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  he awards honor the legacy of those   who have made a substantial   contribution to our region by building thriving businesses and nurturing our communities through their generosity in time, financial support, and dedication. In short, the Legacy Awards recognize a special group of business leaders who have done much of the heavy lifting in building our community. These distinguished leaders set an example for the next generation of entrepreneurs who will build on the

honorees’ contributions. In the pages of this commemorative publication, you will find an article on each executive being honored: Bill Byrne of Byrne Dairy, Inc.; Jud Gostin of Sensis Corp.; Ray Halbritter of Oneida Nation Enterprises; Orrin B. “Mac” MacMurray of C&S Companies; and Joe Mirabito of Mirabito Holdings, Inc. The Business Journal salutes these honorees for building growing businesses and for cultivating the community. We also salute them for being role models to the next generation of leaders. q

Above: The 2011 Legacy Award honorees. Top and bottom right: 2011 reception attendees.

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Byrne’s accomplishments and awards include:

Chairman of the Board

BYRNE DAIRY, INC. BY MARIA CARBONARO JOURNAL STAFF

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pening two new manufacturing operations to help grow Byrne Dairy, Inc. from a local to a national operation are among William (Bill) Byrne’s many accomplishments during his 40-year tenure with the company, which he currently serves as chairman of the board.

These achievements helped lead to Byrne receiving a 2012 Legacy Award. “I am deeply honored to receive this award. For myself and our company, we are very pleased to be recognized as having a positive impact on this community,” Byrne says. Byrne, who was president of the company from 1997 to 2006, will help the business celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2013. Currently, five Byrne family members are involved in the business — four in the third generation and one in the fourth generation. Bill Byrne also plans to help lead the company into its next generation of products. Byrne said that Byrne Dairy plans to enter the yogurt business and hopes to open a facility in Cortland County by 2014, according to an interview with WSKG Public Broadcasting. Matthew Byrne, Bill Byrne’s grandfather, founded Byrne Dairy

 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Upstate Manufacturing, 1998  All Star Dairy Association National Dairy of the Year award, 2004  Chairman of the Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative from 2003 to 2006,  Long-time member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and chair of the board in 2007-2008.  40-year employee of Byrne Dairy and president from 1997 to 2006.  Byrne Dairy received the Cornell University Awards Gold Medal in August 2011. With a perfect score of 100 percent, Cornell’s New York State Milk Quality Improvement Program named Byrne Dairy the 2011 “Best Milk” Processor in New York state.

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Saab Sensis salutes our founder, Jud Gostin, for over 25 years of leadership and innovation.

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Jud Gostin LEGACY AWARDS

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Gostin’s achievements include:  Established the vision and contributed to a strategy that led to a 23-year period in which Sensis’ revenue increased at a compound annual rate exceeding 20 percent. The company grew from five people to about 700.  Led efforts that resulted in Sensis achieving its primary purpose of providing innovative, elegant, high-tech products that save thousands of lives and millions of dollars. Most notably, Sensis conceived, developed, built, and installed airport surveillance and alerting systems that are preventing airport disasters, the firm says.  Successfully led Sensis and its employees to be socially responsible and contribute time, energy, and money to good causes, especially those in the communities in which they worked, the company says.  Established and protected a distinctive culture of respect, reciprocal loyalty, open and honest communications, and individual responsibility and empowerment, and in the process, created an environment that motivated people to maximize their contributions, according to Sensis.

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Founder

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s he was working to get Sensis Corp. off the ground in the mid-1980s, Jud Gostin made the rounds in Central New York, looking for investors. “I couldn’t get any of the people within the community, the wealthy people, the so-called captains of industry interested in investing,” he says. “It just struck me that people thought it was crazy. They didn’t understand high-tech at that time.” Things have changed for the better, Gostin notes. Startup companies in

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2012 Legacy Award Recipient Byrne Dairy thanks you for the past 40 years of dedicated leadership as well as your generous support and commitment to our community.

