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Such Polarization

Such Polarization David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It feels like we live in such a polarized world. In many cases, I believe this is caused by generational differences. Generations who...

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Our Exciting Future

Our Exciting Future Randy Wolken, President & CEO Yesterday, we celebrated MACNY’s 111th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing. MACNY has been serving manufacturers for well over a century. Our team could...

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Tariffs, Trade, And Manufacturing

Tariffs, Trade, And Manufacturing Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week, the White House announced an increase in tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles to around 100%. Beyond raising tariffs on electric vehicles,...

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Central Upstate MFG Magazine – Edition 12

We are very excited to bring you the 12th edition of Central Upstate MFG magazine! Discussions of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are dominating the news and business conversations. Across...

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The Future of Manufacturing and AI

The Future of Manufacturing and AI Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released its first-of-a-kind report on how artificial intelligence (AI) allows manufacturers to...

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A New Podcast

A New Podcast David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Just about two years ago, Marisa Norcross and I recorded our last episode of The Next Page podcast. We had consistently released...

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Deb Tilton Promoted to Senior Manager, Marketing & Events

We are excited to announce the promotion of Deb Tilton to Senior Manager, Marketing & Events. Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, Deb will oversee the planning, marketing, campaign development,...

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Manufacturing Investments Will Change New York

Manufacturing Investments Will Change New York Randy Wolken, President & CEO Manufacturing investments will change New York State. Last week, President Biden once again traveled to Syracuse to announce the...

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Manufacturing Matters: May 2024

View this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Carl Byrne, President & CEO of Byrne Dairy Inc. Announced as the 2024 Manufacturers Wall of Fame...

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Can You Be Zero?

Can You Be Zero? Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, are you willing to be zero? When you are in a conversation, can you just be completely present...

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Is It Missing?

Is It Missing? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As I write this, I am flying to the West Coast to attend meetings for the Faith Community that I am a...

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The Leader’s Challenge

The Leader’s Challenge Randy Wolken, President & CEO Being a leader within and of an organization has never been more challenging. The pace of change is breathtaking, and it will...

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Amanda Wilson Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, is pleased to welcome Amanda Wilson to the team as a Workforce Development Specialist. In this role, Amanda will support MACNY’s New York State Manufacturers Intermediary...

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NAM Talent Study Indicates Manufacturing Growth

NAM Talent Study Indicates Manufacturing Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released its annual talent study, highlighting that manufacturing growth is likely to increase...

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Join us for MACNY’s 111th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing

Join us for MACNY's Annual Celebration of Manufacturing! Presented by M&T Bank Join us on May 23rd at the SRC Arena & Events Center from 5 PM to 8:30 PM....

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Why All the Effort?

Why All the Effort? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I recently received an email from someone asking me to stop sending emails regarding some of my leadership offerings. The person...

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Effective Leaders Are Influencers

Effective Leaders Are Influencers Randy Wolken, President & CEO We all have our favorite leaders. They demonstrate they have influence well beyond their official positions. They are persuasive and get...

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Simple Pleasures of Life

Simple Pleasures of Life Randy Wolken, President & CEO The world is throwing a lot at us each day. I witness and write about fast-paced changes locally and in our...

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MACNY Announces 2024 Manufacturers Wall of Fame Inductee and Innovator of the Year Award Recipient

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, is pleased to announce Carl Byrne, President & CEO of Byrne Dairy, Inc., as the 2024 Manufacturers Wall of Fame inductee, and Tyler Robillard, Director of...

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Manufacturing Matters: April 2024

View this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Celebrating 111 Years of Innovation, Collaboration, and Transformation in Manufacturing   Page 3 | President's Message: Is...

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In An Instant

In An Instant David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer In an instant, everything can change. Born on February 12,1986 in Atlanta Georgia, he grew up in a two-bedroom house with 13...

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Who Are You As A Leader?

Who Are You As A Leader? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders are all different – just like people. Leaders must develop their unique leadership approach. It is vitally important...

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Eric Feldstein Joins MACNY as Training Coordinator

MACNY is pleased to welcome Eric Feldstein to the team as the organization’s Training Coordinator. In this role, Eric will provide support to MACNY’s growing training department by coordinating with...

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Work Has Changed

Work Has Changed Randy Wolken, President & CEO In many ways, today's labor market appears similar to what we experienced before the pandemic. The unemployment rate remains low, the share...

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Making or Breaking

Making or Breaking David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I had the amazing opportunity to spend three days with my colleagues at Maxwell Leadership. I went home with pages...

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Advocating for New York State Manufacturers

Advocating for New York State Manufacturers Randy Wolken, President & CEO On Wednesday of last week, MACNY and our Manufacturers Alliance partners from throughout New York State advocated in Albany...

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Marisa Norcross Promoted to COO

MACNY is pleased to announce the promotion of Marisa Norcross to Chief Operations Officer. Marisa started this new role at the end of 2023. Reporting directly to the President &...

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Women’s History Month: Amplifying the Voices of Young Women in STEM

Women's History Month: Amplifying the Voices of Young Women in STEM Nira Irby, Workforce Development Specialist, Partners for Education & Business, Inc.   In celebration of Women's History Month,...

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Is A Conflict In Asia Inevitable?

Is A Conflict In Asia Inevitable? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Many believe that it is just a matter of time before China invades Taiwan. For decades, China has made...

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Thermometers and Thermostats Revisited

Thermometers and Thermostats Revisited David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Several years ago, I heard a quote that said, “Leaders need to be thermostats, not thermometers.” The premise behind this quote...

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Manufacturing Matters: March 2024

View this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Women's History Month: Amplifying the Voices of Young Women in STEM   Page 3 | President's Message:...

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Manufacturing Advocacy Day In Albany

Manufacturing Advocacy Day In Albany Randy Wolken, President & CEO On Wednesday, February 28th, MACNY and our Manufacturers Alliance partners will travel to Albany to advocate for critical policies to...

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New EPA Air Standard Hurts Manufacturers

New EPA Air Standard Hurts Manufacturers Randy Wolken, President & CEO  The EPA has introduced a significantly stricter National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter by lowering the...

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My Reflections Part 2 – A Reminder of What Matters

My Reflections Part 2 - A Reminder of What Matters David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As promised, I am returning to my 2023 reflections. As I look back on 2023,...

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Your Cybersecurity Risks Grow

Your Cybersecurity Risks Grow Randy Wolken, President & CEO Manufacturers are increasingly under cyber attack. As we begin a new year, we look back at a growing record for manufacturing...

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Amanda Rice Promoted to Manager of Workforce Operations and Advancement

SYRACUSE, NY – MACNY, The Manufacturers Association of Central New York, is pleased to announce the promotion of Amanda Rice, MPA, to Manager of Workforce Operations and Advancement. Amanda first...

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Courage is Required

Courage Is Required Randy Wolken, President & CEO Times remain uncertain. The conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, along with heightened tensions in Asia, remain. Although recession fears have receded, we...

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Stop Thoughting So Much

Stop Thoughting So Much David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This past week I heard a new word that, well, isn’t actually a word, but maybe should be. That word is...

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Manufacturing Matters: February 2024

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Beyond Smiles: Local Dental Manufacturers Creating Diversity in Dentistry Since 2018   Page 3 |...

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Michael Frame Promoted to Executive Vice President of MACNY

MACNY is excited to announce that Michael Frame has been promoted to Executive Vice President. Mike started in this new role on January 4, 2024. Reporting directly to the President...

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Global Geopolitical Instability Remains A Large Threat

Global Geopolitical Instability Remains A Large Threat Randy Wolken, President & CEO Many things can impact economic growth. The most significant threat identified by CEOs for 2024 is geopolitical instability....

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U.S. Manufacturers Need R&D Tax Deductibility Legislation Now

U.S. Manufacturers Need R&D Tax Deductibility Legislation Now Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron...

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Highlights From My Reflections – Part 1

Highlights From My Reflections - Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I just finished my year-end reflections so over the next few emails, I will share some highlights. Last...

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What Does a Chief Operations Officer Do Today?

What Does a Chief Operations Officer Do Today? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Many organizations have a Chief Operations Officer (COO). However, not all do. Increasingly, companies are hiring COOs...

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Nominate TODAY for the Manufacturers Wall of Fame and Innovator of the Year Award!

We are collecting nominations for MACNY's 2024 Manufacturers Wall of Fame and Innovator of the Year Award! Award recipients will be honored at MACNY's 111th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing on...

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2024 Manufacturing Outlook

2024 Manufacturing Outlook Randy Wolken, President & CEO What will 2024 look like for manufacturers? This is a key question MACNY members are asking as we enter the new year....

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In Every Block of Stone

In Every Block of Stone David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This past week I was watching a Christmas movie with my wife and heard this amazing comment, “within every block...

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Manufacturing Matters: January 2024

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: MACNY's Reimagined New Year Celebration! Join us on January 18.   Page 3 | President's...

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Happy New Year From MACNY!

Happy New Year From MACNY! Randy Wolken, President & CEO 2024 promises challenge, change, and growth. Our national economy is gaining strength and should continue to grow. New technology and...

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This Is A Season To Be Kind

This Is A Season To Be Kind Randy Wolken, President & CEO This time of year, many of us take time off to celebrate with family and friends. It can...

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The End of Another Year

The End of Another Year David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Where did 2023 go? It seems like I was just struggling to remember to write 2023, and now I will...

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Resilience Strategies of Manufacturers and Tech Companies

Resilience Strategies of Manufacturers and Tech Companies Randy Wolken, President & CEO A recent McKinsey Global Resilience Survey of over 300 senior leaders indicates how companies respond to the current economic...

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Please Stop!

Please Stop! David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This is one of the busiest times of the year. With Thanksgiving falling so early this year, we actually had an extra week...

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Holistic Health Focus At Work

Holistic Health Focus At Work Randy Wolken, President & CEO As adults, we spend the majority of our life at work. Which means that employers have a unique opportunity to...

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A Most Exciting Time

A Most Exciting Time David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Can it really be almost 50 years since our bicentennial? It was such an exciting time for me. I was in...

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Revise Damaging Tax Code Changes

Revise Damaging Tax Code Changes Randy Wolken, President & CEO MACNY joins the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and over 1,300 associations and businesses representing manufacturers of all sizes this...

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Manufacturing Matters: December 2023

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: MACNYs Partners with Local Educators to Host the First Annual Women in Manufacturing Day Summit...

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The How

The How David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I shared with you that my values have shifted and why. I also shared that my annual growth plan is built...

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Celebrate Success

Celebrate Success Randy Wolken, President & CEO Our lives can become grinding. Day after day of hard work and effort can take its toll. One antidote to fatigue and decreased...

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I’ve Changed My Values

I’ve Changed My Values David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer     This is the time of year that I start adjusting my growth plan for the upcoming year. As I enter 2024,...

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Increasingly Divided Global Economy

Increasingly Divided Global Economy Randy Wolken, President & CEO Over the past five years, much has changed. For decades, the U.S. and Western economies attempted to make China a partner...

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Culture Shock and Workforce Development

Culture Shock and Workforce Development Colleen Blagg, Manager of Workforce Development and Apprenticeship “By show of hands, how many of you are willing to quit your job today to start...

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What’s Your Diet Like?

What’s Your Diet Like? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I am sure you have heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” Lately, I have been starting to pay much...

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How Will AI Change Work?

How Will AI Change Work? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Artificial Intelligence (AI) is incrementally changing our lives. Daily, our tech is transitioning to AI applications on our smartphones, in...

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How Grateful Are You?

How Grateful Are You? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We’re inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, which is one of my favorite holidays. I love that as a nation, we...

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MACNY’s 2023 Transformational Leadership Award Recipient Is…

We are so excited to announce MACNY’s 6th Transformational Leadership Award recipient. John Maxwell often says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Leadership is the catalyst that takes average organizations...

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Impact of Federal Regulations Grows Even Larger

Impact of Federal Regulations Grows Even Larger Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has recently released an impact study on the multitude of federal regulations...

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Wow, Your Email!

Wow, Your Email! David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I was meeting with one of my coaching clients and he shared something that I don’t think he understood the...

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Manufacturing Matters: November 2023

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: MACNYs Annual Legislative Breakfast Features Energy and Workforce Panels   Page 3 | President's Message:...

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Upstate Gains Two Federally Funded Tech Hubs

Upstate Gains Two Federally Funded Tech Hubs Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week, President Joe Biden announced the designation of 31 tech hubs throughout the country. This includes two...

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NYS Workforce Program Award Presented to MACNY’s Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program

The Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP), led by MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, has been chosen by the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) Statewide Awards Committee to...

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Who Should I Mentor?

Who Should I Mentor? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer    For the last eight years, I have been writing my weekly posts regarding leadership and growth, so I am sure you...

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Althea Strife Promoted to Workforce Development Specialist

We are excited to announce the promotion of Althea Strife to Workforce Development Specialist. Althea first joined MACNY in 2020 as an Apprenticeship Coordinator with a strong administrative and accounting...

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AI Is Changing Manufacturing

AI Is Changing Manufacturing Randy Wolken, President & CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) is a major buzzword right now, but what does that mean for the manufacturing industry? AI-enhanced manufacturing is...

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Perceptions and Perspective

Perceptions and Perspective David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We are bombarded with messages, questions, and information all day long. Determining how to respond or even what to think is becoming...

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Nationally, Most Manufacturers Remain Positive In Their Outlook

Nationally, Most Manufacturers Remain Positive In Their Outlook Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released the results of its 3rd quarter 2023 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey...

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Celebrating Manufacturing Month on Newsmakers with Andrew Donovan

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Am I a Writer?

Am I a Writer? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week, I wrote about the space needed in our daily agendas to allow time for processing information and switching gears....

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MACNY and PEB Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with Over 400 Students and Educators at 11 Regional Manufacturing Facilities

October is New York State’s official celebration of Manufacturing Month, which aligns with National Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, annually held on the first Friday of this month....

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Nira Irby Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist

We are pleased to welcome Nira Irby to our expanding team! As a Workforce Development Specialist, Nira will represent MACNY and Partners for Education and Business, Inc. (PEB) as an...

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Manufacturing Days 2023

Manufacturing Days 2023 Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a collective team, MACNY and Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB) focus on achieving three goals throughout the year: Creating...

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Don’t Let the Colors Touch

Don’t Let the Colors Touch David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It’s Friday evening, and I am sitting at my desk writing my weekly post that should have gone to Marisa...

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Manufacturing Matters: October 2023

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: October Manufacturing Month is Geared Up to Inspire, Educate, and Empower   Page 3 |...

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NYS Manufacturing Conditions Improve In September

NYS Manufacturing Conditions Improve In September Randy Wolken, President & CEO Manufacturers have indicated that they are growing. The economic landscape remains challenging, but members are responding. This appears to...

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A Leader

A Leader David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer One of my favorite parts of my job is conducting 360-degree assessments. The information I get about a leader is priceless, and while...

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Your World Continues To Change

Your World Continues To Change Randy Wolken, President & CEO With each passing day, nearly everything continues to change. Our economy, U.S. manufacturing, our communities, our country, and the world....

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Just Keep Moving

Just Keep Moving David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever found yourself stuck? You don’t know where to go or what to do? A couple of weeks ago, that...

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Fall Launch

Fall Launch Randy Wolken, President & CEO In Upstate New York, we do love our summers. The weather turns warm, school is out, and we can enjoy more extended daylight....

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Are you a good PARTNER?

Are you a good PARTNER? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer While I was at the most recent Maxwell Leadership conference, I heard John challenge each of us to be a...

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Burnout Is A Real Workforce Challenge

Burnout Is A Real Workforce Challenge Randy Wolken, President & CEO I’m willing to guess that you've experienced feelings of burnout recently, or at least at some point in your...

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A Head Start – Part 2

A Head Start – Part 2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week, I shared some thoughts on how you can get a head start over your peers and the...

