Tranum Named Chamber Executive of the Year
Todd J. Tranum, the President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce was named the 2013 Chamber Executive of the Year by the Chamber Alliance of New York State (CANYS). The award was presented during the CANYS Annual Meeting in Albany. The CANYS Chamber Executive of the Year is chosen in recognition of outstanding work and significant contributions made to the chamber community.
Tranum was nominated by 2013 CANYS President Jean McPheeters, who is also President of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. In her nomination letter, McPheeters wrote, “Todd is a creative, tireless and insightful Chamber leader and a role model for Chamber executives.”
Since July of 2008, Todd has served the dual role as President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST). Prior to the two organizations joining forces, Todd was the Executive Director of MAST since 2000.
Under his leadership, MAST entered a partnership with Jamestown Community College to form the Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI) as a means of increasing the regional pool of individuals trained in advanced manufacturing. Chautauqua County was the first county in New York State to become a part of the national Dream It Do It initiative to promote advanced manufacturing careers. It has subsequently grown to encompass much of the Western New York region after being awarded a $500,000 multi-year Empire State Development grant. Todd now also serves at the President/CEO of Dream It Do It Western New York.
Todd worked closely in the past year with leaders from business, education and community based organizations to develop an Education Coalition in Chautauqua County. The Coalition is focusing on enhancing Science Technology Engineering and Math educational opportunities in the County.
In a public policy role, Todd advocates for projects in Chautauqua County that will reduce the cost of government and maintain and improve the tax base.
In addition to leading his Chamber, Todd has chaired the Western New York Chamber Alliance and currently serves on the CANYS Board of Directors. For the last several years he has chaired the CANYS Health Insurance Task Force. In 2011, he wrote: “Business Associations and a Viable Insurance Exchange”; a White Paper on the Role of Associations in Health Care Reform. Todd successfully represented the interests of all chambers throughout the state who provide their members with access to health insurance by ensuring that Chambers of Commerce could continue to play a role in distributing health insurance to their members. In Chautauqua County, he spearheaded the Chamber’s successful transition to a private insurance exchange model well in advance of the implementation of the government exchange programs. The Chamber now offers products through both a private insurance exchange and the New York State of Health insurance exchange.
Mark Eagan, President of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and 2014 CANYS President said, “Todd successfully wears many hats to ensure that his Chamber provides direct member benefits, while as the same time providing business leadership to advance the Chautauqua County economy and improve the quality of life for its citizens. The Chamber Alliance of New York State is pleased to recognize Todd Tranum for his professionalism, leadership and accomplishment by presenting him with its Chamber Executive of the Year Award.”
“It is an honor to receive this award. I see it as a reflection of the team I have around me. The accomplishments that are being recognized through this award could not have been done without a strong team at the Chamber and Manufacturers Association, a solid board of directors, and a supportive family,” stated Tranum.
Photo Caption: CANYS Chamber Executive of the Year Todd Tranum (left) shows off the award to 2014 Board Chair Jim Pullan of Jamestown Mattress and Immediate Past Board Chair Ken Shearer of Chautauqua Marina.
Jamestown Salute to the Finest
The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce held its annual Salute to the Finest award celebration on Monday, February 24 at Shawbucks Press Room, 212 West Second Street.
Receiving awards this year were: Manufacturer of the Year – Artone, LLC; Retailer of the Year – Everydays True Value; Community Service Award – Terry Frank and Dennis Webster of Media One Group; Pride of Jamestown Award – Chautauqua Striders; Business of the Year – Jamestown Business College; Service to Humanity Award – Chautauqua County Health Network; and New Business of the Year – VIE for Fitness.
Susan Waite and Tom Swanson of Red Letter Blues provided entertainment.
Business Over Bagels: Build Relationships Using LinkedIn
Do you have questions about LinkedIn? Have you thought about joining LinkedIn, but you are not sure if it would be right for your business? Do you really need to be on social media? How can LinkedIn help you grow your business? Curt Anderson from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College will offer information on how LinkedIn can help your business.
