Over 400 Area Business People Celebrate Excellence at Chamber Honors 2012 Annual Dinner


2012 Business Person of the Year Lou Knotts, President & CEO of Calspan, stands with Deanna Alterio Brennen following his award acceptance.

The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Honors 2012 Awards Gala on Saturday evening, February 25, at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel Event Center, 310 Fourth St. Niagara Falls, NY. 

The 2012 Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year were among the many achievements celebrated by the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce during its dinner.  Community leaders and businesses of all sizes have gathered annually in Niagara County for this highly anticipated event.  This year the Chamber recognized the outstanding accomplishments of:

Modern Corporation – Business of the Year
Louis H. Knotts (Calspan) – Business Person of the Year
WNY Regional Economic Development Council – Visionary Award
Kathleen A. Granchelli (YWCA of Niagara) – Community Advocate of the Year
Stephen F. Brady (National Grid) – Chairman’s Award

The “Chamber Honors” is the Chamber’s most prestigious affair attracting Niagara County’s most prominent leaders, decision-makers, dignitaries and elite sponsors. The event featured a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony and entertainment by Soul Committee. 

“Niagara County is very fortunate to be served by such dedicated and competent leaders who are a force in this community and strive to improve the quality of life and economic stability of our region,” states Niagara USA Chamber President, Deanna Alterio Brennen.

Steve Brady, 2012 Niagara USA Chamber Chairman's Award Recipient featured with Kevin Schuler, Chairman, Niagara USA Chamber
Community Advocate of the Year Kathleen Granchelli
Gary Smith accepted the Business of the Year Award on behalf of Modern Corporation

Christina Orsi, Satish Tripathi, Howard Zempsky accept the Visionary Award on behalf of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council

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