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Williams’ To Receive Arizona FFA Blue And Gold Award

 

Via westernfarmpress.com

Over the last 20-plus years, Williams has been a leader in the Arizona Agricultural Education-FFA Foundation as a founder, treasurer for two years, president for four years, and continuing active board member.

In addition, he and his wife Judy have personally funded scholarships that have benefited dozens of agriculture students.

For this commitment, Ken and Judy Williams have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Blue and Gold Award to be presented at the 2nd annual Blue and Gold Gala Jan. 27 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz.

 

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Meet the Woman Who’s Boosting Arizona’s Mom-and-Pop Business Culture

 

Via yesmagazine.org

Kimber Lanning stands at just 5 feet 1 inch. But in the Arizona economic landscape where she acts as a fierce advocate for local economies, she is a giant.

In 2003, Lanning started Local First Arizona. She was the only employee, and didn’t take any salary. Now, with 3,200 members, it is the largest coalition of local businesses in the country. The coalition’s staff of 24 manages programs ranging from an annual local business fall festival to the state’s first directory of locally grown food to a program in Spanish for micro-entrepreneurs.

Lanning is widely recognized for her work. Even though she finds traditional economic development planners to be frequent adversaries, in 2014 the International Economic Development Council awarded her a Citizen Leader of the Year Award. She considers that a turning point in planners’ recognition of the value of local businesses. Arizona Business Magazine named her one of the 50 most influential women in Arizona, and the American Planning Association named her Distinguished Citizen Planner for her work on the reuse of old buildings.

 

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Business Awards Earned In Southern Arizona

Via tucson.com

Tucson Airport Authority: The TAA was inducted by the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency Business Center and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce into the Arizona Million Dollar Circle of Excellence during the 2017 Business Diversity Summit. The TAA team was recognized for efforts in the area of supplier diversity by spending over $1 million in Arizona with minority/women-owned businesses. Additionally, TAA was recognized by the Arizona Department of Transportation with the 2017 ADOT Community Supporter Champion Award for their partnering efforts and contributions to diversity and growth in the transportation industry.

Dr. Howard M. Steinberg: The Tucson dentist has been named a Fellow by the International College of Dentists. The organization recognizes and promotes leadership and service worldwide. Less than 3 percent of the 200,000 dentists in the United States are awarded the honor. Dr. Steinberg’s specialty is prosthodontics, which focuses on cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth. He was recognized for his professional work as well as his humanitarian work.

Long Realty: Long Realty Company and its affiliated brokers and sales agents collected a host of awards during the Tucson Association of Realtors’ 2018 Installation and Awards Ceremony. The company won the Corporate Community Achievement Award for demonstrating a commitment to making the community better. Winning an Outstanding Service Award was Sierra Hardy, a sales agent with the company’s Foothills office. The award recognizes individuals who serve TAR and the broader industry with distinction. Also honored with a Committee of the Year award was the association’s CEO Search Task Force, chaired by Long Realty’s Pam Ruggeroli, an associate broker with the Tanque Verde office. As TAR’s top-performing committees these volunteer groups are honored for advancing the goals of the association.

 

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OnTrac Ranked 12th Fastest Growing Company And Privately Held Company In Arizona

 

Via businessinsider.com

CHANDLER, Ariz., Dec. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OnTrac, a logistics company specializing in delivery services in the Western United States, received the high honor as the 12th Fastest Growing Company as well as the 12th Ranked Privately Held Company. Both distinctions were part of the annual Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) awards put on by the Phoenix Business Journal. The recognition event took place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. The event brought together the largest private companies in Arizona that together generate revenues of over $15 billion per year, employ over 40,000 employees throughout the state, and over 56,000 employees worldwide.

The ACE awards is a nomination-based program that ranks by 2016 revenue and further company information such as the number of local and companywide employees, a company profile, professional bio for the top local executive and the year that company was founded locally. Based on this information along with company interviews and further research by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, the top private companies list is created. The goal of the ACE awards is to develop a sense of knowledge-sharing and community among private companies in Arizona and provide a means for executives at all levels to expand their professional networks.

