JAMES SHOMAR has joined MACNY, The Manufacturers Association as chief growth officer, a new position at MACNY. His role is to help propel MACNY’s growth and also work directly with MACNY members to accelerate their growth. Shomar will deliver growth training, boot camps, coaching, and fractional growth services to help members go after new markets, develop product lines, and advance company growth. For the past four years, he has been a partner at the venture-capital firm StartFast. Shomar was involved in fundraising efforts across two funds, and leading investments in more than 25 companies from across the globe. He worked directly with the founders of each company in the portfolio helping them bring their products to market, develop a growth strategy, execute, and raise larger rounds of funding. Shomar is also the entrepreneur in residence at the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at Le Moyne College where he teaches entrepreneurship classes and coaches student entrepreneurs. Prior to that, he was the entrepreneur in residence at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.