Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium Committee Books Panelists, Sets Final Preparation for Coach Jim Boeheim's Keynote Speech

The Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium Planning Committee is making final plans for the September 4 event, Chairman James L. Vincent said today. The Symposium will feature Syracuse University Men's Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim as the keynote speaker.

The Symposium lineup includes:

  • Leadership and Perseverance, a panel discussion featuring four prominent local business leaders who will answer questions from a moderator about their own business challenges. The panel will include Kathy Balus, President and CEO of Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc.; Gary Kone, President and CEO, FTT Manufacturing; James Sinner, President and CEO, Medina Memorial Hospital; and Maureen Torrey, President and CEO of Torrey Forms. Interim Genesee County Chamber of Commerce President Frank Ferrando will serve as moderator. The panel discussion will be held in the Conable Technology Building, Room T-102. (4:00 - 5:30 p.m.)
  • A buffet dinner in the William W. Stuart Forum, featuring a variety of food and beverage stations. (5:30 - 7:00 p.m.)
  • Coach Jim Boeheim's keynote address on leadership, scheduled in the Stuart Steiner Theatre (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.).
  • "Meet the Coach," an informal opportunity for participants to meet and greet Coach Boeheim in the Theatre.

    Cost of the event is $25. Seating is limited, and reservations may be made by calling (585) 345-6809. Participants may select a single Symposium event to attend, or may choose to attend all of the events.

    Family members and friends of Wolcott J. (Jay) Humphrey founded the Symposium in his memory after his untimely death in 2001. Each year, the Symposium will feature an address on the subject of leadership by one or more individuals with a regional or national reputation. The event is financed by an endowment fund held by the Genesee Community College Foundation and donated by Mr. Humphrey's friends, family, and business associates.

    The planning committee selected Jim Boeheim as the keynote speaker of the inaugural symposium because of his personal and professional dedication and perseverance - essential qualities of leadership, according to Mr. Vincent.

    Mr. Boeheim is a native of Lyons, New York. He played basketball at Syracuse University and graduated in 1966 with a degree in Social Science. He then became Syracuse's golf coach and a graduate basketball assistant. He was named assistant basketball coach in 1972 and head coach in 1976. He ranks fourth among Division I coaches in winning percentage of games. The success of Syracuse's team led to the construction of the 33,000 seat Carrier Dome in 1984. In 2002, SU trustees officially renamed the basketball court at the Carrier Dome the "Jim Boeheim Court." Last season, he led the Syracuse Orangemen to the NCAA championship.

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