March 23, 2005 - The Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce will host its first Pinnacle Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m., April 5 at Omni Tucson National, 2727 W. Club Drive. The Pinnacle Award will honor businesses and individuals who have contributed to the community in Northern Pima County by providing jobs, services, and volunteer efforts.
The three finalists in each category; large business, small business and individual, have been reviewed by a selection committee made up of past chamber presidents. The winner in each category will be announced at the banquet and honored with a Pinnacle Award. For more information, call (520) 297-2191.
Large business finalists
The Hilton El Conquistador Resort
The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road, is one of the largest golf resorts in Southern Arizona. The resort welcomes more than 300,00 guests annually, which has a large economic impact on Northern Pima County. El Conquistador employees more than 600 people which makes it one of the largest employers in Northern Pima County. The resort has been working with various charities and organizations including The American Cancer Societies Relay for Life, Biosphere 2, Tohono Chul Park and Mountain View Retirement Village.
AAA Landscape, 4742 N. Romero Road, is a full service commercial landscape, installation and maintenance company. The company is employee owned and employs more than 400 workers. AAA Landscaping contributes tax dollars to the local economy by handling accounts and construction projects ranging from $500 to $3 million. Since it was founded in 1975, the company's work has resulted in dramatic and lasting improvements to the environment. AAA annually contributes to various charities including the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, the town of Marana, the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, the Oro Valley Optimist Club and others.
Northwest Medical Center
Northwest Medical Center, 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd., is a nationally recognized medical center that provides high quality health care to the community. In 2004, the center admitted more than 20,000 patients. The center currently employees more than 1,900 people in eight facilities. Northwest Medical Center is working to improve the quality of life in Northern Pima County by offering free health screenings, physician recruitment, and free health education programs. The center contributes to the Marana Arts Council, the Northwest Interfaith Center, the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, and others.
Small business finalists
Arizona Car Care Center
Arizona Car Care Center, 7970 E. Golf Links Road, is an employee owned automotive maintenance and repair facility. The center works to improve the quality of life for residents of Pima County by helping administer and organize Pima County's Voluntary Vehicle Repair and Retrofit Program and participating in the Great Battery Round Up by collecting, disposing and recycling hundreds of old batteries. The center also provides free repairs to vehicles of clients of the Brewster Center, a center for battered women, in need of repair. This year, the company also contributed to the community by supporting three families from the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Program.
Canyon Community Bank
Canyon Community Bank, 6811 N. Thornydale Road, has been locally owned and operated since it opened in October 2000. Canyon Community Bank is now a three--bank branch that employees 25 local people. It is currently the only bank headquartered in Northern Pima County. All decisions are made locally which allows the bank to provide deposit services and loans to local businesses. Through the involvement if its directors, management and staff, the bank supports local charities and civic organizations. The bank supports the Marana Chamber of Commerce, the Oro Valley Rotary, Ironwood Ridge High School Booster Club and others.
EXPLORER Newspapers Inc.
EXPLORER Newspapers Inc., 7235 N. Paseo del Norte, is a locally owned and operated community newspaper that works to facilitate positive improvement in the community. During the paper's 12 years of service nearly $1million in financial and in-kind contributions have been made to the communities of Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina, SaddleBrooke, Oracle, Casas Adobes, Sun City, Tortolita, Tucson and Catalina Foothills. The EXPLORER also publishes the Northern Pima County Map and Guide that provides newcomers with vital information on new attractions and communities. The company supports many organizations including The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Mary Snider is the chairperson of Project Graduation at Ironwood Ridge High School. Project Graduation is a nationally recognized safe and sober graduation celebration for high school seniors. Since Snider is a member of the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force, Project Graduation is now identified as an important community component in reducing the number of drunk driving incidents. For more than three years Snider has worked to organize community leaders, school officials, parents, neighborhood groups and church and service organizations in the community. More than 800 high school seniors were safe after graduation 2004 due to the efforts of Snider and more than 500 volunteers.
David Mehl, owner of Cottonwood Properties, is currently President of the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy School Board. Mehl is also on the board of Good News Broadcasting. Mehl and his wife Bonnie own Cottonwood Properties, a real estate development company that has been developing in Northern Pima County since 1975. Cottonwood Properties has been involved in developing La Paloma, Dove Mountain and several areas in Oro Valley. Mehl donates most of his volunteer time to the Pusch Ridge School Board where he works with educators to establish a strong learning foundation.
Lorraine Anderson formed a non- profit organization in 1995 to serve underprivileged children at Christmas called the Miracle on Church Street. In its first year the program reached 300 children and their families. In 2004, the program reached out to more than 4,100 children and their parents. The Miracle on Church Street program has served over 35,000 children in the 10 years since it was founded. Anderson also counsels large and small business clients through the Service Corps of Retired Executives Association. Anderson volunteers for many organizations within the community including Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries and Toys for Tots.