Tech Valley High School Foundation names Michael Bellini to Board of Directors

Michael Bellini mbellini@integraoptics.comALBANY, N.Y. (Tuesday, August 30, 2016 ) – The Board of Directors of Tech Valley High School Foundation voted unanimously to name Michael Bellini, Director of Sales for Integra Optics, to the Board.

Tech Valley High School depends on its connections in both the public and private sectors to provide its students with innovative educational experiences that help them develop the skills necessary for the 21st century workplace. Since the school’s inception in 2007, the Foundation has provided critical material and technical support, helping to foster the innovative student-centered education that engages students in current emerging technologies and supports the growth and economy of the region.

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff, we are very pleased to welcome Michael to our Board of Directors,” said Dale Thuillez, Chairman and President of the Tech Valley High School Foundation Board. “Michael’s background in technology, relationships in the community and proven business leadership, will definitely serve Tech Valley High School’s mission well.”

Integra Optics’ President and CEO David Prescott added, “I am proud to have Mike represent our company on this board and among our peers in the region’s technology sector. Public-Private partnerships such as these are critical to the success of the students of Tech Valley High School and New York State’s innovation economy as a whole.”

Michael Bellini is a seasoned leader in the telecommunications, cable and energy industries. Before joining Integra Optics, he held similar positions at Windstream Communications, Verizon and GE Energy. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Aviation Science from St. Louis University and is a licensed Commercial Pilot. Mr. Bellini will serve a two year term on the Foundation Board.

Integra R&D names Doug Grose to Board of Directors

Doug GroseExecutives from Integra R&D named Doug Grose to the Board of Directors for the company and Consultant to the product development and commercialization team.

Integra R&D is a Joint Venture between Integra Optics and TiOptics focused on product research, design, manufacturing and commercialization of photonics technology and high bandwidth optical equipment for cable and internet data connectivity.

Grose recently served as the first CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, currently the world’s second-largest semiconductor foundry company. He also held senior leadership roles at IBM, Hitachi, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and what is now SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where he also serves as Adjunct Professor at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Integra Optics’ COO Jeff DeWeese said, “Doug Grose brings a wealth of expertise in semiconductor engineering, operational leadership and a remarkable track record in building and growing businesses. His leadership skills and extensive experience in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry will help us accelerate our development of transceiver and HFC technologies that our customers will be demanding of us in the future.”

In his role with Integra R&D, Grose will provide the leadership to help accelerate the company’s new line of “turbo” solutions to provide the most cost effective single wavelength 100G/400Gbps transport optics at 500m-100km distance within smaller chipsets. Integra R&D’s unique development of this technology will eliminate the costly parallel optics in multiple-transceiver solution and extreme component requirements by the coherent method.

Doug Grose added, “Integra Optics and Integra R&D enjoy an excellent reputation in the industry, for their engineering, product quality and customer relationships. Both companies have exceptional technologies, leading positions in key growth markets throughout the Americas and a promising product roadmap. I look forward to leading Integra R&D into a new era and to working with a fascinating and future-oriented management team.”

About Integra R&D
Integra R&D is a Joint Venture with Integra Optics focused Integra R&D Logoon research, design and commercialization company for the telecommunications and cable industries. The company is developing next generation high bandwidth transceiver and HFC equipment compatible with all network platforms. Applications include use in headend
optical transceivers, optical nodes, return path transceivers,  and other communication equipment.
Integra R&D is located in San Diego, CA with sales offices in Albany, NY.

Integra Optics Expands Management Team with Three New Hires!

LATHAM, N.Y. November, 12th 2015 – Integra Optics, a leading fiber optic solutions company, and one of the fastest-growing companies in New York State’s Capital Region, added three new managers to its senior team: Sr. Director of Product Management, John Homsey, Sr. Director of Marketing, Paul Fahey, and Director of Human Resources, Nick Abdo.

