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Webster Chamber of Commerce names Ty-Quasia Reid 2015 Business Person of the Year

By Lisa Dumas

Barry Howard, president and CEO Webster chamber, Tyquasia Earth-Reid, and Virginia Nacy, chair of the chamber board of directors

Barry Howard, president and CEO Webster chamber, Tyquasia Earth-Reid, and Virginia Nacy, chair of the chamber board of directors

The Webster Chamber of Commerce has named Ty-Quasia Reid, owner of Rising Earth Massage in Webster, as the Chamber’s 2015 Business Person of the Year, according to chamber officials.

Reid is the first African American woman to receive the award, and also sits on the chamber’s board of directors.

“I was surprised when I got the phone call,” she stated. “I was like, are you kidding me?”

Reid also said, at that moment, she knew her late stepfather would have been proud she had received the award.

“My stepfather passed away recently, and he taught me two things about success,” she stated. “He said ‘you have to love what you do, and you have to do it for yourself, because no one is going to pay you what you’re worth.’ So, to be awarded by the community as business person of the year, I know he would be so proud of that. It’s great.”

Reid, New York State licensed and nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and body work, opened Rising Earth Massage in 2008; then began to build an extensive client list, which included customers from Webster and the surrounding areas, according to officials.

She also currently sits on the chamber’s membership committee, and recently served on its 80th Anniversary Gala Committee.

Barry Howard, president and CEO of the chamber, and Virginia Nacy, chair of the chamber board of directors, presented Reid with the award Jan. 30, at the chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting.

“The Webster Chamber and our community are extremely fortunate to have Ty Reid as a business leader and active participant in the success of our chamber,” Howard said. “Her commitment to the chamber, her family and church, and our community is amazing; her enthusiasm, and joy for life and her work, make her a business leader to watch and emulate. Ty-Quasia Reid is the kind of businessperson the chamber envisioned when we began this annual recognition in 2005.”

In addition, the Webster Chamber’s Business Person of the Year is someone who has been recognized as having set a standard of accomplishment in both business and the community, Howard stated.

He said the nominees must have been members of the chamber for at least 18 months; must have been active members who have always been willing to go above and beyond; leaders who have motivated others; and have contributed resources in the form of time, talent, money, etc. to the community via projects, clubs, churches, and not-for-profits.

Howard also said, this year, the chamber decided to nominate business members who have made a significant impact on the role of business in the community.

“Ty-Quasia’s ongoing contribution to the chamber, and to the Webster community, represents her commitment and dedication to her family, her business, and to the chamber and its members,” Howard stated. “Her enthusiasm and upbeat attitude, her strong ethical approach to business and relationships, and the joy for life and work make her an excellent nominee. She clearly helps make Webster a community of choice, and the place where life is worth living.”

Reid currently serves on the media and offering ministries at the In Christ New Hope Ministry, and participates in the Daughters of Virtue and Excellence Woman’s Expo at her church.

She is also a member of Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals.

Reid’s practice, Rising Earth Massage, is located at 1140 Crosspointe Lane – Suite 4, and includes Raindrop Technique, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Sports and Hot Stone Massage.

Visit for additional information regarding her company.