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Outstanding Local Business Award Recipients for July 2021

July’s list is comprised of twenty-one outstanding local businesses who are being recognized for their contribution to their customers, clients, and the local community.

By: Sylvia Slezak | Jul 2021

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Services provided by these businesses include air conditioning, appliances, cleaning, concrete, demolition & hauling, doors, hearing aids, heating, home health care, hospitality renovations, Information Technology, insulation, insurance, legal representation, painting, plumbing, roofing, siding, signage, staffing, technical, windows, and workforce solutions.

Advanced Plumbing, Inc. - Bakersfield, CA

Their attitude, commitment to excellence and the unending desire to always make Advanced Plumbing a better company is what sets them apart, in addition to being one of the fastest growing plumbing repair specialists in Bakersfield. This is a place where today’s innovation, technology and plumbing repairs are refined and customers come first. Advanced Plumbing services include complete water re-pipes, trenchless sewer-line replacement, trailer-mounted jetting, water heaters, and more.

Andale Ready Mix Central, Inc. - Wichita, KS

Andale Ready Mix Central, Inc. has proudly served South Central Kansas with superior concrete products and services since 1972. With a strong belief in not cutting corners, the business has developed into one of the area’s premier concrete suppliers. They know that their long-term success is directly linked to the support of their customers and the communities they serve. Locally-owned and operated, Andale Ready Mix is a fully-insured concrete manufacturer whose dispatch center is widely regarded as one of the finest local dispatch centers. Their reputation as the market leader in customer service is attributed to friendly, well-trained dispatchers, state-of-the-art tracking equipment, and direct contact with their drivers.

Better Hearing Systems of Northwest Louisiana, LLC - Bossier City, LA

Bossier City's premier audiology practice, Better Hearing Systems of Northwest Louisiana provides a suite of audiological services that include prevention, diagnostic care, hearing aids, counseling, and personalized aftercare. Owner of Better Hearing Systems since July 2006, Sarah Smith, M.A., CCC-A, is a licensed audiologist, who utilizes cutting-edge hearing technology with quality personal attention to ensure that each patient receives superior hearing healthcare.

Blue Spruce Construction Group - Erie, CO

A general contracting company that serves the Lafayette and Denver, Colorado area, Blue Spruce Construction Group is focused on improving homes to an elevated state that exceeds their pre-storm condition. They are also a complete water damage mitigation and restoration company. Their skilled and experienced team is IICRC Certified and fully equipped to handle each project. Specializing in commercial flat roofs and apartment roofing for more than thirty years, Blue Spruce Construction provides a full selection of flat roofing solutions ranging from traditional built-up roofs to modified bitumen and single-ply roofs like TPO and EPDM. A wide range of home repair and installation services include gutters, siding, painting, windows, metal roofing, and residential roofing.

C&S Air, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX

Family-owned and operated since 2005, the team of experienced experts at C&S Air, Inc. provide the highest level of workmanship and service possible. They conduct comprehensive evaluations and in-depth system analyses for their clients to be fully knowledgeable about the problem and the recommended solution. Owners Derek and Jennifer Okeefe are very proud of the company they have built. Through hard work and dedication, C&S Air has become one of the most capable and comprehensive HVAC companies serving the Dallas-Forth Worth area. While heating and cooling is their trade, their main purpose is to alleviate the stress that is associated with HVAC issues.

C&W Appliance Service - Dallas, TX

The only Sub-Zero premier partner in the DFW, San Antonio, and Austin area, C&W Services, Inc. was established in 1957 by two best friends, Wayne Thompson and Chuck Gregory as equal partners. They started with two trucks and two men working twelve to eighteen hours a day, seven days a week, repairing appliances and installing air conditioning units in windows. Chuck eventually sold his share of the business to Wayne, who started his own parts department where Frigidaire became a major player. Later, C&W Appliance Service aligned itself with high-end appliances such as Sub-Zero, Wolf and Asko and the business grew exponentially. The company now has eleven office employees, twenty trucks and twenty technicians. Eventually, Wayne took a step back and his son, David Thompson, took the lead as President and CEO. C&W Appliance Service has won numerous industry awards for its excellence in technical expertise, customer satisfaction and setting high standards in the appliance service industry.

