June 11, 2014 – Dutchess Community College welcomed almost 200 guests to the 2014 Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year luncheon on June 10 to honor this year’s award recipient, Joseph Lepore, president of LCS Companies.
Lepore founded LCS Maintenance Inc. in 2001 to offer cleaning services, which now has grown to include landscape maintenance, stewarding for food services businesses and property development. LCS Companies employs more than 250 people – more than half of whom have been hired in the past five years. A family business, LCS also employs Lepore’s wife, Maria, and son, Daniel, who serves as vice president.
Lepore emigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was a teenager, and after working a maintenance job for a large company, he and a partner formed their own firm in the 1990s before Lepore moved on to start his own business.
LCS was the winner of the Poughkeepsie Journal’s 2009 Richard K. Wager Workplace Inclusiveness Award, and Lepore has earned awards from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows and the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board.
The Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person 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.