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View or listen to episodes of our Leveling Up Podcast below, or join us every other Wednesday live at 1pm on the Disruption Network.  Executive Director Meghan McGrogan sits down with Chamber Members to get to know them, their businesses, and how they’ve ‘leveled up’ to get to where they are.  Each show also begins with a recap of recent events in and around Utica.

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Leveling Up Episode 13 | Jordan Peters

It’s hard to believe we’re already on Season 2 of the Leveling Up Podcast! For our 1st episode of the season, and 13th overall, Meghan was joined by Jordan Peters, the Sponsor & Marketing Director of the Boilermaker Roadrace, and member of the Catalyst Steering Committee. Watch the replay and get to know all about…


Leveling Up Episode 12 | LIVE from Business of the Year

Catch the latest episode of Leveling Up, filmed live at our 2019 Business of the Year Awards!  Thank you to Daria Helmer, Steve McMurray, and Stephen Turnbull for helping host.  Many thanks to Scott Lichorowic and his amazing staff at Hart’s Hill Inn for not only their terrific food, but for all of their help…


Leveling Up Episode 11 | Steve Karboski

Check out Episode 11 of Leveling Up, where Meghan sat down with Stephen Karboski.  Steve is a Funeral Director with McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn and a very active member of our Catalyst Young Professionals Group.  He shared his story about how he became a funeral director, and gave us so much helpful information about…


Leveling Up Episode 10 | Anthony “Zee” Donaldson

In this episode, Meghan is joined by VERY special guest, Anthony “Zee” Donaldson, one of the men behind the podcast magic at Disruption Network.  Zee is usually on the other side of the Leveling Up set, running the show behind the scenes.  We talk about Zee’s life, The Electric Company-a bar and awesome music venue…


Leveling Up Episode 7 | Ryan McGrogan

Ryan is not only the owner of his graphic design business, McGrogan Design, but he’s also Meghan’s husband.  Learn more about how Ryan got into his field, and what drove him to ultimately take the leap to start his own business.  Part of that decision came after the birth of their son Peter, who was…


Leveling Up Episode 6 | Fran Manfredo

Meghan sits down with Fran Manfredo, President of Sotera Investigative Group LLC. Many of us know Fran as a dedicated public servant who has been helping keep our community safe on many fronts, but few of us know about his journey. Learn how Fran’s career led him to Sotera Investigative Group, and how their services…


Leveling Up Episode 5 | Pam Mustee

As with every show, Meghan starts off with a recap of recent events in the Utica area. Then, Chamber Board Member and Membership Council Chair, Pam Mustee, Development Director for the American Heart Association, joins in to talk about her journey, her organization, America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk, their upcoming Cycle Nation event and…


Leveling Up Episode 4 | Bank of Utica Chamber Cookout

We had such a fun time with this Leveling Up episode, recorded live from the first ever Bank of Utica Chamber Cookout Hosted by Catalyst!  Meghan sat down with several special guests, including Barry Sinnot and Heather Gates from the Bank of Utica, Scott MacNamara from Advance Media NY, Howard Potter from A&P Master Images,…


Leveling Up – Episode 3 | Sarah Foster

Sarah Foster, Director of Media Relations, Meetings & Conferences Manager at Oneida County Tourism, joins Meghan to give you the scoop on all the activities surrounding the Boilermaker all week long. Sarah also discusses what Oneida County Tourism does for the Mohawk Valley and across New York State. Meg and Sarah also discuss Utica nightlife,…


Leveling Up – Episode 2 | John Bartholomeo

In this episode, get to know all about John Bartholomeo, owner and founder of Mohawk Valley Wellness.  Mohawk Valley Wellness was started in John’s garage with a few friends working out together.  The idea was living a better life through fitness and positive social interaction.  Seven years later, his facility on River Road in Marcy…