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Pledge for Upstate NY CEOs

If you’re a founder or CEO in Upstate NY, please take a moment to review and sign our Pledge to Navigate COVID-19, together.

As champions of our local business community, we’re counting on you to lead by example, stay informed, protect those around you, and continue to drive our economy during these uncertain times. 

Pledge of Action Against COVID-19

FOR UPSTATE NY FOUNDERS & CEOs

We, the leaders of technology companies with headquarters or offices in Upstate New York, are stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here in our communities and beyond by taking the following decisive actions in the interest of protecting the most vulnerable members of our community:

  • First, we are strongly encouraging the majority of our workers to work from home as soon as possible, leaving behind the minimum possible in-office presence.
  • Second, we are restricting work travel by our employees, both domestically and internationally. We are also strongly advising our employees to be thoughtful about all personal travel, particularly where they would be congregating in larger groups.
  • Third, we are moving all clients, visitors, and interviews to remote only meetings and not currently welcoming onsite visitors.
  • Fourth, wherever possible we are strongly encouraging our vendors, service providers and partner businesses to take similar precautions.
  • Fifth, we are each consulting with our teams to find ways of supporting our local healthcare workers by helping to purchase critical medical resources, such as additional tests and protective equipment, and supporting the work of local nonprofit organizations that are helping at-risk communities who will be severely impacted by this pandemic.
  • Finally​, we are calling on the community to support the government’s effort in restricting public gatherings and other non essential activity as well as following guidance on keeping social distance and stepped up measures for sanitizing personal hygiene and contact surfaces.

Why are we taking these unprecedented steps?

The spread of COVID-19 is past the point of containment. Without swift action, we may soon witness the failure of our healthcare system’s capacity to deal with the virus’s complications. Our healthcare system is not built to handle enormous loads of critically ill people all at once. Therefore, we urgently need to flatten the curve of disease transmission to prevent unnecessary deaths. There are not enough health care providers to care for all the sick, nor enough full ventilators. We are already seeing this play out with tragic consequences in Italy, where the mortality rate is shockingly high, as their healthcare system has struggled to keep pace with the sudden crushing load of hospitalized patients, leading to otherwise preventable deaths.

These actions alone will not be enough, and we cannot wait for our government agencies and elected officials to mandate these restrictions. Every hour counts. We therefore call on others across Upstate — and in other communities across the country — to follow our lead and implement these procedures, effective immediately.

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Pledge of Action Against COVID-19

FOR UPSTATE NY FOUNDERS & CEOs

We, the leaders of technology companies with headquarters or offices in Upstate New York, are stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here in our communities and beyond by taking the following decisive actions in the interest of protecting the most vulnerable members of our community:

  • First, we are strongly encouraging the majority of our workers to work from home as soon as possible, leaving behind the minimum possible in-office presence.
  • Second, we are restricting work travel by our employees, both domestically and internationally. We are also strongly advising our employees to be thoughtful about all personal travel, particularly where they would be congregating in larger groups.
  • Third, we are moving all clients, visitors, and interviews to remote only meetings and not currently welcoming onsite visitors.
  • Fourth, wherever possible we are strongly encouraging our vendors, service providers and partner businesses to take similar precautions.
  • Fifth, we are each consulting with our teams to find ways of supporting our local healthcare workers by helping to purchase critical medical resources, such as additional tests and protective equipment, and supporting the work of local nonprofit organizations that are helping at-risk communities who will be severely impacted by this pandemic.
  • Finally​, we are calling on the community to support the government’s effort in restricting public gatherings and other non essential activity as well as following guidance on keeping social distance and stepped up measures for sanitizing personal hygiene and contact surfaces.

Why are we taking these unprecedented steps?

The spread of COVID-19 is past the point of containment. Without swift action, we may soon witness the failure of our healthcare system’s capacity to deal with the virus’s complications. Our healthcare system is not built to handle enormous loads of critically ill people all at once. Therefore, we urgently need to flatten the curve of disease transmission to prevent unnecessary deaths. There are not enough health care providers to care for all the sick, nor enough full ventilators. We are already seeing this play out with tragic consequences in Italy, where the mortality rate is shockingly high, as their healthcare system has struggled to keep pace with the sudden crushing load of hospitalized patients, leading to otherwise preventable deaths.

These actions alone will not be enough, and we cannot wait for our government agencies and elected officials to mandate these restrictions. Every hour counts. We therefore call on others across Upstate — and in other communities across the country — to follow our lead and implement these procedures, effective immediately.