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Central New York today have access to an impressive array of resources and help. And Gostin, of course, did more than get Sensis off the ground. He grew the business into a local success story and an innovator in air-traffic control and radar technologies. Saab AB, a Swedish defense and security company, acquired Sensis last year for $150 million. Sensis, now as a subsidiary of Saab, is still based in DeWitt and employs 600 people, including 500 in Central New York. The company’s technology is deployed in more than 30 countries across five continents. Despite his success in growing Sensis, the experience of searching for his own investors stuck, Gostin says. He saw it as a symptom of a broader lack of entrepreneurial spirit in the community. It’s something he says he worked to change over the course of his career. One of the most visible efforts is the Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES), an annual lecture series that has brought visits from busi-

ness leaders like Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, and Carly Fiorina, former chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Gostin remains on the board of FES and is also on the board of the Central New York Technology See GOSTIN, page 10B


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Ray Halbritter LEGACY AWARDS

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CEO

ONEIDA NATION ENTERPRISES “We understand there are no quick fixes. In order to build a truly successful business that creates shared prosperity for ownership and employees, you have to be willing to make long-term investments, even when conventional wisdom says to do otherwise.” — Ray Halbritter

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ver the past three decades, Ray Halbritter, Nation Representative for the Oneida Indian Nation, has led the tribe through a cultural and economic rebirth that ranges from preserving traditional Oneida stories through 3D animation to the recently announced $25 million expansion project at the Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Such growth and achievement is why Halbritter is one of the 2012 Legacy Awards honorees. “It is truly an honor to be in such good company with other local awardees,” Halbritter says. “Central New York is part of who I am. This is my homeland; I was born here, my people are here, I graduated from Syracuse University, I live and work here.” Turning Stone was the Nation’s promise, not just to the Oneida people but to everyone in Central New York, that the Nation would

become a major economic engine for the region, Halbritter says. “Over the last 20 years, even during extended periods of economic downturns, we have always honored the commitments we made to our community. The Legacy honor we are being awarded is an affirmation of the fulfillment of that commitment.” Halbritter has served as Nation Representative since 1975 and as CEO of its enterprises since 1990. Achievements under his tenure include receiving federal See HALBRITTER, page 10B

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Orrin B. “Mac” LEGACY AWARDS

December 6, 2012

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MacMurray Chairman

C&S COMPANIES BY RICK SELTZER JOURNAL STAFF

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arly in his career at C&S Companies, Orrin B. “Mac” MacMurray detoured a date with his wife so he could show her a project he was working on at a sewage-treatment plant in Clay. “We were going to the movies one night, and on the way to the movies, we drove by the Wetzel Road Wastewater Treatment Plant,” MacMurray says. “I had to pull in and show her. That’s the way us crazy engineers are.” MacMurray took part in dozens of public-works projects as an engineer at C&S, which he joined in October 1972. He later stepped into a management role and helped engineer the company’s evolution from a small Central New York firm that started as Calocerinos and Spina Consulting Engineers to a multi-discipline, multi-state business. C u r r e n t l y, MacMurray is chairman of C&S,

a role he assumed in 2008 after working as C&S Engineers, Inc. president starting in 1994. When he stepped into the president’s seat in 1994, C&S employed about 150 people and generated revenue of roughly $19 million. Today it has between 450 and 500 employees, with 250 to 300 workers in Central New York, depending on activity at its construction business. C&S posted revenue of $86.2 million in 2011. The growth came as C&S diversified, moving into a range of sectors from construction to operations. MacMurray steered C&S in that direction after becoming involved in the American Council of Engineering Companies, he says. “I kind of developed a sense that there was a trend coming,” MacMurray says. “Buyers of architectural and engineering services would begin to move away from buying those services on a stand-alone basis. They would begin to look for companies that could do it all, companies that were not just architects and engineers, but companies that would be able to combine that with planning, combine that with construction, combine that with construction management.” MacMurray guided C&S throughout the 1990s as it founded and grew different groups like a design/build business and an operations company. Then in the early 2000s, he focused on uniting the brand of C&S Companies under one umbrella. “We created a holding company,” he says. “We put all of those companies together under one ownership structure and one management structure. We began to brand it as C&S Companies, as opposed to the individual companies.” MacMurray is quick to credit other C&S employees with helping the business expand. For example, he says that when current C&S President and CEO Ronald Peckham led the company’s aviation arm, he spearheaded efforts that resulted in new offices opening throughout the country. C&S now has locations in New York, Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas. Attracting and retaining top talent has been a priority, according to MacMurray. He wants talented employees to stay at C&S, advance their careers, and help it grow. So he’s working to prepare a new generation of leadership at C&S, he says. “There is not one day where the old guard packs their desks and moves out and the new guard moves in,” he says. “It doesn’t

