Congratulations to our 2020 HYPE Awards Finalists!

The 2020 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!


Business & Professional Services
Jason Aurelio, Sentry Alarms
Ebony Hattoh, Gilead Media & Marketing
Timothy Szczesny, DeMunn Funeral Home


Erinn Kovitch, Idea Kraft
Kristen Mann, Grow. Bloom. Project
Daniel Masciari, Full Fledged Films LLC


Education & Training
Gina Chase, SUNY Broome Community College
Matt Sheehan, Broome-Tioga BOCES
Jordan Smith, Binghamton University


Health & Wellness
Jenna Jenks, Confluence Running
Jennifer Morabito, People Grow Together
Karina Martinez, Binghamton Metro Doulas, LLC


Law & Government
Jared Kraham, City of Binghamton
Michael Keenan, The Raymond Corporation


Mentor to a YP
Laura Pascucci, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital
Jon Myers, Jon L Myers and Associates – Ameriprise Financial
Sulaiminah Burns, Support Black Business 607


Abby Cleveland, Binghamton Philharmonic
Autumn Loke, Liberty Partnerships Program
Erin Summerlee, Rural Health Network of SCNY


Service Industry
Erika Dickinson, Dos Rios Cantina
Aaron Laughlin, Dos Rios/Stone Fox


Skilled Trades
Nick Ballard, City of Binghamton Parks & Recreation
Leland Moxley, The Raymond Corporation


Morgan Brock, The Raymond Corporation
Rucha Kulkarni, Universal Instruments Corp
Sarah Reeves, BAE Systems


Winners will be announced at the Virtual HYPE Awards on December 9th at 5:30! Tune in to learn more about all of our phenomenal finalists!


Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event!

  • Karina Veintimilla

    We are very proud of all the accomplishments in your life and there isn’t a doubt that you’re a winner!! We love you and we support all the way❤️❤️ keep doing what you love to do ❤️❤️

    November 19, 2020 at 10:38 pm
  • Naillah Valor

    I am so proud of my sister Sulaiminah! I hooe Support Black Business “Area Codes” will sweep the nation. Our father’s name was George. We share that with a girl who said her “daddy changed the world.” In the wake of the George Floyd tragedy so many of us we’re stired to do powerful things. That little girl was right!

    November 21, 2020 at 7:41 pm
  • Nakia Boyd

    Congratulations to my sis Sulaiminah Burns keep being great sis!! ?????

    November 21, 2020 at 7:51 pm
  • Maria Hall

    Congratulations Slaminah and Kristen!!!!!

    November 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm
  • Maria Hall

    I meant Sulaiminah!!!!

    November 21, 2020 at 8:01 pm
  • Christina Archie

    Congratulations to all; especially Sulaiminah and Kristen. Truly assets to our community! Thank you to the sponsors!

    November 22, 2020 at 9:45 am
  • Tenniel Walker

    I’m very proud of the things u have done and are still doing 4 all of the black own business ??‼️?

    November 22, 2020 at 10:08 am
  • Sulaiminah Burns

    Thank all you so much!!! Your words are so encouraging!!!

    November 24, 2020 at 4:27 pm
  • Epiphany munoz

    Let’s go Ebony, Kristen and Sulaiminah!

    November 24, 2020 at 4:37 pm
  • Robert Bullock

    Sulaiminah is very deserving of this reward. She did something extraordinary that helped black-owned businesses while bringing together our community. In fact, I would say her work has done more to make Binghamton a more integrated community than anyone or anything else I can recall. She has also provided invaluable guidance and mentorship to black-owned small businesses that are I’ll help them succeed. She is a strong, fearless leader who really wants to make a difference. I look forward to seeing what she does next.

    November 24, 2020 at 7:26 pm
  • Brianna Salazar Olaiya

    So proud of Ebony H., Kristen M. and Sulaiminah B.!!!

    November 25, 2020 at 3:46 pm
  • Loretta Burns

    Three cheers for Sulaiminah. I met vendors at her Black Business 607 Empowerment Event. A woman told me ” because of Sulaiminah she would be able to open a store”. Imagine that; in COVID -19 Time; another vendor told me he “had been up here for 32 years and no one has ever put an event like that together”. All this is remarkable. As Sulaiminah’s mother I am very proud of her; but even if I wasn’t her mother I would have to be poud of her. She is a true asset to her community.

    November 26, 2020 at 7:06 pm
  • Sulaiminah is so deserving. She’s a wonderful game changer for many lives!

    November 26, 2020 at 7:54 pm
  • Supriya Kulkarni

    Congratulations to all , its remarkable achievement to be on this platform, keep it up

    November 30, 2020 at 7:48 am
  • Sulaiminah Burns

    Thank you all so much again. I am very touched by your kind words!

    November 30, 2020 at 5:51 pm
  • In my humble opinion,ms. Sulaiminah is extremely deserving of this honor. She’s a champion of the black businesses.. she understands our struggles on a very deep level that most don’t and that alone makes her deserving of this particular award but any other awards out there you can think of.

    November 30, 2020 at 8:19 pm
  • Saida Burns

    I am super proud of mother Sulaiminah Burns! She puts in countless hours to mentor and guide black businesses starting out, as well as increasing community engagement with businesses that are already established!

    December 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm
  • Congrats Jenna Jenks on your accomplishments with Confluence Running. You have certainly made a positive community impact in our community.

    December 3, 2020 at 4:29 pm
  • Christine Reeves

    Congratulations Sarah Reeves Naioti. You truly have shown yourself to be a successful leader. You are a very smart, hard working and one of a most loving person. Dad and I couldn’t be prouder of you!

    December 8, 2020 at 6:03 am
  • Robin Alpaugh

    Congratulations Daniel Masciari – here’s to making Binghamton a notable film town!!

    December 8, 2020 at 12:19 pm

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