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Geneva BID recruits talented team

The Geneva BID (GBID) today announces the addition of multiple members to the team that keeps downtown beautiful and vibrant with programming and events. Cheagan Wilson and Scott Knittle join as maintenance team members. Catherine Price is aboard as Operations and Events Manager and Colin Minster was added as Communications Manager (a role also supporting City of Geneva community communications activities). The GBID is also launching an Executive Director search to replace Michael Mills who departs in mid-May.

The GBID activated a search committee to recruit the next executive director and plans to begin interviews shortly. Interested candidates should have economic development and/or nonprofit management experience. The job description will soon be available on the GBID website.

I am incredibly proud of the work we did the past two-plus years, including supporting businesses through the worst of COVID-19, creating new episodic programming that actively engages merchants and consumers like the Winter Arts & Film Festival, all while maintaining an attractive and safe district,” said GBID outgoing Executive Director Michael Mills. “And the Fox Run Vineyards Glorious Garlic Festival produced by the GBID is going to be a destination activity at our waterfront this summer.”

We were disappointed to learn about Michael’s plans to depart the Geneva BID but appreciate his leadership, and we are excited to build upon the activities and successes accomplished,” said GBID Board of Directors Chairman John Brennan. “Our new team members are onboard and up-to-speed and driving ahead with an exciting slate of programming and beautification activities.”

Cheagan Wilson and Scott Knittle are responsible for keeping Geneva’s downtown clean, safe, and inviting. Cheagan is a Geneva native and was on the Geneva High School football team when they won the state championship in 2007. Scott also grew up in the area and has been working in construction in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse area after serving in the United States armed forces.

Colin Minster joined the GBID team as Communications Manager in April and will be called upon to help the community stay up-to-date on all the work the GBID is doing. The role also has a unique function to support the City of Geneva’s efforts to engage a range of constituencies through social media and email communication. Colin was born and raised in the Finger Lakes and most recently served as Editor of the Webster Herald newspaper. He graduated from Keuka College and also took classes at Finger Lakes Community College.

Catherine Price is the newest team member, coming aboard as Operations and Event Manager after working with F.L.X. Hospitality the past few years in a senior role. She has more than 20-years of experience in hospitality management and wholesale wine distribution. Catherine graduated from Hollins University in Virginia and is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.