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Schroeder will do well in Comptroller's Office

August 10, 2011
News Article

by Sean McGirr, The Buffalo News

After reading The News editorial regarding Mark Schroeder, I am afraid that readers did not get the whole picture regarding his prior experience. For nearly two decades before Schroeder began his government service, I had the pleasure of seeing him in action in the corporate world, where his leadership and problem-solving skills and attention to detail led to tremendous growth for the companies he worked for.

When I was the CEO of Cliffstar Corp., I was fortunate to have him as my vice president of sales and marketing as we built the company into North America’s largest private-label juice and drink manufacturer. In his position, Schroeder played a critical role in the development and execution of corporate budgets, and his efforts had the greatest influence on the company’s performance in a highly competitive market. He had a clear understanding of every aspect of the business, and was extremely conscious of the impact that his decisions had on the company’s overall financial performance.

I am not an expert on the intricacies of the City Comptroller Office, but I do know that every organization, whether private or public, needs strong leadership and focused execution to be successful. If Schroeder’s performance in the private sector is any indication of how he will lead the Comptroller’s Office, then the taxpayers of Buffalo will have a tireless and effective advocate watching over their finances.

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