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Outstanding Local Business Award Recipients for October 2021

October’s list contains ten outstanding local businesses who are being recognized for their contribution to their customers, clients, and the local community.

By: Alex Sanders | Oct 2021


Services provided by these businesses include freight and transportation services, audio-visual automation systems, custom electrical contracting, A/C and HVAC, plumbing, air conditioning, attic insulation, heating, catering, event planning and management, chiropractic care, eye care, legal representation, real estate law, land surveying, electric, and glass.

Andrus Transportation Services, Inc. - St. George, UT

An established and growing regional transportation company, Andrus Transportation Services delivers western regional van freight, regional deliveries in and out of the Dallas Fort Worth area, and flatbed. Headquartered in St. George Utah, the company has additional terminals located in Fontana California, Dallas Texas, and Salt Lake City Utah with drop yards in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Northern California, Reno, Portland, and Seattle; licensed in forty-eight states and operating in eleven western states.

Actively involved in the industry and the community, Andrus Transportation Services continues to keep pace with the latest technological industry advancements, including Qualcomm communication and tracking devices in every tractor and GPS tracking devices on its trailers with 24/7 operations personnel.

Audio-visual Consultations, Inc. - Austin, TX

Started by Tom MacKay back in 1988, Audio-visual Consultations custom designs and installs audio-visual automation systems as well as custom electrical contracting to help you envision the home of your dreams. Services include custom audio-video, communications and automation systems, computer LAN design, installation and programming, commercial and residential, electrical contracting and design, integrated lighting, temperature and entertainment control, remote capabilities, security surveillance systems, theater, and video.

Tom MacKay’s original idea for the company was to help people set up their sound and video systems to be the best they could be. There wasn’t any pressure for people to buy products, they didn’t have to leave their homes to talk to some salesperson, Tom went directly to them. No advertising or gimmicks of any kind. If somebody wanted to talk about their home they called. It seemed to be a rather novel approach to the high-end electronics market – it still is. Even with all the advancements in the electronics industry and the ever-expanding scope of services offered by Audio-visual, people can still call Tom and he will still visit them at their home without any pressure to buy anything. The staff has grown, the company has expanded, and the toys are bigger and better than ever, still the attitude and approach remains the same.

Dave Lane's High-Tech Mechanical - Houston, TX

With a “Red Carpet Service” slogan, and a loyal customer base since 1976, Dave Lane’s High-Tech Mechanical is an air conditioning company providing expert services in Cypress and the Greater Houston areas. The company’s team of experienced and licensed HVAC contractors offer a wide range of residential and commercial HVAC services that include repairs, maintenance, installations, tune-ups, and attic insulation.

Dave Lane started in the A/C & Heating business in 1963 and thirteen years later, he opened his own business in 1976 as Dave Lane A/C. When Dave retired in 2003, Danny Nunley, an employee since 1987, was approached to take over. Danny purchased Hi-Tech Mechanical in 2017 and merged the two companies to form Dave Lane’s Hi-Tech Mechanical.

Don Strange of Texas - San Antonio, TX

A full-service, custom catering and special events management company, Don Strange of Texas, Inc. specializes in authentic and original Texas cuisine. Whether it be big or small, formal or casual, they are committed to delivering a unique and unforgettable dining and entertainment experience. With over six decades of experience in off-premise catering, Don Strange’s team has earned an exceptional reputation for providing exquisite food prepared from scratch, impeccable service, and creative presentations.

When Don Strange states “Full Service” it means service without limits. The team is attentive to the needs of families, millennials, baby boomers, dignitaries, brides, and everything in between. Truly more than just a catering company, the event managers are able to plan every detail that includes managing event entertainment, seating linens and specialty china, finding and booking venues, managing floral, photographer, photo booths, specialty linens, and transportation.

Haggard Chiropractic - Phoenix, AZ

Experienced chiropractors and a team of assistants at Haggard Chiropractic create individualized plans for all patients to better address their pain with chiropractic care. The staff has helped thousands of people in Phoenix and Peoria and the surrounding areas to relieve their pain. Dr. Justin Haggard, DC was born into a chiropractic family. Haggard Chiropractic is a three-generational chiropractic office that helps reduce stress by removing nerve interference.

When Justin Haggard, DC was born, the doctor had to pull him out by his head with forceps. Unfortunately, this caused a large hematoma on his head so large, he looked deformed. His Uncle Jerry Haggard, M.D., who delivered him, said it may never go away. His grandpa, Walter Haggard, D.C., started adjusting him right away and his deformed head returned to normal in only two weeks! While in high school, Justin worked in his father’s office and was able to witness many achievements that patients experienced through chiropractic care. He was impressed as to how chiropractic addressed the cause of a person’s health problem rather than the effect.

Having learned many amazing techniques in his nearly two decades of practice, Dr. Justin Haggard’s philosophy is to treat the cause rather than the effect of disease. His focus is to empower his patients with the knowledge of proactive heath care. Better health can be achieved through increased neurological function, or in other words, better posture and joint function which take the pressure off of the nerves and keep the nerves flowing freely. The leading cause of bad health is stress.

