20 Under 40: New leaders, classic values

Victoria E. Hasseler Collins, 30
Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall

Hometown: Carthage
Professional position: Attorney
Family: Husband, Adam; cat, Smokey; dog, Bandit
Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy concentration from SUNY Cortland; juris doctorate from Albany Law School with concentration in estate planning
Community involvement: Member, board of directors, Meadowbrook Terrace Inc.; has given numerous community presentations regarding estate planning; volunteer, Literacy of Northern New York
Last book read: “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne; “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy

A local attorney has followed in her father’s footsteps and now has returned home to work in his firm.

Victoria E. “Tori” Hasseler-Collins said she began her educational career at Carthage Nursery School and went on to graduate from Carthage Central School in 2000. Being involved with FFA while in high school greatly changed her comfort level in public speaking and holding leadership roles.

Following law school, she lived in southern Vermont for four years but wanted to return home to be closer to family. Two years ago she was given that opportunity and joined Conboy, McKay, Bachman and Kendall, where her father, Lawrence D. Hasseler, is a partner. She sees her father as her greatest role model in business.

“He is honest, compassionate and dedicated to advocating for his clients, but balances that with the business skills necessary to run a profitable and sustainable business,” she said.

Mrs. Collins thinks her father, along with her mother Virginia “Ginny” have had the greatest influence on her life.

“They taught me the value of hard work, dedication and staying true to what you believe.”

The best advice which she follows is to preserve your reputation.

“Once it’s gone, you can never get it back,” she said.

-Elaine M. Avallone
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