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Good Reasons’ CEO To Speak at Upcoming Conferences

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – In an effort to continue Good Reasons Dog Treats’ mission to provide employment to people of all abilities, the company’s CEO, Vicki Sylvester will be a speaker at The New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies’ (NYSACRA) 38th annual conference to be held at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY from April 14 through April 17.

Good Reasons' CEO, Vicki Sylvester, poses with her own trio of tail-waggers.

Good Reasons’ CEO, Vicki Sylvester, poses with her own trio of tail-waggers.

NYSACRA was founded in 1977 as an organization to support not-for-profit agencies that provide services for people with disabilities. The theme for the 2015 conference is Mission: I’m Possible and will feature expert speakers from across the state. Sylvester’s presentation, entitled Employment, Employment, Employment – One Agency’s Approach to Answering the Call for Jobs, will describe the challenges and triumphs of Good Reasons’ first year in business and will address how other like-minded agencies and entrepreneurs can help answer New York State’s call for opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Sylvester answered that same call from the state last year when she founded Good Reasons Dog Treats. As the CEO of Community Based Services, a North Salem, NY-based agency that provides services to individuals with disabilities, Sylvester knew first-hand the importance of employment for these individuals. She also knew that there is an unfortunate lack of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. So, she created a company with a two-fold mission: to create all-natural, human grade dog treats, and to provide jobs for people of all abilities.

Since Good Reasons launched in July of 2014, they have been featured in numerous news stories, have hired a total of ten employees and their treats are being sold in over forty retail locations (as well as online at their site). Sylvester hopes that more companies will follow suit in hiring people with special needs. “All employees, regardless of abilities come with their own set of challenges and needs. As long as there is flexibility on the part of the employer, it really is no different than hiring any one else,” she says.

Sylvester continues to laud the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. In addition to the NYSACRA conference, she is also scheduled to attend the International YAI conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to be held in New York City in May of this year.

“I’m honored to be a part of these conferences that play a part in improving the lives of these individuals,” said Sylvester. “I hope Good Reasons continues to be an example and an inspiration to other companies who may be considering hiring people with disabilities.”