Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada in Watertown. The NYS Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College will gather women and men from around the North Country for a day of networking, learning, and inspiration. Register by contacting the SBDC at (315) 782-9262 or at www.tinyurl.com/2013BOW. Tickets are $40. For more information, contact Sarah O’Connell at the SBDC, soconnell@sunyjefferson.edu, or visit the Business of Women Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BusinessofWomen

december 5 n Legacy Awards from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St. in Armory Square, Syracuse. The cost to attend is $100. For more information or to register, visit www.BizEventz.com, call Joyl Clance at (315) 579-3917 or email: jclance@bizeventz.com n Women TIES Mohawk Valley Luncheon & Mini-Tradeshow: “The Power Behind the Numbers: Becoming More Profitable” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chesterfields, 1714 Bleeker St., Utica. Michelle J. Howe, owner of My Intuitive Growth, LLC, will be the speaker. The cost is $29. Register before Dec. 3. For more information or to register, visit www. WomenTIES.com

december 6 n Training Workshop: Connecting

Grantseekers with Grantmakers from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. at Robert P. Kinchen Central Library. This is a free workshop for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Learn about the resources and services of the Nonprofit Resource Center and receive hands-on training and strategies for searching the Foundation Directory Online database to locate new funding prospects. Meet on the 3rd floor of the Central Library for collection orientation. Call the Central Library at (315) 435-1900 to pre-register or to find out about scheduling on-site group training. n CNY ASTD Breakfast Club from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Gem Diner, 832 Spencer St, Syracuse. This is an informal group for discussions on areas of expertise in learning and development roles. The topic will be “Training Delivery.” For details, call (315) 546-2783 or email: info@cnyastd.org

december 10 n Women TIES Greater Binghamton Luncheon & Mini-Tradeshow: “Bringing Motion to Your Big Picture in 2014,” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Traditions at the Glen, 4101 Watson Blvd., Johnson City. The speaker will be Elin Barton, president of White Knight Productions. The cost is $29; reservations are due by Dec. 8. For more information or to register, visit www.WomenTIES.com

ONGOING EVENTS n Every Tuesday, Cayuga Club Toastmasters from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cornell University, Ithaca, Rhodes Hall, 6th Floor, Conference Room #655. Free and easy parking is available nearby at Peterson Lot. For more information, contact Julia Reich, (315) 3647190 or email: juliareichdesign@gmail.com n Every Tuesday, Syracuse Business Connections from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Hummel’s Office Plus, 6731 Old Collamer Road, DeWitt. The group meets to network and exchange referrals. For more information, email: Deb Angarano at dangarano@tsys.com n Every Wednesday, Small Business Development Center at OCC from 4 to 6 p.m., Introduction to Business Startup at H-1 Hall. Please call 498-6070 or visit www.onondagasbdc.org n Every Wednesday, Syracuse Business Networking from 6 to 7 p.m. at Barbieri’s Restaurant (upstairs level) located on Main Street in the village of North Syracuse. For more information, call Kim Bachstein at (315) 414-8223 or email: info@ SyracuseBusinessNetworking.com n First Wednesday of each month, Business Innovation Days meetings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St., Syracuse. Entrepreneurs and small businesses can meet one-on-one with a counselor from the SBDC for advice and customized assistance opportunities. Scheduled by appointment, call (315) 474-0910 or email: info@ thecleantechcenter.com

n First and Third Wednesday of each month, Preferred Toastmasters from noon to 1 p.m. at Golden Artist Colors, 188 Bell Road, New Berlin. Contact Jonie Bassett at (607) 8476154, x1217. n Fourth Wednesday of each month, Preferred Toastmasters from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Chenango County Council of the Arts, 27 W. Main St., Norwich. Contact Jonie Bassett at (607) 847-6154, x1217. n Every Thursday, Empire Statesmen Toastmasters meet at 6:30 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt. For more information, visit http://1427.toastmastersclubs.org or email: contact-1427@toastmastersclubs.org n Every Thursday, Free Business Counseling with SCORE from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, 80 North Ave., Owego. Contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce to make an appointment at (607) 687-2020. n Every Thursday, Liverpool Linguists from 7 to 8 p.m. First Thursday of every month at Liverpool Public Library and the remaining Thursdays at Liverpool First Methodist Church, 604 Oswego Road, Liverpool. For details, visit http://Liverpool.toastmastersclubs.org or call (315) 884-2668 or 457-2581. n Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, The North Star Toastmasters from noon to 1 p.m. at C&S Companies, 499 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd., near Hancock Airport. For more information, contact Sandy Jurkiewicz at sjurkiewicz@centerstateceo.com or call (315) 470-1802. n Third Thursday of each Month, CNY ASTD Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at Coleman’s, 100 S. Lowell St., Syracuse. Informal networking for learning and development professionals. For more information, call (315) 546-2783 or email: info@cnyastd.org n Every Friday, 40 Above: Workers in Transition from 9 to 11 a.m. at the library in North Syracuse (NOPL) at 100 Trolleybarn Lane, North Syracuse. Helping workers/job seekers aged 40 and above in search of work. Contact John A. Cruty at (315) 569-3964, or at crutij@yahoo.com n Every Friday, Tip Club of Syracuse, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel, 801 University Ave., Syracuse, 8 to 9 a.m. Call Bernie Bregman at (315) 472-3903 or email: bbregman@cnybj.com n First Friday of each month, Toolkit Day with SCORE by appointment at The Tech Garden. Counselors provide free, confidential, individual business mentoring to prospective or current business owners. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Lynn Hughes at (315) 579-2862 or email Lynn@ TheTechGarden.com n Every second and fourth Friday of each month, The SUN Group (Sustainable Upstate Network) meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Tony’s Family Restaurant, 3004 Burnet Ave., Syracuse. For more information, contact Andy Picco at (315) 657-0135 or email: andrewpicco@gmail.com n CNY Connects is a networking organization offering 12 groups from which to choose. If you are interested in learning more, contact Amy Kaschel of AK Consulting at akconsult@twcny. rr.com or call (315) 882-6127 or visit www.cnyconnectsonline.com To have your meetings or events in the Business Calendar, email them to movers@cnybj.com


