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Rochester Business Journal
June 8, 2016

The 2016 Wealth of Health Awards were handed out Wednesday at a luncheon attended by more than 300 people at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

More than 20 companies and organizations were recognized, with winners named in five categories based on number of employees. Also honored was a Rookie of the Year,
Best Company Group Wellness Event and Health and Wellness Champion of the Year.

The awards are presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the Rochester Business Journal. Finalists were judged on the creativity of their initiatives, active participation, ability to effect measurable improvements, sustainability and program outcomes.

Nearly 90 attended a wellness seminar, titled “Building and Enhancing Your Wellness Program.”

Here are the 2016 Employer of the Year winners and finalists:

1-99 employees—Winner: KJT Group, Inc.; finalists: Butler/Till, Martino Flynn and SMP.

100-499—Winner: Dixon Schwabl; finalists: Klein Steel Service, Lawley, and Trillium Health.

500-999—Winner: Goodwill of the Finger Lakes & ABVI; finalists: Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, ESL Federal Credit Union and Regional Transit Service.

1,000-4,999—Winner: Rochester Institute of  Technology; finalists: Monroe County and St. John’s.

More than 5,000—Winner: CooperVision & Cooper Companies; finalists: Rochester Regional Health, University of Rochester and Verizon Wireless.

Rookie of the Year was Trillium Health. Finalists in that category were Klein Steel Service,
Coordinated Care Services Inc. and St. John's.

University of Rochester was touted with the Best Company Group Wellness Event honors. Finalists were CooperVision & Cooper Companies, Monroe Community College and SMP.

Brian Quinn, CooperVision fitness trainer, was honored as the Health and Wellness Champion of the Year Winner. Finalists were Kathy Roos, consumer lending specialist member of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust’s Health Sense Wellness Committee; Dr. James Watters, RIT’s senior vice president of finance and administration and treasurer; and Eric Rorapaugh, SMP founder and president.

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