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Annual Entrepreneurs Wall of Fame Award Winners-- 2020

Each year RPCN presents awards to both members and non-members who have contributed so much to our organization and to our members' growth. This year, the dinner is scheduled to be held on September 22, 2021 at Glendoveers, 2328 Old Browncroft Blvd, 14625. 

Candidates for these awards (an author, another consultant, an entrepreneur or anyone that has contributed to the growth or the development of RPCN or the Rochester area) can be nominated by anyone who can tell a good story about why those nominated deserve to be recognized. Supporting documentation may be provided. Anyone can nominate more than one person in one or more of the categories. A separate form is simply filled out for each nominee.

Below are the five current categories of awards with a description of each.

Consultant’s Consultant

Identifies the person judged to have influenced the most in the nominator's job or business. It could be a role model, an author, a client, a colleague or a consultant or coach that was hired.

The 2021 Consultant's Consultant Award iwiner is Bob Whipple, LeaderGrow.

Community Champion

This award recognizes the person judged to have provided direction or guidance that resulted in a noteworthy improvement in the community or community service organization in the area.

The 2021 Community Champion Award winner is Lisa Hill DiFusco, The LightHeart Institute.

Steve Royal Lifetime Achievement Award


This award is in honor of long-time RPCN member, Steve Royal, because of his dedication, consistency, and willingness to learn new things. This award recognizes any successful entrepreneur within the Rochester Region who exhibits these attributes, and has conducted their business successfully for a significant number of years.

The 2021 Steve Royal Lifetime Achievement Award is John Foote, Expert Tax Group.

Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is in honor of a business owner or corporate officer in the Rochester area judged to have had the most noteworthy achievement in business. Anyone can be considered whose benefit to the area landed their business a state award or recognition, created a significant number of jobs for the year, whose business experienced significant growth, and anyone whose actions or business presence had the most community benefit.

The 2020 Entrpreneur of the Year Award winner is Jeff Knauss, Digital Hyve.


Dave Young Dedicated Service Award (RPCN Member)

This award honors (In Memoriam), Dave Young, a founding member of RPCN. Dave put forward many 'behind the scenes' efforts from the earliest organizational meetings to make RPCN a reality. This award honors any member of RPCN whose efforts of devotion and dedication greatly benefited RPCN’s organization, growth, programs, or standing in the community.

The 2020 Dave Young Dedicated Service Award winner is  Mary Sperr, Blue Lilac Marketing Group.

Leadership Award

This award is for a leader within their company and their community, who promotes business growth, and effectively fosters diversity in their business or organization.

Thne 2020 Leadership Award winner is Jim Johnson, author and motivational speaker

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

Any non-member of RPCN whose devotion, dedication or efforts most benefited the RPCN organization, its growth or its programs is eligible for this award.

The 2020 Linda Halliburton Friend of RPCN Award winner is Floyd Tucker, author.

President's Award

This award is for a member who has demenstrated loyalty to RPCN by contributing ideas and taking the appropriate actions to improve the olrganization.

Thi 2020 President's Award winner is David Powe, AIOPX.



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