Monday, September 24, 2012

Twelve Finalists Selected for the Scottsdale Area Chamber’s 27th Annual Sterling Awards

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Sterling Awards, recognizing local companies that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and community stewardship.

Eric Larson, Chamber Board Chair said, “For 27 years, the Chamber has presented these prestigious awards to deserving companies from within our membership. Winning a Sterling Award truly means something to a company. The application process is rigorous, and competition keen.” 

The 2012 Sterling honorees will be announced at a gala luncheon on Tuesday, November 13, at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale. Corporate sponsor tables are available for $1,000 and corporate sponsor half-tables are $600. A non-sponsor table is $750 and individual tickets may be purchased for $75. Tickets can be reserved online at
or by calling 480.355.2708.

More than 30 volunteers, many of them past Sterling honorees participated as judges in the juried competition, itself a major commitment. Divided among the four Sterling categories (Big Business, Small Business, Micro Business and Non-Profit) the judges worked individually to score each application within their assigned category. A volunteer captain assembled all scores, preparing a detailed score summary to determine the finalists. The judges will visit each finalist company and interview key personnel. A stunning video featuring each finalist will be produced by SRP and shown at the luncheon prior to announcing the honorees.

Chamber CEO, Rick Kidder, said, “There is nothing like Sterling. The Sterling Award, recognizing the greatness within the business community, inspires companies to look at themselves in new ways and celebrates the greatness and values of the business community.”

Micro Business (1-6 Employees) - Sponsored by EPCOR Water
Recognizes an emerging business exhibiting success through innovation, creativity and collaboration   

Amplify U
15279 North Scottsdale Rd., Suite B240
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 278-7200
Amplify U is a personal and professional leadership development training company based in Scottsdale, Arizona, which provides powerful, experiential two-and-a-half day leadership training that improves the lives of its students.

Breslau Insurance & Benefits, Inc.
10614 East Terra Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(602) 692-6832
Breslau Insurance & Benefits, Inc. is a Life & Health agency providing medical, dental, disability, and life insurance to employer groups as well as individuals and families.
Pro One Media Productions
7848 E Redfield Rd #6
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 948-9310
Pro One Media Productions is a full service provider of customized quality video for businesses, organizations and individuals.  Sharp images, vivid color, clear sound and creative editing characterize each production to achieve a professional result every time.

Small Business (7-99 employees) - Sponsored by Cox Business
Recognizes a small company demonstrating innovation, quality, professionalism and commitment to community.

Arizona Center for the Blind Document Destruction
3040 S. 45th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040
(602) 267-8740
Arizona Center for the Blind Document Destruction (AzCFTB) specializes in providing secure document destruction services. In response to the recent drive to “Go Green,” AzCFTB expanded its services to provide a “One Stop Shop” for all recyclables.

Brain State Technologies
15150 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 588-6840
Brainwave Optimization™ system is a non-invasive, non-drug process that has helped over 50,000 people worldwide (to date) achieve greater brain balance. The system is licensed to wellness providers to be included in a clinical setting with the capability to go mobile with the laptop version.

McDowell Village Senior Living
8300 E. McDowell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 970-6400
McDowell Village is an all-inclusive rental retirement community, providing independent and assisted living where we care about the total package.

Big Business (100+ Employees) Sponsored by DMB Associates Inc.
Recognizes a large company making a significant impact on the lives of its employees and the economic fabric of the community.

Homeowners Financial Group
16427 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 280
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 3058500
Homeowners Financial Group (HFG) is a full service, Arizona based mortgage banker, leading the Valley in residential lending. The company was founded in 2004 by finance and mortgage executives with over a century of expertise in residential lending.

Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 421-7734
Hotel Valley Ho offers guest rooms and suites, condominiums, and event space both indoors and out. There's also a restaurant, full-service spa, and pool bar. Hotel Valley Ho originally opened in 1956 and reopened in 2005 after a meticulous $80 million renovation that carefully preserved the original architectural elements.

Scottsdale Healthcare
7400 E. Osborn Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 882-4000
City Hospital of Scottsdale, now known as Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, opened in 1962. Today, Scottsdale Healthcare has grown into an economic anchor for Scottsdale and a leading nonprofit health system with three hospitals, the Valley’s first major cancer center, outpatient services and a wide range of community benefit programs.

Non-Profit - Sponsored by APS
Recognizes a charitable organization contributing to the social, cultural, educational well-being of its constituents.

National MS Society, Arizona Chapter
5025 E. Washington Street
Suite 102
Phoenix, AZ 85034
The Arizona Chapter of the National MS Society is part of a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. They exist to make sure it doesn't.
Scottsdale Charros
10533 E. Lakeview Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 990-2977
Formed in 1961, the Scottsdale Charros are an all-volunteer group of business and civic leaders dedicated to providing support and funding for youth programs, educational scholarships and grants to local charities.

7507 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-5704
STARS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1973 by a group of Scottsdale parents seeking social, developmental and vocational opportunities for their adult children. Formerly known as the Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped, STARS has been providing services for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries and a wide array of other cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Originating in 1985, the Sterling Awards are among the most coveted business awards in the Valley. As one of the Chamber’s oldest signature events, the Sterling Awards program embodies the spirit of our organization by celebrating the people and companies that make our community a great place to live, work and play.

Additional sponsors of the Sterling Awards include: Chaparral Suites Resort Scottsdale, Hotel Valley Ho, Merestone, Oliver Smith Jeweler, SRP, Sun Devil Trophy, Print Time, Wells Fargo, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Celebration of Fine Art, GlobalMed, Hymson Goldstein & Pantiliat, Henry & Horne, First Fidelity Bank, Magellan Health Services and Mutual of Omaha Bank.

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