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Past Events

Highlights From Lunch & Learns

The NYFBC is pleased to offer our first Lunch & Learn Series of the year.  To kick things off, we hope you will join your fellow members on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 11:30-1 as we present
A Family Business Story: Cowley Associates, hosted by the dynamic husband and wife team, Gail and Paul Cowley.

Morse Manufacturing Tour

We are thrilled that so many of you were able to join us on Tuesday, Sept. 17th to tour Morse Manufacturing.  President Nate Andrews had a great morning planned for us, as he gave a brief overview of the company’s manufacturing products and processes as well as the building renovation/relocation project.  This was followed by a factory tour, concluding back in the conference room for coffee, breakfast pastries and Q&A, as Nate shared more of his family business history.  Protective eyewear will be provided, but please wear closed-toed shoes.

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 by March 28th. 

Mangia, Mangia!

8-10AM Member Company Tour, Giovanni Foods.

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 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.

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.

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