2020 Business Person of the Year Finalist Bios

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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Council Recognize Outstanding Business Leaders

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Small Business Council affiliate are proud to announce the finalists chosen for the 2020 Business Person of the Year Award.

This prestigious honor, first awarded in 1983, recognizes for-profit business leaders in Greater Rochester who have demonstrated outstanding success, growth, leadership, and service in both in both civic and professional areas. Click on each finalist to read their full bio.


50 and Under Employees:

· John Allen, President, Allen Associates Inc.

· Jason Barrett, President, Black Button Distilling

· Aaron Gordon, Founder and CEO. Optic Sky Productions, LLC

· Jill Knittel, President, JK Executive Strategies, LLC

· Nannette Nocon, Private Wealth Advisor, Nocon & Associates


Over 50 Employees:

· Michael S. Hess, Founder, President and CEO, Waste Harmonics

· Jay McHarg, CEO, AeroSafe Global

· Bill Pollock, President and CEO, Optimation Technology, Inc.

· Timothy J. Pope, CEO and Owner, Ironwood Heavy Highway, LLC/ Terry Tree Service, LLC

· David C. Scalen, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Regional Distributors, Inc.


Small Business Council President Greg Miller said, “Congratulations to all the finalists named for the 2020 Business Person of the Year! It will be a great honor for me to recognize the outstanding achievements of these Rochester business leaders who rose to the challenge of 2020 by demonstrating excellence in growth, leadership, and community service.”

Bob Duffy, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, said, “While the COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted many plans in 2020, it also provided an opportunity for true leaders to shine. Being chosen as a finalist for the Business Person of the Year Award in a time of such challenge is an honor with special distinction. We look forward to joining our Small Business Council in celebrating the service and success of our local businesspeople on June 24th. ”


For more information on the Business Person of the Year Award, contact Greater Rochester Chamber Events Director Susan George at Susan.George@GreaterRochesterChamber.com or (585) 256-4612.

To purchase tickets or explore sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Business Person of the Year award on June 24, 2021, visit http://bit.ly/ROCBPoY.