The stars were out on both sides of the dais for the Eighth annual Victor Business Awards, hosted on April 3 by the Victor Local Development Corporation.Among this year’s top winners were Gary Pooler, of Pooler Enterprises, Inc. who was named Business Person of the Year.
The stars were out on both sides of the dais for the Eighth annual Victor Business Awards, hosted on April 3 by the Victor Local Development Corporation.
Since 2005 the awards have recognized dedicated business owners and individuals who have made significant contributions to the community.
Master of ceremonies and Victor resident Kevin Doran kept the red carpet luncheon on track, and 2011 Business Person of the Year, Skip Lehman, highlighted his hometown’s unique assets with warm affection. Spearheading the event was Victor Local Development Corporation Executive Director Kathy Rayburn.
“We are extremely fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated business men and women in this community who have chosen Victor as the site for their business,” said Rayburn.
The star-studded dais was lined with officials from state, county and local government agencies. But shining even brighter were the super-star business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders in the audience.
“These are the people,” said Rayburn, “(who) volunteer for committees, offer assistance to fellow business owners and work hard at making Victor a great place to work, live and visit.”
Victor Mayor John Holden acknowledged the personal investment award winners have made.
“I realize that your business doesn’t just happen,” said Holden. “It’s not a job where you punch a clock from nine to five and walk out the door. However, I also realize that owning or running your own business has rewards that cannot be measured.”
Victor Supervisor Jack Marren spoke of the role local business leaders have played in the town’s 43 percent growth over the last ten years.
“Every business, no matter what the size or the type of business, collectively has a positive impact upon the economic success of this town,” said Marren. “Your successful businesses attract many visitors and their families to our town, many of whom choose to relocate here because of the great employment opportunities and services you provide.”
Among this year’s top winners were Gary Pooler, of Pooler Enterprises, Inc. who was named Business Person of the Year, Luanne Burgess and Ruth Stryker of Chit Chat Cafe who were named Women in Business Champions of the Year, and Matt Gervasi of Lucca Wood-Fire Bistro, who was named Youth Entrepreneur.