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2017 Entrepreneurs Wall of Fame Award Winners


At the Gala, RPCN recognized Rochester-area entrepreneurs and small-business owners in each of six categories:

Consultant’s Consultant:

Luis
Martinez, Human Capital Strategy Partners has been an example of an entrepreneur who has managed to make a successful career out of helping others succeed. While he has a number of different focuses to his business, his most impactful has been as an executive career coach. He has been running the G-Ten executive networking group for many years and has earned a stellar reputation. One of his reviewers says of Luis: "GTEN networking group that he founded. Luis is generous with his expertise, and particularly helpful for executives in transition. He has encouraged me to carefully examine and refine my value proposition in the context of the market, and that has had a direct influence on my decisions and next steps." 


Community Champion:


There is a lot more to Robin Dettman than his business, Coaching for Success. Robin truly cares about the Rochester community, and he has worked tirelessly over the years to help make improvements in education and community relationships.

He has functioned as a professional coach since May of 1994 for all school staff as they reorganized a large Urban Elementary school to achieve desired student outcomes. Later that year, in October of 1994, Robin presented a workshop for New York State Middle School Conference, titled "Building a High Performance Middle School". This publication presented a road map for educators to use to improve the performance of their schools using High Performance leadership skills.

  • Robin volunteered for the United Way Youth at Risk group from 2003 until 2005.
  • Robin has served on the Rochester Veterans Business Council and the Rochester Professional Consultants Network Board since 2013.
  • He also currently serves on three nonprofit advisory boards for organizations focused on art and organization: The Baobab Cultural Center, the Help Me Read program, and J Reve International.


Robin Dettman epitomizes the 2017 RPCN Community Champion. This is why a community of his RPCN peers agreed to the nomination and award.

Entrepreneur of the Year:

Mike Molaire is the CEO & Founder of Molecular Glasses Inc. and the Principal & Founder of Molaire Consulting LLC. Mike has been the living definition of the “boot strap” entrepreneur and has taken his vision for NONcrystallizableTM molecular glasses from garage to growing company.  What was once a one man operation has now morphed into Molecular Glasses which has 5 employees and is in the process to expand by 4 more.

 Mike has followed a template that more inventors and entrepreneurs can follow: he has participated in and graduated from RPCN’s programs, the TEN program, and the NEXUS-NY program among others.  He has made presentations at conferences internationally, has protected his intellectual property, won awards, and all his hard work and long hours are beginning to bear fruit as he has received that ever elusive goal of all start-ups – financial backing to make his dream for his molecular glasses a reality.

Dave Young Dedicated Service Award (RPCN Member):

David Powe, Aiopix Management Consulting has done so much for the RPCN organization. During his presidency he raised the profile of the organization with our Alliance with Eastman Business Park. This relationship led to a role with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) and a seat at the table of the Entrepreneurship & Development work team. He also headed up the partnership effort with Floyd Tucker of Tucker Associates to acquire his ‘Enhancing Human Capital’ package. RPCN will retool this and have it as another benefit for members. David was also instrumental in starting the Pathstone Initiative which he continues to work on past his term as president. His level of volunteerism and passion for this group is outstanding. David continues to serve on the 2017 Operations Committee and Strategic Planning for RPCN.

Linda Halliburton Friend of RPCN Award (Non-Member) :

Doug Mabon has exhibited a collaborative, helpful and friendly attitude for RPCN, having presented and showed how SCORE and RPCN could mutually benefit from each other (He co-presented with SBDC and SBA). In every Boot Camp (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) Doug has eagerly volunteered and been a member of the Team of Evaluators for the Boot Campers’ Value Presentations. He also has referred other business-savvy people to me to become Evaluators. As an Evaluator himself, he has provided valuable business critique and advice to our Value Presenters (with a caring and supportive

Doug has been a tireless advocate for RPCN and was instrumental in our two groups seeing each other as alliance partners both with the goal of helping entrepreneurs gain the skill sets they need to be successful rather than as competitors.

 

 

 

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