CONGRATULATIONS to the 2016 EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS:
Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Health & Human Services
Habitat for Humanity of Prince William County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Prince William, greater Manassas community. In the last year alone, they completed 25 projects that led to safe structures for 15 local families and beautiful and functional neighborhood common areas to improve the local quality of life. In their last fiscal year alone, $81,762 was invested in construction materials and 12,600 volunteer hours were served.
In one home, the HVAC system was replaced for a local Veteran and his son. Additionally Habitat replaced two roofs, repaired floor joists and stopped plumbing leaks at a home where mold was becoming an issue.
It’s been an exciting winter for Habitat as they closed their Manassas Re-Store and opened a new one in a much larger facility. Later this year they will open a brand new Re-Store in Woodbridge. In addition, they look forward to finishing rehab work on a home in Woodbridge and placing their 16th family partner.
Congratulations to the volunteers and staff of Habitat for Humanity Prince William County!
Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Arts & Education
Christ Chapel Academy’s motto is “Engaging Learners, Unleashing Leaders.” To do that, they do much more than educate students in the conventional sense. Students are challenged to become servant leaders and give back to the community through the RACE initiative (which stands for: Reach. Act. Care. Engage). In 2015 RACE spanned 9 service locations and the entire high school participated. Proving that you’re never too young to serve, even the preschoolers were involved, singing at a local assisted living facility and raising $3,300 for St. Jude’s research through a trike-a-thon.
Student projects touched nearly every aspect of the community from the homeless to the elderly to cleanups through Keep Prince William Beautiful. They even volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
For their commitment to educating students on how to be engaged and concerned citizens, we are pleased to present Christ Chapel Academy with the Agnes Colgan Award for Arts & Education!
Innovative Practice/Partnership of the Year
The Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of infrastructure contractors and related firms that work collectively to make a positive impact on the construction industry, the economy and the quality of life for the benefit of Northern Virginia and surrounding areas. Transitional Housing BARN was founded by Agnes Colgan and the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia as a place for homeless families to find transitional housing and access to supportive services to promote healing and eventual self-sufficiency.
In 2014 the HCCA led a toy-drive for BARN. When members went to drop off the toys, they noticed that BARN desperately needed a new inroad and parking area. That lead to 2015’s inaugural “Pave it Forward” initiative by the HCCA. Nineteen members of the HCCA renovated the entrance road and parking area for Transitional Housing BARN in Bristow. Completed in December, the value of the donated materials, labor and equipment use totaled nearly $100,000. By partnering and combining the efforts and resources of multiple contractors, the Heavy Construction Contractors Association was able to make a huge difference for the employees and families served by Transitional Housing BARN—doing something that would most likely have been forced to the back burner for an organization focused on helping people first.
We applaud the Heavy Construction Contractors Association for their commitment to community and for making use of their unique resources in a meaningful way. That is why they receive the award for Innovative Practice or Partnership of the Year.
Community Outreach Award
We wish we had space to list all of the things that Bookworm Central is doing in this community. At Bookworm Central, their philosophy is that “good literature has the power to provoke thought, spark imagination and shape character. It reinforces the concepts essential to civilized society: courage, compassion, integrity, goodness and gratitude.” With that in mind Bookworm Central works tirelessly in the community to get books into the hands of children with hopes that they will develop a love of reading and grow to be the next generation of leaders for our community. They do that while helping to raise funds for partnering organizations. Partners include the three local school districts and the Chamber of Commerce where they are active on the Education & Innovation Committee.
As time is short we will tell you about just one of the programs they’ve helped launch. Working with SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools and several other business partners, Bookworm Central helped introduce RISE (Read in Summer and Excel). The literacy initiative identifies students that are likely to experience “summer slide” and provides them with reading-level-appropriate books. The program enables the student to choose 5 books that they are then able to take home and read over the summer. Success is measured by comparing the Directed Reading Level Assessment scores both before and after summer break.
In 2015, the RISE program benefitted 348 children across 10 elementary schools and resulted in the donation of close to 1,800 books. For their tireless commitment to the future of our community through our children, we recognize Bookworm Central with the Community Outreach Award.
Government Contractor of the Year
Zeiders Enterprises represents a side of DoD contracting that you may never have considered; providing social and human services at civilian and military installations worldwide, as well as virtually through call centers and online services.
Zeiders has over 800 committed team members working in areas of focus including: employment and reintegration, career counseling, personal finance, non-medical behavioral health counseling and suicide prevention just to name a few.
Understanding that the success of our military, veterans and families is dependent on not only Zeiders’ services, but also the partnerships they forge, they are pleased to boast of over 20 public-private partnerships that help them to better serve those who serve our country.
For their passionate commitment to providing the best in quality of life services for our military members, veterans and their families we are pleased to recognize Zeiders Enterprises as our Government Contractor of the Year.
Outstanding Customer Service Award
When it comes to customer service, nothing says it better than a quote from a satisfied customer: “Charles Gilliam and his staff at Okra’s Cajun Creole in Historic Manassas are a joy to work with—not to mention the food is absolutely delicious. They make you feel at home when you join them for lunch or dinner and that personal touch continues even when you use their catering services. I was amazed that the servers who delivered and set-up for a party I was hosting would not accept a tip for a job well-done. They acted as though it was their pleasure to serve. Thank you Charles and staff for all that you do to make every experience at Okra’s an enjoyable one. ”
Okra’s is a fixture in the community and Charles and his staff are well-known for giving back whenever they are asked. But the fact that they do it with a smile and a flourish speaks volumes about their commitment to outstanding southern hospitality and outstanding customer service.
