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Couto Named Executive Director of Family Business Center

Tracy Couto has been named executive director of the Family Business Center (FBC), which partners with the Madden School of Business on ongoing activities and collaborative initiatives that benefit both the FBC and the College.

In the executive director role, Couto will oversee all Center programs, events and services to support the overall mission, vision, and goals of the organization and its 30 members. Founded in 2009, the FBC entered into a partnership with the Madden School in Fall 2013.

“Under Tracy's leadership, I’m confident the Center will continue to grow and evolve as it works to provide the necessary resources for family-owned businesses to remain an important and vibrant sector of the upstate New York economy,” said FBC Board Chair Jason Banuski, president of HR One.

“Tracy brings an impressive set of skills and experience to this position,” said Jim Joseph ’83, dean of the Madden School of Business. "Her work as executive director will serve to strengthen the relationship between the Center and the Madden School."

Much of her work as executive director will involve helping member businesses partner with community leaders and key organizations to take advantage of tools, consulting services, and training opportunities needed by family business owners to achieve their goals and objectives. This will include academic offerings and faculty expertise found within the Madden School of Business. FBC activities are member driven, enabling participants to gain intimate insight into key elements that create a successful multi-generational family business.

She will also research the availability of grants, community development and fundraising efforts to diversify revenue sources. The Center recently was the recipient of two grants – $20,000 from the Central New York Community Foundation and nearly $27,000 from the Shineman Foundation.

Since 2012, Couto has worked as a grant writer in the Division of Institutional Advancement at the College. Prior to Le Moyne, she served as a consultant for several direct service non-profits in the area, where she was involved with program development, funding research and grant writing. The FBC executive director is part-time and she will continue to work as a grant writer in IA as well.

The FBC also recently announced a new slate of officers: In addition to Banuski as chair, Robert T. Cherry, a partner at Dermody Burke and Brown, will serve as vice chair; John Liddy, interim director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation in the Madden School, will be treasurer; and Gail Cowley, executive vice president at Cowley Associates, will be secretary.

posted on: 7/8/2014