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Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Congratulates 2021 Sunrise Pinnacle Winners

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October 12, 2021

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce 
Congratulates 2021 Sunrise Pinnacle Winners

Rochester, MI – The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce congratulates all recipients of the 2021 Sunrise Pinnacle Awards, with Presenting Partner by PNC Bank. Fifteen community leaders were recognized in either the Business, Chamber, or Community award category.

Business Awards

  • Business of the Year sponsored by Moceri Companies, awarded to TA Systems (CEO & President Ted Brown)

  • Business Woman of the Year sponsored by PNC Bank, awarded to Tonia Carsten of Tonia’s Victorian Rose Tea Room & More

  • Diversity Award sponsored by Flagstar Bank, awarded to Tim Hortons (Franchise Owners Ravinder & Anita Saini)

  • Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Mattina, Kent & Gibbons P.C., awarded to Erika Sklar owner of Benebiz Plus

  • Technology Award sponsored by Beaumont, awarded to BlueBrier (CEO Jeff Jermyn)

Chamber Awards

  • Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Bellbrook, awarded to Scott Hunter of Cruise & Travel Experts with Scott the Traveling Man

  • Leadership Greater Rochester Graduate Award sponsored by PAR Pharmaceutical, awarded to Christine Wissbrun of the City of Rochester Hills’ Clerks Department

  • Young Professional of the Year sponsored by Chief Financial Credit Union, awarded to Nicole Gibson of JPS Insurance Agency

  • Board Member of the Year sponsored by Pixley Funeral Home, awarded to John Young Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Oakland University

Community Awards

  • Community Hero sponsored by Oakland University, awarded to Louis Carrio President of the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail

  • Front-line Leader Award sponsored by Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, awarded to Brad Lambert of Lambert Law

  • First Responder of the Year award sponsored by the Crawford Insurance Group, awarded to Lieutenant Ann Echols of the Rochester Hills Fire Department

  • Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Shelton Buick GMC, awarded to Caron Koteles-Riha of Real Estate One

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by First State Bank, Awarded to Garth Pleasant of Rochester University In 1977, Garth was hired as an instructor of Health, Physical & Recreation at Rochester University. Besides holding faculty status, he served as the men's basketball coach for 38 years. Garth views Rochester University is his ministry and positively engages in the lives of so many young people. Whether teaching in the classroom or on the court, Garth imparts life lessons and wisdom to many young people.  


Congratulations to all 2021 Sunrise Pinnacle Award Winners for your efforts to enhance and better our community! We applaud you!

More about the Chamber
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is privileged to have fourteen community-minded businesses and organizations that are significant partners of the Chamber. Thank you: Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, Oakland University, Chief Financial Credit Union, Moceri Companies, First State Bank, PAR Pharmaceutical, Shelton Buick GMC, Rochester University, Bellbrook, Mattina, Kent & Gibbons P.C.; Auger Klein Aller Architects, Beaumont, Trent Creative & Revenue Refinery. We appreciate your support.

The mission of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership and resources to advance business development in partnership with civic, cultural and educational interests for the benefit of its members and the community.
As a membership organization comprised of businesses in the greater Rochester area, the Chamber has been in existence since 1955. Over the past six decades, business leaders have contributed significantly to shaping our area into a nationally recognized community, deemed a desirable place to live, work and raise a family. Members of the Chamber, our business leaders, have given their time, talent and financial resources to benefit countless community-based organizations, projects and events. With their leadership, the Chamber has created and administered many programs and events that provide direct benefit to the community.
Michelle Eberle, Digital Marketing Strategist, 2486516700

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