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Upstate CEOs who have pledged
to navigate COVID-19, together

UVC Board Member

Nasir Ali Co-founder / CEO Upstate Venture Connect  
Martin Babinec Founder / Chairman Upstate Venture Connect  
Karthik Bala CEO Velan Ventures  
Guha Bala President Velan Studios  
 Michael Baldwin Founder and President Dart Communications  
 Miguel Beeger Co-founder / CEO Voiceter Pro, Inc.  
Robert Bojanek Founder KAPFIRST, LLC  
 Patrick Bosek Co-founder / CEO EasyDita / Jorsek  
 V Owen Bush Co-founder / CEO Scan2Plan  
 Antonio Calabrese Founder / Head of Growth GHAX Marketing  
 Enessa Carbone VP Lithia Motors, Inc  
 Thomas Carpitella CEO Fast Tracking Solutions  
 Kathryn Cartini CMO Upstate Venture Connect  
 David Casullo CEO Rock City Development LLC  
 John Catanzarita Executive Vice President OneGroup NY Inc  
 Carl Chappell Founder Off the Muck Market  
 Somak Chattopadhyay Managing Partner Armory Square Ventures  
John Coccoccia Co-founder / Partner Rosendale Partners  
 Justin Copie CEO Innovative Solutions  
 James Cornehlsen Managing Director Fitter Finanacials  
 Peter Cortle Founder / CEO StartupTree  
 Jean-Philippe Couderc Founder / CEO VPG Medical, Inc  
 Howard Cragg CEO H & H Environmental Systems, Inc.  
Matt Cusack President Mobius Labs, Inc.  
 Devin Daly Co-founder / CEO SpinCar  
 Angelo Damiano Founder / CEO PowerSpike  
Ralph Dandrea CEO ITX Corp  
 Catherine Dare Chief Executive Manager TRM Environmental Consultants, LLC  
 Peter Dean Founder RenderTribe  
Anthony Debonis President Troy Web Consulting  
 Brad DeMarco CEO Automation Intellect  
 Akash Desai Managing Partner Redbridge  
 Dan Diefendorf President LiveTiles  
 Andy Drozd President / Chief Scientist ADNRO Computational Solutions, LLC  
 Paul Dudley President ID Signsystems  
David Dussault Founder / CEO P1 Industries / Sp1ndle  
 Ed Freeborn Founder / CTO Unmanned Experts  
 Hans Fuller Founder StorySlab, Inc  
 Elena Garuc Executive Director FuzeHub  
 John Gavigan Managing Director Endeavor WNY  
 Charles Hamilton CEO and CoFounder Conamix Inc.  
 Charles Hamilton CEO and CoFounder Conamix Inc.  
 Ryan Hanley Founder Rogue Risk LLC  
 David Henderson Founder and CEO New Scale Technologies, Inc.  
 Gerald Henry CEO Shawndra Products, Inc.  
 Robert Hill Founder Harmonigenic Corporation  
 Darrin Jahnel CEO Jahnel Group  
 Dane Jennings Founder / CEO Catapult Games  
Siva Kakuturi CEO CK Consulting Services  
 Mike Kamish CEO Continual Care Solutions  
 Steve Kantscheidt CEO Humantel  
 Todd Kilburn President Precision Industrial  
 Annmarie Lanesey CEO Greane Tree Technology  
 Vincent Laurenzo CEO Quick Response Restoration  
 Eric Leinberg President InfoPreserve Inc.  
 Richard Lin CEO Agora Technologies  
 Andrea Madho Co-founder /CEO Lab141  
 Jay McHarg CEO AeroSafe Global  
Elisa Miller-Out Co-founder / Partner Chloe Capital  
 Leon Miller-Out CEO Singlebrook  
 Mike Molaire CEO Molecular Glasses, Inc.  
Tom Nardacci Founder / CEO Aurelius Coworks  
Aaron Newman Founder BlocWatch  
 Patrick OConnor CEO 3AM Innovations  
 Timmy Oh Founder / CEO Vara Safety  
 Sean Ossont Founder / President Continual Care Solutions  
Michael Pavia President / CEO Sydor Technologies  
 Pete Petrella Managing Director Viaduct  
Michael Quigley Co-founder / President SpinCar  
 Alan Rosenhoch Entrepreneur Selection & Growth Account Manager Endeavor WNY  
 Kevin Rowe Founder / CEO PureLinq  
 JoAnne Ryan Co-Founder/ Chief Community Engagement Officer Continual Care Solutions Inc.  
 Jennifer Sertl Founder / President Agility3R  
 Tom Seymour Sr. Key Account Manager LiDestri Foods  
 Melanie Shapiro Co-founder / CEO Token  
 James Shomar Partner StartFast  
Zach Shulman Director Entrepreneurship at Cornell - Cornell University  
 Pascal Soares COO Photolitec, LLC  
Chuck Stormon CEP Acumen Detection  
Christine Tate COO Vara Safety  
 Carl Telban CEO WorkSmart Revolution, Inc  
 Mike Totterman Chairman / CIO Clerio Vision, Inc  
 Victoria Van Voorhis CEO Second Avenue Learning  
 Derek Vargas Co-founder / CEO SparkOrange, LLC  
Marc Viggiano Founder / CEO Niteopark  
 Alex Zapsochny CEO Clerio Vision, Inc