Paul Brooks, of Cazenovia, joined the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra staff on Sept. 22 as interim executive director. With more than 30 years of management experience, Brooks brings expertise in marketing communications, sales management, team building, strategy development, program management and emerging business development.
A native of Syracuse and graduate of Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management, Brooks earned both a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in marketing management. He has had wide-ranging responsibilities in his career including administrative management, marketing communications and PR, business development, sales and marketing management, sales training and recruiting, organizational effectiveness and new-venture business creation/incubation.
In his most recent position, executive director of the Syracuse Technology Garden, Brooks was responsible for managing a technology business incubator focused on creating technology businesses and fostering entrepreneurship in Central New York. In this role he created or implemented several programs to evaluate potential and develop commercialization opportunities for early-stage tech entrepreneurial endeavors. In addition, he collaborated in the development and implementation of a student entrepreneurship program with Central New York colleges and universities that incubated 17 student-led businesses during two intensive 12-week summer programs. As part of these programs, a network of relationships was established throughout the state enabling the provision of diverse resources to his clients.
Brooks additionally has significant marketing experience in several industries with a principal focus in technology marketing, public relations and communications. In addition to mentoring hundreds of entrepreneurs in his incubator management tenure he ran an entrepreneurial venture in the advertising and marketing communications sector giving him first hand exposure to rigors of venture creation.
A veteran of Xerox Corporation in his early career, Brooks has also held management assignments at CIS Corporation, Sykes Datatronics, Cincom Systems and the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He is also a U.S. Army veteran serving in active and reserve status for 12 years as a personnel officer with rank of captain.
In addition to his business involvement, Brooks has an active community presence previously serving as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of the Business Incubator Association of New York State and as an elected member of the board of trustees and deputy mayor of the village of Cazenovia.