New Investors-CEO Insights February 2024

Posted on January 31, 2024

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


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At Dermody, Burke & Brown, we understand the importance of focusing on business and community today for a vibrant economy tomorrow. For that reason, we are proud to recognize and sponsor New Investor Focus. 



Gwendolyn Thames, Head of Economic Development—CT & NY 

424 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, NY 10018 

646-817-7344, Inc. is an American multinational technology company focusing on e-commerce, cloud computing, online advertising, digital streaming and artificial intelligence. 


Bryant & Stratton College 

Mary Hawkins, Director of Syracuse Market 

953 James St., Syracuse, NY 13203/ 7805 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090 


Founded in 1854, Bryant & Stratton College, a nonprofit institution, has built its success on a commitment to high standards. Bryant & Stratton College has two campus locations in Central New York. The Syracuse location offers on campus housing and a variety of programs that can lead to high demand careers. It is also the home of the Syracuse Bobcats Athletics program, part of the USCAA which offers highly competitive sports programs. The Liverpool campus features a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, the only accredited institution in Syracuse offering a pre-licensure (entry-level) nursing program leading to a bachelor’s degree. 


Clarkson University 

Marc P. Christensen, Ph.D., P.E., FNAI, President 

P.O. Box 5500, Potsdam, NY 13699 


Clarkson University is a proven leader in technological education, research, innovation and sustainable economic development. With its main campus in Potsdam, NY, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley, Clarkson faculty have a direct impact on more than 7,800 students annually through nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate STEM degrees in engineering, business, science and health professions; executive education; industry-relevant credentials and K-12 STEM programs. Alumni earn salaries among the top 2% in the nation: one in five already leads in the c-suite. 


Dale Carnegie 

Jody Frawley, Performance Consultant & Trainer 

100 South Clinton Ave. Suite C100, Rochester, NY 14604 


Dale Carnegie’s mission is to impact as many lives as possible through the transformational, self-improvement experiences only we offer. We see the inherent abilities hidden within you. We help you with the hard stuff – the things that intimidate you, that hold you back, the skills that really matter. That’s why we invest our time, energy and skill in helping you bring out your inner voice and channeling it into positive results. Once you work with us, you will never see yourself the same way again – that’s exactly our goal. 


Ready Accept 

Andrew Heater, President/Founder 

5471 Lucknow Dr., Clay, NY 13041 


Ready Accept offers a variety of payment processing solutions for businesses, including mobile and contactless payment options. The company emphasizes security in transactions, provides a zero-cost cash discounting program, and offers real-time business management tools. The services are designed to enhance both operational efficiency and customer satisfaction in payment processing and business management. 


SUNY Oswego 

Dr. Peter O. Nwsou, Ph.D., President 

7060 State Route 104, Culkin Hall 706, Oswego, NY 13126 


SUNY Oswego, founded in 1861, is the most mission-critical public comprehensive university in greater Central New York. The university has two campuses: a lakeside campus situated on 700 acres of lakefront in Oswego, New York and a city campus located in the heart of downtown Syracuse, New York. SUNY Oswego is globally recognized for its commitment to student success grounded on experiential learning, a diverse and inclusive environment, and outstanding excellence and value. SUNY Oswego has robust online program offerings available at all levels: certificate to master’s degree. The university is one of 64 institutions in the State University of New York System. 

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