MacMurray’s accomplishments include:  Worked on numerous engineering projects at C&S, including Rochester’s combined seweroverflow abatement tunnels in the 1980s and an over-the-horizon radar project in the 1980s and early 1990s.  Guided C&S in its efforts to diversify and provide services in areas including planning, designing, construction, construction management, and operations.  Oversaw the branding of C&S Companies as one business and its consolidation under a holding company.  Served as chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies for 2007-2008, and was voted Engineer of the Year in 2012 by this national organization.  Served as president of the Health Advancement Collaborative of Central New York.

work that way. Not here. Our goal has always been to build a company that will be here for generations and generations.” Even if MacMurray is preparing for the end of his career — he notes that he’s closer to the end than to the beginning — he shows few signs of slowing down. Maj. Gen. Mark Milley, the commander of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, recently asked him to join the Fort Drum Retiree Council, as MacMurray served a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1971 and 1972, then served nearly 30 years after that in the Army Reserve. MacMurray is also a part-time instructor at several Central New York colleges and sits on a long list of boards and committees in the area. MacMurray says he’s particularly proud that he previously served as national chairman for the American Council of Engineering Companies and that he was president of the Health Advancement Collaborative of Central New York, which set up a health information exchange for the region. He’s always tried to volunteer his time outside of the office, he says. “If the people who are in a position to maybe help don’t help, how is the world going to be a better place?” he asks. “But I do have a problem saying ‘no.’ ” He also has a problem defining his legacy. “It’s not really a story about me,” he says. “It’s a story about the folks here at C&S and the people who have executed and put this place together.”  Contact Seltzer at rseltzer@cnybj.com


Joe Mirabito LEGACY AWARDS

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December 6, 2012

CEO “It’s always very nice and humbling when you get a little recognition. But certainly you feel a little embarrassed because there’s so many people that do all the hard work and you get the accolades,” Joe Mirabito says, regarding winning the Legacy Award.

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s CEO of Mirabito Holdings, Inc., Joseph P. (Joe) Mirabito heads a thriving, 85-year-old, family-owned energy distribution and convenience-store business, now in its third and fourth generations. As he accepts the Legacy Award, Joe Mirabito says he’s really accepting it on behalf of “all the family and employees that have come before me.” He quips, “I’m a third-generation guy … I’m just here to rudder the ship a little.” Mirabito graduated from Le Moyne College with a bachelor’s degree in business. While attending college, he worked part time at the family-owned and operated business of James Mirabito and Sons, Inc. — more commonly known today as Mirabito Energy Products. Mirabito Energy Products distributes energy throughout Central New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Supplying heating oil and propane to residential and commercial customers has long been the mainstay of Mirabito Energy Products, which now has 12 branch offices. In 1984, the company entered the conveniencestore marketplace and

