SYRACUSE, NY – The U.S. Small Business Administration honored the 15 participating companies in its Emerging Leaders Initiative at a graduation ceremony at SUNY ESF on November 5.
The intense program, providing more than 40 hours of advanced management training, has been a collaboration of the SBA Syracuse District Office with CenterState CEO, CNY TDO, City of Syracuse Office of Neighborhood and Business Development, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., MACNY, Onondaga SBDC, SUNY ESF, Syracuse SCORE, Syracuse University, The Falcone Center, The Tech Garden and the WISE Women’s Business Center.
“With tailored curriculum, limited class size and small mentoring groups, the Emerging Leaders initiative creates an environment for the entrepreneur to take a critical assessment of their business in today’s economy,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki. “By strengthening these small businesses, I can tell you that the program will affect more than our 15 graduates. The Emerging Leaders experience will continue to impact their companies, employees, customers and communities for months and years from now.”
At the graduation ceremony, current and past graduates shared their experiences during the Emerging Leaders program and how it directly impacted their business operations and plans for growth.
“The Emerging Leaders course proved to be a game changer for me. The real magic is the wake-up call to not work in the business but to work on the business,” explained 2013 alumnus and keynote speaker Corso’s Cookies CEO Peter Hess.
2014 graduate Advanced Tool Inc. President Sherry DePerno summarized her Emerging Leaders experience: “This was a safe zone where we got to lay it all out on the line and support each other to come up higher. This was an environment where we could be open and real about the struggles we face every day in our businesses. I want to thank SBA for this program.”
2014 graduate Café Kubal owner Matt Godard added his lessons learned: “Realizing the depth of my identity among other business owners when so often we feel alone. We are risk taking innovators wearing many hats and we are now better equipped to grow and be the economy of our great nation.”
Syracuse is one of 27 participating cities nationwide.
Others include Albuquerque, NM, Atlanta, Ga., Baltimore, Md., Boston, Mass., Chicago, Ill., Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colo., Detroit, Mich., Fresno, Calif., Honolulu, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Calif. , Memphis, Tenn., Miami, Fla., Milwaukee, Wisc., Minneapolis, Minn., New Jersey, New Orleans, La., Oklahoma City, Okla. , Philadelphia, Pa. , Phoenix, Ariz., Portland, Ore., Seattle, Wash., St. Louis, Mo., Wichita, Kan., Youngstown, Ohio, and Washington, DC.
The Emerging Leaders initiative targets small companies that have the potential for rapid expansion and job creation. Firms need an operational track record of three years or more.
To learn more about the Emerging Leaders program, please visit www.sba.gov/ny/syracuse
The 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative graduates are:
Mathew Barber, owner and managing partner
Barber Financial Management, East Syracuse
Mathew Barber is proud to call the Central NY area home both personally and professionally. Born and raised in a small suburb east of Syracuse, Mathew currently resides in Fayetteville with his wife and son. Outside of his financial advising firm located in Armory Square, Barber likes to focus on giving back to his local community by advocating for local business growth and opportunity. Professionally Barber Financial Management focuses on the unique needs of young professionals, local business owners as well as retirees. As an independent advising firm our only allegiance is to the clients we call friends and family.
Jessica Cosentino, manager
Cosentino’s Florist, Auburn
Jessica Cosentino is a fourth-generation florist who has spent the last seven years learning the ins and outs of her family’s 80-year-old shop in Auburn, New York. Jessica works day to day with father Carmen at Cosentino’s Florist. Jessica not only is the Vice President of the local Zonta Club of Auburn, but is President of the State Teleflora Unit Board and has been recently elected to the National Retailers Council through Society of American Florist. Her daily tasks include but are never limited to managing a professional staff, working with customers for their wedding celebrations and funeral service, and building a business brand which one day she can call her own.
Sherry DePerno, president and CEO
Advanced Tool Inc. , Marcy
Sherry DePerno is a successful business owner of multiple six and seven figure companies. She is a business strategist and keynote speaker with a passion for business and for making a difference. Sherry is President and CEO of Advanced Tool Inc., an End Mill manufacturer that optimizes CNC Milling applications for Fortune 100 & 500 manufacturers. Sherry is founder and Executive Director of ALS of Utica; a not-for-profit that fights ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Sherry is also founder and CEO of Sherry DePerno: Business Consulting & Training, a company founded to help others build a successful business and live their dream life.
Herbert Dwyer, president and CEO
ASI Energy, Ithaca
Mr. Dwyer oversees all aspects of ASI Energy, including strategic planning, business development and client relations. ASI Energy is an Ithaca, NY-based company providing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for commercial and industrial buildings. ASI Energy is backed by $150 million in project investment capital in order to offer the most reliable, efficient and affordable energy solutions. Prior to pursuing his Bachelors of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, Herb enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an Intelligence Operator and Platoon Sergeant. He is also a board member of the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative.
Sally Fedrizzi, owner
Vagabond Tour and Travel, Baldwinsville
Sally Fedrizzi is the owner of Vagabond Tour and Travel. She received her degree in Fine Art and Design from Onondaga Community College. In 2003, Sally formed her own company, working as an independent consultant, providing cultural experiences for her clients. Sally sponsors vagabondGALS… a club for solo women travelers. Sally has spent 10 years as an advisor and leader of Rotary District 7150’s Youth Exchange program for high school students with 35 countries around the world. Married for 32 years and the mother of three boys, Sally encouraged her children to explore and travel as well.
