In 1998 and after a 12 year career in the secure card market with industry leader Datacard Group, Mary Jo Cornell founded LINSTAR. At about that same time Ms. Cornell attended a SCORE workshop on “Starting and Managing Your Business”. With a strong background in this industry and determination to be successful, a long-term mentorship was created with SCORE Mentor, William A. Danesi. Subsequent counseling sessions included business planning, marketing, and financial plans. William A. Danesi was also available just to give objective comments on any ideas that surfaced.
Now, fast-forward to 2013, Mary Jo Cornell has steered LINSTAR Corporation from a single office in Buffalo, NY to becoming a successful full-service security systems integration company with offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany currently employing 26. LINSTAR is trusted to secure some of the most security conscious organizations and facilities across New York State and Pennsylvania including military, law enforcement, emergency management, colleges, school districts, hospitals, and corporations. LINSTAR has reached such a high level of expertise that most of its new business is from referrals.
Mary Jo Cornell, President and CEO of LINSTAR, Inc is being named SBA-SCORE's Buffalo/Niagara “Client of the Year”. In addition and more rewarding, on the eve of the opening ceremonies of the International Security Conference and Exposition awards reception in Las Vegas this year, Cornell was the recipient of the Women's Security Council 2013, Woman of the Year Award.
By the way, the Buffalo Niagara SCORE Chapter is now a customer of LINSTAR. They are the supplier of security badges to our 60+ membership.
Congratulations, Mary Jo Cornell.