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Excerpts taken from Poughkeepsie Journal
Photos by Tom LaBarbera
“The Dutchess County Economic Development Corp. believes the Adams family’s tenacity deserves recognition. This year, Adams Fairacre Farms is the county agency’s grand award winner for business excellence — an acknowledgment that includes a dinner reception with more than 300 people, a trophy and bragging rights.”
“The supermarket cost more than $18 million to build, the economic development agency said. It provided 50 construction jobs and 250,000 employment hours for local construction workers, according to Journal archives.”
“‘Since the store opened, it has created another 200 jobs, bringing the total to 1,000 at all four locations’, Adams company spokesman William Lessner said.”
Interviewer: “Are all of the stores exactly alike?”
Mark: “No, they each have their own personalities and grow to meet the needs of their communities. However, the quality and concepts are the same.”
Interviewer: “So it is still a family business?”
Mark: “Very much so. Ralph at 89 still comes in to inspect the truckloads of produce that arrive—often at 5 a.m. But the family feel comes not only from the Adamses themselves, but from many of the workers, who are the sons and daughters of former employees or the brothers, sisters and cousins of some of our staff. So there is a real family atmosphere of people working together to make it a nice experience for everyone.”
Congratulations to Greg White, Adams Assistant Controller and Mike Deciutiis, Adams IT Manager on completion of the 2012 Leadership Dutchess program. Also noteworthy, their class raised $30,000 toward non-profit scholarships for next’s years class, 4 local non-profits that they worked with this year, and rebuilding America projects.
The Leadership Dutchess Program is funded through the Chamber Foundation. It is a nine month program that offers local professionals the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. The development of strong leaders is essential for making positive, long term changes in our communities and in the world of business. Expert instructors provide participants with new innovative concepts and ideas to strengthen their leadership abilities. Participants engage in field discussions, interactive exercises, community service and networking. The 2012 Leadership Dutchess Class is made up of non-profit and for-profit business members from around the Dutchess County area. All participants share the same goal of giving back to their community and maintaining a strong, thriving Dutchess County.
“The Senate’s ‘Women of Distinction’ program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.”
“Gaye Mallet’s contribution to the commercial growth in our county and her longevity as an active member of our community exemplifies the personal and professional achievements of the Women of Distinction honored by the State Senate,” stated Senator Steve Saland. “I have had the good fortune to have known Gaye Mallet for many years. She has given selflessly to her community time and time again. She is a remarkable woman and I am pleased to have this occasion to recognize what she has done to improve the quality of life in Dutchess County.”