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Past Events

United Radio: Company Tour

On Wednesday, April 4th, from 8-10 a.m., we will have the opportunity to tour the facilities of one of our members, United Radio.  Always believing that family sustains, stabilizes and defines their organization, we will witness first hand how they provide high quality services to the electronics market place.  For over 90 years, the business has grown from a space within an outlet store in downtown Syracuse to five buildings, three divisions in two states, run by “one big happy family!”


We will tour three buildings, then meet with President Phil Rubenstein for an open Q & A with coffee and light refreshments.  We thank Vice President Mara Charlamb for all of her efforts coordinating what promises to be an informative and educational morning.


Our tour will begin at 8 a.m. at 5717 Enterprise Parkway, East Syracuse, 13057 and end at 5703 Enterprise Parkway.  Parking is available at either location.  No clothing restrictions apply. 

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to snyderf@lemoyne.edu by March 28th. 

The Excellent Supervisor

As the NYFBC Celebrates 10 Years(!!!), we are pleased to offer our members and guests The Excellent Supervisor– a unique learning opportunity for new supervisors to thoughtfully learn, experience and hone skills to strengthen their leadership abilities in their workplaces.  The program is designed to offer new and emergent supervisors a chance to explore employee performance within three dynamic sessions:  March 7, March 21 and April 5th.


The program was developed in partnership with Le Moyne College, and will be taught by three faculty members on our campus.  The sessions will include:

  •   A primer in interpersonal relationships with employees, an understanding of leadership style, and key communications skills


  •   How to have “crucial conversations” with employees to nurture good performance and enable employees to perform at their best level


Performance:  A close look at personal peak performance, goal setting, experiential learning, and emotional intelligence 


Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College. 


Costs: $595 (members)

            $695 (non-members)


Location: Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College – Room 202, Mitchell Hall


Dates: Wednesday, March 7

             Wednesday March 21

             Thursday, April 5


Time: 8:30 – 12:30


Registration:  Fill out this form and send it to snyderf@lemoyne.edu

The Faculty:

Renée Downey Hart, PhD is Professor of Practice in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.  Prior to joining the faculty four years ago, she was a partner in the firm of Eagle Consultants in Syracuse, an international organizational development firm based in Syracuse.  Her primary research areas include employee development and retention, and organizational learning.  She has been praised for her interactive style and unique ability to bring research into reality, and has a long history with the not for profit community in Central New York.

Dennis O’Connor, PhD is a Professor and Chair of Management and Leadership at the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College.  He has been long involved in consulting, researching and writing on both team leadership and organizational change processes such as the Future Search and Appreciative Inquiry, which have deep roots in non profits, NGOs, and health care, as well as business.

Kerry Carney, MS, SPHR, CSC   is one of the principals of Grenell Consulting, a strategy and leadership consulting firm that works with CEO’s & Executive Directors in “leading for the long term.” Grenell Consultants use their behavioral science backgrounds, unique assessment methodologies & coaching skills to help organizations build a strong foundation in planning, leadership and communication skills resulting in higher performing organizations.  Kerry has consulted with many not for profits in the CNY community.

Digital Marketing Workshop

Join a Le Moyne College professor, an FBC member & business owner and an enterprising student as they bring their fresh perspectives to help lead discussion covering a wide range of digital marketing concepts and trends including: search engine optimization (SEO), social media, pay-per­ click (PPC), conversion optimization, web analytics, content marketing, email and mobile marketing, online branding and target demographics. 

Roundtable panelists include: 

Matt Read, Le Moyne College Visiting Instructional Profo;sor, teaches advertising, public relations and creative theory. With an extensive background and career in advertising,he has worked at agencies in New York City and throughout the country, including Ogilvy & Matherand Eric Mower and Associates. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officerof Digital Hyve in Syracuse. Matt has worked with brands includingP&G, Nationwide Insurance and GE, using digital marketing, social media and branding to enhance customer connections.

Ben Reilley, a local entrepreneur, is a self-described innovator, media influencer, business builder, blogger, vlogger, YouTuber and podcast host. A Le Moyne college alumni, he is the owner of Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Co., a producer ofhigh quality spirits. With a strong background in hospitality, he served as Director of Operations for Ow era Vineyards prior to launching his distillery in 2013.

Grace Milmoe is a junior at Le Moyne College with a major in Communications and minor in Marketing. A native of Cazenovia, Grace runs a daily food blog and has been credited in the local media as being a strong daily social media influencer. Interested in all aspects of digital marketing trends, she plans to pursue a career in Social Media and Advertising.

Mangia, Mangia!

8-10AM Member Company Tour, Giovanni Foods.

BizEvents Family Business Breakfast Awards

7:30AM-10:30AM. Renée Downey Hart, Keynote Speaker. Click here for a flyer about the event.

Can You Say Pancakes?

Member Breakfast & Company Tour – New Hope Mills, Auburn.  Gather in the company’s new café, where CEO Doug Weed will host breakfast & share his company’s story, followed by conversation and a tour.  Bring your appetites!

Upstate Owners Forum – Leading at a Higher Level

Upstate Owners Forum - Leading at a Higher Level 
Vision. Many companies lack a clear and compelling statement of leadership or direction from the very top. A lack of vision is what keeps most from achieving their leadership potential. In family business, a lack of vision also affects the dynamics within the family system, which may have lasting effects on future generations. Establishing that clear vision is a critical first step to begin leading at a higher level. Leading at a Higher Level translates decades of research and 25 years of global experience into simple, practical, and powerful strategies to equip leaders and family members at every level to build organizations that produce bottom-line results.

