Mr. Hope has a 30-year career in leveraging customer knowledge in the creation of business opportunities. He has experience in business development, market research and “Smart Marketing” applications for data-rich environments. In recent years he has applied his intrapreneurial experience to not-for-profit endeavors. He is president of Empire State Sports Foundation Inc., newly formed to privatize and continue a 30-year New York State amateur sports tradition—the Empire State Games. He is founder and past president of Honor Flight Rochester, a community-driven organization created in 2008 to fly aging veterans to visit and reflect together at memorials built in their honor in Washington DC. During a corporate career Hope served major and mid-market clients with strategic marketing support, including Apple, Bank One, Disney, GM, IBM, Kellogg’s, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, P&G, Sony, Sprint, 3M, and others. He served as director of customer knowledge in the database marketing agency of Acxiom Corp, and director of strategic research and planning at the American Society for Quality. He began his career in film and media production, before a 15-year stint growing and leading a primary market research firm focused on proprietary services for media communications, entertainment and publishing industries.