posted on March 11, 2013 12:18
Genesee Community College is pleased to announce this year's class of Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. They include a mentoring advocate, a telecommunications expert, an economic developer and an entrepreneur. All four will be honored Wednesday, March 20, 2013 with the induction at 4 pm and a reception following in room T119 of the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus.
Jeffrey Newland came to GCC in 1985 after serving three years as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Studying Communications and Media Arts, he got involved at WGCC during its inaugural year of FM broadcast. He graduated with honors, receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in 1987. He then went on to SUNY Geneseo and to Albany Law School. After working in litigation, he decided to pursue a different career path resulting in his own consulting firm in Rochester, Best2Things, which helps people reach their greatest potential. Jeff is very committed to mentoring. After serving five years as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, he founded and is president of Rochester Mentors, a partnership of mentoring programs that aims to elevate the quality and quantity of youth mentoring. He lives in Fairport with his wife and two teenage sons.
Graduating from GCC with a criminal justice degree in 1993, Shannon Sauro continued her education at The College at Brockport. It would become her professional home. She started as a clerk in the bursar's office in 1999. By 2005 her demonstrated abilities earned her the job of director of Telecommunications. She added director of Business Processes two years later. She oversees crucial data and wireless data networks, campus phone and TV networks, has implemented an emergency notification system and been recognized with a Model of Efficiency Award by University Business Magazine. In 2010, she received both the Outstanding Service to the College Award and the Recent Alumnus Award from The College at Brockport. In May 2012, Shannon earned a Master's in Public Administration with honors. Shannon is married with one daughter. They reside in Holley.
Having grown up in Genesee County, Christopher Suozzi wanted to raise his own family here. In 2007, he was thrilled to join the staff of the Genesee County Economic Development Center as vice president of Business Development. In this role, he is a champion for the county and for his alma mater, working closely with GCC to develop and implement sought-after programs, including the new Supply Chain Management concentration. Chris earned a Math and Science degree from GCC in 1984. He continued his studies at Alfred University, receiving a degree in Industrial Engineering. He started his career with UPS in Boston then became Distribution and Engineering manager for American Tourister in Florida. While there, he completed his MBA. He returned to western New York in 1997, honing his skills in distribution and supply chain management with two food products companies. His background has been instrumental in attracting new development to Genesee County including Alpina Foods and Muller Quaker Dairy. Chris lives in Batavia with his wife and three children. He's very excited that his daughter will be a student at GCC next year.
A 1989 GCC graduate, Andrew Young earned a degree in Economics and Finance from The College at Brockport and an MBA from RIT. Young was a top sales representative at Xerox and co-founded PakHound Parcel Logistics. The company was named one of Western New York's fastest growing firms before being acquired in 2005. As an entrepreneur, Andrew is involved with many organizations, including president of The Young Group of Real Estate Companies, which he founded. He was recognized as one of 40 under 40 rising stars in business by both Buffalo Business First and The Rochester Business Journal. He is very active in the community working with the Business Education Alliance, Genesee County Economic Development Center and the Chamber of Commerce, the Genesee County Republican Committee and the Town of Batavia Zoning Board of Appeals. He is also member of the National Association of Realtors. Andrew lives in Batavia on his family's active 200-acre farm with his wife and four children.
The GCC Hall of Fame is located in the Conable Technology Building of the Batavia campus on the second floor corridor, and features photos of alumni who have distinguished themselves through business and personal achievement, as well as service to the community.
You can also learn more by visiting GCC's Hall of Fame website: http://www.genesee.edu/alumni/halloffame/.