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currently owns and operates more than 55 stores known as Mirabito Convenience Stores. In 2011, Mirabito Holdings partnered with Corning Natural Gas to form Leatherstocking Gas Company, a regulated local distribution company that provides natural gas to the region. In 2012, Mirabito Holdings formed Mirabito Natural Gas to market natural gas to commercial and residential customers. All told, Mirabito Holdings has grown into a business employing 710 — 295 in the energy division and 415 in the conveniencestore/food-service business, according to Lindsay Meehan, director of marketing, a fourth-generation Mirabito, and Joe’s daughter. Annual sales today exceed $400 million. Regarding the future of Mirabito Holdings, Joe Mirabito says, “We will continue to find that niche that we can survive in, and there’s going to be change in our industry. We want to be a part of that change.” He continues, “That being said, we have to look outside the boundaries of [upstate New York] because that is where we can find growth. You try to stay true to your roots, but there comes a time when you have to look beyond your boundaries to service [new customers.]” Mirabito is president of the Empire State Petroleum Association, a member of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and the National Association of Convenience Stores. His community involvement includes serving as past president of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce, past director of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce, and past director of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. He is currently president of the Greater Sidney Development Corporation, an advisory board member for the Central New York Region of Community Bank, a director of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and a director for Corning Natural Gas. Mirabito received the 2008 Le Moyne College Frank Fernandez Business Leader of the Year Award. When asked for the top lesson he’s

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learned in his business career, Mirabito offers, “You’ve got to treat people right. The people that work for you, the people you serve, and the vendor relationships you have. Treat others as you want to be treated is what I have learned. That’s what I learned from my father and uncles.” Mirabito adds that striking a balance between family and business life, balancing the needs of employees versus the need for capital to reinvest in the business, and maintaining a balanced product portfolio are challenges he has to deal with daily. “The biggest challenge for me every day when I come to work is balance in all aspects,” he says.  Contact Rombel at arombel@cnybj.com

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TOP RANKS: COMPANIES & ORGANIZATIONS WITH MAJOR ANNIVERSARIES IN 2012 Ranked by (in Years) Years) Ranked by No. No.of ofAnniversaries Anniversary (in

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Anniversary (Years) 125

Total No. of CNY Employees 355

Rome Memorial Hospital 1500 N. James St. Rome, NY 13440 (315) 338-7000/romehospital.org

125

820

Dale Carnegie Training P.O. Box 308 Syracuse, NY 13209 (315) 457-1300/centralny.dalecarnegie.com

100

14

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Dale Carnegie

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Menorah Park Hodes Way Syracuse, NY 13214 (315) 446-9111/menorahparkcny.com

100

300

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Jewish Community

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Rome Area Chamber of Commerce 139 W. Dominick St. Rome, NY 13440 (315) 337-1700/RomeChamber.com

100

3

1

Horizons FCU 120 Main St. Binghamton, NY 13905 (607) 724-5876/horizonsfcu.com

75

32

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Barton Haselton, H. T. Dyett, W. L. Kingsley, A. R. Kessinger, George A. Clyde, F. A. Etheridge, A. F. Carpenter, P. C. Thomas, Edward H. Comstock, George H. Brown, M. R. Bingham, W. B. Johnson, John D. McMahon, S. H. Beach, F. M. Shelley, D. A. Lawton, George G. Clarabut, James A. Spargo, H.W.Barnard, E. S. Williams, T. J. Mowry, Ray Armstrong, Leon V. Jones, Jas. P. Olney. USPS

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Jay-K Independent Lumber, Corp. 8448 Seneca Turnpike New Hartford, NY 13413 (315) 735-4475/jay-k.com

75

66

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Mercer Health & Benefits/Marsh 507 Plum St. Syracuse, NY 13204 (315) 425-4000/mercer.com

75

24

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Oliva Construction Company 6724 Thompson Road Syracuse, NY 13211 (315) 463-8684/olivaco.com

75

Erie Canal Museum 318 Erie Boulevard East Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 471-0593/eriecanalmuseum.org

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Name Address Phone/Website Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse 155 Gifford St. Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 472-6251/rmlifechanging.org

Total No. of CNY Offices Founders Mission District local church volunteers and the first director, campus, donation Henry B. Gibbud processing warehouse in Liverpool, an office in Auburn, an office in Binghamton 7 Dr. Thomas Flaundrau

