CenterState CEO Celebrates 2017’s Economic Champions!

Posted on October 12, 2017

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SYRACUSE, NY – The Economic Champions Luncheon, presented by Fust Charles Chambers LLP, brought together a record crowd of more than 775 CenterState CEO members, community leaders and guests to the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter. During the event, CenterState CEO recognized 289 companies as 2017 Economic Champions for their collective hiring of more than 5,000 employees, nearly 2 million square-feet of expansions, and $975 million in capital investments. Companies were nominated as Economic Champions for their accomplishments throughout the year by peers, employees and staff.


"Through this event we celebrate the companies that are at the forefront of our region’s growth and economic progress,” said CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson. “With each capital investment, new hire, expansion or new business, Central New York’s economy is strengthened. Their achievements – no matter how big or small – echoes throughout the regional economy and impacts us all.”


The luncheon also featured remarks from Quentin Hillsman, Head Coach, Syracuse University Women’s Basketball. Hillsman shared his motivational insight on leadership, team building and community engagement. Since taking over the Syracuse Women’s Basketball program in 2006, Hillsman has guided the Orange to unprecedented heights, becoming the all-time winningest coach in school history and transforming the program into a national championship contender.  The keynote speaker sponsor is AmeriCU Credit Union.


“Congratulations to CenterState CEO’s 2017 Economic Champions, and thank you for the growth, diversity and opportunities you all have inspired across this region,” said Hillsman. “We look forward to celebrating not only your accomplishments of the past year, but also the example that has been and continues to be set for our communities that teamwork is paramount to economic growth, and that the leadership capabilities of one can truly impact the lives of many in a limitless and positive way.”


The CenterState CEO Community Visionary Award, sponsored by Wegmans Food and Pharmacy, was presented to Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc., for its more than 30 years of service to the community. This award is given to a person, company or association that embodies the vision of economic opportunity and has had a significant impact on community prosperity.


“Jubilee Homes of Syracuse is a catalyst for achieving the long-term revitalization of Syracuse’s southwest side,” said Evelyn Carter, director of community relations at Wegmans. “What truly makes them so deserving of this award is their vision and ongoing commitment to improving lives of others through affordable housing, business growth and development, and youth programming and employment opportunities. Wegmans is proud to support CenterState CEO's Community Visionary Award, and to recognize Jubilee Homes for all their efforts.”


CenterState CEO Thanks the 2017 Economic Champions Luncheon Sponsors


Presenting:                                          Fust Charles Chambers, LLP


Corporate:                                           CBD Companies

                                                           Lockheed Martin

                                                           National Grid

                                                           Spectrum Enterprise


Community Visionary Award:              Wegmans Food & Pharmacy


Speaker Sponsor:                                AmeriCU Credit Union


Video Sponsor:                                    WCNY/415 Productions


Parking Sponsor:                                 C&S Companies


Media:                                                Advance Media New York

                                                          Business Journal News Network

                                                          News Radio 570 WSYR Now on 106.9 FM

                                                          Visual Technologies Corp.


About CenterState CEO

CenterState CEO is an independent and forward thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving.



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2017 Economic Champions



ACC Technical Services, Inc.

ACR Health


AT & T

AT&T Premier Technologies

Acumen Detection

Adirondack Physical & Occupational Therapy

Advance Media New York

Aerospace Alliance of Upstate New York

Air Innovations, Inc.


Ale "n" Angus Pub


All Money Spends

All Seasonings Ingredients, Inc.

All Times Publishing, LLC

All Star Alley & Tavern

Aloha Japanese Bento Express

AmeriCU Credit Union

Anaren, Inc.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anoplate Corporation

Answer Syracuse - A Division of Finger Lakes Business Services

Anytime Fitness

Aquarii, Inc.

at home

Ascent AeroSystems, Inc.

Atlantic Testing Laboratories Limited

AutoModality, Inc.

Avalon Document Services

Bankers Healthcare Group

Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C.

Beak & Skiff Apple Farms

Bell & Spina, Architect-Planners, P.C.

Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hathaway CNY Realty

Best Western Plus East Syracuse Inn

Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center

BlueRock Energy, Inc.

BodyMind Float Center

Bowers & Company CPAs, PLLC

Breakout Games - Syracuse

Bronstein Container Co., Inc.

Business Journal News Network

Bypass Market

CBD Companies of CNY, LLC

C & S Companies

C.H. Insurance Brokerage Services Co., Inc./C.H. Benefits Co., Inc.

CABVI Syracuse Industries

Cameron Group, LLC

Camillus Senior Pointe Apartments

Caps and Wraps Beauty Supply

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Cathy's Cookie Kitchen

Cazenovia Bagel Co.

Central New York Community Foundation, Inc.

Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County

Chimera Integrations, LLC

Chobani LLC

Chocolate Pizza Co., Inc.

Clinton's Ditch Cooperative Co., Inc.


CNY Biotech Accelerator

CNY Fertility Center

Community Bank, NA

Congruent Story

Cortland Regional Medical Center



Covey Computer Software

Cowley Associates

CPS Recruitment, Inc.

Crave Dessert Studio

Creole Soul Café

Crest Cadillac - Acura

Critical Link

Crouse Health

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

Cueva Contract Inc. dba Interior Innovations

Cushman & Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage Company


Dannible & McKee, LLP 

Darco Manufacturing, Inc.

