Genesis Group names Wynn keynote speaker at event


WHITESBORO — The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley announced today that Steve Wynn will be the keynote speaker at its annual meeting on Thursday, Oct., 14 at noon at Hart’s Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St.

The Genesis Group will celebrate its 20th anniversary and plans to highlight its accomplishments and focus on the progress the region has made during the past 20 years. “The Mohawk Valley region has come a long way,” said Raymond J. Durso, Jr., Genesis Group president and CEO. Durso has been with the Genesis Group since its first year. “So many people have contributed to our success, Durso said. “It’s been a team approach! The Genesis Group continues to provide Adaptive Leadership and is working to move our region forward. Genesis has leadership skills for these changing times,” Durso added.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person and registration can be made online at

Wynn is a real estate developer and art collector, known for his involvement in the luxury casino and hotel industry. Early in his career he oversaw the construction and operation of several notable Las Vegas and Atlantic City hotels. Wynn was also inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame. 

Wynn grew up in Utica and recently built a home in the Old Forge area. Earlier this year, his foundation donated $50 million to Mohawk Valley Health System to assist with the construction of a new downtown hospital and regional medical center in Utica.

The Genesis Group also announced that Bonnie Woods (posthumously) and John J. Piseck, Jr. will receive the 2021 Joseph R. Carucci Legacy Award. 

Carucci was the founder of the Genesis Group. He passed away in 2010 after more than 40 years as a local developer and real estate broker. The award is the Genesis Group highest honor and is given each year to someone who exemplifies Carucci’s commitment to community. 

Woods passed away earlier this year in April. She was board chair for MVHS, a trustee for both the Community Foundation and Upstate Caring Partners boards, and participated on a number of committees and other volunteer activities. She was one of the founding members of Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen. Woods spent her entire 30 year professional career at Bank of America.

After serving on the board of directors for a number of years, and serving as chairman for two, Piseck was appointed as executive director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency in February 2018. Since that time, he has aggressively marketed available properties in each of the Herkimer County business parks. Prior to his position at the IDA, John was employed for 18 years as sales engineer for CTM Corp. This small precision machine shop in Frankfort, NY is credited with machining parts that were used on the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander and the Mars SAM Project.  He sits on a number of boards including NBT Bank Advisory Board (Mohawk Valley Region), Mohawk Valley EDGE, and the HCCC Quality Assurance Program Advisory Board.

MVCC Manufacturing Program Advisory Board and served on the Board of Directors for the Creative Core.  He is a former member of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.


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