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Work at Niagara Falls 'Venture Forthe" brings big honor

by Nichole Salva
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 12:00 pm
Niagara Gazette  [ View Original Article ]
Venture Forthe Chief Compliance Officer, James Tretter
Venture Forthe Chief Compliance Officer, James Tretter
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James Tretter of Venture Forthe Inc. recently was named one of Buffalo Business First's "30 Under Thirty," selected among those who are recognized for their excellent work ethic and achievements at early stages of their careers.
 
"I was really surprised when it happened," said 28-year-old Tretter, chief compliance officer of the Niagara Falls home care agency. "It was a huge honor."
 
Tretter has been working at Venture Forthe since 2008. When he first started he worked as a quality assurance specialist and in 2010, was promoted to his current position. His job is to focus on every aspect of the agency and make sure its practices are in line with all state and federal regulations and those set by the department of health and department of labor, among others. From there, he develops a system that, when implemented by each agency department, allows everyone to be aware of compliance.
 
Venture Forthe was first launched in the Lewiston home of owners John and Jean Dziewit in 1997. The company originally focused on helping people with traumatic brain injuries and, in 2009, became a full-on home care agency. 
 
"We could start doing more hands-on care than we did before," Tretter said. "We've managed to work with a larger population, working to keep people out of nursing homes. To let them stay in their homes and be happy within the community is our goal."
 
There's a diverse range of staff at Venture Forthe, which includes service coordinators, behavioral specialists, living skills trainers, nurses, counselors, social workers and other positions.
 
Many young professionals are also finding career opportunities at Venture Forthe. Those in the fields of nursing, case management and service coordination have the ability to grow within the company, Tretter said.
 
In college, Tretter majored in bioengineering at Binghamton University. After graduating, he worked directly in the engineering field for a company that did 3D modeling of athletes. He enjoyed his time there but didn't really see any chance for growth. At Venture Forthe, he found that ability to grow with the company. He also said he could apply the systems of engineering he learned in school to develop and design systems that were efficient for a home care agency.
 
"He has a passion for the population we serve and he's a true believer in our mission and vision for our organization," said Frank Maietta, administrator at Venture Forthe. "He also cares about his co-workers and other employees."
 
Niagara Falls has gone through its share of economically tough times but Tretter said he believes there are numerous opportunities in the city and region for young entrepreneurs and anyone with a passion, to help others in need.