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Are You Leveraging Your Team’s Strengths?

Are You Leveraging Your Team’s Strengths? Randy Wolken, President & CEO We want our team members to operate in their areas of strength. When this happens, everyone wins. We win...

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A Head Start

A Head Start David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Would you like to have a head start over your peers? How about a head start over your competitors? While I was...

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Manufacturing Matters: September

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Another Eventful Day on the Links at Our 26th Annual Golf Tournament   Page 3...

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15 Tech Trends Shaping The Future

15 Tech Trends Shaping The Future Randy Wolken, President & CEO Technology is changing everything in our work and home lives. We see this among our MACNY members as we...

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Beware of the Dip

Beware of the Dip David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed how you have this dip in emotions after you return from a vacation or an inspiring event?...

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Manufacturing Is Changing Fast

Manufacturing Is Changing Fast Randy Wolken, President & CEO All of us are navigating in a less predictable, increasingly complex, and rapidly changing operating environment. Technological innovation is accelerating and...

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Nine Years Ago

Nine Years Ago David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Nine years ago this month, I walked into the biggest hotel I had ever seen, The Orlando World Center Marriott. This would...

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MACNY In The Months Ahead

MACNY In The Months Ahead Randy Wolken, President & CEO Summer has arrived and is mostly gone. However, I am looking forward to seeing so many members at our Annual...

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A Very Personal Insult

A Very Personal Insult David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote my post titled “Hard is Good.” This week I want to take a look at another aspect...

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Cautious Optimism About The Economy

Cautious Optimism About The Economy Randy Wolken, President & CEO So far, the recession has failed to materialize, and inflation shows signs of weakening. With this, manufacturers and businesses grow...

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Hard is Good

Hard is Good David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer A few months ago, I was in a coaching session with a Director of Special Education. When she mentioned a conversation she...

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Global Economic Optimism Grows

Global Economic Optimism Grows Randy Wolken, President & CEO For the first time in more than a year, global executives are more positive than negative about conditions in the economy. In...

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It’s An Inside Job

It's An Inside Job David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The difference between a winner and a whiner is that whiners wait to do something until they feel like it, and...

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Reshoring And Nearshoring Accelerate

Reshoring And Nearshoring Accelerate Randy Wolken, President & CEO Last year the predicted trends of reshoring and nearshoring materialized. Reshoring and direct foreign investments related to manufacturing job announcements continued...

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Evangelist or Theologian

Evangelist or Theologian David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week, I was in a coaching session with a young, recently promoted manager. As we discussed the challenge of getting people...

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Summer Reset And Prep for Fall Launch

Summer Reset And Prep for Fall Launch Randy Wolken, President & CEO In Upstate New York, we certainly love our summers. The weather turns warm, school is out, and we...

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Live with Anticipation

Live with Anticipation David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As a kid, I lived for the weekends and special events. As I got older, I seemed to keep the same mindset....

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A Fourth of July Remembrance

A Fourth of July Remembrance Randy Wolken, President & CEO We live in unique times. We will have much to be grateful for during this Independence Day week. We will...

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As a kid, I just loved the 4th of July holiday. Except for a handful of years, my family and...

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Manufacturing Matters: July/Aug

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: MACNY Expands Leadership Offerings by Welcoming Kyle Pipes as Chief Growth & Development Officer  ...

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Taylor Hodge Rejoins MACNY as Director of Partners for Education & Business, Inc.

Taylor Hodge Rejoins MACNY as Director of Partners for Education & Business, Inc. Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are excited to welcome Taylor Hodge back to the team as...

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Do They Smile?

Do They Smile? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week, I heard a question that really caused me to think. The question simply stated, "Do they smile when they see...

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Taylor Hodge Returns to MACNY as Director of PEB

We are so excited to welcome Taylor Hodge back to the team as Director of Partners for Education & Business, Inc. Stepping down from her role as Director, Tanya M....

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MACNY Is Growing – And Helping Your Growth

MACNY Is Growing – And Helping Your Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are pleased to welcome Kyle Pipes to the team as the Chief Growth & Development Officer...

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Hopeless?

Hopeless? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last Wednesday, I listened to one of my favorite podcasts and I heard this statement, “There are no hopeless situations, only people who think...

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Recent NAM Survey Affirms MACNY/PEB Efforts

Recent NAM Survey Affirms MACNY/PEB Efforts Randy Wolken, President & CEO The number one need of our MACNY members in the manufacturing and technology sectors is a skilled workforce. There...

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“Die Young, as Late as Possible”

“Die Young, as Late as Possible” David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I saw the quote above in my chiropractor's office. The full quote reads, “The idea is to die young,...

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Kyle Pipes Joins MACNY as Chief Growth & Development Officer

We are pleased to welcome Kyle Pipes to the team as the Chief Growth & Development Officer. He will officially join MACNY on July 1, 2023. Pipes comes to MACNY...

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What Do Workers Want Now?

What Do Workers Want Now? Randy Wolken, President & CEO As the economy continues to recover, workers are on the sidelines are considering returning to work.  The unemployment rate has...

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A Big Little Thing

A Big Little Thing David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I was listening to a podcast this past week and they discussed 'Big Little Things'. The ideas that were shared in...

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We Need Your Participation in the 2023 CNY SHRM & MACNY’s Wage & Benefit Survey!

Participate and receive the results at no charge! The deadline for data collection for the 2023 CNY SHRM & MACNY’s Wage & Benefit Survey has been extended to June 9th...

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Exporting Is Often Key To Company Growth

Exporting Is Often Key To Company Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO Exporting can be a profitable undertaking for manufacturing businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more...

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Just So Busy

Just So Busy David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I recently listened to a podcast where an executive coach was following up with his clients on leadership activities they had committed...

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Manufacturers Need to Participate in Cap-and-Invest Stakeholder Session

Manufacturers Need to Participate in Cap-and-Invest Stakeholder Session Randy Wolken, President & CEO The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development...

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It’s Time for a Change

It's Time for a Change David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week, I wrote about the actions a person should take to get ahead in their job. This week, I...

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New EPA Regulations Threaten ‘Made In The USA’

New EPA Regulations Threaten ‘Made In The USA’ Randy Wolken, President & CEO Recently, the EPA has proposed imposing highly restrictive air regulations that would hurt existing manufacturing facilities and jeopardize...

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I Want A Promotion

I Want A Promotion David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This post will be from a bit of a different perspective. It is meant for all those who want to progress...

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NYS Manufacturing Positioned For An Exciting Future

NYS Manufacturing Positioned For An Exciting Future Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week we celebrated our 110th Annual Dinner. Nearly 500 individuals joined us. We have been serving manufacturers...

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The Environment for Team Renewal & Growth

The Environment for Team Renewal & Growth David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week, I shared tips for ensuring we are in the best environment for personal growth. This week,...

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Manufacturing in New York is World Class

Manufacturing in New York is World Class Randy Wolken, President & CEO I am often asked to assess the manufacturing climate in the Upstate region and New York State as...

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The Environment for Personal Renewal

The Environment for Personal Renewal David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week, I shared my wonder and excitement about the renewal I see all around me in nature. I spoke...

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Manufacturing Matters: May

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Celebrating MACNY's New Specialist Leads 'Become A Real-Life Rose' Pilot Program   Page 3 |...

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Manufacturing Resurgence in New York

Manufacturing Resurgence in New York Randy Wolken, President & CEO Manufacturing is underappreciated in New York State. Why is this? One of the main reasons is the negative perception of...

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Carrie Arens Joins MACNY as Senior Accountant

We are pleased to welcome Carrie Arens to the team as the Senior Accountant. In this role, Carrie will ensure fiscal compliance with regulations of State and Federal funding sources,...

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The Season of Renewal

The Season of Renewal David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I love spring. Well, to be completely honest, I find a reason to love every season. What I love about spring...

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Carrie Arens Joins MACNY as Senior Accountant

We are so pleased to welcome Carrie Arens to the team as the Senior Accountant. In this role, Carrie will ensure fiscal compliance with regulations of State and Federal funding...

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NYS Manufacturers Report Increased Business Activity

NYS Manufacturers Report Increased Business Activity Randy Wolken, President & CEO The Federal Reserve Bank of Buffalo reported the results of its survey of manufacturers for April.  It contains good...

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The Business Council of New York State Announces MACNY as Winner of Second Annual NYS Workforce Innovation Awards in the ‘Non-Profit’ Category

The Business Council of New York State announced Wednesday, the three award winners of the second annual New York State Workforce Innovation Awards. The awards recognize outstanding workforce development training...

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It’s A Paradox #3: Vision & Blind Spots

It's A Paradox #3: Vision & Blind Spots David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer You can tell that I am really digging into Tim Elmor's book The Eight Pardoxes of Leadership....

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U.S. Manufacturing Construction Highest Ever

U.S. Manufacturing Construction Highest Ever Randy Wolken, President & CEO Construction spending related to manufacturing reached $108 billion in 2022. According to Census Bureau data, this was the highest annual...

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It’s A Paradox #2

It's A Paradox #2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We don't often use the word paradox, so I started with this definition last week. Paradox is a noun defined as...

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Manufacturers Are Today’s Top Cybersecurity Target

Manufacturers Are Today's Top Cybersecurity Target Randy Wolken, President & CEO On March 31st, MACNY held its second annual Cybersecurity Conference. Members and experts discussed the current threats, evolving attacks,...

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It’s A Paradox #1

It's A Paradox #1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We don't often use the word paradox, so I thought I would start with a definition. Paradox is a noun defined...

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Jackie Ferrari of American Fashion Network and Mike Wetzel of Air Innovations Named as the 2023 Manufacturers Wall of Fame Inductees

We're pleased to announce the 2023 inductees for the Manufacturers Wall of Fame. Jackie Ferrari, Founder and CEO of American Fashion Network and Mike Wetzel, President and CEO of Air...

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MACNY’S New Specialist, Yawa Zewou, to Lead ‘Become a Real-Life Rosie” Pilot Program for Diversifying Women in the Workforce

We are delighted to welcome Yawa Zewou to the team as its newest Workforce Development Specialist to support the exciting ‘Become A Real-Life Rosie’ pilot program, Diversifying Advanced Manufacturing: Women...

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Majority of Manufacturers Remain Positive

Majority of Manufacturers Remain Positive Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released its 2023 First Quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, which indicates that manufacturers have...

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Temptations of Successful Organizations – Part 2

Temptations of Successful Organizations - Part 2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week we looked at three of the five temptations of Successful Organizations. Before diving into the last...

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Manufacturing Matters: April

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Celebrating 110 Years of Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence   Page 3 | President's Message: Top...

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U.S. Manufacturers Need R&D Tax Deductibility To Be Globally Competitive

U.S. Manufacturers Need R&D Tax Deductibility To Be Globally Competitive Randy Wolken, President & CEO On March 17th, a bipartisan Senate bill was introduced into legislation that would allow businesses...

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MACNY Announces Brent Zerkle of Cryomech, Inc. as 2023 Innovator of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Brent Zerkle, Director of Prototyping and Vice President of Cryomech, has been selected as the 2023 Innovator of the Year. Zerkle was nominated by...

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Temptations of Successful Organizations – Part 1

Temptations of Successful Organizations - Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever wondered why some organizations seem to be around forever and others seem to be doing...

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Matt Geitner Joins MACNY as Director of Government Relations

We are excited to announce Matt Geitner has joined MACNY's team as the Director of Government Relations. In this role, Matt will manage the advocacy efforts of MACNY and The...

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Women In Manufacturing

Women In Manufacturing Randy Wolken, President & CEO Female employment in manufacturing reached its height this year, with a total of 3.77 million workers, according to the National Association of...

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Memo in Support: 2023-24 State Budget $1.75 MIAP Funding

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT 2023-24 State Budget - Department of Labor - $1.75 Million Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP)  MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, and The Manufacturers Alliance of New York State...

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Central Upstate MFG Magazine – Edition 11

We are very excited to bring you the 11th edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine! The future of manufacturing is bright here in Central and Upstate New York. We’re thrilled...

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Everyone is Looking for This

Everyone is Looking for This David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer There has been a common theme surfacing in most of my coaching and training sessions. I am having many conversations...

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Memo in Support: Zero Percent Tax Rate for Pass-Through Manufacturers

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT S.4064 (Mannion)/A.4168 (Stirpe) An act to amend the tax law, in relation to pass-through manufacturers zero percent tax rate MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, and The Manufacturers Alliance...

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Memo in Opposition: NY Health Act

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION An act to amend the public health law and the state finance law, in relation to establishing the New York Health Act. MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, and...

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Manufacturers Need Permitting Reform

Manufacturers Need Permitting Reform Randy Wolken, President & CEO New York's success depends on a robust and competitive manufacturing industry. Some of the biggest obstacles preventing manufacturers from reaching their...

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Did You Lose Something?

Did You Lose Something? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I recently listened to the Maxwell Leadership podcast and heard Mark Cole talk about discouragement. He mentioned that the word discourage...

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Manufacturing Advocacy Day In Albany

Manufacturing Advocacy Day In Albany Randy Wolken, President & CEO On Wednesday, MACNY and our Manufacturers Alliance partners traveled to Albany to advocate for critical policies to grow manufacturing in...

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Testimony provided to the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Workforce Development and Labor

Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on the 2023-24 Executive Budget Proposal. My name is Michael Frame, and I serve as the Senior Vice President of Workforce Development...

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How Did You Get Here?

How Did You Get Here? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about Marshall Goldsmith and his amazing book, What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There, where...

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Manufacturing Matters: March

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Samantha Wessing Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist   Page 3 | President's Message: Time...

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Gratitude And Joy

Gratitude And Joy Randy Wolken, President & CEO One of the most surprising life lessons for me as a leader is that gratitude and joy help individuals and organizations find...

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Supercharge Your Growth

Supercharge Your Growth David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer For about 12 years, I have been trying to become more intentional about my growth and professional development. This comes as no...

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Adapt To Continuous Change

Adapt To Continuous Change Randy Wolken, President & CEO The world around us is constantly changing. And the world is changing faster and faster each day. Do you have a...

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Three Words of Growth

Three Words of Growth David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When I was in my teens, if you had asked me why I went to school, my answer would have been...

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Emily Langan Promoted to Manager of Partners for Education & Business, Inc.

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Emily Langan to Manager, Partners for Education and Business, Inc. Since joining MACNY in October 2021 as a Workforce Development Specialist, Emily...

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Top Manufacturing Trends for 2023

Top Manufacturing Trends for 2023 Randy Wolken, President & CEO In January, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released its Top 8 Manufacturing Trends for 2023. It is a guide to...

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Another Triple Play

Another Triple Play David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer In 2015 Patrick Lencioni wrote his book Three Signs of a Miserable Job. He quickly learned the title they had chosen for...

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Governor Hochul Delivers Budget Address

Governor Hochul Delivers Budget Address Randy Wolken, President & CEO On Wednesday, Governor Kathy Hochul delivered her Budget Address. She offered an array of initiatives to help New York move...

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Seventh Annual CNY Innovation Challenge Announced

Central New York students in grades 6-12 are invited to put on their thinking caps as the Maker Faire Syracuse; Le Moyne College’s Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity;...

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Manufacturing Matters: February

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Deb Tilton Joins MACNY as Marketing & Communications Manager   Page 3 | President's Message:...

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The Secret Sauce

The Secret Sauce David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about my dear friend Mike Palanacki who passed away suddenly a month ago. Mike was a master of...

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Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, Announce Partnership to Expand Registered Apprenticeship into New York City

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, and The Manufacturers Alliance of New York are excited to announce Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as the newest Alliance Partner to join the Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship...

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Samantha Wessing Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist

We are pleased to welcome Samantha Wessing to the MACNY team as a Workforce Development Specialist. In this role, Samantha will support MACNY’s New York State Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program...

