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2 Tri-County Business Journal • July/August 2011 AWARDS & HONORS


Nominations sought for Fast Track 50 Now in its 19th


year, the Lake-


Geauga Fast Track 50 Award will recognize the 50 fastest-growing companies in Lake and Geauga counties. Winners will be based on average sales and employment growth from 2006 through 2010. To be eligible to receive the award,


companies must be located in the two-county region, be organized as a for-profit business and must have a sales revenue for 2006 of at least $100,000. This year’s nomination form can be found online at www. fasttrack50.org. Nomination dead- line is Aug. 26.


Skoda Minotti, clients receive award Skoda Minotti, a CPA busi-


ness and financial advisory firm based in Mayfield Village, has been named a recipient of the 2011Lead- ing EDGE Award. Presented by Crain’s Cleveland Business and The Entrepreneur’s EDGE, this award recognizes companies that have consistently generated value to the Northeast Ohio economy over the past three years. Skoda Minotti was joined by 12 clients on this year’s winning list.


using an equation that adds EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) to total cash-equivalent compensa- tion for all of the company’s em- ployees working in Northeast Ohio. Companies must have sales revenue between $1 million and $750 mil- lion and must export some of their goods or services outside the 17 counties included in the region. Skoda Minotti also was named


a World Class Customer Service award winner, as presented by Smart Business magazine. With this year’s award, Skoda Minotti be- came one of only four companies to have won this award in each of the five years since its inception.


Plato’s Closet owner receives sales award This year’sPlato’s Closet confer-


ence focused on helping franchisees build the value of their businesses, according to local retailer Felice Pierce, franchise owner in Beach- wood. She was honored at the re- cent event with a Sales Excellence Award.


PreEmptive Solutions


on SD Times 100 list PreEmptive Solutions, a lead-


ing provider of solutions to measure, manage and protect applications in Mayfield Village, recently was named to the 2011 SD Times 100 list in the category of Security & Quality Assurance, alongside such industry leaders as Hewlett-Packard and IBM. The complete list can be viewed at www.sdtimes.com/ link/35592. PreEmptive Solutions also has


been selected as a finalist for the Microsoft Mobility Business-to- Business Application Partner of the Year Award.


Lake Health receives


heart, wellness honors Lake Health has received the Get


With The Guidelines– Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from theAmerican Heart Associa- tion (AHA). The recognition signi- fies that Lake Health has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart fail- ure patients to core standard levels of care outlined by the AHA/Ameri- can College of Cardiology second- ary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. Lake Health also is one of only 17 hospital systems in the country to be


awarded the AHA Worksite Innova- tion Award. The award is given to organizations that lead the develop- ment and implementation of innova- tive and effective programs to mo- tivate employees toward a healthier lifestyle. For the third straight year, Lake


Health was named a Gold Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the


Winners of the Chesterland Chamber of Commerce 2011 SEE Business Plan are “Raise the Bar Fundraising” team members, from left, Cal Slusarz, Jeremy Kundtz and Mario Formichelli. They receive their certificates from Dr. Julian Earls, retired director of the NASA Glenn Research Center and a key supporter of the program. The business plan outlined the team’s approach to maximiz- ing profit by organizing and running fundraisers for non-profit groups, while receiving a portion of the proceeds in return. They competed against fellow classmates and were offered guidance by chamber members.


Chamber board member Richard Healey presents $500 scholar- ship checks to Rebecca Gries- mer of Laurel School, left, and Mackenzie Alex- ander of Gilm- our Academy.


A company’s value is computed Chesterland Chamber honors students


in the program, and 132 companies were selected for the award.


Service earns award for Mentor business Mentor-based Professional An-


swering Service recently was hon- ored with the ATSI 2011 Award of Excellence. This award is presented annually by theAssociation of Tele- Services International (ATSI), the industry’s trade association for pro- viders of telecommunications and call center services including tele- phone answering and message de- livery across North America and the United Kingdom. Independent judg- es evaluate message services over a six-month period. The criteria for scoring include courtesy, response time, accuracy and overall service.


Farmers agents get Topper Club honors Local Farmers Insurance rep-


resentatives recently were inducted into the Farmers’ Topper Club of top sales producers for outstanding sales achievements in 2010. They include Matt Mormile, agent, Beachwood; Michael Norris, district manager, Beachwood; and May Cauley, agent, Shaker Heights.


Astro manufacturing receives accreditation Eastlake-based Astro Manufac-


Scott Larrick, the Chesterland Chamber of commerce 2010 Business Per- son of the Year, congratulates Alec Simunich, winner of the 2011 chamber scholarship award. The West Geauga High School graduate was presented a $500 check at his school’s senior awards program.


AHA for championing the health of employees by creating a culture of wellness in the workplace. Gold- level recognition is for companies that fulfill criteria such as offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy food in cafeterias and vending machines.


US Endoscopy named top workplace winner Mentor-based US Endoscopy


is was recently named a winner of “Top Workplaces 2011,” a list of the best places to work in the Cleveland area. This list was published in a spe- cial section of the Plain Dealer. The evaluation for the Top Work-


places program was based upon feedback from an employee survey conducted over the last few months. Some 235 companies participated


turing & Design recently received accreditation fromNadcap for dem- onstrating an ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifica- tions related to aerospace and mili- tary painting.


lia sophia names


top sales advisors lia sophia recently announced top


honors for its Excellent Beginnings Program achievers for outstanding sales accomplishments and profes- sionalism. They are Colleen Quinn of Highland Heights, Brianna Ro- sati of Kirtland, Allison Alexander of Painesville and Carrie Arm- strong of Willowick.


Deepwood receives rehad accreditation Once again, the Lake County


Board of Developmental Disabili- ties/Deepwood has been accredited by the National Commission on Ac- creditation by Rehabilitation Facili- ties (CARF) for its work with chil- dren and adults with disabilities. The results of the CARF survey found that the LCBDD/Deepwood has practiced excellence in community services and employment services, including child and youth services, community integration, community service coordination, job develop- ment, job supports and job-site train- ing. The accreditation, which was is- sued to LCBDD/Deepwood on June 22, will extend through May 2014.


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