Inaugural Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award Finalists

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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce named 24 finalists for its inaugural IGNITE Future Leader’s Award. Rochester Chamber plans to present the award at its third annual Re:Generation: Empowering Rochester's Future Leaders event Thursday, June 13 at Arbor at the Port.

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 inaugural IGNITE Award finalists are:

  • Alex Amorese, Commercial Real Estate Associate, CBRE Rochester
  • CaTyra Polland, Founder, Polland Enterprises, LLC
  • Charles "Chip" Murphy, Regional Vice President, HUNT Real Estate ERA
  • Duwaine Bascoe, Associate, Abrams Fensterman
  • Emily M. Smith, P.E., Vice President / Director of Transportation, Fisher Associates
  • Emmylou L. Duell, Staff Accountant, Sydor Technologies
  • Herbert Escher, President, Dale Carnegie
  • Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson, Human Resources Coordinator, Nazareth College
  • Jessica Spann, Performance Solutions Specialist, Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • John Loury, President, CAUSE + EFFECT Strategy and Marketing
  • Joseph Sayre, Associate Director of Recruitment, Simon Business School
  • Julia Maddox, Director, iZone, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries
  • Kaitlin Alfvin, Marketing Specialist, ProNexus, LLC
  • Krystle Ellis, Director, Communications and Special Events, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester
  • Oscia Miles-Wilson, Cultural Competency Coordinator, YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County
  • Ronieka Burns, Program Specialist, 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund
  • Ryan Trevas, Business Services Representative, NYS Department of Labor
  • Ryann Bouchard-Guglielmo, Public Relations Supervisor, Dixon Schwabl
  • Shirah Cahill, Landscape Designer, SWBR
  • Stefano Daza Arango, Founder/CEO, Zeyba
  • Stephanie Nott, Associate, Abrams Fensterman
  • Taren Greenidge, Attorney, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
  • Tashanda Thomas, HR Business Partner, Rochester Regional Health
  • Yana Khashper, CEO, ROCovery Fitness

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 June 13 Re:Generation conference featuring the inaugural IGNITE Award presentation and a keynote address from Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, one of the youngest people elected mayor in the U.S., is open to the public. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/ReGenROC.