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FAME Annual Event
February 16, 2017

Monroe Community College
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center

FAME at 10: Driving Growth. Inspiring Students. Reaching Parents. Connecting Stakeholders.


The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise was pleased to present Mr. Jeremy Bout of Edge Factor to an at-capacity crowd at its annual industry/education event on February 16, 2017 at Monroe Community College!


This year’s FAME Keynote speaker was a mixed brew of caffeine, ideas that defy convention, and passion that drives creativity. After spending 12 years using technology to bring ideas to life in the manufacturing industry, Jeremy Bout leads the Edge Factor team in producing inspiring films and accompanying interactive resources to inspire the next generation of makers. As a critically acclaimed filmmaker, public speaker and entrepreneur, Jeremy  continues to turn ideas into reality to equip leaders to impact their communities. Edge Factor productions merge Hollywood visuals with cinematic storytelling, to highlight innovation, teach career pathways and manufacturing, and make science, technology, engineering, art and math relevant in today’s world. With stories and interactive resources, Edge Factor challenges perceptions and spotlights the amazing people and technology, that are changing lives and pushing back the edge of what’s possible.


Event Agenda:

MCC Welcome, Mr. Todd Oldham, VP, Workforce — MCC

FLCC Update, Dr. Robert Nye, President — FLCC

RTMA Update, Kevin Kelley, Executive Director — RTMA

FAME Welcome/Update, Mike Mandina FAME, Chair; President, Optimax Systems Inc.
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Mike Mandina, outgoing FAME Chair, and Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the FLWIB.

Industry/Academic Speed Dating Expo

Keynote Speaker, Mr. Jeremy Bout, Edge Factor

TECH Talk: “Why Settle?”
Why does a classroom today look almost exactly the same as one from 100 years ago? With advanced and emerging technologies, career pathways that have never existed in history are being created every day. Is the educational system keeping up and are we teaching our children the life skills they need for holistic life and career success? Companies are struggling to inspire and recruit the next workforce, and when they do welcome new hires, employers battle against employees who don’t have the essential life skills. Entitlement, loyalty, showing up to work on time… How can we usher in and train the leaders of tomorrow?

Jeremy Bout (center) with (l to r) Mike Mandina (FAME/Optimax), Jill Slavny (Monroe 2 BOCES), Bob Lasch (MCC ATC), and Dave Phillips (FAME/GW Lisk).

2017 STAR Award Presentation

Congratulations to Dan Gersbach (left) of Wayne FL BOCES, the 2017 FAME STAR Award winner! Pictured with Dave Phillips of GW Lisk, incoming FAME Chair.




Contact: Michele Stolberg, FAME Facilitator


This event was hosted by the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME), Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College.


Thank you to our event sponsors!

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