The businesses and organizations honored at the Webster Chamber of Commerce breakfast on June 29th, 2018 were:
Rich Marlin Edward Jones Investments– 25 Years
Mirror Show Management – 25 Years
Electronic Merchant Systems – 30 Years
Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support – 30 Years
The Weekend Print Shop – 40 Years
United Church of Christ Congregational – 65 Years
Hegedorn’s Market – 65 Years
Leo J. Roth Corporation – 70 Years
Webster Community Chest – 70 Years
Rochester Store Fixture – 80 Years
NOCO Natural Gas & Electric – 85 Years
Kittelberger Florist – 90 Years
Bauman Farm Market – 110 Years
Fairport Savings Bank – 130 Years
Rich Marlin has been with Edward Jones serving investors in the Webster community for 25 years..
Rich had been a Financial Advisor for 10 years before associating with Edward Jones so he has been helping people achieve their financial goals for years.
Previous to starting a financial career, Rich worked for non-profit organizations. First, as a Youth Worker in the Inner City of Rochester followed as an Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Rich's college major was Psychology, with minors in Education and Sociology.
He always had the desire to help people live better lives and make the world a better place. While he no longer works for a non-profit, he still does help people live better lives and makes his client's world a little better.
He has helped hundreds of clients plan for and live in retirement. Some have been retired for over 30 years and some have become millionaires.
Rich’s motto is: “If you're not planning for your retirement, that's your business. If you are planning to retire, that's his business."
Congratulations to Rich Marlin on 25 years in business!
Elena Heisel (L) and Rich Marlin (R) receive longevity award with Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, Joe Vitello.
Mirror Show Management is a women-owned customer experience agency specializing in exhibits, events and environments.
Donna Shultz, President, started the company in May 1993 with a single client and today is one of the leading experience design agencies in the industry. They manage trade show and event programs all over the world for Fortune 500 clients including Cisco Systems, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson and Capital One powered by a team that has grown from 3 to 85 employees.
So much has changed in the business over the years. Today, the business has been transformed into creating and developing high-impact technology-driven customer experiences. They at the forefront of this momentous change and have developed a proprietary process called ExperiTech™ that consistently delivers better experiences, longer brand engagement and higher booth registration rates for their clients.
They have won virtually every major experience design award in the industry. Of course there have been a few bumps along the way. When Kodak, their biggest client for many years, filed for bankruptcy in 2011, they were in the middle of doing their largest annual show. They met the challenge, mobilized quickly, downsized staff and refocused efforts on new business. They emerged stronger than ever.
In 2012, they reached a company milestone launching their Employee Stock Ownership Plan, making every employee a part owner. That year was also the start of a large growth spurt, confirming their belief that their people are the fire in the engine of their growth.
Mirror Show is one of Rochester Top Workplaces, based on confidential employee surveys for five years in a row, one of only 11 companies with that record. In 2015 they topped the Rochester Top 100 list as the fastest-growing privately held company and have been on the Top 100 eight times.
They have a simple philosophy: “Do a great job for your customers every day and everything else will take care of itself.” A passion for serving clients is what they are all about!
The future is bright. There will be 11,000 tradeshows in the U.S. this year and client spend will exceed 25 billion dollars. Mirror Show Management is well-positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.
They have a lot to celebrate on their 25th anniversary—and they are doing it in a really big way. All year long, the 25th of each month is being commemorated by a special surprise for their employees. Whether it’s chocolate in the shape of 2s and 5s left on employees’ desks by a secret elf, a 25-shaped donut wall for a company breakfast, or most recently, a super-sized, lit “25” sculpture proudly on display outside the office, the goal with each surprise is to celebrate the organization’s 25 years, its accomplishments and, most of all, their great people.
Congratulations to Mirror Show Management on 25 years of growth and success.
Gary Collins of Mirror Show Management receives longevity award from Joe Vitello Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair.
Established in 1988 by Jim Weiland, Electronic Merchant Systems has grown to become a leading provider of payment processing and merchant services. They process and safeguard many types of electronic payment transactions including all major credit cards, debit cards, EBT, stored-value, and electronic check services.
Electronic Merchant Systems’ mission is to be the industry leader in merchant services by providing an innovative suite of business solutions, a high level of quality service, and having professional, dedicated employees that increase the financial well-being of their clients. Their employees and clients receive the same concern, respect and caring attitude.
In 2010 President and CEO Dan Neisadt wanted a regional office in Western NY where each merchant in the area could have an individual local representative for ongoing assistance, information with the support of a regional as well as national team.
“Old Fashioned Local Service With Amazing National Support” has always been their model.
