2023 Leading EDGE Awards

22nd Annual Leading EDGE Awards Recognized Regional Success 

On October 26th, the 22nd annual Leading EDGE Awards, hosted by Mohawk Valley EDGE, was held in the Cypress Room at Turning Stone Resort Casino. This well-attended event focused on honoring legacy businesses and their contributions to the local economy while also providing an opportunity for attendees to network and learn about the companies’ stories.

The evening began with a networking session in the atrium, followed by a formal awards ceremony and seated dinner. During the event, EDGE Board Chairman Justin Hummel of Hummel’s Office Plus in Mohawk and EDGE’s Chief Administrative Officer Shawna Papale highlighted the power of success through partnership and the critical role of the legacy business community.

This year, the program focused on innovation through staying power, and recognized businesses that have made a lasting impact on their community, through social initiatives, supporting local causes, providing employment opportunities, and contributing to the local economy.

Utica First Insurance Company, Hale Manufacturing, and Munson Machinery – with over 400 combined years of experience – were awarded for their economic triumph and lasting impact on the Mohawk Valley. Each award recipient was introduced with a short video created by Gavin Law of Upstate Film Company, which provided an inside look at the daily operations of each business. Additionally, the program recognized two area economic champions, Mr. Charles A. Gaetano and Mr. F. Eugene Romano, as Christopher P. Destito awardees. This award is given in honor of Christopher P. Destito, a community champion who believed in the potential of the entire region. At the ceremony, the families of Mr. Gaetano and Mr. Romano accepted awards in their honor.


EDGE expresses a deep appreciation to those who made this year’s ceremony a success.
Thank you all for supporting EDGE’s mission to strengthen and grow the Mohawk Valley.

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