“It’s an exciting time for the company,” says Integra Optics CEO, Dave Prescott. “We quickly emerged as a market leader and are focused on hiring and developing internal talent to sustain our position and seize opportunities in the marketplace. Our growth has been driven by a partnership commitment to our customers with technical expertise, leading edge products, and unsurpassed customer support. John, Paul and Nick will help sustain our momentum and deliver on these core values.”

Homsey, a thought leader and futurist in the field of telecommunications, now leads the Product Development team in identifying and developing new products and solutions that are specifically designed to meet Integra Optics customers’ unique needs. “We look at all the different facets of the industry and the products and how they affect our customers,” Homsey says. “From there we determine how we can help our customers’ day-to-day operations and future needs.” During his 30-year career in the cable and telecommunications industries, Homsey primarily held Director and VP roles overseeing a wide range of departments including sales, technology development, operations, project management, marketing, and engineering.

Fahey, a seasoned marketer, will lead the Marketing team in conceptualizing and implementing Integra Optics’ overall market strategy for domestic and emerging international opportunities. His responsibilities include business and market development, research and planning, strategic direction for promotion, PR and advertising, and strong support for the company’s sales teams. Most recently, Fahey held the post of Marketing Agency Director for Proctors, a regional network of theaters and a travel and tourism bureau. Prior to that, Fahey was the Chief Operating Officer for 11 years at Zone 5 – a marketing, branding, and PR agency in Albany.

Abdo will oversee all aspects of Integra’s human resources department, including employee relations, training, benefits, talent recruitment, retention, development, policy creation & administration, and driving all other HR initiatives. Previous to Integra Optics, Abdo served as Director of Human Resources for X-ray Optical Systems (XOS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corp, in East Greenbush, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing the entire HR function. Prior to that role, Abdo was a Senior HR Business Partner for Philips Healthcare, where he led the full-scale post-acquisition implementation of Philips’ HR systems and practices.

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Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its high-performance optical equipment that is compatible with virtually all network platforms. The company is also known for their custom-engineered networking solutions, rapid delivery time, and white-glove customer service. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and as a veteran-owned business, is also the home of the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program in the Capital Region. For more information visit IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics Kicks Off 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign!

The Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots 2015 holiday season program was officially launched at Integra Optics’ headquarters last month, making this the 3rd year in a row that the company has served as the home for the program in upstate New York.

A press conference was held at Integra Optics’ facility in late October to signify the kick-off of the program, and to acknowledge the local businesses and organizations that donate to the campaign every year. This year, a total of $91,000 dollars in donations was given to support the campaign; $40,000 of which was donated by Integra Optics.

As a veteran-owned business, with many veteran employees, Integra Optics shares a special relationship with the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, especially because the coordinator of the campaign is a veteran, and an Integra Optics employee.

Albert Roman Jr., Logistics Supervisor at Integra, is a retired Marine Corps veteran and has been the Toys for Tots Program Coordinator for upstate New York for the past two years. Upon retiring from the Marine Corps after a 16-year career, Roman began running the program from the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Glenville, N.Y. until the center closed down in 2012. It was then that Integra Optics CEO, Dave Prescott, suggested that Roman run the program out of Integra Optics’ headquarters in Latham, N.Y. As the Program Coordinator, Roman oversees the collection and distribution of thousands of donated toys across upstate New York. In the two years that Roman has been running the program from Integra Optics, over 200,000 toys have been delivered to children across the state. It’s a huge undertaking, but Roman is proud to do it, and he takes much satisfaction in knowing that he is leading an effort that brings great joy to thousands of children every holiday season.

Roman says, “Coming from a poor background, and being able to make a difference in a kids’ life is important because someone needs to show or tell these kids that no matter what situation they are currently going through, there will be a better tomorrow, and I’m living proof of it.”

Prescott is also more than happy to allow the Toys for Tots program to operate out of Integra Optics’ facility. “As a veteran owned business, Integra Optics is proud to support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign,” he says. “It’s a great feeling to be able to help Toys for Tots in ensuring that thousands of children will have a present to open on Christmas morning.”