Original Company Name Rescue Mission

Type of business nonprofit human services agency

Key Executive(s) Alan Thornton , CEO

The Rome Hospital

hospital

Basil J. Ariglio, President & CEO

Dale Carnegie

professional and personal training and development

Leslie English, President

Jewish Home of Central comprehensive provider of senior New York care services

Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO

Rome Chamber of Commerce

marketing & business promotions, work-force development in schools, professional development in the workplace, legislative action, medical & dental insurance plans

Bill Guglielmo, President Mike Manuele, Chairman

United States Employees Federal Credit Union

credit union

Mario DiFulvio, President/CEO

Joseph T. Kelly and Thomas Jones

J - K Lumber

retail lumber & building materials, paint, electrical, kitchens, hardware, bath & plbg.

Dean Kelly, President Jonas Kelly, Vice President

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William Manson Mercer

William M. Mercer

employee benefits, compensation, and human resources consulting

Thomas Flynn, Principal & Upstate Business Leader Kraig Kummer, Principal, Retirement Practice

20

1

Antonio Oliva

Anthony Oliva & Sons

general contractors

Anthony S. Oliva, President Stephen A. Oliva, Jr., Vice President

50

7

1

The Canal Museum

history museum

Diana Goodsight, Executive Director

Stafkings Healthcare Systems, Inc. 66 Hawley St. Binghamton, NY 13902 (607) 772-8080/stafkingshealthcare.com

50

503

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Don Mawhinney, Peggy Feldmeier, Robert T. Clark, Janet S. Besse, Marie M. Cady, B. Churchill Loveland, Anna J. Ryan, Ann G. Bruns, William L. Snow, Harold W. Presson, Frank B. Thomson, Louis P. Abrams John J. King, Marianne King

Stafkings Healthcare

home health-care staffing

Daniel J. King, President Carter C. King, Vice President

Bell & Spina, P.C. 215 Wyoming St., Suite 201 Syracuse, NY 13204 (315) 488-0377/bellandspina.com

25

16

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Dennis C. Spina, Gary, J. Bell

Cappuccili Bell Architects

architectural firm, building envelope specialists

Dennis C. Spina, Principal

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Chiropractic Family Care 312 Oriskany Blvd. Whitesboro, NY 13492 (315) 736-3324/http://dr-maryyoder.myshaklee.com/us/en/welcome

25

2

1

Dr. William Yoder and Dr. Mary Yoder

Chiropractic Family Care

a whole person approach to wellness offering network chiropractic, happy mind workshops, nutritional guidance, Shaklee natural products

Dr. Mary Yoder, Chiropractor William R. Yoder, M.D.

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Lake Ontario Events & Conference Center 26 E. 1st St. Oswego, NY 13126 (315) 343-5121/bestwestern.com

25

40

1

George A. Broadwell

G & S Broadwell

conference center

George S. Broadwell, Director of Special Events

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Marra's Homecare Equipment & Supplies Inc. 21087 State Route 12F Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 788-8280/marrashomecare.com

25

52

3

John & Nancy Marra

same

home oxygen service, sleep apnea products, complex rehabilitation equipment

John Marra, Owner

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Payco 585 Main St. Johnson City, NY 13790 (607) 770-8510/paycoinc.com

25

18

1

Don Bosman

Payco

payroll services

Donald Bosman, Owner Tom Bosman

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Pioneer Companies 333 W. Washington St. Suite 600 Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 471-2181/pioneercos.com

25

35

1

Michael J. Falcone

Pioneer Development Company

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St. Joseph's Certified Home Health Care Agency 7246 Janus Park Drive Liverpool, NY 13088 (315) 458-2800/sjhomecare.com

25

230

1

Sisters of Franciscan Order

St. Joseph's Certified Home Health Care Agency

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Stephen F. Schink, CPA 8591 Turin Road Rome, NY 13440 (315) 337-9330/schinkcpa.com

25

3

1

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Ad Elements, LLC 45 Lewis St., 1E Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 238-1560/adelements.net

10

7

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10. . 12.

