ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic development group dedicated to job creation in the Rochester area, today announces the appointment of James Senall as managing director of business development. Senall will be responsible for establishing and nurturing relationships with the business community with the goal of attracting, retaining and expanding the economic base of Greater Rochester. His duties will include personally representing the region to local and national businesses, as well as other state and local partners, and supporting, developing and expanding the regions' entrepreneurial sector.
Michael Finney, GRE president and chief executive officer, said, "Jim Senall has a strong background bridging the technology and business worlds. Rochester has a long tradition of developing innovative technologies, generating six times more patents per capita than the national average. Jim's experience with high tech startups will be extremely valuable in enabling GRE to help retain our existing innovative companies as well as expand our base by continuing to attract entrepreneurs and innovators to our region of the country."
Senall earned a BS in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship from The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Most recently he was the managing director and founder of Triax Consulting, a business development and management consulting firm, and he was a co-founder of the Genesis Fund, a $50M seed capital fund under development for Upstate N.Y.
Earlier, Senall was the director of marketing for Advanced Vision Technologies, a flat-panel display and microelectronics startup. Prior to these roles, Senall held engineering positions in Pennsylvania and North Carolina for AMP, a division of Tyco Electronics.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a newly formed, public-private partnership established with an initial $14 million, five year investment budget provided by government, not-for-profit, business and education concerns, to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan area as a competitive, high-profile region 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.