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  YTH: Older Americans need   exceptional protection because   they are poorer and more vulnerable than the rest of society. REALITY: Incomes and net worth for the elderly have risen since 1989 while dropping for the young and middle-aged. The economic and financial status of older Americans was spelled out in a study released in September by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The authors of the study defined the age groups as “young,” meaning under 40 years of age; “middle-aged,” 40-61; “younger-old,” 62-69; and “older-old,” 70 and from the over. publisher Tracking these groups since 1989, the median, inflation-adjusted family income for the young dropped 6.1 percent and 2 percent for the middle-aged. For the two older

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categories, income increased 60.5 percent for those 62-69 and 27.9 percent for the 70 and over category. The median, inflation-adjusted net worth during the same period fell 30.5 percent for the young and 24.1 percent for the middleaged. The younger-old group ballooned 74 percent and the older-old group rose 47.7 percent. Any notion that this problem is only related to the recent recession is belied by the research. Older families have fared better than younger families both during periods of economic and financial weakness and during periods of economic strength. The study concludes that seniors are better off, in large part, because they are highly motivated to save, resist excessive indebtedness, and have diversified their assets. The authors also sound an ominous note that the younger and middle-aged groups will not experience the same favorable income and wealth outcomes going forward as their elders. Which brings us back to the myth that keeps Social Security and Medicare on

funding autopilot. The stereotype of the poor elderly is politically useful, because no one wants to take anything away from grandma. The problem is that Americans are incapable of having an intelligent discussion about where to place the safety net for those who are truly needy at the same time the two federal programs are on financial life-support. The other problem is that the younger generations are unduly burdened with supporting us (I speak as a geezer), while anticipating a lower programmatic return when they join the ranks of the seniors. This, of course, assumes the two programs are even functioning. We’re living in a timewarp where we still think it is 1935 and 1965 and the country can support ever more generous “entitlements.” The economic plight of younger Americans should make all of us face reality. It’s time to stop pampering seniors and worry about the next generation. q Norman Poltenson is publisher of The Central New York Business Journal. Contact him at npoltenson@cnybj.com

Kids Don’t Fit Into Molds: Why Should Their Education?

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  eing a father and now a grandpar  ent, I’ve learned that kids just don’t   fit into molds. So why should their education? Kids learn in a number of different ways, and teachers know how to teach to these different learning styles. Common Core is threatening to break apart the productive relationship our children have with their teachers and their learning. Common Core’s standardized testing puts pressure on teachers to “teach-to-the test.” As more time is focused on teaching to pass a test, the education of our children is opinion compromised.

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Another consideration is the great expense that this federal mandate is costing New York and its schools. In order to comply with Common Core, our schools will have to invest a considerable amount of time and money into training personnel, purchasing costly textbooks, materials, and technology. In fact, according to the Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research, states participating in Common Core, like New York, will be spending nearly $16 billion over the next seven years just to implement the new standards. The mandated costs will cause schools to have less freedom to invest in what will best serve their student populations. Across my district, schools’ needs vary from rural communities to busier towns like Herkimer and Gloversville. All schools are not alike and all children are not alike. I believe in preparing our children to be

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successful adults. That means a number of things. For one child it may mean attaining a higher education, while another is bound for skill-based work. In the end, Common Core distracts educators and students from pursuing these opportunities. Because of the important role education plays in our children’s lives, I am not willing to let Common Core derail the progress we’ve made with our students. Several other states are reconsidering their involvement with Common Core and I am sponsoring a bill that would remove it from our schools. q Marc W. Butler (R,C,I–Newport) is a New York State Assemblyman for the 118th District, which encompasses parts of Oneida, Herkimer, and St. Lawrence counties, as well as all of Hamilton and Fulton counties. Contact him at butlerm@assembly.state. ny.us

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November 8, 2013

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: NEW HIRES & PROMOTIONS ACCOUNTING Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, CPA, P.C. announced that it has promoted Christopher Bock, Daniel Fallon, Greg Jarvis, and Ryan Laura to advanced staff accountants in its audit and accounting department. Bock graduated from SUNY Oswego with a master’s degree. Fallon holds a master’s degree from SUNY Oswego. Jarvis graduated from Syracuse University with a master’s degree. Laura earned a master’s degree from Le Moyne College. Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa also announced it has promoted Jamie Busch to in-charge accountant in the tax department. She earned her master’s degree at Syracuse University and is a CPA. William Rafferty has been promoted to in-charge accountant in the audit and accounting department. He is a graduate of Niagara University, where he also received his master’s degree. Heather Smith has been promoted to in-charge accountant in the tax department. She is a CPA and a graduate of Le Moyne College.

