Who’s Behind The Project?
Port 100 has an amazing support team…
Below is a list of all the individuals who make up a group of movers and shakers that are supporting this project as it becomes a long-term reality. We are excited to have an amazing group of Genevans are part of our community!
Matt has been the City Manager in Geneva since 2008. He is responsible for the oversight and management of all City operations. He has brought intense focus to the development, retention, and expansion of businesses in Geneva; with particular focus on small business and entrepreneurial development. He returned to his emphasis on economic development after his football coaching career was cut short when his Packers Gold flag football squad dropped a heartbreaker to the Shortsville Bombers in the division finals. The Bills dropped their low-key bid for him and haven’t returned his calls since.
Chris started a branding and design company in Geneva in 2008. He has since re-located to Rochester and has been participating in Coworking Spaces since 2008. He will be the “co-mayor” of Port 100 and will spend at least 1-day per week at the cowork until it is up and fully operational (who know’s maybe he’ll stay longer:))!
Michael George Gonzalez
“Gonzo” is musician, designer, and web developer. After years living in Seattle he returned to his Geneva roots in 2014. Since then he has started the Finger Lakes Independent Music Association (http://flima.org) and Gonzo Music School (http://gonzomusiclessons.com). When he’s not performing, composing, or teaching he does freelance graphic design and web development work. Michael is also founding member of Port 100. He will serve as “Mayor” of the cowork helping to shape the internal and serving as primary contact and manager.
Sage is the Director of Neighborhood Initiatives (ONI) for the City of Geneva. ONI assists businesses, entrepreneurs and residents with reaching their full potential within the City. ONI will assist with the Café Chats and additional business guidance support for Port 100. Sage grew up in Austin, Texas and now loves living in Geneva where every person can contribute to making the City great. When she is not out with her family enjoying Seneca Lake, she can be found at City Hall implementing initiatives aimed to make Geneva shine.
Craig Talmage holds a PhD in Community Resources and Development from Arizona State University. Today, he teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, a new fast growing minor that officially started in the Spring of 2016. He teaches courses on economics principles, quantitative tools, social innovation, the history of entrepreneurship theory, and the senior capstone experience. If you need help with human resources, community development, or market research.
Billy Sweeney is an IT business professional, songwriter and musician, who after several years living in Nashville TN, decided to bring his family back home to Geneva to plant their roots. He believes that what makes Geneva unique is its ability to recognize its traditional small-town values with a focus on making Geneva an epicenter for business expansion, growth and entrepreneurial endeavors. Billy is passionate about Geneva and its potential, and believes there is no better community than Geneva to raise a family, work and play.
Kelly Coughlin is co-founder of Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods, a specialty food manufacturer of locally-sourced culinary seed oils, pressed and bottled right here in Geneva. Kelly and her partner Greg Woodworth relocated their business and home to Geneva because of its proximity to a fantastic combination of agricultural and academic resources, a unique blend of resilient urban and rural identity, and overall Finger Lakes gorgeousness–all providing both opportunity and inspiration for growing a small business and building a stronger community.
Annemarie Buckley is the founder of Buckley Projects, a multidisciplinary design studio and the home of Scout’s Honor Paper. A native of Geneva, Annemarie returned to her hometown in late 2014, after many years living and working in Burlington, VT. She credits her time spent at a coworking space in Burlington as one of the main reasons she is in business today. Coworking provided Annemarie with that crucial combination of a professional setting and an enthusiastic support system when her young company needed it most. Annemarie is the designer for Port 100’s physical space and its logo. She is thrilled to see coworking arrive in downtown Geneva!
Follow along (sneak peeks of the space + more): @scoutshonorco
Adam is the Comptroller for the City of Geneva and has spent his entire life here in Geneva. He will be the main contact person on the City side of the operations at Port 100.
Want to know more?
Learn more about how some of our team members expect this project to be beneficial for Geneva in an interview with Craig Talmage and Chris Cooley.
Thank You to Our Community Partners
Geneva City Council
City of Geneva Local Development Corporation
City of Geneva Industrial Development Agency
Ontario County Economic Development Corporation
Hobart and William Smith Colleges