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Hudson Valley Future Summit

Amazing New Projects in the Hudson Valley

 

 

The Valley has some of the largest, most creative and interesting projects in the U.S. today. From maintaining critical links across the Hudson River connecting the region as a whole to the Farm Hub to the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz, each represents a pool of deep thinking and talent that would have been unheard of even 25 years ago when the big corporates fled and the Valley started to contract. This session examines several projects as models for present and future development.


 


 

Jonathan Butler, Co-Founder, Smorgasburg

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

We were excited by all the dynamic food businesses being created in the Hudson Valley and wanted to create an event to help build community and promote local entrepreneurs.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Jonathan is an entrepreneur who has started four Brooklyn-based businesses in the past twelve years: Brownstoner.com (2004); Brooklyn Flea (2008); Smorgasburg (2011); Berg'n Beer Hall (2014). He lives full-time in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and two children but recently bought a small building in the Midtown neighborhood of Kingston, a short bike ride from the Hutton Brickyards where Smorgasburg Upstate launched this past summer.

 

Dennis Crowley, Co- Founder, Executive Chairman, Foursquare; Founder, Chairman, Kingston Stockade Football Club

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

My wife and I fell in love with the area as were were looking for a place to get married. We eventually bought a place just outside of Kingston and have been inspired by all the entrepreneurial energy in the area.  This is what draws us up every weekend, inspired Stockade FC in Kingston, and what will eventually draw us from being "weekenders" to "full timers."

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I like to build things and I get inspired by watching other people go out and create things in the world.

 

Françoise C. Dunefsky, Chair, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Board of Trustees; Trustee, Health Quest System

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

Love brought me from Belgium to the Hudson Valley. Love of the Hudson Valley made me and my husband decide to make a career and a life here. The rich culture, access to art, education, excellent health care, breathtaking nature and reasonable proximity to one of the greatest cities in the world have kept us anchored here for more than 40 years.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

After a four-decade career in healthcare ranging from staff nurse to executive, most recently as the president and CEO of Gateway Community Industries, I am retired. Access to excellent higher education, starting at the University Hospitals, KUL, Leuven, Belgium, attending SUNY, and receiving a Master of Science from Pace University, provided me the opportunity to practice, teach and publish professionally. Currently, I explore the next phase of life through reading, traveling, art, volunteering and being with others. I consider myself a global citizen who acts locally. As such, I am a trustee of Vassar Brothers Medical Center currently serving as chair; trustee at SUNY Ulster; and outgoing chair of NYSID. Additionally, I serve on the advisory boards of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health and Historic Huguenot Street.

 

Kale Kaposhilin, Principal, Co-Founder, Evolving Media Network, Co-Founder, Technical Director, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, Technical Director, The Hoot

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

The Hudson Valley is the perfect location in which one can have it all. You get a high quality of life with plenty of nature, arts and community while being a very short distance from a few of the greatest cities in the world. The people here have a wonderful combination of creativity, skill and compassion. It's exactly the type of community that I want to live in and be a part of.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Though I co-founded a successful digital web studio called Evolving Media Network, I am most proud of the creative community development work that I've done through Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, Catskills Conf, Stockade FC, the O+ Festival and The Hoot. I love to bring people together in the real world to understand and support each other!

 

Nitya Narasimhan, Owner, Digital H/V Organizer & GOOGLE Developer Group

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

We've lived here nearly eight years. My son turned eight in October. I think that says it all. We moved to Hudson Valley because we loved the natural beauty of the region and wanted a work-life balance after a decade in industry. We stayed because we experienced the warmth and acceptance of this community, saw the potential of its startup and tech ecosystem, and were awed by its historical and cultural richness. It is the only home my son knows.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I have a PhD in Computer Engineering and worked for over a decade in Motorola Labs on mobile computing solutions and consumer-driven innovation. I am a machine learning enthusiast and part of the first Self-Driving Car Nanodegree cohort. My core passion continues to be education - making it possible for everyone (young kids or mid-career professionals) to thrive in an increasingly software-driven world. My father was an accountant who taught himself to code on a ZX Spectrum and encouraged his then  eight year old daughter to hack it. Everyone deserves to be so lucky.

 

Joe Ruggiero, Executive Director, New York State Bridge Authority

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I am a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley.  Soon as I returned from college, I ran for the town board of my town to serve my community.  For my entire adult life, I have committed my self to public service and giving back to the Valley I cherish.  My wife and I  have chosen to raise our family here due to the great quality of life.

What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

Considering my interest and long career in government and politics, Most people are surprised to learn, that actually have a degree in electrical engineering and worked 10 years in the telecom industry.  

 

Photo Credit: Deborah Lopez (Barrytown)

Mary Stuart Masterson, Founder, Exec Dir, SW. Actor, Filmmaker, Theater Maker. Stockade Works

What made you decide to work and/or live in the Hudson Valley?

I moved to the Hudson Valley from Brooklyn almost four years ago with my four small children to give them a chance to grow up in beautiful, rural Dutchess County without even thinking about what resources would be there for me. I assumed I would be commuting to work, wherever it took me because, as an actress, director, writer and producer I am accustomed to working anywhere but from home. It is standard. But, now that I am a mom, I realize, I want to—I need to—work where I live. Within months of living here, I have found the true sense of community I was longing for but had never really experienced anywhere else in my life. Growing deep roots in this community and giving to it however I can informs every professional decision I make going forward. That is where the idea for Stockade Works was born. I am dedicated to Making Local Work for new media and original content right here.

 

 What would you like the audience and your fellow attendees to know about you?

I am a (wanna-be) permaculturalist. A cuticle biter. A trivia lover. An avid reader who hasn't read much of anything but "Scream Free Parenting" in about a baby and a half. I am a fan of good manners and straight shooters. (Speaking of which, I think the fact that assault weapons are everywhere and the NRA has been hijacked by a kook makes our whole country look dumb.) I love coffee. I love being on set. I love the crazy miracle that is 130 people working in sync around telling a story. I love my family more than anything in the world. I am fiercely loyal. I talk too much.