The prestigious Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (www.phoenixchamber.com) “IMPACT” Awards signify excellence and persistence in business and are awarded after an exhaustive review process. The Chamber named its 2011 award winners Thursday May 19 at a luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. It was the 24th year for the awards.
The big winner was the Valley Sleep Center and founder Lauri Leadley, which received the “IMPACT” Business of the Year Award. Valley Sleep Center (www.valleysleepcenter.com) diagnoses 6,000 patients a year at five Valley locations. It is one of the largest independent sleep disorder facilities in Arizona. Leadley is a cancer survivor who is active in helping other cancer patients and sponsors an annual campaign for the United Food Bank. She opened three new clinics last year and increased revenue six fold over 2005.
“The ‘IMPACT’ Award recipients are an example of the persistence and patience that is the foundation of our community,” stated Todd Sanders, president of CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Engraving Mapstead of Accurate Signs and (www.accuratesigns.com) picked up the award for Community Involvement. The company is a leader in commercial and industrial engraving and corporate reward and recognition programs. Much of the firm’s business was in making plastic tags for commercial installations required by utility companies. When the recession hit, Mapstead and his team took the company into working with solar panel installers and boosted the company’s revenues by 15 percent. Mapstead’s passion is community involvement and he serves on many boards and commissions.
The marketing firm that Matthew Clyde and his wife created six years ago in a home office now has 13 employees and works out of a 4,600 Scottsdale studio. Their success with Ideas*Collide (www.ideascollide.com) earned the company the Phoenix Chamber’s 2011 “IMPACT” Award for Company Culture. Even though walking into the company’s studio filled with toys and gadgets looks like fun, hard work has paid off in a growing client list which includes eBay, Best Western and Intel and marketing campaigns reaching from Arizona to China.
The 2011 “IMPACT” Award for Innovation was presented to Laurie Meyers of CouponSense.com for turning a hobby inspired by a coupon clipping former co-worker into a business that generates more than $1 million annually. The website tracks thousands of coupons online and matches them with local grocery and drug store ads. She has more than 9,000 members for the website. The company has seen a 56 percent growth in the last three years and has expanded from Arizona into Florida and other states in between.
The Chamber handed out the 2011 award for Response to Adversity to Matt Allen and Virginia Auto Service (www.virginia-autoservice.com) whose mission statement is “Service, service, service.” In 2004 a fire nearly destroyed his business, but Allen didn’t get down about it, he reinvented the business digging into the numbers to determine what worked and what didn’t and investing in marketing, training, equipment and staff. The company’s sales tripled in the six years after the fire and earned it the recognition as one of the “Top 10 Shops in the Nation” in MotorAge Magazine.