Reservations Accepted for September 22 Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium Featuring B. Thomas Golisano, Area Business Leaders

Four successful business leaders will kickoff the 2004 Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life September 22 at 4:00 p.m. at Genesee Community College's Batavia Campus. Robert Brown, Matthew Cole, Barbara Dietrich, and Sam Gullo will share the secrets of their own success during a 90-minute panel discussion.

At 7:00 p.m. that evening, B. Thomas Golisano, President and CEO of Paychex Corporation, will deliver the keynote address - "Turning Vision Into Reality" - and offer additional insights into leadership and business success.

Reservations for the Symposium may be made by calling the College at 585-345-6809. The fee is $25, which includes a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m.The Symposium, founded in memory of Wolcott J. Humphrey, brings distinguished speakers to the College each year to speak about leadership. The Symposium's purpose is to help current and aspiring business and civic leaders develop the skills necessary for leadership success.

The afternoon panelists are known for business innovation:

  • Robert Brown, of Brown's Perry Patch, turned his farm operation into a popular tourist attraction that draws customers across Western New York.
  • Matthew Cole, one of the founders of Commodity Resource Corporation, has built a highly successful agricultural wholesale business.
  • Barbara Dietrich, of Dietrich Consulting, successfully developed her own line of retail and wholesale food products and currently provides consulting on retailing and event management.
  • Sam Gullo, of American Classic Outfitters, helped turn the vacated Champion Products plant in Perry into a successful wholesale clothing firm.

    Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell will moderate the panel discussion. Mr. Gsell is expected to pose a variety of probing questions to the panelists about the methods they used to build their businesses over the years.

    The keynote speaker, B. Thomas Golisano, is well known through Western New York and the entire United States. He founded Paychex in 1971 at the age of 30. Over the last three decades, Paychex and Mr. Golisano have been cited by the national media as the source of remarkable innovation in payroll, human resource, and benefits management.

    In January 2004, Forbes Magazine named Paychex as one of the 26 best-managed companies in America. One month later, Fortune Magazine named Paychex as one of the "most admired" companies in the nation. Training Magazine in May 2004 ranked Paychex among the Top 100 training organizations in the nation for a third consecutive year. Also in May, for the third straight year, Forbes ranked Mr. Golisano as one of the "top ten" bosses in the U. S. Last year, The Wall Street Journal rated Paychex among the 25 best performers over a 10-year period based on total shareholder return. Mr. Golisano and Paychex have received hundreds of other top rankings and mentions in recent years.

    Besides his business accomplishments, Mr. Golisano has been recognized for his civic involvement, philanthropy, and service to others. He was recognized in March 2004 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the world's outstanding philanthropist of the year, having provided significant contributions to educational and service organizations in recent years. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from several colleges. He has received numerous awards from local, regional, and national business and civic organizations for his achievements. He was instrumental in preserving the health of the Buffalo Sabres when he purchased the national hockey league team last year. He is well known throughout New York State as a founding member of the Independence Party and as a candidate for governor in 1994, 1998, and 2002.

    Mr. Golisano has a strong personal interest in the reduction of substance abuse and teen pregnancy, and has been an active volunteer in the Rochester-based Prevention Partners, a coalition designed to combat illegal drugs and alcohol abuse. He is the founder of the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, which awards grants to organizations that provide opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.

    The Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life is named in honor of Mr. Humphrey who died unexpectedly in 2001. As president of the former Pavilion State Bank and an active member of numerous civic organizations, Mr. Humphrey frequently spoke about the need for a forum where community and business leaders could hear and learn the world's best ideas about leadership. The first symposium was held in 2003, and featured Syracuse University Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim who spoke about leadership and perseverance.

    Please note: A photograph of Mr. B. Thomas Golisano is available at the following Internet address:

    If you are interested in photographs of the panelists, please contact Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications at Genesee Community College at 585-343-0055 extension 6616.

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