Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Announces Eight Local Companies to be Honored at 27th Annual IMPACT Awards

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Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Announces Eight Local Companies to be Honored at 27th Annual IMPACT Awards

March 18th, 2014

(PHOENIX) — The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) has selected eight deserving local companies as recipients of its 27th annual IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley's business community and economy. This year, the GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories:Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity. The 2014 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at a luncheon on Thursday, May 15th at the Arizona Biltmore. The 2014 honorees are:

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):
Community Champion:  Native American Connections
Economic Driver: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
Entrepreneurial Excellence:  Risas Dental and Braces
Response to Adversity:  NJOY, Inc. 

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):
Community Champion:  Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Economic Driver:  Sundt Construction, Inc.
Entrepreneurial Excellence:  The CORE Institute
Response to Adversity:  Phoenix Zoo

 “These companies represent the spirit of the entrepreneur—a spirit that truly makes an impact on our community and our Chamber,” said Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO. “It’s a privilege to honor those who continue to innovate, take risks, boost our economy and create jobs. Their ability, tenacity and sense of community are an inspiration to all.” 

The 27th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon will take place Thursday, May 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore. Tickets are $75 for GPCC members and $85 for non-members and tables of 10 are $850 for GPCC members and $950 for non-members (tables include priority seating and program recognition). For reservations, please visit More information about each of the eight award recipients follows.

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):

2014 Community Champion: Native American Connections – Diana Yazzie Devine, MBA, President and CEO 
Native American Connections owns and operates 15 service sites that provide wellness and recovery services and affordable housing. Our Mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families through culturally appropriate behavioral healthcare, affordable housing and community development.  
Business Locations: 85012 (headquarters), 85003, 85006, 85008, 85014, 85016, 85018 | Phone: 602.254.3247

2014 Economic Driver: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) – Jeffrey M. Trent, PhD, FACMG, President & Research Director
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix-based, non-profit biomedical research organization focused on developing earlier diagnoses and smarter treatments by studying the genomic origins of serious diseases that afflict all humanity.
Business Locations: 85004, 86001   Website: | Phone: 602.343.8704

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Risas Dental and Braces – Dr. Nicholas Porter, DDS, Founder and CEO
At Risas Dental and Braces, the focus is providing quality and affordable dental care and braces for you and your whole family. Risas’ goal is to think and speak a language that patients understand. 
Business Locations: 85029, 85301, 85006, 85203, 85008   Website: | Phone:480.339.4800

2014 Response to Adversity: NJOY, Inc. – Craig Weiss, President and CEO 
NJOY is a trademarked electronic cigarette brand sold in over 15,000 retail locations. Known as "The Gold Standard" in the industry, NJOY continues to lead the way with superior branding and product quality.
Business Locations: 85254   Website: | Phone: 480.397.2352

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):

2014 Community Champion: Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO 
Phoenix Children's Hospital has provided hope, healing, and the best health care for children since 1983 and has grown to become one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. With a Medical Staff of nearly 1,000 pediatric specialists, Phoenix Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 75 pediatric subspecialties, the most comprehensive pediatric care available in the state.
Business Locations: 85016   Website: | Phone: 602.933.1000

2014 Economic Driver: Sundt Construction, Inc. – David S. Crawford, President and CEO 
Sundt Construction, Inc. is one of the country’s most respected general contractors, and is currently ranked the 64th largest construction company in the United States by ENR, the industry’s principal trade magazine.
Business Locations: 85282, 85034, 85704   Website: | Phone: 480.293.3000

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: The CORE Institute – David Jacofsky, MD, President and CEO
The CORE Institute provides best-in-class orthopedic care, every patient, every time. Whether it’s for work or play, The CORE Institute understands that patients want to get back to their life sooner.
Business Locations: 85023 (headquarters), 85375, 85351, 85202, 85397, 85037 | Phone: 623.474.3444

2014 Response to Adversity: Phoenix Zoo – Norberto J. (Bert) Castro, President and CEO 
The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoological parks in the country serving 1.4 million guests annually. Nestled within the buttes of Papago Park on 125 acres and home to more than 1,400 animals and many endangered and threatened species, the Zoo has provided amazing experiences and opportunities to see and learn about some of the planet’s most wonderful creatures for more than 50 years.
Business Locations: 85008   Website: | Phone: 602.663.3254

About the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 
Established in 1888 and representing 2,600 businesses across Metropolitan Phoenix, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is Arizona’s largest and most-established business organization. The Chamber supports the growth and development of business by offering networking and marketing opportunities, money-saving programs and a voice in government, keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous. The Chamber enhances members’ success by promoting economic development, entrepreneurship and a connection to the community with local chapters in Anthem, Deer Valley and South Mountain/Laveen.