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Annual Trailblazer Awards Bring Out The Business Crowd

The Putnam County business community once again celebrated its growing stature in style at Villa Barone this past February 26, honoring 39 nominees and giving local business men and women a chance to shine in front of their peers. Nearly 250 people attended this marquee event, from every community across the county.

Keynote speaker Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell expressed her excitement at seeing such strong representation from the business community, noting that “spotlighting business leaders and Putnam’s burgeoning talent is a terrific way to spread the word that we are a County on the move, with a strong, forward focus.” She added, “it was important to take advantage of this, the largest networking opportunity for our businesses throughout the year, and working together, government and business leaders can make a strong, tangible difference in future economic development in Putnam County”.

The following people were chosen for the honors: Brewster – Dr. Anne Brandon, Katherine Fairfield Freston, Carla Churyk, Carlo Marano, Wendy Wulkan; Carmel – Gary Brunner, Joe Bulzacchelli, Daniel C. Doyle, DMD, Jonathan W. Garcia, Kathy Hartshorn, Ryan Healy, Douglas Holly, Lisa Kaslyn, Margherita Morrocho, Dorothy Olson, Amit Patel, Timothy Plummer, Anthony Porto, Sr., Fausto Quezada, William Sampson, Charles P. Stein, CPA, Dorothy Visconti, William Zacotinsky; Cold Spring – Abigail Adams, Jillian Bono-Kelly, Stephen Ives, David Lilburne; Kent – Glenn Palmieri; Mahopac – Anthony Campanella, Therese Fokine, Dan Iarussi, Timothy O’Keefe, Thomas O’Leary, Grace Pietrosanti, Dr. Linda Silbert, Alana Sweeny, Stephanie Tomlinson; Putnam Valley – Lisa Montalto Rodrigues, Glenn R. Niese.

Now more than ever it’s time to get involved with the Putnam County business community, by joining vibrant local chambers and/or the robust countywide organization that has been rapidly advancing our county’s stature among its New York State peers. For more information visit

– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce

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