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Utica Chamber names Keida as Businessperson of the Year

Posted 3/14/23

The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year award, presented by Staffworks, is given annually to an individual who has shown exemplary service to the Chamber.

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Utica Chamber names Keida as Businessperson of the Year

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UTICA — The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year award, presented by Staffworks, is given annually to an individual who has shown exemplary service to the Chamber and/or community, putting focus on individuals who are dedicated to improving and impacting the business climate of the greater Utica area.

This year, the chamber has announced that Jennifer Keida, president and chief executive officer of Standard, Heating, Cooling & Insulating, 9488 River Road in Marcy, has been named as the organization’s 2023 Businessperson of the Year.

Chamber officials say Keida embodies the passion of an artist, the care of a mother, sister, and friend, and the drive of a woman business leader paving the way in a primarily male-dominated industry.  

“I am incredibly proud to be the first woman in 20 years to be awarded Businessperson of the Year,” Keida said.

“It feels empowering to know that I have not let stereotypes hold me back in a male dominated industry and I hope this serves as inspiration for women of all ages to follow their hearts, not gender expectations,” Keida added.

In addition to Keida’s passion for her team, her communities, and her family, she is an advocate for heart health and local business supporting the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce and the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Heart Association.

She served on the board of directors for the Chamber from 2005 to 2012, stepping in as the youngest chairperson in 2010. She’s been serving on the American Heart Association board of directors since 2019 and chaired the Go Red for Women luncheon in 2019 and 2020. As a heart survivor, Keida is also a passionate speaker and advocate for the organization. She consistently encourages her team to attend chamber events, support the local community, and volunteer whenever possible. She is also a past recipient of Utica OD’s Top 40 under 40, a past board member of the Building Performance Institute, a current board member of the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York, a presenter at the Northeast Clean Energy for Homes Conference, and a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program Alumnus.

An event to celebrate Keida’s accomplishments and contributions to the Greater Utica area will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Hart’s Hill Inn. Details on tickets and sponsorships will be coming soon.

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