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This profile was last updated on 11/1/05  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    Home Builders Association of Central New York
  • Executive Director
  • Executive Officer
    HBA of Central New York
  • Executive Director
  • Home Builders Assoc. of CNY
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Robert Tomeny, who has been ..., 1 Nov 2005 [cached]
Robert Tomeny, who has been the Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Central New York for the past 19 years, was inducted into the New York State Builders Association Hall of Fame. GSAR is very proud of Bob and his efforts, over the years, to bring the Home Builders Association and GSAR closer together.Bob was instrumental in the commitment of raising $100,000 for the Children's Hospital over a 5 year period by GSAR, HBA and the Mortgage Bankers Association.Over 5 years ago, Bob came to the table with me, Bill Tassone and Jackie Corning Smith, to develop what would prove to be a great success of our "Tri Association" events.
I value the fellowship Bob and I have built over the years, and look forward to many more.Robert Tomeny, congratulations from your friends at GSAR!
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Construction employment builds, 8 Feb 2004 [cached]
We've rebounded very well from the middle 1990s," said Robert Tomeny, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Central New York Inc.
In the mid-1990s, slightly fewer than 5 million people were employed in the construction industry nationwide.Today, national construction employment averages close to 7 million annually, according to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.
The number of building permits for homes in Central New York is strong again, too, Tomeny said.
In the early to mid-1990s, it wasn't unusual for 1,200 to 1,400 building permits to be issued in Central New York.During the late 1990s and early 2000s the number of annual permits dipped dramatically, as low as 600.
But now the sector is back.
Tomeny said 1,300 building permits were issued in Central New York during 2003, making it one of the better years in recent history.
"New home construction is moving along very well.We have about 100 builders in the association," he said.
Builder Joe Mufale, who builds Summer Set Homes, said he and other builders are busy.
"To be frank about it, I'm surprised business is going as well as it is," he said.
Mufale added: "Is business back to the '80s standards?No, but we're busy."
Mufale said the level of business he's seeing might be the new standard of success.
After this year, home and garden shows to merge, 13 Mar 2003 [cached]
"It's going to become a combined show, a true home and garden event, rather than a home show and a flower and garden show," said Robert Tomeny, executive director of the Home
Builders Association.Tomeny also said the name of the event is likely to change.
One venue will be the Cargill Exhibit Center, the site of The Home Show for several years, which offers 92,000 square feet of exhibit space.The other site is the Verizon Center of Progress, which offers nearly 80,000 square feet.It replaces the current site of the Flower & Garden Show, the Price Chopper Horticulture Building, where there is 53,000 square feet.
The primary reason for the move was to gain more space, Tomeny said."The show continues to grow, and the only way we can make that happen is more space.We needed the additional space that Center of Progress building provides."
This year, there are more than 500 exhibits at Cargill and another 250 at the horticulture facility.Tomeny said more than 100 additional exhibitors wanted to get into the event, but were turned away.The Center of Progress can hold another 200 or so exhibits.
Tomeny said home and garden exhibitors will be in both buildings."We think we can do different things," Tomeny said."We might try to put a landscaper with a pool guy, with a sunroom guy, with a fence guy.All of them can get together and they can put together a back yard."
But these changes seem to also signal a departure from some goals set by the Central New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, which entered into a three-year contract in late 2000 with the Home Builders Association to organize the flower and garden show.Just last year, CNYSNLA officials spoke of transforming the flower and garden show into a true horticulture event, or a "green" show, much like Rochester's spring flower show, GardenScape, within three to five years.
Tomeny said when the Home Builders Association purchased the Flower & Garden Show in 2000, it was with the intention of making the flower show filled with "green" exhibits within three years.
"We gave it our best shot, and the nursery and landscape association gave it their best shot.It just didn't work because maybe we had too big of a basket to fill with everything green," Tomeny said.
New York State Builders Association Hall of Fame | New York State Builders Association, 21 April 2009 [cached]
Robert Tomeny In the 18 years that Bob served as Executive Officer of the HBA of Central New York the association has benefited from his vision, management and knowledge. He has brought genuine progress to his association, through his work ethic and love for the industry. His passion is clearly recognized in the success of the HBA. His helpful training of those around him and ability to share this wisdom will help ensure the future of the association.
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, 22 May 2003 [cached]
"The Preview Party has been held to celebrate the Parade of Homes opening and to benefit a local organization," according to Bob Tomeny, Executive Director of the HBA.
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