Cambridge Doors & Windows - Stafford, TX

When it comes to producing and selling products to prospective clients, safety is one of the top priorities at Cambridge Doors & Windows. They believe that a window should not only be an opening that allows light to enter a room, but that it should protect and benefit individuals from a natural occurrence such as a hurricane, or a crime such as a burglary. With over four decades of experience, and best known for their high level of security and hurricane impact doors and windows, Cambridge Doors & Windows Inc. has been replacing old worn-out windows longer than any other company in the Greater Houston and Fort Bend County, Texas areas. They are the leader in energy efficiency, maintenance-free window and door security, and have worked on a range of projects from single-family homes to historical buildings and everything in-between.

Conscious Karma Cleaning and Services - Denver, CO

Delivering quality and personalized service, Conscious Karma Cleaning and Services provides cleaning services to homes and businesses throughout the Denver metro area, including Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Aurora, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Golden, and Denver. The company’s cleaning services include baseboards, ceiling fans, switch plates, window sills, couches and under cushions vacuumed, dishwashing, bed linens changed. In addition to cleaning services, they also offer pet sitting and dog walking services, plant watering, laundry, and window washing. The management team at Conscious Karma Cleaning and Services believes that part of its responsibility is to support local charities. Three such nonprofit organizations the company helps to support are the Colorado Humane Society, Denver Dumb Friends League, and Community Shares.

Craig & Preston Insurance Agency - Charlotte, NC

Mike Craig and Steve Preston combined forces and founded Craig & Preston Insurance Agency in 1980. Since then, the company has been providing commercial insurance, small business and property insurance, life insurance, classic car and auto insurance, home insurance, and renters insurance to families and businesses throughout Charlotte, Concord, Fort Mill, Gastonia, Matthews, and other communities throughout North Carolina. Craig & Preston specializes in offering risk management solutions that meet the needs of their community today while helping to prepare for tomorrow. The company works with reputable, financially stable insurance carriers who offer solid insurance protection at competitive rates.

Eco Paint, Inc. - Aurora, CO

Long before the inception of Eco Paint, Inc., Cal Phillips was painting and providing home improvement services since 1977. While putting himself through college, Cal had a part-time job where he did various painting and repairs that ranged from wood repairs and carpentry, to painting, plumbing, drywall, siding repairs and replacements in homes and offices. In January of 1990, Cal moved to Colorado with extensive working experience in various facets of home improvement and painting. Since 1990, Eco Paint has been painting homes and businesses across Denver’s Front Range. Eco Paint company paints Denver homes, duplexes, high rises, studios, condos, apartments, flats, dormitories, offices and businesses, in addition to painting siding, walls, ceilings, cabinets or trim.

Friesenhahn, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

Established in 1990 and incorporated in 1996, Friesenhahn, Inc., is a family-owned and operated demolition and hauling company serving the Greater San Antonio Area within a 250-mile radius. The company is fully licensed, bonded and insured. As licensed and bonded demolition contractors in San Antonio, TX, they offer turnkey residential and commercial services that include custom hauling and demolition services for land clearing and construction debris, tree removal, pool removal, concrete break-up, structure removal, debris removal, site preparation for new construction, topsoil delivery, emergency demolition, or fire damage demolition, comprehensive cleanup and top soil delivery. Friesenhahn Hauling has hauled dirt to Sea World, golf courses, U.S. Air Force bases, CPS and many other government operations, while Friesenhahn Demolition provided emergency fire demolition services, bank demolition, clearing for Camp Bullis Army Base, CPS, City of San Antonio and countless residential properties. The company is equipped to handle any commercial, industrial, or residential work.

Hammer Technical Services, Inc. - Boerne, TX

Hammer Tech provides nonprofits with IT needs, technology coordination, communications, compliance, physical and cyber security, and managed services in the San Antonio and Hill Country area. Having pastored a church for more than twenty years, CEO Kerry Hammer knows what the IT needs of a church or church school are. In addition, Kerry Hammer’s years of experience working with foster care and child placement agencies has given him an understanding of how these organizations operate, the types of programs and systems being used, and the challenges they are faced with. As a pastor and pastor’s family, the Hammer’s are service-minded and people-focused. Hammer Tech works side-by-side with nonprofit CEOs, pastors, and presidents, custom-tailoring solutions to ease administrative burdens, reduce cost and complexity, and project the organization’s integrity and reputation.