The 2015 Toys for Tots campaign is off to a tremendous start. Thousands of toys have already been collected, and hundreds of donation bins have been distributed at locations across the state. It’s safe to say that with Roman once again leading this year’s Toys for Tots program, the organization is well on its way to reaching their goal of collecting 200,000 toys.

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Corporate Branded Wear Steps Up: Custom Clothes for Busy Professionals

ALBANY, N.Y., October 26th 2015 – Two Capital Region companies are working together to advance the caliber of corporate apparel for male and female sales staff alike.  Semi-Lux, Inc., a local custom clothing company, will be making custom dresses and shirts for members of the Integra Optics staff. Going with a custom manufacturer permits Integra Optics to select the fabric, style, and color of the garments for its sales personnel, guaranteeing that each shirt or dress is a perfect fit.

Integra Optics officials expect that this will improve overall employee appearance, and offer uniformity between genders at trade shows and networking events, where personal appearance is at a premium.

“Too often, women employees are representing their company in corporate logo wear that is just smaller sizes of men’s clothing. It is uncomfortable for the ladies, and usually a poor fit. The custom aspect of the clothing allows for far more choice as well. Ladies can select from a range of dress styles, all of the same fabric and color, all with the corporate logo. The best part of the custom dresses is, they are designed for travel and wear well,” says Heather Dwyer, owner of Semi-Lux.

About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics is a veteran-owned business, and was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper. The company is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region.

About Semi-Lux

Semi-Lux is a custom clothing company that caters to busy people where they spend most of their time, typically at the office.  Many of the garments of one-of-a-kind, and thus are ideal for a corporation looking to distinguish itself from the competition. For every ten custom shirts that Semi-Lux makes, a custom shirt is made for a disabled Veteran.  Semi-Lux is headquartered in Albany, NY.

Contact

To learn more about Semi-Lux, or about obtaining custom logo wear for your employees, please call:

Heather Dwyer, CEO

518 545 6296

heather@semiluxinc.com

Integra Optics Supports Child Rescue Network in 2015 Fireball Run!

LATHAM, N.Y., October, 12th, 2015 – Integra Optics, a leading fiber optic solutions company, competed in the 2015 Fireball Run earlier this month – an annual 8-day competition featuring over 40 teams in a 2,000 mile race across America that raises awareness of missing children and the Child Rescue Network. Integra Optics’ CEO Dave Prescott, and COO Jeff DeWeese, represented the company in its third consecutive year participating in the race, and finished 3rd in the SUV category and 9th overall.

Throughout the race, all teams take part in a massive campaign called The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, for which each team distributes 1,000 flyers of a missing child in the hopes of increasing awareness. Prescott and DeWeese represented Monique Santiago, who was abducted in March 1990 from Albany, NY. Since 2007, the Fireball Run’s missing children campaign has resulted in the successful recovery of numerous missing children.

“The cause behind the Fireball Run is the biggest reason why Integra Optics competes every year,” says Prescott. “The Fireball Run organization, and every team that competes in the race puts in a tremendous amount of effort in raising awareness of these missing children, and Integra Optics is so proud to contribute to such an important campaign.”

This year the race began on September 25th in Hartford, Connecticut, and finished in Cocoa Beach, Florida on October 3rd, with check points in six different cities along the east coast. At each check point, teams were required to distribute flyers and complete various challenges that would earn them points and lead them to the next stop.

During their journey, Prescott and DeWeese visited a number of historic locations and were able to touch historical artifacts that are usually restricted from the general public. Such artifacts included a 1500 year-old peace pipe, Saddam Hussein’s gun, a 1924 Olympic gold medal, remains of a bomb from the Mars Bluff Bomb Incident, and John Wilkes Booth’s pistol, which is thought to be used in the assassination of President Lincoln. DeWeese and Prescott were also allowed into the old Mission Control Center at the Kennedy Space Center.

