MACNY Positioned For An Exciting Future
Randy Wolken, President & CEO
This week we celebrated MACNY’s 109th Annual Dinner. We have been serving manufacturers for over a century. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to what is still ahead.
The past year has been one of incredible growth and achievement for MACNY, thanks to you, our consistently engaged members. This occurred despite the challenges of the pandemic and economic downturn followed by a robust recovery. Our advocacy engagement efforts remain strong as we continue to be New York State’s most influential voice for manufacturing on the State and Federal levels. Our popular training and service offerings have seen a boost in variety, participation, and delivery methods. In fact, we had one of our best years ever. Also, our Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP) continues to be successful with our state-wide Alliance partners and has been recognized nationally. These are just a few of our achievements.
We were excited to honor the Wall of Fame inductees on Thursday evening. This year, we formally recognized the 2020 and 2021 inductees. We were pleased to celebrate the lifetime achievements of Louis DeMent of Giovanni Foods, Kathleen Alaimo of Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, and Ross Berntson of Indium Corporation. We also honored our 2020 and 2021 Innovator of the Year Award recipients, Daniel Brown of SRC, Inc. and Tino Amodei of Armoured One. This award recognizes innovative individuals who are integral components of local manufacturing companies’ successes.
Also, just last week, Michael Frame joined us as our new Senior Vice President of Workforce and Chief Operations Officer. Mike comes to MACNY with extensive experience working for several institutions of higher learning in New York and beyond. Mike comes to us from SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) at Albany and Utica where he served as Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for the overall development and coordination of fiscal and organizational strategy. During this period of significant transformation, he was instrumental in developing and enhancing the research and academic mission of SUNY Poly.
We have many new initiatives planned for the coming year. The team will continue to expand our services, help you fill open positions, enhance our training and apprenticeship offerings, and advocate for wise public policy that enables you to grow. We couldn’t be more excited to build upon our successes while working with you to create the future!