Hall of Fame 2013
Jeffrey M. Newland, Class of 1987
Upon completing three years as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, Jeff began studying Communications and Media Arts at GCC and became involved with WGCC during its inaugural year of FM broadcast. After graduating with honors and receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in 1987, he headed to SUNY Geneseo and then Albany Law School. After working in litigation and serving as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester for five years, he founded and serves as president of Rochester Mentors. This partnership of mentoring programs aims to elevate the quality and quantity of youth mentoring. He has also founded his own consulting firm in Rochester, Best2Things-helping people reach their greatest potential. Jeff lives in Fairport with his wife and two teenage sons.
Shannon R. Sauro, Class of 1993
After graduating with a GCC criminal justice degree, Shannon continued her education at The College at Brockport, which eventually become her professional workplace--starting as a clerk in the bursar's office in 1999. By 2005, her demonstrated abilities had earned her the job of Director of Telecommunications and she added Director of Business Processes two years later. She now oversees data, wireless data networks, campus phone, TV networks, implemented an emergency notification system and has been recognized with a Model of Efficiency Award by University Business Magazine. In 2010, she received Brockport's Outstanding Service to the College Award and the Recent Alumnus Award, and in May 2012, she earned a Master's in Public Administration with honors. Shannon is married with one daughter and resides in Holley.
Christopher J. Suozzi, Class of 1984
With a GCC degree in Math and Science, Chris went on to Alfred University for a degree in Industrial Engineering. He started his career with UPS in Boston then became Distribution and Engineering Manager for American Tourister in Florida. While there, he completed his MBA. He returned to Western New York in 1997, honing his skills in distribution and supply chain management with two food products companies. In 2007, he was thrilled to join the staff of Genesee County Economic Development Center as Vice President of Business Development. He has worked closely with his first alma mater to develop and implement sought-after programs, including the new Supply Chain Management concentration. His background has been instrumental in attracting new development to Genesee County including Alpina Foods and Muller Quaker Dairy. Chris lives in Batavia with his wife and three children. He's very excited that his daughter will be a student at GCC next year.
Andrew J. Young, Class of 1989
With degrees from GCC, The College at Brockport and an MBA from RIT, Andrew became a top sales representative at Xerox and also co-founded PakHound Parcel Logistics, named one of Western New York's fastest growing firms before it was acquired in 2005. He is an entrepreneur involved with many organizations, including president of The Young Group of Real Estate Companies, which he founded. He was recognized as one of 40 under 40 rising stars in business by both Buffalo Business First and The Rochester Business Journal. He is very active in the community working with the Business Education Alliance, Genesee County Economic Development Center, the Chamber of Commerce, Genesee County Republican Committee and the Town of Batavia Zoning Board of Appeals. He is also a member of the National Association of Realtors. Andrew lives in Batavia on his family's active 200-acre farm with his wife and four children.