ADVERTISING AGENCIES Pinckney Hugo Group has promoted Maggie Gotch to account manager. She was previously an assistant account manager. Gotch earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from SUNY Geneseo.

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ARCHITECTS SWBR Architects announced that Ian Vanderbrook has joined the firm as an intern architect in the Syracuse office. He brings more than six years experience to SWBR in retail, municiVanderbrook pal, K-12, and college and university projects, and specialized expertise in building-envelope design. Vanderbrook previously served as an architectural designer and earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural-engineering technology from Alfred State College.

EDUCATION & TRAINING Joanna O. Masingila has been named interim dean-designate of the School of Education at Syracuse University. A professor of mathematics and mathematics education and the coordinaMasingila tor of the mathematics education program, Masingila holds a dual appointment in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. She currently serves as the chair of the school’s largest department, Teaching and Leadership. Masingila

will formally assume the role of interim dean on Jan. 31, 2014. Douglas P. Biklen, who has served as dean of the School of Education since 2005, had announced in February his plans to retire in early 2014. In 1998, Masingila was a Fulbright Scholar to Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and in 2011 she returned there as a visiting professor for six months. She is a graduate of Goshen College and Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis. Masingila received a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Indiana University-Bloomington.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS POMCO Group has hired Shannon Karl as a network recruiter to focus on contracting additional physicians and health-care facilities into its proprietary provider network. Her career for Karl the past seven years has centered on the provider-services field, with direct experience in recruitment. At MVP Health Care in Schenectady, Karl served as a credentialing intern, a network development coordinator, and most recently, a professional relations representative. She graduated from Siena College with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management and is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she earned her certification in health coaching.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES HR Works, Inc. has hired Carrie Fleischman as an HR/payroll technology consultant. Based in East Syracuse, she will assist in client implementations, technology support and Fleischman sales support in the Central New York and national markets. Fleischman is bringing experience from Constellation Energy and Entergy Nuclear. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from SUNY Oswego.

HEALTH CARE Deborah Fiorini has been appointed director of educational services at Crouse Hospital. A member of the department since 2009, she has been responsible for a wide range of educational Fiorini and training experiences for employees. Fiorini graduated from Capella University, earning her Ph.D. in education, training, and performance. She received her associate degree in business from Onondaga Community College, her bachelor’s in business distributive education/vocational technical education from SUNY Oswego,

and her master’s degree in education from Elmira College. Fiorini also earned two graduate certificates: train-the-trainer and human resources. The Family & Children’s Society has appointed John R. Trompeter as clinic director. He was previously employed as the associate director/clinic supervisor for the University of Rochester Medical Center — Strong Memorial Hospital. The House of the Good Shepherd announced that its new executive director is Bob Roberts. He will succeed Bill Holicky, who has served the organization for 36 years. Roberts will begin as executive director on Jan. 1, 2014. He is currently the executive director of Kids Oneida, a home and community-based organization that provides services to high-risk youth and has been affiliated with Kids Oneida for more than 10 years. Roberts was appointed executive director in 2010. He is a graduate of SUNYIT.

INSURANCE Thomas Anthis has joined the Eagle Insurance Agency. He began his career working for his father at Anthis Painting, before moving onto CXtec. Anthis has joined Eagle Insurance in the Anthis area of business development. He starred as a lacrosse player at Jamesville-DeWitt High School and Onondaga Community College.

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LAW Jason S. Nardiello has joined Hiscock & Barclay, LLP as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice area. He will work in the Syracuse office. A graduate of New York Law School Nardiello and the College of New Jersey, Nardiello has extensive experience as lead trial attorney on high-stakes trademark and copyright cases involving famous brand names and has counseled Fortune 500 companies to help them protect and enforce their worldwide trademark portfolios. Nardiello comes to Hiscock & Barclay from Locke Lord LLP in New York City, where he focused on intellectual-property matters. He has also worked in entertainment law and commercial litigation. Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C. announced that Jane G. Kuppermann has joined the firm’s litigation and personal injury practice groups. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University Kuppermann College of Law and has more than 20 years experience representing individuals, corporations, and insurance companies in civil-litigation matters.

MANUFACTURING Gar y Kirchner has been appointed vice president of sales for The Raymond Corporation. He will hold executive responsibility for Raymond sales and service centers as well as national accounts. Kirchner brings more than 30 years sales experience to Raymond, including seven years in the material-handling industry. He previously served as director of sales at Carolina Handling, a Raymond sales and service center headquartered outside of Charlotte, N.C. Prior to that, Kirchner held several leadership positions, including vice president of sales for ColorGraphics, a Cenveo company, and general manager for Enovation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujifilm.

NONPROFITS Child Care Solutions has hired Lori Boles as the new executive director of the childcare resource and referral agency. She is replacing long-term director, Peggy Liuzzi, who retired, effective Nov. 1. Boles brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in human services and has held leadership positions on a variety of state and local boards of directors. She brings experience in human resources, grant writing and program development, and management to the agency. 


