Blackstone Advanced Technologies
“There aren’t a lot of big opportunities in western New York for businesspeople with MBAs,” Richard Turner says. So, he created his own. Turner grew up in Jamestown, population 30,000, a city almost as far west in the state as you can go. After earning a bachelor’s degree in finance from Cornell University, working for two years in Chicago and then returning to Cornell to get an MBA, his roots tugged on him.
His family’s manufacturing background runs five generations deep: His father has owned and operated Matric Group, an electronics manufacturer, in nearby Seneca, Penn., since 1993. “I’ve been learning about manufacturing since I was very young,” Turner says.