Rochester, NY, June 18, 2007: The Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Dr. Al Simone, immediate past president of Rochester Institute of Technology, as chairman of its board. This new leadership role enables Dr Simone to remain engaged with this community and leverage his passion and commitment to the region in a manner that helps advance the Rochester Region's economic development initiatives. Dr. Simone replaces Wayne LeChase who served as GRE's chairman for the past three years.
"I'm pleased to have Dr. Simone expand his involvement with GRE and assume the role as chairman," said Dennis M. Mullen, President and CEO of GRE. "His business acumen and commitment to Rochester makes him the perfect choice for this position."
GRE's Board of Directors also announced the appointment of the following new board member leaders:
Daniel Burns – Vice Chairman
Dan Burns is an exceptional business leader in the Rochester Region who has served on GRE's executive committee for the past two years. In his new leadership role as GRE's Vice Chairman, Mr. Burns will assist GRE with strategic planning. Burns is president, Rochester Region, M&T Bank.
Lisa Brubaker – Treasurer
Lisa Brubaker has served on GRE's finance committee for the past two years. Her corporate finance expertise will continue to be an invaluable asset in this new role as GRE's treasurer. She will work closely with Larry Peckham who remains GRE's finance committee chairman. Brubaker is Chief Operating Officer, Preferred Care.
James Locke – Secretary
James Locke will continue to serve as the GRE Board secretary. His knowledge of both GRE's history and mission provides highly beneficial continuity to the new board leadership. Locke is a partner at the law firm of Nixon Peabody.
In addition to these new appointments, GRE has added Joseph Rulison, Senior Vice President, Bank of America, to the GRE board of directors.
"With such a strong line up of business leaders represented on GRE's board, the transition of leadership positions will be seamless," said Mullen. "I'm confident that they will continue to provide me as well as our GRE associates with the support and counsel to advance our mission of economic development throughout the 9-county Greater Rochester Region."
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. Its efforts support business attraction and expansion, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. GRE collaborates with businesses, universities, not-for-profit organizations and government leaders to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development. For more information, please go to www.RochesterBiz.com.