Congratulations to our 2021 HYPE Awards Finalists!

The 2021 Awards will recognize young professionals and a mentor who demonstrate success in their career, industry and in making a positive change in the Greater Binghamton community. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists!


Ely Rooney, Owner/Operator, De Colores Cookies y Mas
Jason Aurelio, Director of Business Development, Sentry Alarms
Kelcie Guccia, Human Resources Coordinator, Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, & Landscape Architects, DPC


Alaina Gardner, Head of UI/UX Development, IDEA KRAFT
Alicia Grunder-Laughlin, Art Therapist, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Tangible Arts and Wellness
Jessica Petrylak, Art Enrichment Coordinator, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier


Education & Training:
Colleen M. Barton, CCUFC – Financial Wellness Officer, Visions Federal Credit Union
Erin Marulli, Staff Associate for Student Retention, SUNY Broome Community College
Tamika Gordon, Assistant Professor for Engineering and Physics , SUNY Broome Community College


Health & Wellness:
Bryon Palmer, Lead Facility Trainer/Trainer Mentor, Synergy Athletics
Karina Martinez, Owner, Binghamton Metro Doulas
Marissa Knapp, Public Health Practitioner, Broome County Health Department


Law & Government:
Alyssa Congdon, Associate Attorney, Jackson Bergman LLP
Aviva Friedman, Council Member, Binghamton City Council District 4
Jessica Haas, Executive Director, Broome County Land Bank Corporation


Mentor to a YP:
Michael Koch, Operations Manager, Residence Inn Binghamton
Sara Scott, Director of Membership Engagement, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
Susan Flynn, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Chemistry, Binghamton University


Alexis Savidge, Director of Development, Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc.
Aubrey Baker, Rapid Rehousing Case Manager, YWCA Binghamton and Broome County
Meggan Taylor, Vice President Programs, ACHIEVE


Service Industry:
Alisha Swietzer, Director of Sales & Marketing, Red & White Catering
Jade Deluca, General Manager, Lost Dog Cafe
James Howard, Founder, Owner, Direct Details


Skilled Trades:
Eddie Thomason, Owner, ET Woodworks
Matthew Schyndler, Region Manager, Mirabito Energy Products


Emanuel Bernard, Web Developer, Gearcor
Gabrielle Wayman, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation
Jacob Gagnon, Advisory Software Developer, IBM


Winners will be announced at the HYPE Awards on July 15, 5:30 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.

Visit to register to attend in-person or join us virtually at 6 P.M. on the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

  • Amy Paolini

    Bryon Palmer has been my trainer at Synergy for over a year. I was terrified of joining a gym after a terrible experience at one. Bryon made me feel at ease and pushed me to always be better than the day before. He knows how important exercise is for your physical and mental health. Bryon makes it fun and always is professional in what he does. When I say “Bryon has truly changed my life!” , it does not even begin to give him the credit he deserves!

    June 30, 2021 at 11:20 am

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