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ANAREN: Firm employs about 800 people Continued from page 1

merger agreement and expects the acquisition to close during the first quarter of 2014. The agreement with Veritas Capital comes more than five months after an investor had made another purchase offer for Anaren, which develops and manufactures components and subsystems for markets including satellite communications, defense, and wireless communications. Anaren on May 17 rejected that offer from Vintage Capital Management, LLC, an investor that owns more than one-eighth of Anaren’s shares. The Veritas purchase price reflects a premium of about 12 percent over Anaren’s closing stock price of $24.91 on Nov. 1, the last day of trading prior to this announcement, Anaren said in a news release. The purchase figure is also nearly 43 percent higher than Anaren’s closing share price of $19.61 on April 15. That same day, Vintage Capital Management made an offer of $23 per share following the close of trading. The Veritas purchase offer represents a nearly 22 percent premium over the $23 per share offer from Vintage Capital, according to Anaren. The independent committee of Anaren’s board of directors unanimously recommended, and the board unanimously approved, the merger agreement with Veritas, the company said. Anaren will continue operating as an independent entity with headquarters in DeWitt. The firm has no plans to make changes to its staffing levels as a result of this announcement, the company said. Veritas Capital is “pleased” to be associated with Anaren, which has a “long” history of providing “market-leading” technology and products to the defense, wireless communications, medical, and industrial markets, Hugh Evans, partner of Veritas Capital, said in the news release. “We are excited to support Larry Sala and his talented team in continuing to provide customers with cost-effective and advanced solutions, and in accelerating the growth of the company’s innovative technologies in current and adjacent markets,”

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to sponsor the 2014 Workplace Wellness Awards and congratulates each of this year’s award winners. It’s a privilege to join with BizEventz and other supporting sponsors to congratulate those employers that offer the best Workplace Wellness programs for their employees. As Central New York’s largest nonprofit health insurance provider, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s mission is to seek ways to continually improve the health and health care of the residents of the communities we serve. For its own employees, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has recognized the importance of wellness and provided programs and services since 1995. The mission of our program is to decrease the health risks of employees, while empowering them to take personal responsibility for their health. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield works to create a healthy environment that provides opportunities for employees to practice being well throughout the work day. Our program is employee-centric and includes such components as risk identification, health plan design, Web-based programs, on-site programs, telephonic programs, a supportive environment, and incentives. Over time, we’ve experienced improvements in our employees’ health, and we continue to strive toward building a model program to share with our customers.

WellTrail WellTrail is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Workplace Wellness Awards. We want to personally salute each of this year’s honorees. Your investment in the health and well-being of your employees is the greatest benefit you can provide them. In a time of uncertainty in our

Syracuse University The Syracuse University Wellness Initiative is proud to sponsor the 2013 Workplace Wellness Awards, and to salute this year’s honorees. Under the banner of “embody: your well-being, your way,” and through a new partnership with Optum, a leading health-services company, Syracuse University has expanded its commitment to the health and well-being of its employees. We applaud similar efforts by employers large and small throughout Central New York. By investing in programs that can have a real impact on people’s lives, we are all working together to make our community a healthier, better, more productive place to live and work.

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nation’s health-care system — you are breaking out of the static mold of passive workplace wellness models — and providing programs that make a difference in the lives of your employees every day. You are leading by example, not only for your own workforce, but also for our entire community. WellTrail would also like to congratulate our partners, Anoplate, Crucible, and Hancock Estabrook for their recognition as honorees at this

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts has raised the bar on the shopping experience by offering quality goods, a spectacular abundance of choice, restaurant-quality prepared foods, beautiful stores, and a nearly telepathic level of customer service. Wegmans focus on the health and well-being of its employees and customers has been pivotal in the company’s success. The recently implemented “Half Plate Healthy Model” encourages one to fill half your plate with any combination of fruits and vegetables, and the other half with the rest of your meal. This concept has been widely received and emphasizes the importance of adopting healthy eating habits. At Wegmans, everyday you get our best.

year’s event. We are honored to have been a part of your corporate journey to improve employee health and wellness. Workplace wellness starts with just one step, one investment, and one person at a time. Our goal at WellTrail is to provide our corporate partners with meaningful and sustainable corporate health and injury management solutions that change lives. Our unique, personal, one-on-one approach to employee

JUDGES LEISHA TEDFORD DOHERTY Leisha Tedford Doherty has a master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University with an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology. She has more than 20 years of management, marketing, sales, and business-leadership experience. Doherty also has strong orientations in corporate-culture development, team and leadership development, and professional staff training, as well as more than 25 years of counseling and wellness experience. A few years ago, Doherty’s life was significantly changed by heart disease. Fortunately, she survived and thrived, and combined her experiences and passions and became a women’s health advocate, corporate speaker, and a wellness coordinator. She is the creator of Her Heartbeat, a counseling and life-coaching service focused on women’s total heart health. As a women’s health advocate, Doherty provides inspirational life-balance advice through one-on-one coaching, team coaching, dynamic presentations for large and small groups, and wellness programming to small and me-sized companies. She is passionate about educating people, businesses, associations, and communities about the importance of wellness, including total heart health and the cost of poor risk management on individuals, corporations, and our health-care system. Doherty is active with the Syracuse Heart Association as a volunteer. She was awarded the Passion Volunteer of the Year in 2012, and was the Passion Speaker for the Syracuse Heart Association’s GoRed Luncheon last November. Doherty also wrote about her experience and was published in the “Her Own Words” section of the February 2012 edition of Syracuse Woman Magazine. In 2011, she graduated from the prestigious WomenHeart National Science & Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic and became a WomenHeart Champion. She also volunteers for local charities that have an impact on women’s health including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and homelessness.

health engagement and improvement results in industry-leading participation rates (more than 75 percent active engagement in behavior change and improvement) and allows each individual to work on the areas that are important to them. Health is personal — the solution should be too. See how WellTrail can help you improve the health of your workforce — one person at a time. Health-care reform starts with you.

