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Matt Hurlbutt, President & CEO 585-530-6200
Michael Clarey, Manager, Business Development  585-530-6217
Kate Dailey, Managing Director, Business Development 585-530-6209
Winona Dixon,  Manager, Research and Information Systems 585-530-6206
Staci Henning, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer 585-530-6211
Ana Liss, Managing Director, Business Development 585-530-6205 
Faye Pelow, Manager, Support Operations 585-530-6204 
Leah George VanScott, Vice President, Business Development 585-530-6220

Staff Bios

Michael Clarey, Business Development Manager Michael Clarey joined GRE in 2019 as a Business Development Manager. Michael is responsible for supporting business attraction and expansion opportunities throughout the 9-county Greater Rochester, NY region and supporting the execution of the GRE’s strategic plan. Subsequent to joining GRE, he spent ten years as an economic development professional in central Ohio. In these roles he led business attraction and expansion projects yielding the creation of over 1,500 jobs across industries such as high tech manufacturing, data center, professional services and information technology.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University. He has also completed numerous International Economic Development Council continuing education courses in areas such as real estate redevelopment, economic development marketing and development finance. While in Ohio, Michael served on several advisory boards supporting career and technical education, entrepreneurship and small business financing.

Michael is a native of Buffalo, NY and is an active alumnus and supporter of Canisius High School.

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Kate Dailey, Managing Director, Business Development Kate Dailey joined the GRE team in 2019 and supports the team’s efforts to attract and grow business in the Greater Rochester Region. Prior to joining the GRE, Kate spent close to a decade working in economic development in Baltimore, Maryland. At the Maryland Department of Commerce, Kate served as the agency’s lead on business attraction, retention, and expansion projects in Baltimore City. Prior to her role with the State, Kate was the Director of Economic Development at the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB), a nonprofit focused on the revitalization of Downtown Baltimore. In this role, she developed and managed programs to bolster investment in Baltimore’s central business district, and worked closely with city stakeholders to bring new life to Downtown. While in Maryland, Kate also served on the Board of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland.

Kate graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2010 with a Dual MA in Economics and International Relations. She graduated from Providence College in 2006 where she studied Spanish and Business Administration. In addition to studying abroad in Spain, Kate taught middle school English in Inner Mongolia, China.

In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors (particularly in the Finger Lakes!), traveling, exploring new cities, and attempting yoga. She graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in 2002, and is thrilled to be back in the region!

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Winona Dixon, Manager, Research and Information Systems Winona Dixon joined GRE in June 2003 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. She currently serves as Manager, Research and Information Systems. In addition to these duties, Winona also manages numerous site search requests and development of proposals for national site selectors.

Winona holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a master's degree in Management and Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the United Way's African American Leadership Development Program.

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Leah George VanScott, Vice President, Business Development  As a senior member of GRE’s business development team, Leah manages relationships with corporate executives, site selectors and regional economic development officials to attract private capital investment and new jobs to the 9-county Greater Rochester, NY Region. Leah also spearheads GRE’s international trade initiatives, which support business development efforts and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities. Leah manages GRE’s International Business Council, and co-chairs the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) Global NY Work Team. The council and work team is comprised of industry experts in global logistics, finance, legal, tax, human resources, export compliance (ITAR/EAR), Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZs), government regulation, market entry, supply chain, and translation.

Leah and is an active member of the Upstate New York District Export Council (DEC), National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ), and the SBA Buffalo District International Trade Task Force. She serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, St. John Fisher's School of Business Dean's Advisory Council  and is an Advisory Board Member of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights Project at Monroe Community College.

Leah received the 2014 ‘Victor E. Salerno Award for American Enterprise’ and Excellence in Management, was featured as ‘Woman to Watch’ by the Democrat and Chronicle and Her Rochester in 2013 and received the Rochester Women’s Network Up & Coming Businesswoman’s Award in 2011.

Prior to joining GRE, Leah spent more than a decade as a broadcast journalist.  She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in communications, public relations and business and earned an M.B.A. from St. John Fisher College. 

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Staci Henning, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer   Staci Henning brings more than 25 years of marketing experience to her role as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. She is responsible for all aspects of GRE's marketing strategy and creative development including advertising, corporate communications, Internet marketing, and public relations. In addition, Staci manages the corporate budget and investor relations.  Staci also produced and hosted a weekly radio show, Eyes on the Future, on WHAM -1180 for several years. You can check out podcasts of the show here.

Prior to joining GRE in 2004, Staci served as Corporate Advertising and Branding Manager for The PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, PA. During her tenure at PNC, Staci managed marketing programs to reposition PNC's brand as well as promote the company's personal banking, corporate banking and investment services.

