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CenterState CEO Celebrates 2013’s Economic Champions!

271 Companies Recognized for New Jobs, Expansion and Capital Investment
Champions Luncheon and CenterState Business Showcase presented by
Time Warner Cable Business Class Draw Thousands to Downtown Syracuse

CenterState CEO today recognized 271 companies as 2013 Economic Champions for their collective hiring of 3,091 employees, 1.7 million square feet of expansions, and investments of more than $1.2 billion.

“These companies, of all sizes and industries, are growing their business during challenging times and, collectively, having a tremendous impact on our region,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “Today, we celebrate the individual and collective accomplishments of these companies. We congratulate today’s Economic Champions and are thankful for their contributions to this community.”

The celebration took place during the 11th annual Economic Champions Luncheon, presented by Fust Charles Chambers LLP, at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter, with 550 CenterState CEO members, community leaders, and guests in attendance.  Honorees were recognized for their contributions to the economic growth of the CenterState New York region through capital expenditures, hiring of new employees, expansion or relocation due to growth, and for state or national recognition.  Companies were nominated as Economic Champions for their accomplishments throughout the year by peers, employees and staff.

The event also featured a keynote address by ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, presented by Morrisville State College. Bodenheimer’s message focused on “Unleashing Innovation and Leading Growth:  Lessons learned from ESPN.”

The celebration took place during the 21st annual CenterState Business Showcase presented by Time Warner Cable Business Class, drawing more than 5,000 attendees to downtown Syracuse for the combined events.  Already the Northeast’s largest business show, nearly 250 companies showcased some of the best products and services the twelve-county CenterState region has to offer.

“This truly is the leading business networking event in the region, where attendees and exhibitors have the opportunity to make connections with the region’s most promising companies,” said Jane Amico, vice president of Chamber Services at CenterState CEO. “The event gives attendees an innovative perspective from companies that may be from various different trades, but all belong to one business community.”

At this year’s showcase attendees also heard from guest speakers Greg Gumbel, of CBS Sports, presented by AmeriCU, and Joe Grafton, of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), presented by BlueRock Energy, Inc.

Gumbel provided an entertaining and motivational speech titled “Rewind, Review, Replay,” providing insights into the world of sports.  Gumbel’s nearly 40 years of work in the world of sports broadcasting has made him one of the most recognized in the industry. He is a three-time Emmy award winner and the 2007 Honoree of the prestigious Pat Summerall award for his outstanding work in broadcasting.

As the director of development and community engagement at AMIBA, Grafton is a national expert on building buy local movements and supporting independent local business.  He has dedicated the last decade of his life to shifting culture and paradigms to support sustainable local economies and community based businesses.  His remarks focused on building and sustaining a strong local economy.

Additionally, for a $10 donation to Say Yes to Education, attendees had the chance to shoot hoops with Syracuse University’s Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Gerry McNamara, sponsored by AmeriCU.

This year’s CenterState Business Showcase, presented by Time Warner Cable Business Class, was produced in partnership with Galaxy Communication, with support from dozens of sponsors in the business community.

CenterState CEO Thanks This Year’s Event Sponsors

Economic Champions Luncheon

Fust Charles Chambers LLP

Keynote Speaker:
Morrisville State College

Lockheed Martin
SUNY Oswego

CNY Business Journal
Visual Technologies

Business Showcase

Time Warner Cable Business Class

Contemporary Personnel Staffing, Inc. / Professionals Incorporated (Official Networking Lounge sponsor)
AmeriCU (Greg Gumbel and SU Hoops Sponsor)
Drivers Village Business Fleet (Official Vehicle Sponsor)
Dunkin Donuts (Official Coffee of the Business Showcase)
Immediate Mailing Services, Inc. (Official Networking Lounge Sponsor)
National Grid (The Tech Garden Sponsor)
The UPS Store (Official Signage Sponsor)
BlueRock Energy, Inc. (Buy Local Sponsor)
CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks (CEO Video screen provider)
Integrys Energy Services (Business Spotlight Sponsor)
Manpower (Business Spotlight Sponsor)
Onondaga Community College (Business Spotlight Sponsor)
Pole Position Raceway (Business Spotlight Sponsor)
Ralston Supply Center, Inc. (Interactive/Networking Lounge Sponsor)
Staff Leasing (Business Spotlight Sponsor)
Sustainable Office Solutions, LLC (Information Booth Sponsor)
WonderWorks (Business Spotlight Sponsor)

