Thomas Sipos

Pleasant Valley, New York 12572
Cell: (914) 204-2185

Thomas Sipos was a co-owner of Sipos Insurance, a business founded by his father in 1950. During his career the business grew from a small firm to a highly successful organization with multi-million dollars annual sales.

Tom, and his brother Steve, grew the business, through the ups and downs of six major economic cycles, led in the adoption of agency automation and met the challenges of new forms of competition in the marketplace. The business was sold in 2007.

In 1993 Tom led the creation of Dutchess County's first Strategic Direction Conference to help rebuild our local economy following the IBM downsizing. In 1996 he led The Strategic Direction Conference at the Waterfront. The conference is credited with initiating

Poughkeepsie's waterfront development after thirty years of delay. Using his risk management expertise he created The Dutchess Alliance for Human Needs to deal with the problems associated with the large scale job losses in the 1990's.

Tom is a past board member and Chairman of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. He is a current board member, and past Chairman, of Dutchess County's Workforce Investment Board.

Currently, Tom is the Chairman of the SUNY New Paltz School of Business Advisory Council. In 2002 he led the creation of the school's highly regarded ethics and integrity programs. Currently he teaches business integrity and debate preparation at the school.

Additionally, he is a member of the Dutchess BOCES Career & Technical Institute Advisory and Enterprise Boards.

He is the host of Hudson Valley Focus, a weekly radio talk show that airs on the Clear Channel stations throughout The Valley. Over 800 shows have been produced and aired since 1995. Topics covered are related to economic development, education, the environment, the arts, healthcare, politics and quality of life issues affecting the region.

Building on more than forty years of experience in business, economic and workforce development, Tom has transformed Hudson Valley Focus into an entity whose mission is: To dramatically improve the health and vitality of the eco-system of the Mid-Hudson Region's economy for our families and, most importantly, for our children.