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Nocon receives 31st Athena Award

Nannette Nocon, private wealth adviser for Nocon & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., received the 2017 Athena Award at a luncheon Thursday. More than 800 people attended the event honoring Nocon and the other finalists at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Given by the Women’s Council, an affiliate of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Inc., the Athena Award recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions in business and community service and in advancing the role of women professionally.

The Women’s Council also honored Melisza Campos, Dale Carnegie vice president of operations and instruction master trainer, with the third annual Athena Young Professional Award.

In accepting the award, Nocon said she thought of herself as “Rochester’s adopted daughter,” as she was born in the Philippines. She immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with her mother and four siblings.

A graduate of Cornell University, Nocon’s professional achievements have won her many accolades since she founded her company in 1984, including the Ameriprise Hall of Fame in 2012. She has been rated in the top 1 percent of advisers for the past 12 years based on business results, and she was named as one of the Financial Times’ Top 400 Financial Advisors in 2014 and 2015.

Nocon was also the American Association of University Women’s International Women’s Day Honoree in 2013. Closer to home, she was named one of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2001, received the Legacy Award from the Geva Theatre Center Inc. in 2009 and received the Philanthropy Award from the Rochester Area Community Foundation in 2010.

Among her roles in community service are a volunteer for Young Women’s College Prep Inc., past board member and current honorary trustee of Geva Theatre Center, past board member of the Little Theatre, past board member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc., past board member of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., past board member of the Friendly Home, and past board member of the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Nocon is a board member for WXXI and a host and producer for the “It’s About Money” segment for PCTV.

The Athena Young Professional Award recognizes emerging leaders who are 30 to 45 years old and demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Recipients also contribute their time and energy to improve the quality of life of others in the community while serving as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

As she accepted her award, Campos thanked her family and her mother in particular, saying that “the apple didn’t fall far from the tree” and crediting her mother’s example as a strong influence. 

Campos is a former commissioner of Rochester City School District, board member of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., board member for WXXI, council member for SUNY Geneseo College and Frederick H. Minett professor for RIT.

The Rochester Business Journal is founding sponsor of the Athena Awards.

For more on the Athena Awards, see Friday’s print edition of the Rochester Business Journal.

(c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.

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