PAMELA GAVENDA Pamela Gavenda has more than 20 years of human-resources management experience working for both public and private employers including educational institutions in the Syracuse area. She has been responsible for implementing and overseeing many wellness initiatives with these employers and she remains very active in the community. Gavenda is a graduate of Syracuse University and Leadership Greater Syracuse. Currently she is employed by Syracuse University as associate director of employee relations. In addition, Gavenda is president of the Central NY Society for Human Resource Management and a board member of the Healthy Syracuse Workplace Wellness Initiative Committee. She is also a runner, having completed her second marathon this past October.

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 Top three wellness programs: WellStyle Extras, Rollout of Journey, Premium differential for non-smokers, premium differential for recommended BMI guidelines.  Greatest benefit of wellness program: We base the program on accurate data collected from internal sources in order to plan an outcomes-based, population health-management program.  Programs in place: More than 6 years  Why did the programs start? It started as a grassroots effort on behalf of a few health promotion staff.  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: Wellness programs are invaluable to coworkers in any company, small or large. We spend most of our lives in our office and unfortunately a lot of that time is spent under stress. Having a strong wellness program allows coworkers to empower themselves to take charge of their health. If you have a wellness program in place, be sure to involve senior management and obtain corporate sponsors. Our corporate sponsors actively participate in Journey to Well-Being programming and are on a journey of their own, which they share regularly with the company. Lastly, having a website is helpful as it acts as a repository for any and all information about the program.  Description: MVP Health Care’s internal wellness program is named Journey to Well-Being. The name was chosen from a companywide contest that included suggestions from coworkers. Our program has been available to coworkers for many years, but it wasn’t until this year that we chose a name, brand, a mission/vision, and website. This year our most important goal was employee engagement — we offered several initiatives and benefits such as Wellstyle Extras, available MVP Care Advantage Nurses, lifestyle coaching, a chance to share your personal journey to well-being story with the entire company on our website for prizes, Good Measures (programming for tracking eating habits), “The Road Less Stressed” campaign, and premium differentials. We encourage employee improvement in health by participating in our many programs through encouragement from our corporate sponsors, intranet messaging, and website messaging. Participation, satisfaction, and behavior change are measureable. Currently, we are planning our 2014 strategic goals with specific strategies to achieve those goals. This will be presented to our corporate sponsors and senior management for approval and support. In the future we hope to capture more data, review ROI, and encompass a true population health management model throughout the company.

 Top three wellness programs: Healthy Eating/Nutrition; Employee Engagement / Community Involvement; Exercise/Physical Fitness  Greatest benefit of wellness program: The greatest benefit of TERACAI’s wellness program is the impact it has had on the quality of life of our whole team.  Programs in place: 4 years  Why did the programs start? TERACAI started its wellness programs to provide opportunities for its employees to improve their overall well-being by creating a healthy work environment.  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: TERACAI’s wellness programs are successful because they are developed based on feedback from our team. A well-balanced program should include options for healthy eating, community involvement, and physical fitness to ensure employees can choose activities that work well with their lifestyles and interests.  Description: TERACAI’s healthy eating and nutrition initiatives benefit both our individual employees and the CNY community. One of the many programs TERACAI participates in each year is the United Way Kickoff Cookoff at the CNY Regional Market. This activity encourages healthy eating and team building, as we compete against others in the community to win the “Healthy Dishes” category. TERACAI also welcomes a vendor from the farmer’s market to come on-site weekly to provide our employees with a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and to support the efforts to buy local. Due to the variety of options provided, including Weight Watchers at Work, the Biggest Loser, and Wegmans’“Eat Well, Live Well” program, our employees are able to decide what works best for them. These wellness efforts have proven to be sustainable through the high participation of our employees each year. As we evaluate the success of our wellness program, we will continue to use feedback from our team to influence new initiatives and activities. EDITOR’S NOTE: THE AWARD FINALIST WRITE-UPS WERE EDITED FROM SUBMISSIONS PROVIDED BY THE HONOREES.

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CEO: Jim Stevenson Products/Services: Metal-finishing services Employees in CNY: 190 Founded: 1960 by Milt Stevenson, Sr.  Top three wellness programs: Onsite WellGuide Services, Annual Healthy Change Challenge, WellCredit Program  Greatest benefit of wellness programs: Our programs allow our employees to work on the areas of health that are important to them and focus on what fits their own likes, dislikes, and lifestyles. After five years of implementation we still have more than 75 percent of our employees continuing to actively engage in one or more forms of the program, and 100 percent have interaction at some level with our onsite WellGuide. The best part is that many of the real success stories come from people who were initially not involved in the program; however in year three or four, they decided to make a change and knew that the resources were there to help them meet their goals.  Programs in place: Almost 5 years  Why did the programs start? The Stevenson family has always believed in taking care of their employees, and the implementation of our initial wellness plan was truly “because it is the right thing to do.”  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: Create a program that is accessible, meaningful, and sustainable by providing as many options as possible to support healthy behaviors. By providing levels of health education and support for employees who are at every level of readiness, we are able to positively affect every employee throughout the life of the program. The more personal you can make your resources, the less people will be intimidated to use them. It is important that the culture of wellness is supported from the top down in an organization so that employees feel that they are supported in the steps they take to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  Description: Anoplate’s investment in employee health took shape in 2008 when we partnered with WellTrail, Inc. to provide an onsite health-care consultant to work with our employees once a week. Employees can meet with their WellGuide every week and can work on any area of health or injury management important to them. Employees typically work one-on-one with the WellGuide so that all recommendations and plans are customized. WellTrail also provides lunch-n-learn sessions on various topics, ergonomic and safe lifting sessions, First Aid/CPR training, and participates in team activities. Anoplate also has a group of active employees that have formed a Wellness Committee to further support the culture of wellness and help keep people enthusiastic. It is a team effort at Anoplate, and while we have seen a significant reduction of population risk factors, and unprecedented participation rates throughout the life of our program, it is the individual stories of success that we hear and see every day that tell us we have built a successful program for our team.

