UTICA, N.Y. — Jennifer Keida, president and CEO of Standard, Heating, Cooling & Insulating, is the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce 2023 Businessperson of the Year.
“I am incredibly proud to be the first woman in 20 years to be awarded Businessperson of the Year,” Keida said in a chamber news release. “It feels empowering to know that I have not let stereotypes hold me back in a male-dominated industry. And I hope this serves as an inspiration for women of all ages to follow their hearts, not gender expectations.”
The Greater Utica Chamber will host an event Oct. 18 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, to celebrate Keida’s accomplishments and contributions to the area, with details on tickets and sponsorships coming soon.
Keida is an advocate for heart health and local businesses, supporting both the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce and the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Heart Association. She served on the chamber’s board from 2005 through 2012, becoming the youngest chairperson in 2010. Keida has also served on the American Heart Association’s board since 2019 and chaired the Go Red for Women luncheon in 2019 and 2020.