Denise Jones named one of region’s most powerful people

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Denise Jones, The Resource Center’s chief executive officer, has been named one of Western New York’s most influential people by a Buffalo business magazine.

Business First recently released its “2017 Power 250” listing of the 250 Most Influential People in WNY.  Denise came in at number 89 on the list.  Last year, she was ranked 98th.

Business First said its list denotes “the 250 men and women who (in our opinion) wield the most clout in the eight-county region.”

TRC officials were pleased that Denise was included on the list again this year.

“I consider it an honor and a privilege to have Denise as our CEO. She is a financial wizard and has led a significant financial turnaround,” said R.  Michael Goldman, the president of the board of directors.  “Her major attribute, however, is her people skills.  Not only does the have the respect and appreciation of the staff, there is also a significant increase of morale. She has definitely injected a breath of fresh air into our agency.”

Denise, who has worked for The Resource Center since 1990, said that her inclusion on the list is indicative of The Resource Center’s impact on the region.

“I feel very honored, but at the same time humbled, by this recognition,” said Denise.  “Every day at The Resource Center, I am surrounded by an outstanding team, a supportive board of directors and an amazing group of customers whom I have the privilege of assisting in achieving their dreams.

“TRC has undergone many changes in the past couple of years, which has resulted in us becoming a much stronger organization.  Our commitment to continuous improvement was recently evidenced when we received international accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership.  This highly sought recognition is validation of the efforts of our more than 1,500 employees, whose dedication and commitment are clearly apparent when you see how we impact the more than 17,000 people whose lives are touched by The Resource Center each year.”

The Resource Center has been supporting people with disabilities and their families since 1958.  The Resource Center also provides a variety of health-related services that can be utilized by anyone, regardless of whether they have a disability.  TRC also performs subcontracting work for the federal government and local businesses at manufacturing facilities in Jamestown and Dunkirk.

Others from Chautauqua County who made Business First’s 2017 Power 250 list include:

  • Barry Snyder Sr., Chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation, No. 12
  • Senator Catharine Young, No. 27
  • County Executive Vince Horrigan, No. 104
  • Virginia Horvath, President of Fredonia State College, No. 106
  • Mark Thomas, Western District Director for New York State Parks, No. 124
  • Gregory Edwards, CEO of the Gebbie Foundation, No. 132
  • Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi, No. 175
  • Mike Abbate, Manager of the Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant, No. 199
  • Betsy Wright, President and CEO of UPMC Chautauqua at WCA, No. 224
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