What our members say about SUNY BEST:

Retired NYSEG executive and Binghamton University alum Jeff Smith in an interview regarding SUNY BEST. (Filmed and produced by Julie Park.)

“I’ve been a member of SUNY BEST since its inception. Meetings provide valuable information as to critical issues in the region, initiatives that are taking place, and an opportunity to discuss partnership opportunities. The group brings together regional community members that are dedicated to making the Southern Tier a better place to live, work, and play. I look forward to continued participation with this group.”
– Jan Herzog, Director Continuing Education, Broome Community College

“SUNY BEST a valuable community meeting place, bringing together the academic and business communities to further economic development in the region. The monthly speakers’ program is always interesting, and Tom Kowalik does an excellent job of joining resources to their mutual benefit.”
– John Hayek, TITLE

“SUNY BEST programs are a model for every region! I would love to see the best practices of this group replicated across the State.”
– Brian Hutzley, Former Vice Chancellor and CFO State University of New York

“SUNY BEST is making a positive difference in New York’s Southern Tier. The leadership, networking, programming, and actions of this group contribute to our region’s business development, economic health, and quality of life.”
– Thomas Kowalik, EdD, Executive Director of Center for Innovative and Continuing Education, Binghamton University

“Participating in SUNY BEST offers an opportunity to learn about a variety of organizations and initiatives I might not have been exposed to otherwise. Networking and building partnerships enables both the business and education communities to work together to help strengthen the local economy on a variety of levels, especially through workforce development. I credit Binghamton University for facilitating this endeavor and sharing valuable and beneficial information among its members.”
– Sandy Watkins, Supervisor, Career Development Center, Broome-Tioga BOCES

“SUNY BEST provides a place where I can regularly meet my peers from key institutions across the Southern Tier. The monthly meetings and presentations allow for the exchange of ideas and provide opportunities to draw from each other’s programs. Belonging to this group has allowed me to make networking connections that simply would not have been possible otherwise.”
– Doug Boyce, Retired Director, SBDC Binghamton

“Our association with SUNY BEST is an invaluable opportunity for learning and information sharing. It is especially helpful in making new connections and alliances with the private sector and economic development entities, as well as other colleges and universities in the region, particularly with our outstanding community colleges.”
– John “Gutie” Gutenberger, Senior Director of Community Relations, Cornell University

“SUNY BEST is an invigorating organization with a clear and important mission, and at the same time it’s fluid, dynamic, and evolving. This is the result of effective leadership encouraging and utilizing member input to keep the group interesting, productive, and on course. Meetings are always productive and provide useful information and, whether or not you are available to attend, all members receive excellent materials and useful highlight notes.”
– Bob Stezzi, Stezzi Training & Consulting

“The SUNY BEST meetings are a source of ideas on how Empire State College’s (ESC) individualized learning and prior learning assessment can be key to support training and re-careering. ESC faculty have limited time for outside meetings and SUNY BEST meetings are a good use of time, providing information specific to our interest areas and opportunities to network with colleagues, agencies, businesses and government staff.”
– Roni O’Geen, Mentor, SUNY Empire State College

“SUNY BEST is a valuable partner in our regional economic development community. It serves as a networking organization, provides information on funding opportunities, forges alliances among regional stake-holders to strengthen economic development and community revitalization, and supports business development and workforce training needs.”
– Kevin McLaughlin, Executive Director, Broome County Development Agency

“True economic development is a community effort and the SUNY BEST group does an excellent job of getting integral parties connected and engaged. The group also provides a wonderful service by highlighting existing programs and initiatives created to enrich the local business landscape.”
– Christian D. Harris, Labor Market Analyst – Southern Tier Region, New York State Department of Labor, Division of Research and Statistics

“It has been repeatedly proven that the most successful communities leverage their strongest resources. That is what I believe SUNYBEST does best. Professionals from the private sector, government, academia as well as non-profits come together to share best practices, innovative ideas, and interesting projects. It is also where participants simply share information, network and collaborate on events that aim to improve the local business climate. When I am able to attend, I have enjoyed my SUNYBEST experience and have found the topics to be thought provoking, helpful and yes, entertaining!”
– Darcy M. Fauci, PR Assistant to Chief of Staff, Binghamton University President’s Office

“The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley region, salutes our friends and colleagues with SUNY BEST in the Binghamton area! “Stay focused on the community’s agenda and you will continue to achieve results and create positive impact.”
– Ray Durso, Jr., The Genesis Group