CenterState CEO has hired two new employees for its Innovation and Entrepreneurship portfolio: Sarah Hood and Joe Romano. Additionally, Jeff Fuchsberg has been named as the new director of GENIUS NY.
As Director of The Clean Tech Center at The Tech Garden, Sarah Hood is responsible for the development and delivery of programs, resources and services to support the NYSERDA funded Clean Tech Center Accelerator for the Central New York region. She most recently served as program manager for Saab Corporation. Hood also served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She earned an MBA from Syracuse University and a B.A. in public relations and communications from Jacksonville State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, class of 2019.
As Resource Manager at The Tech Garden, Joe Romano is responsible for the development, management and expansion of business, technical and financial resources for the members of The Tech Garden. This includes managing a system to vet, receive feedback on and engage with Tech Garden member's requests or needs. Additionally, as Entrepreneur in Residence at The Tech Garden, he provides members guidance on technology, business modeling and business operations. Romano most recently served as an Information Technology solution provider consulting with small to medium sized companies on technology management, technology planning, business process improvement and the operations of medium to high technologies businesses.
As Director of GENIUS NY, Jeff Fuchsberg manages the programming and support for companies in the GENIUS NY program, administered by CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden. Fuchsberg recently served as senior director of Innovation Projects at the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation in El Paso, Texas. Fuchsberg holds a bachelor’s degree in entomology, magna cum laude with distinction in research, from Cornell University, and a Juris doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, summa cum laude, with an advanced certificate in technology commercialization law from the New York State Science & Technology Law Center. He is also certified as a business incubator manager by the International Business Innovation Association.
The mission of CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden is to stimulate high-tech entrepreneurship, foster the development of emerging growth companies, and support technology commercialization throughout the region.