September 9, 2016

Chamber Announces 28th Annual Business Award Honorees

The Chamber of Schenectady County will honor eight businesses and individuals at its 28th Annual Business Awards on Wednesday, October 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Glen Sanders Mansion, One Glen Avenue, Scotia.

The Rising Star Award, given to a business in operation for two years or less that has demonstrated commitment to the community and exhibits potential for long-term success, goes to Chez Nous Restaurant on Union Street in Schenectady, owned by Heather and Andy Chestnut.

The DoubleTree by Hilton on Nott Terrace in Schenectady and the Marshall Sterling Building at 125 Mohawk Avenue in Scotia will both take away the Renaissance Award, recognizing the outstanding appearance of buildings that have contributed to the revitalization of Schenectady County.

The Entrepreneur of the Year, known for natural-born leadership skills and a charismatic personality, is Jeff Buell of Sequence Development, which redeveloped Schenectady’s Foster Building. Towne TV in Rotterdam has been named Enterprise of the Year, an award which recognizes a business with 100 employees or less distinguishing itself through achievements in growth and management. The business is owned by Mickey Valletta and managed by Paul DeMilio.

The Tech Valley Innovation Award, honoring a business that has demonstrated extraordinary technical innovation, will be given to the Institute for Clinical Pharmacodynamics, located on Broadway in Schenectady.

Environment One Corporation of Niskayuna has been named the Corporation of the Year, employing more than 100 people and distinguishing itself through achievements in growth and management.

Last but certainly not least, the Executive of the Year award, which recognizes a distinguished C-suite leader for a consistent record of accomplishment, is Diane Smith Faubion, Executive Vice President for 1st National Bank of Scotia.

Reservations for the Business Awards Dinner are available at