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;

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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

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20Q: Barry L. Waite, Waite Toyota

From left, Matthew, Darrick, Justin and Barry L. Waite in the Waite Toyota-Scion showroom. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

From left, Matthew, Darrick, Justin and Barry L. Waite in the Waite Toyota-Scion showroom. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

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20Q: Kirk S. Gilchrist, New Life Christian Church

Kirk S. Gilchrist in his office at New Life Christian Church, Watertown. Mr. Gilchrist, a Detroit native, came to the north country 17 years ago and has grown the church to 900 members. He also owns six businesses. Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

Kirk S. Gilchrist in his office at New Life Christian Church, Watertown. Mr. Gilchrist, a Detroit native, came to the north country 17 years ago and has grown the church to 900 members. He also owns six businesses. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

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20Q: Thomas Burns, SLC-Lewis BOCES

Thomas R. Burns, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES district superintendent, in his Canton office. Mr. Burns has been in the job for the past five years, after working as a social studies teacher, principal and superintendent. Jason Hunter/NNY Business

Thomas R. Burns, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES district superintendent, in his Canton office. Mr. Burns has been in the job for the past five years, after working as a social studies teacher, principal and superintendent. Jason Hunter/NNY Business

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20Q: Ken Carmon, Bay Brokerage

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20Q: Denise K. Young

Denise K. Young, Executive Director of Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, in her Washington Street office. Mrs. Young has been with the organization since 2007 when it first had staff. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

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20 Q: James P. Scordo, Credo Community Center

James P. Scordo, Executive Director of Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addiction. Photo by Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

Credo director says overall wellness, integrity key to healthy community

After leading Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions for more than two decades, Executive Director James P. Scordo, 55, reflects on the success of the organization’s treatment model as it celebrates its 40th year. Despite the challenges facing nonprofits, Mr. Credo believes a healthy community can be built and sustained through a focus on an individual’s overall wellness. Credo will hold an anniversary celebration on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown.

NNYB: What qualities do you think are important for any leader?
SCORDO: A CEO kind of has to be a jack of all trades, but you need to be a foundation. You need to be a person of integrity—you need to be honest with your clients, your employees ans the people you interact with. You need to be able to lead but step aside and let people do their jobs. You need to empower employees and provide opportunities to grow. The team approach is crucial. As a leader, I look at myself almost like a coach. The best thing I can do is hire good people and surround myself with good people that will help us make the best decisions. We look for quality employees that value the language of our organization and that are going to make a difference in people’s lives.

NNYB: How are you funded?
SCORDO: We get a third of our funds from the state, then we rely on county funds, United Way dollars, donations and various fundraisers. [Read more…]