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2018 Avanti Summit


Cheryl Dinolfo

Monroe County Executive

David Mammano

The Avanti Entrepreneur Group

Gregg Lederman

Brand Integrity

Michele Liddle

The Perfect Granola

Joe Crestuk


Lindsay McCutchen

Career Start

Paul Gugliemo

Gugliemo Sauce

Leo Linder


Ron Wille

Launch Team Inc.
With business cards flying, a captivated audience scribbling tips in their notebooks, and speakers offering their authentic passion for the business- it’s clear why this annual event continues to be successful.

Emerge attended the Avanti Summit this past March at Casa Larga Vineyards in Rochester, NY. The Avanti Entrepreneur Group hosts this annual event to celebrate the region’s entrepreneurs by showcasing the business leaders and their high growth organizations. A team from Emerge came to support our CEO, Leo Linder, and network with other organizations at our booth.

Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive, kicked the summit off touching on the importance of small businesses in the community. Events like these solidify the strong community that is Rochester. Each entrepreneur spoke on their different backgrounds, the motivation that drove them on the path to success, and most importantly- the support of their community.

From discussing employee engagement, brand authenticity, and giving back to the community- these entrepreneurs provided great insight on how to make your company different. With great success comes great failure as well. Not every path the was the smoothest, but the speakers learned their lesson and provided sound advice to future business owners.

Leo Linder took the podium to speak on how he became a strong thought leader in the business

He credited his success to the Leadership Contribution Model: know your superpower; share what you know and listen; and understand your company values, mission or vision. Throughout his path to success, Leo learned three tools that attribute to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

The Dramatic Pause

Stop, take a step back, and then react. It’s crucial to understand and absorb a situation as a whole before taking action.


Something meaningful will inspire you. Hold that inspiration close to you and in your mind to drive you forward

Preparation is Key

Be aware and prepared for the worst-case scenario in your company. Think about how you can prevent this scenario, or how you can prepare your company for that one wrong turn.

Thank you, Avanti Entrepreneur Group, for coordinating such a fantastic event and including Emerge. We cannot wait for next year!