Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record Announce 2021 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Awards

US Ceiling Corp and Melissa Geska honored in company and individual categories

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

CONTACT:    Suzanne Fischer-Huettner


Rochester, N.Y., (September 17, 2021) — Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record have selected US Ceiling Corp and company president, Melissa Geska, to receive a 2021 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award.

The 2021 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Awards celebrate the individuals and companies who are changing the landscape of the Rochester region through design, construction, project management, innovation and more. These individuals and organizations are creating jobs, building healthy spaces, helping families and companies achieve their dreams, and leading the way toward growth and prosperity for the community.

Honorees in the construction category include architects, developers, engineers, general contractors, homebuilders, interior design/staging, project managers, subcontractors and rising stars. Real estate categories are commercial real estate agents, residential real estate agents and rising star.

Honorees for the 2021 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Awards were chosen by the editorial staff of the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record.

“The 2021 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate honorees transform ideas into reality. They are changing the landscape in the Greater Rochester region through their incredible professional success and community involvement,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record. “This year’s recipients create jobs and help families and organizations realize their dreams. We at the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record congratulate them for all their accomplishments.”

The honorees will be recognized during an online celebration on Oct. 27 at noon. Each will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices. For tickets, visit or The event hashtags are #RBJevents and #TDRevents.

In addition, a VIP happy hour for winners and sponsors will take place Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Genesee Valley Club, 421 East Avenue in Rochester.

Honorees will be profiled in the Oct. 28 issue of The Daily Record and in the Oct. 29 issue of the Rochester Business Journal and online at and at

The Presenting Sponsor is Phillips Lytle LLP.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets for the 2021 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Awards, visit or or email Suzanne Fischer-Huettner at

About the Rochester Business Journal

For 34 years, the Rochester Business Journal has served as the leading source of business news and information in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to its website,, and weekly print publication, the Rochester Business Journal publishes more than 25 special products a year including Book of Lists, Explore Greater Rochester, RBJ 75 and Schools Report Card. The Rochester Business Journal also honors leading Rochesterians through 11 annual awards events including Forty Under 40, Icon Honors, Women of Excellence and Reader Rankings. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. Rochester Business Journal is part of BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with more than 40 print and digital publications in more than 25 U.S. markets.

About The Daily Record

The Daily Record has been providing essential legal news and information to Western New York for 113 years. With insightful articles and columns keeping the community apprised of the latest industry trends; local, state and federal decisions; judgments, foreclosures and public notice information; plus comprehensive listings of up-to-date business transactions for Monroe County, The Daily Record is your source for all things law, real estate and finance. The Daily Record is part of BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with more than 40 print and digital publications in more than 25 U.S. markets.

2021 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Honorees

Construction Companies


Greater Living Architecture P.C.


Buckingham Properties

DiMarco Group

Rochester’s Cornerstone Group Ltd.


BME Associates

General Contractors

DiMarco Group

DiPasquale Construction Inc.

Manning Squires Hennig


Antonelli Construction LLC

Pinnacle Homes


Project Managers

DGA Builders


Hewitt Young Electric

O’Connell Electric Company

US Ceiling Corp

Construction – Individuals


Caitlin Ellis, AIA, SWBR

Jessica Kruse, LaBella Associates DPC


Michael Birkby, Conifer Realty LLC

Eugenio Marlin, Ibero-American Development Corporation

General Contractors

Brian P. Kelly, Manning Squires Hennig


Jerry Serafine, Renaissance Restoration of Rochester LLC

Interior Design/Staging

Danielle Lewis, LaBella Associates DPC

Project Manager

Robert Miller, O’Connell Electric Company

Rising Stars

Samuel Burke, DGA Builders

Aaron Gross, Upstate Roofing & Painting

Elizabeth Kirchhoff, AIA, SWBR


Melissa Geska, US Ceiling Corp

Matthew Martin, Tactical Construction Inc.

Real Estate – Individuals

Commercial Real Estate Agents

R. Scott Burdett, Flaum Management Company Inc.

Daniel J. O’Neill, SIOR, Pyramid Brokerage Company

John A. Rogers, SIOR, Pyramid Brokerage Company

Residential Real Estate Agents

Michael DiBiase, Conifer Realty LLC

Elaine Pelissier, Keller Williams Realty

Hannah Romano, Carriage House Realty by Nick

Rising Star

Amy Olds, Buckingham Properties


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