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DERMODY, BURKE & BROWN, CPAS, LLC CEO: Madelyn Hornstein Services: Business accounting, taxation and audit services, business consulting, development/management training, business valuations, employer benefit audits, credit-card processing, and payroll services. Employees in CNY: 75 Founded: 1956  Top three wellness programs: Healthy Heart Program, Healthy Weight Challenge, Excellus Healthy Rewards Program  Greatest benefit of wellness program: The greatest benefit of our “Live Well” wellness program is that it helps our firm remain actively engaged in healthy-living techniques that keep employees in the office and in good health. Wellness is something that benefits all and something that we enjoy participating in both individually and as a whole.  Programs in place: 3 years  Why did the programs start? Wellness has always been part of our mission and we decided three years ago to start a committee to manage our wellness activities and make sure that it remained a central focus.  Allowed during work hours? Yes.  Words of advice: There are many facets of wellness and everyone has different interests. We saw an increase in our overall participation in the past by administering wellness surveys to find out what topics and programs are of interest to the firm. Although we have a committee, we try to involve the opinions of the entire firm. It is also important for us to keep our programs interesting and effective. We try to add a new program each quarter to keep the involvement and motivation levels high.  Description: The Wellness Program at Dermody, Burke & Brown is called “Live Well.” Living well is in our mission and one of our core values as a firm. Our wellness committee helps us stand true to our mission by organizing various healthy-living programs throughout the year to keep employees committed to adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. All our wellness programs are intended to motivate the firm to eat healthy, exercise, and mitigate stress. As a CPA firm, we have accountants who work long hours and our goal is to provide them with incentives to make healthy choices and keep everyone informed on health updates. We have a bulletin board in our kitchen and a page on our internal newsletter devoted to wellness information and weekly health challenges. We also have numerous programs to keep staff active such as walking clubs, running groups, bowling nights, golf, and kickball leagues. We try to keep up with our current wellness programs, but also add new challenges and activities each quarter to maintain strong participation and excitement. We hope to see continued commitment and health improvements for years to come to keep our employees “living well.”

CEO: William G. Pomeroy Products: Certified, preowned networking and voice equipment; data center cabling products Employees in CNY: 225 Founded: 1978  Top three wellness programs: Employee Engagement/Community Involvement, Healthy Eating/Nutrition, Exercise/Physical Fitness  Greatest benefit of wellness program: The greatest benefit of CXtec’s wellness program is the ability to provide our team with a variety of options to improve their lifestyles — whether it’s through community involvement, healthy-eating initiatives, or exercise and physical fitness.  Programs in place: 6 years  Why did the programs start? CXtec started its wellness programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle among employees. Over the years, many of these initiatives have developed directly from the interests and feedback from our team members.  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: Workplace wellness programs benefit not only the individual employee, but also the organization as a whole. By providing a variety of programs, employees are able to pick and choose what works best with their interests and lifestyles, which is necessary for long-term success.  Description: CXtec’s employee engagement and community involvement initiatives are a main component of its wellness program. One of CXtec’s core values is commitment to the Central New York community and we are able to demonstrate that commitment through these initiatives. Many of the community activities that our team participates in also encourage physical activity, including the Komen Walk, Making Strides, Light The Night, RUNapalooza, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, and the Heart Walk. Due to the wide variety of organizations and activities that we support, our employees are encouraged to participate in one or two that mean the most to them. This enables our team members to become engaged and maximizes both individual and team successes. The ability to choose activities creates high employee participation and ensures that our wellness efforts are sustainable. In the future, we will continue to actively use feedback from our team to determine which community organizations we should support, which will help develop our wellness program further.

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HANCOCK ESTABROOK, LLC Managing Partner: Janet D. Callahan Services: Legal services Employees in CNY: 116 Founded: 1889  Top three wellness programs: Healthy Change Challenge, One-onOne Stress Management Consultations, Lunchtime Walking Group (once a week, weather permitting).  Greatest benefit of wellness program: Every year the program is in place, our employees continue to attain a higher percentage of improvement in reducing detrimental health factors, including stress-related issues, risks for cancer, poor nutrition, inactivity, obesity, and high risk for diabetes.  Program in place: 3 years  Why did the program start? Hancock Estabrook’s wellness program was initiated to help our employees improve their physical and mental well-being by understanding the importance of adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors and understanding their personal motivators for improving and preserving their health, such as family or retirement planning.  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: We found it extremely valuable to utilize the skills and knowledge of an outside expert like WellTrail to help us implement and monitor our wellness program in the workplace.  Description: Our program starts by providing employees with an individual Risk Assessment meeting with a WellGuide, a trained health-care professional from WellTrail. Each employee then receives a written report describing the factors, both behavioral and genetic, that contribute to current health and wellness risks. The employee then reviews the report results with the WellGuide and is given an individualized plan of steps to follow to minimize any identified health risk factors. The progress of each employee is followed and reinforced by periodic personal visits with a WellGuide at the work place, with email, and telephone access available between visits. We are very pleased that our overall participation rate this year was more than 75 percent of the firm’s total population. We track our employees’ progress using WellTrail’s proprietary database and also receive customized reports from WellTrail that provide us with information showing the improvement patterns for our employees as well as any behavior modification trends. We have the ability to track the reduction of risk factors across our workforce and have seen a measurable improvement in the overall health of our employees as a direct result of the Wellness Program.


