Leading EDGE Awards (LEA)

The Leading EDGE Awards were instituted in 1998 to recognize companies in the Mohawk Valley who were leaders in their industrial sector and the regional economy. In the last two decades, we have welcomed a variety of area businesses and organizations to these events; both as award winners and as attendees. We hope the success of the Leading EDGE Awards may continually represent the breadth of our region’s economic institutions and professional sectors.

We also continue to remember, honor, and celebrate a founding EDGE Board member Christopher Destito each year at this event.  He was a community champion who believed in the potential of the entire region.  The Christopher Destito Award was created to honor an individual who possesses the same characteristics as Chris. Among others, previous Destito Leading EDGE award winners include Charles Sprock, Charlie Constantino, Tom Clark, Nick Matt, Gene Quadraro, and Marolyn Wilson.

LEA: From Past to Present

2023 Leading EDGE Awards

On Thursday, October 26th three area organizations and two individuals were honored during our 22nd annual Leading EDGE Awards ceremony at Turning Stone’s Cypress Room.

Leading EDGE honorees represent those at the cutting edge of innovation, economic growth, and leadership. In 2023, EDGE was proud to recognize the longstanding companies located in the Mohawk Valley. With over 400 years of combined impact, our awardees exemplified the strength and determination of keeping their businesses successful. 


Thank you to our 2023 Leading EDGE Awards Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Turning Stone Enterprises | Bond, Schoeneck & King | Pacemaker Steel & Piping Company | The Fountainhead Group

Gold Sponsors

Adirondack Bank  Bank of Utica  |  Community Bank  |  KeyBank  |  M&T Bank  |  National Grid  |  NBT Bank  NYSTEC | Ramboll Engineering

Silver Sponsors

Bank of America  |  Berkshire Bank | March Associates | OneGroup | Strategic Financial Services Oneida County IDA/LDC

Bronze Sponsors

Assured Information Security  | Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties | Griffiss Institute | Matt Brewing Company  |  Mohawk Valley Health Systems  | Pathfinder Bank | Plumley Engineering | Saunders Kahler, LLP | Semikron-Danfoss | SUNY Apprenticeship Program


AmeriCU  |  Cathedral Corporation  Charles A. Gaetano Construction Company, A Division of Pike | Couch White | D’Arcangelo Co, LLC. | Excellus BlueCross BlueShield  First Source Credit Union  Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy, Inc.  |  GPO Federal Credit Union  Hayner Hoyt Corporation  Herkimer County IDA  |  Indium Corporation  | Lahinch Group |  McCraith Beverages | Mohawk Valley Water Authority   | Northland Communications  |  Revere Copper Products, Inc.  | Tidal Basin | Towne Engineering |  Upstate Film Company | Utica National Insurance  |  Utica University  |  Valley Health Services/ Bassett | VIP Structures Wolfspeed