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New leadership volunteers announced

The Business Council of New York State, Inc. and The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc. recently announced the appointment of new members to their respective board of directors and board of trustees as well as appointees to The Business Council board’s executive committee.

“On behalf of The Business Council and The Public Policy Institute, I am pleased to welcome our new board members, executive committee members, and trustees,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council and The Public Policy Institute.

New Business Council board of directors

Mary Ann Christopher,MSN, RN, FAAN, Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s president and CEO.  Ms. Christopher has served as president and CEO of the VNSNY, the nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, since January 2012.  She is a leading national voice on a wide range of health care issues.

Charles Dorego, senior vice president and general counsel at Glenwood Management Corp.  Mr. Dorego brings over 30 years of diverse, hands-on, experience in all aspects of the real estate industry.  He joined Glenwood Management, one of New York City’s largest and most preeminent real estate development companies in September 2001,

Denise Gonick, president and CEO of MVP Health Care.  Ms. Gonick became president and CEO of MVP Health Care in December 2012.  She also served MVP in various positions over the years including president of operations, executive vice president, administrative services and chief legal officer.

Jeff Jacobson, executive vice president and president of Xerox Technology.  Mr. Jacobson leads the company’s technology business, which provides document technology products and services to customers ranging from small businesses to multinational enterprises.

John McAvoy, chairman, president and CEO of Consolidated Edison, Inc.  Mr. McAvoy joined Con Edison in 1980, and has served in positions of increasing responsibility including as president and CEO of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

New Business Council executive committee members

Business Council Vice Chair Karen Boykin-Towns, Pfizer, Inc.’s vice president, business unit public affairs.  Ms. Boykin-Towns has built a reputation as a visionary and strategic results-driver in complex business and government environments with demonstrated success in healthcare policy, advocacy, public affairs, communication, and proactive change management.  Ms. Towns’ career at Pfizer, Inc. spans 18 years.

Business Council Vice Chair Thomas F. Judson, Jr., chairman & CEO of The Pike Company, Inc. Mr. Judson began his career in construction working as a laborer and carpenter apprentice during school summer breaks for John B. Pike & Son, Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873.  In 1985, he established The Pike Company, Inc., one of New York State’s most respected and successful construction firms.

New Public Policy Institute board of trustees

 Sheila Appel, IBM’s U.S. regional director of corporate citizenship.  At IBM, Sheila Appel is responsible for leading the U.S. team — overseeing a range of programs helping to establish IBM as a leader in a new breed of corporate philanthropy — an approach that promotes systemic social improvement.

Michael J. Masse, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., senior vice president.  At HSBC, Mr. Masse leads the bank’s D.C.-based government and institutional banking team.  He previously led a number of teams within HSBC including commercial middle market banking in Central New York/Albany; public banking throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. 



Business Council President appointed to Central Hudson Board

briccettiBusiness Council President and CEO Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, the combination electric and gas utility serving New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley that became the first American utility subsidiary of Canadian holding company Fortis Inc. in June 2013.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Heather to our board, and we are certain that her substantial business expertise and governmental affairs experience will benefit Central Hudson customers immensely,” said H. Stanley Marshall, Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to her involvement and her contributions to our deliberations.”

Briccetti is the third New York State resident appointed to the utility’s board in the last year. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 378,000 customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley; it delivers natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany.

Its mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for its owner; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen.

Fortis Inc. is the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, with total assets of approximately $18.6 billion and fiscal 2013 revenue exceeding $4 billion. Its regulated utilities account for approximately 90 percent of total assets and serve approximately 2.5 million gas and electricity customers across Canada and in New York State and the Caribbean.

In addition to Marshall and Briccetti, the following individuals now serve on the Central Hudson Board:

  • Margarita K. Dilley of Washington, D.C., former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Astrolink International LLC, who joined the board in 2004;
  • Steven M. Fetter of Norland, Wash., the President of Regulation Unfettered and the former Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, who joined the board in 2002;
  • Mark Kastner, of Ulster County, NY, Principal of The Chazen Companies, who joined the board in 2013;
  • Steven V. Lant of Poughkeepsie, NY, Chief Executive Officer of Central Hudson and CH Energy Group, who joined the board in 2002;
  • Mary D. Madden of Ulster County, NY, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, who joined the board in 2013;
  • Barry V. Perry of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Fortis Inc., who joined the board in 2013; and
  • Karl W. Smith of Alberta, Canada, President & Chief Executive Officer of FortisAlberta Inc., who joined the board in 2013.

Muriel “Mickie” Siebert dies at 80

Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, head of the Siebert Financial Corporation passed away this weekend. Siebert’s company is a member of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. and she had served continuously on The Council’s board of directors since 1984.

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council described Siebert as an “amazing person and a pioneer who cleared a path for other women to follow.”

The New York Times has an article featuring her life and accomplishments in striving for equality for women in business.

She was the first woman to purchase a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and fought to end discriminatory practices at social clubs in New York City. She also worked in New York state government for a five-year term as Governor Carey’s state superintendent of banking.