35 Putnam County Professionals Honored for Contributions to Economic Development

The Putnam Business Council (PBC), the county’s largest business organization and primary advocate, voice, and resource for the business community, celebrated today the winners of the 9th annual Trailblazer Awards, Putnam’s largest business networking event. This year’s theme, Excellence in Economic Development, honors 35 professionals and organizations that contributed to the growth and economic stability of Putnam County.

The awards luncheon took place at Villa Barone in Mahopac on Tuesday, October 29th, where more than 150 entrepreneurs and professionals joined in honoring this year’s winners. Elected officials were in attendance, including Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, who addressed the audience and emphasized the vital contributions that local businesses bring to the community.

“Putnam County has never been better,” said County Executive Odell. “Moody’s recently upgraded our credit rating to AA1, making Putnam one of only five New York State counties with this level of credit worthiness. We achieved this distinction because we are fiscally responsible, and our local businesses are contributing to our overall success, providing employment and a strong taxpayer base. I’m proud to serve this county and proud of all the economic development leaders we are celebrating here today,” added Odell.

The Putnam County Business Council has been recognizing business excellence and non-profit achievement since 2011. Honoring professional achievement and civic contributions in the Putnam County community, the Trailblazer Awards represent the highest acknowledgment from professional peer judges across the county.

“The Trailblazer Awards serves two key purposes,” said Jennifer Maher, chairwoman, Putnam County Business Council. “First, we are here to spotlight the achievements and contributions of our local businesses while promoting the overall economic climate of our community. Secondly, this event serves to bring business professionals, entrepreneurs, and non-profits from every corner of Putnam together to network, collaborate and share ideas. I am honored to support and celebrate this dynamic cohort of achievers and economic development leaders.”

2019 Trailblazer – Excellence in Economic Development – Award Winners Promotional Excellence Category Winners

Marianne Chalusian

Admin Mahopac Moms

Nancy Olnick

Magazzino Italian Art

Susan Branagan

Cold Spring Farmer's Market

Brett Freeman

Halston Media

Sabrina Cruz

Admin Lake Carmel Facebook Page

Charlie Melchner

Mahopac Marina

Peter Scherer

Hops on the Hudson

Economic Development Excellence Category Winners

Amit Patel

Gino's Grab & Go

Daniel Doyle

Doyle Dental DDS

Jennifer Carlquist

Boscobel House and Gardens

Joe Bulzacchelli

Advanced Automotive of Carmel

Kate Liberman

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

William Endico

Ace Endico

Mark Weiss

Tompkins Corners Culture Center

Sara Kaplan

Kent Lakes Commons

Jason Berg

Guardian Veterinary Hospital

John Russo

Froggy's Deli

Kathleen Finlay

The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming

Susan Kussin

Kent Countryside Nursery & Landscaping

Owen Jordan

Deli Land

Richard D'Andrea

Park Ford

Leadership in Economic Development Category Winners

Paul Guillaro

Unicorn Contracting

John Clancy

Clancy Movers

Carmel Town Board

Carmel Town Board

Jeffrey Contelmo

Insite Engineering

Jason Angell

Ecological Citizen's Project

Danielle Pack McCarthy

Phillipstown Behavioral Health Hub

Eliza Starbuck

Cold Spring Chamber

Michelle Smith

Hudson Highlands Land Trust

Putnam Valley Town Board

Putnam Valley Town Board

Robert Panny

RPK Precision Homes Inc

Terrence Murphy

Former New York State Senator

Thom Ianniccari

Mahopac Carmel Chamber of Commerce

Chairperson Circle Award Winners for Meritorious Excellence

Gerry Klein, Tompkins Mahopac Bank


Doug Cunningham, The Putnam County News and Recorder



Over the years, the Trailblazer Awards has drawn more than 1,000 attendees to network and celebrate the best and brightest in Putnam. The annual gala has celebrated special categories, including “Entrepreneurial Spirit“, “The 40 Under 40” and “Women in Leadership”.

Photo credit: Vincenza Villani Photography



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