WGY's CEOs You Should Know

WGY's CEOs You Should Know

Capital Region CEOs you should know.

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December 19, 2023 10 mins
Born and raised in Schenectady, Chris Spraragen is the fourth generation President and CEO of Schenectady Hardware & Electric (SH&E), a company his great-grandfather started exactly 100 years ago as of this year. As one of the first electrical engineers in the area, his great-grandfather used his skills to modernize the Capital Region by changing all the gas lights to electrical lights in the 1920's.Chris looks back on his ...
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Having dedicated 27 years of service to the Albany Police Department, retired Sergeant Lenny Ricchiuti has made quite an impact on his community, most notably in the area he was raised-- Albany's South End. Since his retirement, Lenny has become the Albany Police Athletic League's (PAL) Executive Director. An affiliate of the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, Albany saw this nonprofit's inception in 1988. Its mission...
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In his youth, David Brown spent his time learning how to swim at his local YMCA. Then, as a teenager, David started working at the YMCA as a janitor and health club attendant, scrubbing down the showers, cleaning equipment, etc.Once he graduated from Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, he began looking for a job. Fortunately for him, his neighbor was the CEO of the YMCA where he grew up and helped refer him to a YMCA in Roche...
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40 years ago, Chris Ramsey's parents purchased the Liedkie Moving & Storage Company, thrusting him into the business as a child. Now the CEO of this 120 year old company, Chris has worked his way up from being a mover to a moving salesman and now all the way up to CEO. He even remembers the times when the school bus would drop him off at the warehouse rather than his house. His dedication and tenacity are obvious key aspects of...
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August 23, 2023 10 mins
Motor Oil Coffee’s founders, Rich Fazio and Joe Bonilla, come from both a background of running an award-winning creative strategy firm, but also movie theater exhibition. This combination allows Motor Oil Coffee to expand through enhanced promotions, but also a focus on delivering a product to consumers that is focused on speed, quality, and presentation.They may be similar in those areas, plus given both were born in Brooklyn, ar...
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July 28, 2023 6 mins
Tom Hoffman Jr. has been involved in the family business nearly his entire life. If you couldn't guess from his last name, that family business includes the Hoffman Car Wash-- one of New York State's most well-known car washes! Tom has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer for 23 years and has been working in the family business for 46 years.
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Michael Rankin is a second generation mortgage broker and president of ClearPath Mortgage Solutions. His business philosophy is to improve lives, one transaction at a time. His goal is to educate clients with consultant level service, so they can make the best financial decisions for their individual needs. His constant consideration of education, communication and personalized service is motivated by the desire to make your transa...
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Tammy L. Cumo is the co-managing principal of Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea. Founded in 1988, Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea has earned a reputation for exceptional legal service. Located in New York’s Capital Region, the firm’s highly skilled and experienced attorneys are admitted to all state and federal courts in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia and the United State...
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Michael Fiacco, President and Owner of Old Brick Furniture has early roots in the furniture and mattress industry. A graduate of Niskayuna High School and Empire State College, Fiacco started working for his mother, Denise Cyr, then founder and owner of Bennington Furniture in his high school and college years. After college graduation, Fiacco lived and worked in Greenwich CT for AIG Trading Group and then BNP Paribas in Mid Town M...
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This month's CEO You Should Know is Jay Christiana, President/Principal Broker,Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, RealtorsJason is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA where he studied communications, marketing and theater arts. After graduating he moved to Los Angeles, CA to work in the entertainment industry as an assistant to several theatrical agents (representing several well established actors in movie and televisi...
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March 15, 2023 8 mins
A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, 2023 will be Matt's 16th season with the ValleyCats. He is a 2003 graduate of Boston College, and before his time with the ValleyCats spent several years in the telecommunication industry working for a firm in Natick, MA.Matt was named the Sam Nader Executive/Staff Member of the Year by the New York-Penn League in 2012 and was the recipient of NYPL's Robert Stedler Executive of the Year Award in ...
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January 24, 2023 8 mins
George Amedore Jr. serves as the second-generation CEO of Amedore Group Inc, a family homebuilding business. He has attended several business, sales, and management training programs including Dale Carnegie and the Bob Schultz Builders University program and has been a licensed NYS Real Estate Broker since 1993. George embraces the values of hard work, decency and integrity, principles that are the core of the family business. He i...
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December 20, 2022 4 mins
Michael Field is the CEO of Field Realty based in Latham, New York. With over seventeen years of experience in the real estate industry, Michael Field is the broker and owner of the number one realty team in the Capital Region

The accolades have continued to pour in for Field Realty in 2022 as they were also named the number two realty business in all of New York State. Michael founded Field Realty with his father Rick in 1974. Fie...
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