The person who provided the most influence in your practice, job or business.
Co-Owner Blue Lilac Marketing Group, LLC
Laurie is the Co-Owner and Marketing
Communications Director of Blue Lilac Marketing Group.
She has created websites for doctors, restaurants, car dealers,
engineers, consultants, and trainers, and managed Public Relations
campaigns for many clients such as restaurants
and not-for-profits including RPCN. Social media
is also her specialty. She has a BA in History from
St. John Fisher College and recently added a new
venture as a Buyer’s Specialist on the Dawn
Nowak Team at Howard Hanna.
Laurie is a Past President of RPCN, serves as Co-Chair of the RPCN
Operations Committee, and Chair of the Marketing Committee. Her
marketing skill and success are obvious if you have been fortunate to
attend one of her many presentations given to RPCN members, at the
RPCN Boot Camp, Rochester Public Library, or the SBDC.
The person who provided direction or guidance resulting in a
noteworthy improvement in the community or community service
organization in the area.
NOW Digital Marketing
The owner of NOW Digital Marketing, Tamara
is a certified John Maxwell Coach, Trainer and
Speaker. She hosts a radio show, “ROC Voices”
or Rethinking Business: Success Sauce & 2
Pickles” on Rochester Free Radio, on WRFZ
106.3 FM. She has been a certified SCORE
Mentor since 2011, and was elected the first
female chair of the Rochester SCORE chapter
Tamara became president of RPCN in 2019. She supports and works
with many non-profits, such as Science Exploration Days, Coffee
Connection, Moonshadow’s Spirit, RAW: Recovery All Ways, and the
grief group S.O.A.R.S.
After the heartbreak of losing her daughter, Emily, to Fentanyl poisoning
in 2018, she founded YOU MATTER: The Be, Do, and Have Path Forward
to help people in recovery from addiction.
Her Emily’s Blend coffee, created with the women of the Coffee
Connection, is their #1 selling coffee blend, helping to bring awareness
to stopping Overdose and supporting sustainable recovery by helping to
fund the organization’s operations of hiring Women in Recovery.
New! President’s Award
Presented to an individual in recognition for their contributions to
the success of RPCN.
Computer Gardener, LLC
David Finger is the sole proprietor of Computer
Gardener LLC, providing practical solutions to
technology problems of all kinds to individuals and
small businesses. His reputation for integrity, simple
explanations and deep technical expertise have
been well established over the last 30 years. No
problem is too big or small, and David meets his
customers where they are with regards to technical
language and details. Technology is both a vocation
and an avocation for David, and his hobbies include Zoom, 3D printing,
private cloud solutions and more.
David also has passion and a strong background in Leadership and
Team Development. As Vice President of Customer Technical Services
for Pictometry/EagleView for 18 years, Training Committee Chair and
Course Director for National Youth Leadership Training for Seneca
Waterways Council BSA, David is constantly finding ways to contribute
in these areas. The role of Vice President of RPCN enables David to find
and take advantage of opportunities to serve and help others grow their
own skills. In these areas, Liberating Structures is a hobby and a craft
that David enjoys.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Business owner or leader with the most noteworthy achievement in
29 Design Studio
Maureen Ballatori is an innovator. She's
a trailblazer leading initiatives that
involve brilliant strategies, smart
creative, and united communities.
As Founder & CEO of 29 Design Studio,
a creative agency for food, beverage,
and agriculture brands, Maureen leads
a talented team of creatives and
strategists to help clients grow.
Maureen is also a co-owner of Port 100 Cowork with locations in
Rochester and Geneva, NY. The coworking brand creates space
for entrepreneurs, remote workers and startups to work
collaboratively. Maureen's newest venture, Metro Collective, will
launch soon. The community-building organization will unite
shared spaces in Upstate NY.
Dave Young Dedicated Service Award
Any RPCN member whose devotion, dedication or efforts most
benefitted the RPCN organization’s growth, programs or standing
in the community.
Faces That Work
Bob Manard is a digital marketing powerhouse at
Faces That Work, providing clients with extremely
effective websites and online advertising
Bob is a lifelong resident of Rochester, NY and
holds a BS degree in Computer Science from St.
John Fisher College and an MBA in Electronic
Commerce from the Simon School of Business at
the University of Rochester.
Chair of Digital Strategy, member of the Enhancing Human Capital team,
and former president of the Rochester Professional Consultants
Network, Bob is also active in several other local organizations, including
Mobile App Rochester, Google Rochester, WordPress Rochester, and he
serves on the Tech Committee at the Greater Rochester Association of
Linda Halliburton Friend of RPCN Award (Non-Member) :
Any non-member of RPCN whose devotion, dedication or efforts
most benefitted the RPCN organization’s growth or programs.
Librarian at Rochester Public Library
Kate Meddaugh is a reference librarian in the
Business Insight Center (BIC) at the Central
Library of Rochester and Monroe County, and
is the Manager of the Carlson Center for
Intellectual Property, housed in BIC.
She has been a public librarian for over 20
years, spending most of those years as
Manager of the Carlson Center.
She holds U.S. patent # 8,533,621, and has self-published 2
books, securing a federal copyright for both. She enjoys reading
and gardening, as well as spending time outdoors with her
husband and six-year-old-son.
Steve Royal Lifetime Achievement Award
In Honor of long-time RPCN member Steve Royal because of his
dedication, consistency and willingness to learn new things.
Recognizes Any successful entrepreneur who exhibits these
attributes, and has conducted a successful business.
Compass Quality Solutions
Lori is President of Compass Quality
Solutions, a consulting firm providing
direction and support to companies on
quality management and business process
issues. Prior to this, she had many years of
quality improvement experience in
engineering and leadership positions at
Eastman Kodak Company.
Her experience and perspective drive her
integrated approach offering clients the best possible guidance
for success. Lori is a member of the American Society for Quality
and currently serves as the Secretary of the Rochester section,
and belongs to the Small Business Council.
For a leader within their company and their community, who
promotes business growth, and effectively fosters diversity in their
business or organization.
Dr. Deanna Kimbrel
Chief Diversity Officer, Monroe County
Dr. Deanna Kimbrel has worked as a Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion (DEI) practitioner, educator,
entrepreneur, and executive leader for the last 13
years. Some of her highlights and strengths include:
organizational and governmental strategy, leadership
development, consulting, public speaking, coaching, and
corporate training. Dr. Kimbrel is a Rochester City
School District graduate and also holds a Bachelor’s
degree from the State University at Buffalo in
Communication and International Business, a Master’s
degree in Communication and Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology
and a Doctoral degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from
University of Phoenix.
Dr. Kimbrel works as the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Office of DEI
for Monroe County in New York State. She previously led DEI and leadership
strategies for organizations like Paychex, Sears, and Rochester Institute of
Technology. Dr. Kimbrel also leads a team of consultants through Kimbrel
Management Consulting that guide small-mid sized organizations through the
development of structure and strategy around leadership, organizational
culture, and DEI. Dr. Kimbrel has a charismatic persona and dynamic abilities
which allows her to create and cultivate an inclusive environment wherever she presents and brings audiences to their feet.