CLIMB Explores Optics, Photonics, Imaging, Wine, and Beer

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce held the second event of its 2017-2018 inaugural CLIMB program with a morning at G-S Plastic Optics in downtown Rochester, followed by a trip to Three Brothers Wineries in Geneva. CLIMB stands for Chamber Leadership Initiative: Mentoring for Business, a ten-month experiential program designed to connect young professionals with business leaders across multiple sectors of the Finger Lakes economy. Thirty-one participants representing 28 Rochester-area companies are part of the inaugural cohort.

The day began with a panel entitled “The Future Is Bright”, featuring Ed White, AIM Photonics Corporate Outreach Executive; Alexis Vogt, Chair and Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College; Will Beich, G-S Plastic Optics Director of Sales and Marketing; and Andy Germanow, CEO of Germanow-Simon Corporation. It was followed by a tour of the G-S Plastic Optics facility in its historic renovated building at 408 St. Paul Boulevard.

CLIMB Participant and O’Connell Electric Director of Marketing John Miller said, “We had a great morning learning about optics, photonics, and imaging. I’m proud to know that there are companies representing innovation and technology on a global scale right here in Rochester and representing the talent that we offer to the world.”

The CLIMB group also visited Three Brothers Wineries, receiving candid business advice from owners Luanne and David Mansfield, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the busy facility during harvest time.

John Loury, president of CAUSE+EFFECT Strategy and Marketing and CLIMB participant said, “We got to see some amazing things that a family winery is doing to help their community and further the wine and beer industry in the State of New York. “It helps put us in a great state of mind as a young startup company and Rochester Chamber member.”

CLIMB gives participants an inside look at local success stories directly from top executives and their teams through nine signature events.  Community and political leaders will also weigh in on crucial issues facing the Finger Lakes region. The next event in October focuses on the Genesee Brewing Company, as well as efforts of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

At the conclusion of CLIMB’s first cohort in May 2018, participants employed by Rochester Chamber member companies will be invited to serve a one-year term on the Future Leaders Advisory Council.  Click here to learn more

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