CEO Survey Shows More Jobs For Upstate College Graduates

CEO Survey Shows More Jobs For Upstate College Graduates | Upstate Venture Connect




Contact: Kathryn Cartini, Upstate Venture Connect
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Upstate, New York, May 15, 2019 — The 3rd annual Upstate CEO Report, commissioned by Upstate Venture Connect, shows that fast-growing companies across our region have average salaries that are up to 60% higher than the average salary in a typical upstate metro area.


“Scalable companies targeting national and global customers are distributed across our region,” stated UVC CEO Nasir Ali. “They don’t often show up on traditional economic development metrics, but clearly have an outsized impact on our communities.”


Scalable companies are often in the newer industries and building products for national/global customers. Survey respondents in this category plan to hire 6-7 entry level people on average in 2019 and two thirds of those positions require a college degree.


Results indicate that scalable companies have:

  • More employees;
  • Higher average pay;
  • More aggressive hiring plans; and
  • Are more likely to receive outside financial support than companies whose primary focus is local customers.


These results confirm similar trends found in our two prior annual surveys. Download detailed analysis here:


Over 170 CEOs of Upstate NY companies responded to the survey. The 2018-19 Report lays out a number of recommendations that can be implemented by academic, private and public sector leaders to enable the creation and growth of more scalable companies. Chief among them are strategies to build greater links between fast-growing company leaders and the students on campus, as well as approaches to increase the pool of private and public financial support needed for such firms to achieve their objectives.


A faculty-guided student team from Le Moyne College’s Madden School of Business conducted the Survey and compiled the results for analysis.  “There’s a reason why the Madden School’s Marketing program is ranked #29 nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report,” said Dean Jim Joseph. “Dr. Margie Ierlan continues to push her students to reach higher. Participation in a study of this significance is one more example. We’re thankful for UVC’s continued faith and support in the Madden School.”


The 2018-19 Upstate CEO Report was made possible by financial support from Rochester, NY-based Fast Tracking Solutions. “We believe that talent is the key to fostering significant growth across Upstate NY,” said Thomas Carpitella, FTS CEO. “FTS is dedicated to helping our clients find and retain exceptional talent for all levels of the enterprise.”


UVC Chairman Martin Babinec also noted, “Undertaking a survey like this is not an easy task. We are very grateful to our partners, especially FTS and the Madden School at Le Moyne College for the support that they provided.”



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About Upstate Venture Connect

Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) is on a mission to connect UNY entrepreneurs to the people and resources needed to build high-growth companies. UVC is a 501c3 non-profit supported by tax deductible donations and sponsorships.


About Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College

More than ever, business educators must prepare a new generation of innovative, globally aware leaders. Towards this end, the Madden School strives to imbue its students with the ability to understand, discern, and lead as they address the most pressing issues of our times.


About Fast Tracking Solutions

FTS is an international search firm that provides its clients with top talent across all industries and functions, from technology to accounting/finance. Extreme success in these industries has generated explosive internal growth, making FTS one of the fastest-growing search firms in North America. The firm’s corporate HQ is located in Rochester, NY.


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