Businessperson of the Year Luncheon Draws More Than 200

June 2, 2009

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Dutchess Community College welcomed more than 200 guests to the 2009 Poughkeepsie Journal Businessperson of the Year luncheon on June 2 to honor this year’s award recipient, Joseph Kirchhoff, founder and president of Kirchhoff Construction Management.

A lifelong resident of Dutchess County, Kirchhoff attended Arlington High School and Dutchess Community College before graduating from the Hill School in New York City. He purchased his first company, an electrical contracting firm, in 1983 while selling real estate and insurance for an agency owned by his father.

He sold his first company and founded Kirchhoff Construction Management in 1991. His namesake firm is now one of the leading commercial builders in New York State. The company has completed more than 600 projects, ranging in size from just a few thousand dollars to more than $40 million. Kirchhoff Construction Management has more than 150 employees in its ranks, and company clients have come from industries such as higher education, not-for-profit organizations, healthcare, housing, development, retail, and hospitality.

Kirchhoff serves on many boards and committees including Ramapo for Children, New Horizons Foundation, and the Dutchess County Economic Development Council. He has also been a benefactor of Vassar College, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College, the Anderson School, Northern Dutchess Hospital, and other not-for-profit organizations.

The Poughkeepsie Journal Businessperson of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an individual whose leadership, hard work, and dedication made a measurable impact on the economic viability and vitality of the region and the surrounding community. The award recipient is selected by a panel of judges from all sectors of the community, including the previous year’s winner.

The award luncheon was co-sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Dutchess Community College Foundation, and the law firm of Corbally, Gartland, and Rappleyea.

For more information, call the Dutchess Community College Foundation at (845) 431-8400 .

Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college with more than 50 years of service to the residents of Dutchess County. Visit