Darwin on Clinton

Dave and Buster's

del Lago Resort & Casino

Dermody, Burke & Brown,CPAs, LLC

Destiny USA

Dig Safely New York, Inc.

Digital Hyve

Dot Foods, Inc.

Doubletree Hotel Syracuse

Drago Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Drive Research

Dupli Envelope & Graphics/PCI

Ed & Ed Business Technology, Inc.

Edwards Agency, LLC

Elderwood at Liverpool

Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse-Destiny USA

EMPOWER Federal Credit Union

Engie Resources

Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services, D.P.C.

Eric Mower + Associates

Ernst & Young, LLP

EZ3D Technologies, Inc.

Fabio's Antica Cucina

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Famous Artists

Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.

Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc.

Food Bank of Central New York


Fulton Screen Printing

Fust Charles Chambers LLP

G & C Food Distributors and Brokers, Inc.

Gannon's Ice Cream Inc. - Destiny

Gardner & Capparelli CPAs, LLP

Gasparini Sales, Inc.

Geronimo Energy

Gilbane Building Company

Giovanni Food Co., Inc.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

Go Green Supply CNY

Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room

Greater Syracuse Business Development Corp. (GSBDC)

Grober Nutrition, LLC

Grossman St. Amour Certified Public Accountants PLLC


GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Hampton Inn & Suites - Syracuse/North (Airport Area)

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.


Herkimer County Community College

Hezel Associates: Evaluation, Research & Planning

Hillside Work Scholarship Connection

Hilton Garden Inn Syracuse

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oswego

Holiday Inn Express Airport

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Syracuse/Carrier Circle

Honeywell International

Hotel Syracuse Restoration, LLC


Ichor Therapeutics

ICS Solutions Group

ICM Controls Corp.


Infiniti of Syracuse

JC Jones & Associates, LLC

JAS Recruitment


Jefferson Clinton Hotel

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse


King + King Architects

Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt

Lahinch Group

Last House on the Block Ministries

Le Moyne College

Karen E. Lawitts, DDS

Knowles Cazenovia

Liberty Resources, Inc.

Lipo Spa

Liverpool Art Center

Lockheed Martin MST


M & T Bank

Mack Brothers Boiler & Sheet Iron Works

Malara Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery

C.T. Male Associates

Marquardt Switches, Inc.

Marriott Syracuse Downtown

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center

Metro Fitness Clubs

Mill House Market

Mohawk Global Logistics

Mohawk Valley Community College

Morrisville State College

Morse Manufacturing Co., Inc.

MultiMed Billing Service, Inc.

Museum of Science & Technology

NBC3, CBS5, CW6 and

Nascentia Health, Inc.

National Grid

Nickels Energy Solutions

Northeast Natural Homes, Inc./Northeast Green Building Consulting LLC

Northland Communications


Oliva Companies



Oneida Indian Nation

Onondaga County Water Authority

Onondaga Small Business Development Center

Orangetheory Fitness

Orso's Nu-Look Collision Centers

Oswego Health

Pathfinder Bank


Peregrine Development Company   

Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

Pinckney Hugo Group

Pioneer Companies, A CP Realty Company

Pioneer Warehousing & Distribution, LLC

Preventive Esthetics

Price Rite

Primerica Financial Services

Progressive Expert Consulting, Inc.

Quadrant Biosciences, Inc. 

Quality Mechanical Services, Inc.

Rapid Response Monitoring Services, Inc.

Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS)

Roth North America

SS Funding & Procurements Resources, LLC

Saab Defense & Security USA LLC

Salt City Coffee

Salt City Grille

Scotch 'n Sirloin Restaurant

SGTR LLC & E. Smith Contractors LLC

Shaughnessy's Irish Pub

Simon's Agency, Inc.

Site-Seeker, Inc.

SkinLaze, LLC

SKY Armory


Solvay Bank

Spark.Orange, LLC

Speach Family Candy Shoppe Inc.

Spectrum Enterprise

Speedway Press, Inc.


Spinland Studios, LLC

SRC, Inc.

St. Joseph's Health

Step Up Moment

Stewart's Shops Liverpool

Stone's Steakhouse

Strong Industries

Sugar & Company


Sun Auto Warehouse

Sunoco - Fulton Ethanol Plant

SUNY College at Cortland

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Sustainable Office Solutions, LLC

SWBR Architects

Syracuse Behavorial Healthcare

Syracuse Label & Surround Printing

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, PC

Syracuse Regional Airport Authority

Syracuse SCORE Chapter 98

Syracuse University

T. Gschwender & Associates, Inc.

TemperaturePro of Syracuse


Teriyaki Madness

Tessy Plastics Corporation

The Bonadio Group

The DeClutter Coach

The Fish Friar

The Hearth at Greenpoint

The Lab Creative, LLC

The Little Tea Cart

The QMC Group

The Raymond Corporation

The Salvation Army

The Wolak Group Career Development


Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc.

Tom Anelli & Associates, PC

Tompkins Trust Company

Tradesmen International, Inc.

Turning Stone Resort Casino LLC

Universal Metal Works, LLC

Vera House, Inc.

Vince's Gourmet Imports

Vine & Barrel

VIP Structures

Visions Federal Credit Union

Visual Technologies Corp.

Wegmans Food and Pharmacy

Welch Allyn, Inc.

Wells College

West & Company Diamonds & Fine Jewelry

Wilcox Paper Company

Willey Lumber Company, Inc.

Wireless Business Group, LLC

Woodbine Group, Inc.

Wysocki's Lake Park Manor

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