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: 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

Since 1929, the Waite family has put north country residents behind the wheel [Read more...]

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

Rev. Kirk Gilchrist serves others, community with his six businesses [Read more...]

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

In tough fiscal climate, BOCES is a vital resource for rural schools [Read more...]

20Q: Ken Carmon, Bay Brokerage

Bay Brokerage president Kenneth M. Carmon in the conference room of his firm’s new headquarters near Alexandra Bay. Mr. Carmon supports Jefferson County’s plan to develop an industrial park at the airport. Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

Nearly a decade since founding, Bay Brokerage positioned to grow [Read more...]

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

Targeting gaps in region’s health: FDRHPO director sees value in data analysis [Read more...]

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...]

20 Q: Robert G. Horr, TI Bridge Authority

Thousand Islands Bridge Authority Executive Director Robert G. Horr III in his Collins Landing office. Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

As TI Bridge turns 75, Authority Director Robert Horr III looks ahead

When the Thousand Islands Bridge opened to traffic in 1938, connecting Northern New York to Canada, the nation’s interstates were still years away and the country was mired in the Great Depression.

In its first year, the bridge saw roughly 94,000 vehicle crossings. Some 75 years later, annual vehicle traffic tops 2 million and the agency that operates the bridge — Thousand Islands Bridge Authority — also manages Boldt Castle. We sat down with TIBA Director Robert G. Horr III to learn how things have changed.

NNYB: You have such a varied background. How did you get your start in this business?

HORR: Certainly it’s something I had an interest in. I wanted to come back to the area — I had a wife and three small children who were still living here and we hadn’t made the move yet. This job became available and I applied and interviewed and here I am. It was interesting to me for a lot of reasons, especially the international aspect. The organization is international not only at the board level, but at the employee level. All the things you do as an employer, you do twice. Given my human resource background, I thought that was fascinating. I knew the U.S. pretty well, but I didn’t know the Canadian side at all. And it is different. Right now there are 63 full-time employees — the split is about 40 American and 23 Canadian. The reason it’s not 50-50 is that the administrative function is all on the American side. That’s not to say we don’t have Canadians working over here, because we do. In fact, our head of operations and maintenance is Canadian and our total operations manager is Canadian. They go back and forth all day long. We’re constantly going back and forth. The border is a minor inconvenience. [Read more...]

20Q: Brian H. Murray, Washington Street Properties

Success on the Square: For Washington Street Properties developer, risks lead to big rewards

Brian H. Murray, Washington Street Properties owner and president, in the lobby of the former Agricultural Insurance Co. building, Watertown. Norm Johnston/NNY Business

Real estate developer and Jefferson Community College business professor Brian H. Murray has his hands full. When he is not shaping young minds, he is brainstorming ways to revitalize downtown Watertown and Public Square. His latest purchases, the Lincoln Building and the Hospice of Jefferson County Building on Washington Street have garnered him increased interest from the community eager to know his plans. We sat down with Mr. Murray to talk about his plans for both buildings and his future in the north country.

NNYB: You moved to the north country in 2004 from Reston, Va. What was it about Watertown that drew you to the area?

MURRAY: I was living in the Adirondacks and I took some time off and enjoyed some substitute teaching and an opportunity came about at Jefferson Community College in the business division. I applied , took the position and moved to the Watertown area. [Read more...]