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Hill & Markes Recognized as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader in Business

June 14, 2022

Amsterdam, NY – June 7, 2022 – Hill & Markes, a 115-year-old wholesale distributor, was announced by the Albany Business Review as one of the leaders in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Business. The Albany Business Review recognized individuals and businesses that have shown a commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and business community.

“Hill & Markes is proud to be recognized as a leader in business for diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Jason Packer, CEO at Hill & Markes. “At Hill & Markes, we believe that it is the people who tell the real story of what a business stands for, which is why fostering a culture based on trust, respect and inclusion is the highest priority for us. We are grateful to our partners who have helped us along the way, and to the Albany Business Review for shining a light on this important topic.”

Hill & Markes is passionate about creating a workforce that is inclusive and diverse. The local company’s commitment to supporting community and business efforts that prioritize and share those same values is steadfast.  Advancing these important goals is not a solo project. Hill & Markes would like to thank their partners who have been guideposts through their DEI efforts – Maureen O’Brien, Gregory Sorrentino, Shaloni Winston, Anthony Gaddy, Stanfort Perry, Angelo Santabarbara, Ibero American Action League, Liberty ARC, New York Industries of the Disabled (NYSID).

“The Capital Region needs individuals and companies that are taking their diversity, equity and inclusion growth seriously by holding themselves accountable, investing in new measures to improve work culture and regularly assessing their progress,” wrote Sam Raudins, Associate Editor at the Albany Business Review.

Hill & Markes has invested in new measures to improve DEI growth. Their partnership with New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) diversified their workforce and customer base. Hill & Markes took over NYSID’s distribution and delivery options by investing in new infrastructures and equipment at the Hill & Markes facility. The family-feel of this 3rd generation business made for a seamless embrace of an integrated and more diverse work environment.

Hill & Markes will continue to champion important causes. Congratulations to the other honorees – Trent Griffin – Braaf, Christa Grant, Roger Ramsammy, ACES Incubator, Mission Accomplished Transition Services.

There will be an event to celebrate the honorees on June 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy.

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About Hill & Markes:

Hill & Markes is a 115-year-old family-owned wholesale distributor servicing the state of New York with ice cream products, janitorial solutions, food service items, safety and office supplies. The Hill & Markes family strongly believes in providing cutting edge solutions for customers and being a good corporate citizen.


Katie Robertshaw
Marketing Supervisor



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