- "He's still out on the campaign trail. Nobody's told Jim Alesi that he's won." - Event MC Don Alhart while introducing the members of the head table at the event. Alesi, a state senator, was the only head table invitee whose chair was empty.
- "When I get knocked down -- and I do frequently -- she is the first one to pick me up. Of course, she's the one who knocks me down half the time." Retiring RIT President Albert Simone, talking about his wife, Carolee Simone.
- "Still no sign of Jim Alesi. We do have one report that he was last seen in the parking garage with Joe Klein." - Alhart again, referring to the CEO of Klein Steel Service, who gave a take-no-prisoners speech several weeks ago about the problems facing the upstate economy. In that speech, Klein lambasted several state legislators.
- "My 13-year-old son said, 'Dad, if you have any hope of holding the attention of the people in that room, you better let mom do all the talking." - Charles Lill, describing what his son, Jesse, said after learning that Lill's company, Frank Lill & Son, was the No. 1 company in the Top 100.