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Are You Ready To Shift Your Paradigm?

Are You Ready To Shift Your Paradigm? Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are comfortable with our current worldviews. They are often called our paradigm. It means that we see...

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His Name Was Mike

His Name Was Mike David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer A few weeks ago, I heard about the sudden death of my good friend and mentor, Mike Palanacki. Mike was 12...

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Eileen Donovan Promoted to Senior Workforce Development Specialist

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Eileen Donovan to Senior Workforce Development Specialist. Eileen first joined MACNY in 2019 as a Workforce Development Coordinator and was later promoted...

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Manufacturing Facing Near-Term Headwinds – And Long-Term Growth

Manufacturing Facing Near-Term Headwinds – And Long-Term Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO The Empire State Manufacturing Survey for January was released this week. Its findings correlate with my discussions...

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Becoming a Possibilist

Becoming a Possibilist David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer My thoughts and writings have been focused on change over the last few weeks, and I thought today might be a good...

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Deb Tilton Joins MACNY as Marketing & Communications Manager

We are proud to announce that Deb Tilton has joined our team as Marketing & Communications Manager. In this role, she will support strategic marketing and communications initiatives for both...

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Now accepting nominations for the Manufacturers Wall of Fame and Innovator of the Year Award!

We are collecting nominations for our 2023 Manufacturers Wall of Fame and Innovator of the Year Awards! Award recipients will be honored at MACNY's 110th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing on...

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U.S. Manufacturers Want Elected Leaders To Focus On Growth

U.S. Manufacturers Want Elected Leaders To Focus On Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently published their Fourth Quarter 2022 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey showing...

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The Beautiful Daughters of Hope

The Beautiful Daughters of Hope David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I recently listened to a podcast and heard this statement, "The beautiful daughters of hope are anger and courage." I...

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Building The Manufacturing Workforce of The Future

Building The Manufacturing Workforce of The Future Randy Wolken, President & CEO A significant skills gap presently exists in many industries, including manufacturing. The future will only bring even more...

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Your Daily Agenda

Your Daily Agenda David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer One of the great things about starting a new year is that we often take the opportunity to adjust our habits and...

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Manufacturing Matters: January

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Kick Off 2023 by Joining us for our New Year Celebration   Page 3 |...

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Randy Wolken, President & CEO Each year, millions of Americans make resolutions for the new year. Only eight percent are kept. In fact, eighty percent of New...

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Start Well

Start Well David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The new year is almost upon us--next week is 2023! Will next year be a great year for you? Regardless of what may...

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Be Vulnerable

Be Vulnerable Randy Wolken, President & CEO Being vulnerable is often the last thing we want to be. As an individual performer, team member, or leader, being vulnerable seems like...

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Time for a Pause

Time for a Pause David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever thought about the value of a pause? A fermata, or pause in music, adds so much to a...

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Leaders Must Give Hope

Leaders Must Give Hope Randy Wolken, President & CEO Many call this the season of hope. And leaders must be primary givers of hope. In today’s world, filled with plenty...

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Three Words to Keep Us Learning

Three Words to Keep Us Learning David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I talked about the need to keep learning. This past week I heard three words that will...

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Manufacturing Cybersecurity Risks Grow

Manufacturing Cybersecurity Risks Grow Randy Wolken, President & CEO  Manufacturers are increasingly under cyber attack. As we near the end of 2022, we look back at one of the worst...

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The Enemy of Learning

The Enemy of Learning David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I was listening to a podcast and heard this quote, "The enemy of learning is knowing." I was driving to...

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Manufacturing Technology And Its Impact On Growth

Manufacturing Technology And Its Impact On Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has launched the Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC) to bring together business leaders...

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Manufacturing Matters: December

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Announcing MACNY's 5th Transformational Leadership Award Recipient   Page 3 | President's Message: We Need...

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The Next Four Weeks

The Next Four Weeks David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about our new superpower: Gratitude. Today I would like to go to the next level a bit....

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CNY STEM Scholarship Program Opens 2023 Application Process

Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB) and the CNY STEM Hub have announced that the CNY STEM Scholarship Program application is open to high school seniors in Central New...

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Another Superpower?

Another Superpower? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Back in March, I wrote a couple of posts referring to influence as a superpower. My posts were based on a great book...

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National Apprenticeship Week Concludes

National Apprenticeship Week Concludes Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week, we are taking part in National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, workforce, education,...

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MACNY and MVCC to Partner, Train Transitioning Soldiers/ Military Spouses for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing through LIFT’s “Operation Next” Program

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association and Mohawk Valley Community College to Partner, Train Transitioning Soldiers/ Military Spouses for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing through LIFT’s “Operation Next” Program LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department...

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Mohawk Valley Community College and MACNY Announce Partnership with Wolfspeed to Upskill their Workforce through NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (November 14 – 18), Mohawk Valley Community College and MACNY, The Manufacturers Association of Central New York announced they will partner with Wolfspeed, Inc to...

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The Value of Trust

The Value of Trust David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week our nation held its midterm election, and many were surprised by the outcomes. At the time I am writing...

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We Need to Focus on Supporting Manufacturing and Business Growth

We Need to Focus on Supporting Manufacturing and Business Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO Governor Hochul made history this week as the first woman elected Governor in New York...

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Ostroff Associates: Election Update

Tuesday, November 8 was the final day of voting in the General Election for statewide offices and State Senate, Assembly, and Congressional offices. Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor Antonio...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 21

Learning From a Different Place – Part 21 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We have come to my final entry in the Learning From a Different Place series. Law number...

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Amy Stage Promoted to Director of Apprenticeship & Workforce Development

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association of Central New York, is pleased to announce the promotion of Amy Stage to Director of Apprenticeship & Workforce Development. Amy first joined MACNY in March...

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MACNY And Your Manufacturing Workforce

MACNY And Your Manufacturing Workforce Randy Wolken, President & CEO The workforce needs of MACNY members have never been greater. We have created and now are growing our efforts to...

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MANUPAC Announces Federal Endorsements for the 2022 Election

MANUPAC, which is the Manufacturers Association of Central New York’s Federal Political Action Committee, today announced the endorsement of the following Congressional candidates based on their records on issues critical to economic...

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MACNY’s 2022 Transformational Leadership Award Recipient Is…

We are so excited to announce MACNY’s 5th Transformational Leadership Award recipient. John Maxwell often says, "Everything rises and falls on leadership." Leadership is the catalyst that takes average organizations...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 20

Learning From a Different Place – Part 20 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer John Maxwell’s Law of Explosive Growth was a hard law for me to embrace. As a young...

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Manufacturing Matters: November

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Operation Next: Advanced Manufacturing Training for Soliders and their Families   Page 3 | President's...

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MIPAC Announces 2022 Senate and Assembly Legislative Endorsements

MIPAC Announces 2022 Senate and Assembly Legislative Endorsements Statewide Manufacturing Association’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsement of Candidates MIPAC, The Manufacturing & Industry Political Action Committee of MACNY, The Manufacturers...

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President Biden Visits CNY to Acknowledge Our New Reality

President Biden Visits CNY to Acknowledge Our New Reality Randy Wolken, President & CEO   This week marks a landmark achievement. Central New York has attracted the most significant investment...

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Dr. Tanya M. Eastman Joins MACNY as Director of Partners for Education & Business

The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) today announced that it has hired Dr. Tanya M. Eastman as the Director of Partners for Education & Business, Inc., an affiliate...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 19

Learning From a Different Place – Part 19 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I am sure you have heard the phrase, “timing is everything,” and it truly is. The Law...

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Recent Surveys Highlight Challenges Ahead

Recent Surveys Highlight Challenges Ahead Randy Wolken, President & CEO Two recent surveys highlight the challenges to manufacturers and businesses in the months ahead. First, the Federal Reserve Bank of...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 18

Learning From a Different Place – Part 18 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As we go through life, we often are required to make sacrifices. Most of the time, they...

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How Will You Recruit and Retain Young Manufacturing Talent?

How Will You Recruit and Retain Young Manufacturing Talent? Randy Wolken, President & CEO With the Micron Technology announcement, we now know that Central and Upstate New York will be...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 17

Learning From a Different Place – Part 17 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever wondered why some people accomplish more than others? I always thought that some people...

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Historic Micron Technology Investment Will Change CNY

Historic Micron Technology Investment Will Change CNY Randy Wolken, President & CEO The Micron Technology project announced on Tuesday will undoubtedly be transformative for the Central New York Community, New...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 16

Learning From a Different Place – Part 16 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Does “Big Mo” really work? According to John Maxwell, momentum is the driving force behind law number...

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Statement from MACNY President & CEO, Randy Wolken, on Today’s Historic Micron Technology Announcement

The Micron Technology project will undoubtedly be transformative for the Central New York Community, New York and beyond. As a leader in manufacturing and tech workforce development, MACNY knows that...

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Manufacturing Matters: October

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Manufacturing Month 2022   Page 3 | President's Message: Manufacturing Month 2022   Page 4 | Government...

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Colleen Blagg Joins MACNY as Manager of Apprenticeship & Workforce Development

We are so excited to welcome Colleen Blagg to the team as the Manager of Apprenticeship & Workforce Development. In this role, Colleen will work on an array of grants...

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Manufacturers Feeling The Impacts Of Inflation And Supply Chain Challenges

Manufacturers Feeling The Impacts Of Inflation And Supply Chain Challenges Randy Wolken, President & CEO Economic headwinds are being felt by New York State (NYS) manufacturers and throughout the U.S....

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 15

Learning From a Different Place – Part 15 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Law #15 is The Law of Victory. When I first...

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Murjan Abdi Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Assistant

Please join us in welcoming Murjan Abdi to the team as the Workforce Development Assistant! In this role, Murjan will provide support to MACNY’s growing workforce development programming, assist Partners...

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Have You Noticed A Need For New Leadership Qualities?

Have You Noticed A Need For New Leadership Qualities? Randy Wolken, President & CEO The pandemic has changed a lot in our lives. This seems to also be true of...

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A Graceful Servant Leader

A Graceful Servant Leader David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This week, people across the globe laid to rest an amazing leader. Queen Elizabeth II ended her 70-year reign as the...

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Consumers’ Perceptions and Our Economy

Consumers' Perceptions and Our Economy Randy Wolken, President & CEO On Monday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that American consumers expect notable future inflation-level declines. This decline...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 14

Learning From a Different Place – Part 14 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When I first read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, I thought The Law of Buy-In was...

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3 Parallels to Succeeding in Gaming and Business

By Laura Thorne, MACNY Consulting Partner Oftentimes, we make decisions hastily out of need for survival, the need to address daily crises, or sheer lack of know-how. At some point,...

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Manufacturing Month 2022

Manufacturing Month 2022 Randy Wolken, President & CEO Together, the MACNY and Partners for Education and Business (PEB) team is focused on three goals throughout the year: creating excitement for...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 13

Learning From a Different Place – Part 13 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I am sure you have heard the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is...

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Strategic Courage Is Needed

Strategic Courage Is Needed Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are in uncertain times. We are emerging from the early phase of the COVID pandemic. However, the Omicron variant is...

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Manufacturing Matters: September

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Another Great Day on the Links at our 25th Annual Golf Tournament   Page 3 |...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 12

Learning From a Different Place – Part 12 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Law #12 from John Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Law of Leadership is The Law of Empowerment. This...

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Summer Reset and Fall Launch

Summer Reset and Fall Launch Randy Wolken, President & CEO In Upstate New York, we love our summers. The weather turns warm, school is out, and we can enjoy more...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 11

Learning From a Different Place – Part 11 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Today we will look into Law #11 from John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Law of Leadership: The...

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Seeing Red at Work and on the Road? Here’s How to Curb Your Rage

By Laura Thorne, MACNY Consulting Partner During a recent Self-Leadership Lunch and Learn session that I held for MACNY, the group and I discussed The Four Agreements by Don Miguel...

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Are You Prepared For What’s Next?

Are You Prepared For What's Next? Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are over two years past the dramatic worldwide spread of COVID-19. However, COVID has not left us, and...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 10

Learning From a Different Place – Part 10 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Law number 10 of John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Connection....

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As Summer Comes To A Close, Leaders In Washington Act

As Summer Comes To A Close, Leaders In Washington Act Randy Wolken, President & CEO Recently, two significant actions took place with our federal leaders. First, President Biden signed the...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 9

Learning From a Different Place – Part 9 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When I looked at my original 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership book, under the title of chapter...

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Integrate Sales and Marketing Teams into your Strategic Operations

By Laura Thorne, MACNY Consulting Partner I recently introduced the Strategy Design Lab workshop to the sales and marketing teams of a mid-size organization. Going into the meeting they had...

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CHIPS and Science Act Offers Historic Opportunities

CHIPS and Science Act Offers Historic Opportunities Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week I joined U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for a press conference regarding the passage of...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 8

Learning From a Different Place – Part 8 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Just as a reminder to those who may have missed it, I am revisiting John Maxwell’s book,...

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Statement from MACNY President & CEO Randy Wolken on CHIPS and Science Bill Passage

"Passage of the CHIPS and Science Act is a major win for Central New York and all of New York State. This legislation will help create real growth in the...

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CHIPS And Science Act of 2022 Moves Forward

CHIPS And Science Act of 2022 Moves Forward Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week the U.S. Senate approved a $280 billion bill supporting the semiconductor industry. It also moved...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 7

Learning From a Different Place – Part 7 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Years ago, I thought people would respect me if I had a great title. The titles I...

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How To Make Better Business Decisions to Amplify Results, Part 1

By Laura Thorne, MACNY Consulting Partner In a leadership position, you are faced with dozens, if not hundreds, of decisions a day, both big and small. Some of those decisions require...

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Will We Have A Recession?

Will We Have A Recession? Randy Wolken, President & CEO The economic question of the day is whether or not we will have a recession. It’s best to start with...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 6

Learning From a Different Place – Part 6 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer A February 2022 Pew Research study showed that societal trust has dropped in every category measured over...

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Manufacturers Remain Resilient

Manufacturers Remain Resilient Randy Wolken, President & CEO The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released its 2022 Second Quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, which indicates that manufacturers have significant concerns...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 5

Learning From a Different Place – Part 5 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Reflecting on when I first started studying John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The...

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Stop Calling Yourself a Leader Without Considering this First

By Laura Thorne, MACNY Consulting Partner Whether you have a leadership title, consider yourself a leader, or call yourself a leader, nothing qualifies you more than caring and taking action....

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Justyna Valencia Promoted to Member Engagement Manager

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Justyna Valencia to Member Engagement Manager. Justyna first joined MACNY in December 2021 as a Workforce Development Specialist. In this role, her...

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MACNY’s Comments On The Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan

MACNY’s Comments On The Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan Randy Wolken, President & CEO On behalf of our members, MACNY offered the following comments on the Climate Action Council’s...

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The Manufacturers Association of Central New York Comments on the Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan

The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) is a trade association representing more than 300 member companies, most of which are industrial, with more than 50,000 employees across a...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 4

Learning From a Different Place – Part 4 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The Law of Navigation has always intrigued me. Perhaps it's my love for boats and water, or...

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Manufacturing Matters: July/August

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: MACNY Welcomes Kelly Hyland to the Team as Training Coordinator   Page 3 | President's Message:...

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Grow Your Business Through Exports

Grow Your Business Through Exports Randy Wolken, President & CEO Manufacturers are built to export their products anywhere in the world. If your company is not increasing the amount it...

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Learning From a Different Place – Part 3

Learning From a Different Place – Part 3 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about The Law of Influence and how my perspective changed by living out...

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How to Fill Hiring Gaps with the Next Generation

By Laura Thorne, MACNY Consulting Partner Struggling to fill vacant positions? Try hiring for future potential rather than previous experience.  Since early 2021, over 43 million Americans (Long, 2022) have...

