Martin Babinec is both a noted Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a native/current resident of Upstate New York. He launched Upstate Venture Connect as an outgrowth of his vision and commitment to accelerate transformational change across the Upstate region. Babinec has provided UVC’s initial capitalization and he serves full time without compensation.
In 1988 Babinec founded TriNet HR Corporation, a provider of payroll, benefits and human resources outsourcing solutions that has grown to serve more than 8,000 small businesses customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. He served as CEO from the company’s inception until 2008 and Chairman through January 2010. He remains active in the company as a Director and industry advocate.
In building TriNet, Babinec’s activities concentrated on market positioning, growing sales, team leadership, strategic development and investor relations – including leading TriNet through five rounds of private equity financing and six acquisitions. He has been prominent in the growth of the HR outsourcing industry, serving multiple terms on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), and continues in an active public policy development role as founder and Chair of NAPEO’s Grassroots Leadership Network.
Mr. Babinec has published more than 30 articles and given an even greater number of public presentations on topics ranging from entrepreneur and company development, leadership, human resources management, outsourcing and regional economic development to name a few. He is an active Angel investor, a member of the international Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) network, and a recipient of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year award. He served for five years on a Kauffman Foundation Advisory Board and also been a guest lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which has profiled TriNet in a case study for academic research into high-growth, equity-financed companies.
Prior to founding TriNet, Mr. Babinec enjoyed a successful career in human resources management with the Navy Exchange, an international retailer. During that time he resided in Japan and Italy where he managed all facets of human resources with an emphasis on international labor relations.
Mr. Babinec received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Shippensburg University, and an Associate’s degree from SUNY’s Herkimer County Community College. He has previously held the accreditation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute.
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