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Excellence in Construction & Real Estate winners announced

Standouts in the region’s construction and real estate industries will be honored in October at the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record’s inaugural Excellence in Construction & Real Estate awards.

The Rochester area has been going through a great deal of change in recent years, and the construction and real estate industries have played a large role in that transformation. The Excellence in Construction & Real Estate awards celebrate the individuals and companies who are taking the lead in changing the landscape of the Rochester region through design, construction, project management, innovation and more.

“In addition to creating jobs, our Excellence in Construction & Real Estate honorees are building healthy spaces and helping families and companies achieve their dreams,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record. “It is a pleasure to honor the many leaders in the construction and real estate fields, from developers, architects and engineers to home builders, real estate agents and more. Congratulations to this year’s honorees.”

The winners will be celebrated at an awards dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The 2019 winners are:

Excellence in Construction – Company


  • CPL
  • LaBella Associates, DPC
  • SWBR


  • Buckingham Properties
  • Edgemere Development, Inc.
  • Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, Ltd.


  • BME Associates
  • Costich Engineering, DPC
  • LaBella Associates, DPC

General Contractors

  • Christa Construction, LLC
  • LeChase Construction Services, LLC
  • The Pike Company

Home Builders

  • Riedman Homes


  • Hewitt Young Electric
  • Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Ruston Paving Co., Inc.

Excellence in Construction – Individual


  • Peter Wehner, Passero Associates


  • Peter Landers, Landers Management


  • Robert Acquilano, O’Connell Electric Co. Inc.

Rising Stars

  • Bernard Birnbaum, Birnbaum Companies
  • Gerard DeRomanis, LaBella Associates, DPC
  • Leticia Fornataro, SWBR

Excellence in Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Agents

  • Michael Frame, CBRE|Rochester
  • John Manilla, Pyramid Brokerage Company of Rochester, Inc.

Residential Real Estate Agents

  • Stephen Cass, RE/MAX
  • Mary Jo Karpenko, Howard Hanna
  • Tina Mattia, Re/Max Realty Group
  • Sharon Quataert, Sharon Quataert Realty
  • Michael Slusser, Slusser Realty Group

Rising Stars

  • Alex Amorese, CBRE|Rochester
  • Courtney Janto, Buckingham Properties

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Fischer-Huettner at [email protected] for more information.


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