July 2015 20 Questions: Ronald C. Robbins, North Harbor Dairy

Farming for the future

Ronald C.  “Ron” Robbins talks about the future of the agriculture industry in Northern New York. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Ronald C. “Ron” Robbins talks about the future of the agriculture industry in Northern New York. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Diversification, technology, keys to success at North Harbor Dairy

Ronald C. Robbins knew he wanted to be in the agriculture business by the time he was 7. Today, he runs a farm that’s home to more than 1,000 cows, about 7,000 acres of farmland, a visitor’s education center that’s open to the public and more. This month, he talked with NNY Business about what it’s like to work on a family farm, technological advancements that have allowed the industry to bolster efficiencies and the future of agriculture in the north country. [Read more…]

June 2015 20 Questions: Robert J. Giordano Jr., Bassmaster Elite Series

Leveraging natural resources

Photos by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Photos by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Waddington, St. Lawrence River

Robert J. Giordano Jr. is retired, technically. But anyone who knows him knows that not entirely true. His attention is deeply devoted to two passion: community and fishing. Mr. Giordano is a board member of FISHCAP and the New York State Fish Advisory Board, a fisherman himself and the event coordinator for the Bassmaster Elite series. He is also the president of Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures. This month, he sat down to give us the details of the upcoming Bassmaster Elite series and discuss its impact on veterans, children and the north country community. [Read more…]

May 2015 20 Questions: Jeffrey L. Proulx, Save-A-Lot

Behind a value brand

Save-A-Lot franchisee and store owner Jeffrey L. Proulx in his Canton corporate office and training center. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

Save-A-Lot franchisee and store owner Jeffrey L. Proulx in his Canton corporate office and training center. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

For Save-A-Lot franchisee, focus on quality, service sets stores apart

Jeffrey L. Proulx owns eight Save-A-Lot grocery stores across the north country and Southern Tier. He employs about 180 people. He’s been in the business for more than 25 years, and his father was a grocer before him. One might say he has grocery business in his blood. This month, Mr. Proulx gave us a look into the industry, dispelled a few Save-A-Lot myths and shared his secrets for success. [Read more…]

April 2015 20 Questions: Rick Caskinette, Caskinette’s Ford

Turning the right keys

From left, sons Jameson, Jess and Craig Caskinette with father Richard B. “Rick” in the showroom  of Caskinette’s Ford, Carthage. The three sons work in the family auto dealership. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

From left, sons Jameson, Jess and Craig Caskinette with father Richard B. “Rick” in the showroom
of Caskinette’s Ford, Carthage. The three sons work in the family auto dealership. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Rick Caskinette on family, Ford and what it takes to build a successful brand

Nearly 20 years ago, in 1996, Richard B. “Rick” Caskinette closed the largest deal of his professional career when he purchased Lofink Ford Mercury, which had operated under a well-established family name in Carthage since 1929. In the nearly two decades since, the Ford franchise has blossomed as a respected competitor, expanding to make room for an auto collision and detail center and, down the road, Caskinette’s RV. We spoke with Rick as sons Craig, 30, and twins Jameson and Jess, 22, who graduate from SUNY Oswego next month, settle in to jobs at the family business. [Read more…]

March 2015 20 Questions: Cathy M. Pircsuk, WWNY-TV 7 and WNYF-FOX 28

One more story to tell

Cathy M. Pircsuk, WWNY-TV7 and WNYF FOX 28, talks about her plans after retirement in her office. Photos by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Cathy M. Pircsuk, WWNY-TV7 and WNYF FOX 28, talks about her plans after retirement in her office. Photos by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

After 36 years, veteran broadcaster, manager Cathy Pircsuk eyes retirement

In January 1979, a 23-year-old Cathy M. Pircsuk left an adventure that took her from her St. Lawrence County hometown of Norfolk to Columbia, Mo., and Atlanta, returned to her native north country, and began a 36-year climb through the ranks at the local TV station, WWNY-TV7. Since, she’s held nearly every job in news. She will retire as the station’s general manager in June after almost 20 years leading Channel 7 through technological change and a vastly different media marketplace. We sat down with her as she reflected on what she’s learned and what she’ll miss when she signs off. [Read more…]

February 2015 20 Questions: Timmy J. Currier, Massena Mayor

Renewed optimism

Massena Mayor Timmy J. Currier in his office at the village municipal building. Photos by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

Massena Mayor Timmy J. Currier in his office at the village municipal building. Photos by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

Massena Mayor Timmy J. Currier eyes paths to prosperity for village

Massena Mayor Timmy J. Currier will never stop serving. After retiring as chief of police — a position he held for more than two decades — Mr. Currier handedly won election for mayor last fall. He recently sat down with us to talk about the power of optimism, his plans to combat a growing drug problem and slowing economy in Massena, and how he envisions the village and area to look in four years. [Read more…]

20 Questions with Kevin E. Lewis – January 2015

Kevin E. Lewis, CEO of Bernier, Carr & Associates since September, has been in the field for decades. While he could work in any number of larger markets, he chose the north country for the people and its distinct qualities. This month, he sat down with us to talk about the importance of learning from every single failure or success, what it’s like to lead the Bernier, Carr, and where the company is headed in the future.

Bernier Carr & Associates CEO Kevin E. Lewis talks about the firm's future at its Watertown offices. || Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business

Bernier Carr & Associates CEO Kevin E. Lewis talks about the firm’s future at its Watertown offices. || Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business

NAME: Kevin E. Lewis

AGE: 60

JOB: CEO of Bernier, Carr & Associates Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C.

FAMILY: wife, Kelly; daughters, Kaleigh and Erin; son, Ryan

EXPERIENCE: director, Thomas Group Architects & Engineers, 1993-1997; president, Applied Computer Technologies, 1997-1999; president and CEO, Epic Data International, 1999-2001; president, Tetra Tech Architects & Engineers, 2002-2012

EDUCATION: Bachelors from University of New Hampshire at Plymouth State;

BEST BOOK ON BUSINESS YOU’VE READ AND WOULD RECOMMEND: ‘Art of War’ by Sun Tzu

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20Q: F. Anthony Keating, special assistant to the Secretary of the Army

A voice for soldiers: Civilian aide to Secretary of the Army inspired by those who serve

F. Anthony Keating, special assistant to the Secretary of the Army — New York (North), at the offices of NNY Business magazine late last month. Mr. Keating has held the civilian aide post for the past 20 years. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

F. Anthony Keating, special assistant to the Secretary of the Army — New York (North), at the offices of NNY Business magazine late last month. Mr. Keating has held the civilian aide post for the past 20 years. Photo by Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division have a special place in the heart of F. Anthony Keating, the incumbent special assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Mr. Keating, himself an Army veteran, has held the civilian advisory post for the past 20 years. He sat down with us to talk about the early days of the post and division and its future on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. [Read more…]

Guarding public treasures

20 Questions with Kevin A. Kieff, regional parks director [Read more…]

20Q with Howard Ganter: A diamond jubilee

For JRC director Howard Ganter, serving others takes care of business. [Read more…]