Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic development organization dedicated to job creation in the Rochester region, today announced a new slate of officers to lead its Board of Directors for 2004-06.
The officers, elected at GRE's annual board meeting and effective immediately, are: R. Wayne LeChase, Chairman, and Dennis M. Mullen, Vice Chairman. Michael A. Finney, Sandra Parker and James Locke will continue in their current roles as President and Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer and Secretary, Respectively.
"GRE is pleased to announce our new officers," said Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise. "They are deeply committed to Rochester's economic well-being and future growth, and are among the most dedicated individuals in our community. GRE is proud to have them lead our organization."
LeChase is CEO and Managing Partner of LeChase Construction Services, one of the largest commercial construction firms in the Rochester region. Mullen is Chairman, President and CEO of Birds Eye Foods, the nation's largest processor of frozen vegetables.
"I am honored by the board's vote of confidence in me, and I am proud to serve as the new chairman of Greater Rochester Enterprise," LeChase said. "I look forward to working with Michael — and the entire GRE staff — in building upon the organization's record of success."
"I care deeply about economic growth and the future of our community, and I am committed to GRE's mission," LeChase added. "At the same time, I hope to bring a new perspective to GRE. As a business owner and employer, as an angel investor and community leader, I understand The big picture and will do everything I can to ensure the growth of Rochester's regional economy."
LeChase replaces Thomas Richards, who has served as GRE Chairman since the organization's inception.
"Tom has been with GRE from the start. He is among our founding members, and over the past two years he has provided essential direction and coaching to transform our organization from a concept into the leading economic development entity in Rochester and Monroe County," Finney said. "As chairman, Tom has been a true friend, guiding GRE in its early years. I have truly enjoyed working with him and our organization will always be grateful for his leadership. We are pleased that Tom has agreed to remain on the GRE Board of Directors."
In addition to Thomas Richards' re-election, Robert Wayland-Smith joins GRE's board as a newly elected director.
Board officers are elected for two-year terms. All officers, except the President and CEO position, serve as volunteers.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. GRE will collaborate with business, academia, not-for-profit organizations and government to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development efforts.