Upstate Innovations is a team of driven professionals that has quickly made its name known in the sales and marketing industry. We consult with large, service based corporations that are interested in expanding their customer base in the Capital Region. Demands from the clients have changed over the past few years as their focus shifts to driving revenue while making sure to maintain their optimized customer acquisition cost. We provide an outlet for our customers to ensure customer retention and new client acquisition targets are met without having to sacrifice an amazing customer experience or integrity. Our personal approach with our clients customers allows us to bridge the gap between the two ensuring continued success on both ends.
We are a new firm with an aggressive expansion plan. Since we work with industry leaders there is an enormous potential for us to grow and continually fit our clients needs. Our internal growth model is based on the belief that organic growth is the best way to ensure we stay true to our values and deliver consistent results to our clients. By providing ongoing training and development to our representatives we are confident that they will bring the best results for our clients and have the confidence to excel in business and in life.
Upstate Innovations was founded in mid 2018. President Jake was born and raised in Upstate New York. Jake has always demonstrated leadership abilities with drive and determination. With a background in competitive sports and entrepreneurship, Jake always knew he wanted to work with a company where he could work in a team setting, provide opportunities for growth to his employees, and be able to give back to the community that he loves.
Massachusetts born and raised in Kingston, NY, Lauren Kozak is a Siena alum, holding a B.S. in Marketing and Minor in Psychology. Lauren played soccer and was on the rowing team throughout high school and still enjoys staying active with yoga and hiking adventures. Prior to joining our team, she worked in medical offices. After starting in an entry-level sales and marketing role, we quickly learned that her background, skills, personality, and drive would make her the ideal Human Resources Manager. (And we weren’t wrong!) “I love that I’m able to use my degree, personality, and have fun all while providing people with an amazing career opportunity,” explained Lauren. Personally, she’s working towards buying a new car and getting a puppy; professionally, she wants to continue to train and develop others and hopes to start her own side business.
Born and raised in Queensbury, NY, Seth Weingart received a degree in Corporate Finance & Economics from St. John Fisher College. During his time there, he completed an internship in financial advising and was a member of the soccer team. Seth began working with us right out of college and says that the team-oriented environment and the ability for entry level employees to grow within was what attracted him to our firm. “I appreciate that the career advancement opportunities are correlated directly with my efforts,” he explained. “Also, coming from a sports background, being a part of a team is something that I thrive off of.” Seth has his sights set on becoming an influential leader in the business world and hopes to be able to help others succeed in the industry as well.
Originally from Clifton Park, NY, Vincent Ferretti is a SUNY Cortland graduate with a degree in Sports Management. After spending some time working in the family restaurant, he was looking for a place with more career advancement opportunities. When Vincent found Upstate Innovations, he fell in love with the work environment and growth potential. “I really enjoy my coworkers and being able to see the results of my hard work,” he adds. Vincent now has goals to open his own company and help others succeed in business as well! A food and football lover, he also enjoys getting outside and hitting the slopes in the winter.
Brian Cannon grew up in Rotterdam, NY and earned a degree in Economics & Business from University of Albany. Following an internship with an auction and realty management company, he sought out a company that offered fast-paced growth. As a young company with ample growth and learning opportunities, Upstate Innovations was the perfect match! “Career growth is very important to me, but what I enjoy the most is the positive energy amongst our team. I’m most excited to continue developing my leadership and managerial skills so I can run a new market location one day,” explained Brian. Brian’s athletic background (baseball and basketball) and competitive spirit has aided in his success here as well!
Timothy Neumann hails from East Greenbush, NY and holds a degree in Music Education from Schenectady CC (Mt. Rose). During and after college, he gained experience working in restaurants as well as the local school district. With a lack of long-term goals in previous positions, he started searching for a company that valued the contributions of their employees and offered career path planning from day one. “What I enjoy most about working at Upstate Innovations is my coworkers,” said Timothy. His long-term goal is to start his own business and help people reach their own personal and professional goals. When Timothy isn’t at work, you can most likely find him playing tennis, at the bowling alley, or on the golf course!