Today’s global business landscape has become digitally entrenched and business owners may not be aware of which company is actually handling their money. They might also be lacking a direct contact to assist them when issues arise.
Electronic Merchant Systems, for the past 30 years, has continuously been dedicated to bring light to this situation and embraces the motto: “We Educate, You Decide”.
Congratulations to Electronic Merchant Systems on 30 years in business.
Joe Vitello, Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair presents longevity award to Steve Miller and Amanda Rodriguez of Electronic Merchant Systems.
The Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support, Inc. is a not for profit and a 501(C)3 charitable organization whose purpose is to provide an advanced life support level of emergency care in a pre-hospital setting. Advanced Life Support is where a Paramedic will assess and begin treatment prior to transporting you to the hospital, they are able to administer medications, perform an EKG or other heart related procedures, provide airway management, or other advanced medical procedures that typically are provided for in a hospital emergency department.
Being able to provide these advanced life support treatments before reaching the hospital has saved many lives and increased the number of positive outcomes for patients. NEQALS provides service using first response vehicles, also known as “fly cars” that respond to emergency medical calls along with basic life support ambulances dispatched for serious medical emergencies, potentially life threatening medical problems and traumatic injuries.
In 1986 a group of individuals, representing the volunteers from Xerox’s Medic 90 and the 3 fire departments that served the Webster area formed a planning committee that sought to create a wholly independent organization to provide ALS services to Webster. This committee became the Board of Directors when NEQALS was incorporated in 1987. After months of fund raising, equipment procurement, and other preparations, NEQALS went into service with their Medic 10 response vehicle in June of 1988 with 7 active duty members. In the first year NEQ ALS was established they had over 700 calls for service. In 1994 Medic 11 was added, in 2004 Medic 12 was added and in 2007 Medic 14 was added creating a total of 4 “fly cars.” In 2017 NEQALS had 2994 calls for service.
Due to the growth of the Towns of Webster, Penfield, and Ontario along with the increased requirements to become a Paramedic – it takes 6 months of schooling to become an EMT followed by an additional 18 months of schooling to become certified at as a Paramedic – NEQALS has grown from a staff of 7 original volunteers to a total of 68 employees today.
Congratulations and many “thanks” to Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support Team for saving lives in Webster for 30 years!
Mike Pope accepts longevity award from the Webster Chamber of Commerce with John Beldue, Jerry Fedele, Ray Camp, Jeannette Aguglia and Phyllis Lochner of Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support.
The Weekend Print Shop started as a hobby business in the late 1960's and didn’t become a formal operation until 1978.It was first located in owner Dave Eckler's grandmother’s garage on Holt Road.
The business name was officially filed in 1983, and became a full time shop in 1987. The shop continued to operate on Holt road until 2009 when it moved to the Lawyers Co-Op Building on Publishers Parkway. In 2012 the shop moved to 607 Phillips Road.
Weekend Print Shop offers all types of printing, but specializes in Letterpress.Dave Eckler's collection of antique printing equipment dates back over 100 years.
This "museum" part of the shop is now located in downtown Rochester in the Hungerford Building on East Main Street. It is used as a classroom for teaching about printing at the turn of the century, as well as actual printing jobs for the artistic community.
Congratulations to The Weekend Print Shop on 40 years as a Webster business!
Dave Eckler (R) from Weekend Print Shop receives longevity award from Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Joe Vitello.
Webster UCC began with a discussion around a bridge club card table - and they have been partying ever since!
In February 1952, a group a people in Northwest Webster felt the need for a protestant church in their community. With the counsel of the Rochester Federation of Churches, the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, and ministers of several Webster churches, a committee of 20 volunteers began a door-to-door census of nearly 600 families!
In November of that same year, about 40 men and women met to discuss further plans. A denominational recommendation was accepted by the Congregational Christian Churches through the Rev. James A. G. Moore of Rochester, the Associate Minister of the New York Congregational Christian Conference.
In January of 1953, a search process began for a minister to serve the congregation - already worshiping in the homes of several congregants. The Rev. Ralph Winn, from South Hadley, Massachusetts accepted the call to the new parish! He led his first service of worship in the Willsea home on Lake Road on September 13, 1953. Sunday School classes began on October 4th in the basement.
On the fourth Sunday of November 1953, 90 people came together and were welcomed as members of a new church congregation, and the Congregational Christian Church of Webster New York was born! Later that week, a "meeting of incorporation" was held, legally establishing the church under the laws of the State of New York.