Dellas Graphics
Eagle Newspapers
Galaxy Communications
CNY Business Journal
Park Outdoor Advertisement
Plus Sign + Graphics
Syracuse Media Group (CEO Video Sponsor)
Visual Technologies

2013 Economic Champions

3 Pound Health
3Gi Terminals
Aftershokz LLC
Air Innovations, Inc.
Ale ‘n’ Angus Pub
All Seasonings Ingredients, Inc.
Alto Cinco
American Red Cross of Central New York
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Annese & Associates, Inc.
Aspen Athletic Club Downtown
Aspen Dental Management Inc.
At Home Independent Living
Baringer & Associates, LLC
Barton & Loguidice, P.C.
Baymont Inn & Suites
Beak & Skiff Apple Farms, Inc.
Beer Belly Deli & Pub
BITZER Scroll, Inc.
Bliss Bridal and Formal Wear
BNY Mellon
Boba Suite Tea House
Bo-Mer Plastics, LLC
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Bowers & Company CPA’s, PLLC
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Brooks Brothers
Bull and Bear Roadhouse
Burlington Coat Factory
Byrne Dairy, Inc.
C Speed, LLC
C&S Companies
Cafe Kubal
Campus Chiropractic
Candlewood Suites Syracuse Airport
Canine Club House
Carhartt Retail LLC
Cayuga Community College
Cayuga Milk Ingredients LLC
CBD Companies
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chocolate Pizza Co., Inc.
Ciotti Enterprises , Inc.
City Electric Co., Inc.
Communications Group – A Division of Finger Lakes Business Services
Contemporary Personnel Staffing, Inc.
Cooper Crouse-Hinds
COR Development Co., LLC
Cornell University
Corrigan’s Salon & Spa
Courtyard by Marriott
Covanta Energy
Covey Media, Inc.
CrestHill Suites
Crouse Hospital
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
Cryomech, Inc.
Culligan Water Conditioning
Currier Plastics
D & W Diesel, Inc.
Danlee Medical Products, Inc.
Dannible & McKee, LLP
Dave and Buster’s
Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC
Design Concepts LLC
Destiny USA
Dielectric Laboratories, Inc.
Downtown Decorations
Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunn Tire LLC
Dupli Envelope & Graphics Corp.
edr Companies
Emerald Beauty Supply
Empire Farmstead Brewing
EMPOWER Federal Credit Union
Engel Law Offices
Ephesus Technologies
Evans Analytical
Feldmeier Equipment, Inc.
Felix Schoeller North America, Inc.
Ferris Industries, Inc.
Five Star Urgent Care
Fleet Feet Sports
Fuccillo Nissan, Inc.
Funny Bone Comedy Club
Fust Charles Chambers LLP
Gaber Marketing Studios, LLC
Gannon’s Isle
Gasparini Sales, Inc.
Giovanni Food Co., Inc.
Good Monster LLC
Gordon Biersch Restaurant & Brewery
Great American Cookies
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Grooves Salon
Hair Habitat
Hanford Pharmaceuticals
Harris Beach PLLC
Henry Wilson Jewelers
High Peaks Hospitality
HOLT Architects, P.C.
Housel Dermatology, P.C.
Housing Visions
HR One Consulting, Inc.
Huhtamaki Inc.
Hummel’s Office Plus
Hutchings Psychiatric Center
ICS Solutions Group
Image Agent
Indian Springs Manufacturing
Ironwood Restaurant
JADAK Technologies
Jarmel Physical Therapy Clinic
Johnson Brothers Lumber Co.
Jolime Fresh Garden Café
jo’s lil’ cupcake co.
Kashani Home Decor & Gift
Kasson Place
Kelly’s Choice, LLC
Kerwin’s Cakes LLC – dba Kerwin’s Cupcakes
KeyBank N.A.
Kinani Blue, LLC
King + King Architects
Kumon Math & Reading
Laboratory Alliance of CNY, LLC
