CenterState CEO to Implement New Leadership and Organizational Structure in 2023


Ben Sio (PHOTO CREDIT: CEO OF CENTERSTATE)

SYRACUSE, NY – The CEO of CenterState plans to implement a new leadership and organizational structure effective January 1, 2023, which is the result of an 18-month “internal process.”

On September 15, the CenterState CEO announced that he had promoted six employees to his new corporate leadership team following his “organizational refresh process.”

The group includes Ben Sio, who will serve as chief of staff and senior vice president of strategy, policy and planning.


Andrew Fish (PHOTO CREDIT: CEO of CENTERSTATE)

Additionally, Andrew Fish has been named Senior Vice President of Member Experience and Business; Dominic Robinson will serve as Senior Vice President of Inclusive Growth; Juhanna Rogers is Senior Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Impact; Elle Hanna will serve as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications; and Lori Dietz was named senior vice president of administration and human capital.

Along with the leadership changes, the economic development and chamber of commerce organization says it has developed “eight strategic principles and associated actions that will support its mission to create a region where business thrives and all people thrive.”


Dominic Robinson (PHOTO CREDIT: CEO of CENTERSTATE)

The newly formed corporate leadership team is tasked with “carrying forward” the strategic principles. These are Business Competitiveness, Community Prosperity, Equity, Sustainability, Continuous Improvement, Customer Service, Talent Excellence, and Brand Awareness.

About the promoted

As Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Policy and Planning, Sio will oversee the strategic direction of the organization and “ensure that collective activities advance the mission-based priorities of organization,” the CenterState CEO said. It is also


Juhanna Rogers (PHOTO CREDIT: CEO of CENTERSTATE)

responsible for “building consensus around strategic needs and priorities and managing the change necessary to drive execution.” Sio will also oversee the organization’s policy development and government affairs activities. He was previously the organization’s chief of staff.

In his role as Senior Vice President of Member and Business Experience, Fish is responsible for organizing and directing how businesses engage with CenterState’s CEO. He will also manage the entire sales and service system. Additionally, Fish will “drive engagement” with the organization’s programs, services and initiatives. Fish previously served as senior vice president of business development.

As Senior Vice President of Inclusive Growth, Robinson will be responsible for


Elle Hanna (PHOTO CREDIT: CEO OF CENTERSTATE)

“to produce positive impact and results” in the region. In this new role, Robinson will oversee the majority of the organization’s direct programs, services and initiatives, including the key areas of business expansion, retention and attraction; business incubation and acceleration (including The Tech Garden); Workforce development; community investment and prosperity; and cluster development. Robinson’s previous title with the organization was Vice President of Economic Inclusion.

In her role as Senior Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Impact, Rogers will work collaboratively across the organization to “develop, monitor and report on actionable and measurable DEI.” [diversity, equality, and inclusion] objectives, strategies and measures. She will also lead the


Lori Dietz (PHOTO CREDIT: CEO OF CENTERSTATE)

The CenterState CEO’s external commitment to enhancing and sustaining diversity, promoting a culture of inclusion and advancing cultural competency within the business community, and developing strategic initiatives that contribute to engagement CenterState CEO’s success with the diverse population he serves. Rogers previously served as CenterState’s CEO Vice President for Racial Equity and Social Impact.

As Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Elle Hanna will manage and grow the organization’s brand recognition and awareness locally, regionally, nationally and nationally. She will act as the senior communications and marketing officer, spokesperson and media contact, and will be responsible for executing the organization’s strategic marketing and communications plan. Hanna’s previous title as CEO of CenterState was Senior Director of Communications and Media Relations.

As Senior Vice President of Administration and Human Capital, Dietz will oversee the day-to-day administration and operations of the organization, including its human resources, finance and accounting, facilities, technology and other essential functions. Dietz previously served as the organization’s vice president of operations and compliance, the CenterState CEO said.

Aubrey L. Morgan