LinkedIn Strategies discussed will include: how to create a profile that works, making quality connections, finding leads on business prospects and jobs, starting or joining a LinkedIn group, and creating a LinkedIn company page. Come join the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, SBDC, and JCC for a morning of good food and interested marketing ideas for your business. Bring your tablet or smart phone along to enhance the experience.
Curt Anderson is a Business Advisor at NYS SBDC at JCC. He is an E-Commerce and Internet Marketing Consultant. He has been an entrepreneur for 23 years including 17 years in E-commerce. He is passionate about internet marketing and how it can help you reach out to new customers that you might not have reached through conventional marketing techniques.
This informative event will be held March 27 at 8:30am at the JCC North Training Center, Bennett Road, Dunkirk. It is being sponsored by the Small Business Development Center and the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. The cost is just $10. Please call the JCC Center for Continuing Education to register at 716-363-6585.
Mayville took center stage in Chautauqua County in February, hosting the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival. Throngs of people flocked to Lakeside Park, not only to see the first ice castle in four years, but also to participate in the many winter festival activities on tap throughout the two day event. We can’t call it anything but an unqualified success. We sincerely congratulate David Douglas for the work he and his team did on the ice castle and all of the organizers and volunteers who made it happen. Their work over many months culminated in a festival that included something for everyone and creates a true sense of community while celebrating Western New York’s amazing winter offerings.
SUNY Fredonia, UB team up for Lean certification course
The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator is hosting a certification course this spring for business professionals of any industry who are interested in improving their company’s performance. The Certified Lean Professional (CLP) course educates candidates in the continuous improvement methodology of reducing waste.
The 39-hour course developed and delivered by the University at Buffalo’s TCIE covers various Lean tools to eliminate unnecessary process steps, ensure value for the customer and ultimately save money for the business. Candidates complete an improvement project at their workplace or a qualified host company/organization and must pass an exam to earn certification.
The class convenes from 9 a.m. to noon for a total of 13 Wednesdays between March 26 and Aug. 20. For a detailed schedule, visit www.tcie.buffalo.edu/clp-fredonia. Classes will be held at the incubator, located at 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. The last day for registration is March 12. For more information, contact Mariah Glass, TCIE training program coordinator, at 716-645-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A program of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, TCIE is Western New York's bridge to excellence by providing a dynamic link between UB's expert resources and the region's business community. Its core focus on engineering solutions and operational excellence drive continual improvements, and ignite innovation and technological advantage. For more information on how TCIE can assist Western New York businesses, go to www.tcie.buffalo.edu or call 716-645-8800.
Alstar EMS Opens Ambulance Sub-Station in Westfield
Alstar EMS, Chautauqua County’s private ambulance company, recently opened up a sub-station at 202 North Portage Street. “The new sub-station cuts the response time to Westfield Memorial Hospital in half.” stated Executive Director, David Thomas. “It also allows us to better serve the northwest portion of Chautauqua County with easy access to Interstate 90, Route 20 and Route 5.”
The local volunteer fire departments will continue to be the first ambulance team to be called out for 9-1-1 type calls and will be assisted by Alstar EMS if requested. “Westfield is very fortunate to have such a skilled and committed group of volunteer emergency responders.” said Westfield Memorial Hospital Administrator, Patty Ballman. “The new Alstar sub-station will complement the existing services and improve the emergency care within the community. Westfield Memorial Hospital is looking forward to working closely with the local Alstar team.”
Transporting patients from Westfield Memorial Hospital to urban hospitals will be the main focus for Alstar EMS. “The partnership between our local departments and Alstar EMS is absolutely crucial for residents, and the new substation will strengthen this important partnership while also improving services,” said New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R, C, I-Chautauqua).
Before the Westfield sub-station opened in early December, crews were dispatched from Dunkirk or Jamestown. Typically an ambulance returning from Erie, PA would drive to the Dunkirk station only to be called out to Westfield Hospital for another trip to Erie. Operations Manager, Gregg Trisket explains, “The Westfield sub-station allows us to be more efficient with crew time and cut down on ambulance vehicle expenses. “
The community has expressed appreciation for the improved appearance and the benefits a new business in town provides to the community.
