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Area businesses honored during CenterState CEO virtual annual meeting

By Eric Reinhardt (


Robert Simpson, president and CEO of CenterState CEO addresses the gathering during the organization’s 2019 annual meeting at the Oncenter. On Thursday, CenterState CEO held its annual meeting in a virtual format that included Business of the Year Awards, a keynote address, and remarks from Simpson. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ file photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Quadrant Biosciences, Inc. and ComSource, Inc., both of Syracuse, were among the recipients of the CenterState CEO Business of the Year honors during Thursday’s virtual annual meeting.

The midday event also included remarks from Robert Simpson, president and CEO of CenterState CEO and the keynote address from Aisha Glover, VP of urban innovation at Newark, New Jersey–based Audible.

Business of the Year Awards

Quadrant Biosciences won in the “More than 50 Employees” category, while ComSource prevailed in the “Less than 50 Employees” category.

In addition, CenterState CEO recognized the Central New York Community Foundation of Syracuse in the “Nonprofit” category; Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co. Inc. of DeWitt in the “Community Involvement” category; and Dreissig Company, located at 2002 Teall Ave. in the town of Salina, was recognized in the “Minority-owned Business” category.

The “Minority-owned Business” is presented in partnership with the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance.

The event also acknowledged “Health Care Heroes” honorees, in recognition of CenterState CEO members that “represent hospital and critical testing partners for their front-line response during the pandemic.” They included:

  • Crouse Health
  • Nascentia Health, Inc.
  • Oswego Health
  • St. Joseph’s Health
  • Syracuse Community Health Center
  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Upstate University Hospital at Community General
  • WellNow Urgent Care

CenterState CEO’s annual meeting focused on the theme “Commit: Progress through purpose-driven leadership.”