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2024 Manufacturing Champions Awards Breakfast & Workforce Expo

2024 Manufacturing Champions Awards Breakfast & Workforce Expo

Council of Industry's awards breakfast recognizing manufacturing champions.

Friday, April 26, 2024
7:45 AM - 9:45 AM (EDT)
Event Sold Out

Event Details

The Manufacturing Champions Award recognizes those individuals and organizations, who through vision, dedication, hard work, and tireless involvement have helped to overcome some of the many obstacles faced by manufacturers in the Hudson Valley community, and in so doing they have made it possible for manufacturers and their employees to prosper. Join us in celebrating this year’s honorees.

Individual Ticket: $55

Table of Ten: $495

The Event begins at 7:45 am with the Manufacturing Workforce Developers Expo. 

The Workforce Developer's Expo includes educators, students, nonprofits, economic development and county partners actively engaged in training the future manufacturing workforce. The expo allows attendees to see the great work being done to build and develop the skilled pipeline necessary for manufacturers' success.

If you are interested in participating email Johnnieanne Hansen.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Major Sponsor $3,025

  • Table of ten breakfast guests
  • Public acknowledgment in two CI newsletters & social media posts
  • Banner displayed at the event
  • Inside front program cover ad
  • Sponsor expo booth

Supporting Sponsor $1,975 

  • Table of ten breakfast guests
  • Public acknowledgment at luncheon and on sponsor slide show
  • Banner displayed at the event
  • Program half-page ad
  • Expo booth

Table of Ten $495

Individual Ticket $55

Event Program Ads:

  • Program back cover ad $1,250
  • Program Full Page ad $950
  • Program Half Page ad $500
  • Program Quarter Page ad $325

The Council of Industry Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year’s Champions: 
Barbara Reer - Assistant Dean for Workforce, Career Development, and Apprenticeship Initiatives at SUNY Ulster. Barbara has patiently and persistently built SUNY Ulster’s Advanced manufacturing training programs over the past decade in support of manufacturing businesses across the region, not just Ulster County. The programs she has built have been key to the growth of the MIAP apprentice program.  
Ron Hicks - Dutchess County Assistant County Executive for Strategic Planning and Economic Development. Ron has been a fixture in the world of economic development for more that 2 decades. His recent commitment to getting the Mechatronics Lab built at Dutchess Community College’s Fishkill campus is but one example of his vision and commitment to Dutchess County and Hudson Valley manufacturing. 
Frank Falatyn - President, Fala Technologies and STEPs Industry Pre-apprenticeship – Founder / Executive Director. Frank’s commitment to workforce development in the Hudson Valley is unmatched. He helped launch the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy P-TECH School. His support of apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships programs was instrumental to the success of the MIAP program and has helped countless individuals find meaningful careers in manufacturing at his firm, Fala Technologies, and in many others throughout the region. His championing of manufacturing opportunities for neurodiverse individuals has been inspirational and transformative.  

View Past Manufacturing Champions


Corporate Sponsor | JP Morgan Chase

Supporting Sponsor

Ulster Savings Bank

Rhinebeck Bank

Allendale Machinery

Central Hudson

Ashworth Creative

Orange Bank & Trust with Hudson Valley Investment Advisors

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