In This Issue... - Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce

Volume 29
Number 3
March 2015
You have heard it before and you will hear it again…this is the year of GROWTH UNLIMITED for the Greater
Utica Chamber of Commerce. We are so excited to be so close to reaching 1,000 members, and we need your
help! This March, we are kicking off our “March Membership Madness”, with the goal of adding over 100 new
members to our Chamber. All month long, we will be arming you, our members, with materials to help.
There are three ways to get involved:
• Send us a tip for a new member by sending us their name and contact information.
• Share information about the Chamber with a potential member. Throughout the month of March we will
be sending you shareable content.
• Volunteer for the highlight of our “madness” on Wednesday, March 25th at our March Membership
Madness Drive. We will be sending out information for sign-up soon.
As members, YOU are the biggest ambassadors for our Chamber! You know our benefits first hand, so help us
spread the word! We look forward to growing our membership and bringing you even more member benefits in
the future. Thank you for your continued support, and remember…GROWTH UNLIMITED!
In This Issue...
Chamber News .......................................................... 1, 3
Chamber State Report ................................................... 2
Action - March 2015
Member News ....................................................... 4, 5, 7
Business After Hours ...................................................... 6
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce - ACTION Newsletter - March 2015 -
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce - ACTION Newsletter - March 2015 -
Chamber NEWS
Greater Utica Chamber Welcomes Two New Interns
Ryan Lockwood
Ryan Lockwood is a freshman at Mohawk Valley
Community College. He is a graduate of the Oriskany
school district and currently is a Chemistry major at
Mohawk Valley. Following Mohawk Valley, Ryan
has the desire to earn a Bachelors in Chemistry
and a Masters in Business and Administration. After
completing his education, Ryan has the goal of
someday running his own business.
Slavic Pentecostal Church. Being able to help others
in different areas is a passion of mine because it helps
me grow, and those around me as well. I feel honored to
be a part of The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce
as an intern and would like to bring in as much as I can
to fulfill the vision of expanding opportunity within the
Utica community.
The opportunity of interning with the Greater
Utica Chamber of Commerce interested Ryan for
several reasons. The greatest of them all was the
upcoming Strengthening Cities, Communities, and
Homes conference. Ryan has a great interest in this
conference and will be spending a great majority of his
time at the Chamber working on this exciting project.
Ilya Petrovets
Hello, My name is Ilya Petrovets. I am currently
attending Mohawk Valley Community College for an
associates in Business Management. Previously,
I went to Thomas R. Proctor High School. While at
Proctor, I was able to experience working a part time
job at McDonald’s as a crew trainer. Also, I was able
to lead both, the basketball and lacrosse team, as
the team captain. Both of these opportunities were a
great experience in managing because I had to show
integrity, make wise decisions for the team, and lead
by example.
Additionally, I volunteer as a youth leader in my church,
House of Prayer on Herkimer Road, also known as
Taking Care of Business.
Bank Local
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Lake Placid
315-ADKBANK or 1-877-404-BANK(2265)
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce - ACTION Newsletter - March 2015 -
Utica Zoo Presents Sinnott Conservation Award
On Friday, January 30th, 2015, the Utica
Zoological Society presented the 13th Annual
John J. & Wilma B. Sinnott Conservation
Award to the Oneida County Public Market.
The award was established to recognize the
efforts of local individuals or organizations
who are dedicated to the preservation of the
earth’s wildlife and natural resources.
The Oneida County Public Market was
spearheaded by Oneida County with the
support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and
other stakeholders in 2012 and is located in
the historic Union Station in Downtown Utica.
Local farmers and vendors sell homemade
Barry Sinnott, Bank of Utica; Andria Heath, Utica Zoo; Beth Irons, Oneida County Public and home-grown products every Saturday
Market; Deirdre Sinnott; and Joan M. Sinnott, PhD, Utica Zoo board member and donor.
during the summer, and on a monthly basis
during the winter. By purchasing goods and services that are produced locally and regionally, consumers help
cut down on the earth’s natural resources needed to transport and refrigerate goods. The Oneida County Public
Market is also revitalizing the long-empty Railway Express Building, conserving and preserving history in the
process. Beth Irons, the Market Manager, accepted the award on behalf of the Oneida County Public Market,
stating “I love what I do, and I love the people that I work with.”
Savery Passes Series 24 Exam
M. Griffith Investment Services is proud to announce that Matthew Savery
has passed the FINRA Series 24 General Securities Principal’s Exam.
This rigorous exam is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority (FINRA) and is designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of the
rules and statutory provisions applicable to the management of a general
securities broker-dealer. Matt is the Chief Investment Officer for M. Griffith
Investment Services, Inc. He works to develop and implement investment
strategies, and is responsible for the research and review of the investment
vehicles used in client accounts. Matt is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is
M. Griffith Investment Services is a full service, locally owned financial planning
and investment firm. The firm has over 67 years of history in helping families,
foundations, not-for-profit organizations and corporations meet their financial
goals. M. Griffith provides comprehensive services through a divsionalized
Matthew Savery
approach in which each division offers the depth of services needed while
the firm can ensure that all financial planning and investment advisory needs are addressed. The three divisions
within the firm are the Financial Planning Services Division, the Investment Advisory Services Division, and the
Retirement Plans Advisory Services Division. Company headquarters are located at 555 French Road, New
Hartford, NY. For additional information call 315-797-0130 or 800-950-1130.