New York State Senator Young congratulated Alstar EMS on the opening of the new sub-station. “It is a highly welcomed addition to the community. Minimizing ambulance travel time is critical to ensuring residents are able to receive care as quickly as possible, which is why this new sub-station is so important. I look forward to continuing to work with Alstar EMS in making sure emergency medical services and quality health care are readily available in our communities.”
Alstar EMS is a locally based business that employs 140 people. For the last thirty years it has provided emergency medical services (EMS) to area healthcare facilities and the volunteer ambulance squads. Alstar also offers EMS related education like CPR, EMT refresher training and Paramedic certification through its Training Center in Jamestown.
Photo Caption: From left to right: Dave Kleparek, CC Chamber; David Thomas, Alstar EMS, Dan Tirone, Westfield Development Corp., Julie Travis, Westfield-Barcelona Chamber, Martha Bills, Town Supervisor, Gregg Trisket, Alstar EMS, Patty Ballman, Administrator Westfield Memorial Hospital, Aaron Resnick, Westfield Development Corp. Robert Cochran, Deputy Mayor, Karen Williams, Alstar EMS
Proforma A Trusted Name Receives Industry Certification
Jeff L . Gerdy , of Proforma A Trusted Name in Westfield has passed the certification examination administered by The Promotional Products Association International ( PPAI ) to receive the Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Designation. The MAS designation is awarded to professionals in the promotional products industry who have met rigorous educational requirements and demonstrate exemplary commitment to their profession. Professionals who have earned their MAS provide the highest standard of conduct and integrity.
JBC “Penny Challenge” to Benefit Veteran’s Association
Student-led Initiative a Success
Jamestown Business College students recently created and coordinated a fundraising effort that focused on change –-- loose change. JBC’s “Penny Challenge” recently concluded with all proceeds to benefit the local Veteran’s Association.
Day and evening/weekend students, faculty, and staff were placed in teams and were challenged to collect the most change they could for their team. With pennies being most desirable, competitors could cancel out the earnings of other teams by placing nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills into others’ jars.
JBC faculty member, Pamela Reese, helped her marketing students coordinate the activity and said that it offered the perfect opportunity to explore a variety of marketing concepts. “As a group, students were charged with creating the fundraiser utilizing marketing concepts to get the word out to the college community,” she said. “The idea really grew into a fun activity for the whole college…and one that helped to benefit a great cause.”
The college raised over $200 for the charity.
Jamestown Business College offers business-focused Associate and Bachelor degrees and certificate programs that include targeted professional development activities. For more information on registering for these programs, call 664-5100 or visit us online at www.JamestownBusinessCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: JBC students are shown awaiting final counts from the college-wide fundraising activity – The Penny Challenge.
Cersosimo Names New Assistant General Manager
Recently appointed General Manager of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena (JSBA), Brian Cersosimo, has announced the promotion of Craig Hinderleider to Assistant General Manager. Hinderleider will be responsible for managing maintenance, the pro-shop, scheduling of ice, as well as all general operations of the rink.
Hinderleider began working part time for the JSBA as a Zamboni driver in 2002 when the building initially opened. He was then promoted to full time as the Operations Manager in 2008. “I have been dedicated to this building since the day the doors opened and I am honored and excited to take on this new role. With my experience and knowledge of this arena, I am confident in my abilities to assist Brian in the necessary steps to move forward.”
As a Jamestown Lakers Alumni, his love for hockey and the arena goes beyond just his every day duties. He actively participates in the Sunday night men’s adult hockey league and continues to run training programs and youth hockey camps throughout the year. Hinderleider is a Certified Ice Technician and after the completion of his final training in May, he will also become a Certified Rink Administrator.
Hinderleider graduated from Jamestown Community College with associate’s degrees in math and science and then went on to graduate from Fredonia State University with a bachelor’s in accounting in 2008.