Rev. Kirk Gilchrist serves others, community with his six businesses [Read more...]
In tough fiscal climate, BOCES is a vital resource for rural schools [Read more...]
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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...]
Success on the Square: For Washington Street Properties developer, risks lead to big rewards
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...]
The right chemistry: Employing the best team is crucial for Slack Chemical Co. president, CEO
In 1986 Robert R. Sturtz bought Slack Chemical Co. in Carthage at the age of 52. Some 27 years later, the man widely known for generously giving to his community shows few signs of slowing down. With 80 now in his sights, he continues to oversee daily operations at the chemical warehousing and distribution firm. We sat down with him to see what fuels his drive.
NNYB: In its own right, Slack Chemical is a family firm. Who from your family is involved with the business?
STURTZ: My daughter Mary is here as vice president and runs the office as well as her husband, Michael, who is an excellent mechanical repair and design man and works on equipment. Their sons, Michael, a graduate of Clarkson University with a mechanical engineering degree and his brother, Paul, are here and do a number of other things. [Read more...]
Blazing a new trail
In 2006, Carole A. McCoy moved from Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md., to Watertown’s Jefferson Community College where she became only the fifth person — and the first woman — to serve as college president. We spoke with her about her first six years in the north country, women in business and what she hopes to still accomplish at the school.
NNYB: What’s it like to serve as the first woman president of JCC? Has there been anything unique about your experience?
MCCOY: There have only been five presidents of Jefferson and I’m the first woman. I just had my six-year anniversary. There are a lot of strong women leaders in this community. At first people talked about it like it was a novelty or something, but I just don’t notice anything. [Read more...]