In 1957 - shortly after the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged to create the United Church of Christ - Webster UCC moved into its new building on 8 acres of land on Klem Road! Since then, 90 members have grown into a congregation of 400, and that first building has grown into a large modern facility housing fellowship space, a nursery school, and a large parking area.
Webster UCC continues to grow and strive to "BE THE CHURCH" God is calling them to be in the 21st century. Congratulations to them on 65 years in our community!
Joe Vitello, Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair presents longevity award to Liz Neubert, John Norton, Carolyn Montanaro, Carole Kohler of United Church of Christ.
Hegedorn’s Market has been a fixture in Webster for 65 Years. When you step inside Hegedorn’s grocery store, it is easy to see that the business is all about hard working long term managers, team members and family with a genuine concern about satisfying their customers and giving back to their neighbors. The supermarket currently employs over 185 local residents who understand the formula for business longevity and display a deep sense of gratitude to a loyal customer base who provide them with the opportunity to work.
The Hegedorn family has been selling food on the Ridge for well over 80 years since Bruce’s father, Clifford, opened a dairy store on the family farm in 1936. That was when milk sold for ten cents per quart! Some of the old farm photographs as well as photos of original employees from the 50's can be seen in the entrance to the supermarket.
In 1953, Bruce and Mary Hegedorn opened a 2,000 square foot food market. Bruce’s original business premise was to provide great value to his customers through competitive pricing, top quality, wide selection and great service.
To this day, Hegedorn’s still carries the customer’s orders out to their cars and focuses on providing the highest level of value. They rely on knowledgeable, engaged and enthusiastic team members and managers to meet their customer’s every need.
“Hometown Proud” showcases Hegedorns' involvement and concern for the Webster Community. Whether it is selling tickets for a high school production, sponsoring sports teams or collecting food for the Webster Community Chest, community support by this family business is actively embraced.
Congratulations to Hegedorn’s Market for 65 years of incredible service!
Joe Vitello, Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair presents longevity award to Shari Hegedorn, Noreen Roesser, John Gonzalez and Jonathan Gonzalez of Hegedorn’s.
Leo J. Roth Corporation was founded by Leo Roth in 1948. At the time the office was at the kitchen table and the shop was in the garage. With the help of his wife Genevieve keeping the books, Leo crafted the sheet metal at night and installed it during the day. The company started to take off as Leo’s sons Bob, Don, and Jim and son-in-law Bob Fella came to share the load. Leo J. Roth Corporation was truly a family affair!
In the early 1950’s the need for a larger facility prompted Leo to buy a six car garage on Clifford Avenue, which grew over the years into a facility with over 40,000 square feet on seven acres. Throughout the next 20 years the corporation expanded its services to heating, air conditioning, ventilation and roofing with their related service departments under the leadership of the second generation. The growth continued with the opening of the pumping division in 1988.
The third generation was now rooted at the family business and Tom Roth’s knowledge and career grew under the direction of his dad Bob Roth and his uncles. Tom was quickly followed by his cousin Don Fella and this team continued the precedent set by the 2nd generation with the addition of Roth Controls.
Continued growth and expansion made it obvious that the family business which had started in a small garage needed to move yet again, and in 1999 the perfect location was found on Holt Road in Webster. The new home allowed the expansion to continue with two new divisions: Roth Residential which focuses on our neighbors heating and air conditioning needs and Roth Green Energy which concentrates on alternative energy opportunities.
As Leo J. Roth Corporation rounds out 70 years serving the Rochester community the Roth Family is excited about the future. In 2017 the Roth Restoration division was created to fill the needs of historic roofs and homes and they’re happy to report that Kate Roth, the great-granddaughter of Leo, is now working at his company.
Congratulations to Leo J Roth Corporation for their 70 years!
Tom Roth accepting the longevity award for Leo J. Roth from the Webster Chamber of Commerce.
In 1945 community members began discussing continuing the work of the Rochester War Chest to benefit local residents. The War Chest, a vision of George Eastman, was created so thriving citizens could help take care of their own. Members of many Webster organizations attended, including the Town Supervisor, Village Mayor, and representatives of Webster Churches, Scouts, and Civic & Fraternal groups (including the Webster Chamber of Commerce). Finally, on April 22, 1948 the Webster Community Chest was incorporated.
Their Mission Statement is “The Webster Community Chest is a non-profit organization that serves people and organizations in need in the greater Webster (14580) community by providing services and programs”.