Other notable participants in this year’s Space-themed Fireball Run included Shuttle Astronaut, Capt. Jon McBride; India’s first Cosmonaut, Cmdr. Rakesh Sharma; France’s first Astronaut, Major General Jean-Loup Chretien; and Brazil’s first Astronaut, Lt Col. Marcos Pontes.

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About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optic solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics’ Employee Earns Toys for Tots’ Top Coordinator Award!

LATHAM, N.Y., September 28,2015 – Integra Optics’ Logistics Supervisor, Albert Roman Jr., was recently named the 2014 Toys for Tots’ Coordinator of the Year for the Northeast region by the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation. He also received the 2014 Local Community Organization Campaign of the Year award for the Northeast region.

Out of 130 Toys for Tots campaigns within the Northeast that were considered for the 2014 season, Roman’s Albany, NY-based campaign was chosen to receive the award, and Roman was selected as Coordinator of the Year for leading the tremendously successful campaign.

In total, six campaign winners were selected for the award – one for each region in the U.S., and a National campaign winner was chosen as well. The campaign winners were determined by a number of different criteria, including: scope of campaign and area covered, responsiveness to the Foundation and local requests, interaction with local businesses/media/schools/organizations, maximizing use of monetary donations to purchase toys, accuracy in record keeping, and efficiency in depositing donations.

Roman was honored for his contributions to the organization at the 2015 Toys for Tots Coordinator Conference held at The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, September 17th-20th. Nearly 500 Program Coordinators attended the event, during which they learned everything from handling donations and coordinating drop offs, to understanding how the IRS tax rules affect campaigns. Participants also had the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other.

As the Toys for Tots’ Program Coordinator for upstate New York over the past five years, Roman oversees the collection and distribution of thousands of donated toys across the entire region. For the 2014 holiday season, the Toys for Tots campaign delivered over 114,000 toys to children throughout upstate New York. It’s a huge undertaking, but Roman is proud to do it, and he takes much satisfaction in knowing that he is leading an effort that brings great joy to thousands of children.

Roman says, “Coming from a poor background, and being able to make a difference in a kids’ life is important because someone needs to show or tell these kids that no matter what situation they are currently going through, there will be a better tomorrow, and I’m living proof of it.”

Following Romans’ 16-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, he began running the Toys-for-Tots program from the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Albany, N.Y. After the center closed down, Integra Optics CEO, Dave Prescott, suggested that Roman run the program out of Integra Optics’ headquarters in Latham, N.Y., and the company is now the home of Toys for Tots for the upstate New York region. This year’s Toys for Tots campaign will kick off in October.

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About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

 

Integra Optics Participating in 2015 Fireball Run!

UNIVERSAL FLORIDA – David Prescott, CEO, and Jeff DeWeese, COO, of leading, Albany, NY-based fiber optics solutions company, Integra Optics, have been selected to participate in Season 9, FIREBALL RUN Space Race, which is a Factual Entertainment adventure-travel competition show. Factual television is a genre of non-fiction featuring actual events and people. The 13 episode FIREBALL RUN is a streaming series in America, it is televised internationally and some portions are broadcasted live.

FIREBALL RUN is the story of a legendary 8-day, 2,000 mile life-sized trivia game where America is the game board. 40 driving teams embark upon an epic and emotional road trip; to score and win, they must solve trivia clues which lead them to places and moments they will never forget. All while aiding in a massive campaign called The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children.

In the FIREBALL RUN game driving teams are provided trivia clues scripted around unique points of interest. When solved the answer reveals a location which the teams must travel to. Upon arrival to the destination they accomplish tasks and activities, most of which are once in a lifetime, rare, historic or exclusive experiences. Teams achieve points for successful activity completion. Contestants are competing for bragging rights, a greater cause, and a plastic road sign.

