I have only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can't refuse it.
Didn't seek it, didn't choose it.
But it's up to me to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute,
but eternity is in it.
Written by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
Recited by Thomas B. Ransom, BB&T upon acceptance
of the Corporate Social Responsibility Award
On November 21, 2013 the MCCC Business Awards Dinner celebrated leaders who make our economy and community thrive. This sold-out event attracted 800 guests including seven award winners, sponsors, business leaders, elected officials and the media. The evening began at 5:30pm with two lively receptions: the Award Winners Reception hosted by Hess Construction and General Reception hosted by Watkins Meegan. Once 800 guests were seated in the grand ballroom, they were welcomed by President and CEO of the Chamber, Gigi Godwin who introduced elected and government officials. Chris Carpenito, MCCC Chairman of the Board thanked the Business Awards Selection Committee and introduced two special guest speakers: Senator Ben Cardin and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. After the dinner break, the Awards Ceremony commenced with memorable presentations for each of these outstanding awards:
Accepted by James E. Smith, President, Westat
Presented by Robert N. Gray, CPA, Shareholder, Rubino & Company, Chartered CPAs and Consultants
Accepted by Gerald "Jerry" Shapiro, President, Shapiro& Duncan, Inc.
Presented by Michael "Mike" Avotins, Senior Vice President, Large Group ASU, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Accepted by Thomas L. Ransom, Senior Vice President, Area Executive, BB&T
Accepted by Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO, Honest Tea
Presented by James P. Martinko, CPA, Co-Office Managing Partner, Bethesda, CohnReznick LLP
Accepted by Stephen L. Hoffman, M.D., Chief Executive and Scientific Officer, Sanaria, Inc.
Presented by The Honorable Steven A. Silverman, Director, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
EMERITUS BUSINESS LEADER sponsored by Foulger-Pratt Companies and presented to J.W. Marriott, Jr. This Award was presented by Bryant Foulger, Principal, Foulger-Pratt Companies.
SMALL BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR sponsored by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and presented to Gregory Knoop, Principal, OKKS Studios, Inc. This award was presented by Steve Margolis, Senior Vice President, Small & Medium Group ASU, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
PRIME PARTNER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus and presented to Booz Allen Hamilton. This award was presented by Elaine Amir, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus and was accepted by Susan Penfield, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton.
PUBLIC SECTOR CHAMBER PARTNER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Comcast and presented to the Montgomery County Department of General Services This award presented by William Becker, Director of Enterprise Sales, Comcast Business Class and was accepted by David Dise, Director, Montgomery County Department of General Services.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States and presented to Sandy Spring Bank. This award was presented by Ruben Burnett, Vice President of Marketing, Sales & Business Development, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States and was accepted by Daniel J. Schrider, President and CEO, Sandy Spring Bank.
CORPORATE ACHIEVEMENT sponsored by HUGHES An EchoStar Company and presented to Lockheed Martin Corporation This award was presented by Thomas J. McElroy, Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, HUGHES An EchoStar Company and accepted by Dale Bennett, Executive Vice President of Mission Systems and Training, Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Corporate Leader of Year
Randy J. Slager, CEO, Chairman and Founder, Catapult Technology
The Honorable Director Steve Silverman presented this award sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
Small Business Leader of the Year
Linda Houk, CEO, Information Systems Solutions, Inc.
Mike Avotins, Senior Vice President, Large Group Administrative Services Unit presented this award sponsored by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Public Sector Chamber Partner of the Year
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This award was accepted by Colleen Baros, Deputy Director of Management, the National Institutes of Health.
Ori Reiss, President and CEO presented this award sponsored by GlobalNet Services, Inc.
Prime Partner of the Year
This award was accepted by Les Rose, President, L-3 Stratis.
Lisa J. Cines, CPA, Office Managing Partner presented this award sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Corporate Social Responsibility
This award was presented to Danya International, Inc. and accepted by Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer.
Ruben Burnett, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Business Development presented the award sponsored by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.
Verl Zanders Emerging Business of the Year
This award was presented to GetWellNetwork and accepted by Michael B. O"Neil, Jr, Founder and CEO
Jerry Parrott, Vice President, Corporate Communications presented the award sponsored by Human Genome Sciences