For 70 years, the Webster Community Chest has been providing assistance to Webster residents. This currently includes information and referral services, emergency food assistance, limited financial assistance during a crisis or emergency, annual Shirley Miller Awards to recognize High School seniors for their community service efforts, summer camp scholarships for children, and Aid to Organizations. In 2017, 1,362 calls to our benefits counselor were received. 4 families received emergency food assistance, 43 Webster children got a scholarship to attend a week of summer camp, 29 families received financial assistance during their time of crisis or emergency, and 1 Webster family, whose house was destroyed by fire, got their insurance deductible covered through the “Crisis Fund.”
In 2017 they provided aid to the following organizations: Honor Flight, Annual Webster Senior Citizens Luncheon, Special Education Parent Teacher Association, RAMS East, a Self Help Group for People Living with MS, the Webster Central School District Veterans Dinner, and the Webster Association of Senior Program Supporters for the transportation of wheelchair bound residents.
All this is made possible by dedicated volunteers, and the generous monetary donations received throughout the year. No funds come from the Town or government. The Chest is a United Way Donor Choice Agency #1469.
From the first $5,000 budget in 1948 to the current campaign, Webster residents continue their proud tradition of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors!”
Thank you to the Webster Community Chest for helping our community for 70 years!
Joyce Thompkins, Michael Grenier and Andy LaManna receives longevity award from Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Joe Vitello.
Rochester Store Fixture was founded in 1938 and is now a third generation business. One thing has not changed – they have a thorough knowledge of the food service industry along with a strong tradition of outstanding customer service.
Daniel D’Andreano, the owner of a successful meat market on North Street made the decision in 1938 to expand his business by offering food service equipment to other meat markets in Rochester. Beginning with deli cases and eventually encompassing a full line of restaurant equipment, the business experienced a transformation and underwent a title change from the Northside Market to Rochester Store Fixture.
The company catered to the new and used equipment needs of the small stores, bakeries and meat markets of the time. The family business was run by Dan D’Andreano and his children Vito and Sofia. Dan’s son-in-law, Richard Korn, joined the company in 1967. Business grew and they needed to construct an additional building which was connected to the existing location providing a total of 20,000 SF at 707 North Street.
The business gained new customers who required a more diverse product selection. Dan Korn, Richard Korn’s son, joined the business in 1979. He increased their purchasing power through a partnership with the National Equipment and Supply Association buying group. Dan’s sister, Chris Doherty, joined the company in 1985 and she expanded the small wares department with more items that the customers requested.
In 2007, ADM Amalgamation, a premier supplier for brewing supplies and draft beer systems closed. Rochester Store Fixture bought the remaining assets and re-established the once thriving business to continue to serve individuals, beer distributors and microbreweries.
Today, they sell new and used food service equipment, supplies, and parts to the Upstate New York area. They also outfit bars, restaurants and home brewers with systems to properly serve draft beer.
Rochester Store Fixture is now a 3rd generation family business committed to serving the needs of both the food service industry of Western New York and the draft beer equipment desires of the nation.
Congratulations on 80 years of growth and success!
Christine Doherty and Dan Korn of Rochester Store Fixtures receive longevity award from Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Joe Vitello.
In February 1934 Buffalo hit its record low temperature of -20 degrees. This was just a few months after Reginald B. Newman purchased his first coal truck as a means to support his family. Three generations later, NOCO has grown to be one of the largest private sector employers in Western New York and a respected leader in the energy industry. Their commitment to Western New York, the support of the communities they serve and the passion to energize their neighbors has fueled their growth.
As times have evolved, so have the energy needs. NOCO has remained dedicated to meeting those needs and providing the best energy solutions.
In 2006, they began offering natural gas and electricity to residential and commercial customers across the region. Today, thousands of local businesses count on NOCO to provide them with right strategic energy plan.
What sets them apart? NOCO Natural Gas & Electric uses the same business philosophy that has guided them for decades: give customers the best combination of pricing and service, delivered with an uncompromising level of trust and integrity.
Whether you’re the sole proprietor, a start-up or the CFO of a large established manufacturer, NOCO’s team is equipped to help you manage your energy costs by providing straight forward pricing and supply strategies. They are service driven and help develop clear, custom energy solutions that allow you to make the best decisions for your organization.
Whether you are the Buffalo Sabres or a Tim Horton’s restaurant, NOCO Natural Gas & Electric is committed to keeping you energized. They are local, family owned and they want to help your business thrive.
Congratulations to NOCO Natural Gas & Electric for their 85 years!
Joe Vitello Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair presents longevity award to Tina Salvatore of NOCO Natural Gas and Electric.
The family uses 1928 as the official starting date, but actually it was much earlier. Jenny and Will Kittelberger lived on the property where the current store sits. Jenny had a small greenhouse from which she sold annuals and plants. The earliest records they can find of sales were in 1915 when Jenny sold plants to a church.