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November 14, 2013

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CRUCIBLE INDUSTRIES

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, PC (HOACNY)

CEO: Jim Beckman Products: Specialty steel Employees in CNY: 300 Founded: 1876 ď Ž Top three wellness programs: Wellness Committee Programs (Health Fair, Food Drive); Well Trail Initiative (North Roll and Bar Finishing Departments); Vitality Program ď Ž Greatest benefit of wellness programs: Employees have an opportunity to learn more about healthy habits and ways they can improve their mental and physical wellbeing. As our employees live healthier life styles, they are happier and more productive. The company sees the benefit of decreased absenteeism. ď Ž Programs in place: 3 years ď Ž Why did the programs start? The Wellness Committee started as a collaborative effort between management and union employees to encourage healthier behavior and to improve the overall wellbeing of our employees. ď Ž Allowed during work hours? Yes ď Ž Words of advice: The Crucible Wellness Committee has found that keeping the ideas fresh and new as well as providing healthy competition and incentives work well to encourage participation. Providing ways to reduce health-care contributions or recognition for accomplishments also motivate employees. ď Ž Description: The Crucible Wellness Program is spearheaded by a committee made up of management and union employees. It focuses on many areas of healthy, sustainable living from quitting smoking and losing weight, to being more active and involved in the community. The most successful part of the program is our employees’ personal accomplishments. The Annual Health Fair continues to highlight ways to improve their health. The Vitality program encourages employees with incentives to reduce health-care premiums by engaging in the program. Success can be measured by the number of participants that perform the health screens, health-risk assessments, use of activity-tracking devices and use of online wellness tutorials. We see our wellness program sustained by our current successful activities and expanding upon them each year to keep employees motivated.

CEO: Maryann Roefaro Services: Health care Employees in CNY: 280 ď Ž Top three wellness programs: Yearly Biometric screening, On-site fitness classes, Summer Weigh Loss Challenge ď Ž Greatest benefit of wellness programs: To see the employees embrace different programs and make suggestions because they want to participate. ď Ž Programs in place: 5 years ď Ž Why did the programs start? Our CFO, Kelly Vaccaro, realized that there was a need for this kind of program. ď Ž Allowed during work hours? Yes ď Ž Words of advice: To really get employees engaged, let them be the committee. Let employees determine what programs should be offered — you will be surprised at the turnout. ď Ž Description: The name of the program is the HOACNY Wellness Program. We encouraged employee participation in health improvement by offering many different programs and incentives. Once they starting to participate there was no stopping them. There is a high percentage of employee participation accomplished by offering many different programs to cover all employees. In our Summer Challenge as a team we lost 4.04 percent of starting body weight. This was a 13-week program. The efforts have been sustainable. We do track results. Last year we had a 4.75 percent decrease in our health premiums. I am positive that this is because of our wellness program. We plan to continue offering more programs so there will be a wide variety for the employees.

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PREFERRED MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY President & CEO: Christopher P. Taft Products/Services: Insurance Employees in CNY: 265 Founded: 1896 ď Ž Top three wellness programs: GetUp & Go Walking Challenge; Annual Health Fair & Flu Clinic; Fit Friendly Environment & Cafeteria ď Ž Greatest benefit of wellness programs: Nearly 50 percent of employees participate in various wellness activities throughout the company, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and work/life balance for employees. ď Ž Why did the programs start? Preferred Mutual cares about its em-

ployees. Employees’ health and wellness is a top priority. ď Ž Allowed during work hours? Yes ď Ž Words of advice: Make wellness programs easy for the employer to implement and easy for the employee to participate. ď Ž Description: The GetUp & Go Walking Challenge is designed to encourage maximum employee participation in a fun and competitive environment. Preferred Mutual challenged its employees to participate. Every employee received a GetUp and Go pedometer to track walking and encourage daily physical activity — 48 percent of employees participated from June through August. Participants received a t-shirt, and biweekly prizes were awarded for team winners. Individual prizes were also awarded. The health fair includes information/demonstrations on stress-management programs, smokingcessation programs, heart-program check, and personal counseling. The flu clinic offers free flu shots for all employees and retirees. There is an onsite exercise facility, gym membership reimbursement, cash payment for physical activity, and healthy cafeteria options including

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November 14, 2013

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UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

CEO: Robert Pomfrey Product/Service: POMCO Group is one of the nation’s largest third-party administrators and offers fully customized employee benefit and risk-management plans to self-funded employer groups. Employees in CNY: 400 Founded: 1978

Officer-in-charge: Gregory Eastwood Services: Upstate Medical University is an academic medical institution Employees in CNY: 9,600 Founded: Medical school founded in 1834

