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January 20, 2011

Roberts Holds Leadership Breakfast

New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb Selected as Guest Speaker —

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb will present on An Unexpected Journey in conjunction with Roberts Wesleyan College’s Leadership Breakfast Series.  This networking and professional development event will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in Garlock Dining Commons on the Roberts campus located at 2301 Westside Drive.

The Leadership Breakfast Series is an opportunity for networking and professional development with colleagues, alumni, and Rochester-area business professionals.  Roberts offers the breakfast three times a year.  Admission to this event is free, but registration is required.  For more information, or to register for the breakfast visit questions, contact Lynn Bates at or 585-594-6355.

Kolb was first elected to represent New York State's 129th Assembly District when a special election was held in February 2000 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and now 2010.   On April 6, 2009, he was unanimously elected Minority Leader by his colleagues and re-elected unanimously in November 2010 for the next two years.  Kolb’s district includes parts of Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Ontario, and Seneca counties.

Kolb possesses a wealth of valuable private-sector experience acquired as a business consultant, entrepreneur, and chief operating officer of a variety of small and large technology-based businesses. He is the former president of Refractron Technologies and a co-founder of the North American Filter Corporation. Additionally, Kolb has demonstrated a strong commitment to education throughout both his personal life and his professional career. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of Adult and Graduate Education at Roberts Wesleyan College, where his students have twice selected him Outstanding Faculty Member. He is a former Chairman of the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation and is a former member of the Honeoye Central School Board and the Finger Lakes Community College board of trustees. Kolb earned high honors while completing his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Community involvement and public service have been hallmarks of Kolb’s background, currently a member of the Canandaigua Rotary Club, the Honeoye chapter of the Sons of the American Legion, Ontario Charities Classic board of directors, member of the Ontario ARC advisory board, a member of Merrill Hose Fire Company in Canandaigua, a member of the New York Farm Bureau, a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and is a notary public.  Kolb previously served as Supervisor for the Town of Richmond, chairman of Leadership Rochester’s board of directors, and as a member of the Ontario County Revolving Loan Fund Committee, and the Ontario County Board of Supervisors.

Kolb is a member of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Heartland Institute’s Board of Legislative Advisors, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of Women Voters, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Shooters’ Committee On Political Education (SCOPE), Safari Club International, the American Irish Legislators Society, and the Knights of Columbus.

About Roberts

With an enrollment of nearly 2,000 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts colleges with a Christian worldview.  Roberts offers more than 50 undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs in education, school psychology, school counseling, health administration, nursing education, nursing leadership & administration, strategic marketing, social work, counseling in ministry, and strategic leadership. Roberts Wesleyan also offers innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs for working adults in health administration, nursing, organizational management, and teacher education.

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