Honoring Gwinnett”s leaders in growth, innovation and community engagement, the Gwinnett Chamber hosted 2012 Pinnacle Awards in April, recognizing small business and entrepreneurs” extraordinary achievements in our community. From a pool of over 200 nominees, seven businesses and non-profit organizations were named this year”s winners. Learn more about each of their stories below.
Service First Roofing is a full service commercial roofing company that specializes in roof preventative maintenance, repair and new roof installations. Their current customer base includes commercial properties, hospitals and healthcare, industrial and manufacturing facilities, restaurants and schools.
“There are a lot roofing contractors in the metro area and in Georgia. Service First Roofing stands apart from its competition by delivering honest, cost effective resolutions to our new and returning customers,”# says Owner Scott Satory.
A family owned business that began operation in October 2008, their company”s motto is simple – treat others the way you want to be treated. “We take pride in the fact that every roof inspection is completed with integrity,”# he says.
The company also believes firmly in conducting a debt free business and contributing to the Gwinnett community they call home. “Within the last two years of operation, our company donated a total of $41,000 to charity,”# Satory says. This includes contributing to such non-profits as the St. Jude Children”s Research Hospital and Wounded Warrior Project.
2012 Pinnacle Award Winner
Category II (10-99 employees) and Overall Pinnacle Small Business of the Year
For 16 years, Prosthetic Care, Inc. has provided prosthetic devices for amputees. Custom fabricated to meet each patient”s set of needs, the company”s highly skilled prosthetists craft prosthetic upper and lower extremity devices on-site at their three state-of-the-art Georgia facilities in Buford, Conyers and Demorest. A new location is set to open midtown Atlanta this month.
“We don”t cut corners when delivering services to our patients – we go above and beyond in exceeding their expectations,”# says Owner Stephen Schulte.
This company”s approach has attracted many of America”s active amputees, such as Ironman athletes and Paralympians, but Prosthetic Care, Inc. is equally dedicated to providing the same quality, personalized care to all levels of ability.
Prosthetic Care, Inc. is also committed the patient”s amputation procedure through their C.A.R.E (Comprehensive, Amputee, Rehabilitation, Environment) Initiative. This program allows Prosthetic Care, Inc. to follow up with the patient throughout their entire care. “Staying involved with the patient from pre-amputation through return to daily activities leads to superior outcomes,”# Schulte states.
The Myers Group provides reliable healthcare survey research, call center support and consulting services. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare by giving a voice to the needs and experiences of patients and health plan members.
“Our ability to listen to our clients and respond to the changing needs of the healthcare community has enabled us to grow and continually expand our services,”# says Owner A.C. Myers. The Myers Group has expanded their call center and enhanced their technical capabilities to better serve the growing needs of their clients. In addition, the company also manages all operations in-house at their Gwinnett County facility.
The Myers Group has grown from a start-up company conducting patient surveys into a full-service healthcare solutions organization with the vision of improving the quality of healthcare. Along with increasing their workforce, launching new product lines and managing quality assurance, the company has also established the TMG Foundation to support both the community and worldwide charitable causes. “Our vision continues to guide the company through growth, expansion and ongoing service to our clients,”# states Myers.
The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services is a non-profit by Gwinnettians for Gwinnettians. Started more than 20 years ago, the Gwinnett Coalition”s mission is to be a public/private partnership that facilitates collaborations to improve the well being of the community.
“For the past 12 years, the Gwinnett Coalition has conducted the largest volunteer event in the country called the Gwinnett Great Days of Service,”# says Director Ellen Gerstein.# With more than 500,000 volunteers assisting with over 2,000 community service projects since the beginning, the event is designed to increase community awareness and identify needs for the agencies and organizations supported by the Gwinnett Coalition.
The Gwinnett Helpline has also made an important impact on the Gwinnett community. “We have assisted more than 425,000 callers with information and referrals for life”s basic needs,”# says Gerstein.