Le Moyne College
Liverpool Litho, Inc.
Lockheed Martin
M2R Management / Moes Southwest Grill
Marietta Corp.
Marquardt Switches, Inc.
McLane Northeast
Medical Answering Service
Mello Velo Bicycle Shop
Menorah Park
Metro Fitness Club
Mirror Mirror Inc. Bridal
Mohawk Global Logistics
Morrisville State College
Morse Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Much Ado About Cake
MultiMed Billing Service, Inc.
New York Air Brake
New York Optometric
Nojaim, Inc.
Northland Communications
Novelis Inc.
Nucor Steel
Off Broadway Shoes
Olive on Brooklea
Onondaga Community College
Onondaga Historical Association
Onroute Digital Media
Oswego Community Memorial Hospital
Oswego Health
Otis Technology
Owera Vineyards
P.F. Chang’s
Pall Corporation Finger Lakes Center of Excellence
Paramount Realty Group, LLC
Pathfinder Bank
Pinckney Hugo Group
Pippi’s Healing Garden
Pizza Man of Liverpool
Polaris Library Systems
Port of Oswego Authority
Professionals Incorporated
Progressive Expert Consulting, Inc.
Property Restoration, Inc.
Q Cosmetic Veins and Medical Spa
Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc.
Rapid Response Monitoring Services, Inc.
Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS)
Residence Inn by Marriott
Revolutions at Destiny USA
Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Rosie Applications
Rural/Metro Medical Services
SCHC Total Care, Inc.
Sears Outlet
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
Simple Admit
Sit Means Sit
SmartWatt Energy, Inc.
Solvay Bank
Solvay Iron Works
Southern Wine and Spirits
Sovena USA
SRCTec, Inc.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
Steinway Piano Gallery
Step One Creative
Strong Hearts Café
Suburban Propane, LP
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Oswego Metro Center
Sustainable Office Solutions, LLC
Synapse Partners, LLC
Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare
Syracuse Community Health Center
Syracuse Fitness Store
Syracuse Media Group
Syracuse New Times and Family Times
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, PC
Syracuse Student Sandbox
Syracuse University
Syracuse VA Medical Center
Sysco Food Services of Syracuse, LLC
T.J.  Maxx
Tech Geekery Inc.
TERACAI Corporation
Tessy Plastics Corporation
Testone, Marshall & Discenza, LLP
TGI Friday’s
The Barking Orange
The Bee Man
The Black Olive
The DeClutter Coach
The Fulton Companies
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
The Intelligence Group
The Jamerican Diner
The New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance
The Walking Company
Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc.
Titan Insurance & Employee Benefits Agency
TOPS Markets, LLC
True Religion
Tully Rinckey PLLC
Turning Stone Resort Casino LLC
Ultimate Arrival, LLC
Upstate Medical University
US Optical
Usherwood Office Technology
Vanguard Research & Title Services, Inc.
Vegan Cuts
Vera House, Inc.
Vibrant Syracuse Spaces, LLC
Villari’s Martial Arts
Visible Solutions of Onondaga County, Inc.
Warchal Chiropractic & Sports Rehab Center
Washington St. Partners, Inc.
WCNY-TV/Classic FM
Welch Allyn, Inc.
WellTrail, Inc.
WISE Women’s Business Center
Witty Wicks
Woodbine Group, Inc.


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