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OCC Foundation names Riley and Baird to board

By Journal Staff


ONONDAGA, N.Y. — The OCC Foundation — the main fundraising arm of Onondaga Community College (OCC) — announced it has added Ed Riley, owner of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, and Tony Baird, owner of Tony Baird Electronics, to its board of directors.

Ed Riley

Riley restored the Hotel Syracuse after it was closed for 12 years. It reopened in August following a $76 million renovation and now operates as the Marriot Syracuse Downtown.

Riley is a former architectural technology major at OCC. His wife Janet earned a nursing degree from OCC in 1974.

Tony Baird

Baird is president and CEO of Tony Baird Electronics, a Syracuse–based electronic systems integrator focusing on custom products and services for education, defense, government, and corporations across the nation. Baird is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In 2013 he was awarded the Small Business Association’s Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award.

Founded in 1980, the OCC Foundation says it administers more than 150 scholarships and provides more than $200,000 in financial aid each year.

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