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Manufacturing And The Looming Recession (Part 2 of 2)

Manufacturing And The Looming Recession (Part 2 of 2) Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you assume we are going to experience a recession, then being able to navigate through...

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Memo in Opposition: All-Electric Building Act

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Manufacturing Matters: March 2022

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Memo of Support: MIAP Funding

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Memo in Support: S.7891 (Mannion) / A.9495 (Hyndman)

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Memo of Support: Tax Parity for All New York Manufacturers

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Manufacturing Matters: February 2022

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How Setting Intentions Can Help You Avoid Conflict while Achieving Goals

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MEMO IN OPPOSITION: S.5474 (Rivera) / A.6058 (Gottfried)

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2022 State of the State Summary

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Manufacturing Matters: January 2022

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Ashley Stoltz Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist

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Quotable Quotes

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Recognizing Blame: How to Break the Habit of Making Excuses

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Justyna Valencia Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist

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Time To Take Action On Your Supply Chain

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MEMO OF SUPPORT: Tax Parity for All New York Manufacturers

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We are so excited to welcome Marissa Beck to the team! Marissa has joined the organization as the Marketing & Communications Manager. In her role, she will support various marketing...

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We are so excited to share that the Keeping People Safe and Factories Running program facilitated by MACNY has received the 2021 CNY BEST Team Award. Keeping People Safe &...

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Manufacturing Matters: November 2021

  Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Emily Langan Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist   Page 3 | President's Message: China Must...

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What’s Your Post-Pandemic Vision?

What's Your Post-Pandemic Vision? Randy Wolken, President & CEO The future is created twice. First in our minds and then in the world in which we live. Have you envisioned...

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Episode 229: Redemption

Episode 229 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing Ulysses S. Grant's story of redemption as a reminder to leaders...

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Redemption

Redemption David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Hiram was surprised to receive his appointment to the Military Academy at West Point. Upon arrival, he was amazed at the sight. This military...

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Challenges Remain, But Together We Can Overcome Them

Challenges Remain, But Together We Can Overcome Them Randy Wolken, President & CEO As much as we may want to return to our pre-COVID normal, we will not be able...

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Episode 228: Once Again – Now He Belongs to the Ages

Episode 228 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're remembering Secretary Colin Powell and discussing his profound 13 Rules of Leadership. We'd...

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Once Again – Now He Belongs to the Ages

Once Again – Now He Belongs to the Ages David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The statement, “Now he belongs to the ages,” was made following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln,...

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Supply Chain Challenges Need To Be Addressed

Supply Chain Challenges Need To Be Addressed Randy Wolken, President & CEO Manufacturing supply chains are stressed. It is a challenge we must address as a nation. Critical shortages and...

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Episode 227: Courage Today

Episode 227 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how leaders can live out courage today. We'd love to hear...

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Courage Today

Courage Today David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about the courage that I found in our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Today I would like to shift from...

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Emily Langan Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist

We are pleased to welcome Emily Langan, MPA to the team. Emily has joined the organization as a Workforce Development Specialist. In her role, she will represent MACNY and Partners...

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Leading In An Age of Innovation And Rapid Change

Leading In An Age of Innovation And Rapid Change Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leading today is meaningfully different from ever before. We are experiencing a time of unprecedented and...

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Episode 226: A Lesson in Courage

Episode 226 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing a few of the leadership lessons he took away from...

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A Lesson in Courage

A Lesson in Courage David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I am currently working through a book by Bret Baier titled Three Days in Moscow. The book is part of Baier's...

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China Is Not Complying With Its Trade Commitments

China Is Not Complying With Its Trade Commitments Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai indicated that the United States would reopen talks with China....

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Episode 225: Like a Candle Deprived of Oxygen

Episode 225 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how leaders can help their organizations overcome poor morale. We'd love...

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Like a Candle Deprived of Oxygen

Like a Candle Deprived of Oxygen David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We all know what it feels like to enter a room that has been drained of its energy. Like...

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Manufacturing Matters: October 2021

  Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: October is New York State Manufacturing Month. How Will You Celebrate?   Page 3 | President's...

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Manufacturing Careers Day 2021

Partners for Education & Business, Inc. and MACNY welcome you to our 12th Annual Manufacturing Careers Day Hosted by Dan Cummings of News Channel 9, Lockheed Martin kicks off Manufacturing...

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Celebrating Manufacturing Day

The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and Partners for Education & Business (PEB) today announced they will celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 1, 2021. MFG Day, which...

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This Pandemic Has Changed Everything – To Include Manufacturing Day

This Pandemic Has Changed Everything – To Include Manufacturing Day Randy Wolken, President & CEO Today is Manufacturing Day—an annual opportunity for manufacturers to highlight their work and their employees,...

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Episode 224: Build to Brand

Episode 224 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing eight characteristics that make up a great leader and how each...

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Build to Brand

Build to Brand David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer A couple of weeks ago, I shared a little bit about the concept of Building, not Branding. This morning I was thinking...

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MACNY Stands With Members On Key Legislation In Congress

MACNY Stands With Members On Key Legislation In Congress Randy Wolken, President & CEO As US Congress reconvenes this fall, MACNY and the Manufacturers Alliance will work with our allies...

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Episode 223: Don’t Miss the Miss

Episode 223 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how to make the most out of the good misses in...

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Don’t Miss the Miss

Don't Miss the Miss David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I have been watching some baseball lately and have been reminded that the best of the best only gets a hit...

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Look Again—Your World Continues To Change

Look Again—Your World Continues To Change Randy Wolken, President & CEO Over the last 18 months, nearly everything has changed. Our economy, US manufacturing, our communities, our country, and the...

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Episode 222: The Power of the Room

Episode 222 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing three more lessons he learned while away at this summer's...

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The Power of the Room

The Power of the Room David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I shared that I was recently in Orlando for the International Maxwell Certification (IMC). This semi-annual event allows...

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The COVID Threat and The NY HERO Act

The COVID Threat and The NY HERO Act Randy Wolken, President & CEO The threat of COVID-19 continues to evolve. It is presenting us with even more questions and requiring...

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Episode 221: The Tortoise on the Fence Post

Episode 221 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing one of the lessons he learned from Dave Ramsey while...

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The Tortoise on the Fence Post

The Tortoise on the Fence Post David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As I write this post, I am in Orlando at the International Maxwell Certification. When I return to Central...

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Manufacturing In New York Has Become World Class

Manufacturing In New York Has Become World Class Randy Wolken, President & CEO I am often asked to assess the manufacturing climate in the Upstate region and New York State...

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Episode 220: Four Outs

Episode 220 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the four outs principle of leadership. We'd love to hear from...

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Accelerate sales by defining the problem you’re solving

Accelerate sales by defining the problem you’re solving James Shomar, Chief Growth Officer In a recent blog post titled “Do you have a sales strategy for growth?” I mentioned I...

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Manufacturing Matters: September 2021

  Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Amy Stewart Joins MACNY and PEB as Workforce Development Specialist   Page 3 | President's Message:...

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Four Outs

Four Outs David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I love the great American pastime—baseball. I love the chess match that is played by each manager as they calculate their next move....

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Let Gratitude And Joy Be Your Competitive Advantage

Let Gratitude And Joy Be Your Competitive Advantage Randy Wolken, President & CEO One of the most surprising life lessons for me as a leader is that gratitude and joy...

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Episode 219: How’s Your Vision?

Episode 219 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of vision within an organization and exploring five reasons...

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How’s Your Vision?

How’s Your Vision? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I am sure you have heard me say, “people buy into the leader before they buy into the vision,” and I stand...

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Accept Accelerated Change (Or Get Left behind)

Accept Accelerated Change (Or Get Left behind) Randy Wolken, President & CEO The world around us is constantly accelerating. When the world is changing faster and faster each day, so...

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Episode 218: Do You Care Enough? – Part 2

Episode 218 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're finishing a two-part series about caring enough about others to have difficult...

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Partners for Education & Business, Inc. Recognizes 2021 Business Partnership Award Winners

Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB) have announced the 2021 CNY P-TECH Business Partnership of the Year award winners. The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) programs...

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Do You Care Enough? – Part 2

Do You Care Enough? – Part 2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I started my post by asking if you are a person who cares for others and...

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We Will Have a New Governor and New Opportunities

We Will Have a New Governor and New Opportunities Randy Wolken, President & CEO I am excited about the future of manufacturing and technology in New York State. The series...

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Episode 217: Do You Care Enough? – Part 1

Episode 217 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're starting a two-part series about caring enough about others to have difficult conversations....

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Do You Care Enough? – Part 1

Do You Care Enough? – Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Would you say that you are a person who cares for others? Do you care for the people...

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The COVID Threat Is Still Real But Different Now

The COVID Threat Is Still Real But Different Now Randy Wolken, President & CEO COVID-19 has challenged us for over a year now. And today, the threat continues to evolve—presenting...

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Episode 216: Time to Grab the Baton – Part 2

Episode 216 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of leaders spending meaningful time preparing to create the...

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Time to Grab the Baton – Part 2

Time to Grab the Baton – Part 2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Attending a live symphony concert is one of the greatest pleasures in life. For me, the thrill...

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New York State Manufacturing Is Growing Rapidly

New York State Manufacturing Is Growing Rapidly Randy Wolken, President & CEO Have you seen the latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey? If not, you should read it. In July, manufacturing...

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Episode 215: Time to Grab the Baton – Part 1

Episode 215 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how organizations can build a masterpiece by engaging in organizational and...

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Do you have a sales strategy for growth?

Do you have a sales strategy for growth? James Shomar, Chief Growth Officer Earlier this week I hosted my friend Peter Dean for a webinar on how to build a...

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Time to Grab the Baton – Part 1

Time to Grab the Baton – Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Several years ago while attending a training at a Maxwell recertification event in Orlando, we were sent...

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Employer Registration – Statewide Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Job Fair

New York State manufacturing employers are invited to the Statewide Advanced Manufacturing Virtual Job Fair, being held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm!  In partnership...

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Local Students to Create and Donate Prosthetic Hands for CNY Youth and Adults for the AT&T Hand in Hand Program

Monday, July 26, 2021 was “Measuring Day” at the AT&T Hand in Hand program at the ERIE21 Innovation Academy on the Le Moyne College campus. The local youth and adults...

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What Does Your Future Look Like?

What Does Your Future Look Like? Randy Wolken, President & CEO We intellectually know the future will be different from the past. However, we often struggle with just how different...

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You Need People Who Get Stuff Done

You Need People Who Get Stuff Done James Shomar, Chief Growth Officer Who should you recruit to your team of “co-founders”? If given the choice between an eager, competitive intern...

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Episode 214: Leading Like the Shepherd

Episode 214 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing David's key leadership takeaways from the very popular Psalm 23. We'd...

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Leading Like the Shepherd

Leading Like the Shepherd David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Perhaps one of the most familiar Psalms is Psalm 23. It is often found in cards or read at funerals. The...

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Are You Celebrating Success?

Are You Celebrating Success? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Our lives can become grinding. Day after day of hard work and effort can take its toll. One antidote to fatigue...

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Episode 213: Unleash the Power

Episode 213 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how empowerment could unlock so much opportunity for individuals, organizations, and...

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Unleash the Power

Unleash the Power David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer    I believe that you have an untapped resource within your organization. A resource that, when fully utilized, has the potential to transform...

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Amy Stewart Joins MACNY As Workforce Development Specialist

We are excited to welcome Amy Stewart to the MACNY and PEB team! Amy has joined the organization as a Workforce Development Specialist. In her role, she will represent MACNY...

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NY HERO Act

NY HERO Act Randy Wolken, President & CEO The New York State Legislature passed the NY HERO Act (S.1034-B/A.2681-B) and, with a few chapter amendments, was signed by the Governor....

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Episode 212: Community

Episode 212 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how the feeling of community has evolved throughout the pandemic as...

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Community

Community David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I am amazed by the ways many businesses were able to navigate their operations during the pandemic. For us at MACNY, within five days...

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U.S. Manufacturing Needs A Restart

U.S. Manufacturing Needs A Restart Randy Wolken, President & CEO Why do so many of us make New Year's Resolutions? What makes January 1 so special? Wouldn't December 1 or...

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Manufacturing Matters – Summer 2021

  Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: MACNY’S 108th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing Page 3 | President's Message: Four Critical Elements Needed To...

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Join us for MACNY’s 108th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing!

Join us for MACNY's 108th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing! Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 5 - 8 pm SRC Arena & Events Center on the Onondaga Community College Campus  ...

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Episode 211: Building Influence

Episode 211 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing six key practices that will take your influence, and therefore your...

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Building Influence

Building Influence David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer You have heard me say many times leadership is influence. If you want to be a better leader, increase your influence. It sounds...

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What The Great Outdoors Can Do For Us

What The Great Outdoors Can Do For Us Randy Wolken, President & CEO I recently returned from a family trip to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. It was a magnificent...

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Episode 210: The 10-Minute Timeout

Episode 210 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're sharing a new-to-us concept: The 10-Minute Timeout. This practice has the potential...

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Partners for Education & Business, Inc. Announces 2021 CNY STEM Scholarship Winners

Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB) is excited to announce the 2021 CNY STEM Scholarship recipients. This year PEB celebrates the largest class of recipients with 11 scholarships awarded!...

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The 10-Minute Timeout

The 10-Minute Timeout David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you ever feel like you are running from meeting to meeting and activity to activity? At the end of the day,...

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Excellence and Success Require Collaboration

Excellence and Success Require Collaboration Randy Wolken, President & CEO The biggest myth in the world of success literature is that we can be successful alone. This simply isn’t true....

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Episode 209: The Greatest Edge

Episode 209 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how you can develop a strong competitive edge for your company...

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The Greatest Edge

The Greatest Edge David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We live in a world filled with competition. We compete for everything—the best and brightest employees, loyal customers, market share, and more....

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New York State Needs to Refrain from Harming Our Economic Recovery

New York State Needs to Refrain from Harming Our Economic Recovery Randy Wolken, President & CEO The New York State Legislative Session will end this week. We have come through...

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Episode 208: Am I Teachable?

Episode 208 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how you can increase your teachability along your path of growth...

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Am I Teachable?

Am I Teachable? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This week I have been reflecting on being teachable. More specifically, asking myself am I teachable? The quick answer that I came...

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Submit Your Nominations by 6/30!

We are collecting nominations for our 2021 Manufacturers Wall of Fame and Innovator of the Year Awards! Award recipients will be honored at MACNY's 108th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing on...

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MEMO OF SUPPORT: S.5397 (Benjamin)/A.9587 (Steck) – The New York YouthBuild Act

MEMO OF SUPPORT S.5397 (Benjamin)/A.9587 (Steck) The New York YouthBuild Act   MACNY - the Manufacturers Association of Central New York supports S.5397 (Benjamin)/A.9587 (Steck), which would enact the “New...

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MEMO IN OPPOSITION: S.933-A/S.1812A Antitrust Legislation in NY

MEMO IN OPPOSITION S.933-A/S.1812A Antitrust Legislation in NY   MACNY – The Manufacturers Association opposes S.933-A (Gianaris) / A.1812A (Dinowitz), which would amend the state’s General Business Law’s provision regarding...

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Change Was Inevitable This Past Year – Growth Was Optional

Change Was Inevitable This Past Year - Growth Was Optional Randy Wolken, President & CEO This past year has been a year of rapid, and at times painful, change. So...

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Episode 207: Welcome The Ball

Episode 207 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing assuming a positive life stance when dealing with challenges to become...

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MEMO OF OPPOSITION: Legislation That Would Create the NY Privacy Act

MEMO OF OPPOSITION Legislation That Would Create the NY Privacy Act   MACNY- The Manufacturers Association opposes S.6701(Thomas)/A.680A (Rosenthall), which would enact the “New York Privacy Act” to require companies...