Hollingshead Eye Center - Boise, ID

Hollingshead Eye Center is home to some of the leading eye doctors in Boise, Dr. Mark Hollingshead and Dr. Ryan Barrett. The team has been a part of the Boise community for more than twenty-five years. Together the eye surgeons provide a complete range of state-of-the-art vision services that include LASIK eye surgery, PRK, and other laser vision correction procedures, as well as treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, Fuchs’ dystrophy, keratoconus, dry eye, pterygium, cornea scarring or injury, and more.

Dr. Mark Hollingshead is board certified in ophthalmology and was one of the first surgeons in Idaho to perform the revolutionary LASIK procedure. He continues to be one of the most experienced local providers of LASIK in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon and is the only ophthalmologist in the Boise Metro area certified in both LASIK and cataract surgery by the American Board of Eye Surgery. After further training in refractive surgery and advanced cataract techniques at The Eye Institute of Utah, he opened the Boise clinic and outpatient surgery center over twenty years ago, bringing the finest and latest technological advances in eye care to the area.

Katine Nechman McLaurin, LLP - Houston, TX

In a city known for setting paradigms, Katine Nechman McLaurin LLP strives to be a boundary-breaking firm. Katine Nechman McLaurin brings together the diverse talents and storied reputations of its founding partners, Mitchell Katine and John Nechman; the skill and dedication of a seasoned staff; an effective, efficient, and fearless approach to accomplishing the needs of its clients; the personal touch of a boutique firm coupled with the array of services and access one would expect of a large firm; and a commitment to and understanding of the vibrant city of Houston and its diverse population.

Though the law firm handles matters throughout the state of Texas and the United States and its clients hail from nearly every part of the globe, the firm's primary focus is on Houston. Practice areas include litigation, estate planning/probate, employment law, real estate, Homeowners’ Associations (HOA), HIV/AIDS law, LGBT family law, criminal law, immigration, long-term disability claims.

Law Office Of Delphine M. James - Houston, TX

Founded by Attorney Delphine James in 2000, The Houston Law Office of Delphine M. James provides counseling in all aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. IP is a valuable asset that needs to be protected like any other property, and is the life line of the economic growth of a business. An over site in protecting the IP rights of a business can cost millions and destroy the business. Attorney James has over eighteen years of combined experience in technical and legal matters. Practice areas include patents, trademarks, copyrights, Intellectual Property litigation, IP Portfolio management, entertainment law, software protection. In addition, the law firm supports all types of Information Technology or Computer Agreements.

Prior to founding the law firm, Delphine James worked for more than thirteen years as a Software Engineer and in Project Management for several major corporations including Loral Aerospace, UNISYS, AT&T and Tenneco. As a Software Engineer, she was instrumental in the development of various technology systems currently in use today, such as 1-800 Call Processing, initial credit card authorization system for Visa and Mastercard, and NASA’s Mission Control and space station communication software.

Pollok & Sons Surveying, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

With over thirty years of professional land surveying experience, Pollok & Sons Surveying can provide accurate land detail for construction, real estate, boundary mapping, residential, commercial, and much more. The business is fully licensed and certified with the state of Texas. Whether there is a need for Title surveys and Elevation Certificates to build a new home, stake a property for construction plans, or a plat of survey for farmland, Pollock & Sons has the equipment and know-how to get the necessary information.

Pollok & Sons Surveying Inc. started as a family-oriented and family-owned business servicing southeast Texas for several decades. Norman Pollok began his land surveying journey in 1981 to provide his community with the most accurate and reliable information possible. Norman’s son, Larry Pollok began learning the art of land surveying from his father at a very young age. As he grew up, Larry took the guidance of his father and the company to perfect his skills to ensure he could represent his legacy when Norman retired. When he took over the company for his father, Larry chose to expand the company by offering all of Texas a full-service surveying company.

Tioga Plumbing, Electric & Glass - Hurst, TX

A local and family-owned business, Tioga Contractors, LLC is a full-service residential and commercial plumbing, electrical services, and glass company serving the entire Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex since 1953. The company’s technicians are held to the highest ethical standards and have an in-depth understanding of the trade. Through state-of-the-art dispatch hardware, courteous operators, and staff with over two hundred years of combined expertise and an impeccable reputation, Tioga provides comprehensive capabilities and an extensive fleet of service vehicles.

Started by Jerry Carter’s dad and established on the core values of trust, honesty, respect, responsibility, and communication, the Carter family has worked hard for more than sixty years to build a reputation that is one of the area’s premier service providers in the residential and commercial markets. showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry categories that are located in over 100 major U.S. cities. The Outstanding Local Business Award (OLBA) is given to locally-owned and operated businesses in recognition of their services to the local community and have met all of the Criteria listed on

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