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MCC Annual Awards Breakfast

The Business Networking Event Of The Year

November 03, 2016, 8:30AM-10:00AM

MCC celebrates the business leaders in New York City, who have built outstanding businesses - contributing to the economy and community as well! The MCC Business Awards Breakfast is the Manhattan Chamber's premiere event attended by over 250 entrepreneurs, business owners, executives and legislative leaders in New York City and takes place on Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM at New York University in New York.
Thank you to our sponsors Wells Fargo and Con Edison. 

Tickets and 2016 awardees will be announced later in the year. 

2015 Emcee: Ernie Anastos



Ernie Anastos is a distinguished and popular Emmy Award-winning anchor for the FOX flagship station WNYW-TV in New York. He is also the creator and host of "Positively Ernie" an upbeat program that informs, entertains and inspires viewers about people and stories that help make our community, country and the world a better place.

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2015 New Yorker of the Year: Jeffrey Seller
Sponsored by: TheaterMania



Jeffrey Seller is the winner of three Tony Awards for Best Musical: Rent (1996), which also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Avenue Q (2004); and In the Heights (2008).  Jeffrey also produced and/or developed De La Guarda (1998), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (2000), Baz Luhrman’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme (2002), High Fidelity(2006), the new revival of West Side Story (2009), The Last Ship (2014), and this season’s Hamilton.

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2015 Cultural Achievement: Apollo Theater Foundation
Sponsored by: Coca Cola


Jonelle Procope is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Apollo Theater, a position she has held since 2003.  She became a member of the Apollo Board of Trustees in 1999.  She leads a staff of 60 union and non-union employees, and an executive team responsible for all financial, production and strategic functions of the legendary Theater.   The Apollo’s thirty-member Board of Trustees includes prominent corporate and community leaders dedicated to the continued expansion of the Theater’s influence within the United States and internationally. 

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2015 NYC Vision Award: Reshma Saujani
Sponsored by: Google

 



Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.
In her groundbreaking new book, "Women Who Don't Wait in Line," Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course -- personally and professionally.

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2015 Entrepreneur of the Year: Olga Vidisheva
Sponsored by: New York Grant Company

 

Olga Vidisheva is the founder and CEO of Shoptiques, an online destination where customers can shop the best boutiques from around the world. Considered the OpenTable of retail, Shoptiques also provides small local businesses access to a suite of digital marketing tools so that they can have a competitive online presence. After graduating from Wellesley College in 2007 and Harvard Business School in 2011, Vidisheva went on to be the first single-founder non-technical entrepreneur accepted to Y Combinator in early 2012.

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2015 Restaurateur of the Year: Georgette Farkas
Sponsored by: New York City Hospitality Association

 


Georgette Farkas is founder and General Manager of Rotisserie Georgette, the new restaurant opened in November 2013. It is built upon the time honored traditions of rotisserie cooking and serves French-American comfort food that is simple and sensual yet refined. Georgette has imprinted the restaurant with her personal style in everything from the menu to the interior design, the staff training, service standards, and most importantly setting the tone in caring for each and every guest.

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2015 Global Business of the Year: Loacker
Sponsored by: Time Warner Cable Business Class


For nearly a decade, Crystal Black Davis has been the go-to marketer for some of the world's top specialty food producers. With over 15 years in brand development and promotions, Crystal has increased the visibility and consumer demand for specialty food brands such as Cambozola Cheese, Tasty Bite Indian Cuisine, Old Amsterdam Dutch Gouda, Grashoff Schokoladencreme, Ocean's Halo Seaweed Chips and now Italy's #1 wafer cookie brand, Loacker as VP of Marketing for the US.

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2015 Green Business of the Year: The Cleaver Co.
Sponsored by: Con Edison

 


Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, is the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table in New York City. The Cleaver Co. is a full-service event planning and catering operation with a large roster of private, non-profit and corporate clients, and a full-time staff of 50. The Green Table is a farm-to-table restaurant in the Chelsea Market where guests enjoy delicious dishes that demonstrate a commitment to seasonal cuisine.

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2015 Large Business of the Year: Goya Foods, Inc.
Sponsored by: Encompass Media Group

 

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company and the premier source for authentic Latin cuisine. Combined with authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation, Goya provides consumers with over 2,200 high-quality and affordable food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, Central and South America.  
Goya has fostered a longstanding history not only in the food industry, but also as a cultural symbol beginning in New York more than 79 years ago.

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2015 Mid-Sized Business of the Year: Compass
Sponsored by: REBNY

 

Prior to Compass Robert worked at Goldman Sachs as Chief of Staff to the President & COO following five years working in the firm's private equity arm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked at Lazard and McKinsey & Company. In 2005, he was appointed as a White House Fellow to serve as special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. Robert is also the Founder of New York Needs You. He received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University. Outside of work, he recently completed 50 marathons, one in each state, to raise $1 million for nonprofits.

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2015 Small Business of the Year: Town Shop
Sponsored by: UPS

 


Danny Koch is the fourth generation owner of Town Shop. Growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan Danny,  is a product of the New York City Public School system. He attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. Majoring in voice he sang in both the senior and gospel choruses. After which he attended Boston University. After college he pursued his dream of being an actor.
He returned to New York appearing in several Off Off Broadway productions and over 30 television commercials, including Midas Mufflers, Shredded Wheat and Preparation H.

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