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2020 Entrepreneurs Wall of Fame Award Winners

Consultant’s Consultant

Bob Whipple is known as the "Trust Ambassador."  He is a nationally recognized expert at helping organizations build higher levels of TRUST.
His company, Leadergrow, Inc., has been in existence for 20 years, and he has been a Trust and Transparency Expert for almost 18 years.

Bob helps grow leaders at all levels and in all types of organizations. His specialty is helping organizations build higher levels of trust.I can help you understand the value of trust and how to improve it substantially in your organization.

Bob has written four books about leadership and he has been published in several Leadership and Training journals including “Leadership Excellence Magazine” and “T+D Training + Development Journal.” He is a frequent contributor to The Rochester Business Journal.

Community Champion

Lisa Hill-DiFusco has been the driving force and financial patron behind the expansion of the local Global Leadership Summit from a single church congregation event to an asset being leveraged to spark a city movement.

The Summit is an annual leadership development event and through Lisa's dedication and financial support, it is now being leveraged to support leaders in government, business, religious communities, and education. The annual event has been supplemented with a  "between the summits" program which expands the number of opportunities for leaders to grow.

Lisa has established this program for the benefit of our community 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Jeff Knaus a visionary marketer and leader whose infectious attitude and approach to generating client success is one of the pillars of our agency. Raised on a skateboard and fueled by an obsession with client success, he brings style and integrity to everything he does, and never gives less than everything.

Dave Young Dedicated Service Award (RPCN Member)

Mary Sperr does so much for RPCN! She has developed logos for our 25th Anniversary, our Awards Dinners, Boot Camps, Boat Trips, and so on. She's come up with 'Save the Date' postcards, flyers, our Awards Dinner booklets, and our quarterly calendar and ad sheets. She's a talented dynamo for RPCN!

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

The Enhancing Human Capital program has really started to take off. Floyd is recognized for his generous donation and the resulting impact on our organization.

Steve Royal Lifetime Achievement Award

John Foote is a founding member of RPCN and stayed active for many years. He conducted yearly Tax Updates numerous times and kept members informed of upcoming tax changes. John also founded the Dave Young Memorial fund after another founding member, Dave Young, passed away.

Leadership Award

Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams. In his many public-speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a basketball game that got Hollywood calling. He also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, delivering his talks with a heartfelt style that has brought audiences to their feet.

President's Award

David Powe is a speaker both locally and nationally on topics including Operational Excellence, Leadership and Enhancing Human Capital.

AIOPX helps businesses increase profits, cash flow and enterprise value through the application of Operations Excellence methodologies. Thees include lean six-sigma, TQM, TPM and others. We find the uncommon solutions to your business problems and always get extraordinary results.



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