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Rochester Business Journal Names Black Button Distilling President/Master Distiller Jason Barrett A Forty Under 40 Honoree

Rochester Business Journal Names Black Button Distilling President/Master Distiller Jason Barrett A Forty Under 40 Honoree

Rochester Business Journal Names Black Button Distilling President/Master Distiller Jason Barrett A Forty Under 40 Honoree

Rochester Business Journal Names Black Button Distilling President/Master Distiller Jason Barrett A Forty Under 40 Honoree


Written by Thomas Adams 
September 27, 2013

– Rochester Business Journal has selected Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling President and Master Distiller as a 2020 Forty Under 40 honoree.

Forty Under 40 recognizes 40 men and women, under the age of 40, who have achieved professional success and who have also made significant civic contributions to the community. A panel of judges consisting of previous winners from various professions selected the Forty Under 40 honorees. In choosing the winners, judges looked for candidates who excel professionally and who are actively involved in and giving back to the community.
“The Forty Under 40 honorees are not only achieving success in their careers but giving back in meaningful ways to the Rochester community,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal.

“This year’s Forty Under 40 class faces challenges different from those honored previously. They are finding ways to innovate in all areas, from how to lead and grow their businesses to creating opportunities for others. In addition, they are doing more than their share to make Rochester a better place to live and work while still growing their careers. The Rochester Business Journal congratulates this year’s Forty Under 40 honorees.”
Recently, Black Button Distilling’s innovative and tireless work during the height of the COVID-19 crisis enabled Barrett and team to supply life-saving hand sanitizer to the Rochester community and beyond at a time when it was most needed.
“It’s an honor to lead the amazing group of hardworking people we call the Black Button Family,” said Barrett. “This award really belongs to all of us and it’s great to see the team recognized for all the hard work they put in every day.”
The winners will be honored Nov. 12 at a virtual celebration starting at 5:30 p.m. at 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. For tickets, visit The event hashtag is #RBJEvents.
Winners will be profiled in a magazine that will be inserted into the Nov. 13 issue of the Rochester Business Journal and will be available online at
The Presenting Sponsor is the University of Rochester Simon Business School. The Media Partner is News 10 NBC.
About Black Button Distilling
Black Button Distilling is the first grain-to-glass farm distillery in Rochester, NY since prohibition and one of the top 5 Craft Distilleries in the USA, according to USA Today’s 10 Best 2016 and 2017 Readers’ Choice poll. Founded in 2012 and housed in a 9,000-square-foot space near Rochester’s historic Public Market, Black Button Distilling specializes in farm to still products, using unique and all-natural ingredients from local farms to craft 4,000 bottles of award-winning spirits each week, distributed in 12 states and Japan. Black Button Distilling has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 list twice, making it one of the fastest-growing private companies in America two years in a row.

About the Rochester Business Journal
For 33 years, the Rochester Business Journal has served as the leading source of business news and information in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to its website,, and weekly print publication, the Rochester Business Journal publishes more than 25 special products a year including Book of Lists, Explore Greater Rochester, RBJ 75 and Schools Report Card. The Rochester Business Journal also honors leading Rochesterians through 13 annual awards events including Forty Under 40, Icon Honors, Women of Excellence and Reader Rankings. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. Rochester Business Journal is part of BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with 44 print and digital publications in more than 20 U.S. markets.
2020 Forty Under 40 Recipients
Nicole M. Acquisto, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCCCP, University of Rochester Medical Center
Mike Baker, RocNet Supply, Inc.
Kyle Banks, NYSEG/RG&E
Jason Barrett, Black Button Distilling
Mubarak Bashir, Greyston
Megan Bell, Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation
Elma Borčilo, University of Rochester
Robert B. Cain, PathStone Corporation
Ashley Nicole Campbell, Ph.D., University of Rochester
Ashley E. Champion, Nixon Peabody LLP
Katrina Connelly, Faraci Lange, LLP
Yvette Nicole Conyers, St. John Fisher College
Kristina Dengler, Bank of America
Connor Dixon-Schwabl, Dixon Schwabl
Rick Dougherty, Echelon Wealth Advisors, LLC
Matt Drouin, OakGrove Companies
Katie Flaherty, Paychex Insurance Agency
Jamie L. Frumusa, APR, Tipping Point Communications
Gabrielle Gaustad, Alfred University
Peter Gregory, McConville, Considine, Cooman & Morin, P.C.
Mitch Gruber, Foodlink, City of Rochester
Adrian I. Hale, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Monica Infante, Infante + Co.
Charles R. Knittle, Royal Oak Realty Trust/Cambridge Street Asset Management LLC
Nicole Ladner, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Erin M. Lemcke-Berno, Rochester Regional Health
Lisa C. Mattoon, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester
Natosha N. McDonald, Rochester Institute of Technology
Anne M. McGinnis, Harris Beach PLLC
Orlando Ortiz, The Gleason Works
Milton J. Pichardo, Savin
David J Plante, AICP CEP, Bergmann
Joe Sayre, Simon Business School-University of Rochester
Richard J. Sellwood, Reliant Community Credit Union
Molly Shepard, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Natalie Sinisgalli-Kettavong, NSP Studio, Embolden
Brian Valenti, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.
Thomas Venniro, Town of Parma – Hilton-Parma Parks & Recreation
Karen Webber, CPA, CFE, Webber CPA, PLLC
Nicole H. Williams, Simply Crepes
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