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The Accelerator hosts inaugural Hudson Valley Leadership Conference

NEW WINDSOR (May 22) - More than 250 leaders of businesses and community organizations participated in The Accelerator’s inaugural Hudson Valley Leadership Conference: The Changing Face of Leadership.

Diverse panel covered many topics

Monday’s event explored what leadership looks like in today’s unique and diverse business climate; the obstacles that leaders face in business and how to overcome them; how to leverage individual strengths for overall business growth and development; and how to turn struggles into successes.

“One of the things we do at The Accelerator, besides providing equipment, direction and business services for new and existing manufacturers, is to bring people together in conferences like this to address not only regional needs, but also topics that impact today’s leaders on a larger scale,” said Laurie Villasuso, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Orange County IDA and The Accelerator. “This event has been a resounding success, not only because so many people came but also because of the insight gleaned from our keynote speaker and astute panel of leadership guests.”

Antonetti: “The top 2 percent ...
spend 50 percent of their
time thinking"

“The speed for deliverables now is unimaginable and this is what’s really impacting leaders,” keynote speaker Amilya Antonetti said. “The top 2 percent of the world of leaders and wealth spend 50 percent of their time thinking. Most people in this room don’t spend five minutes thinking. You have a life full of a myriad of details and you have no time to think. If you can’t think you can’t succeed. The formula for success is 50 percent thinking, 25 percent planning and 25 percent in execution. Most us … get a great idea and start. You skipped the 75 (percent thinking and planning).”

Antonetti became a self-made millionaire at the age of 19 and is now a media personality and turnaround expert known as the “Conflict Resolutionist.” She shared her personal story about her 30 years as a successful business owner and crisis manager, and how she learned the keys to growth, communication and success to become the powerhouse entrepreneur that she is today.

Antonetti applies many skills she learned from parenting to the various businesses she helps grow.

“The way to master conflict is not for me to convince you I’m right,” she said. “What I need to do is step over to where you are, from where you are pulling from, to see your perspective. I already know where I am. Once I can see your perspective, I can lay the bread crumbs to walk you closer to where I want you to be. But, in coming to your perspective, I learn. The brilliance that happens in conflict is by being able to have the art of the conversation.”

The event also featured a panel of industry-leading experts – both males and females of various ages – who discussed existing and upcoming leadership challenges and offered advice for emerging leaders today.

The Accelerator, strategically located in New Windsor overlooking Stewart International Airport with proximity to major interstates, is a certified New York State incubator focused on bringing manufacturing back to the mid-Hudson Valley. Powered by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, The Accelerator works to attract manufacturing-based businesses in the areas


Decker presents certificate to Devlin

Port Jervis business of the month

PORT JERVIS (May 22) – The Port Jervis Mayor’s Office announced that our Business of the Month for May 2017 is Bistro Thyme located at 79 Pike St. in Port Jervis, N.Y. which is owned and operated by Caitlin Devlin.

This is a delightful Café with good coffee and a great menu for breakfast and lunch. She is open for “ German Dinner Night” on Fridays. Hours for: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Friday “German Dinner Night” 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.



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