CenterState CEO Celebrates 2018’s Economic Champions!

Posted on October 29, 2018

Rob Simpson

SYRACUSE, NY – CenterState CEO’s Economic Champions Luncheon, presented by Fust Charles Chambers LLP, brought together a record crowd of more than 1,000 businesses, community leaders and guests to the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter. During the event, CenterState CEO recognized 302 companies as 2018 Economic Champions for their collective hiring of more than 2,600 employees, 1.2 million square-feet of expansions, and nearly $750 million in capital investments. More than 80 new businesses were recognized for opening their doors and 68 were highlighted for celebrating a milestone anniversary, speaking to businesses’ commitment to the local and regional economy. Companies were nominated as Economic Champions for their accomplishments throughout the year by peers, employees and staff.


"In the 15 years since I moved back to Syracuse I have never seen the level of economic activity, across nearly every industry sector, that we do today," said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO.  “The current macro-economic environment is strong and reflected in the fact that we celebrate a record number of champions this year. This high level of growth and opportunity energizes all of us at CenterState CEO. Whether it’s a small business looking for more visibility; a large firm needing support attracting talent; a local company looking to expand its global reach; a global company looking to grow in the region; or an entrepreneur with an idea and a dream to be their own boss, we are here to offer our support."


The luncheon also featured keynote remarks by Jeremy Garelick, who spoke about his vision to strengthen the region’s film industry and the progress being driven by his film production company, America High.


“I am proud of the films American High has been able to produce locally, and the potential impact this has on the region’s growing film industry,” said Garelick. “Through American High we have focused on creating high quality, creative films that will attract investment and lead to new opportunities to grow a local workforce. This community has the talent and capabilities, and it is exciting to see the risk we took in establishing our company here be rewarded.”


The CenterState CEO Community Visionary Award, sponsored by Wegmans Food and Pharmacy, was presented to KeyBank, for its leadership and commitment to community initiatives that create greater community prosperity, including its proactive efforts to bring the Business Boost & Build program, powered by JumpStart, to Syracuse; helping expand entrepreneurship and prosperity in our community through the growth of women and minority owned businesses; its lending and other investments in affordable housing and first time home buying; and its support of local programs and organizations, like Jubilee Homes’ Build to Work program, to help create opportunities for veterans and the un- and underemployed.

“What truly makes KeyBank so deserving of this award is its longstanding commitment to the community,” said Evelyn Ingram, director of community relations at Wegmans. “Whether it’s KeyBank's dedication to supporting entrepreneurs and workforce programs, or its commitment to programs that enable homeownership, Key’s ambitious community impact plan is focused on investing in efforts that help create real progress in Central New York. Wegmans is proud to support CenterState CEO's Community Visionary Award, and to recognize KeyBank for all their efforts.”


“All of us at KeyBank are honored and humbled to receive the 2018 Community Visionary Award from our great partners at CenterState CEO,” said Stephen Fournier, KeyBank Central New York Market President. “This award reflects the deep ties and commitment our employees have to serving this region. From philanthropic investments to responsible community development and mortgage lending, all of our work in Syracuse and Central New York is centered around one purpose: to help this community thrive. We look forward to continuing to work and partner with organizations and individuals in this area for years to come.” 

The event also featured a special recognition of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, who was presented with CenterState CEO's inaugural Community Champion Award for her outstanding leadership and legacy of positive impact on the region's economy and the citizens of Onondaga County.


County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, “It has been the goal of my administration from day one to make sure our community is a place our children could stay and find real economic opportunity. From investments like the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview to the burgeoning film industry; the new and improved Great New York State Fair, the formation and success of the Agriculture Council and the millions invested in our downtown, Onondaga County is truly a great place to live and a community that our children can be proud to call home. Congratulations to all of the 2018 Economic Champions and thank you for honoring me with this award.”



CenterState CEO Thanks the 2018 Economic Champions Luncheon Sponsors



Presenting:                                          Fust Charles Chambers, LLP


Corporate:                                           Lockheed Martin

National Grid

Community Visionary Award:             Wegmans Food & Pharmacy


Speaker Sponsor:                                         AmeriCU Credit Union


Cow Bell Sponsor:                              C.R. Fletcher Associates, Inc.


Decor Sponsor:                                   Crouse Health


Parking Sponsor:                                C&S Companies


Media:                                                 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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2018 Economic Champions



1886 Malt House

20/E & Cazenovia Cut Block

ACC Technical Services, Inc

Acropolis Realty Group


Ahern, Murphy & Associates

Air Innovations, Inc.



Ale "n" Angus Pub

All Seasonings Ingredients Inc.

All Times Publishing

Allen Tool Phoenix Inc.


American High

American Reserve Clothing Co.

AmeriCU Credit Union

Anaren, a TTM Technologies Company

Angry Garlic

Anoplate Corporation

Answer Syracuse - A Division of Finger Lakes Business Services

AP Professionals

Appel Osborne Landscape Architecture

Armory Boys, LLC

Armoured One

Ascent AeroSystems, Inc.

Ashley Home Center


Auburn Community Hospital



Bankers Healthcare Group

Barclay Damon, LLC

Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C.

BASCOL - Before and After School Childcare on Location, Inc.

Bersani Gallery

Berkshire Bank

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Select


Biscotti Cafe & Gelateria

BlueRock Energy, Inc.

Bossong's Commercial Delivery, Inc.


Bowers & Company CPAs, PLLC

BR Johnson Inc.

Brackens Financial Solutions Network LLC

Bradley's Jewelers

Brewery Ommegang

BTI The Travel Consultants

Business Journal News Network

CBD Companies of CNY, LLC

C&S Companies

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

C.R. Fletcher Associates, Inc.

