(Kings Park, NY) - School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) has announced that Scott Schuler has been named Acting President of the organization and Ginette Greco as its Director.
Mr. Schuler, a Ronkonkoma resident, has been a member of SBPLI's Development Council since 2000. In 2006, he was named Volunteer of the Year. He also served as a mentor for the Hauppauge High School Robotics team from 2000-2008 and for the Connetquot High School robotics team in 2010.
From 2007 to 2010, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Ziehm Medical, LLC in Hauppauge. Before that, he worked at Festo Corporation in Hauppauge, where he served as its Manager of Business Development and Director of Marketing.
"I am very pleased to be named Acting President of School Business Partnerships of Long Island," Mr. Schuler said. "SBPLI was organized to prepare today's students for the workforce of tomorrow by creating partnerships between schools and businesses. Having been with SBPLI for over 10 years, including having worked directly with hundreds of students within the robotics program, I have seen the positive results first hand. I am honored to lead an organization known to be preparing students for the high-technology workforce of tomorrow."
Ms. Greco, of Smithtown, is an experienced office manager. In the capacity of executive director, she will be responsible for the organization's day-to-day operations and coordinating the annual Long Island Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition and FIRST LEGO League qualifying rounds and championship tournament.
"I am pleased to be named Director of School-Business Partnerships of Long Island," Ms. Greco said. "Having been involved in other nonprofits, this organization is the perfect fit for me. With today's economy, it is more difficult for nonprofits to collect donations. This new position will allow me to help secure more funding for SBPLI for the continuance of these wonderful robotics programs."
For more information, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.
* Head shots of Mr. Schuler and Ms. Greco are available upon request.
The Long Island FIRST Regional Competition is run by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI). SBPLI was founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses that would provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce. Over 100 partnerships have been formed. In 1999, Long Island FIRST was formed for the purpose of developing a Long Island Regional FIRST Competition. In 2000, 14 high school teams participated. The Long Island Regional has since grown with 48 teams participating in 2010. On January 8, 2011, registered teams were provided with supplies and the competition's game rules. The 2011 Competition was held at Hofstra University on March 24-26, 2011.