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CenterState CEO Senior Staff

Robert M. Simpson
President & Chief Executive Officer
Robert Simpson serves as president of CenterState CEO, and also serves as president of Syracuse’s business incubator, The Tech Garden.

In 2011, Mr. Simpson was appointed by the Governor to serve as co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC), a commission responsible for coordinating economic development for Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.  The CNY REDC was awarded the top prize in the state in 2011 and 2012 for the development and implementation of its five-year strategic plan, securing a total of $197.5 million for 147 projects in the region.  He has also actively engaged the Brookings Institution to work with the region to develop a Metropolitan Business Plan and a Metropolitan Export Initiative – the region’s most sophisticated planning efforts to date.

In recent years, CEO has received national attention for its innovative, integrated approach to business, economic and community development.  Under Mr. Simpson’s leadership, CEO has engaged prominent national organizations, including the Ford, Surdna and Kauffman Foundations, to further this work.

Prior to joining CenterState CEO, Mr. Simpson worked for Defenders of Wildlife, in Washington, DC; served as policy director for the State Environmental Resource Center, in Madison, Wisconsin, and served as assistant legislative director for the Office of John D. Rockefeller, IV, in the United States Senate.

Mr. Simpson is a native Central New Yorker who graduated from Colgate University in 1997.  He earned a master's degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  Mr. Simpson, his wife, Corinne Ribble, and their son, Benjamin, are residents of Syracuse.

Tom Blanchard
Senior Vice President and Chief Economic Development Officer
Tom Blanchard serves as senior vice president and chief economic development officer for CenterState CEO. In this role, Tom plays a central role in administering and coordinating the four lines of business that comprise the organization’s Economic Development portfolio, including business attraction and retention, innovation and technology, infrastructure and urban initiatives, and advocacy and government relations. Tom also serves as deputy director of the Central Upstate Regional Alliance, working with partners throughout 12 counties to advance the region’s efforts to brand itself as New York’s Creative Core and cooperatively identify and pursue opportunities for growth.

Frank Caliva
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Frank Caliva serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer for CenterState CEO. Additionally he serves as the Director of Talent Initiatives, focusing on workforce and regional development issues in the 12 county region.

Jane Amico
Vice President of Chamber Services
Jane Amico takes a hands-on role to deliver an enhanced set of programs, services and benefits to CenterState CEO’s 2,000 members - helping build a 21st century chamber with programs designed to save members money, help them connect with customers, and create visibility for their business.  Jane acts as principal advocate for small and mid-sized business members, helping them succeed, and provide meaningful opportunities to engage members in the growth of the region.

Lori Dietz
Vice President, Operations
Lori Dietz, P. E. serves as vice president of operations at CenterState CEO, and is the executive director of two of its affiliates, the Hancock Field Development Corporation (HFDC) and Electronics Park, LLC (EPLLC). She is responsible for property management, lease and land sale transactions, subdivision, budgeting, contracting, grant administration and supervision of staff, consultants and contractors.

Christa Glazier
Vice President of Communications & Marketing
Christa Glazier serves as vice president of communications and marketing at CenterState CEO.  She oversees the execution of communications strategies for the organization by driving efforts across multiple platforms to keep members and community partners informed about its initiatives, and raising awareness of opportunities for members to increase their business competitiveness.

David Holder

President, Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau
David Holder serves as president of the Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau for CenterState CEO. He is responsible for leading tourism marketing and sales initiatives for Onondaga County, with the goal of growing visitor interest, converting interest into sales, and encouraging customer satisfaction through visitor services.

David Mankiewicz
Senior Vice President, Infrastructure & Urban Initiatives
David Mankiewicz serves as senior vice president of Infrastructure and Urban Initiatives for CenterState CEO, responsible for coordinating center city revitalization projects.  Additionally, he serves as president of the University Hill Corporation and also oversees the operations of the Crouse Marshall Business Improvement District, one of the city of Syracuse’s business improvement districts.

Rod Mayette
Vice President of Finance

Rod Mayette serves as vice president of  finance for CenterState CEO. In his role, he is responsible for the financial and risk management of all CEO’s subsidiaries and affiliates. These include multiple non-profit 501© type corporations, an LLC, and a for profit insurance subsidiary.

Kevin Schwab
Vice President, Air Service Development
Kevin Schwab serves as vice president of air service development, which interacts with airlines across the industry and, together with the City of Syracuse, operates the Fly Syracuse initiative.

Merike Treier
Executive Director, Downtown Committee of Syracuse
Merike Treier serves as executive director of the Downtown Committee, an affiliate of CenterState CEO. She oversees all of the Downtown Committee’s programs, including efforts to improve downtown Syracuse's image, strengthen its economic base, increase its attractiveness and assure that it is clean, safe and accessible.

Deb Warner
Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations
Deb Warner serves as vice president of public policy and government relations for CenterState CEO. She is responsible for local, state and federal advocacy on behalf of CenterState CEO’s more than 2,000 members.