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Memo of Support: S.31/A.5883 to Exempt Personal Protective Equipment from Sales Tax

MEMO OF SUPPORT   S.31/A.5883 to Exempt Personal Protective Equipment from Sales Tax   The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York...

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Welcome The Ball

Welcome the Ball David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I recently watched an online training based on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth when I heard John Maxwell share some advice...

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Post-Pandemic Work Is Different, And You Must Adjust

Post-Pandemic Work Is Different, And You Must Adjust Randy Wolken, President & CEO As we have begun to emerge from the crisis, I have noticed a distinct change in the...

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Episode 206: Are You an Over-Committer?

Episode 206 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing our experiences as over-committers and how we can all break the...

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Are You an Over-Committer?

Are You an Over-Committer? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I found myself very stressed out. My blood pressure was up and I was irritable and anxious about a myriad...

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Vaccinated Freedoms

Vaccinated Freedoms Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week Governor Cuomo announced that New York State would follow the new CDC guidelines for vaccinated people. The CDC issued its research-based...

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Episode 205: The Next Step

Episode 205 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how to build your inner circle and how to get the...

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Memo in Opposition: S.5474 (Rivera) / A.6058 (Gottfried)

MEMO IN OPPOSITION S.5474 (Rivera) / A.6058 (Gottfried)  ACT would amend the public health law and the state finance law, in relation to establishing the “New York health plan" and...

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The Next Step

The Next Step David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Graduation time is upon us, and countless long-robed orators will be giving advice to newly minted graduates. Advice about reaching for the...

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Bill Summary: New York State HERO Act

New York State HERO Act: S.1034-B (Gianaris)/ A.2681-B (Reyes) Summary and Background On Wednesday May 5, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed into law A.2681-B (Reyes)/ S.1034-B (Gianaris). The HERO Act is...

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Memo of Opposition: S.2762 (Ramos) / A.766 (Rosenthal)

MEMO OF OPPOSITION S.2762 (Ramos) / A.766 (Rosenthal) Relates to securing payment of wages for work already performed; creates an employee lien MACNY – The Manufacturers Association opposes S.2762/A.766 as...

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Post-COVID Leadership Is Needed Now

Post-COVID Leadership Is Needed Now Randy Wolken, President & CEO I have dedicated a lot of time to writing and talking about the emerging post-COVID world. I am convinced so...

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Episode 204: Contentment Can Kill

Episode 204 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how healthy discontent can move you toward your dreams. We'd love...

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Contentment Can Kill

Contentment Can Kill David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I know what you are thinking, “What has happened to Dave? Last week he was writing about needing to be liked, and...

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Manufacturing Matters – May 2021

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Back in Full Swing!   Page 3 | President's Message: Latest New York State Budget Impacts Manufacturers...

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Episode 203: But I Just Want to be Liked

Episode 203 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how to shift from being a people pleaser to a strong...

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Heroes Need Jobs Too

Heroes Need Jobs Too Randy Wolken, President & CEO Recently, the New York State Legislature passed the NY HERO Act (S.1034-B/A.2681-B). If signed by the Governor in its current form,...

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But I Just Want to be Liked

But I Just Want to be Liked David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I am a person who wants to be liked by other people. Probably a more accurate statement would...

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New York State’s Proposed Fee on Carbon Emissions Will Hurt Manufacturers and Our Recovery

New York State’s Proposed Fee on Carbon Emissions Will Hurt Manufacturers and Our Recovery Randy Wolken, President & CEO In 2020, New York State passed the most aggressive climate protection...

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Episode 202: Where Are You?

Episode 202 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing Ken Coleman's simple and profoundly effective principle: The Proximity Principle. We'd love...

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Where Are You?

Where Are You? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you know where you want to be? Do you know who you want to become? These questions are critical. I can...

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The Post-Pandemic World Is Within Reach, If We Don’t Miss The Opportunity

The Post-Pandemic World Is Within Reach, If We Don't Miss The Opportunity Randy Wolken, President & CEO I, like so many, initially thought we would transition quickly through COVID-19. I...

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Episode 201: The Law of the Lid, Another View

Episode 201 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing a new take on John Maxwell's Law of the Lid. We'd...

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How to use your company’s ownership equity

How to use your company’s ownership equity James Shomar, Chief Growth Officer Most entrepreneurs and business owners tend to think about equity in terms of a pie to be divided....

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The Law of the Lid, Another View

The Law of the Lid, Another View David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer                   Many of you are familiar with the Law of the Lid, which says your organization can’t rise above...

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Navigating The Long Road Ahead

Navigating The Long Road Ahead Randy Wolken, President & CEO Let's not kid ourselves; when it comes to thriving in a competitive environment, the road ahead for manufacturers is sure...

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Episode 200: The Value of Consistency

Episode 200 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the value and power of consistency. We'd love to hear from...

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The Value of Consistency

The Value of Consistency David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We often look for clever tricks to help us accomplish something and overlook the most effective tool—consistency. It's not a fun...

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State Budget Update

Both Houses of the New York State Legislature have finalized and passed a 2021-22 State Budget. The budget agreement was reached between the Legislature and Governor Cuomo earlier this week....

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We Need To Support, Not Hurt, Manufacturers

We Need To Support, Not Hurt, Manufacturers Randy Wolken, President & CEO We have a 2021-22 New York State Budget agreement. Like most budgets, it is a mixed bag. New...

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Episode 199: Great Leaders Are Great Followers

Episode 199 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing seven characteristics of both great leaders and great followers. We'd love...

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Great Leaders Are Great Followers

Great Leaders Are Great Followers David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This may sound like a contradiction, but in my opinion, the best leaders are also the best followers. Let me...

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Manufacturing Matters: April 2021

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Regional Manufacturing Companies Mark One Year Anniversary of the Innovative Safety Pledge Program in Response to COVID-19...

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Vaccinations for Every Adult Offer a Path to a New Normal

Vaccinations for Every Adult Offer a Path to a New Normal Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week, New York State announced that vaccinations for all individuals over the age...

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Episode 198: A Ticking Time Bomb

Episode 198 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how to lead with your own personal growth in mind--and why...

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A Ticking Time Bomb

A Ticking Time Bomb David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I recently read a short article that stated, “You can only lead people whose leadership abilities are less than yours.” This...

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What Does Your Post-Pandemic Future Look Like?

What Does Your Post-Pandemic Future Look Like? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Most of us have been living in our pandemic-altered life for over a year now. As vaccinations become...

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Episode 197: Was it a Vacation?

Episode 197 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing a few useful tools he learned at his recent (virtual)...

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Was it a Vacation?

Was it a Vacation? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Each year I attend the International Maxwell Certification event so that my John Maxwell Team certifications stay current. The three-day event...

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Regional Manufacturing Companies Mark One Year Anniversary of the Innovative Safety Pledge Program in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

One year ago, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and a small group of manufacturing leaders met to form a consortium and outline a process of “Keeping People...

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Manufacturers and Technology Companies Will Leave New York State

Manufacturers and Technology Companies Will Leave New York State Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are at a delicate time in the recovery of our state economy. With record unemployment,...

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Episode 196: The Ladder – Part 2

Episode 196 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're finishing the two-part ladder series. This week's episode will cover Ladder Extending...

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The Ladder – Part 2

Last week we looked at how ladders help us grow and ascend to heights that would have otherwise been unattainable. We covered the first of four phases, Ladder Climbing (How...

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Memo of Opposition: S.1034A (Gianaris)/A.2681A (Reyes)

MEMO OF OPPOSITION S.1034A (Gianaris)/A.2681A (Reyes) The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) opposes S.1034A (Gianaris/A.2681A (Reyes), which would amend the labor law in regard to preventing occupational exposure...

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Central Upstate MFG – Edition 9

We are very excited to bring you the ninth edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine! In the last year, we’ve seen MACNY member companies do incredible things, despite the pandemic...

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Optimism Is The Cure

Optimism Is The Cure Randy Wolken, President & CEO The future remains unclear. As we come through this pandemic, fear and uncertainty can prevent us from taking the necessary steps...

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Memo of Support: COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Tax Legislation

MEMO OF SUPPORT  Senate bill 1197(Persaud)/Assembly bill 2001A (Zebrowski) COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Tax Legislation Update: Bill was signed by Governor Cuomo; it takes effect immediately The Manufacturers Association, MACNY, supports...

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Episode 195: The Ladder – Part 1

Episode 195 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're starting a two-part series about ladders. This week's episode will cover Ladder Climbing...

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The Ladder – Part 1

The Ladder - Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Ladders are wonderful things. They allow us to attain heights that would otherwise be out of our reach. They come...

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Episode 194: Where Would We Be Without Them?

Episode 194 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our Monuments series and traveling back to the city of Syracuse...

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What We Need Now Is Growth

What We Need Now Is Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO The impacts of COVID-19 on our country have been dramatic. It has challenged us in ways we could not...

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Why you should charge for your Minimal Viable Product

Why you should charge for your Minimal Viable Product James Shomar, Chief Growth Officer When you’re launching something new, be it an entirely new business or simply a new product,...

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Where Would We Be Without Them?

Where Would We Be Without Them? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer On the corner of 3rd and Highland Streets on the North Side of Syracuse, you will find a large...

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Upcoming Event – Invest NY: Industry 4.0

MACNY's Chief Growth Officer James Shomar will be participating in a panel discussion on Industry 4.0: Investing in Innovation & Improving Profitability hosted online by the Upstate Capital Association...

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Manufacturing Matters – March 2021

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Taylor Hodge Joins MACNY and PEB as Workforce Development Specialist   Page 3 | President's Message: It’s...

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It’s Time To Prepare For Vaccination

It's Time To Prepare For Vaccination Randy Wolken, President & CEO COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in our communities. At-risk populations are receiving their first and second shots. Although it has...

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Episode 193: Old Rags, or Much More

Episode 193 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our Monuments series and traveling back to Fort Schuyler (Stanwix) in...

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Old Rags, or Much More

Old Rags, or Much More David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It is August 3, 1777 and hopes that the 700 patriots could hold the fort were growing dim. General Barry...

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It’s Time To Tackle Our Infrastructure Challenge

It’s Time To Tackle Our Infrastructure Challenge Randy Wolken, President & CEO The United States has woefully underinvested in our infrastructure for decades. MACNY agrees with the National Association of...

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Episode 192: The Heroes Among Us

Episode 192 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our Monuments series and traveling back to The Collins Block Fire...

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The Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It was a normal February night in 1939, and the city of Syracuse was mostly quiet. The patrons who had visited...

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Do You Have Thinking Partners?

Do You Have Thinking Partners? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Our work and lives are very complicated—and they become more so with every passing day. This is why we need...

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Episode 191: A Most Unusual Monument

Episode 191 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our Monuments and traveling back to 1817 to visit a 363-mile...

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A Most Unusual Monument

A Most Unusual Monument David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It’s July 4, 1817, and James Madison, our fifth president, is sitting in the White House as fireworks explode in the...

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Our World Has Been Changed Forever By COVID-19

Our World Has Been Changed Forever By COVID-19 Randy Wolken, President & CEO The world will never be the same. COVID-19 and the resulting changes will be with us from...

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Episode 190: A Time for Mercy

Episode 190 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our Monuments and traveling back to 1793 in the village of...

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The future is predictable

The future is predictable James Shomar, Chief Growth Officer It’s difficult enough to make big strategic decisions about growth if you assume circumstances will remain constant. The real world is...

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A Time for Mercy

A Time for Mercy David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The year is 1793. A village called Salina sits atop a swamp near the shores of Onondaga Lake. The population of...

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Memo of Support: Tax Equality for All New York Manufacturers

MEMO IN SUPPORT   Senate bill 27 (Kaplan)/Assembly bill 3734 (Stirpe) Tax Equality for All New York Manufacturers The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and our Manufacturers...

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Manufacturing Matters: February 2021

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Wall of Fame and Innovator of the Year Awards - Nominate Today!   Page 3 | President's...

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Let’s Buy American!

Let's Buy American! Randy Wolken, President & CEO It's time to get serious about buying American products and services. As we begin to recover, our economic vitality and national security...

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Taylor Hodge Joins MACNY as Workforce Development Specialist

We are pleased to welcome Taylor Hodge to the team! Taylor has joined the organization as a Workforce Development Specialist. In her role, she will represent MACNY and Partners for...

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Episode 189: His Name Was William

Episode 189 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our Monuments series with the story of a man named William....

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How channel partners can be dangerous

How channel partners can be dangerous James Shomar, Chief Growth Officer Leveraging channel partners can be one of the fastest and most scalable go-to-market strategies. Generally speaking, I am a...

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Memo of Support: FY2022 State Funding of Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program

MEMO OF SUPPORT   FY 2022 State Budget- Department of Labor $750,000 - Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program for New York State The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and...

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His Name Was William

His Name Was William David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It was an early Fall day. The leaves were revealing their brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. The chlorophyll had finally surrendered...

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It’s Time To Get To Work

It's Time To Get To Work Randy Wolken, President & CEO On Wednesday, I watched the Inauguration with gratitude for the peaceful transition of power. During this challenging time, we...

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Episode 188: It Was Bitter Cold

Episode 188 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're beginning our new series: Monuments. We'd love to hear from you! Send...

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Why launching new businesses slowly is actually riskier and more expensive

Why launching new businesses slowly is actually riskier and more expensive James Shomar, Chief Leadership Officer I've noticed a pattern recently. Many CEOs tend to launch new businesses much slower...

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It Was Bitter Cold

It Was Bitter Cold David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer                                  It was a bitterly cold early March evening that felt more like early February. The air was still, and the...

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Now Is The Time To Create The Future

Now Is The Time To Create The Future Randy Wolken, President & CEO The future is always created twice. First, it is created in the mind, and then it must...

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Episode 187: Four Steps to Meaningful Change – Step Four

Episode 187 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the fourth, and final, step along the path to meaningful change:...

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Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step Four

Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step Four David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We have made it to the last installment of my series on Meaningful Change. This week we will...

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Manufacturing Matters: January 2021

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Introducing James Shomar and MACNY Growth Services Page 3 | President's Message: Happy New Year - 2021...

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It’s Time to Refocus on Growing Manufacturing Again

It's Time to Refocus on Growing Manufacturing Again Randy Wolken, President & CEO The events of the past few days have demonstrated to me once again the importance of our...

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Episode 186: Four Steps to Meaningful Change – Step Three

Episode 186 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the role of strategy along the path of meaningful change. We'd...

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Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step Three

Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step Three David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Happy New Year!  We made it through 2020 and 2021 is upon us. This new and exciting year...

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James Shomar Joins MACNY As Chief Growth Officer

We are pleased to welcome James Shomar to the MACNY team! James has joined the organization as Chief Growth Officer—a new role at MACNY. In his role, James will help...

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Episode 185: Four Steps to Meaningful Change – Step Two

Episode 185 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the role of vision along the path of meaningful change. We'd...

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Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step Two

Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step Two David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I started this four-part series on Meaningful Change. With a new year just ahead of us,...

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Meet New York State’s Newly Elected Officials

In preparation for the 2021-22 Legislative Session, our partners at Ostroff Associates have provided biographies for all newly elected members of the Senate and Assembly. As you are aware, the...

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Episode 184: Four Steps to Meaningful Change – Step One

Episode 184 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the role of self-awareness along the path of meaningful change. We'd...

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Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step One

Four Steps to Meaningful Change: Step One David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I have been thinking a lot about how 2021 will be different from 2020. Maybe it's more accurate...

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Our Recovery Is On The Way – So It Seems Like A Good Time For A Change

Our Recovery Is On The Way – So It Seems Like A Good Time For A Change Randy Wolken, President & CEO When I started sharing a daily thought in...

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Episode 183: The Eyes of a Child

Episode 183 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're sharing some of our favorite memories and why seeing through the eyes...

