Big Names and Small Business Honored for Innovations
Center for Business Inclusion and Diversity. | 5/17/2012, 4:56 p.m.
At the heart of the event was the procession of the 2012 Top 100 - including a firm that specializes in mobile offices; an importer and installer of natural and engineered stone products; a business believed to be America's oldest privately-owned ferry; and 97 more. The 100 took the stage one at a time to receive their awards amid cheers from supporters in the audience, and their energy and diversity were palpable as they pumped fists and hugged one another.
Ten area businesspersons were inducted into the MBE Hall of Fame on the basis of their having won the Top 100 MBE Award three times or having shown extraordinary success as entrepreneurs. They are Timothy Adams of System Applications and Technologies, Inc.; Karen Barbour of The Barbour Group; Maria Beckett of The President's Roundtable; Carol Diggs of Diggs! Executive Search & Business Consulting; Stephanie Hau of Chesapeake Environmental Management; Kevin Johnson of Commercial Interiors, Inc.; Danny Lee of Connect International, Inc,; Dwayne Leslie of Phase V Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Deborah Stallings of HR Anew, Inc.; and Robert L. Wallace of The Bith Group.
The Hall of Fame will have an additional national presence, thanks to a Top 100 MBE Hall of Fame Traveling Exhibit. In association with one of the MBE Awards sponsors, Southwest Airlines, the exhibit will be on display at Southwest terminals, schools, and conferences across the country.