Café Kubal

Center for Community Alternatives

Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Central New York Community Foundation

Central Rock Gym


Child Advocacy Center Foundation

Chocolate Pizza Co., Inc.


Clinton's Ditch Cooperative Co., Inc.

Cloud City Comics

CNY Arts


CNY Roots



Cowley Associates

CPS Recruitment, Inc.

Cracked Bean Roastery

Critical Link

Crouse Health

Cushman & Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage Company, Inc.


Dannible & McKee, LLP

DeFi Cuisine


Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC

Design Specialists Inc

Dewitt Fit Body Boot Camp

Digital Hyve

DiMarco, Abiusi & Pascarella, CPAs, PC

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que


Dunbar Association Inc.

East Coast Tags

Edge Strength and Conditioning

Element on Water

Empire Syracuse

EMPOWER Federal Credit Union

ENV Insurance Agency, LLC

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

EventPrep, Inc.

Everson Museum of Art of Syracuse & Onondaga County

EZ3D Technologies, Inc.

Famous Artists

Fashion Rescue 911 Boutique

Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.

Fierce…with Love

Firehouse Subs

Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, CPA, PC

Five Star Urgent Care/WellNow Urgent Care
Flawless Image Med Spa
Floridella Boutique
FOCUS Greater Syracuse

Fortus Healthcare Resources


Fust Charles Chambers LLP

G & C Food Distributors and Brokers, Inc.

Gear Motions, Inc.

Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Association

Geiger Properties

Glazed & Confused

Goodies 2 Mediterranean Grill & Cuisine

Grand Canyon University

Grange Bldg. & Grange X Rentals

Greek Peak Mountain Resort & Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.


Hearing Aid Consultants of CNY

Henderson-Johnson Co., Inc

Henry Wilson Jewelers

Hercules Candy Company

Highland Patient Transport

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Syracuse/Carrier Circle

Hope for Bereaved, Inc

Hotel @ T5, LLC

Housing Visions

Huntington Family Centers, Inc.

Hutchings Psychiatric Center

Ichor Therapeutics Inc.

ICM Controls Corp.



IMS, Inc.

Integrated Marketing

Interior Innovations

JAS Recruitment

JMA Wireless

KeyBank N.A.

King + King Architects LLP

Klepper Hahn & Hyatt

Knowles Precision Devices

Koenig Advertising Public Relations

L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc.

Laboratory Alliance of CNY, LLC

Laci's Vacations

Liberty POST

Liberty Resources, Inc.

Life Force Sanctuary

Liquor World

Lock 1 Distilling Co.

Lockheed Martin MST

Loft & Manor

Lofts at 239


M & T Bank

M.A. Polce Consulting, Inc.

M3 Placement & Partnership

Malara Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery

Marquardt Switches, Inc

Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Medical Answering Service

Medicare Made Simple, LLC

Mello Velo Bicycle Shop

Metro Fitness Club

Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching

Mid-Lakes Navigation

Mohawk Global Logistics

Morse Manufacturing Co., Inc


MultiMed Billing Service, Inc.

MyTown Realty

Nascentia Health, Inc.

National Grid

Nave Law Firm

NBT Bank

Nickels Energy Solutions

Northeast Information Discovery, Inc.

Northwestern Mutual

Nurse Connection Staffing, Inc.




Oneida Indian Nation

Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES

Orbis Lounge

Orso's Nu-Look Collision Center


Pathfinder Bank 


Peak Campus

Pen & Trophy Center

Peppino's Pizzeria & Catering Company

Piaker & Lyons, CPAs

Pinckney Hugo Group

Pioneer Companies


Premium E-Cigs and Vapor Room

Pretty Little Vintage Co.



Provisions Bakery

QPK Design, LLP


RedHouse Arts Center, Inc.

Relo Solutions Group

Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Renovus Solar

Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse

Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS)

Rudy Schmid Inc., TOTAL CAR CARE

Sahm Brewing Co.

Salon Amare

Sarah Lynn Wood Agency

Scalfone Law PLLC

SeaBreeze Park

Seneca Savings

Sensory Technologies, LLC

Servpro of N&E Onondaga & of Oswego County


Simon's Agency, Inc

Site-Seeker, Inc.


Sola Salon Studios CNY

Solvay Bank

Spark.Orange, LLC


Spinnaker Custom Products

SRC, Inc.

St. Joseph's Health


Storming Crab

Strong Hearts Café

Sugar Magnolia Bistro

SUNY College at Cortland

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Sutton Real Estate Company LLC


Syntela Conferencing

Syracuse 727 LLC

Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club

Syracuse Kung Fu, LLC

Syracuse Office Environments

Syracuse Regional Airport Authority

Syracuse University

Syracuse Wedding Magazine

Talisman Tap Room




The 505 on Walnut

The Bonadio Group

The Chef & The Cook

The Hops Spot

The Ice Cream Stand

The Landmark Theatre

The Marrone Law Firm

The Preserve Tavern & Grille

The PressRoom Pub

The Salvation Army

The Stoop Kitchen

The Taste of Africa

Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc.

thyssenkrupp Elevator

Tompkins Trust Company

Tronser, Inc.

TruWeather Solutions LLC

Turning Stone Resort Casino LLC

Upstate Imports Auto Repair

Upstate Printing Co.

Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling

Usherwood Office Technology


VIP Structures

Visions Federal Credit Union

Visual Technologies Corp.

Volpi Manufacturing

Water Street Bagel

Wegmans Food & Pharmacy

Welch Allyn, Inc.

Wells College

Westlake Development LLC

WestRock, Solvay Mill

Whitney Lofts

Willow Rock Brewery

Wireless Business Group

WISE Women’s Business Center

Women of the University Community

XO Taco

XTO Incorporated

Yeti Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies

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