Success in Any Language

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Fortune Magazine Features 14-Page Spread on Language Service Industry, Headlining the Association of Language Companies

“Working in the background, a small but dynamic group of companies is providing critical translation and interpretation services to growing numbers of governments and businesses.”

Fortune Magazine highlights the necessity of all companies to reach global markets and how the Association of Language Companies works to remain at the forefront of providing essential language services to achieve this.  As our CEO Craig Buckstein says of the business, “It’s been around forever, as long as people from different cultural backgrounds have been trying to understand one another.”  The proliferation of social media and smart phones has allowed instantaneous cross-cultural interactions, and Fortune elucidates the advantage of businesses being able to tap into this rapidly expanding new market.

The article not only focuses on traditional document translation and in-person interpretation, but expands upon the benefits of website localization and over-the-phone interpreting, all of which encourage returning customers.  While it’s important for businesses to think globally, Fortune informs that approximately 9% of people in the United States are non-English speakers.  The language service industry provides numerous opportunities for businesses to tap into new markets at home and abroad.

Click here to read the article.

Congratulations to the 2013 Recipients of the E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

As part of our continued commitment to the Hundred Year Association of New York, Geneva Worldwide Inc. annually participates in the E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards Program, which was established in 1971 to aid academically qualified children of career civil service employees in obtaining college educations.  These scholarships are awarded based upon outstanding scholastic achievement and community service.

We are pleased to congratulate Ms. Jesse Baum, currently a sophomore at the University of Vermont, for her achievements and receipt of this award!

Scholarchip Award 2013

Geneva Worldwide Named on INC. 500|5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the Fifth Year in a Row, Joins INC. 500|5000 Honor Roll!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

We are proud to accept this prestigious Honor Roll award and to receive this recognition for our ranking amongst the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.  We look forward to continued growth and success in all well-established and up-and-coming fields in the language service industry.

“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500|5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

ALC Celebrates Another Successful Annual Conference

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Well… its over. I’ve got that sad feeling I get when I know that it’ll be 12 months until I can see my friends in the ALC again BUT as I sit writing this on the plane crossing the Atlantic I realize I take back home with me a wealth of new ideas, personal development and memories of a great time spent in Boston.

The conference this year had lots of new features but also a very high expectancy following the resounding success that was the excellent unconference earlier this year. The program was designed by the tenacious Chris Carter and had new elements such as a unique networking event, encouraged social interaction between members, a passport system to help the exhibitors to gain exposure and even prizes for the attendees at the closing ceremony.

It began in style with the welcoming reception. We met, we drank, we eat, we laughed, we caught up with friends and collectively looked forward to the days ahead.


Trust and Integrity

At 9am sharp the keynote speaker Steve McClatchy began his presentation entitled ‘The Keys to Building Highly Effective Relationships’. Using a high energy style of delivery he kept the audience on the edge of their seats for 90 minutes with his real world stories and invaluable advice on how to build trust in relationships.

Steve McClatchy

He even had us playing rock paper scissors at one point (I lost 3-1 to Marla) to demonstrate the importance of integrity in leadership.

This theme was echoed throughout the whole event and fitted perfectly into the ALC’s strong ethics and values of demonstrated trust and integrity. In other words good leaders can talk about having integrity but until its demonstrated (and demonstrated consistently) then trust cannot form. If you’ve ever worked with someone you don’t trust you’ll know how hard this can be.

Another key theme that Steve talked about was the importance of developing an industry as a whole. He gave an analogy of the DJ/Music industry, “Bad DJs make the industry smaller” he said in reference to some advice he was given when he started his career. Its the same for our industry and a key task of the ALC is to challenge and develop its members over the years, this they do well and is certainly a key benefit to membership.

New Developments

To create additional value for members of the ALC Craig formally announced the following;

We also now have much closer links with the European Association – ELIA. This can only make both associations stronger, for instance we saw a 50% growth in the amount of people participating in the industry survey and it gave us an opportunity to benchmark the US LSP industry with the one in Europe. Its a very exciting time for our industry both sides of the pond.

Françoise Bajon and Craig Buckstein
(ELIA President, Francoise Bajon & ALC President, Craig Buckstein)

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.


