Original Post Date: May 2017

The Victor Local Development Corporation honored O’Connell Electric Company as Business Of The Year for its 13th Annual Victor Business Awards, hosted May 4, 2017.

A nominating committee reviewed and selected candidates from twenty-two categories for awards. O’Connell Electric was selected as Business of The Year based on factors including increased expansion, increase in sales, contributions to the community, and demonstration of staying power.

“The 2017 award recipients are all outstanding and very deserving of the recognition,” said Kathy Rayburn, Director of Economic Development.  Key considerations for O’Connell’s selection were the company’s history of growth in Victor, NY along with recent construction and renovations at office locations in Buffalo, Syracuse and Schenectady, NY over the past two years.  Other factors include O’Connell’s revenue growth that ranked the company on Rochester’s Top 100 list and the senior management’s involvement with Rochester’s local communities.  Each member of the executive team resides on at least one board for a local non-profit organization.

In the Spring, O’Connell was recognized for contributions to Steven’s Closet, a homeless clothing initiative at Rochester General Hospital, and is continuously presented with the Award of Excellence for supporting the United Way of Greater Rochester.

“It is great to be recognized by our local community,” said Victor Salerno, CEO.  “We are very proud of what we do and how we present ourselves as a company, and I think that makes a difference,” Salerno explained.  “It resonates with our communities.”

The Victor Local Development Corporation, a not for profit entity, delivers economic development programs by encouraging and supporting small business investment in the Town and Village of Victor.  The Business Awards Luncheon will be hosted at Cobblestone Creek Country Club, May 4, 2017, beginning at 11:30 am.  For more information, visit www.victorldc.org.


Victor Salerno, CEO and Walter Parkes, Chairman, pose with their award on behalf of O’Connell Electric. Left to Right: Robert Duffy, President Greater Rochester Chamber, Jack Marren, Victor Town Supervisor, Gary Hadden, Victor Village Mayor, Walt, Vic, Kathy Rayburn, Director Victor Economic Development, Rich Funke, New York State Senator, Brian Kolb, Assembly Minority Leader.