“Big Kerry” started Hammer Technical Services in 2005 out of the back of his 1999 Toyota Corolla. He’s been an IT pro since the 1990s, directing corporate IT departments, managing medium- and large-scale IT infrastructure upgrades, and working to remain on the cutting edge. Kerry is an Agile-certified and Scrum Master Project Manager, as well as the senior tech and founder of Hammer Technical Services. He managed the business as a one-man shop until, at the age of fifteen, his daughter, “Little Kerri” became his apprentice. With more than eight years of field experience, a B.S. in Information Technology - Network Management, A+, Network+, Project+, Linux+, Security+, and MCSA certifications, Kerri Hammer has been her father’s number one tech since she was old enough to hold a screwdriver.

Insulation Technologies, Inc., INTEC - Milwaukee, WI

The owner/president of Insulation Technologies, Inc., INTEC, was created by Jaime Hurtado in 1985 and has grown as a family-owned and operated business. INTEC provides energy-efficient insulation, house and attic improvement services to residential and commercial clients throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Although INTEC may not be known as being the largest, they are known for the highest standards of quality, customer service and ethics. Their holistic home performance analysis looks at all the contributing factors to high home energy usage, and then provides a solution that reduces energy consumption and improves the comfort inside the home. In 1983, Jaime started his career as a General Manager of the Energy Experts franchise in Waukesha, a wholly-owned subsidiary of La Casa de Esperanza, Inc. In 1985, Jaime bought his own franchise from the Energy Experts in Racine and Kenosha and thus, INTEC was born. Their services include residential/commercial acoustical and regular windows, doors, siding, insulation, installation; residential air exchange, green technology, home energy audits, commercial flat roof. INTEC is also a distributor of Quaker Windows.

Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill - Houston, TX

Board-certified in estate planning and probate law, the Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill combines the diverse experience and knowledge of attorneys Sharon C. Stodghill and John T. Elliott, whose backgrounds also include accounting and financial planning. Attorney Stodghill started her law practice in 1995 and has been board certified in estate planning and probate law since 2000 and a CPA since 1975. Attorney Stodghill remains active in several professional organizations on an as-needed-basis and has been active as a speaker for various churches, civic groups, and professional groups. She was also involved in a committee at her church, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, providing information to the congregation on planned giving and effective ways to accomplish that goal. The Law Firm’s Practice Areas are Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Business Organizations, Trusts, Wills, Taxation Law, and Real Estate.

Menyhart Plumbing & Heating Supply - Cleveland, OH

A third-generation family business, Menyhart Plumbing & Heating Supply sells plumbing and heating fixtures, parts and supplies, and specializes in hard-to-find and obsolete parts. Menyhart Plumbing's reputation of stocking hard-to-find parts spread throughout the area to the point where most people would say, "If Menyhart Plumbing doesn't have it or can't get it, it's probably not available anymore." Both Master Plumbers, Alex and Elsie Menyhart started Menyhart Plumbing & Heating Supply Company in 1928, which was primarily a plumbing service company. As the company grew, it became one of the most active and respected plumbing service companies in the Greater Cleveland area. Their nephew, Steve Menyhart, joined the company in 1957 and began learning about plumbing from his Aunt and Uncle. Steve helped to grow the parts department, which later became an extremely important part of the business. Alex passed away in 1976, and Elsie and Steve were left to continue the business. The company continued to grow by increasing its repair parts, keeping prices competitive and offering expert advice through experiences accumulated from years of being "out in the field." Steve's son, Peter, joined the company in 1986 as the third-generation to work in the business. Elsie successfully guided the company for a few more years and continued to work up until her passing in 1991.

Midnight Sun Home Care, Inc. - Anchorage, AK

Midnight Sun Home Care provides quality elderly home care and companion care services in Anchorage, Alaska and the surrounding areas. Their services include in-home care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, post-hospitalization care, and safety technology. The company has delivered exceptional person-centered in-home care by focusing on the unique needs of each individual served. With more than twenty years of experience, long-time Alaskan, Kevin Turkington, Founder and CEO, dreamed of building a company that would make a positive difference in the lives of older adults and their families. This dream led him to open Midnight Sun Home Care in 2002. He is active in advocating for older adults and serving on various boards on behalf of seniors. Selected by Alaska’s Governor, Kevin served as a member of the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group, was appointed to the Mayor of Anchorage’s Senior Citizens Advisory Commission, and is the current President of the Home Care Association of America Alaska Chapter.