We are pleased to honor Okra’s Cajun Creole with the Outstanding Customer Service Award.
Tech Company of the Year
When it comes to technology, you have to be ahead of the times and above all…..flexible! In their 15 years in business Tracen Technology has proven to be both. Beginning as a government contractor they weathered the storms of sequestration by developing a mix of government and commercial clients. Before mobile devices ruled the world, founder Deanna Davidson had a vision of becoming the go-to source for companies looking to “Go Mobile” and today that vision has become a reality.
They are particularly proud of their recent involvement in the COMMANDmobile—Tracen’s flagship data collection platform. COMMANDmobile® is an integrated product suite featuring online and offline mobile data collection, web-based mobile device management, inventory tracking, web-based reporting, intelligent dispatching, job workflow, time tracking, and role-based security. Born out of over a decade of experience delivering enterprise level mobile and web applications, COMMANDmobile® provides a proven foundation for deployment, management, and creation of mobile workforce applications.
At Tracen customers come first and that shows in the way that employees are encouraged to provide innovative, game-changing solutions for each and every client.
Congratulations to Tracen Technologies on being named Tech Company of the Year.
Emerging Business of the Year Award
FreshySites first located in Prince William County just over 2 years ago as a home-based business. By the fall of 2015 they had moved into their offices on Center Street in Historic Manassas. FreshySites is an emerging business not just because of their rapid growth, which is considerable, but also because they represent a new and developing business model among millennial entrepreneurs; one focused on excellence, creativity and a commitment to community.
Locally based co-Founder Vincent Consumano started the company with his college roommate who is based in upstate New York. Because the business is web-based-they design websites-they are able to stretch up and down the East Coast and work with the best people they can find without having to ask them to relocate. To date they have offices in Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Here in Manassas Vincent is involved in One Million Cups where he helps fellow entrepreneurs find answers to their toughest challenges. He has been involved with the Chamber’s Young Professionals, is a graduate of Leadership Prince William and is on the Board of Directors for Historic Manassas, Inc.
We are pleased to honor FreshySites for their hard work in growing their business and look forward to see Vincent and his employees become leaders in the community in years to come!
Excellence in Small Business Award (1-10 Employees)
Harry H. Horning Financial Services was founded with the goal of guiding their clients in every aspect of their financial lives in order to help them achieve financial confidence and independence. They have been a member of the Chamber since 1980. Working one on one with clients, the father and son team of Harry and his son, Harry II use their considerable expertise to find individualized solutions for each client.
Harry H. Horning Financial Services is also proud to be a Marine Veteran owned and operated company. Their background and passions show in their involvement in the Chamber and the community. Harry sits on the Chamber’s Finance Committee and is active in the local Kiwanis Club. Harry II chairs the Chamber’s Veterans Council. Since graduating from Leadership Prince William Harry II has begun taking an even more active role in the business community in numerous ways, ensuring that his father’s dream of a thriving family-owned business that is always faithful to its clients, the United States of American and this community will live on for decades to come.
Congratulations to Harry H. Horning Financial Services on being awarded the Excellence in Small Business Award!
Business Excellence Award (11+ Employees)
Micron Technology has always been a great partner for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. First as a Founding Trustee, then as a preliminary supporter of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and the work of the Education & Innovation committee. As a large employer they are technically a minority among the Chamber’s membership, but their interest in community and workforce development makes them a welcome addition to our entrepreneur-heavy business community.
Micron is a major player in the world of technology. Their memory products are the #1 export in Virginia and they are the #2 manufacturer of memory in the world. Here in Manassas they employ over 1,300 men and women.
But perhaps a personal testimonial from their nomination says it best:
“I had the privilege of getting to know a bit more about Micron in 2015 when one of the two site directors became one of my classmates for Leadership Prince William. His concern with being the kind of leader who enters into both the victories and the challenges of the people who work for him was the opposite of what you might expect of a corporate entity. Then I had the opportunity to tour the factory. The attention to detail and overall excellence was mind-blowing. Not to mention the interest that the corporation seems to take in the passions and pursuits of its individual employees…later I worked with Micron on an event sponsorship and learned just how much they contribute to our economy. They really are a world-class business. We’re lucky to have them here in Manassas.”
Congratulations to Micron Technology, Inc. on receiving the Business Excellence Award.
Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award
For nearly 40 years Rex Parr has been best known as the President & CEO of Didlake, Inc., creating opportunities for thousands of people with disabilities to lead richer, more independent lives. Working with legislative leaders such as Senator Colgan he has helped to shape policy initiatives that continue to help some of society’s most underserved citizens.
Working on various boards of directors throughout Prince William, Rex is known not just for the work he does from 8-5, but also for the ways he serves the community-at-large. Because of his leadership, both Didlake and Rex Parr have left their mark on the Hylton Performing Arts Center, the Pentagon and NOVANT UVA Health System to name a few.
Talk about a visionary: Beginning decades ago, at a time when developmentally disabled individuals were marginalized and all but forgotten, Mr. Parr saw an opportunity for these people to find satisfying work that would enable them to be independent.
According to one long-time employee: “I’ve always believed that true leadership is defined not by what you accomplish yourself, but what you inspire others to accomplish. Rex Parr has inspired so many others to reach higher than they ever thought they could—and to measure their achievements not by what they get, but by what they give.”
As many of you know Rex recently retired from Didlake, however, true to form he is already hard at work defining his new journey.
Our appreciation goes out to Rex Parr for his outstanding vision for the people of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.