In additional to receiving recognition at the 2017 ACE awards, OnTrac has received two additional awards this fall. Transport Topics ranks the 100 largest for-hire carriers in North America, which OnTrac ranked number 5 among the top package/courier carriers and tied for number 56 for all sectors. Companies operating in the United States and Canada are ranked on the basis of annual revenue. Additionally, OnTrac was ranked as 41 at the 2017 Chandler 100 event, which ranks the top 100 business located in Chandler, Arizona.

 

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Arizona’s Most Valuable Company Gets New CEO

 

Via azcentral.com

Republic Services Inc., Arizona’s most valuable corporation, has a new chief operating officer, filling the high-profile post after a vacancy of more than a year.

The Phoenix-based trash hauler and recycler named Jon Vander Ark, 42, to the position effective Jan. 1, 2018. He will be responsible for executing the company’s business plan, with responsibility for all operational-support departments including safety, engineering, environmental compliance and fleet management.

Republic Services, with about 31,000 employees, runs the nation’s seventh-largest vocational truck fleet.

 

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Markham Contracting Celebrates 40 Years Of Impact

 

Via azbigmedia.com

Markham Contracting Co., Inc., founded in the Phoenix garage of President Mike Markham Sr., in 1977, is celebrating 40 years of helping shape the Southwest landscape.

Projects include the original Hughes Helicopter manufacturing plant, now Mesa Boeing; Phoenix International Raceway; the Omni Montelucia Resort; the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility; the Wickenburg bypass; Grand Avenue; and Victory at Verrado, to name a few.

As a family-owned grading, paving, wet utility, concrete and general engineering contracting firm, Markham Contracting has left an indelible mark on more than 4,000 municipal, commercial, residential, industrial, and utility developments in Arizona.
 

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Empereon-Constar Wins Three Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards

 

Via acainternational.org

Empereon-Constar, built on the work ethic founder and CEO Travis Bowley learned on his family’s dairy farm, has grown to an award-winning provider of contact center solutions with a nationwide presence.

“If you want to grow a sustainable long-term business, you have to treat people with respect,” Bowley said in a news release. “Our handshake is our bond; this means that as individuals and as a company, we are ethical and trustworthy. We strive to be responsive to client needs and actively contribute to the well-being of communities where we live and work.”

Empereon-Constar,the parent company of ACA International member Constar Financial Services LLC, was recently recognized among the fastest growing private companies in Arizona, receiving three Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards for its accomplishments.

 

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ASU Entrepreneurs Earn Over $250,000 In Investment Funding At Demo Day

 

Via asu.edu

Every entrepreneur wants to make money, but essentially what they’re working to create is a better life for humanity.

Student entrepreneurs at Arizona State University have invented software that tracks when people are in a mental health crisis, a game to help ease childhood anxiety, an innovative pool security monitor and an app that finds nearby parking spaces.

Those were among the two dozen ASU-affiliated startups that won more than $250,000 in investment funding at the Demo Day entrepreneurship competition on Friday. The projects are part of Venture Devils, a program in the Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation at ASU that provides space, mentorship and access to funding to students, faculty, staff or community members. Nearly 100 ASU-affiliated teams pitched their ventures to a panel of judges at the daylong event, held at SkySong in Scottsdale.

 

Via asu.edu

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Vet Entrepreneur Earns SCOREs National Award

 

Via dcourier.com

The National Veteran’s Business Owned Association (NaVOBA) has selected Larry Curell, owner of Better Deal Printing, as their 2017 Franchise Vetrepreneur of the Year. Curell was honored at the national convention on Nov. 9, 2017 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

From humble beginnings, Curell has taken his business, with his own ingenuity and the help of SCORE mentors, from a simple idea to the national stage. After becoming disabled during his military service he went through the VA’s vocational rehabilitation program.

He switched from a corporate job to self-employment based in his garage with a copy machine and a long-range vision. As part of the process for approval to participate in the program he was required to have a viable business plan.

 

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Michael Pollack Builds a Legacy Of Giving Back

 

Via azbigmedia.com

A desire to build and instill pride back into run down communities has been a catalyst for many of Michael A. Pollack’s real estate ventures throughout his 44-plus year career.

He is the founder and president of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments, one of the largest independently owned and operated real estate companies in Arizona, specializing in refurbishing commercial and industrial properties in the Phoenix market for more than 25 years now.

Pollack’s goal is to make Arizona’s neighborhoods better one project at a time; always leaving things better than the way he found it.

 

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