This post was written by Richard Brooks. He is the CEO of UK based Multi-Language LSP K International. His presentation at the ALC Annual Conference was on the topic of removing incumbent companies by developing your value proposition. His views are his own and not necessarily that of the ALC.

Congratulations to the 2012 recipients of the E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

For the past 6 years, Geneva Worldwide Inc. has participated in the 100 Year Association’s college scholar program. This program was founded in 1971 to assist academically qualified sons and daughters of career civil service employees in obtaining a college education. Selection is based on scholastic achievement, leadership and commitment, and a record of school and community service.

We are please to congratulate Carla Macias, currently a freshman at the University of Rochester, on her receipt of this award.

Geneva Worldwide hosts the New York City Chapter ALC Roundtable Event

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Language Service CEO’s and Executives from around the Tri-State area were invited to participate in an open discussion about industry trends and local challenges facing language companies today. This event was highlighted with a presentation by Dr. K David Harrison, a National Geographic Society fellow and professor of linguistics at Swathmore College, speaking on the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.

Message From Geneva’s CEO: To all those affected by Sandy.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

On behalf of the entire team here at Geneva Worldwide, we would like to extend our sincere hope that you have made it through the storm safely.  Hurricane Sandy has had a tremendous impact on our region, which will be felt for a long time.

We understand the struggles many businesses and families are facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as our Geneva family is experiencing them as well: devastating storm damages, power outages, road closures, and, worst of all, concern for the safety of our loved ones. I wanted to take this time to extend our sincerest thoughts to all of you and your families that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and those who continue to be affected.

Our offices remained open last week without telephone service, but through the hard work of our employees, we have been able to continue business virtually and through our night/weekend telephone service. We expect our telephones to be back up running shortly and will continue to utilize our email system, which has remained online, as our main mode of communication.

We hope that you and your family are faring well in the aftermath of this event.  In times like this, it is essential that we pull together as a community.  If there is anything we can do to help you at this time, please don’t hesitate to call any of us at Geneva Worldwide.


Best Regards,

The Geneva Family

Geneva Worldwide Launches New Website

Friday, September 28th, 2012

After recently moving to their newly renovated and modernized office space in the heart of Manhattan, Geneva Worldwide is proud to announce the launch of their brand new website!

Here you can scroll though the timeline to learn about the company’s history (which spans over a century), learn about the services offered and the industries typically worked with, read about press releases and upcoming events, obtain resources for clients and linguists, quickly and conveniently request a quote for translation/interpretation/transcription services, and check in to see what freelance opportunities we have for you!

Geneva Worldwide gets ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

After several months of projective planning, careful coordination, and meticulous implementation, Geneva Worldwide is proud to announce their brand new ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2008 Certification!  With this certification, they have established a modus operandi guaranteeing all projects adhere to the rigorously monitored quality-control process, all in the name of delivering you translation and interpretation services of the highest caliber.

Geneva’s on the move!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Translation firm moves up on the island!

In shifting three blocks north, Geneva Worldwide becomes first tenant to sign on since 256 W. 38th St. was bought for $30 million last summer.

Read full story

Governor Cuomo Issues Statewide Language Access Policy

Monday, October 10th, 2011

On October 6th, 2011 Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No.26 requiring all agencies that provide direct public services to offer interpretation and translation services to members of the public for all vital forms and instructions. The target languages chosen were based on United States census data for the six most common non-English languages spoken by individuals with limited-English proficiency in the State of New York which are: Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French, and French Creole.

“Our state works for all people, regardless of where you were born or what language you speak,” said Governor Cuomo. “We are proud that people from all around the world call New York home, making our state a beacon of diversity and tolerance. This Executive Order ensures that non-English speakers receive equal access to the programs, services, and opportunities offered by their state government.”

Per the Executive Order, the Office of General Services has already negotiated bulk discounts and Geneva Worldwide is the lowest cost provider for both document translation and face to face interpretation for the languages detailed. Please call us to expedite all of your language needs and ensure compliance with this Executive Order.

For the full press release click here.

To view a copy of the official Executive Order click here.

