2nd Annual Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award Finalists

Recognizing Leadership, Community Service, and Professional Achievement

ROCHESTER, NY (August 27, 2020) Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce named 16 finalists for its 2nd Annual IGNITE Future Leaders Award. Rochester Chamber plans to present the award at the IGNITE 2020 virtual event on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

The IGNITE Award recognizes a young professional, 21 to 40 years old, for leadership, community service, and personal and professional achievements. The goal is to recognize and celebrate Rochester’s future leaders who serve as a positive influence in bettering our community.

The 2020 IGNITE Award finalists are:

  • Christina Barnwell, Director of Social Services for Greater Rochester, The Salvation Army
  • Jason Barrett, Founder & President, Black Button Distilling
  • Darrell Bell, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary
  • Andrew Brady, Chief Evolutionary Officer, The XLR8 Team, Inc.
  • Collin Doane, Associate Attorney, Lacy Katzen LLP
  • Paul Gebel, Director of Product Innovation, ITX Corp.
  • Nicholas Grunert, Enrollment Outreach Manager, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Nia Jones, Director of Residential Services, East House
  • Randi Proukou, Founding Partner, Zea Proukou PLLC
  • Kristin Purdy, Senior Associate/Project Architect/Sustainable Design Manager, SWBR
  • Joseph Sayre, Associate Director of Recruitment, Simon Business School
  • Jason Streb, Architect/Associate, CPL Architecture - Engineering - Planning
  • Nicole VanGorder, Chief Operating Officer, Upstate Special Needs Planning
  • Audrey Wackerman, Vice President, Employee Benefits, USI Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Jessica Wade, Associate/Project Architect, SWBR
  • Kiara Warren,Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services

A selection committee consisting of a diverse group of professional leaders from the Rochester and Finger Lakes business community determined the finalists and recipient based upon submitted nominations.

The September 30 IGNITE event, featuring a keynote address from 2019 IGNITE winner Taren Greenidge, is open to the public. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/IGNITE_20

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