Louis N. Brando, CPA prior to 1987; Stephen Louis N. Brando, CPA F. Schink, CPA 1987 on Stephanie Blodgett

Ad Elements, LLC

Information was provided by representatives of listed organizations and their websites. Other groups may have been eligible but did not respond to our requests for information. While The Business Journal strives to print accurate information, it is not possible to independently verify all data submitted. 1

Anniversary years included: 125, 100, 75, 50, 25, and 10.

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

real estate development, property Michael P. Falcone, Chairman management, leasing, & CEO construction management, asset John F. O'Brien, Managing management Director William L. Cappelletti, Managing Director certified home health-care agency Melissa Allard, Director of Patient Services CPA firm

Stephen F. Schink, Owner

advertising agency

Stephanie Blodgett, President

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BYRNE: Byrne Dairy, supplied by more than 150 local farms, now operates three production facilities didn’t finish,� Carl Byrne, current company president, said in a previous interview with The Business Journal. The rest, as they say, is history. Byrne Dairy grew steadily through the 1950s and 1960s. The first Byrne Dairy convenience store opened in 1952. The company jumped into the ice-cream production business in 1978, which expanded the company dramatically. In 1981, Byrne Dairy began to churn its own brand of butter. Growth continued in the 1980s and 1990s after it set up a depot system that provided for distribution throughout New York State. In 2004, a new ultrapasteurization plant, Ultra Dairy, LLC opened in DeWitt. In 2008, Byrne Dairy invested $28 million to

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in 1933 in Syracuse. The Byrne Triangle Building, today located across from the Dinosaur-Bar-B-Que, was its first location. Brothers Matt and J.P. Byrne originally constructed the triangle as a tire showroom. When the brothers split up in 1929, a tenant who had been leasing space in the basement of the building and running a small dairy walked away from his lease. Two years later, in the midst of the Great Depression, Matthew Byrne convinced a bank and some vendors to lend him $20,000, and he began bottling milk there in 1933. “I think it’s neat that the guy started a business that someone else

expand its Ultra Dairy production. Byrne Dairy, supplied by more than 150 local farms, now operates three production facilities and 55 convenience stores. It distributes fresh milk and ice cream in four states, and ultrapasteurized products nationally from Ultra Dairy. The three plants total about 350,000 square feet. Byrne Dairy still manufactures its own bottles. Managing all the growth Byrne Dairy has generated has required vigilance, Bill Byrne says. “We’ve been continually challenged to put new assets in place, in terms of our plants, distribution system, and stores. And more importantly, we’ve been challenged to move our management team to a higher

level to meet the needs of our expanded business,â€? he says. Byrne says he’s confident about the future because “Byrne Dairy has an excellent business plan ‌ We continue to identify new opportunities to meet the needs of a wide range of customers, from individuals at our stores to large national customers.â€? Byrne graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in DeWitt in 1966, and Dartmouth College in 1970. He is a 25-year resident of Jamesville, where he lives with his wife, Nancy. The couple has two grown children, and one grandchild. ď ą Contact Carbonaro at mcarbonaro@cnybj.com

GOSTIN: Says he wants to get involved with companies in fast-growing high-tech sectors more entrepreneurship in the Central New York community had a simple aim: to grow the local economy. “You live here for a long time. You like it,� he says. “You naturally wish it were better.� Gostin stepped down from his post as chairman, president, and CEO at Sensis after the Saab acquisition. He’s now aiming to mentor and invest in startups. He says he wants to get involved with companies in fast-growing high-tech sectors like energy, health care, or in an Internet-based firm. Gostin notes that the founders of such businesses will almost certainly have underestimated how much of themselves