Prescott and DeWeese are representing Monique Santiago, who was abducted on March 29, 1990 from the city of Albany, NY. Throughout the race, Prescott and DeWeese, who are competing as I-Team, will be distributing 1,000 posters in an effort to raise awareness for the missing child. FIREBALL RUN’s media campaign has resulted in the successful recovery of 45 missing children. This will be Integra Optics’ third consecutive year participating in the race, and the company is proud to partake in an outstanding event that raises awareness of missing children.

The highly complex production is filmed in “real time” (i.e. as it happens) over 8 days beginning in Hartford, CT September 26th through October 3rd finishing in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Contestants are not road racing; in fact, their driving speed is monitored in by AmberAlertGPS®. Fans can even follow the GPS signal of their favorite team, in real time, as they traverse along a map at www.fireballrun.com

Other notable Season 9 participants include Shuttle Astronaut, Capt. Jon McBride; India’s first Cosmonaut, Cmdr. Rakesh Sharma; France’s first Astronaut, Major General Jean-Loup Chretien; Brazil’s first Astronaut, Lt Col. Marcos Pontes; Actress Jacqueline Siegel, Queen of Versailles; Ray McClelland, Car Warriors; Retired NFL player, Jody Schulz; America’s Next Top Model, Adrianne Curry; Grant Imahara, Myth Busters.

Notable vehicles range from the Delorean Time Car from Back to the Future II, a Vector M-12, a one of a kind Devon,1978 Rolls Royce, several Ferraris and Lamborghinis, 1976 Chrysler Cordoba, Lincoln Limousine, M925 BMY Harsco military vehicle, 1958 Mercedes 300D, Bentley, Porsche, AMG s63, as well as an assortment of American muscle, modern and vintage vehicles.

(2015) FIREBALL RUN Space Race; Sept 26-Oct 3 Hartford, CT – Florida’s Space Coast. Other destinations include: Queen Anne’s County, MD, Williamsburg, VA, Topsail Beach, NC, Florence, SC, Liberty County, GA, and Sanford, FL.

Series supporters include; Florida’s Space Coast Tourism, Alfred-State University, Solo Cup, AlertGPS, Clearchannel, O’Donnell Corporation, Starr Hill Vineyards, Busch Gardens, Yankee Candle, Honda, VehicleWraps1.com, Avery Dennison, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and LuxuryLifestyle.com.

Content for this release provided by Fireball Run. For additional info, photos, video or interviews email media@fireballrun.com

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Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its Dave & Jeff - Open Houseindustry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

 

Integra Optics Hires Two Account Executives!

LATHAM, N.Y., September 21st, 2015 – Integra Optics, a leading global carrier of fiber optic components and one of the fastest-growing companies in N.Y. State’s Capital Region, continues to expand their business with the hiring of two new Account Executives this week: Ken Oakley, and Alaina Nash.

Oakley will be based in the Indianapolis market, and he will use his significant experience in the telecom industry to grow Integra Optics’ business with some of the fastest-growing network service providers in the central part of the country. Oakley’s deep-seeded relationships with customers, along with his solid understanding of the market will help Integra Optics to significantly expand their customer base throughout the central region. Oakley will also play a key role in continuing to deliver personalized service to existing customers within his region.

Nash, who is based in the Denver market, will be focusing on growing Integra Optics’ business with some of the largest ISPs, CLECs, ILECs and MSOs in the country. She will also be delivering personalized service to current customers in her region.

“Both Ken and Alaina are geographically positioned in two very strategic areas, allowing us to be closer to our customers and to continue delivering the outstanding service levels our customers are accustomed to,” says the Vice President of Sales, Dan Maynard. “They are a great cultural fit for our team and we look forward to seeing them develop at Integra.”

