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Nocon receives 31st annual Athena Award

Nannette Nocon, private wealth adviser for Nocon & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., was honored with the 31st annual Athena Award on Thursday at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. She is one of 12 women who were nominated for the award.

Presented 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.

“Nannette has been rated in the top 1 percent of advisers for the past 12 years as measured on business results,” said Christina Casey in her nomination of Nocon for the Athena Award. “Women represent fewer than 20 percent of financial advisers. Based on her own experience navigating a largely male-dominated industry, Nannette has made it a special focus of her career to nurture, mentor and sponsor teens, college students and new graduates. An equally important parallel role in Nannette’s life to her professional service is her personal involvement in our community. Hardly a cultural event relating to education or the arts occurs in Rochester where Nannette is not involved.”

A graduate of Cornell University, Nocon’s professional achievements have won her many accolades from her parent company, including the Ameriprise Hall of Fame in 2012. 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 RBJ’s Forty Under 40 in 2001, received the Legacy Award from the Geva Theatre Center in 2009, and received the Philanthropy Award from the Rochester Area Community Foundation in 2010.

Among her roles in community service are a 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, 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 current board member for WXXI and a host and producer for the “It’s About Money” segment for PCTV.

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.

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.

In nominating Campos for the award, Aquinas Institute Administrator Joseph Knapp said, “For more than a decade, Melisza has held numerous key positions within Dale Carnegie, providing business strategy and leadership to the performance-improvement field, has set herself apart from her peers, and continues to drive significant revenues and profits locally and nationally. Not only has Melisza set herself up to change the world, but she’s also equally committed to helping others improve and change themselves in order for them to reach their full potential.”

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 College at Geneseo and Frederick H. Minett professor for RIT.

Recent Athena Award recipients include:

 2016: Elaine Spaull, executive director, Center for Youth;

 2015: Amy Tait, president, Broadstone Real Estate;

 2014: Lynne Maquat, director, University of Rochester School of Medicine Center for RNA Biology;

 2013: Anne Kress, president, Monroe Community College; and

 2012: Judith Baumhauer M.D., associate chair of academic affairs, Orthopaedics, URMC.

Athena Young Professional Award recipients include:

 2016: Melanie Wolk, partner at Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina, P.C.

 2015: Claudia Burcke, business development professional.

1/13/2017 (c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

 

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