 Top wellness program: POMGo!  Greatest benefit of wellness program: POMGo!’s greatest benefit is the teamwork it has fostered across the company. Many employees work together in small groups, and sometimes even large departments, to meet exercise challenges or to visit POMCO Group’s on-site exercise center. As employees challenge themselves to achieve their wellness goals, they are simultaneously supporting and encouraging their partners and/or teammates.  Program in place: 2 years  Why did the program start? For many years POMCO Group employees had informally participated in a variety of wellness initiatives. An employee survey conducted in 2011 identified wellness programs as a primary reason for employee satisfaction. Therefore, in its continued effort to provide employees with an excellent work environment, POMGo! was created to formalize POMCO Group’s wellness efforts and improve the overall health and satisfaction of its employee population.  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: For a wellness program to be taken seriously by employees, it must be taken seriously by the employer. Wellness programs must be supported and promoted by the most senior executives at the organization and should be accompanied by some form of incentive to show program commitment.  Description: POMGo! Covers all areas of workplace wellness (e.g., nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, stress management). Employee health improvement was encouraged by the implementation of POMGo!, the promotion of the program, and incentives tied to the program. POMGo! has about 50 percent participation by employees. With regard to measureable results, since our wellness program is tied to our employee satisfaction, the success of the POMGo! is considered indicative of overall employee satisfaction and will be measured during an annual survey. In addition, the programmatic aspects of the initiative such as screenings and DM programs are measurable. POMCO feels its efforts and program are sustainable. Aggregate biometric and health risk assessments are tracked annually. POMCO Group strives to continuously increase the satisfaction of its employees and will therefore expand upon its current wellness initiative through the implementation of additional programs.

 Top three wellness programs: Walking, Weight Management, Lunchtime Learning Sessions  Greatest benefit of wellness programs: Making healthy choices easier. Knowing that employees feel happy and less stressed when they participate and will want to participate again.  Programs in place: 1 year  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: Focus on real behavior change which is intrinsically rewarded and intrinsically motivated. Allow employees choices. Make the healthy choice easy. Make it fun, accessible, and allow participants to feel a positive emotional response.  Description: The name of the program is Pathway to Wellness. The program began when Dr. K. Bruce Simmons, director of employee/student health, saw the value of wellness, and a full- time wellness co-coordinator was hired. Upstate Medical charged the newly formed wellness committee to create a culture that supports and promotes the value of health and wellness. The program’s mission is to increase awareness of healthy and positive lifestyle choices by providing resources that promote a culture of health and wellness for the Upstate Medical University community. This is the program’s first year and participation is growing as well as awareness of the wellness offerings. The walking program has increased membership and there is also increased participation in weight-management programs. We are tracking BMI, weight, and waist measurement in our weight management program and will be able to track results in the program’s second year. We feel the efforts are sustainable, an example is marked by Monday Mile walking trail on campus. Walkers invite each other to participate at various times throughout the day. We hope to expand all current programs and increase participation. We also look to include more programs on the website so employees can access at any time and to more of our locations.

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PRICE CHOPPER/GOLUB CORPORATION CEO: Jerry Golub Products/Services: Price Chopper is in the retail/supermarket industry. It is owned and operated by the Golub Corporation. Employees in CNY: About 24,000 in the entire company, about 4,000 of which are in CNY. Founded: 1932 by Ben & Bill Golub  Top three wellness programs: HealthSmart Incentives (outcomebased incentive program targeting tobacco use, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure); Go for the Gold Stress Management Quiz/ Campaign  Greatest benefit of wellness program: There has been a program ROI of 2.37 : 1 as well as declining medical trends since 2009 (now well below the standard book of business trends). Additionally, there have been improvements in organizational culture, measured by the annual wellness survey.  Programs in place: 7 years  Why did the programs start? Price Chopper began its corporate wellness programs for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, employees wanted a wellness program and wanted an employer who

cared more about their health and wellness, and it was the right thing to do. Thus, Well@Work strives to implement programs that are customized to the population interests and health needs. Additionally, Price Chopper is self-insured and is progressive in trying to manage its health-care costs.  Allowed during work hours? Yes  Words of advice: Wellness programs require time and continued effort before true impacts are noticeable. It is easy to feel defeated if a particular initiative is not successful. Over time, comprehensive and well-planned programming will have a positive impact on culture, lifestyle behaviors, employee health status, and eventually, medical costs (and productivity). It takes time, appropriate resources, and strong effort, so keep trying.  Description: Price Chopper established a corporate goal of improving employee health and began an employee wellness program named and branded “Well@Work.” The program contains a variety of programs. Most of the offerings are made available to all employees and their family members. The program implements health educational communications that vary based on quarterly themes. The program also recently implemented a permanent individual program (Go for the Gold) in which someone can enroll, set wellness goals in various health categories, and work toward the goals over a year-long timeframe. There are other health management initiatives and incentives integrated with and supported by the Well@Work program that are offered to the approximate 7,500 health-plan participants. Well@ Work is strongly promoted through many communication channels

throughout Price Chopper. The wellness program efforts are sustainable because of the long-term investment Price Chopper has made and because of the comprehensive, strategic approach to Well@Work. Each year, Well@Work measures health-behavior changes in a variety of ways, and there have been measurable impacts. The program has looks at biometric improvements and annual survey/health assessment data. Well@Work will continue to adapt to organizational needs/ interests and will keep offering new, innovative programs for employees and family members.

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