Jenny and Will brought Willy Fuchs over from Germany to work with them and help garden. After meeting Pauline at night school where he was learning English they married and carried on Jenny’s love of flowers. That date in 1928 represents the family’s start of Kittelberger Florist.
Over the next 90 years many changes have occurred. In 1950 Martin Horeth (an immigrant from Romania) joined Willy and Pauline at the florist. In the early 1950’s they built a small storefront to house the business along with some pottery and other gardening accessories. Soon Martin fell in love with Willy and Pauline’s daughter, Hilda, and they married.
In the early 1960’s the original Kittelberger House was demolished to make way for Orchard Street to connect the Village with the booming Xerox Corporation. A ranch house was built next to the shop for Martin and Hilda’s growing family. That house, in which all 5 children were raised, is now part of the shop’s gift area.
Major renovation happened to the structure in the 70’s and 80’s with the major middle section being torn down and rebuilt in 2002. Today, all five of Hilda and Martin’s children along with 6 of the fourth generation are operating the business.
Bill Horeth said this about running a 90 year old Webster business:
“We have loved the privilege of doing business in Webster. Like flowers and plants, our roots have been planted here and remained on the same soil. The families of Webster and surrounding areas have not only been our customers, but have become our friends. We have celebrated with them, brought comfort at times of sorrow, welcomed new members to the family, and helped them show signs of affection and love. Many smiles have been brought to faces and have brightened doomy days. We are proud to be a part of the Webster Community and look forward to keeping Webster, Where Life is Worth Living!”
Thank you to the Kittelberger team and congratulations on 90 years strong!
Joe Vitello Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair presents longevity award to Bill Horeth and Cathy Mills of Kittelberger Florist.
Bauman Farms has gone through many changes in the last century. It was bought at auction in 1908 by Joe and Emma Bauman, and today, the third generation is currently continuing the family tradition.
Jim Bauman's Mom and Dad, Barb and Jim, converted the farm from a dairy to growing small fruits and vegetables. Their son Jim, and his wife, Barbara have been operating the farm since 1984. They continued growing the farm, adding a bakery, the market, more than 20 greenhouses and much more.
Currently, you can come and visit the greenhouses to select your annuals, perennials and hanging baskets, or head out to the field to pick your own strawberries. Corn is coming in a few weeks, and after that it will be pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and other crops. After the fall crops and when the snow starts, there will be Christmas trees, which they do with Jim's brother, Mark.
Jim and Barbara have been operating the Farm Market nearly 35 years. They have five children: Paul, Dan, Steve, Catie, and Caroline. With Dan’s marriage to Julie Howell, and the birth of their daughter, now the 4th generation being raised on the farm.
This hard working farm family is looking forward to continuing the family tradition for another 110 years!
Joe Vitello Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair presents longevity award to Paul Bauman, Barb Bauman and Jean Bauman of Bauman Farm Market.
Fairport Savings Bank was founded on May 7, 1888, by a group of local individuals who wanted to support their community by funding their neighbors’ new homes. That spirit of neighbors helping neighbors and a commitment to community has been the guiding mission for Fairport Savings Bank for 130 years.
Though we’ve grown to over $300 million in assets, 5 full -service branch locations, 4 dedicated mortgage offices, an expansive ATM network, broad offerings of online and mobile banking services and two subsidiaries - Fairport Wealth Management and FSB Insurance Agency, the commitment to the community has never changed. They pride themselves on individualized service and providing customers with not only the best service available, but products that are right for the customer. The friendly, knowledgeable staff works hard to build relationships with each customers and family, so they can deliver tailored financial advice and counsel.
Their tagline is “Love your bank.” This is more than just a tagline; it’s their promise, because they believe you should love your bank.
Providing home loans continues to be the essence of Fairport Savings Bank. Mortgage originations and servicing operations offer a full menu of mortgage products including fixed and adjustable rates, government loans, first time homebuyer programs, construction loans and home equity loans and lines of credit. The expanded Business Banking line includes commercial term loans, lines of credit and mortgages. They also offer business checking and Remote Check Deposit.
Fairport Savings Bank has always seen itself as more than just a bank. They are a part of the fabric of every community they serve and as a result, they invest time and charitable resources to meet local community needs.
With a proud history and legacy, their plan is to carry that legacy forward for another 130 years.
Congratulations to Fairport Savings Bank on 130 years of longevity!
Christina Strazzeri, Tracy Hall and Kevin Maroney receive longevity award from Webster Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Joe Vitello