Gwinnett Chamber Names 2015 IMPACT Regional Business Award Winners

100+ Organizations Honored at the Inaugural Awards Luncheon

Designed to be reflective and unique to Gwinnett and across the metro Atlanta area, the Gwinnett Chamber honored more than 100 finalist organizations across ten industry categories on Thursday, May 13 at the inaugural IMPACT Regional Business Awards, presented by BB&T. The awards luncheon, held at the Gwinnett Center, celebrated premier organizations in critical industries that are driving economic development and job creation, while also enhancing our quality of life. The luncheon also crowned the winners of the 5th Annual Amazing Entrepreneur Business Plan Contest.

“The winners of the IMPACT Awards represent the creativity, determination, and engagement of our business community and are examples of the enormous contributions of Gwinnett and metro Atlanta businesses and their employees,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber.

Healthcare Award winner PruittHealth received the 2015 Overall IMPACT Regional Business Award. For more than 45 years, PruittHealth has ensured the peace of mind of their clients, patients, residents and their families through its commitment to quality healthcare. They offer a spectrum of services that allow uninterrupted care within the same family of providers. This home-grown Georgia company has grown to 170 locations in four states. Consistently ranked as the “BEST” by U.S. News & World Report year after year, PruittHealth is the leader for post-acute care in the Southeast.

Other winners included:

  • Builder Award: American Painting & Renovations has grown exponentially in the residential, commercial and multi-family property industries, because of their competitive pricing, quality workmanship and reliable service. American Painting & Renovations’ aspiration for excellence and attention to detail has earned them a place on Magazine’s list of the 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • Education Award: Gwinnett Technical College has a 30-year history of excellence in delivering and training an outstanding pool of talent to meet the needs of business and industry employers. GTC’s economic impact is both direct, via more than 1,000 employees and nearly 20,000 students who live, work, and play in Gwinnett; and indirect, via the services they provide to businesses in the form of a skilled workforce and training employees through continuing education.
  • Hospitality Award: Aurora Theatre’s success stems from its dedication to improving our community, while creating a new generation of theatergoers. The fastest growing theatre in metro Atlanta, the Aurora is Gwinnett’s home for professional theatre, but extends well outside the boundaries of the county, bringing more than 60,000 visitors to Gwinnett annually.
  • Information Technology Award: Horizon Software International is committed to delivering high impact, innovative software services and payments technology solutions to school nutrition and senior living communities. An innovative leader offering scalable solutions capable of meeting the needs and budget of any operation, Horizon offers comprehensive, integrated point-of-sale, inventory, warehouse and procurement software solutions, as well as online payment and registration systems.
  • International Award: Jones Lang LaSalle demonstrates its world-class expertise by navigating the intricacies of commercial real estate. For nearly 250 years, JLL has offered specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by investing, owning and occupying property. Jones Lang LaSalle has been named a World’s Most Ethical Company for eight consecutive years by the Ethisphere Institute and a World’s Most Admired Company by FORTUNE
  • Nonprofit Award: Junior Achievement of Georgia’s mission has remained the same for more than 90 years, but its programs have evolved to ensure they are meeting the needs of the current economic state and students serviced. With plans to open the JA Discovery Center in Gwinnett this August, the organization will continue to annually serve more than nearly 175,000 students throughout the state, with more than 120,000 of those students being from Gwinnett and metro Atlanta.
  • Service Industry Award: Cirrus Business Group provides HR Consulting and Project Management services to clients across the U.S. and in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. With offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Duluth and Houston, Cirrus exists to help organizations do great things and be great places to work. Their commitment to building strong businesses is evident through the way their business is led, with a servant’s heart.
  • Small Business Award: LeCraw Engineering, Inc. provides a wide range of civil engineering, landscape architecture, and surveying services to clients throughout the country. From project planning and due diligence to construction documents, permits and construction phase services, LEI offers complete civil engineering services with outstanding client service and high quality results.

“These risk-takers and innovators are the ones who create jobs and provide much-needed services for our community, creating a better quality of life for everyone,” said Randy Dellinger, District Manager at Jackson EMC and 2015 Gwinnett Chamber Board Chair. “These are the leaders who are laying the foundation for a bright future of opportunity.”

In addition to the IMPACT Awards, the Gwinnett Chamber’s Economic Development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, annually conducts a business plan contest for Gwinnett companies. The Amazing Entrepreneur Competition recognizes two sectors: Pre-Venture for contestants who have an idea for a product or service, but are not yet open for business, and Established Business for companies that have been open at least three years.

The winners of the 2015 Amazing Entrepreneur Contest are:

  • Pre-Venture: SciSmart Tutoring will help English as a Second Language students from Kindergarten through College improve test scores in Math and Science.
  • Established Business: Sky High Tutoring conducts tutoring for college entrance exams to help young people get into the school of their choice.

For more information, visit IMPACTBusinessAwards.com or contact Cally D’Angelo at 678-957-4958 or CDAngelo@gwinnettchamber.org.