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Rochester Business Journal announces RMSC CEO Kate Bennett among Inaugural ICON Honors Recipients

    Rochester, NY—The Rochester Business Journal selected Kate Bennett, CEO, Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) as an inaugural Icon Honors recipient.

    Established this year, ICON Honors recognizes Rochester business leaders, over the age of 60, for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership within and outside their fields. The honorees have moved their businesses and Rochester forward by growing jobs and making a difference in the community.

    To be eligible for ICON Honors, honorees (over the age of 60) must have a long-standing commitment to the Rochester business community and significant professional accomplishments through innovation and leadership. Honorees must also be champions of their industries and demonstrate a sustained commitment to community service. They may be in the workforce or retired and must hold or have held senior management-level positions with significant authority in decision-making for their organization. Winners were selected by the staff of the Rochester Business Journal.

    “Strong leadership, a commitment to mentoring and being an active community member are qualities shared by the Icon Honors recipients,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “They have moved business in Rochester forward, both their own businesses and the Rochester business community in general. ICON Honors recipients have committed many years to making our area a wonderful place to live and to work, and they truly deserve to be called icons. Rochester Business Journal is pleased to honor them.”

    The ICON Honors awards will be presented Monday, December 18, at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Genesee Valley Club, 421 East Avenue in Rochester. Winners will be profiled in a special publication that will be inserted into the December 22 issue of the Rochester Business Journal.

    ICON Honors Recipients

    Don Alhart, news anchor and associate news director, WHAM-TV 
    Kate Bennett, CEO, Rochester Museum & Science Center 
    Thomas F. Bonadio, managing partner and CEO, The Bonadio Group 
    A. Vincent Buzard, appellate counsel, Harris Beach PLLC 
    Lauren Dixon, CEO, Dixon Schwabl 
    Richard Dorschel, president, Dorschel Automotive Group 
    Hilda Rosario Escher, president and CEO, Ibero-American Action League 
    Garth Fagan, founder, Garth Fagan Dance 
    B. Thomas Golisano, founder, Paychex Inc. 
    George W. Hamlin IV, chairman, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust 
    Nelson Leenhouts, chairman and CEO, Home Leasing LLC 
    Giovanni LiDestri, CEO, LiDestri Foods 
    Sandy Parker, former CEO, Rochester Business Alliance 
    Joel Seligman, president, University of Rochester 
    I C Shah, founder, ICS Telecom Inc. 
    Albert Simone, president emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology 
    Louise Slaughter, congresswoman, New York’s 25th Congressional District 
    Justin L. Vigdor, of counsel, Bond Schoeneck & King Attorneys 
    Danny Wegman, chairman, Wegmans Food Markets 
    Fran Weisberg, president and CEO, United Way of Greater Rochester