Geneva Worldwide named one of Inc. 500 I 5000 fastest growing private companies!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc.500|5000

NEW YORK, August 23, 2011 — Inc. magazine today ranked Geneva Worldwide, Inc NO. 3935 on its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Geneva Worldwide, Inc. joins Spirit Airlines, television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, Dunkin Donuts and Metrokane, makers of the Rabbit corkscrew, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 94 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14 percent from last year.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. magazine Editor Jane Berentson.

Geneva to Co-Host Thruway Dinner for the 2011 Refugee Healthcare Conference

Monday, April 4th, 2011

This year the National Refugee Healthcare Conference is held in New York, and as part of our commitment to help in the refugee community, Geneva will be hosting a “Thruway” dinner. The Thruway dinner brings medical providers together with a common goal to better aid refugees in the upstate New York area. We are pleased to co-host this conference and hope this venue will spark new and innovative ideas to help the refugee population.

Geneva Provides Interpretor for Chilean Miner

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

On Thursday November 4th, Geneva Worldwide was asked by the Late Show with David Letterman to provide an interpreter for their guest, Chilean miner, Edison Peña. Click the link below to view the video.

David Letterman – Chilean Miner, Edison Peña

Congratulations to Our Own Chief Operating Officer

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Craig Buckstein, Chief Operating Officer of Geneva Worldwide, Inc. has been elected Vice President of the Association of Language Companies.

Geneva Featured In Crain’s Article

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Find the original article here.

Here is an excerpt:

“Locally, the rising number of immigrants has also had an impact. At language services provider Geneva Worldwide Inc., where government contracts make up 85% of business, revenue grew 15% in 2009, hitting $5.75 million.

“The government can’t just say that it is going to stop servicing the Chinese-speaking community, for example,” says Craig Buckstein, chief operating officer at Geneva.

Among other assignments, the 107-year-old family business sends 50 to 70 interpreters daily to the Administration for Children’s Services in New York. They assist with family counseling and help caseworkers perform investigations when there are claims of abuse or neglect.”

Additional Resources For Linguists – Childrens Services

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

For those linguists working with the Administration for Children Services, below are two glossaries to help familiarize yourself with the client. Please download and print at your discretion.

Child Welfare Glossary

ACS Glossary

The Language of Growth – Feature Article

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Geneva Worldwide was recently featured in the American Staffing Association publication “Staffing Success”.

The article details our success in working with government and our increasing breadth of language services.

Click here to read the article.

To All Our Colleagues Affected By The Earthquake In Haiti

Monday, January 18th, 2010

A special message from the Geneva Family. Please click here.

Geneva Provides Interpreter for Miss Universe

Friday, June 15th, 2007

On Monday June 4th, Geneva Worldwide provided an interpreter for the  recently crowned Miss Universe, Ms. Riyo Mori, while she was a guest on the Today Show and Live with Regis and Kelly.

Craig Buckstein Interviewed in Recent ALC Podcast

Monday, April 30th, 2007

On Friday, April 27, the ALC released a podcast interview with Geneva Worldwide COO, Craig Buckstein. The topic of the interview was the upcoming industry conference in Providence.

Geneva Worldwide Sponsors Keynote Speaker, Maria Marin, at the Upcoming ALC Conference

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Geneva proudly sponsors Keynote Speaker, Maria Marin, at the 5th Annual Association of Language Companies conference entitled “Sailing to Success”. The conference will be June 19-23 in Providence, RI.


Geneva Worldwide Featured in Crain’s Magazine

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Crain’s New York Business magazine recently published an article featuring President, Joel Buckstein and Chief Operating Officer, Craig Buckstein. The article focused on successful transition planning for a family business. For details please see the article published in the March 12, 2007 edition titled “7 steps for passing it on” by Tina Traster.

Craig Buckstein to Chair 2007 Annual ALC Conference in Providence

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Geneva’s Craig Buckstein will lead this year’s industry-wide conference in Providence, RI. The 5th annual ALC conference will be hosted at the Marriott downtown on June 19-23. Craig, along with the conference committee, are responsible for organizing the details of the conference, which brings together approximately 125-150 language company owners each year.