Last night I had the honor of being the master of ceremonies for the seventh annual Austin Business Awards, which are sponsored by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. This was the second year that I have had this role of "MC". I had a great time and the crowd had amazingly high energy. Austinites have a love affair with Austin, and it was fun to see so many of the leaders from a variety of industries in our community come together to celebrate.
Over 1000 of the city's finest business professionals were present at the gala event, which honored twenty-one local companies and not-for-profit organizations. Awards were given in five categories, plus the Freescale Award for the "stand-out" non-profit.
Awards were presented in three size categories and a nonprofit for each category:
Community relations: RunTex, KTBC-TV, Temple-Inland Inc. and Impact Austin.
Customer service: HotLink Inc., Truluck's Seafood, Lombardi Software, and Meals on Wheels and More.
Education: Communicard LLC, ITT Technical Institute, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and College Forward.
Environment: Habitat Suites Hotel, Green Mountain Energy Co., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and the City of Austin Housing Authority.
Innovation: Decision Critical Inc., ID Theft Solutions for America, Higginbotham & Associates Inc. and Capital Idea.
The Freescale nonprofit award, which comes with a $5,000 donation from Freescale Semiconductor, went to The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners....And thank you to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce for hosting the evening!
Have A Great Day.