Upstate Minority Economic Alliance & CenterState CEO Announce Minority-owned Business of the Year Finalists

Syracuse, N.Y. — CenterState CEO, in partnership with the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA), is pleased to announce the selection of its Minority Owned Business of the Year finalists:

  • Citronelle
  • NJ Jones Plumbing
  • LLC Xeo Air, Inc.

The Minority-owned Business of the Year winner, along with winners in four other categories, will be announced at CenterState CEO’s 2019 Annual Meeting on April 24 at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter, in Syracuse.

“We are excited to give these businesses the recognition they deserve as we highlight the impact minority-owned businesses have on the Central New York Economy,” said Rickey Brown, executive director of the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance. “Celebrating these finalists allows us to make sure the entire business community knows about these companies and their achievements. We look forward to recognizing them at the event.”

Additional Business of the Year Finalists are:
More Than 50 Employees
  • Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.
  • Knowles Precision Devices
  • Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc.
 Less Than 50 Employees
  • CBD Companies of CNY, LLC
  • Gardner & Capparelli CPAs, LLP
  • Northeast Information Discovery, Inc.
 Community Involvement
  • Loretto
  • SRC, Inc.
  • UPS
  • Nascentia Health, Inc.
  • Redhouse Arts Center, Inc.
  • YMCA of Greater Syracuse, Inc.

CenterState CEO’s invites the community to the largest business gathering in the regionThrough this year’s theme, Lead with Intention, the event will examine how businesses and communities can evolve to create transformational change, and maximize business success and human potential – at all levels.

“We are proud to partner with UMEA to celebrate these leaders of the business community and present the Minority-owned Business of the Year award during our annual meeting,” said Robert Simpson, president, CenterState CEO, and UMEA board member. “We extend our sincere congratulations to all of these finalists for their outstanding achievements.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased at, or by contacting Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or Doors open at 11:30 a.m., program begins promptly at noon.

Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and CenterState CEO

The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) is the only Chamber of Commerce in the Upstate and Central New York region for minority business owners and professionals of color. Its mission is to create greater regional prosperity through economic development and to enhance economic opportunities for minority professionals and business owners.

CenterState CEO is an independent and forward thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. We serve as an advocate and resource for smart business, catalyze and facilitate regional growth, and promote community prosperity through results-driven partnerships, planning and problem-solving.