Oakley has an extensive background in sales and sales management with companies such as Dasan Networks USA, Hitachi Systems, Calix, and Adtran. In addition, Oakley has held leadership positions with Walker & Associates, Alltel Supply, and Contel. He earned an Associate Degree from Victor Valley Junior College in Victorville, CA and has attended numerous sales, marketing, and sales management programs throughout his career. Ken currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Nash comes to Integra Optics with an extensive background in sales, sales management, sales training, and market development positions with companies such as Comcast, Philips Sonicare, and Black & Decker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado and currently lives north of Denver in Arvada, Colorado.

About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics Employee an Honorary Guest Speaker at Veteran Art Show

LATHAM, N.Y. July 21st, 2015 – Integra Optics’ Logistic Supervisor, and retired Marine Corps veteran, Albert Roman Jr. (a.k.a Vinny), was an honorary guest speaker at the Art Takes Courage ceremony last month hosted by Living Resources’ Veterans Services Project (VSP) in Albany, N.Y.

The ceremony kicked off this summer’s Art Takes Courage exhibition, which features the artwork of veterans served by Living Resources’ VSP and Soldier On. The VSP is an initiative developed by Living Resources that provides numerous support services to veterans including: rehabilitation, home health aides and companions, and employment services.

In his address to attendees, which included over 100 veterans, and politicians such as Senator George Amedore Jr., Assemblymembers John T. McDonald III and Angelo Santabarbara, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Roman talked about his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as managing PTSD. He also emphasized the importance of organizations that provide veteran support services, like the VSP, and businesses that actively hire veterans, such as Integra Optics.

“Organizations that offer an opportunity for veterans to support each other are so important because veterans understand what other veterans are going through,” Roman says. “We can truly help each other through difficulties related to PTSD and other kinds of physical and emotional challenges that result from our experiences in the military. We are bound by our wounds, scars and experiences.”

Integra Optics, which is veteran owned, proudly supports hiring veterans as well as National Guard and Reserve members, and the company currently employees thirteen veterans. Integra Optics is also the Capital Region home for the Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots, and Roman coordinates the program at Integra Optics’ headquarters every holiday season.

The Art Takes Courage exhibit will be on display at Living Resources’ Miller Sanders Gallery through August 25th.Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.05.19 AMAbove photo: Event emcee Amy Amoroso, Veterans Business Advisor of the Small Business Development Center at UAlbany, Michael Cognetti, Living Resources Brain Injury Program/Veterans Services Project Director, and guest speaker GySgt Albert Roman, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys For Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics’ Leaders Receive Patriot Award

LATHAM, N.Y., May 14th, 2015 – Integra Optics CEO, Dave Prescott, and Logistics Supervisor, Albert Roman Jr., were awarded the Patriot Award this week by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office that promotes cooperation and understanding between employers and National Guard and Reserve employees. The Patriot Award is granted to employers who make the utmost effort in supporting their National Guard and Reserve employees.

Prescott and Roman were nominated by Integra Optics’ Electronics Technicians, Sierra Romleski, who currently serves in the Navy Reserve, and Joshua Parisi, an Army veteran. Romleski and Parisi say they nominated Prescott and Roman because their positive attitudes, passion for their jobs, and drive to move the company forward inspire Integra Optics’ employees every day.

“Dave motivates his employees to constantly improve themselves and the company, which makes for an exceptional work environment and positive atmosphere,” Romleski says.

Similarly, Parisi attests that Roman “shows great leadership and is always willing to go the extra mile to achieve his goals inside and outside the workplace. He always has a positive attitude and he loves to teach and mentor those he leads.”

Prescott and Roman were also nominated because of their outstanding support of various charity programs, especially Toys for Tots. Integra Optics’ headquarters serves as a collection site for donated toys every holiday season, and both men are very active in the company’s participation in the program. Roman volunteers as the Toys for Tots Albany Campaign Coordinator.

Prescott and Roman say they’re honored to receive the award. “It’s very humbling,” Roman says. “The most significant part of this for me is that our colleagues even thought to nominate us. That really means a lot.”

“It’s truly an honor to be nominated,” Prescott adds. “But it’s even more of an honor to be able to work with and support our veterans, and those who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.”