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The Eyes of a Child

The Eyes of a Child David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do the holidays have you stressed out yet? Are you running ragged trying to get everything wrapped up before year...

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New York State Legislative Session Calendar

New York State has released the 2021 Legislative Session Calendar The New York State legislative session calendar establishes a schedule for the 2021 legislative session and provides dates important to...

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What Do Leaders Do With Their Sadness?

What Do Leaders Do With Their Sadness? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Being a leader, at any level, is challenging during a crisis. As a leader for over 30 years,...

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Episode 182: Wonderful Uneasiness

Episode 182 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how to process through uneasiness and leverage it as a growth...

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Wonderful Uneasiness

Wonderful Uneasiness David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I just started a new book titled 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens wrote the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol,...

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It’s Time To Invest In Growth

It's Time To Invest In Growth Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. It’s normal to not know what...

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Episode 181: More Than a Season

Episode 181 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing hope and sharing tips and tricks to help you enjoy the...

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More Than a Season

More Than a Season David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer If you have been reading my posts for more than a year, you know that I refer to the season between...

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What’s Next?

What's Next? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you find yourself asking “what’s next?” more often than before? We seem to be on the verge of emerging into what will...

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Episode 180: “I Think”

Episode 180 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of thinking time and the tools and techniques that...

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“I Think”

"I Think" David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer "Two percent of people think; three percent think they think, and ninety-five percent of people would rather die than think." George Bernard Shaw...

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Can Everyone Be A Change Leader?

Can Everyone Be A Change Leader? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Can you imagine what companies and organizations would be like if everyone could be a change leader? Properly channeled,...

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Episode 179: Winners and Losers

Episode 179 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about having a winner's mindset. We'd love to hear from you!...

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Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever thought about the differences between winners and losers? Not the obvious difference that one person won, and one person...

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We Must Continue To Operate Safely

We Must Continue To Operate Safely Randy Wolken, President & CEO  We are now in a critical phase of our battle with COVID-19 here in Central New York. As a...

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Episode 178: Time to Over-Prepare

Episode 178 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're are talking about how to close the gap between what you want...

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Time to Over-Prepare

Time to Over-Prepare David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We are living in a very unusual time. Elections, working from home, schooling from home, social distancing; the distractions are everywhere. As...

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Manufacturing Matters: November 2020

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: In-Person and Hybrid Events and Trainings are Back! Page 3 | President's Message: The Post-COVID Economy Requires Us...

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What’s Your Growth Strategy?

What's Your Growth Strategy? Randy Wolken, President & CEO The pandemic has taken its toll on so many individuals and organizations. Many have been trying to survive each day the...

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Episode 177: Who is Traveling with You?

Episode 177 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of evaluating who joins you on your life journey....

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Who is Traveling with You?

Who is Traveling with You? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Legendary basketball coach John Wooden had a quote that I just love, “There is a choice you have to make...

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When Will This Pandemic End And What Should We Focus On?

When Will This Pandemic End And What Should We Focus On? Randy Wolken, President & CEO In my role as President & CEO of MACNY and as a member of...

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Episode 176: The Journey – Part 2

Episode 176 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're finishing a two-part series about the journey of our lives. We'd love...

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The Journey – Part 2

The Journey – Part 2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I introduced you to the idea of our lives being journeys. We looked into finding joy in the...

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Communicate for Success During a Crisis

Communicate for Success During a Crisis Randy Wolken, President & CEO A crisis requires substantially more communication and different kinds of interactions. Leaders at all levels need to recognize this...

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Episode 175: The Journey – Part 1

Episode 175 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're starting a two-part series about enjoying the journey of our lives. We'd...

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The Journey – Part 1

The Journey – Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When you hear the word journey, what thoughts come to mind? For some reason, the word journey sounds much more...

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We Need To Stay Focused On Being Safely Open

We Need To Stay Focused On Being Safely Open We are now entering a very challenging time in our fight against COVID-19 and its impacts. As much of the United...

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Episode 174: Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part Four

Episode 174 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our four-part series about the Four Dimensions of Leadership with a...

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Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 4

Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 4 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Wow, we are already at the end of our series on the Four Dimensions of Leadership. In case...

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The Post-COVID Economy is Resulting in a Deep Divide Between Mid & High Skills and Lower Skills Workers

The Post-COVID Economy is Resulting in a Deep Divide Between Mid & High Skills and Lower Skills Workers Randy Wolken, President & CEO U.S. workers are emerging from the pandemic...

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Episode 173: Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part Three

Episode 173 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our four-part series about the Four Dimensions of Leadership with a...

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Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 3

Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 3 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It’s hard to believe that another week has passed, and I am already at part three of the...

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Manufacturing Careers Day – Watch Today!

Partners for Education & Business, Inc. and MACNY welcome you to our 11th Annual Manufacturing Careers Day Hosted by Dan Cummings of News Channel 9, this year’s theme is “Resiliency...

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Patience, Perseverance, and the Future

Patience, Perseverance, and the Future Randy Wolken, President & CEO I can be an impatient person. However, it is not when I am at my best. One needs patience to...

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Episode 172: Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part Two

Episode 172 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're continuing our four-part series about the Four Dimensions of Leadership with a...

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Video: The Future of Manufacturing

2020 Manufacturers Wall of Fame Induction Part of MACNY's 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing In today's video, Randy Wolken, MACNY's President & CEO, is providing a brief update on the Future...

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Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 2

Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I started this four-part series by writing about the first dimension of leadership, which is Inside...

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Join us for Manufacturing Careers Day 2020

You're invited to Manufacturing Careers Day! Friday, October 2 at 10 am via YouTube All virtual event links will be shared via email. Click here to get on the list!...

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Video: Manufacturers Wall of Fame Induction

2020 Manufacturers Wall of Fame Induction Part of MACNY's 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing In today's video, Randy Wolken, MACNY's President & CEO, is introducing this year's Manufacturers Wall of Fame...

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Are You Prepared for the Post-COVID World?

Are You Prepared for the Post-COVID World? Randy Wolken, President & CEO We are less than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. However, so much has changed. And even more...

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Episode 171: Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part One

Episode 171 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're kicking off a four-part series about the Four Dimensions of Leadership with...

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Video: Innovator of the Year Award Ceremony

2020 Innovator of the Year Award Ceremony Part of MACNY's 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing In today's video, Randy Wolken, MACNY's President & CEO, is introducing Daniel Brown from SRC,...

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Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 1

Four Dimensions of Leadership – Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer If you have ever read my emails or blog posts, you know that I am passionate about leadership,...

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Video: The State of Manufacturing with Randy Wolken

The State of Manufacturing Part of MACNY's 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing In today's video, Randy Wolken, MACNY's President & CEO, provides a brief update on the State of Manufacturing....

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Join Us to Discuss the Present and Future of Manufacturing Excellence

Join Us to Discuss the Present and Future of Manufacturing Excellence Randy Wolken, President & CEO Next week marks MACNY’s 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing. This year we could not...

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Episode 170: Are you an Opportunity Optimizer?

Episode 170 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about optimizing opportunities--even during times of crisis or challenge. We're also...

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Are you an Opportunity Optimizer?

Are you an Opportunity Optimizer? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending a few days with some of my mentors in...

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Statewide Apprenticeship Opportunity Industry Roundtable

Statewide Apprenticeship Opportunity Industry Roundtable  Monday, September 21, 2020 9:00 AM – 10 AM RSVP:  HERE   Please join us at an Industry Roundtable on September 21 focused on employer...

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Upcoming Event – Growing Long Island’s Manufacturing Workforce: An Apprenticeship Accelerator

Growing Long Island’s Manufacturing Workforce: An Apprenticeship Accelerator Event Date Thursday, September 17 | 9:30-11:30 am ET Registration Link https://jff.webex.com/jff/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9a487baf587a49a7d9e0e688c15f7ada Summary Learn how Registered Apprenticeship can address the workforce needs...

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How Do You Build Resiliency?

How Do You Build Resiliency? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Times of stress and rapid change are unique periods. They test our stamina, mental agility, ability to adapt, and our...

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Episode 169: Summertime Lessons – Part 3: It’s Always an Inside Job

Episode 169 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how trust and character lend themselves to commitment. We'd love...

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RSVP for our virtual Celebration of Manufacturing events!

Don't forget to RSVP for our virtual Celebration of Manufacturing events! The State of Manufacturing September 22, 3 pm Join Randy Wolken, President and CEO of MACNY, for updates and...

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Summertime Lessons – Part 3: It’s Always an Inside Job

Summertime Lessons - Part 3: It’s Always an Inside Job David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Two weeks ago, I shared a leadership lesson that I gleaned from the book The...

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Upcoming Event – Growing Long Island’s Manufacturing Workforce: An Apprenticeship Accelerator

Growing Long Island’s Manufacturing Workforce: An Apprenticeship Accelerator Event Date Thursday, September 17 | 9:30-11:30 am ET Registration Link https://jff.webex.com/jff/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9a487baf587a49a7d9e0e688c15f7ada Summary Learn how Registered Apprenticeship can address the workforce needs...

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The Best Leaders Are Influencers

The Best Leaders Are Influencers Randy Wolken, President & CEO We all have our favorite leaders who have demonstrated they have influence well beyond their official positions. When they are...

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Episode 168: Summertime Lessons – Part 2: Warm Summer Breezes

Episode 168 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about valuing people: what works, why it works, and how we can...

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Summertime Lessons – Part 2: Warm Summer Breezes

Summertime Lessons – Part 2: Warm Summer Breezes David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I was out for my early morning walk. It was one of the first crisp...

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View Now: SUNY Upstate’s COVID-19 Update for MACNY Members

Please note that this presentation is optimized for desktop and laptop viewing. Presentation may not display on all mobile devices and tablets.

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Manufacturing Matters: September 2020

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: MACNY’s 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing Page 3 | President's Message: Manufacturers are Prepared to Safely Spur Our...

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The Need for Workers in Manufacturing Grows

The Need for Workers in Manufacturing Grows Randy Wolken, President & CEO Over the last few weeks, I have seen a noticeable increase in the number of job openings for...

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Episode 167: Summertime Lessons – Part 1

Episode 167 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the connection between trust and commitment. We'd love to hear from you!...

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Milestone Award Recipients to be Honored During MACNY’s 107th Annual Celebration

Each year during our Annual Celebration, we like to take a moment to recognize our member companies celebrating exciting milestone anniversaries. This year we will be honoring the following companies:...

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Summertime Lessons – Part 1

Summertime Lessons - Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Summertime is such a special time in Central New York. The temperatures are mostly ideal, the grass is beautifully green,...

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Upcoming Event – Growing Long Island’s Manufacturing Workforce: An Apprenticeship Accelerator

Growing Long Island’s Manufacturing Workforce: An Apprenticeship Accelerator Event Date Thursday, September 17 | 9:30-11:30 am ET Registration Link https://jff.webex.com/jff/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9a487baf587a49a7d9e0e688c15f7ada Summary Learn how Registered Apprenticeship can address the workforce needs...

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MACNY Works with Manufacturers Alliance Partner, CEG, to Sponsor Apprenticeship Program for 50+ GLOBALFOUNDRIES Workers

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) will be vastly expanding its role in upskilling the Capital Region’s workforce through a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. CEG has...

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Manufacturers are Resilient

Manufacturers are Resilient Randy Wolken, President & CEO This crisis has revealed, once again, that manufacturers in New York State are resilient. Most have been open in some capacity despite...

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Episode 166: Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Episode 166 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of leading with vision. We'd love to hear from you!...

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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Do You Know Where You Are Going? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week’s post was titled, Don’t Leave Home Without It, and at the beginning of that post I...

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Kathleen Alaimo and Louis DeMent Named MACNY’s 2020 Manufacturers Wall of Fame Inductees

We are excited to announce the 2020 inductees for the Manufacturers Wall of Fame! Kathleen Alaimo, President of Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, and Louis DeMent, Owner and CEO of...

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Do you know the best way to ride your rollercoaster?

Do you know the best way to ride your rollercoaster? Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you are like me, you get to ride the daily rollercoaster of challenges and...

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Episode 165: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Episode 165 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of leading with empathy. We'd love to hear from you!...

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Don’t Leave Home Without It

Don’t Leave Home Without It David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer For several weeks, I have been thinking about the challenges we are facing in America. Our nation has been through...

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OSHA Safe & Sound Week

Safe and Sound is a year-round awareness effort by OSHA to encourage every workplace in the United States to recognize the benefits of having a safety and health program. From...

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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin' Randy Wolken, President & CEO A popular song of 1951 named Gone Fishin’ sung by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong filled my mind recently. I was heading out...

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Episode 164: This is Your Sign

Episode 164 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the value of making your goals visible and the power of visualization....

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This is Your Sign

This is Your Sign David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Since March 17th, I have been working from my office at home. My home office is very nice, and it is...

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Announcing MACNY’s Virtual 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing

We are excited to announce that we have transitioned our traditionally-celebrated-in-May Annual Dinner to a two-week-long virtual celebration of manufacturing that will be able to breakdown geographical barriers and engage...

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Statewide Apprenticeship Opportunity Industry Roundtables

Statewide Apprenticeship Opportunity Industry Roundtables   Monday, August 10, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 9:00 AM – 10 AM RSVP:  HERE   Please join us at an Industry Roundtable on...

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Be a Friend

Be a Friend Randy Wolken, President & CEO Balancing your role as a leader and a friend is one of the hardest things to do as a leader. Senior leaders...

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Episode 163: Your Vantage Point is Critical

Episode 163 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David shares about a recent trip to Lake Placid where he discovered something amazing...

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Your Vantage Point is Critical

Your Vantage Point is Critical David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently, my wife and I took a quiet two-day getaway and traveled up to Lake Placid. Its been 40 years...

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Our Reopening Continues Safely

Our Reopening Continues Safely Randy Wolken, President & CEO  We are now in the fourth and final phase of the CNY Reopening. As a member of the CNY Control Group,...

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Episode 162: The Power of Connection

Episode 162 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David shares about an experience where a moment of intentional connection had a profound...

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The Power of Connection

The Power of Connection David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Are you someone who loves to talk to people you don’t know? Do you enjoy meeting people and learning about them...

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Statewide Apprenticeship Opportunity Industry Roundtables

Statewide Apprenticeship Opportunity Industry Roundtables    Monday, July 27, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 9:00 AM – 10 AM RSVP:  HERE   Please join us at...

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Our Digital, Distance, and Virtual World

Our Digital, Distance, and Virtual World Randy Wolken, President & CEO Our world has been radically altered. I, for one, miss so much about the world we just left. I...

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Episode 161: Could This Be You?

Episode 161 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the common struggle of negativity and being too critical. It's easy...

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Could This Be You?

Could This Be You? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Are you drawn to negative thoughts? Are you frequently returning to a critical mindset? Do you find yourself focusing on what...

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Manufacturing Matters: Summer 2020

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Partners for Education & Business, Inc. Celebrates Annual Awards Event Virtually   Page 3 | President's Message:...

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How Are You Staying Healthy?

How Are You Staying Healthy? Randy Wolken, President & CEO The pandemic has inserted an incredible amount of change and stress into our lives. So much change so fast is...

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Episode 160: What I Learned While on Vacation

Episode 160 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing a great lesson that he learned while on vacation. We're...

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What I Learned While on Vacation

What I Learned While on Vacation David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer At the end of June, I had the privilege of taking a week off and spent the time with...

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A Fourth of July to Remember

A Fourth of July to Remember Randy Wolken, President & CEO We live in unique times. America has not faced a pandemic of this magnitude since 1918. On this Independence...

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Episode 159: We The People

Episode 159 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we're sharing some interesting facts and fond memories of the 4th of July. We'd love to...

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Voices of Manufacturing: Interview with Max Kunz and Stephen Chabot, Volpi

VOICES OF MANUFACTURING Today we bring you the third episode of “Voices of Manufacturing,” MACNY's digital interview program that highlights some of our member companies that are going above and...