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce - ACTION Newsletter - March 2015 -
Mayor’s Luncheon Raises
$9,171 for The Breast Care
Center at Mohawk Valley
Health System
Susan Palmieri, Cancer Center Executive Director Nancy Borden, Mayor
Robert Palmieri, and City of Utica employee Patti DeCarr, with the $9,171
check presented to The Breast Care Center at MVHS.
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and his wife, Susan,
recently donated $9,171 to the Breast Care Center at
Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) with money
raised at their annual Breast Cancer Awareness
Luncheon held in October 2014, at Daniele’s at Valley
“We are extremely grateful to Mayor Palmieri, Susan,
the City of Utica staff and everyone who attended and
donated to the Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon,”
said Nancy Borden, MBA, RT (T), executive director of
the Cancer Center. “Our patients and their families will
benefit greatly from this generous donation.”
“We chose to give to the Breast Care Center because
we know the donation will help patients who live right
here in our community,” said Mayor Palmieri. “We are
already planning next year’s event in hopes of raising
even more funds to support local breast care patients
and their families.”
Donations made to the Breast Care Center are raised
through the Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation.
If you are interested in learning how you can make
a difference, call the Foundation at 315-624-5600 or
‘Support The Stanley’ Concert
Set for Saturday, March 21st
The Stanley Theatre
announced an upcoming
concert that features
three legendary local
bands, including The
Todd Hobin Band, The
Justice McBride Band
and The Dust Devil Band. This three-band line-up also
rocked together back in 1981, as a fundraiser to help
keep The Stanley Theatre open. The upcoming concert
scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 pm is being
billed as a ‘Support the Stanley’ event with proceeds
helping the operations of the theater.
Reserved seat tickets are $15 to $35 and go on sale
Thursday January 22nd and Friday January 23rd to
Stanley members. Tickets are on sale to the general
public through The Stanley Box Office (M-F, 10 am - 3
pm), the Stanley phone charge 315-724-4000, on line at and through
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Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce - ACTION Newsletter - March 2015 -
Thank You to Chesterfield Restaurant for Hosting
The Chamber’s February Business After Hours
Simon Eisenbach, Simon Eisenbach Productions
& Hyzer Taylor, Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre
Nick Bruno, Mohawk Valley EDGE; Kyle Strife, Nelson Financial Group;
Chris Mandry, WUTR; Irene D’Onofrio, Capraro Technologies;
& Gene Falvo, Falvo Manufacturing
Creighton Newsom, Covey Computer Software; Jason Covey,
Covey Computer Software; & Jim Guthrie, Total Solutions
Nick Meyhew, GPO Federal Credit Union
& Jo-Anne Ricci, GPO Federal Credit Union
Upcoming Business After Hours
First Niagara Bank: Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 pm, 41 Kellogg Road, New Hartford
Tiny’s State Street Grill: Thursday, April 16, 5:00 pm, 1014 State Street, Utica
MVCC: (YEA! Edition) Wednesday, April 29, 5:00 pm, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica
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Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce - ACTION Newsletter - March 2015 -
Welcome to
the newest
Black Cat Restaurant
Renee Basile
470 French Road
Utica, NY 13502
p: 315-724-4444
[email protected]
ERM Consulting & Engineering, Inc.
Robert Sents
5788 Widewaters Parkway
DeWitt, NY 13412
p: 315-445-2554
[email protected]
Consultant / Environmental
New Hartford Square Senior Apartments
Gaul Randazzo
4770 Clinton Road
Whitesboro, NY 13492
p: 315-507-4997
[email protected]
Apartment Rentals
Jean-Luke Williams
50 Genesee Street
New Hartford, NY 13413
p: 315-765-6493
[email protected]
Fitness Facility
315 | 724 | 7677 • 100 Whitesboro Street, Utica •
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce - ACTION Newsletter - March 2015 -
Calendar of Events
is published by
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce
Radisson Hotel ● 200 Genesee Street, Suite One ● Utica, NY 13502 ● 724-3151 ● Fax 724-3177
Scott K. Williams
First Vice-Chair:
Michael B. Morrill
Second Vice-Chair:
Patrick J. Becher
Catherine Cucharale
Assistant Treasurer:
Brian R. Loughlin
Daria R. Helmer
Executive Director:
Pamela G. Matt. Esq.
Director of Membership & Events:
Meghan Fraser
Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper:
Jo-Ann Mammone-Mox
Director of Marketing & Communications:
Jennifer R. Sumner
Ryan C. Lockwood
Ilya Petrovets
Nicholus N. Woodman
Government Affairs/Economic Development Council Chair:
Stephanie K. Davis
Membership Council Chair:
Elis J. DeLia
Publicity & Tourism Council Chair:
Bruce Davis
Small Business Council Chair:
Deborah A. Kessler
Greater Utica Chamber
of Commerce
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Calendar of Events
Monday, March 2
Catalyst Steering Committee Meeting, 5:30 pm
Tuesday, March 3
State of the County Address, Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, 7:30 am
Friday, March 6
A Day at Gore Mountain Ski Trip, 6:30 am
Friday, March 6
Roundtable: Ethics Reform In Albany, Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, 8:30 am
Tuesday, March 10
Board of Directors Meeting, 12:00 noon
Thursday, March 12
Small Business Council Meeting, Chamber Offices, 8:30 am
Wednesday, March 18
Lunch & Learn, Chamber Offices, 11:30 am
Thursday, March 19
Roundtable: MVREDC, Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, 8:00 am
Friday, March 20
Publicity & Tourism Council Meeting, Chamber Offices, 8:30 am
Tuesday, March 24
Business After Hours, First Niagara Bank, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 25
Membership Council Meeting, Chamber Offices, 8:30 am
March 25
Chamber “Membership Madness” Drive, Northland Communications, 9 am