The organization has raised millions of dollars for Gwinnett non-profits since their inception. Over the past three years, the Gwinnett Coalition has brought $1.6 million into Gwinnett that was distributed by 10 faith-based non-profits including the Salvation Army, Norcross Cooperative Ministry and Family Promise.
Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation was formed in 1990 to bring people together to support GMC”s mission of providing quality health services to the community. The Foundation funds programs, services and capital expansion projects through charitable contributions.
“We enable people from all walks of life to come together and give of their time, talents and treasures to strengthen our healthcare system,”# says President Jason Chandler.
Recently, the Foundation has raised more than $9.1 million for the new Heart & Vascular Center that opened in January 2012 and $1 million for the new Gwinnett Breast Center that opened in the fall 2011. The Foundation has also been involved in many community projects and civic charitable affairs, such as Brighter Smiles for Brighter Futures, The Sport of Giving, Physician Partners and Cancer Survivors Celebration.
“Educating and empowering the community to be part of the future of healthcare has allowed us to have a significant impact on the economy and the quality of life in Gwinnett,”# says Chandler.
Since 1981, The Hudgens Center for the Arts has been dedicated to bringing art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits.
A common theme at The Hudgens Center is “Dream Big”# and this past year, the organization excelled in many areas. The 3L Project was developed and initiated. This pilot program allows artists to work in three title I Gwinnett middle schools and conduct math/art projects with sixth graders.
The Hudgens Center also developed three new programs designed to serve different underserved populations. SmART, a scholarship program offered to high schoolers for a Saturday art program; The Healing Arts, a pilot art program for cancer patients and their caregivers: and The Power of Art, a partnership between the Hudgens Center and non-profits to provide on-site art instruction for children were all initiated this year.
“Even if you don”t step foot in The Hudgens Center for exhibitions, classes, a special event or to shop, the fact that it”s here is important to Gwinnett. As our programs and partnerships expand, we”ll be the place for our children and our next generation to learn about art, to see art in person and to develop an appreciation for it,”# says Director Teresa Osborn.
For the past 21 years, Rainbow Village has served as a center of hope for homeless families with children in need of a significant life change. The organization offers a one-two year comprehensive program that provides families a safe, secure and fully furnished apartment, while engaging both adults and children in intense and rewarding programming.
“We provide an educational and holistic approach to serving the homeless. Once families enter our program, they immediately begin weekly life skills classes focusing on positive parenting, personal and family development, financial literacy, home management and job readiness, among others,”# says Director Nancy Yancey. In addition, every school-aged child attends the Rainbow Village After-School program that offers tutoring and special assistance.
“One facet of our program that we”re proud of is that we require our residents to give back to the community,”# she says. Rainbow Village completed 13 workdays involving groups like the Atlanta Hawks, a variety of local churches, Hands On Atlanta Community partners, Compassion in Action groups and Girl Scout troops. These workday projects included landscaping, painting, cleaning up and organizing, and inventorying offices and new apartments.
Cynthia Kaye graduated from Florida State University with an elementary education degree, but instead of entering the classroom, she went into the boardroom to build an award-winning company from zero to $97 million in 2010. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of as many children as possible, Kaye founded Logical Choice Technologies and over the last two decades, has built that company into the educational technology powerhouse it is today.
A consummate leader, Kaye is an alumni of MIT”s three year Entrepreneurial Executive Leadership Program, and one of only 22 firms (out of 200 worldwide) chosen to become part of Gazelle 22 – a networking organization whose members are selected as standing head and shoulders above the average senior teams.
Partnering with Promethean, Kaye helped transform classrooms all over the country into the learning environments of the future. In 2011, after looking for ways to teach her own sons to read and coming up frustrated, she fostered the creation of Letters alive, the first reading curriculum utilizing Augmented Reality. And, she didn”t stop there. She followed Letters alive with Storybooks alive, founding Alive Studios in the process.
Having assembled a team of top-notch professionals, Kaye has guided her creations as they make the leap to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices literally the world over.