Small Business Council Recognizes Mark E. Davitt

2013 Business Person of the Year Award Winner

Rochester, N.Y. - The Small Business Council of Rochester recognized Mark E. Davitt, President and CEO of ConServe as the recipient of the 2013 Business Person of the Year Award in the large-firm category at their annual luncheon held on October 9, 2013.

For the past three decades, the Small Business Council has presented an annual award spotlighting exemplary business leadership and community involvement in Rochester and Monroe County. Nominees are judged on criteria including contributions to their business, impact within the company's industry and commitment to civic endeavors.

Mark took the time to congratulate each of the other finalists and also recognized his employees for creating a team of the right people, doing the right thing, at the right time, the right way. "At ConServe, we have been fortunate to attract some very talented people. They live the mission of serving the needs of our Clients and improving people's lives. ConServe is the sum of all the actions of all our employees every day. It is the people who make this company do as well as it does and they are the one who put us over the top."

About ConServe

Founded in 1985, Continental Service Group, Inc. (dba ConServe), has provided accounts receivable management services in the higher education, government and commercial markets.

The mission of ConServe is simply: "ConServe is dedicated to satisfying the needs of its Clients in a manner consistent with improving the human condition, and that will foster the development of long-term, profitable business relationships with our Clients, our employees, our vendors and the community."

ConServe was ranked as the #1 performing collection agency on the U.S. Department of Education's student loan collection contract from 2004-2010. In 2009, ConServe was again awarded a long term contract by the Department of Education and is currently among the top performers in this category.

ConServe has also achieved the ACA International Professional Practices Management System (PPMS) certification. Less than 1% of collection agencies nationwide offer the benefits of this certification to their Clients. This designation is the collection industry's standard for quality management. ConServe was a recipient of the Rochester Business Ethics Award, listed on the Inc. Magazine's 5000 fastest growing companies, named a Rochester Top 100 company 10 times in the last 11 years and named by as Best Places to Work in Collections. Visit ConServe online at:

About Small Business Council of Rochester

SBC provides services, support and business-to-business opportunities to growth-oriented small business owners throughout the greater Rochester metropolitan area. It stages events throughout the year, including the Business Person of the Year Gala, Executive Development Roundtable and Albany Small Business Lobbying Day. Visit SBC online at


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