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Announcing the 4th Annual Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award Finalists

June 22, 2022

Recognizing Young Professional Leadership, Community Service, and Achievement


ROCHESTER, NY (June 22, 2022) – Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has named 15 finalists for its 4th annual Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award. The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award recognizes a young professional, 21 to 40 years old, for leadership, community service, and personal and professional achievements. This award is designed to recognize and celebrate Rochester’s young leaders who serve as a positive influence in bettering our community.

Greater Rochester Chamber will present the award at the in-person IGNITE celebration at the Jackrabbit Club on Wednesday, August 3 from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.


The 2022 Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award finalists are:


· Mubarak Bashir, Vice President for Youth and Community Services, Action for a Better Community

· Kristen Elizabeth Beideman, Director of Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness, UR Medicine Thompson Health

· Kamarah Caven, Accounting Specialist, L3Harris Technologies

· Stephen DeVay, Agile Coach, Office of the CIO, Constellation Brands Inc.

· Jeiri I. Flores, Advocacy Specialist, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

· Netsanet Gebregzibher, Human Resources Director, YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County

· Adrian Hale, Director, Economic & Community Development, Foundry

· Flossie Hall, Director of Business Development & Marketing, Generation Capital Management

· Kimberly K. Harding, Partner & Deputy Leader, Litigation Department, Nixon Peabody LLP

· Garrett Macdonald, Senior Vice President, three+one

· Jonathan Meagher-Zayas, Director of Community Engagement, Villa of Hope

· Emily Miller, Director of Marketing, Wilmac

· Aly (Raco) Arena, Director of Recruiting, JK Executive Strategies

· John Salter, Vice President, Business Banking, M&T Bank

· Morrie Silver, Director, Communications & Baseball Information, Rochester Red Wings


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.


Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “Greater Rochester’s future is bright because of young leaders like our Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award finalists. They exemplify the community-driven nature that is characteristic of so many young leaders, and make us proud with the efforts that they are putting into our region. Each of these individuals has impacted the lives of so many through their professional success, community service, and leadership. We look forward to celebrating them in August and seeing what comes next for these exemplary young leaders.”


Registration for the August 3 in-person IGNITE event, featuring a keynote address from 2021 Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award winner Sheila Dunne, is currently open, and sponsorships are available to help support our young leaders. Learn more on our website here.


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