Shawn Ferguson, CEO
Indian Springs Mfg. Co., Inc., Baldwinsville
Shawn Ferguson is the CEO of Indian Springs Mfg. Co., Inc. in Baldwinsville, NY. ISM is a 56 year-young global leader in the hazardous material safety industry. ISM helps keep the world safe by designing and manufacturing innovative safety products and services for use by first responders during HAZMAT emergencies. Shawn is the fourth-generation of family to lead Indian Springs. His career at ISM began in 1993 working part-time as a clerk and restroom cleaner. Since that beginning, Shawn has worked in every area of the business including as a machinist, sales person, Vice President, President and eventually CEO. Shawn resides in Baldwinsville with his beautiful wife Sheree, and three wonderful children.
Matt Godard, owner
Café Kubal, Syracuse
Matt Godard founded Café Kubal in 2004. His cafes are in five Syracuse neighborhoods. Cafe Kubal has become a popular fixture in the community for being the “third place” in the city of Syracuse, NY. Matt is a Syracuse resident, husband and father of three kids. He is passionate about coffee and community and loves going to work.
Theresa Himes, president and CEO
Bosco and Geers Food Market LTD., Oswego
Theresa is a president and CFO of Bosco and Geers Food Market LTD., wife and mother of two daughters. She began working for her father at the business that would one day become hers in 1972. It was her junior year of high school and she began by working as both a cashier and meat and deli clerk. After a year her responsibilities expanded to include management of sales, store inventory, loss prevention, and employee training. Over the next 19 years she would help in increasing sales from $500,000 to over $1 million per year. In 1992 she took over the business with her two brothers and has continued to grow and expand the business ever since.
Andrew Kettell, president
C. M. E. Corp., Syracuse
Founded in Syracuse in 1969, C. M. E. Corp. has something for every business. Comprised of Central Marking Equipment Corp., Printing Dies Unlimited, and Salt City Signs, C. M. E. Corp. is a specialty imaging company offering high quality marking devices, packaging graphics and tooling, and signage to customers of all types around the country. With the understanding that clear and appealing images and messages should look their best at all times, the employees of C. M. E. Corp. pride themselves on listening to the customer to determine the products and services to best meet their needs.
Sara Morris, co-owner
Mello Velo Bicycle Shop, Inc., Syracuse
Sara Morris co-owns Mello Velo, a full service retail bicycle shop and café located in the university area of Syracuse, operating since 2009. The bicycle shop specializes in both new and used bicycle sales, service, and repair, and the café complement is a comfortable neighborhood space, serving cyclist-approved light fare made from scratch. Both Sara and her copreneur, Steve, are passionate about creating community through coffee and food, and through advocating bicycle culture. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Syracuse University, studied professional cooking at the New England Culinary Institute, and yes, also works on the bikes.
Margaret Morin, president
4M Precision Industries, Inc., Auburn
Margaret (Peggy) Morin was born in Ontario, Canada and immigrated to Auburn, NY in 1969 when her husband founded 4M Precision Industries. She started in the business as a press operator and as the business grew took on clerical and administrative duties. In 2010 she was elected president of the company. 4M has since become certified as a Woman-Owned Business and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. She is assisted in the business by two sons and a daughter. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Phyllis Goldman Encouragement for Women Award. She has been married 62 years, is the mother of eight children and enjoys her 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Marny Nesher, president
Business Journal News Network, Syracuse
Marny Nesher, president of the Business Journal News Network, was raised in Syracuse and currently lives with her family in Fayetteville. The BJNN is a second-generation family-owned business that has been around for more than 28 years. Marny purchased the family business from her father in 2014 after serving in various capacities since 1994. The BJNN is the only business-to-business provider of news and information for Central New York. We solve problems for our audience by providing them with relevant and timely news and information that will in turn help them make informative decisions. Our audience is the C-Suite executive as well as anyone who works or does business in CNY.
Chris Resig, principal and owner
N. K. BHANDARI Architecture & Engineering, P.C., Syracuse
Chris Resig is vice president of N.K. BHANDARI, Architecture & Engineering, P.C. which provides architectural and engineering services for healthcare, corporate, industrial, higher education, federal, state, municipal, and facilities clientele. Chris focuses on delivering design excellence to his clientele by living his firm values of quality, integrity, and professionalism. These are the tenets on which the firm was founded more than 30 years ago and does business every day. Chris and his wife, Sue, have three grown children and one grandchild.
Tim Shaugnessy, president
Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc., Syracuse
Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc. develops and manufactures unique resins, coatings, inks and adhesives. We specialize in formulating and supplying customized, rapid-cure chemistries and processes that save energy and space, while increasing quality and productivity. Additionally our products and processes are more |environmentally-friendly and user-friendly than most conventional technologies. Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc. is customer driven, working closely with each customer under strict confidence to develop unique solutions that provide long term manufacturing advantages and significant competitive and environmental benefits.
Dan Walding, CEO
Bentley–Hall Inc., Syracuse
Dan Walding, owner and CEO of Bentley-Hall Inc., has over 20 years of executive sales management experience for broadcast television, radio, and cable companies in the Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and New Orleans markets. In 2003, Dan started Strategic Resources, advertising and consulting firm serving automotive and media clients. In 2012, Dan purchased Bentley-Hall, a custom publishing firm. The merger of Strategic Resources and Bentley-Hall has allowed Bentley-Hall to deliver more diverse promotional and marketing solutions. Bentley-Hall produces results-driven, integrated cross-media marketing initiatives for local, regional, and national advertisers.