Victor NY celebrates local businesses, owners: here are the winners
VICTOR – If there was a theme for the 16th annual Victor Business Awards, it was resilience.
Originally scheduled two years ago, the event – which celebrates businesses headquartered in the Victor area – has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite the delay, the general atmosphere was one of celebration for the 18 recognized companies.
“Business perseverance has paid off in the pandemic because every business that was there yesterday survived,” said Kathy Rayburn, director of economic development and executive director of Victor LDC.
“They succeeded,” she added.
Scroll down to read the list of winners.
The event, held at Cobblestone Creek Country Club on Thursday, began with opening remarks from several local and state lawmakers to the 140 people gathered.
Among those in attendance were Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, state Senator Pam Helming and state Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan, all of whom praised the local business community for coming through the worst of the pandemic.
“The resilience in this room is extraordinary,” Gallahan said in his remarks.
“Victor is a place where people want to come, people want to live and people want to be educated. Today’s winners are an example of their hard work,” he added.
LSI Solutions Vice President and Chief Development Officer Jim Guelzow also discussed how hard work — and a company’s mission — can play a role in a company’s success.
“We are convinced that our mission plays a role in our success. Victor LDC offers economic programs that provide support, recruitment and retention to local businesses. Lean on the people you see to support your business. This is their mission,” he said.
“Two years ago we won Business of the Year,” Guelzow said, “and today we’re here to pass the torch.”
Here are this year’s winners, according to the Victor Local Development Corporation:
Business of the Year: Organic works
Family Business of the Year: Frank Lill and Sons
Financial Services Champion of the Year: JD Financial
Health Service Provider of the Year: Consulting firm Victor
Manufacturing company of the year: Vertex Optics
Tech Company of the Year: Cyflare
Woman-Owned Business of the Year: Victor Yoga Studio – Mandy Wolfram
Young entrepreneur of the year: Gentle training
Emerging Retailer of the Year: Sano Lounge
Retail Marketing Champion of the Year: victor chevrolet
Retailer of the Year – Retail Merchant: Twin Elder Brewery
Retailer of the Year – Restaurant: Delicacies
Retailer of the Year: Service Provider – Bugs Doodle
Retailer of the Year: Eastview Mall – Dick’s House of Sports
City of Victor Legacy Award: Pierre Jemison
Customer Service Excellence Award: Ethan Allen
Shining star: Bob and Debbie Davis
Ambassador Award: Bob Kelly