Pinnacle Technical Resources - Dallas, TX

Nina Vaca personifies the American Dream as a trailblazing Latina entrepreneur, a world-changing philanthropist, and a dynamic global leader. In 1996, Nina founded Pinnacle Group and served as its Chairman and CEO for more than two decades. What started as a one-woman IT staffing firm grew into a workforce solutions powerhouse providing multiple service lines to industry leaders in the telecommunications, financial services, transportation, and technology industries. Services include IT talent acquisition and consulting, private talent communities, Managed Services (MSP), payrolling & IC compliance, supplier diversity program. Pinnacle began providing services nationwide in 2007 and entered the Canadian market in 2009. Today, Pinnacle is expanding internationally to serve clients in Europe, Latin America, the Asia Pacific region and beyond. In 2019, Nina joined the Forbes Technology Council to provide insight into the technology industry along with other world-class technology executives. In addition to her work with Pinnacle, Nina is a committed civic leader and philanthropist. Over the years she supported organizations that improve the lives of disabled veterans, people experiencing homelessness, families of children battling cancer, women and children in domestic violence shelters, as well as students, parents, and teachers in Title I schools. Along with financial support, Pinnacle Group also provides extensive career preparation training and internship opportunities to high school and college students. Nina is particularly focused on expanding opportunities for women and girls in STEM fields, as well as for women and Hispanics in business.

S&A Industries, Inc. - Suwanee, GA

Two childhood friends from Nazareth emigrated separately to the United States before meeting again in Atlanta in the mid-1970s. Daoud Shakkour and Ahmed Aboneaaj, by then enterprising young men, decided to start a business installing carpet and tile in homes and small businesses. After a number of years working together, the partners had sufficient experience and confidence to incorporate S&A Industries, Inc., thus allowing them to bid on a carpet and tile installation job at a Hilton hotel in Florida. From the successful completion of that modest project, over the next twenty years, S&A expanded its capabilities from carpet and tile installation to providing every facet of the most sophisticated hotel and resort renovations. With hundreds of projects successfully completed across the U.S. and the Caribbean for many leading timeshare and hotel brands, S&A became one of the nation’s premier general contractors in resort and hotel renovation.

Signs & Lines By Stretch - Waukesha, WI

Family-owned and operated, Signs & Lines by Stretch was founded by Stretch Wenzel in 1984. The company provides creative and innovative images to enhance branding and marketing goals across Southeastern Wisconsin, and works with a variety of businesses and government organizations throughout the Milwaukee and Waukesha area. Customers range from large national and international brands (Harley-Davidson, Miller Brewing Company, MLB, NBA, NFL, Mountain Dew), to small, locally-owned businesses and municipalities (police and fire departments). Like many other businesses, Signs & Lines by Stretch was also born in a garage. At that time, Stretch and Peggy had an infant son, Brian, and then Eric, three years later. Their sons Brian and Eric grew up at Signs & Lines, roller skating through the bays at first, then cleaning and stripping vinyl from vehicles. Eventually they started to learn the art of installing graphics. Brian now lives in Colorado with his family and has his own graphic installation business, while Eric is the company’s Production Manager, leading the installation teams and learning about the aspects of the business. The building expanded multiple times over the years to accommodate their growth. Signs & Lines by Stretch now has twenty employees, four installation bays, four digital printers, a flatbed printer and multiple cut vinyl machines. Their fleet includes a 43’ crane truck, a 28’ bucket truck, a cube truck, and various lifts that are utilized for installations.

The Lovell Firm - Century City, CA

Los Angeles-based and nationally-recognized premier law firm, the Lovell Firm’s areas of practice include: entertainment law (litigating entertainment law disputes, drafting entertainment contracts for film, television, music, publishing, internet); business and corporate law (business disputes, corporate entity formation, intellectual property rights, contract drafting, negotiation, related matters); civil litigation (civil disputes in California and elsewhere); employment law (wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, retaliation and employment-related matters); entertainment law, and intellectual property law. Attorney Tre Lovell is licensed in both California (SBN 162806) and Nevada (SBN 5055).

The Zydron Law Firm, P.L.L.C. - Chesapeake, VA

CEO and owner of The Zydron Law Firm, P.L.L.C., John E. Zydron is a Personal Injury Lawyer and Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Hampton Roads Virginia and Eastern North Carolina, serving the community through many local, regional, and national organizations to include thirty-two and one half years of U.S. Military Service. Practice areas include traumatic brain injury, trucking accident, car accident, motorcycle accident, wrongful death, nursing home abuse/neglect, medical malpractice, personal injury, criminal and traffic defense, divorce, custody and support, Workers’ Compensation, military malpractice, seat belt malfunction/airbag defects, and cruise ship injuries.


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