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We The People

We The People David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This coming Saturday is July 4—Independence Day­. A special day in our country and one of my favorites. I had the privilege...

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PEB’s 2020 Annual Awards Celebration

Partners for Education and Business, Inc. and the CNY STEM Hub invite you to view the 2020 Annual Awards Celebration! This year, we are celebrating engaged businesses in the community,...

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CNY Youth to Design and Fabricate Prosthetic Hands at STEAM Summer Camp

CNY Youth to Design and Fabricate Prosthetic Hands for Youths and Seniors at STEAM Summer Day Camp CNY STEM Hub, PEB, and AT&T partner to offer CNY teens a free...

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What’s Your Plan Now?

What’s Your Plan Now? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Plans need to correspond to the times in which we live. When life changes dramatically on us, we must adjust our...

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Episode 158: Something to Think About

Episode 158 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we're discussing ways to live intentionally and sharing how you can make your life your personal...

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Something to Think About

Something to Think About David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This is my last post for the first half of the year, and a crazy first half it has been. In...

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Our Reopening Must Continue Safely

Our Reopening Must Continue Safely Randy Wolken, President & CEO Central New York is now in Phase 3 of Reopening. As a member of the CNY Control Group, I can...

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Spotlight Your Company with MACNY

We know these are challenging times, but we are here to help you and provide you with resources to safely reopen your business. Through these difficult times, the general public...

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Episode 157: Is it Gone?

Episode 157 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today David is reflecting on a recent and meaningful experience that inspired our conversation about spreading hope...

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Is it Gone?

Is it Gone? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Each morning, a mentor of mine live streams the sunrise from his balcony, which overlooks the ocean. He started doing this to...

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CCMR & NYSTAR JumpStart Program: Applications Due 6/30

The Cornell Center for Materials Research and NYSTAR are Helping Small Businesses JumpStart Projects Applications for the 2020 fall semester will be accepted starting June 1st, 2020. To help further small...

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Manufacturing Matters: June 2020

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters.   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cover Story: Reopening Our Economy Safely is Now Underway Page 3 | Workforce Development: A Workforce Repurposes Page 4...

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Is it Time for a Staycation?

Is it Time for a Staycation? Randy Wolken, President & CEO This time of year, in a typical year, most of us start thinking about our summer vacation plans. It’s...

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Regional Manufacturing Companies Complete Innovative Safety Pledge Program in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

MACNY and its visionary partners are pleased to announce all companies that participated in the first cohort of the “Keeping People Safe and Factories Running” program have completed their peer...

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Episode 156: It’s a Celebration!

Episode 156 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we are celebrating three years of The Next Page podcast! What a perfect opportunity to spend...

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It’s a Celebration!

It’s a Celebration! David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Today Marisa and I celebrate the third anniversary of The Next Page podcast. Now I know that to some of you, that’s...

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MACNY President to Address COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Recovery at Horizons 2020 Workforce and Education Conference

MACNY President & CEO Randy Wolken will be a featured speaker at the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Horizons virtual conference on Tuesday, June 9, at 3:00 pm. Wolken will...

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Respect, Diversity and Manufacturing

Respect, Diversity and Manufacturing Randy Wolken, President & CEO Respect, diversity, empathy, and fairness are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of our manufacturing...

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Symphoria Evening of Gratitude

We are partnering with Symphoria to provide an exclusive offer for our members to virtually attend their Summer Solstice: An Evening of Gratitude on Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 PM....

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Episode 155: Not Another Detour!

Episode 155 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we are discussing detours and how to process through them to find the blessings buried within....

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Not Another Detour!

Not Another Detour! David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We all know that feeling when you are driving down the highway and the dreaded orange sign appears on the horizon, “Detour...

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Voices of Manufacturing: Interview with Dave Christopher, Plant Manager, Cascade Maverik

VOICES OF MANUFACTURING Today we bring you the second edition of “Voices of Manufacturing,” MACNY's digital interview program that highlights some of our member companies that are going above and...

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NY Forward: Phase Two Reopening

The Central New York region has received the green light for a Phase Two Reopening. Other regions approved for Phase Two Reopening include the Finger Lakes, North Country, Southern Tier,...

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More Choice, More Happiness! Learn More About MACNY’s Employee Benefits Marketplace Offering.

More Choice, More Happiness! Learn more about MACNY's Employee Benefits Marketplace offerings provided by Liazon. This online marketplace uses defined benefit contribution to allow employers to control costs, while offering...

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Learn to Enjoy Your New Workday

Learn to Enjoy Your New Workday Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you are like most of us, your former ordinary workday was not like it is now, but rather...

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Episode 154: Guilty as Charged

Episode 154 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean After spending some time reflecting on current projects and progress, we've decided to talk about focus today....

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Guilty as Charged

Guilty as Charged David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer People have asked me how I decide what to write about. The answer is always, “what I am learning at the time.”...

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Partners for Education & Business Announces 2020 CNY STEM Scholarship Recipients

Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB), an affiliate of the Manufacturers Association (MACNY), has announced the 2020 CNY STEM Scholarship recipients. For the first time in the history of...

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What is in my control?

What is in my control? Randy Wolken, President & CEO In times of great uncertainty, it is easy to lose our direction. We cannot rely on our predictive capabilities. The...

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Episode 153: Choices

Episode 153 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we're talking about what defines us--choices. Lastly, we'd love to hear from you! Send comments, questions,...

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Choices

Choices David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This past weekend I was driving somewhere and listening to an audiobook that I had listened to at least once before, and a phrase...

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NY Forward: Phase One Reopening

The Central New York region has received the green light for a Phase One Reopening starting on Friday, May 15. That means manufacturing companies in Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, Cayuga, and...

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Reopening Our Economy Safely

Reopening Our Economy Safely Randy Wolken, President & CEO This week I was appointed to the Central New York Regional Control Room. This is a group working to assist our...

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Episode 152: Better or Bitter

Episode 152 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we're discussing the difference between getting bitter and getting better. Times are changing rapidly and it's...

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Better or Bitter

Better or Bitter David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer    Last week I wrote about what I had been learning as I traveled through these challenging times. The post that I sent...

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Randy Wolken to Serve as a Member of the Central New York Regional Control Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2020 Contact: Tiffany Latino-Gerlock (315) 474-4201 x. 13 OR (315) 729-4011   RANDY WOLKEN TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL NEW YORK REGIONAL...

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Voices of Manufacturing: Interview with Ross Berntson, President & COO, Indium Corporation

VOICES OF MANUFACTURING We're excited to bring you our first "Voices of Manufacturing" interview--MACNY's new digital interview program that highlights some of our member companies that are going above and...

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Manufacturers are Open Safely – and Ready to Spur Our Economic Revival

Manufacturers are Open Safely – and Ready to Spur Our Economic Revival Randy Wolken, President & CEO Essential manufacturers have been open safely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Episode 151: What Have I Learned?

Episode 151 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we're talking about the difference between growing through a challenging time and going through a challenging...

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What Have I Learned?

What Have I Learned? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The last several weeks have certainly been unusual. Things in our world went from somewhat predictable and routine to completely unpredictable,...

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Manufacturing Matters: May 2020

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. Inside This Issue: Cover Story: Keep People Safe and Factories Running   Page 3 | President’s Message: Manufacturers and MACNY: Fighting COVID-19 Together...

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Foresight is Needed Now

Foresight is Needed Now Randy Wolken, President & CEO As leaders and individuals, we like to know what is coming next. We like to be prepared. Often, we use historical...

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Episode 150: Who is David K. Carter?

Episode 150 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we're sharing the story of David K. Carter and how his actions yielded a turning point...

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Who is David K. Carter?

Who is David K. Carter? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer May 16, 1860, Chicago, Illinois - Upwards of 40,000 visitors have descended on this upstart of a city. Trains continue...

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Some Things COVID-19 Has Not Changed

Some Things COVID-19 Has Not Changed Randy Wolken, President & CEO Last week I wrote about things I believe COVID-19 has changed. It is still early, but I offered a...

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Episode 149: For Such a Time as This – Part 4

Episode 149 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we are wrapping our latest series: For Such a Time as This and we are also having...

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For Such a Time as This – Part 4

For Such a Time as This – Part 4 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Today I will wrap up my For Such a Time as This series. It seems like...

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OCC Student Spotlight: Syracuse P-TECH Student Eliza Velazquez

Student Spotlight: Eliza Velazquez Roger Mirabito, SUNY OCC The P-TECH program has given Eliza Velazquez an accelerated pathway to a career. She's a first generation college student who began thinking...

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Thought for Today: Week of 4/13

During this time, I have decided to reach out and try to help others. This is a scary and difficult time for so many. Maybe, with a little kindness, I...

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COVID-19 Has Changed Our Work Forever

COVID-19 Has Changed Our Work Forever Randy Wolken, President & CEO Work as we know it has been changed, by what some are now calling, The Great Pause. It gave...

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Episode 148: For Such a Time as This – Part 3

Episode 148 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we are continuing our latest series: For Such a Time as This. The goal of this...

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Upstate Does It Again

Did you happen to catch the videos circulating on social media last week of the Upstate Medical University nurses sojourning to Stony Brook Medical to assist their downstate fellow New...

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For Such a Time as This: Part 3

For Such a Time as This: Part 3 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This is now my third installment in the For Such a Time as This series. In Part...

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Thought for Today: Week of 4/6

During this time, I have decided to reach out and try to help others. This is a scary and difficult time for so many. Maybe, with a little kindness, I...

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During a Crisis, Leaders Need to Destress Daily

During a Crisis, Leaders Need to Destress Daily Randy Wolken, President & CEO We live in a stress-filled time. COVID-19 has dramatically impacted all of us. It’s a daily rollercoaster....

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Episode 147: For Such a Time as This – Part 2

Episode 147 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we are continuing our latest series: For Such a Time as This. The goal of this...

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For Such a Time as This: Part 2

For Such a Time as This: Part 2 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I shared where the For Such a Time as This phrase originated. I also shared...

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Manufacturing Matters: April 2020

Click here to view this month’s issue of Manufacturing Matters. Inside This Issue: Cover Story: COVID-19: We're in this Together Page 3 | President’s Message: Manufacturers Go To Albany Page 4 | Leadership...

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For Immediate Release: Statement Regarding the FY2021 State Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2020 Contact: MACNY, Tiffany Latino-Gerlock, (315) 474-4201 x. 13 Statement Regarding the FY2021 State Budget State Legislature Passes Final State Budget Agreement - MIAP Receives...

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A Thought for Today: Week of 3/30

During this time, I have decided to reach out and try to help others. This is a scary and difficult time for so many. Maybe, with a little kindness, I...

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How does a leader prepare for a crisis?

How does a leader prepare for a crisis? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders have to prepare for a crisis. However, it is one of the toughest events to prepare...

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Episode 146: For Such a Time as This – Part 1

Episode 146 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we are kicking off a new series: For Such a Time as This. The goal of this...

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For Such a Time as This – Part 1

For Such a Time as This – Part 1 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer For Such a Time as This - In recent days, I have heard this phrase many...

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A Thought For Today: Week of 3/23

During this time, I have decided to reach out and try to help others. This is a scary and difficult time for so many. Maybe, with a little kindness, I...

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Keep People Safe and Factories Running

Keep People Safe and Factories Running New York companies are taking the lead We are fortunate to have a group of visionary leaders in our manufacturing community. They have come...

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Leaders Find a Way Forward

Leaders Find a Way Forward Randy Wolken, President & CEO The future could be unclear and uncertain for you right now. Your time may be filled with crisis management, fear...

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Episode 145: Leading in Uncertain Times

Episode 145 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean This week we are discussing leadership in times of crisis and uncertainty. Something we are sure many...

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Leading in Uncertain Times

Leading in Uncertain Times David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As leaders, we are facing very uncertain times. Just yesterday, I received an email from a friend and colleague who simply...

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We’re here for YOU.

In compliance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent Executive Order, our entire staff (including PEB) will now be working from home. The good news is, we will continue to carry out...

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How Do Leaders Respond to Fear?

How Do Leaders Respond to Fear? Randy Wolken, President & CEO I went to the grocery store Sunday night and I was astonished by the empty shelves in a place...

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Episode 144: Give Me a Break!

Episode 144 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean This week we are talking about how to rest and rejuvenate when a two-week vacation isn't a...

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Give Me a Break!

Give Me a Break! David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer During last week’s podcast, Marisa and I started talking about the need for leaders to rest. I shared with Marisa and...

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Event Recap: Manufacturing Advocacy Day in Albany

MACNY and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State were in Albany on March 3rd for our annual Manufacturing Advocacy Day. Dozens of MACNY members, Alliance partners, and members of...

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On Randy Wolken, President & CEO “Keep Calm and Carry On,” was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for World...

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Episode 143: Don’t Forget About 3G

Episode 143 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean This week we are talking about what makes a 3G leader and how to spot one. Take...

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Updated Temporary Event Policy Regarding COVID-19

The health and safety of our members, friends and colleagues is foremost in our minds as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Accordingly, we have temporarily amended our event...

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Don’t Forget About 3G

Don’t Forget About 3G David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you remember when 3G was the latest and greatest? Then there was 4G, 4G LTE, and now 5G. I’m not...

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Local Employers Host P-TECH Sophomores

Recently, two local employers, Cryomech and Thompson & Johnson, hosted P-TECH sophomores, took them on tours of their worksites, and shared their insights about jobs they’re looking to fill. These...

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Central Upstate Mfg. – Edition 8

We are very excited to bring you the eighth edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine! In this issue, we are highlighting the phenomenal partners we work with every single day...

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Daniel Brown of SRC, Inc. Named 2020 Innovator of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Brown of SRC, Inc. has been selected as the 2020 Innovator of the Year. Brown was nominated by his co-worker Chris Capraro for...

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Leaders Help Others Find Their Flow

Leaders Help Others Find Their Flow Randy Wolken, President & CEO Finding your flow is critical. Helping others find their flow is how leaders excel at their craft. How do...

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Manufacturing Matters: March 2020

Click here to view this month's issue of Manufacturing Matters.    

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Episode 142: Don’t Go It Alone

Episode 142 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean No one is truly self-made, which emphasizes the importance of mentorship. Today we're discussing the responsibility of...

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Don’t Go It Alone

Don’t Go It Alone David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever heard someone say that they are a self-made person? Perhaps you have heard someone refer to another person...

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OSHA Notice: Updated National Emphasis Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. The Program will...

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Have You Heard of the 80/40/10 Rule?

Have You Heard of the 80/40/10 Rule? Randy Wolken, President & CEO I am always looking for ways to improve. I just discovered a new way to help me get...

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Episode 141: Have You Sent the Invitation?

Episode 141 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Today we're breaking down what John Maxwell means when he talks about inviting others to the leadership...

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Have You Sent the Invitation?

Have You Sent the Invitation? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about the lack of leadership. This week I would like to talk about attracting leaders. Let’s...

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What We’re Reading

At MACNY, we’re always reading articles from experts and thought leaders in our fields. We think you will enjoy these articles! FBI: 2019 Internet Crime Report Seeking Alpha: A Decade...

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Small Changes and Transformation

Small Changes and Transformation Randy Wolken, President & CEO Big ideas and big changes are all the rage today. You can read about it everywhere. However, most sustainable change does...

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Episode 140: Where Are The Leaders?

Episode 140 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean These days, it seems like we're experiencing a leadership vacuum. Luckily, the leaders we need are already...

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Gone Phishing

The topic of cyber security runs the risk of being discounted for several reasons: “It is overdone”—We have heard enough already “It doesn’t apply to my company”—We are too small...

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Where Are The Leaders?

Where Are The Leaders? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer If you were to ask me what the greatest challenge facing our country and the world at large is, I would...