Before entering the world of financial services, Staci worked as a Marketing Manager and Advertising Manager at MCI WorldCom in Arlington, VA. She managed numerous broadcast advertising campaigns for MCI Friends & Family as well as other MCI branded services. Staci's marketing campaigns have garnered industry awards for creativity as well as generating business results.

As an active member of her community, Staci serves on the JCC of Greater Rochester Board and the Camp Seneca Lake Advisory Council. In 2018 Staci was named one of the Rochester Business Journal's Women of Excellence honoroees due to her community service contributions, leadership accomplishments and commitment to mentoring others. Other honors Staci has received include  the 2015 JCC Young Leadership Award and the Jewish Federation of Rochester's 2012 Raye K. Aiole Young Leadership Award. 

A Rochester native, Staci holds a bachelor's degree in advertising from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Matt Hurlbutt, President & Chief Executive Officer Matt Hurlbutt serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) with responsibility for supporting business attraction and expansion in the Greater Rochester, New York region. Matt guides business development strategies, organizational resources and outreach efforts to position Rochester as a destination of choice for business investment. Matt works directly with corporate executives and national site selectors as they consider locations for investment and job creation.  Before assuming this leadership role Matt served as GRE’s executive vice president and chief operating officer for nine years.

Matt was directly involved in bringing Alpina Foods, Catalant Technologies, FedEx Freight, Foundation Financial Group, Intrinsiq Materials, LiveTiles, Love Beets USA, Muller Quaker Dairy, NEST iON, OFD Foods, Omni-ID, and Quintel Solutions to the region.  He also worked with American Packaging Corporation, Brand Networks, Concentrix, IEC Electronics, Intergrow, LiDestri Food & Drink, Maximus, Optimax, and Rochester Precision Optics as the companies expanded in the region.

In addition, Matt directs GRE’s Economic Gardening effort and collaborates with state and local partners to leverage the region’s assets in order to support innovation and economic growth of second-stage companies. 

Matt was named to the “40 under 40” list by the Rochester Business Journal, an award given to recognize individuals with outstanding leadership and accomplishments for service in their profession and the community at large.  He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, State University of New York College at Geneseo.

He and his family live in the Town of Greece, New York.

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Ana Liss, Managing Director, Business Development Ana Liss is the Managing Director of Business Development at Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). In collaboration with the GRE team and regional stakeholders, Ana works to help guide and implement business attraction and expansion projects that stimulate growth in the 9-county Finger Lakes region. She is passionate about fostering opportunity in the Finger Lakes through innovative efforts to bolster job creation.

After time spent as a TV news anchor and reporter, Ana developed interest in finding solutions to economic struggles faced by small- and mid-sized cities in New York. She left news to pursue graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed a fellowship at a regional think tank, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, and gained experience in best practices for shoring up regional prosperity.

Subsequent roles included serving as a consultant to fiscally-stressed communities for the Center for Governmental Research; launching and managing New York’s first Economic Gardening program for GRE; and the Empire State Fellowship, through which she served the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo as a policy advisor and analyst in Albany from 2013-2015.

She most recently worked for Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management as Manager of Corporate Relations, nurturing the vital links between higher education and industry.

Ana holds an MPA from Penn and a magna cum laude BA in Journalism from the Ithaca College Park School of Communications; as well as an advanced MBA certificate in Innovation Management and Technology Transfer from SUNY Empire State.

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Faye Pelow, Manager, Support Operations  Faye joined the Greater Rochester Enterprise team in 2017 as an Administrative Professional.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies from Nazareth College as well as a Master of Science in International Studies from St. John Fisher College and is currently pursuing her PhD in the Global and Sociocultural Studies program at Florida International University (FIU).  With a strong background in international affairs, cross-cultural communications and diversity initiatives, Faye brings an interdisciplinary approach and positive attitude to her work environment.

Prior to joining GRE, Faye worked for several years as a Human Resources Specialist and subsequently as a Legal Assistant locally in Rochester.  A confident public speaker, Faye most recently presented a paper at the Landscapes of Liminality conference at Trinity College in Dublin.  She is a member of Pi Gamma Mu and Sigma Delta Pi, the International Studies and Spanish National Honor Societies, respectively. 

Inspired by her extensive knowledge of higher education programs and a passion for supporting others, Faye created, implemented and managed a mentoring program for incoming graduate students at Florida International University.  In addition to her work at GRE, she is currently utilizing her five years of comprehensive teaching experience and advising expertise to serve as an Academic Coach for the GSS department at FIU.  She is also an active entrepreneur and runs her own successful online business.  When not in the office, Faye enjoys traveling whenever and wherever she can.

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