2012 marked the 25th annual IMPACT Awards, hosted by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC). In 1988, this honor was created to recognize an "individual who demonstrates professional leadership qualities and outstanding service to the community, as well as stability and creativity in his or her respective business."
Statistics have shown that local, independently-owned businesses give more back to their community than others, and the recipients of this year's highest honors at the IMPACT Awards proves this further. Local First Arizona member Goodmans Interior Structures and sustaining member Trident Security Services were each named the 2012 IMPACT Business of the Year in their respective categories (the 250 Employees or Fewer and the Over 250 Employees categories, respectively).
Below, GPCC describes why Goodmans Interior Structures was selected as the Business of the Year:
In more than five decades in business in Arizona, Goodmans Interior Structures has strived to be more than just a successful office furniture company. The family-owned dealership has made a difference in the community through a variety of programs that emphasize how we are all connected and responsible for creating a better place in which to work and live. Goodmans keeps its customers’ surplus furniture out of landfills by repurposing it for donation to area non-profits, runs a clothing bank for foster families, partners with Free Arts of Arizona to put artwork created by at-risk kids in customers’ offices at no charge and participates in many other charitable and health and wellness-related initiatives. Goodmans was also recently certified as a “B Corporation,” making them one of only four Arizona companies to earn the new designation of companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Trident Security Services has also contributed greatly to the community:
The secret of Trident Security Services’ success is about the only thing the company doesn’t guard closely. Three longtime security professionals founded the firm in 2002 on a simple premise: making its security officers their top priority, not the bottom line. By inspiring, empowering and motivating its corps of more than 400 security officers, Trident has created a company that can compete with – and, in many cases, out-perform – larger, national security firms. More than 90 percent of the company’s customers have switched to the Tempe-based firm from national providers, helping keep more than $35 million in Arizona’s economy that would have left the state otherwise. The people behind the badge are the front line performers in Trident’s efforts to provide the best possible service for its customers. By taking care of the security professionals who represent them every day, the company has created a loyal client base and a business success story.
In addition to these great businesses being honored, Local First Arizona member Hospice of the Valley received the Community Champion IMPACT Award (Over 250 Employees category). Hospice of the Valley is recognized as a leader in hospice care, yet also recognizes its responsibility to the community in a number of ways: the “Adopt-a-Family” program (which helps brighten the holiday season for some 100 families in need each December), the “Green Team” recycling program, the annual “Light Up A Life” remembrance event, food and school supply drives and many more initiatives.
Congratulations to our good-doing members, and thank you for your contribution to the community!