Michael McMahon, Chairman
Business Name: McMahon E-Z Acres
Business Address: 5005 Creal Road, Homer, New York 13077
Job Title: Owner/Partner
Job Description: General Manager
Public Training Certificate Date: April 2007
Other Boards Serving on: Homer Town Planning Board, Cortland Ag & Farmland
Protection, Skaneateles Lake Watershed Protection Board
Organizations belong to: Cortland Auto Club, NE Dairy Producers Assc., Cortland
County Farm Bureau

Stephen Compagni, Vice Chairman
Business Name: Economy Paving Company, Inc.
Business Address: 1819 NYS Route 13, Cortland, New York 13045
Job Title: Executive Vice President
Job Description: Civil Engineer
Public Authority Training Certificate Date: June 23, 2006
Other Boards Serving on: JM Murray Center, Associated General Contractors

John Shirley, Secretary
Business Name: SUNY Cortland
Business Address: PO Box 2000, Cortland, New York 13045
Job Title: Director, Career Services
Job Description: Provide job search assistance, career counseling for students,
alumni and work with area employers.
Public Authority Training Certificate Date: May 19, 2010
Other Boards Serving on: 
SUNY Career Development Board, Cortland County
Youth Leadership Board

John O. Reagan, Treasurer
Business Name:  John O. Reagan, CPA, P.C.
Business Address: 16 Church Street, Cortland, New York 13045
Job Title: Principle
Job Description: CPA
Public Authority Training Certificate Date: May 19, 2010
Other Boards Serving on: None
Organizations belong to: Elks Club

Johanna Ames, Member
Business Name: Ames Linen Service
Business Address: 67 Huntington Street, Cortland, New York 13045
Job Title: President
Job Description: Textile Rental
Public Authority Training Certificate Date: May 19, 2010
Other Boards Serving On: Cortland Regional Medical Center and Family Health
Network of CNY
Organizations belong to: Colgate University Alumni

Steve Servies, Member
Business Name: Gutchess Lumber
Business Address: 890 McLean Road, Cortland, New York 13045
Job Title: Vice President of Natural Resources
Job Description:
Public Authority Training Certificate Date: November 7, 2014
Other Boards Serving on: Empire State Forest Products Assoc. and NYS Wood
Products Development Council
Organizations belong to: none

Clinton Brooks – Member
Business Name: First National Bank of Dryden
Business Address: 12 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
Job Title:  Vice President
Job Description: Management, Office Manager
Public Authority Training Certificate Date:  April 19, 2017
Other Boards Serving on: First National Bank of Dryden, DeRuyter Farm & Garden; and
JM McDonald Sports Complex
Other Organizations: Cortland Rotary and Masons

Executive Management Team: Staff

Garry L. VanGorder
Executive Director/CEO

Garry VanGorder was named executive director of the Cortland County Business Development Corporation and President/CEO of the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency in 2009 after serving eight years as executive director of the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Garry was a staff member of the Metropolitan Development Association, Central New York’s regional economic development entity now known as Centerstate CEO. Prior experience includes work as a general assignment reporter at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York, and as a communications specialist for Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
A Cortland County native, he holds an Associate’s Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Morrisville and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SUNY Oswego.
Mr. VanGorder is a trustee and officer for Cortland Regional Medical Center, president of the Cortland Regional Sports Council board of directors, president of the Cortland Crush baseball club board of directors, board member ex officio of the Cortland Downtown Partnership, member of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, and member of several other community advisory boards, organizations, and committees.
He his wife, Valarie, live in Cortland.


Karen S Niday,
CFO/Director of Project Development

Karen Niday began working for the Cortland County Business Development Corporation and the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Project Development. Her role as Director of Project Development has included the formation and coordination of the Cortland County Empire Zone Program as well as assisting the organizations with the management of economic development resources for Cortland County business development.

Prior to joining the BDC/IDA as an employee, Karen worked with the two agencies as a private contractor providing bookkeeping and accounting services since 1993.  With a background in accounting/finance, her prior experience included working with Galileo Corp, an electro optics firm located in Sturbridge Mass in the executive offices serving as an assistant to the President of Sales, and as an assistant to the controller for Clenet Coachworks, a custom car manufacturer located in Southern California.

Upon moving to Central NY in 1987, she has been very involved with several not for profit organizations serving as a board member, treasurer and numerous committees. In 2009 she was presented with the Andy Sonnek Memorial Award from the Cortland County United Way for her time and dedication to the organization.  She currently serves as a board member for the Seven Valley’s Health Coalition.

Karen and her husband Tim currently reside in Tully NY.


2017 Committees:
Audit: John Reagan, John Shirley and Clint Brooks
Finance: John Reagan, Johanna Ames and Steve Compagni
Governance: John Shirley, Mike McMahon and Steve Servies


*All members of the IDA are appointed by the Cortland County Legislature
Appointment date January 28, 2016 / Terms to expire on December 31, 2017

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