About Ken Blanchard
Dr. Ken Blanchard ’61, PhD ‘67, is the Cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Ken’s impact as an author is far reaching. His iconic 1982 classic book, The One Minute Manager , coauthored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works—including Raving Fans, The Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name just a few—have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

The NYFBC Spring Conference

Here's a link to download a flyer.


May 25 – 8-1:30 Grewen Auditorium, Grewen Hall, Le Moyne College Campus (Parking Lot C, Springfield Rd.)


8:00 a.m. - Registration/Coffee/Danish


8:30-9:45 - Marion Hancock Fish – Business Planning, One Way or Another, a case approach for estate planning and the passing on of business assets.  (A partner with Hancock Estabrook, Marion focuses her practice on representing clients in matters involving estate planning, transfer of wealth tax issues, family business planning and succession, charitable giving, not for profit law and elder law.  Her team approach addresses all aspects of estate and tax planning and administration.


10:15-11:45 – Jesan Sorrells – Dealing with Common Disputes in Family Owned Businesses. (Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant at Human Services Consulting and Training & Adjunct Professor at LeMoyne College & Binghamton University)


12-1:30 – Luncheon/speaker George Hanford – The Evolution of Hanford Pharmaceuticals. (CEO of the 170 year old privately held family business founded six generations ago.  He will share the company’s American legacy story.


The presentations, engaging interactive workshops and Q&A sessions will welcome family business owners, managers and others to help them better understand various approaches to conflict management and estate planning, and learn how to leverage that understanding and learning in practical ways to develop more agile and sustainable family businesses. 

Frank Fernandez Alumni Dinner

On this day we'll honor Joe Savage as the 2017 Frank Fernandez Business Leader of the Year.

DiSC Event

Style is everything!  Join Jeff Rogers from Rogers Executive Leadership Coaching for an in-depth look at the DiSC Inventory, a classic instrument which explores leaders, their team, and all the paths to excellence.

The Excellent Supervisor

The NYFBC is pleased to offer The Excellent Supervisor – a unique learning opportunity for new supervisors to thoughtfully learn, experience and hone skills to strengthen their leadership abilities in their workplaces.  The program is designed to offer new and emergent supervisors a chance to explore employee performance within three dynamic sessions:  February 3, March 3 and March 17.

Collective Leadership Breakfast

Join Lisa Baker and Melissa O'Mara for this fast paced introduction to the principles of Collective Leadership.

Preventing Cyber-Security Attacks: A CIO's Perspective

Cybersecurity has become one of the most critical issues facing society today, with wide ranging ramifications for national, corporate and individual safety and well being.  Join Jerry Fralick, Le Moyne Class of 1968 who has charted a 40 year career in both public and private sectors .  Prior to his current position at Lenovo, Jerry was CIO for the state of North Carolina, and for the US Department of Justice.

DiSC Survey Results provided by Jeffrey A. Rogers, CPBC

Participants will complete an online DiSC assessment and Jeffrey Rogers, Executive Business Coach, will provide a detailed behavioral style report, presentation and review.  Those interested please contact Fran Snyder, snyderf@lemoyne.edu for further details and online instructions.

Family & Wealth Sustainability: An Interactive Panel Discussion The Central New York Community Foundation & NYFBC

Complimentary breakfast will be provided at this panel discussion focusing on family philanthropy.  Panelists will include Tom Rogerson and Peter Dunn, J.D., experts and recognized leaders in the field, moderated by Renée Downey Hart, PhD, Director of NYFBC and Professor of Practice at the Madden School of Business.

Kickoff Networking Event

Rob Simpson, President of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) will speak briefly at 4:30 p.m.  His welcome introduction and remarks will help kickoff this great networking opportunity, followed by a complimentary cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres.  Please RSVP to Fran Snyder, our new NYFBC Associate, snyderf@lemoyne.eduParking is available in Lot C.

Espresso & Herbal Tea: Finding Human Moments in the Age of E

Renée Downey Hart, Ph.D, Professor of Practice in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College was keynote at the NYFBC Year End Celebration.  Her humorous and interactive session titled "Espresso & Herbal Tea: Finding Human Moments in the Age of E" explored the age of speed and hustle. She invited participants at the lively breakfast meeting to question their own engagement as they do business, redefine leisure and cultivate friendships on their computers, pods, phones and pads.  One may be surprised at our levels of engagement, but question whether these interactions have the same power as those of years past when a knock on the door was more common than a text-tone from a pocket, and shooting baskets required an actual court.

Negotiating Family Business Transitions: Accountability Strategies to Thrive During Family Business Transitions


Lou Dement '95 - CEO, Giovanni Food Company, Inc.
Paul Nojaim '85 - President, Nojaim, Inc.
Doug Weed - President/CEO, New Hope Mills Manufacturing


Carol Wittmeyer, Consultant to NY Family Business Center & Associate Professor, St. Bonaventure University served as Moderator.


Participants listened to a panel of family business owners who shared family business ownership transitions/successions and topics related to the inherent related transitions for the family and the business.  Three generations is all it takes for most family businesses to vanish. Most businesses around the globe are family-controlled and the viability and success of a family business can impact each of us, our favorite suppliers and/or customers. They shared examples and strategies that worked and did not work based on their situations and perspectives.

Generation Y Seminar

Renée Downey Hart, Ph.D, presented a seminar on Generation Y.   Since the days when Socrates was inciting the nation's youth, elders have looked at juniors with curiosity and concern, and juniors have returned the favor. Whether in our speech, our business methods or our technology, new generations have all changed the workplace, and history will likely show it was for the better. But that doesn't necessarily mean it was without incidents! 

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