Eight Rochester-area businesspeople are to be inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame this fall. The inductees hail from four vastly different companies and industries.
The 2013 inductees are:
- Lauren Dixon, CEO, and Michael Schwabl, president, Dixon Schwabl Inc.
- Joseph Harris, founder and former president, and Selah Harris, Margaret Harris Sheldon and Joseph Harris, former presidents, of Harris Seeds;
- Robert Morgan, chairman and CEO, Morgan Management Inc.; and
- Dilip Vellodi, chairman and CEO, Sutherland Global Services Inc.
The Hall of Fame is presented by Junior Achievement of Rochester New York Area Inc., the Rochester Business Journal and the Rochester Museum & Science Center, which plays host to an exhibit on the inductees.
An event to honor the inductees is slated for Oct. 8 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Dixon, a former TV reporter, began her advertising firm in her son's bedroom in 1987. Schwabl, a former photojournalist, joined the firm and in 1989 they wed. Their firm has ranked No. 1 on the Rochester Business Journal's list of marketing communications firms since 2010. It has grown to 77 employees.
Joseph Harris settled in the Genesee Valley in the mid-1800s. His success as a seedsman led to the start of Harris Seeds in 1879, building it into a large mail-order business in Gates. It was managed by a succession of Harris family members-including Selah Harris, Margaret Harris Sheldon and Joseph Harris-for 100 years. Still with its headquarters in Rochester, the company sells vegetable and flower seeds, plants and growing supplies nationwide.
Morgan founded Morgan Management in 1976 after graduating from high school. He has built it into a multimillion-dollar real estate ownership firm with residential and commercial properties from New York to Texas. It had grown to more than 1,500 employees by 2010. Morgan's high-profile local efforts include joint ownership of the Strathallan and a joint venture to redevelop Midtown Tower.
Vellodi founded Sutherland Global Services in 1986 and has built it into a global company with more than 30,000 workers. Its some 3,300 employees here make Sutherland Rochester's second-largest private company. The firm expects to top $1 billion in revenues this year.
The Hall of Fame began in 2001 and is designed to honor successful businesspeople in the area who have made extraordinary contributions, both business and personal, to the Greater Rochester community. It has inducted 12 classes. They are chosen by the Hall of Fame Committee, which is advised by an independent group including past inductees.
The 2012 inductees were Frederick Berkeley II, co-founder and former president, and Frederick Berkeley III, former president and CEO, Graham Corp.; Richard Kaplan, CEO, Torvec Inc. and former president and CEO, Pictometry International Corp.; John Purcell, chairman and CEO, and Frank Chiaino, founder and president, Fibertech Networks LLC; Geoffrey Rosenberger and Michael Jones, co-founders, Clover Capital Management Inc.; and George Taylor, co-founder, and Frank Taylor, former president and treasurer, Taylor Instrument Cos.
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