WHITESBORO – The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley today announced that Steve Wynn will be the keynote speaker at their annual meeting on Thursday, October 14 at noon at the Hart’s Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St.
The Genesis Group will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and plans to celebrate its accomplishments and focus on the progress the region has made over the past 20 years. “The Mohawk Valley region has come a long way,” said Raymond J. Durso, Jr., President and CEO of Genesis Group. Durso has been part of the Genesis group since its first year. “So many people have contributed to our success,” said Durso. “It’s a team approach! The Genesis Group continues to provide adaptive leadership and works to move our region forward. Genesis has leadership skills for these changing times, ”added Durso.
The cost of the lunch is $ 25 per person and registration can be done online at www.TheGenesisGroup.org.
Wynn is a real estate developer and art collector known for his involvement in the luxury casino and hospitality industry. Early in his career, he oversaw the construction and operation of several notable hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Wynn was also inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame.
Wynn grew up in Utica and recently built a house in the Old Forge area. Earlier this year, his foundation donated $ 50 million to the Mohawk Valley Health System to help build a new downtown hospital and a regional medical center in Utica.
The Genesis group also announced that Bonnie Woods (posthumously) and John J. Piseck, Jr. will receive the 2021 Joseph R. Carucci Legacy Award.
Carucci was the founder of the Genesis group. He passed away in 2010 after more than 40 years as a local developer and real estate broker. The award is the highest honor of the Genesis Group and is presented annually to someone who exemplifies Carucci’s commitment to the community.
Woods passed away earlier this year in April. She has served as Chairman of the Board of MVHS, Director of the Boards of Community Foundation and Upstate Caring Partners, and has served on a number of committees and other volunteer activities. She was one of the founding members of Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen. Woods has spent his entire 30-year professional career at Bank of America.
After serving on the board for several years and serving as its chairman for two years, Piseck was appointed executive director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency in February 2018. Since then he has marketed aggressively the properties available at each of the Herkimer County Business Parks. Prior to his position at IDA, John worked for 18 years as a sales engineer for CTM Corp. This tiny precision machine shop in Frankfort, NY is credited with machining parts that have been used on the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander and the Mars SAM Project. He sits on several boards, including the NBT Bank Advisory Board (Mohawk Valley Region), Mohawk Valley EDGE and the HCCC Quality Assurance Program Advisory Board.
MVCC Manufacturing Program Advisory Board and served on the Creative Core Board of Directors. He is a former member of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.