Martin Babinec is a serial entrepreneur, venture catalyst and job creator. He founded TriNet, a publicly traded company that employs over 2,500 people across the U.S. that help small businesses with a cloud based Human Resources solution. He founded and Chairs IntroNet Corporation, a software platform that helps members of a group connect to resources and further grow the job creation environment. In 2010, Martin founded Upstate Venture Connect, a 501c3 nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to accelerating the creation and growth of emerging companies by helping entrepreneurs get connected to the resources who can help them. He serves as UVC Chairman and has volunteered full time without compensation since UVC’s inception. He’s also the co-founder of StartFast Venture Accelerator, which invests in and helps guide high-growth companies in Central New York. Through his Upstate Ventures portfolio, Martin has invested in dozens of New York based startups both directly and through several seed capital funds which UVC helped create to engage local business people in supporting Upstate startup companies.
John Bullis, Dean Emeritus, retired in 2013 having served in multiple professional capacities on two State University of New York community college campuses (Herkimer College and Mohawk Valley Community College). His work in community relations, government relations, fundraising, institutional research and organizational development had a significant impact on thousands of students over a 33 year career and has been widely recognized at both state and national levels. He is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service and the North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) Exemplar Award. Bullis has been an active force for positive change in the Central New York community for many years, with training and expertise in effective governance. He is currently a member on both the Bassett Medical Center and Bassett Regional Corporation boards in Cooperstown; chairs the Bassett Healthcare Network – Little Falls Hospital Board of Trustees in Herkimer County; and serves as the Chairman of the Human Technologies Corporation Board of Directors in Utica, New York.
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