2018 "Best in the Biz" Award Finalists
2018 "Best in the Biz" Award Finalists
As the region’s premiere business organization with a mission to advance economic prosperity for Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend, the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce finds it important to acknowledge and recognize those who exemplify excellence in business. Business excellence drives economic growth and elevates our region, making it a better place for everyone to do business, work and live. The 2018 "Best in the Biz" Awards for Coastal Bend Business Excellence will recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated exemplary planning, overall performance and community involvement throughout the year.
The award selection process began in early September, when Chamber members and the community were invited to submit nominations for ten Best in the Biz award categories. The response to the call for nominations was overwhelming, with over 100 businesses, organizations and individuals receiving nominations.
Over the past few weeks, an awards selection committee comprised of Chamber board members, past award recipients and community leaders has worked diligently to evaluate each nomination and determine the Top 3 Finalists for each category. The committee’s results reveal a top-notch slate of businesses and individuals who are, without a doubt, making a positive impact in our community and throughout the Coastal Bend.
In order to determine the 2018 “Best in the Biz” Award Recipients, we are asking Chamber members and the Coastal Bend business community to vote. You are invited to vote for your single choice in each of the Best of the Biz award categories listed.
Voting Eligibility & Process
You do not need to be a United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce member in order to vote, but must reside in the Coastal Bend area served by the Chamber.
An individual may submit one vote, per award category for consideration. If an individual submits multiple votes for the same award category, their initial submission will be accepted and subsequent votes for the same award category will be void. When voting, you must provide your name, email address, phone number and zip code. Anonymous votes will not be accepted.
To learn more about each of the "Best in the Biz" Award Finalists, click the individual or business name listed underneath each of the award categories below.
Cast your vote for each award category by clicking on the award names below or via the quick links to the left. There is a separate link and form for each of the ten award categories.
The deadline to vote is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
Upon conclusion of the voting phase, the selection committee will review and score results to confirm the 2018 "Best in the Biz" Award Winners. The Chamber will announce the award winners at the "Best in the Biz" Awards Presentation & Reception, presented by Flint Hills Resources, to be held on Thursday, December 6 at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center. Make plans to attend the and celebrate all of the distinguished award finalists! For additional event information, including the link to purchase tickets & sponsorships online, click here!
If you have any questions regarding the voting process and/or the "Best in the Biz" event, please contact Gargi Bhowal at (361) 881-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henry Baldwin Award is given to an individual or organization for outstanding service to the community. Named after the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce's first Chairman, Henry Baldwin was a builder, developer and businessman who made a significant impact on Corpus Christi through his service to our city.
Henry Baldwin Award Finalists:
Dora Cervera Mirabal was a local businesswoman, author, poet, newspaperwoman and civic leader who went above and beyond to move her community ahead, promote entrepreneurship and advocate for small, minority and women-owned businesses. The Dora Cervera Mirabal Women's Leadership Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the leadership qualities of Mrs. Mirabal and serves as an advocate for small, minority and women-owned businesses.
Dora Cervera Mirabal Women's Leadership Award Finalists:
The Big Business of the Year Award is given to a large business that is a significant corporate citizen, friend of the chamber and a partner to many organizations within the community.
Big Business of the Year Finalists:
- IBC Bank
The Small Business of the Year Award is given to a small business that is a significant corporate citizen, friend of the chamber and a partner to many organizations within the community.
Small Business of the Year Finalists:
The New Business of the Year Award is given to a new business that has shown promise to be a significant corporate citizen, friend of the chamber and a partner to many organizations within the community.
New Business of the Year Finalists:
The Non-Profit Business of the Year Award is given to a not-for-profit business that is a significant corporate citizen, friend of the chamber and a partner to many organizations within the community.
Non-Profit Business of the Year Finalists:
The Military Veteran Entrepreneurship Award is given to a former military personnel member who has made a successful transition from the military to the business world through an entrepreneurial endeavor.
Military Veteran Entrepreneurship Award Finalists:
- Gary W. Moore, Revolutionary Insurance Group
- Hershel Shoats, Silverback Wellness
- Le Roy Torres, Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization
The mission of the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Foundation is to develop and empower leaders and entrepreneurs to make a positive impact in Corpus Christi. The inaugural Spirit of the Chamber Foundation Award will be given to an individual or organization for outstanding support of the Chamber Foundation's programs and initiatives; programs include Leadership Corpus Christi, Conquer the Coast, Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Lemonade Day Coastal Bend and the Mano a Mano Scholarship Program.
Spirit of the Chamber Foundation Award Finalists:
- Barbie Baker
- Bay Area Title Services, a proud member of the Stewart Title family
- Linda Reyes Benavides
The Leadership Corpus Christi Servant Leader Award is given to a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi who embodies what it means to be a servant leader; demonstrating the characteristics of empathy, listening, stewardship and commitment to personal growth towards others.
Leadership Corpus Christi Servant Leader Award Finalists: