Business of the Year award recipients honored by Watertown chamber

Krafft Cleaning services’ Lynn E. Krafft, left, and Justin Krafft receive the For Profit, Fifty or Fewer Employees Business of the Year Award Thursday from Kylie Peck, president of Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce at Savory Downtown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Krafft Cleaning Services’ Lynn E. Krafft, left, and Justin Krafft receive the For Profit, Fifty or Fewer Employees Business of the Year Award Thursday from Kylie Peck, president of Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce at Savory Downtown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

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At the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Business of the Year awards ceremony Wednesday afternoon four businesses were given top honors for 2012.

For the first time, the chamber honored an Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which was presented by the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency’s Don Alexander. The award was given to All American Real Estate NNY LLC, Black River, and accepted by owner James M. Conlin. According to Mr. Conlin, sales for 2012 saw a 250 percent increase over 2011, totaling more than $8 million.

In the nonprofit sector, two awards were given:

  • USO Fort Drum received the Business of the Year Award for a nonprofit agency with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Transitional Living Services of Northern New York received the Business of the Year Award for a nonprofit agency with more than 50 employees.
In the for-profit business sector, information technology firm and communications provider Westelcom, which is headed by president Paul Barton, received the Business of the Year Award for a firm with 50 or fewer employees.
Watertown Savings Bank received the honor of Business of the Year with more than 50 employees.

In addition, the chamber honored Jeany Danielsen, of Rose & Kiernan Insurance, as Ambassador of the Year for her work as a volunteer and incoming member of the board of directors.

Mark Gaines, of Stephens Media Group and current second vice chair of the 2013 chamber board of directors, was given the Board Member of the Year honor.

Wednesday’s luncheon was held at the Black River Valley Club and sponsored by M&T Bank, Davidson Auto Group, GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying, Timeless Frames and Expressions, Watertown Daily Times and NNY Business magazine.