Kevin O’Connor has served as one of our directors since March 2000. In October 2013, Mr. O’Connor retired as Chief Executive Officer of First Light (formerly Tech Valley Communications), a telecommunications company, a position he held since July 2000. Mr. O’Connor previously served as the President of the Center for Economic Growth, Inc., a business-sponsored economic development organization, from February 1992 through July 2000.
Mr. O’Connor also served as a Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Department of Economic Development from September 1987 to February 1992, as a Program Associate for the New York State Governor’s Office from July 1984 to September 1987 and held various positions in the New York State Division of the Budget and the New York State Department of Health from January 1980 to July 1984. In addition, Mr. O’Connor also serves as a director of several private companies and non-profit organizations.
Mr. O’Connor holds a B.A. degree in history and a Masters degree in public administration from the State University of New York College in Brockport. Mr. O’Connor’s experience as a CEO provides him with skills related to management, finance, compensation, information technology and corporate governance. His government experience provides him with unique insights into economic development.