Empire Chapter Staff

Jeff Albert
Jeff AlbertChief Operating Officer
Phone: (315) 246-7233

Jeff began his career with ABC, Empire State in 2009 as the Comptroller and Human Resource Manager. In February of 2013, he was named Chief Operating Officer and has also assumed the position of Director of Workforce Development after obtaining the NCCER Master Training certification.

Jason Ashlaw
Jason AshlawSafety, Craft Training, and Workforce Development Director
Phone: (315) 454-2320

Jason’s wealth of construction knowledge, extensive experience with ABC and his passion for the industry will help him excel at his new role of Safety, Craft Training, and Workforce Development Director.

Amanda Bertram
Amanda BertramVice President of Public Affairs
Phone: (518) 469-1507

Amanda manages all aspects of the association’s policy, advocacy, and communications including federal, state and local government affairs.

Jamie Campisi
Jamie CampisiEducation Coordinator
Phone: (585) 455-0293

Jamie Campisi is our Education Coordinator. She’ll primarily work out of the Rochester office but will be traveling around to all the training centers.

Tracie Cunningham
Tracie CunninghamController
Phone: (315) 463-7539

Tracie Cunningham is our controller, she is responsible for all accounting as well as the coordination, completion and accuracy of the financial records, payroll process and human resource administration.

Stephanie Hart
Stephanie HartEvent & Program Manager
Phone: (315) 463-7539

Stephanie is our Event & Program manager and is based out of our Syracuse office.

Mike Kanealey
Mike KanealeyMembership Director WNY & Greater Rochester
Phone: (585) 301-6005

Mike is the Membership Director in Western New York & Greater Rochester, serving members in both regions. Mike works to take care of the needs of members in his region, including fulfilling education and training needs and working to provide an environment beneficial to the merit shop philosophy.

Amy L. Platenik
Amy L. PlatenikEducation Director
Phone: (585) 363-1657

Amy Platenik is our Education Director. She is based out of the Rochester office but travels around to all the training centers.

Brian Sampson
Brian SampsonPresident
Phone: (585) 967-2133

Brian Sampson is responsible for coordinating Empire Chapter’s political and policy agenda, advocating for reform in state government, and promoting the overall growth of the construction industry on behalf of ABC’s more than 400 construction and contracting firms across New York State.

Tanner Schmidt
Tanner SchmidtGovernment Affairs and Communications Program Assistant
Phone: (585) 730-1814

Tanner Schmidt, is our Program Assistant in our Government Affairs & Communication department. He works primarily out of the Buffalo office.