Raymour & Flanigan, Wireless Business Group Among Companies Recognized at CenterState Annual CEO Meeting


CenterState CEO Robert Simpson addresses the gathering during the organization’s annual meeting held Tuesday morning at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter in Syracuse. (Photo credit: CEO of CenterState)

SYRACUSE, NY – Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Wireless Business Group, LLC were among the companies chosen as Business of the Year recipients at CenterState’s annual CEO meeting held Tuesday morning.

Raymour & Flanigan won in the “Over 50 Employees” category, while Wireless Business Group was honored in the “Less than 50 Employees” group.

The CenterState CEO also recognized Liberty Resources Inc. in the “Nonprofit” category, Gwen Inc. in the “Minority-Owned Business” category (presented in partnership with the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance), and Kinney Drugs Inc. .in the “Community Involvement” category. Category.

In addition to the Company of the Year award announcements, CenterState CEO Robert Simpson also addressed attendees at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter in Syracuse.

In his message, Simpson explained how the Central New York area is experiencing a “time of exceptional opportunity” as it emerges from the pandemic, according to the CenterState CEO’s press release on the event.

“We are incredibly thrilled to be back in person for this event, which has always been a time for our business community to come together and renew our shared sense of purpose in advancing the trajectory of our community and of our area,” Simpson said. “The past two years have tested our resolve, but Central New York has always faced its challenges head-on. The data-driven strategies implemented over the past decade have laid the foundation for progress we see today, whether it’s population gains, businesses investing and creating jobs in the region, growing our innovation ecosystem, or being able to compete for the big federal markets investments, such as the Build Back Better Regional challenge.

The annual meeting included a panel of experts including Naria Santa Lucia, managing director of digital inclusion and US community engagement at Microsoft Philanthropies, and Jennifer Cruickshank, head of public policy and community engagement at Amazon New York. The roundtable focused on digital transformation, workforce inclusion, and the impact of community investment and collaboration.


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