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Learn More About MACNY’s Employee Benefits Marketplace Offering

The MACNY Employee Benefits Marketplace Join us for an upcoming webinar to learn more!   WHAT IS AN EMPLOYEE BENEFITS MARKETPLACE? An "online store" allowing employees to personalize a benefits...

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Keynote Speakers Announced for Manufacturing Lobby Day

We are pleased to announce that we will have two keynote speakers at this year’s Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany: NYS Senator Anna Kaplan and “Capital Tonight” host Susan Arbetter....

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Video: Randy Wolken’s Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on Economic Development

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Upcoming Council Events & Webinars: March 2020

Join us in March for these great council events and webinars! The most up-to-date information can always be found at www.macny.org/events.   Thursday, March 5:*: HR Council: Workplace Violence and Preparedness...

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Upcoming Training Events – March 2020

We’ve got a variety of training opportunities going on in March! And don’t forget, we also offer customized training that can be brought onsite straight to your employees. If you’re...

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What’s Your Leadership Brand?

What’s Your Leadership Brand? Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders are all different – just like people. Leaders must develop their own unique leadership style and approach. This becomes our...

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Episode 139: What’s Your Lid?

Episode 139 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In his bestselling book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell explains The Law of the...

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What’s Your Lid?

What’s Your Lid? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Would you believe me if I told you that you determine your lid? That’s right; you determine how much you grow. As...

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Video: Testimony Before the Joint Legislative Hearing on Workforce Development

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What We’re Reading

At MACNY, we’re always reading articles from experts and thought leaders in our fields. We think you will enjoy these articles! Lindsey Pollack: Top 5 Trends for 2020 - Generational...

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What Changes Are You Making in 2020?

What Changes Are You Making in 2020? Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you are like most people, you decided to make some changes in 2020. Small or large they...

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MACNY and Metro Fitness Partner to Provide Corporate Wellness Program

We are excited to announce our partnership with Metro Fitness to provide corporate health and wellness programming to participating member companies. The additional service includes personal training, educational “lunch and...

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Episode 138: I Don’t Feel Like It

Episode 138 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how to increase your motivation and reset to get back...

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I Don’t Feel Like It

I Don’t Feel Like It David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you ever have days when you just don’t feel like it? It could be anything; don’t feel like going...

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Cyber Security Summit 2020

We're excited to announce MACNY's first-ever Cyber Security Summit on March 13, 2020. This event has been designed for CEOs, Presidents, CFOs, CIOs, and other senior level executives who...

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Join us for our 107th Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us for MACNY's 107th Annual Dinner! Thursday, May 21, 2020 5  pm SRC Arena & Events Center on the Onondaga Community College Campus Click here to RSVP today! Looking...

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Manufacturing Matters: February 2020

Click here to view this month's issue of Manufacturing Matters.  

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Understanding Yourself and Others with DISC

Success comes from knowing yourself and being able to read others so that you can communicate effectively with them. MACNY is thrilled to announce this brand-new DISC Behavioral Assessment class....

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Confidence Through Setbacks

Confidence Through Setbacks Randy Wolken, President & CEO Life comes with obstacles and setbacks. Nothing of significance can be achieved without risk and occasional failure. Show me one successful leader...

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Episode 137: A Handshake

Episode 137 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about the importance of trust and sharing some of our favorite...

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Getting out my Crayolas

Getting out my Crayolas Cindy Oehmigen, Director of Energy and Corporate Services I have never been very good at coloring inside the lines. It limits my creativity and causes me...

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A Handshake

A Handshake David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Years ago, a handshake was all that was needed to confirm an agreement or deal. Your word was your bond and you would...

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Upcoming Training Events – February 2020

We've got a variety of training opportunities going on in February! And don't forget, we also offer customized training that can be brought onsite straight to your employees. If you're...

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Summer Youth Employment Matters

In response to a question about how to hire skilled workers, MACNY’s Director of Apprenticeship, Martha Ponge states simply, “Open your doors.” It turns out that the entreaty applies to...

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CNY STEM Scholarship Program Kicks Off 2020 Application Process

CNY STEM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM KICKS OFF 2020 APPLICATION PROCESS Regional students majoring in STEM fields are encouraged to apply before the March 1st deadline Partners for Education & Business, Inc....

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Upcoming Council Events & Webinars: February 2020

Join us in February for these great council events and webinars! The most up-to-date information can always be found at www.macny.org/events. Wednesday, February 5:*: Business Development Council – Hartman Enterprises: Surviving...

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Retreat to Advance

Retreat to Advance Randy Wolken, President & CEO Each year I go on a silent weekend retreat. It’s my annual way to step back, reflect, and rest. I am convinced...

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Episode 136: Don’t Just Be Frustrated; Do Something.

Episode 136 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're sharing an inspirational story and talking about simple, easy ways to make...

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STEM Scholars Connect With CNY Employers

STEM SCHOLARS CONNECT WITH CNY EMPLOYERS On January 9th, Upstate Medical University’s CNY Biotech Accelerator Center (CNYBAC) was the scene for STEM Scholars to meet and network with local employers...

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Don’t Just Be Frustrated; Do Something.

Don’t Just Be Frustrated; Do Something. David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer We live in a time when tearing other people down gets attention. The more outlandish the claim, the more...

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What We’re Reading

At MACNY, we're always reading articles from experts and thought leaders in our fields. We think you will enjoy these articles! Industry Week: Manufacturers in for the Long Haul The...

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Mentorship 101 – A New Class Offered at MACNY

Get Started with Mentoring! February 13, 2020 2:30 - 4:30 PM Facilitated by Barb Stone, Build Your Path LLC This course is designed to help you develop a mentoring approach...

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Rest and Work

Rest and Work Randy Wolken, President & CEO Is it just me or does everyone seem more tired and stressed than they used to? We have more labor-saving devices than...

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Episode 135: Crock-Pots and Microwaves

Episode 135 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing the importance of slow cooking your growth--no quick fixes or shortcuts...

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ICYMI: Randy Wolken reacts to State of the State Address on Dave Allen’s Morning Show

Click here to listen to Randy Wolken react to Governor Cuomo's 2020 State of the State Address on Dave Allen's Morning Show (5-minute clip)

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PEB, SRC, Inc. and OCC Announce 4th Annual Innovation Challenge

PEB, SRC, Inc. and OCC Announce 4th Annual Innovation Challenge Regional students can now register for this unique competition.  Syracuse, NY – Central New York students in grades 6-12 are...

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Crock-Pots and Microwaves

Crock-Pots and Microwaves David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I remember when my parents got their first microwave. It was a Tappan, and my aunt and uncle bought it from the...

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Learn More and Remember More

Learn More and Remember More Randy Wolken, President & CEO To thrive today we must learn more and be able to use it effectively in the future. We can learn...

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Statement from MACNY on 2020 State of the State Address

STATEMENT FROM MACNY ON 2020 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, representing more than 300 businesses and organizations throughout Upstate and Central New York, today reacted to...

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Join us for Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany!

MACNY and The Manufacturers Alliance of New York invite you to Manufacturing Lobby Day! At this year’s Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany, participants will be networking, addressing specific policy and...

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Episode 134: What I Learned in 2019

Episode 134 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, David is sharing some of his key takeaways from 2019. After completing his...

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What I Learned in 2019

What I Learned in 2019 David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer If you have been following my posts and The Next Page podcast, you have heard me talk about my year-end...

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New State Laws for 2020

A new year is upon us, so we wanted to provide you with a brief overview of some of the new state laws that recently took or will take effect...

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Your Ideal – A New Class offered at MACNY

Start the new year by attending one of our newest courses, “Your Ideal – An Introduction to a Wholebeing Approach” January 16, 2020 2:30 - 4:30 PM Facilitated by Barb...

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Manufacturing Matters – January 2020

Click here to view this month's issue of Manufacturing Matters.

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Do You Protect Your Most Precious Asset?

Do You Protect Your Most Precious Asset? Randy Wolken, President & CEO We spend a great deal of time and money protecting our assets. We lock up our valuables and...

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Take a Timeout

Take a Timeout David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The most important task you can do to promote success in the coming year just might be the time you spend reflecting...

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Episode 133: Take a Timeout

Episode 133 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing how important reflecting on 2019 and planning for 2020 is in...

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ICYMI: Randy Wolken on Dave Allen’s Christmas Show

Click here to listen to Randy Wolken on Dave Allen's Christmas Show (3-minute clip)

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Are You Rushing?

Are You Rushing? Randy Wolken, President & CEO It all seems to move too fast for me. I remember a slower time, a different era. Many days I miss it....

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A Rising Star!

A Rising Star! David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I know what you’re thinking; it’s Christmastime, and Dave is writing about the star of Bethlehem. While that would be quite appropriate...

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Episode 132: A Rising Star!

Episode 132 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing rising stars and how to find them. If you like what...

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Forbes: Can you pass this 9-question climate change quiz?

We had some fun with this quiz and think you might too! Click here for a quick climate change quiz and some very interesting explanations.

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The Best Leaders Give the Greatest Gift to Those They Lead – Their Time.

The Best Leaders Give the Greatest Gift to Those They Lead – Their Time. Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is only one resource that is truly used up –...

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Episode 131: What Else is Holding You Back?

Episode 131 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In this week's episode, we're discussing some of the different things that hold us back from being...

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January Training and Development Opportunities

JANUARY TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6: Supervisory Leadership January 14: Gain Insight to Your Personality w/ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Training January 16: Your...

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Submit Your Nominations by 2/14!

We are collecting nominations for our 2020 Manufacturers Wall of Fame and Innovator of the Year Awards! Award recipients will be honored at MACNY's 107th Annual Dinner on May 21,...

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What Else is Holding You Back?

What Else is Holding You Back? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about tips that can help you achieve your goals. As I reflected on that a...

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QMS Exemplar Global-QM ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor (TPECS) Training

Featured Training! QMS Exemplar Global-QM ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor (TPECS) Training January 21 - 24, 2020 8 AM - 5 PM (lunch provided)   Learning Objectives: Understand quality management definitions,...

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Now is a Good Time to Create Your Future

Now is a Good Time to Create Your Future Randy Wolken, President & CEO The beginning of a new year is a good time to take stock of where you...

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P-TECH Update: Students Meet with GENIUS NY Teams

Recently, the Computer Information and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems P-TECH 10th grade students visited GENIUS NY and met with the teams. Each student was presented with a drone as a...

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Episode 130: Two Quick Ways to Gain Traction on Your Goals Today

Episode 130 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean Feeling stuck? Today we're discussing two quick and (relatively) easy ways to pick up the momentum on...

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Two Quick Ways to Gain Traction on Your Goals Today

Two Quick Ways to Gain Traction on Your Goals Today David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever struggled with achieving your goals? If your answer is no, we need...

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Thinking Outside the Box to Get Good Employees

Read more below to find out about a new and innovative apprenticeship program tied to a free tuition 4-year degree being utilized in New Jersey.

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Ergonomics: Reviewing Risks and Developing Solutions

At last week's HR Council event, MEMIC provided an interactive ergonomics demonstration that was both informative and fun! Looking for more great events like this one? Visit www.macny.org/events.

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Wellness, Effectiveness, and Kindness

Wellness, Effectiveness, and Kindness Randy Wolken, President & CEO In 1978, a seemingly straightforward experiment was designed to determine the relationship between high blood cholesterol and heart health in rabbits....

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Gov’t Rel Speaker Series: May at Morse

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SPEAKER SERIES Senator Rachel May at Morse! Join us at Morse Manufacturing for MACNY’s Government Relations Speaker Series with State Senator Rachel May. Senator May represents the 53rd...

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Episode 129: I Know I Am, But What Are You?

Episode 129 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In today's episode, we're discussing our experience with the Enneagram assessment, sharing our types, and laughing at...

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Manufacturing Matters – December 2019

Click here to view this month's issue of Manufacturing Matters.

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News Channel 9: Looking for work, or looking for workers; new platform connects CNY manufacturers with talent

Click here to learn more about MACNY's Career & Talent Platform!

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I Know I Am, But What Are You?

I Know I Am, But What Are You? David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I asked if you suffer from the Sunday Evening Flu. I asked if when you...

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Hiring? Looking for a job? Check out MACNY’s Career & Talent Platform

Have you heard? MACNY has launched an exciting new method for member companies to find potential job applicants and for job seekers to find employment.  MACNY’s Career and Talent...

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Gratefulness

Gratefulness Randy Wolken, President & CEO During this week of Thanksgiving, it’s a good time to remember to be grateful. But truthfully, we need to do this more than once...

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Episode 128: The Sunday Evening Flu

Episode 128 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean What if we told you that you could actually love your job and that on Sunday night,...

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The Sunday Evening Flu

The Sunday Evening Flu David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you suffer from the Sunday evening flu? When you start thinking about Monday morning, do you get stressed out? Does...

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Looking for Internal Auditor Training? We’ve got two classes coming up in December!

December's Quality Training: AS900D Internal Auditor Training & ISO 13485:2016 Internal Auditor Training   AS9100D Internal Auditor Training This course is designed to teach your internal audit team how to...

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Binghamton University, Raymond Corp., NYSEG team up on NYSERDA-funded project

MACNY's Director of Energy and Corporate Services, Cindy Oehmige, had the pleasure of meeting some of the team at Raymond who shared the story of developing technology to manage fork...

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Are You Building Resiliency?

Are You Building Resiliency? Randy Wolken, President & CEO You and I will be tested this week. We will. Both you and I know that our best-laid plans will be...

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Partners for Education & Business Receives $4,326 from King & King Architects, Winners of FALLanthropy Games

On September 18, SRC, Inc. hosted the inaugural FALLanthropy Games as a fun and rewarding way to connect with industry colleagues while raising money for local STEM charities. Employees from...

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Episode 127: Two Tons of Fertilizer – Part 2

Episode 127 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In today's episode, we're discussing time-saving ways you can add margin into your work life. Be sure...

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Two Tons of Fertilizer – Part 2

Two Tons of Fertilizer – Part 2 Last week I shared about an ad I remember from my years as a teen with the tagline, “That’s like trying to haul...

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RSVP for December’s Council Events!

Join us for our exciting council events coming up in December! The most up-to-date information can always be found at www.macny.org/events.   Wednesday, December 4*: Business Development Council - Syracuse Hancock...

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Ephesus Lighting Hosts P-TECH Students for an Industry Visit

On Friday, November 1st, P-TECH freshmen had the opportunity to visit Ephesus Lighting. Known for designing LED lighting for sports stadiums and arenas, the students found the facilities to also...

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MACNY’s Martha Ponge visits Germany with NYATEP to Learn More About German Apprenticeship Programs

MACNY's Director of Apprenticeship, Martha Ponge, has spent the last week traveling in Germany with NYATEP, New York's Workforce Association. Throughout their travels, the delegation chronicled their trip with blog...

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Good Leaders Rise Above Stressful Situations

Good Leaders Rise Above Stressful Situations As a leader, you will be stressed – frequently, if not daily. I have never been in a leadership role that did not routinely...

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Episode 126: Two Tons of Fertilizer

Episode 126 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes | Google Play | PodBean In today's episode, we're discussing time-saving ways you can add margin back into your life. If you...

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December Training & Development Opportunities

DECEMBER TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT December 9th & 10th: AS9100D Internal Auditor Training December 11th & 12th: OSHA 10-Hour General Safety December 12th: Coaching and Mentoring for Success December 16th &...

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Two Tons of Fertilizer

Two Tons of Fertilizer David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When I was in my teens, there was an ad on television with the tag line, “That’s like trying to haul...

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Madison County Health Department and partners including MACNY host first Annual Healthy Workforce Business Conference

The Madison County Health Department and partners hosted its first Annual Healthy Workforce Business Conference in Hamilton, NY. The event engaged over 75 participants representing the private sector, government, non-profits,...