Last week, we recognized some of the most successful privately held companies in Middle Tennessee at our annual Future 50 Awards.
This year, we also introduced an exciting new element to our awards dinner: the Distinct Honor Awards,
which gave our Future 50 companies an additional opportunity to compete for the spotlight. If the Future 50 winners, as a group, are the best of the best, the Distinct Honor winners are truly taking it to the next level with their innovative practices, groundbreaking ideas and committed employees. I couldn't be prouder to introduce you to this year's class of Distinct Honor winners.
The Community Impact Award
recognizes a company that displays a long-term commitment to Middle Tennessee through a community program or project. The first-ever Community Impact Award was presented to Reliant Bank
in recognition of their Personal Enrichment Program, which allows each employee up to 20 hours of paid volunteer service during business hours. Since the launch of this program, Reliant employees have donated nearly 520 hours of service, and 91 percent of eligible employees have participated in the program.
The Fearless Leader Award
goes to an entrepreneur who has demonstrated vision, leadership and high ethical standards in leading his/her company to success. This year's winner was Todd Kornblit from TEAM Marketing Group.
Todd has grown his business over the past two years by refusing to cut corners, which has helped the company recruit some of the top marketing minds in the nation.
The Innovation Award
is presented to the company that “wowed” us with an innovative practice they have implemented in the past year in response to the changes in the economy. Avenue Bank
took home the honors for their Paperless Paradise innovation, which images all documentation for easy retrieval, therefore eliminating the time, expense and space needed to maintain hard copies.
Being green means finding environmentally friendly ways to do business. The Lean, Mean and Green Award
is presented to the Future 50 company that has demonstrated precedent-setting, sustainable business practices that significantly impacted institutional practices, products or services. Our 2010 winner is DSi Document Solutions,
which, since January, has made as many as 12 deliveries a day with their new electric vehicle.
Every company has a rising "rock star" in their midst -- an individual who has demonstrated leadership, driven innovation, and delivered value and success to the business. The Rising Rock Star Award
is awarded to an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty to produce maximum results. This year’s rock star is Michael Williams,
the youngest commercial banker at Reliant Bank. Through his leadership, the team developed a bank‐wide strategy to help increase their non‐interest-bearing deposits.
Because the Future 50 awardees are determined solely by objective, number-driven results, we introduced the Nashville’s Choice Award
this year to give the community a chance to vote for their favorite Future 50 winner. This year, Nashville's Choice is Uniguest, Inc.
Congratulations again to all our winners for their accomplishments and contributions to Middle Tennessee's economy.