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Development Organization and CenterState CEO. He was active in the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York before it merged with the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce to form CenterState CEO. Before founding Sensis in 1985, Gostin was a program general manager within General Electric’s radar systems department. He led the development of advanced air-defense systems for the company and holds two patents as a result of his work there. Gostin says his efforts to encourage

they’ll have to put into their ventures to be successful. It’s one of the numerous lessons Gostin says he learned while growing Sensis. Another lesson, he adds, is the importance of empowering employees. That creates risk, but it’s a risk companies must be prepared to take. “The risk of not empowering people exceeds the risk of empowering them,� he says. That empowerment has to come with high standards, he adds. Maintaining the balance between allowing employees to take risks and expecting high performance is a delicate one, he notes. The number of startups around Central

New York and the attention they receive from area leaders is encouraging, Gostin says. Universities are interested in working with businesses to foster innovation and venture funds aimed at early-stage companies are springing up around the region. Gostin says he likes to think he contributed something to the region’s focus on entrepreneurship through FES and other efforts. He says he hopes to continue contributing to that culture by advising new startups. “Experience is a great teacher,â€? he says. “I’ve learned a lot of things that I think can help.â€? ď ą Contact Tampone at ktampone@cnybj.com

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government recognition of the Nation’s traditional form of government, creating LISTS LISTS health and social programs for Nation LAwards EGACY members, constructing new housing for LAwards EGACY Healthy Healthy Workplace members, establishing education and culWorkplace ture programs for members, endowing a professorship at Harvard Law School for 4 40 0 teaching American Indian law, donating to the Smithsonian Institution’s National CJ[FWFOU[DPN CJ[FWFOU[DPN Museum of the American Indian, sponsoring the “True Spirit of Thanksgiving� float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and hosting the PGA Tour Turning Stone Resort Championship from 2007-2010. The Oneida Nation’s businesses include Turning Stone Resort Casino, the SavOn chain of convenience stores, Indian Country Today Media Network, and Four Directions Productions. “Most businesses evaluate their success by measuring quarterly earnings,� BOOKBOOK

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Halbritter says. “The Oneida Nation measures its success in decades. Making decisions based on the impact they will have on future generations is a value the Oneida people have always lived by. That value has also proven to be a successful business model that any business can replicate. We understand there are no quick fixes. In order to build a truly successful business that creates shared prosperity for ownership and employees, you have to be willing to make long-term investments, even when conventional wisdom says to do otherwise. Our ability to create a world-class destination resort that attracts tourists from around the state, region, and country is precisely because we reinvested our revenues back into our community and created good-paying jobs right here in Central New York.� Since 1993, the Nation says it has created more than 4,500 jobs and paid out more than $1.5 billion in payroll. The Nation says

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it has also spent more than $2 billion on goods and services from local vendors and contributed more than $35 million to local municipalities, schools, and charities. Halbritter earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University. He serves on the boards of directors of the Environmental Media Association, Harvard Native American Law Board, Montpelier Spring Water Company, Mohawk Valley EDGE, and the Hofmann Sausage Company. He is a member of the Recording Academy, the National Advisory Council for the American Indian Program at Cornell University, the National Congress of American Indians, and United South and Eastern Tribes. In 2009, Halbritter passed the PGA Playing Ability Test, the first stage to becoming a member of the Professional Golfers Association. ď ą Contact DeLore at tdelore@cnybj.com

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December 6, 2012

Legacy Awards

The Central New York Business Journal • 11B

On behalf of my colleagues at Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, I congratulate the 2012 Legacy Award honorees. The executives being honored with the Legacy Awards have each made an outstanding contribution to the Central New York region. These individuals have contributed to the success of their organizations, and helped to foster a strong business environment in the region. We are proud to help recognize their outstanding leadership. At Citizens Bank, we believe good banking is good citizenship. We support those who share the same spirit and dedication to building vibrant communities. Congratulations to all of the honorees. James Gaspo, President Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New York


12B • The Central New York Business Journal

Legacy Awards

December 6, 2012

HERE’S TO A GREAT EXAMPLE OF LEADING BY EXAMPLE. RBS Citizens congratulates the 2012 Legacy Award honorees. We believe in helping to build vibrant communities and we support those who share the same spirit and dedication.

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