NEW INVESTORS - CEO Insights February 2023

Posted on January 25, 2023

CenterState CEO wishes to recognize the members who have joined as Investors in the last quarter.


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American Fashion Network

Jackie Ferrari, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

5852 Heritage Landing Drive, E. Syracuse, NY 13057


American Fashion Network (AFN) is an apparel design and manufacturing company based in Syracuse, with offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, California and Guatemala, with focus on manufacturing in the USA and Western Hemisphere. As a certified women-owned, disability-owned business, it takes 17 years of retail experience and expertise into the corporate and government procurement space. AFN brings supplier diversity certifications, commitment to quality and innovation through customization to corporate partners. It is committed to helping partners build an inclusive culture through innovative design.


CR Fletcher Associates

Joanne Rauch, President

126 N. Salina St., Suite 107, Syracuse, NY 13202


CR Fletcher is a full-service staffing and recruiting agency specializing in accounting and finance, sales and marketing, information technology, human resources, administrative and manufacturing.


Conifer Realty, LLC

John Bellardini, Chief Financial Officer

1000 University Ave., Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14607


Conifer Realty, LLC is a nationally ranked, full-service real estate company specializing in the development, construction, management, and ownership of high-quality, affordable housing communities. Since its inception in 1975, Conifer has grown considerably — currently owning and managing over 15,000 multifamily apartment homes representing 210 communities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In addition, the company consistently maintains a pipeline of more than 30 unique projects in various stages of the development process.


EEP Quality Group, Inc.

Jeff Mucha, Managing Partner

404 N. Midler Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206


EEP Quality Group specializes in labor intensive operations for simple to complex products, including mechanical and electro-mechanical products. The team brings more than 150 years of high-volume manufacturing experience from a wide variety of industries, including commercial, DoD, automotive and medical devices. Core competencies are contract manufacturing, assembly, kitting, packaging, repackaging and rework, source inspection, quality engineering, process engineering, and training and consulting.


St. Joseph’s Health

Meredith Price, Senior Vice President of Acute Operations

301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203


St. Joseph’s Health is nonprofit health care system based in Syracuse. St. Joseph’s has been an innovative leader in health care since its founding in 1869 as the first hospital open to the public in the city of Syracuse. Offering primary, specialty and home care, a Magnet-recognized hospital, and collaboration with community partners, St. Joseph's Health advances the well-being of the communities it serves through an expanding range of services to ensure its patients achieve optimum long-term health. St. Joseph’s is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and one of America’s 100 Best for Spine Surgery and Coronary Intervention according to Healthgrades. It is ranked by Consumer Reports among the top 15 heart surgery centers in the country, a designated Stroke Center and a U.S. News “Best Regional Hospital.” St. Joseph’s Health is affiliated with St. Joseph’s Physicians and is a member of Trinity Health. For more information, visit


SUNY Oswego

Dr. Mary Toale, Ed.D., Officer in Charge

7060 State Rt. 104, Oswego, NY 13126


As one of the State University of New York’s 64 campuses, SUNY Oswego continues its 161-year tradition as a public post-secondary institution for student-focused teaching and learning. SUNY Oswego offers more than 110 academic majors in a variety of formats at its Oswego and Syracuse campuses, and in online or hybrid environments. Inspired by a shared commitment to sustained excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher education boundaries, SUNY Oswego provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world.

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