TAYLOR – The Builders honored with Excellence in Construction

September 22, 2020 - Design / Build

Rochester, NY Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record selected local General Contractor, TAYLOR – The Builders, to receive the 2020 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award.

Established last year, the Excellence in Construction & Real Estate awards celebrate the individuals and companies who are changing the landscape of the 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, general contractors, homebuilders, interior design/staging, project managers, subcontractors and rising star. Real Estate categories are commercial real estate agents and residential real estate agents. 

“This year’s Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Awards shine a spotlight on those who are creating jobs, building healthy spaces and helping families and companies achieve their dreams,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record. “It is a pleasure to shine the spotlight on individuals and companies that are moving Rochester forward.”

The winners will be honored Oct. 29 at a virtual celebration from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at https://rbj.net/events/construction-and-real-estate/. Each of the winners 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. The event hashtag is #RBJevents.

Winners will be profiled in a magazine that will be inserted into the Oct. 30 issue of the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record.

The Presenting Sponsors are Evans Bank and Phillips Lytle LLP.

2020 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award Winners

Construction - Companies


  • Bergmann
  • CJS Architects LLP
  • SWBR


  • Gallina Development Corp.
  • PathStone Corp.
  • Rochester’s Cornerstone Group

General Contractors:

  • Christa Construction LLC
  • DGA Builders LLC
  • Taylor, The Builders


  • Riedman Homes

Interior Design/Staging:

  • Vargas Associates Inc.


  • Hewitt Young Electric LLC
  • O’Connell Electric Co.
  • Ruston Paving Co. Inc.

Construction - Individuals

General Contractors

  • Brian Kelly, Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc.
  • Mike Seaman, Christa Construction LLC
  • Charles Yarrington, DGA Builders LLC

Interior Design/Staging

  • Corina Folts, SWBR

Project Manager 

  • Tim Ehmann, O’Connell Electric Co.

Rising Stars

  • Brent Heywood, DGA Builders LLC
  • Joseph McNinch, SWBR
  • Hunter Nelson, Villager Construction Inc.

Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Agents

  • Jake Rivera, Caliber Commercial Brokerage
  • Kurt Sertl, Gallina Development Corp.

Residential Real Estate Agents 

  • Irene Bennett, Howard Hanna
  • Theresa Downham, Howard Hanna
  • Courtney Dudek, Courtney Dudek Homes
  • Trip Pierson, Mitchell Pierson Jr. Inc. Realtors
  • Mary Beth Place, RE/MAX Plus


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