CAYP Member Spotlight

Each month, CAYP highlights one of their members, offering a peak into the great people who make up our organization. If you are interested in providing a profile for our “Member Spotlight,” please contact us today.

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GREG ECKL

November Spotlight

Company: Wealth Advisory Group, LLC
Position: 
Financial Advisor
City: 
Latham, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? 
June 2016

What are three business tips you can share with others?

  1. When in front of prospects, speak with conviction and passion. Be genuine and honest … always.
  2. Learn to accept failure. Allow it to fuel your determination to succeed. Every ‘no’ means you’re closer to the next ‘yes.’
  3. Personal wealth is not enough to drive one’s career in business. Discover your passion and willingly work tirelessly to perfect it. Money cannot be the sole motivator. If it is, you’re in the wrong business.

What do you think makes a good mentor?
Honesty, attention to detail and focus. A good mentor understands and upholds the company culture and works to spread that culture to those they mentor.

Provide a fun fact about yourself.
Calling all Billy Joel fans! In the song, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, there are 3 verses about “Brenda and Eddie.” Eddie is my uncle! He and Billy Joel were friends in high school on Long Island. Eddie had a long-term girlfriend (her real name was Glenda, but Billy decided to change her name for the song) and as the song goes, “Eddie could never afford to live that kind of life. There we were waving Brenda and Eddie goodbye.” Brenda and Eddie would break up and my Uncle Ed married my mom’s sister. I’ve heard some cool stories from my uncle Ed to say the least.

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MARISSA SALZONE

September/October Spotlight

Company: GreyCastle Security
Position: 
Director of Marketing
City: 
Troy, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? 
July 2016

Have you done business with another CAYP Member?
A few actually. Recently, I’ve been working with someone from RPI to create a panel of cybersecurity experts for students who want to be in that field.

What are three business tips you can share with others?

  1. Never feel threatened by a statistic that’s against you. If you’re qualified for a job, apply. If you see a job that is one position above your current, apply. Don’t ever let intimidation be an option.
  2. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Meaning, constantly push yourself to do things out of your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised as to what you can take on.
  3. When presenting a problem, always provide a solution.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
Radio legend, Elvis Duran from Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. He’s been my idol for years, and for many reasons. You have this trust in him where he can be joking around one minute, and having a serious conversation the next. He’s a person who’s remorseful, never one-sided, and has a positive attitude in life.

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WES BURTON

August Spotlight

Company: The Food Pantries for the Capital District
Position: 
Assistant to the Executive Director
City: 
Albany, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? 
1 year

What are three business tips you can share with others?

  1. Never make assumptions
  2. Always communicate well
  3. Never let a business deal get in the way of your own integrity

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, sweet treat, etc.)?
My guilty pleasure is the perfect martini.

Have you done business with another CAYP Member?
We at The Food Pantries are fortunate that members of CAYP are going to be volunteering at our annual gala, The Harvest Evening Celebration.

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DAN KINLAN

July Spotlight

Company: Martin, Harding and Mazzotti, LLP
Position: 
Attorney
City: 
Schenectady, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? 
2 years

What do you think makes a good mentor? 
Someone willing to tell you that you messed up but in a way that encourages you to ask more questions and become better at what you do.

What is your favorite app or social media outlet? 
I’m not a big social media guy, I only have Facebook. One app I can’t get enough of is Waze. It’s by far the best GPS/directions app out there. I highly recommend it.

What do you do in your spare time?
Recently I’ve gotten into cooking, but I also play rugby for a team in the Capital Region and when I volunteer, I always try helping United States Veterans.

What are three business tips you can share with others?

  1. Be early, be very early. Nothing shows you care more about something than getting to a location early. Consequently, nothing shows you couldn’t care less than being late.
  2. Be honest. People can handle the truth. If you’re not honest with a business associate or client in the bad times, how will they know to trust your judgment when it comes time to close the deal?
  3. Let it go. At some point, we will all mess up. Learn from it and move on. Dwelling on a past failure or event an accomplishment can be a detriment to future endeavors.
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KEVIN BOUCHER

May/June Spotlight

Company: WinnResidential
Position: 
Property Manager
City: 
Albany, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? About 3 years

Have you done business with another CAYP member?
Personally no, but I have made a lot of great friends and acquaintances at CAYP who can lead you to a good connection. I highly encourage everyone to walk over to a new person at the next event and start conversation, because you never know who you’ll come across. I always meet a few new folks at each event. You never know what it will lead to.

What three business tips can you share with others?

  1.  Stay calm and collected (a very important trait in property management, but very helpful in any stressful business situation!).
  2. Focus on one topic and finish it before starting on something else. It’ll help you feel more organized.
  3.  Keep a positive mindset and stay away from negativity or gossip. It’s a waste of energy and nothing gets accomplished.

What are you passionate about?
I love seeing old derelict urban properties and buildings become functional again and restored to their former glory. I try to help with that in any way I can.

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JENN DUGAN

April Spotlight

Company: The Makeup Curio
Position: 
Owner/ Makeup Artist
City: 
Schenectady, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? Officially, 4 months

What do you think makes a good mentor?
Unbiased perspective, respect and communication.

What three business tips can you share with others?

  1. Don’t give up
  2. Keep networking
  3. Don’t talk badly about anyone…it’s a small world we live in

What are you passionate about?
The Arts because it allows for self-expression in so many different avenues and mediums (including makeup).

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RACHELE GENHOFER

March Spotlight

Company: Little Dog Advertising
Position: Owner/Director of Strategy
City: Albany, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? 1 year!

What three business tips can you share with others?

  1. You can honestly do whatever you put your mind and determination to.
  2. Nothing worthwhile in life is easy; do the hard work.
  3. You will never work harder in your life than you will for yourself.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about a lot, but I can lump it into groups.

  1. Healthy lifestyle
  2. Food/cooking
  3. Traveling
  4. Family/friends
  5. And most importantly … doing good in my community.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
Mindy Kaling! She’s super impressive (long gone are the days of a shared ‘railroad style’ apartment writing sketches, look how far she’s come!) and a super talented writer and businesswoman.

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EMILY DESSINGUE

February Spotlight

Company: Cresa
Position: Marketing / Business Development / Advisor
City: Albany, NY
How long have you been a CAYP Member? A few months

Have you done business with another CAYP Member? I have received a few leads from members, but what’s really exciting about CAYP is we are the future of these companies in the Capital Region. So, who knows, you could be making friends with a future CEO!

What is your favorite app or social media outlet? For business I love using Linkedin Sales Navigator. You can search any company, get a lot of information and always find the “right” person to talk to.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would it be and why? Oh man, if I had to pick, I’d probably say Ellen DeGeneres because she’s such a positive person and she is so successful based off of being herself, which I think is so ideal. Also, she’s hilarious!

Provide a fun fact about yourself. I met Miles Teller during spring break, senior year of college. He sat at the table right next to mine and asked to borrow our salt, which he never gave back.

What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about motivating others. I love reading success stories about people who never gave up and persevered. I feel so empowered after reading them, and I’d love to one day share my story and give people that same ambitious feeling.