Celebrating Business: The 2020 Rochester Chamber Top 100
bob duffy g r e at e r r o c h e s t e r c h a m b e r president and ceo
he Rochester Chamber Top 100 is our region’s biggest business celebration of the year. It recognizes success and the entrepreneurial spirit of innovation for which Rochester is well-known. Each year nearly 2,000 of our region’s top business leaders have come to look forward to the evening reception, dinner, and party. It goes without saying that current circumstances preclude those particular festivities for this year. But rest assured the pomp and circumstance has not gone away, just changed form for right now. This year we brought the celebration to you, in your offices and your homes. Thanks to an outstanding partnership with Hideaway, Tasteful Connections, Colby, Floreano Convention Center, and CMI AV, you and your colleagues had the option to enjoy a delicious meal and a unique virtual experience. Their collaboration and willingness to get creative made this event a reality. Most importantly, the spirit behind the event remains fully intact: to recognize our region’s most successful and fastest-growing companies. The 2020 Rochester Chamber Top 100 companies employ close to 68,000 people and reported total revenue of nearly $13 billion. The economic impact generated by these businesses has real and lasting influence on our community, and their triumphs correlate directly with the success of their vendors and ancillary businesses.
Reading the stories of the Top 100 companies each year and learning about how they have overcome challenges and persevered on their way to success serves as an unending inspiration. Their elevated standing within their industries and loyalty to their employees and customers shows that with hard work and a strong team, anything is possible.
These companies have made the Rochester and Finger Lakes region their home base and have proven year after year to reinvest their success right here. Behind every successful program is a team that rarely receives the recognition they deserve. I want to thank and commend Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Events Director, Susan George, for her two decades of leadership in organizing the Rochester Chamber Top 100 awards program. Susan and her team do a tremendous job handling a process that runs nearly year-round with flawless planning and execution. Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to host the most anticipated business event of the year. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, ESL Federal Credit Union, and our major sponsor, Paychex. Thank you also to our premier sponsor, Wegmans, along with our partners, 13WHAM ABC, Fox Rochester and CW Rochester, 92.5 WBEE, and KPMG LLP, as well as all our supporting and corporate sponsors. These sponsors have remained committed to supporting this recognition program, and our business community, given these unprecedented times. To view our full list of sponsors and who they are – click here. The Rochester Chamber Top 100 event is about more than just a trophy and recognition. It represents the best of our entire community. It represents why each one of us is proud to call this region home. It represents partnership, ambition, entrepreneurship, and hope Enjoy this year’s success and get ready for Top 100 2021!