Chamber of Schenectady County awards honor top businesses, executives

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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— Some of the area’s top businesses and executives were recognized Tuesday during the Chamber of Schenectady County’s 25th annual business awards.

The chamber’s Rising Star Award was presented to the Bier Abbey, a restaurant owned by George Collentine on lower Union Street in Schenectady. The designation is 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, according to the chamber.

Also recognized was the Niskayuna Co-op, which recently completed a half-million-dollar renovation. The co-op was presented with the chamber’s Renaissance Award, which is given to a business, organization or group with an outstanding appearance that has contributed to the revitalization of Schenectady County.

The City Mission of Schenectady was presented the chamber’s Community Partner Award. The recognition is given to an individual or organization showing significant partnership with other public or private entities to further the development of Schenectady County.

Rotterdam’s Country Wine & Spirits was named Enterprise of the Year. The store, owned by John and Carolyn Sabol, was recognized for distinguishing itself through achievements in growth and management.

The chamber’s Tech Valley Innovation Award was presented to Automated Dynamics. The manufacturer of advanced composite structures and high performance composite processing equipment was given the designation for demonstrating extraordinary technical innovation.

Michael and Edward Capovani were named the chamber’s Entrepreneurs of the Year for their business of buying and selling equipment used in the manufacturing of semiconductor, optoelectronic, MEM and nanotechnology products. In being granted the designation, the brothers were credited for their natural-born leadership skills and charismatic personalities.

Ellis Medicine was named the Corporation of the Year. Ellis employs more than 100 people and distinguishes itself through achievements in growth and management, according to the chamber.

The chamber named Walter Borisenok of Fortitech its Executive of the Year. The award is reserved for a natural-born leader and charismatic go-getter who represents a large corporation.

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