The honorees accepted their award at ESGR’s ‘Briefing with the Boss’ luncheon on May 14th at the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post in Albany, N.Y. The event brought together local business owners who hire veterans and Guard and Reserve members. As a Navy veteran himself, Prescott is a big supporter of hiring veterans, and currently has ten veterans employed at Integra Optics, including Roman, who is a retired Marine.

11165126_794974967252764_4621273204297229440_oAbout Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

 

Student `observers’ jump right into caucuses

Published: March 12, 1990, by the Star Tribune
Section: NEWS
By Jim Parsons; Staff Writer

When the evening started, he was just a mild-mannered 17-year-old student wondering what grass-roots politics was all about.

When the evening ended, he was an inside player who can probably do a little wheeling and dealing with the big boys if he wants to.

If the truth be told, David Prescott wouldn’t even have gone to his precinct caucus two weeks ago if his government teacher at Burnsville High School hadn’t made him.

It was either that or write a paper on some dull topic, which wasn’t any choice at all.

He and five classmates dropped in on a DFL precinct caucus, and 15 minutes later he was precinct chairman. (He was drafted; no one else wanted the job.) A few minutes after that, Prescott was named a delegate to the legislative district convention. And from there it may be on to the state convention in June, where he would get to vote in two hot contests to determine who will be the party’s candidates for governor and U.S. senator.

That’s a possibility because about 25 students from Mary Lenhardt’s and Michael Corcoran’s classes are going to the DFL and IR legislative district conventions, which began meeting last weekend throughout the state and will continue through April 3.

With that many votes, the Burnsville bunch can play a little power politics at the Dakota County conventions and be virtually assured that a few of them get enough backing to become state delegates.

But they may shy away from a student-power play because their introduction to partisan politics left something to be desired. Several were the butt of caustic comments. One women snippily said, “You guys are just observers,” when Michael Thompson and Nicole Woodard indicated that they had something to say. Kathi Schwartz, an 18-year-old who had raised her hand to vote on some issue at an IR caucus in Apple Valley, was icily informed, “Observers can’t vote.”

Prescott, who will be old enough to vote by election time, had to explain that he was legally qualified to take part in his caucus. His inquisitor was a Burnsville school board member who should have known better.

Ryan Turner was downright indignant about what happened to him. Not at his IR caucus, but at a more recent pre-legislative-district-convention meeting. He expected a briefing on what to expect at the convention. Instead, he got a 45-minute pep talk.

He said it started with a harangue on the evils of the DFL and ended with instructions on how to con folks into giving cash to help vanquish those “bad Democrats.”

Several other students had similar complaints. That may reflect the students’ lack of exposure to the competitive aspect of politics and lack of realization that elections cost a lot of money.

It also may reflect a heavy-handed approach that was not universal. At Steve Schmid’s IR caucus it was made clear that legislative district delegates would be asked to do some phone calling and fund-raising. “It’s no big thing,” he said.

Schmid also was one of several students who were made welcome at the caucuses. Angie Strandberg got the same treatment at her DFL meeting, as did Erica Locke. The precinct chairman even followed one of the students, Shannon Gramse, out of the room to make sure that he understood about the legislative district convention, Locke said.

Rep. Connie Morrison, an Independent-Republican, let the students know that she was glad to see them turn out whether they were DFLers or Independent-Republicans. Morrison was precinct-hopping that night, greeting everyone as their legislator and as a former mayor of Burnsville. “She’s a class act,” said one student.

Despite the mixed reception, only one student wouldn’t do it again. Chad Mutziger said that only nine people showed up at his caucus and that the chairman was a greenbean who didn’t know what to do. No one wanted to talk about issues or candidates so they didn’t do anything. “Pretty dull,” Mutziger said.

But all the students were surprised at how simple it is to get involved. And they were amazed at how few “grownups” bother to do it.

Class of ’90, welcome to the real world of politics.