Emerging Business Leaders'
On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and Emerging Business Leaders hosted its First Awards Gala to honor young professionals under the age of 39 who demonstrated excellence through business or civic achievement in the Western New York area. The gala took an original approach to the traditional sit-down awards dinner, providing open seating as well as a three hour open bar. Guests were treated to features like buffet-style food stations, free massages, swag bags, pinnacle vodka stations, a photo booth and live music.
The celebratory night culminated with awards presented to four young professionals and one company. The following award winners collected top honors:
Young Professional of the Year: Therese Hickok, Uniland Development Co.
Nominees: Allen Dembski, Waddell & Reed
Patrick Finan, Block Club
Dana Marciniak, New Era Cap Co.
Charlie Riley, 3rd Learning
Entrepreneur of the Year: Joel Colombo, 360PSG
Nominees: Sean Macaluso, The Mac Groups
James Phipps, WNY Muscle and Joint Performance Chiropractic
Shandra Spicer, S&W Contracting of WNY
Michael Tasner, Taz Solutions
Rising Star Award: Lauren Byrd, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week of Buffalo
Nominees: Mike Galligano, Buffalo CarShare
Steve Kimmel-Hurt, Superior Group
William Prentice, Prentice Wealth Management
Mark Walter, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
Best Place to Work for Young Professionals: Travers Collins & Company
Nominees: 360 PSG
Phillips Lytle LLP
Community Impact Award: Brian Moorman, Brian Moorman's PUNT Foundation
Nominees: Matt Carlucci, B-Team Buffalo
James Cutler, AXA Advisors
Lisa Donato, Camp Good Days
Tim Kennedy, New York State Senator
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